2004 Honda VTX 1800R Features

9/2/2003 11:03:58 PM

Retro styling takes on a whole new look when you can personalize your own VTX1800R through Honda's innovative custom-building program.

Features & Benefits

New for 2004

The VTX™1800R is available in these exciting new colors: Black, Pearl Blue, Candy Orange, and Candy Black Cherry.

VTX1800R is available in three distinctive build variations: Spec 1, 2 and 3.

Unique Features

Two styles of cast wheels available--satin brushed or highly polished.

Full-flowing, deeply valanced classic retro style front and rear steel fenders.

Newly designed wedge-shape mirrors offer an aerodynamic look.

New flangeless 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers excellent cruising range.

Higher-capacity radiator for increased cooling capacity.

Chrome-plated VTX badge surrounds jet-black-filled graphics for a truly distinctive look.

New design bullet-style turn indicators feature chrome visors, clear lenses and amber flasher bulbs.

Tank mounted speedometer features a meter face with black background and classic graphics unique to the R model.

Classic taillight design.

VTX's specially designed seat features a low 27.3- inch seat height, and is designed for all-day comfort for rider and passenger.

Relaxed handlebar position and large levers contribute to the classic design.

Staggered dual exhausts with stylish mako tips.

Fat, 150/80 front tire on a 17-inch wheel gives the VTX a commanding profile.

California model utilizes an ECU-controlled, closed- loop emissions control system with two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture while two exhaust catalyzers reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen to meet 2008 California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards.

VTX1800R Spec 1 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, Cylinder, Starter Motor: Silver finish

Handlebars: Cast aluminum risers and caps with hairline satin brushed finish

Clutch and Brake Levers: Brushed aluminum finish

Fork Tubes: Satin finish inverted fork tubes with satin brushed caps

Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish

Switch Housings: Brushed aluminum finish

Radiator Cover: Gloss black finish

Floor Boards: Hairline satin brushed aluminum

Final Drive Housing: Silver finish

Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum

Spec 2 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, Cylinder, Starter Motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges

Handlebars: Chrome-plated aluminum handlebar mounts and VTX-logo cap

Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish

Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers and chrome caps highlight fork tubes

Upper and lower triple clamps: Polished cast aluminum

Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish

Radiator Cover: Gloss black finish

Floor Boards: Hairline satin brushed aluminum

Final Drive Housing: Silver finish

Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum

Spec 3 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, Cylinder, Starter Motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges

Handlebars: Chrome-plated aluminum handlebar mounts and VTX-logo cap

Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish

Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers and chrome caps highlight fork tubes

Upper and lower triple clamps: Polished cast aluminum

Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish

Radiator Cover: Chrome side covers

Floor Boards: Polished and chrome-plated aluminum

Final Drive Housing: Hairline satin brushed with chrome-plated axle caps and fastener

Wheels: Highly polished cast aluminum

Engine/Drivetrain

Engine is a 1795cc liquid-cooled 52 V-twin that dwarfs other production V-twin engines, and hammers out immense power--106 bhp at 5000 rpm and 120 lb./ft. of torque at 3500 rpm.

V-twin engine features 4-inch cylinder bores and the largest connecting rods and cylinders Honda has ever made.

Offset dual-pin crankshaft with two primary-shaft- mounted balance weights allows a high-performance engine design while eliminating harsh engine vibration. The result: muscular power across a broad rpm range for unequaled acceleration and roll-on performance.

The 41.4 pound forged steel crankshaft uses bolt-on weights, reducing crankcase width nearly 2 inches and reducing crankshaft weight 8.8 pounds compared to a conventional one- piece design.

The engine mounting system uses carefully matched hangers and rubber mounts to eliminate unwanted vibration, while preserving the powerful character of the engine's V-twin design.

Each three-valve cylinder head features two large, 36mm intake valves and a huge, 45mm exhaust valve to produce optimum flow for the air/fuel charge.

Two iridium-tip spark plugs per cylinder for efficient combustion at all engine speeds.

Simple-to-service screw-and-locknut valve-clearance adjusters.

4.5-liter airbox supplies a large volume of cool, clean air to the engine.

Advanced high-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) features 42mm-diameter throttle bodies delivering air to two specially designed Denso® 50-psi high-pressure fuel injectors. Fuel is delivered through 12 laser-drilled nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for maximum efficiency and power.

Electronic control unit (ECU) provides individual digital 3-D fuel injection and ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability.

A unique dry-sump oiling system utilizes a closed crankcase design and places the oil tank inside the gearbox case. The result is a freer-revving engine for improved power, and a lower engine height, allowing optimum rider ergonomics and a low, 27.3-inch seat height.

Newly designed higher capacity radiator with cooling fan maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life.

Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioners.

Reliable electric-starter system.

Primary-drive gear uses a cam-type damper to minimize powertrain lash.

Sturdy maintenance-free eight-plate hydraulic clutch with clutch-center damper assures smooth gear shifting.

Five-speed transmission with carefully selected gear ratios for relaxed cruising and exciting roll-on performance.

Shaft final-drive system provides smooth, low- maintenance operation.

Driven-flange design at the final drive gear eliminates final-drive noise and wear and simplifies rear wheel installation.

Chassis/Suspension

Massive tubular steel frame contains the engine's power and gives the VTX a long, low muscular stance.

Large, 45mm-inverted front fork provides 5.1 inches of plush yet responsive wheel travel.

Ribbed design chromed rear shocks with hairline satin brushed top mounts have 3.9 inches of wheel travel and feature an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride.

The VTX's braking system features two three-piston front calipers and a single twin-piston rear caliper. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the two outer pistons of the front calipers. Application of the rear brake pedal activates the two pistons of the rear caliper and the center pistons of the front calipers. When only the rear brake pedal is used, an inline delay valve smooths application of the front caliper center pistons.

Additional Features

Distinctive, chrome hooded-headlight housing features a powerful, 55W/60W halogen bulb with a computer-designed multi-reflector for superb lighting in all conditions.

Tank-mounted chrome nacelle houses the fuel cap, tripmeter/odometer reset and indicator/warning lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral indicator, low fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and fuel injection.

Extensive chrome finishing of engine parts includes cylinder head covers, valve inspection covers, spark plug covers, airbox cover, left crankcase cover, clutch cover and left-rear engine cover.

Spec 1 features silver-finish on crankcases and cylinders, Spec 2 and 3 have a satin black finish with milled fin edges that completes the custom look.

Large, distinctive R-style speedometer with easy-to- read numerals.

Comfortably padded large-diameter handgrips with smooth cast (Spec 1) or polished (Spec 2 and 3) aluminum handlebar switch-housings and triple-clamp assembly.

Reliable, 300-watt alternator.

Durable, maintenance-free battery.

Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols.

Convenient push-to-cancel turn signal switch.

Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Assembled in Marysville, Ohio.

Ownership includes one-year complimentary Membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America™. Benefits include discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance and much more. For HRCA® details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.