2005 Honda VTX1800R Features

9/8/2004 5:55:02 PM

Honda's leading retro custom carries classic lines to a new extreme, thanks to Honda's innovative custom-building program.

Features & Benefits

New for 2005

  • The VTX®1800R is available in these exciting new colors: Black, Titanium, and Candy Red.
  • 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.
  • Wedge-shape mirrors offer an aerodynamic look.
  • Flangeless 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers excellent cruising range.
  • High-capacity radiator for optimal cooling capacity.
  • Chrome-plated VTX badge surrounds jet-black-filled graphics for a truly distinctive look.
  • 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 slash-cut 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.

Spec 1 Custom-Building Options

  • Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Silver finish.
  • Handlebar: Cast aluminum risers and caps with satin brushed finish.
  • Clutch and Brake Levers: Smooth cast aluminum finish.
  • Fork Tubes: Satin brushed finish inverted fork tubes with satin brushed caps.
  • Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish.
  • Switch Housings: Smooth cast 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.
  • Handlebar: 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: Highly 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.
  • Handlebar: 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: Highly 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 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 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.
  • High-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™ (HRCA®). Benefits include: discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year complimentary subscription to Honda Red Rider™ magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site (www.hrca.honda.com), access online to Honda Common Service Manual. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA.