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Old 09-10-2007, 1:46 PM   #1
 
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Honda VLX??

I spent a lot of time on my sexy little rebel this weekend...and i have decided that I have officially outgrown her for long trip...around time she will foot the bill but well after the 200 miles i did this weekend...I need something with more power so that i dont have a cramp in my wrist from full throttling it to keep up with the big boys...and a pain in the butt (cant find a comfy seat for the rebel) and well it can't be healthy for her to be constantly full throttled..

and so the question is has anyone had a vlx....I tried one on for size and it seems to be about the same height as the rebel...and only a smidge wider so i can handle it i thik its only 150lbs heavier... also i was wondering what the resale value is on these little ladies??

I bought my rebel for 1800 and i know i could resell it for the same...and it is a 2001 granted it looks brand new and has less than 3000 miles on it, but well i saw 3 separate vlx's on craigs list and the prices range from 2500-4000 and the years are from 1996-2004...anyone have a guess what a fair price for say a 2004 with less than 100 miles would be?? I dont want to get taken but I dont want to rob the lady.
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Re: Honda VLX??

My first bike was a 2001 VLX. It was a great bike to learn on, but I eventually out grew it. I bought it brand new at the end of 2001 for $5000. Finally sold it in 2005 with 8k miles on the clock for $3300.

The VLX is a great bike, if you don't plan on going faster than 65 mph. It only has four gears, so it's kind of a stretch to get it up to 70+. Don't get me wrong, it'll do 85 mph all day if you want, but you're really going to be ringing the crap out of that little 600cc engine. I consistantly got 60 mpg out of it if I did 60 mph. For every mph above 60 that you go, subtract 1 mpg from 60. Around town and on nice scenic roads, the VLX is great. It only has a 2 gallon tank plus 1 gallon reserve, so you're range is only going to be 100-120 miles or so.

For a 2004 VLX with less than 100 miles, I wouldn't pay more than $4000 for it. Brand new, they're only $5000. Personally, I would get the Shadow 750 (Sprint or Aero) instead of the VLX just to get that extra gear and 150cc.
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Re: Honda VLX??

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My first bike was a 2001 VLX. It was a great bike to learn on, but I eventually out grew it. I bought it brand new at the end of 2001 for $5000. Finally sold it in 2005 with 8k miles on the clock for $3300.

The VLX is a great bike, if you don't plan on going faster than 65 mph. It only has four gears, so it's kind of a stretch to get it up to 70+. Don't get me wrong, it'll do 85 mph all day if you want, but you're really going to be ringing the crap out of that little 600cc engine. I consistantly got 60 mpg out of it if I did 60 mph. For every mph above 60 that you go, subtract 1 mpg from 60. Around town and on nice scenic roads, the VLX is great. It only has a 2 gallon tank plus 1 gallon reserve, so you're range is only going to be 100-120 miles or so.

For a 2004 VLX with less than 100 miles, I wouldn't pay more than $4000 for it. Brand new, they're only $5000. Personally, I would get the Shadow 750 (Sprint or Aero) instead of the VLX just to get that extra gear and 150cc.

I have a short leg issue...My gentleman friend has a shadow 750 but the seat is just toooo wide and i cant get my legs comfortably over and around to the ground. Right now i am riding a rebel 250...it has 5 gears... I can keep it up to 70 all day long but as you said im really ringing the engine i can actually get it up to 80 if th ewind blows just right. I thought the 600 would give me a bit better ooomph.

can someone help out with the short legged issue and the oooph factor??
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Re: Honda VLX??

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I have a short leg issue...My gentleman friend has a shadow 750 but the seat is just toooo wide and i cant get my legs comfortably over and around to the ground. Right now i am riding a rebel 250...it has 5 gears... I can keep it up to 70 all day long but as you said im really ringing the engine i can actually get it up to 80 if th ewind blows just right. I thought the 600 would give me a bit better ooomph.

can someone help out with the short legged issue and the oooph factor??
The 600 will definitely give you more ooomph, it just probably won't be as much ooomph as you think. Best bet is too take one for a test ride. If you looking on craigslist, that shouldn't be a problem to arrange with the seller (it'll be a heck of a lot easier than a dealership).

FWIW, I also weigh 170-180 lbs and I'm 6'0". While I'm not exactly a heavy weight, I did block quite a bit of wind on the shadow. A smaller, lighter person would probably find the VLX to be a bit more peppy than I did.
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Re: Honda VLX??

I would get the VLX600.. I owned a 2001 VLX deluxe and why I hated the fact it didn't have an extra gear it would do 110 pretty easily.. Im around 190lbs and it would cruise 80 pretty easily but around 80 or more its really was stretching the motor out.. I also rode 2up all the time and it would cruise 80 all day, im sure the newer models are even better.. It was a awsome bike, put 15,000miles and it never had a problem...
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I did have aftermarket pipes and had it re-jetted that gave it alittle more power... Its not a speed bike thats for sure, but man it rode great and was so easy to ride...
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Re: Honda VLX??

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I would get the VLX600.. I owned a 2001 VLX deluxe and why I hated the fact it didn't have an extra gear it would do 110 pretty easily.. Im around 190lbs and it would cruise 80 pretty easily but around 80 or more its really was stretching the motor out.. I also rode 2up all the time and it would cruise 80 all day, im sure the newer models are even better.. It was a awsome bike, put 15,000miles and it never had a problem...
Dang! The only time I ever broke a 100 on the VLX was when I was going down hill (seriously). I could barely get it passed 95 in the straights.


EDIT: Ahh, I see. You had it jetted with pipes. Cool. My was bone stock.

Lilly, I'm sure you'd fine the VLX to be perfect for you're needs. Go find one and ride it.
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Re: Honda VLX??

Well Darth Bling to be honest I really had to ring to motor out to go 110 and it really probally wasn't good for it, Im not sure why they still only put 4 gears on it.. If it would just have one more gear it would of changed everything on the bike.. The aftermarket pipes really helped and if you get pipes you have to get it re-jetted.. But your still right it stuggled to hit 110 but it got there pretty easily, but it would cruise @ 80 with a rider, and alot of throttle.. Man that bike was reliable... I agree with Darth Bling, if you can ride one first I recommend that...

Come to Ky, we have a used VT-750CB 2006, probally could give it to ya for less than whats stated there...
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Re: Honda VLX??

While I wouldn't suggest this size bike for you...my father-in-law drives a VTX 1800 and he's only 5'4". My point in telling you this is to simply shop around you're bound to find the right fit for you even if that means getting an aftermarket seat that isn't so wide. Good luck enjoy the ride whatever it may be.
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Re: Honda VLX??

thanks fr the input...I tried a new VLX on for size at the local dealer...but well Im not the type to buy a new bike...sorry i cant see spending thousands of dollars only toride it 10 feet intot he street and have it lose half its value...

I have found 3 VLX's on craigs list inmy area the prices range from 2500-4000 and the years are from 2004 with less than 100 miles bought by a girl that thoguht she could handle it after taking a many's class which is a weekend and you are liscenced class and then there is a 1996 one with a few thougsand on it...I am leangnmore toward the newer one...although well I dont want to spend 4K I wanted to basically sell my rebel off and put a little bit more towards it.....Up here i could buy a harley 883 hugger for 5K new ( I have a friend that works for a harley dealer and would be able to help me out by using his discount...but my concern is the weight...I have some bad knees and well i have a 1986 intruder in my garage right now that i dont ride becasue it is alot heavier than i can handle and it is very top heavy!!!

So Im goignto ask my harley buddy to come with me and check out the bikes that are available...i actually like the look of the older VLX but Imnot sure if the older one will be heavier like the old intruder is. th epaint job is a really cool two tone teal blue and white combination the newer bike is all one color Im not sure what the color is actually...its kind of no pizazz....

I figured i wanted a bit of pizazz and well...It would also be less expensive...as long as it is in good running order hence the reason i woould bring my mechanic friend with me.
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Re: Honda VLX??

My wife is 4'11" and about 105 lbs and handles her Shadow Spirit 750 just fine. If I remember right, the 750 is only 50 lbs heavier than the VLX and the seat height is actually lower due to the styling of the bike. She was pretty intimidated by the weight at first in the driveway but after a month or so in the school parking lot doing different drills after her MSF course, she learned that once the bike is rolling, the weight is not any problem. She rode the Eliminator 125 in class, also a borrowed GZ250, a borrowed S40, S50 and my Shadow 750. After riding all 5 bikes, she found the 750 Shadow was the smoothest and easiest to handle. Her friend with the S40 has complained about being blown around in traffic due to the light weight of her bike which is a serious issue around here. My wife has thanked me over and over about helping her choose the right bike for her and now enjoys long comfortable rides on her own Shadow 750 and mentioned she felt much more stable at higher speeds and wind conditions having a more solid bike under her. She also has praised the smooth motor at highway speeds without feeling like she's killing it like on the S40. They've made the Shadow 750's since like, what, 2001, and are virtually unchanged and readily available used and new are less than 7k OTD. I picked up my leftover '06 for 6k OTD. Her used '06 with 700 miles was almost a gift from a friend at just over 4k. As far as losing half the value on one of these types of bikes, buy wisely and it should only cost you about $500 a year worth of depreciation. Good luck.
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My wife is 4'11" and about 105 lbs and handles her Shadow Spirit 750 just fine. If I remember right, the 750 is only 50 lbs heavier than the VLX and the seat height is actually lower due to the styling of the bike. She was pretty intimidated by the weight at first in the driveway but after a month or so in the school parking lot doing different drills after her MSF course, she learned that once the bike is rolling, the weight is not any problem. She rode the Eliminator 125 in class, also a borrowed GZ250, a borrowed S40, S50 and my Shadow 750. After riding all 5 bikes, she found the 750 Shadow was the smoothest and easiest to handle. Her friend with the S40 has complained about being blown around in traffic due to the light weight of her bike which is a serious issue around here. My wife has thanked me over and over about helping her choose the right bike for her and now enjoys long comfortable rides on her own Shadow 750 and mentioned she felt much more stable at higher speeds and wind conditions having a more solid bike under her. She also has praised the smooth motor at highway speeds without feeling like she's killing it like on the S40. They've made the Shadow 750's since like, what, 2001, and are virtually unchanged and readily available used and new are less than 7k OTD. I picked up my leftover '06 for 6k OTD. Her used '06 with 700 miles was almost a gift from a friend at just over 4k. As far as losing half the value on one of these types of bikes, buy wisely and it should only cost you about $500 a year worth of depreciation. Good luck.

Yes I am quite aaware that basically I coudl actually ride a goldwing as long asit is moving..it is the stopping and the manuvering around town that i am concerned about.....Basically my test with handling a bike is.....can i back it up out of the garage by myself?? I have a weak leg and a bad knee..so have to be careful of the weght....I know only soooo well abotu being blown around in the 250...although it is kind of nice with all of the road grating that they are doing around my neighborhood...I dont have to worry about getting caught in a groove...i ride on top of them...while my buddy that is 210 and rides a 750 shadow ontop of it gets stuck in the groove...

Im goignt o check out the VLX's 600's I have to be able to back it up....The only one i tried on was a show room model and it wasnt as though they were goignto let me take it for a test ride...
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I have an '05 VLX and I paid $4300 for it with 250 miles on it. The bike is great for size and in-town riding but the highway is a little speedy for it.

On a second note can anyone tell me if it is OK if I put a larger sprocket in front to increase speed a little. I don't seem to have a problem with power now so would the bigger sprocket be worth it and how big.
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I don't see why you couldn't put 1 tooth larger on the front for some more top end, there should be room under there. But I'd be sure to adjust the chain to compensate for the decreased length. Check some of the Shadow forums since that is about the cheapest mod to do for increased speed on any chain driven bike.
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