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Honda Goes Wild With VT1300CX

September 1st, 2009
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Welcome to the wild side of Honda, where a passion for riding reigns supreme in the stunningly creative 2010 VT1300CX.

Packed with radical lines and a head-turning look, the VT1300CX is a motorcycle destined to become a milestone machine.

Capturing the pure, undiluted chopper essence and tapping into an extensive legacy of experience in building motorcycles of all types, Honda’s engineers have devised a design to make this new bike handle, function and ride according to Honda standards.

The most obvious attraction to the VT is its raked-out chopper styling: high-mount steering head that gives the frame a see-through, open-air look with plenty of breathing room; slim and long fuel tank perched up high; ultra-low seat height; big-time rake; fat 200-series rear tyre paired with a slim 21-inch front wheel; a condensed, hard-tail look to the rear end; and a stretched wheelbase.

The top radiator hose is hidden away beneath the front valve cover--a patented idea that illustrates the extreme efforts expended on maintaining the airy look of the front end. The long, slim and voluptuous look of the fuel tank along with handlebar shape and size allow the appropriate amount of steering clearance when the front wheel is turned from stop-to-stop.

In similar fashion, the rear end of the bike incorporates a visual balance of space between the airy front end and the more substantial engine and rear-end section.

The sleek lines at the rear cloak an ingenious single-shock rear suspension system with an aluminium swingarm, adjustable rebound damping and five-position spring preload adjustment for exemplary riding comfort--definitely far and above the norm for a chopper-style motorcycle.

Up front, a stout 45mm fork handles suspension duties quite ably, whilst the distinctive alloy wheels offer a single powerful 336mm-diameter front disc brake complemented by a 296mm rear brake disc.

Fire up the engine and waves of muscular V-twin power flood the senses.

With a fuel-injection system that’s new to Honda’s proven, muscular 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin, plus a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers, the VT1300CX has all the grunt and get-up-and-go expected of a bike of this calibre.

A newly designed exhaust system and new camshafts also add to the creation of an engine that’s eminently satisfying in the performance department.

The VT1300 CX will be available in Dealers nationally this December.

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