The First Honda Factory Chopper Destined for UK
For many years the chopper motorcycle has summed-up a particular breed and passion of two-wheeled cool. Many are home-built machines - some made to quite basic specifications. But with the VT1300CX you can have all the presence and pose of a chopper, but with the reassurance of Honda's enviable style and build quality.
The VT1300CX is a whole new breed of cruiser, showing Honda's wild side and playing on the popular chopper genre. The machine is powered by a 1312cc 52-degree fuel-injected V-twin found in the popular VTX1300 machine, but featuring re-profiled camshafts and a new exhaust system. The single-pin crank gives the bike a unique sound which growls through the machine's twin stacked pipes. Meanwhile, the radiators for the liquid-cooled machine are neatly tucked out of sight for a more ‘traditional' look. It also boasts a new programmed fuel injection system, further contributing to the impressively low fuel consumption of 56.5mpg*.
For cruisers and choppers, style is king and the head-turning looks, coupled with great attention to detail of the VT1300CX, are a milestone. The overall classic profile accentuates the whole chopper look. This is thanks to the widely-raked front forks, the small, high-set 12.8-litre fuel tank which sits behind the single chrome headlight, down to the striking nine-spoke front and seven spoke rear wheels. Dominating the mid-section is the punchy V-twin motor, while the slim front tyre is exaggerated by the fat and wider rear tyre. The whole look is completed with a ‘hard-tail' look rear-end and an LED tail-light.
The long, low chassis is lean with its stretched-out wheel base and sleek lines, which cloak a single shock rear suspension system with an aluminium swing arm and adjustable rebound and preload adjustment. This combination provides riding comfort that's far above the norm for a chopper.
The VT1300CX – with its great package of looks, sound and feel – is effectively Honda's first factory-finished chopper and has the longest wheelbase of any production Honda ever – a full 1805mm between both axles. But, despite this and its radical looks, it's still a Honda, which means the ultimate in performance and poise as well as good fuel economy, with fun and easy of riding and assured handling.
For customers who want to add an individual touch to their VT1300CX and make it even more unique, a range of accessories will be available to include:
- A tubular chrome backrest and optional backrest pad for pillion comfort
- A wide, low screen with chrome stars for protection from the elements when cruising the streets
- Colour-matched front spoiler for increased custom appearance
- Chrome-plated steel rear fender to complete the solo-seat look
The VT1300CX will be available in two colours – the striking glint blue wave metallic provides an eye-catching option, while the graphite black accentuates its extravagant styling. The price of this new model will be announced later in the year.