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Sleek, buttery-smooth styling that grabs your eyes and won't let go. A powerful V-twin engine with a sensuous shape and sound. Want a bike that looks great and goes even better? Then be prepared to fall in love with the Honda VTX1300C. Its liquid-cooled 1,312 cubic centimeter V-twin engine features a pair of three-valve cylinder heads designed to deliver superior performance with a minimum of maintenance hassles, and the integral oil reservoir provides all the benefits of a dry-sump design without the clutter of external oil lines. You get both great performance and a super-clean look.


Model Year
Caliente Red Metallic
Stock Number


678 lbs. (307 kg)
65.5 in. (1,662 mm)
Seat Height
27.5 in. (697 mm)


52 V-twin, chain-driven SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder
1312 cc
Bore x Stroke
89.5 x 104.3 mm
Compression Ratio
Single 38 mm CV
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.8 gal. (18 l)


Final Drive


Front: Single 336 mm disc with dual-piston caliper
Rear: Single 296 mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front: 110/90-19
Rear: 170/80-15


Front: 41 mm fork; 5.1 in. (129 mm) travel
Rear: Dual shocks with adjustable spring preload; 3.6 in. (91 mm) travel

Standard Features

Engine / Drivetrain
 VTX1300C engine is a 1,312 cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin that delivers strong low-end and midrange torque, with ample power for passing and relaxed cruising.  
 Powerplant design features a single-pin crankshaft to accentuate the VTX1300C engine's character.  
 Dual two-axis primary counterbalancers help to minimize harsh engine vibration without eliminating the powerful pulses transmitted by the VTX1300C's traditional V-twin design.  
 Each three-valve cylinder head features two 31 mm intake valves and a large 40 mm exhaust valve to produce optimum flow for the incoming air / fuel charge.  
 Simple-to-service screw-and-locknut valve-clearance adjusters.  
 Single 38 mm constant-velocity carburetor offers crisp throttle response.  
 Electronic control unit (ECU) provides 3-D ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal spark advance settings for superb rideability.  
 Coolant-heated carburetor improves rideability and ensures smooth operation in cold conditions.  
 Two sparkplugs per cylinder for efficient combustion at all engine speeds.  
 A unique dry-sump oil 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 27.5 inches (697 mm) seat height.  
 Custom chromed two-into-two exhaust system produces a deep exhaust note.  
 Radiator with cooling fan maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life.  
 Automatic cam-chain tensioners.  
 Reliable electric-starter system.  
 Sturdy clutch utilizes a rubber clutch-centre damper to ensure smooth and quiet shifting.  
 Five-speed transmission with carefully selected gear ratios for 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
 Custom cast wheels give the VTX1300C a performance-custom profile.  
 A beefy 170/80-15 rear tire puts the VTX1300C's power to the ground and provides exceptional traction.  
 Massive tubular steel frame contains the engine's power and gives the VTX1300C a long, low, classic stance.  
 Large 41 mm extended front fork provides 5.1 inches (129 mm) of plush yet responsive travel.  
 Dual chromed rear shocks with five-position preload adjustment feature an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride.  
 Front disc brake features a twin-piston caliper with a large-diameter 336 mm stainless steel rotor. Combined with the rear single-piston caliper and 296 mm stainless steel rotor, the brakes provide excellent stopping power.  
Additional Features
 Minimalist-design front and rear fenders complement the VTX1300C's street-rod styling.  
 Specially designed tank-mounted chrome housing features a speedometer, odometer / A&B tripmeter, and indicator lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral indicator, oil pressure and coolant temperature.  
 Electric speedometer with easy-to-read classic numerals uses an electronic speed sensor in the transmission, which eliminates the front-wheel-mounted speedometer cable. This contributes to a clean, uncluttered look.  
 Extensive chrome finishing of engine parts includes cylinder-head covers, valve inspection covers, airbox cover, left crankcase cover, clutch cover and left-rear engine cover.  
 Distinctive chrome-hooded headlight housing features a powerful, 55W / 60W halogen bulb with a computer-designed multi-reflector for superb lighting.  
 Handlebar design provides a comfortable, upright riding position.  
 Comfortably padded, large-diameter handgrips with polished aluminum handlebar switch housings and triple-clamp assembly.  
 18-litre fuel tank for extended cruising and touring range.  
 Reliable 364W alternator.  
 Durable, maintenance-free 12-amp-hour battery.  
 Large under-seat tool tray.  
 Convenient push-to-cancel turn-signal switch.  

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