2008 Honda VTX 1800 Tourer Spec 2

Motorcyclist Online helps you research the used 2008 Honda VTX 1800 Tourer Spec 2 before buying this Cruiser bike. The 2008 VTX1800 Tourer Spec 2 is made in Japan. Honda first introduced the VTX1800 Tourer model in 2007. With front Dual Disc ...     read more
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2008 Honda VTX1800 Tourer Spec 2

Model Overview:

2008 VTX1800 Tourer Spec 2

Bodystyle Cruiser
Warranty 12 months
Manufacturer Country Japan
Introduction Year 2007
Displacement (cc) 1795
Engine Type V Twin
Nextstep Bg

2008 Honda VTX 1800 Tourer Spec 2


The Honda VTX series of cruiser motorcycle was inspired by the Zodia, a Honda concept motorcycle, when it was presented at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The VTX 1800 itself wasn’t introduced until 2002, when it arrived on the motorcycle scene boasting the largest displacement production V-twin engine ever – even bigger than a car’s. Honda says the VTX represents the merger of a big engine with traditional styling. The Japanese manufacturer introduced the VTX 1800 Tourer in 2007. In 2008, the Tourer came in two models: Spec 1 and Spec 2. Both motorcycles are made at Honda’s factory, which also produces the Gold Wing, in Marysville, Ohio. Both models feature a 1795 cc V-twin, four-stroke engine. This is a pretty big engine, but then the 2008 VTX 1800 Tourer is a pretty big bike. It weighs in at 800 pounds, and that’s before gasoline, oil, and other engine fluids are added. The size pretty much establishes The VTX 1800 Tourer as a motorcycle for experienced riders only.

Both the 2008 VTX 1800 Tourer Spec 1 and Spec 2 come with 24-liter leather saddlebags and detachable passenger backrests. The frame and engine basics are the same on both models, which differ in exterior characteristics, such as paint. The Spec 2 also has more chrome parts than its Spec 1 sibling. They also differ on the handlebars; the Spec 1 has cast aluminum risers, while the Spec 2 has chrome-plated aluminum handlebar mounts. Clutch and brake levers on the Spec 1 have a smooth, cast-aluminum finish, while on the Spec 2, the finish is highly polished aluminum. While official gas mileage estimates are not available, owners report getting between 40 and 45 mph when riding the speed limit on freeways.

New For 2008
  • Not applicable as the 2008 VTX 1800 Tourer is a carryover from the 2007 model year.

2008 Honda VTX 1800 Tourer Specs

  • Model: VTX 1800 Tourer Spec 1
  • Engine Type: V-twin, four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 101.0 mm x 112.0 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.0:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam
  • Induction: Honda programmed fuel injection system
  • Ignition: Digital
  • Transmission: Manual, five-speed
  • Final Drive: Shaft drive (cardan)
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: not available
  • Brakes (Front): Dual disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single disc
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin-sided swing arm, with adjustable spring pre-load
  • Wheelbase: 67.5 inches
  • Rake: 32.0°
  • Trail: 6.4 inches
  • Seat Height: 27.4 inches
  • Curb Weight: 800 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 150/80 R17 tubeless
  • Tires (Rear): 180/70 R16 tubeless


  • Boulevard shield and mounting kits
  • Chrome backrest with pad in assorted styles
  • Chrome front fender ornament
  • Custom windshield
  • Chrome heated grips
  • Digital audio system
  • Leather touring bags in assorted styles
  • Chrome rear carriers

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