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Honda VTX1300 (S, C, R, 2002-2009) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Honda VTX1300

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda VTX1300.

The Honda VTX1300 was first launched in 2003 with an all-new 1312cc liquid-cooled carburettor-fed V-twin rolling on spoked wheels. It was meant to be a smaller sibling to the gigantic VTX1800, but it relied on an all-new engine design, not just the same block with a shorter stroke.

The VTX1300 came in a few guises — the VTX1300S as the base model with floorboards and a heel/toe shifter, the VTX1300C with cast-alloy wheels, a drag-style handlebar, and shifting pegs, and the VTX1300R as the “Retro” model with cast-alloy wheels and tubeless tyres.

The VTX1300 was retired in favour of the VT1300C line in 2009/10.

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Honda VTX1300 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda VTX1300.

Being an naked cruiser with a liquid-cooled engine and a shaft drive, the Honda VTX1300’s maintenance schedule is pretty light on. But there’s still oil to change, lubrication to maintain, and a a few other things (and shaft drive fluid to keep up as well).

The maintenance for the Honda VTX1300 is broken into two sections: Emission-Related Items and Non-Emission-Related Items.

Honda’s difficulty levels (according to the manual, but you do you!)

  • * Should be serviced by your Honda dealer, unless you have the proper tools and service data and are mechanically qualified. Refer to the official Honda Service Manual.
  • ** In the interest of safety, we recommend these items be serviced only by your Honda dealer.

Maintenance Procedures:

  • I: inspect and clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary
  • C: clean
  • A: adjust
  • L: lubricate
  • R: replace

Key to notes:

  • 1. At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
  • 2. (Air filter) Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden in unusually wet or dusty areas
  • 3. (Crankcase breather) Service more frequently if the motorcycle is ridden often at full throttle or in the rain.
  • 4. (Evap system) California type only.
  • 5. (Fluids) Replace every 2 years, or at indicated odometer interval, whichever comes first. Replacement requires mechanical skill.
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x 1000 kmNOTE16.412.819.225.63238.4
*Fuel LineIII
*Throttle OperationIII
*Carburetor ChokeIII
Air Cleaner (K&N HA-1330)NOTE 2RR
Crankcase BreatherNOTE 3CCCCCC
Spark Plug (NGK DCPR6E)IRIRIR
*Valve ClearanceIIII
Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4)RRRR
Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)RRRR
*Engine Idle SpeedIIIIIII
Radiator Coolant (Ethylene Glycol Pre-Mix)NOTE 5IIR
*Cooling SystemIII
*Secondary Air Supply SystemIII
*Evaporative Emission Control SystemNOTE 4II
Final Drive Oil (Pro Honda Shaft Drive Oil)IIR
Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)NOTE 5IIRIIR
Brake Pads WearIIIIII
Brake SystemIIII
*Brake Light SwitchIII
*Headlight AimIII
Clutch SystemIIIIIII
Side StandIII
*SuspensionIII
*Nuts, Bolts, FastenersIIII
**Wheels/TiresIIIIIII
**Steering Head BearingsIIII
Honda VTX1300 maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda VTX1300 range

The different VTX1300 motorcycles have different tyres — some tubed, some tubeless.

The Honda VTX1300S and R has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front140/80-17M/C 69H32 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 kgf/cm2)
Rear170/80-15M/C 77HBelow 90 kG32 psi (225 kPa, 2.25 kgf/cm2)
Above 90kg (200 lb): 36 psi (250 kPa)
Honda VTX1300S tyre pressures

The main difference is that

  • The VTX1300S has tubed tires
  • The VTX1300R has tubeless tires
tire size and pressure for Honda VTX1300S and VTX1300R

Of course, use your experience to choose the correct tyre pressure for your VTX1300 motorcycle.

About the Honda VTX1300

The Honda VTX1300 is based on an all-new (at the time) 1,312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine that delivers effortless, rumbling power.

The offset cylinder design enhances the feeling of the VTX’s powerful engine, while two-axis primary balancers smooth away unpleasant vibrations.

The balanced front and rear fenders, chrome-hooded headlight, broad fuel tank with tank-mounted instruments, semi-swept handlebar, and floorboards with heel-and-toe shifter (in the S version) create a classic retro style that sets the VTX apart from the competition.

Rider comfort is enhanced with comfortable ergonomics and a firmly padded saddle featuring a low seat height, like you’ll find on many cruisers. Staggered dual exhausts produce a pleasing, throaty exhaust note.

Honda made the VTX1300 line very customisable, and so sold a line of bolt-on accessories. They released specially designed seats and luggage, plus a bunch of other bling options (that may not be as available today).

The tank-mounted chrome housing holds the speedometer, odometer/ trip meter, and indicator lights for the turn signals.

The 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.

Manual for the Honda VTX1300

Honda VTX1300S Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda VTX1300S.

You can download it from here.

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