As far as the handling. I would guess at under 10k it probably still had the stock Dunlops. Those tires suck on a VTX. And if he wasn't taking care of it the air pressure may have been low. I know they work fine on the shadow. At least they did on my 1100. But on the X they get sluggish and the back tire starts to cup which makes the front wobble at low speeds. I switched to Avons and it's amazing how nimble a big bike can feel.The test ride is over...
In fact, it didn't last 5 miles and I barely got out of the parking lot to begin with. I'm not sure if all 1800's are like this, but the front end felt very loose and when taking a slow corner, like in or out of a parking lot, it felt like the handlebars were being pulled out of my hands.
There were a number of cosmetic issues as well, I won't go into detail, let's just say it wasn't a good presentation for a trade.
In the end, maybe other 1800's look and ride better, but I can't justify the trade on this one.