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Old 12-29-2013, 07:31 PM   #676
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Only 600 miles so far but really enjoying it. Handles great, plenty of power for town and highway. Very comfortable.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #677
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I haven't seen one on the road yet. Wonder how sales are going for the CTX?

Guess the 1300 will be out there soon and may instill more interest in the CTX line.

There's a ctx1300.com forum up already, too.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #678
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I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Geez, another cruiser. Harley can pull this off, Honda can't.
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Old 12-30-2013, 12:49 PM   #679
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I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Geez, another cruiser. Harley can pull this off, Honda can't.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:14 AM   #680
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i've had mine since august -- ghastly fairing and all -- and have put 4K miles on it as a daily commuter in the pnw wet weather. i've also used it for a trio of peninsula loops on the ol' 101, and for trips to portland. it's been unimpeachably solid and sometimes, i like the speedmaster-esque grumble-burr of the 270 degree parallel twin.

ALMOST -- as in cash in hand -- traded it in for ridonkulous deal on a burnt orange '12 z1000, but backed out despite my lust because JESUS CHRIST THAT WOULD BE FOUR BIKES IN ONE YEAR and frankly, that would make me a 'tard. much to my wife's (and my checkbook's) relief, i backed the f*ck off and am determined to ride what i got to a min of 20K miles per-bike before i step foot in a dealership "with intent" again. tears lingering in my eyes, i salved my desire and put some money into a cee bailey 23" screen and a new corbin seat.

this is a good bike. the haters can and will criticise the looks, the dct option, and the low hp of the mill, but this bike pulls good and hard at commute speeds, makes start/stop eminently endurable, and handles better than any cruiser i've ever ridden. downsides? i scrape pegs regularly anyway since it's so easy to throw it over in a corner or roundabout, and i STILL have not gotten over the dog's ass fugliness of that front fairing, or the initial impression of plastickiness. also, when the demon gets some claw time in your reptile brain, this bike will NOT satisfy, as any speed over 90 is a slog on the engine. lastly, the dct isn't terribly good, or at least still needs refinement: i now shift manually ALL the time, since even the s mode short shifts too often for my tastes. (the d mode -- granddad mode -- is strictly for the eco set.) mpg isn't what was advertised, probably thanks to my more, uhhhhhh, aggressive riding style, but i ain't sneering at an average 58 mpg.

in fact, i'll go ahead and say that this is my ideal commuter bike. it's comfortable and chill, has the torque to get you out of traffic trouble, handles better than many scoots in parking lots, and is plenty stable on the slab. much as i occasionally mock it, it, like a camry, serves its purpose excessively well: it gets you from point a to point b across cities with all the tools you need when you need them, even if it doesn't stir the soul in the traditional two-wheeled ways. it isn't a bike for anyone who has the better highways at their immediate beck-and-call, but for those of who hate cages and want to stay out of 'em en route to work, it's a wonderful, wonderful compromise, and i arrive at my job every day with a smile instead of a hatefire blazing in my amygdala.

if i were honda, here's what i'd fix:

+ 12v adapter STANDARD. what the f*ck! this is a commuter bike! (insert jerryh-esque rant about hidden honda costs here.)
+ fix the fairing. the dn-01 is NOT the bike to evoke. man, this is like suzuki and the b-king style creeping into their naked lineup.
+ add some f*cking brackets for swingarms spools! wound up getting some nc700x spool brackets to fit so i could do, you know, basic maintenance. jesus. if this is supposed to also be an introductory bike, then help a n00b out!
+ BIGGER GOTDAMN FUEL TANK. 3.2 gallons is fine for commuting, but 175-ish miles range is shitballs for even light touring. i get that honda's engineers were fretting over advertised curb weight, but this bike feels like half its 510 wet pounds with its frankly brilliant mass centralization effort and low low center of gravity.

anyway, love the sumbitch. apparently it's a decent seller and up to honda's kinda lowball expectations, but a bit of a demographic miss. if they wanted the youthful new riders, they should make a CB350 with a dct (hondamatic) and throw in a scarf and aviator goggles as a bonus.
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Old 12-31-2013, 07:22 AM   #681
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oh, and i get compliments on it from non-riders when i take the edmonds-kingston ferry. the gs crew turn their noses up -- snobs -- but i've been asked more questions about it from random folks who think it looks cool. there's no accounting for taste!
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:24 AM   #682
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^^. Good write up.

I get positive comments from riders and non- riders alike. Surprised me as I started out not liking the looks so much but now they are growing on me.
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Old 12-31-2013, 11:40 AM   #683
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^^. Good write up.

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What he said.

I'm absolutely in agreement with providing a 12V cigarette lighter!

For commuting, tank size comes into play more than touring, IMO. I don't want to have to get gas every other day, but after a couple of hours on the road, I don't necessarily mind stopping.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:13 PM   #684
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my commute is down to 30 miles a day (from 56ish), so fill ups are a once-a-week affair. if it was longer, yeah, it'd be a bit aggravating.

touring-wise, i tend to get pretty into long haul mode and forget to register significant drops in fuel level. ;-)
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:26 PM   #685
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added a corbin seat and a 22" cee bailey screen. ace commuter for seattle year round, now!

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:25 PM   #686
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My wife has a CTX700D, I get to ride it now and then.
"Oh, do you want me to fill the bike for you since you'll be busy this afternoon ?" (120km detour later ...).

I wouldn't replace my DL 650 for one of these, but it's really relaxing to ride in comparison. And that's from someone who really hates the feet forward riding position. Eats city traffic, eats cruising and handles surprisingly well given how low it is. The only place it suffered was some of the bumpy back roads where I discovered 3 or 4 large lumps that I simply hadn't noticed on the DL.

Plenty of get up and go, passing is probably better than the DL, simply because I can't change down three gears as fast as the CTX can. Handling is better than any other cruiser I've ridden (Not that many in truth) and good enough not to be a pain riding with a DL.

O.K. a few problems, lack of luggage space and spools stock would be well up there for me, it really needs to come with at least the rear rack so you can just drop a top box on.

No clue how the manual would be in comparison, but the auto is beautiful. I don't think either of us have bothered to even touch the flappy paddles yet.

My wife loves the thing, she's relatively short, not an agressive rider and it's mainly used for commuting with the occasional long trip - perfect.

Fuel economy is really impressive, where my DL gets 25km/l this gets 33, so at least for us, range is *just* acceptable but five more litres would be very welcome.

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Old 01-16-2014, 04:08 PM   #687
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I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Geez, another cruiser. Harley can pull this off, Honda can't.
That's where most people do throw up.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:11 PM   #688
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added a corbin seat and a 22" cee bailey screen. ace commuter for seattle year round, now!

I like that! I wish Honda would come off with a fully loaded tourer on that platform. Someday someone is going to have the balls to make a 650 pound full on mid displacement tourer.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:54 PM   #689
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I like that! I wish Honda would come off with a fully loaded tourer on that platform. Someday someone is going to have the balls to make a 650 pound full on mid displacement tourer.
+1

Like the Silver Wing GL500! This platform would be better!
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Old 01-16-2014, 05:08 PM   #690
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I like that! I wish Honda would come off with a fully loaded tourer on that platform. Someday someone is going to have the balls to make a 650 pound full on mid displacement tourer.
It is made, but not cheap. F800GT. 90HP, under 500lbs wet, with side bags.


BTW, 650lbs is heavy. The R1200RT doesn't weigh but 569lbs wet and ready to ride, 110HP, too.

Here's the GT...

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