2014 honda ctx700 dct abs (ctx700d)

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by TheReaper!, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. TheReaper!

    TheReaper! Been here awhile

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  2. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Look pretty cool but I have not seen one yet.
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    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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  5. aidanpryde18

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    I really like the blacked out look of the Naked model better.


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    It's the same engine and tranny as the NC series. I'm not sure if they raked it out any, but I would imagine that it is largely the same except for seating position.
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  6. kantuckid

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    I just checked the specs & it is 500.4 #'s curb weight. Other than the fact that it's an auto shift why (in general comparison) would I spend that much $$$ to get rid of my BMW R1150R-low seat version, that has far more power & weighs much less & is paid for to get the Honda? Is this about not having to shift or whats the attraction otherwise?
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  7. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    I think Honda is going after (what they see as) untapped markets.

    New riders and Geezers (low seat height and automatic)

    As one of the latter and also a short guy - each year (day?) throwing a leg over a bike is more difficult and hurts more. Leaning forward onto my wrists at all is painful after a very short time. This could be a motorcycle that keeps guys like me riding for a few more years. (Though scooters - for me - work better)

    I believe Honda feels this bike will be a non-intimidating bike for new riders since they can put both feet on the ground and not have to learn to operate a clutch while also learning to ride.

    I think clearly this is a compromise bike and not intended for the general market of riders. I applaud Honda for thinking out side the box. Lord knows there are enough Sport Bikes, Cruisers, Touring machines etc. out there for the general market.
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    RE: no clutch, never underestimate the appeal of not having to clutch in and out in city traffic.

    I love my manual bikes (and cars), but using either in traffic all commute long can be a painful thing.
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  9. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I really like riding with an automatic.

    I thing it would have a huge take rate on the Goldwing.

    I think most Harley riders would like automatic transmissions too but I don't think their egos would let them go for it.
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    I think the nekkid one is awesome looking.
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    I think it depends on where you are... in life as well as in your riding style. I owned 9 Harleys over the years - with the wide powerband with those v-twins, shifting is part of the experience. One of my favorite bikes was a BMW RT - I really enjoyed carving up the canyon near our home, and I can't imagine going into and out of those curves without complete control of the gearing.

    With a small motor, like most scooters, you'd be shifting all the time trying to keep that motor and RPMs happy. The automatic just works with what a scooter is all about.

    There have been other automatic transmission motorcycles in the past, and they weren't a sale success. Honda is smart offering these 700s either way. I will be surprised if the automatic is a sales leader.

    I think it is less about ego, and more about the experience. After 45 years of shifting motorcycles, my feet "twitched" on the scooter for the first few weeks. :evil

    I like the CVT on my scooter. I don't think I'd care for that on a motorcycle. But, I have never tried one. This Honda is a good-looking bike. Style counts. The "motorcycle experience" counts. It will be interesting to see how the sales stack up.

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    Honda should take a closer look at their motorcycle dealers. Possibly go undercover. Maybe clean house like Suzuki is doing.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    When we started looking to buy a few months back, Honda products were on the list. It was the dealers (two of them) that turned us off. They were arrogant, unfriendly, and I guess the Honda products were supposed to simply sell themselves. Don&#8217;t know how these two dealers are still in business. <o:p></o:p>
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    I've wanted one of those (the "N" model) ever since Honda announced them. I love the forward pegs. That's why I ride scooters and cruisers. Can't deal with having my legs all scrunched up underneath me. I would like to have the automatic model, but unfortunately they only sell it with ABS, which I don't want. Can't afford one now anyway. Will need to buy a new car soon.
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    Agreed. The dealer I purchased my PCX-150 from was not my first choice, but they had a big sale last month. As we were looking over the display model, the assistant sales manager approached my wife and I and said " I know your purse will fit under the seat just fine"

    I said "I don't have a purse".

    He just pretended he didn't hear me and went on with a weak sales pitch.
    Motorcycle dealer experiences make me sad like visiting a car dealership does.:waysad
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    I qualify as something of a geezer too @ 69 & counting. The leg thing is no problem for me-actually I'm very active & healthy guy. Tired from farm work today & moving sawmill lumber yesterday but ready to ride my big bike now! Mines for sale because I want to get into a lighter machine for when I'm simply older than now(plus I plan to ride my BMW vintage machine soon) and willing for that next machine to be a scoot. My MC has riser /set backs so the arm stuff is a non issue. The leg part is a non issue on the road but in parking lots & on the side of the road it can be a bitch if I don't get to call my spots as to when/where I can pull over on the side of the road,etc..Too bad that Honda "went outside the box & created a MC with 51hp"-thats a sick machine compared to other modern MC's & I'm not a HP freak or I'd be after 100hp these days. My old BMW R75/5 has that MC beat on ergonomics (for a geezer) & performance-only the brakes & electrics are ahead of that game w/Honda. I must admit, I really don't like the "space ship/star wars" look of most all modern MC's. The Honda will never get my $$$...Tupperware isn't cool!
    I think the real problem in MC's offered today is that many are too tall for certain riders(me) or too much HP when what I really want is handling-think vintage Honda 500cc MC-they were far from the most powerful but arguably were the best riding bikes ever made & with some reliability plus you could get on one & afford it. Wh7y not use that concept and throw in modern brakes,etc. then if you want an automatic go buy a scoot. MC's don't need AT.
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    I refuse to 2nd guess Harley riders:D
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    We have one decent Honda dealer around here. The rest I wouldn't even consider dealing with.
    I see both an automatic Goldwing and a Goldwing trike happening in the future. At least half of all newer Goldwings are turned into trikes with aftermarket kits, surely Honda has not failed to notice this. Plus Harley has their TriGlide.
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    so despite the fact that it looks like a goldwing's tardo stepchild, i traded in the bv 350 and blew my grom preorder (jerryh breathes a sigh of relief) to buy a ctx 700 so i could do some lightweight touring of the peninsula with my bike pals.

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    oh god it is so comfortable. it is so catass fugly. it's also my commuter, although with a crampbuster the zook has been pulling duty in that role as well. anyway, pnw folks, please don't throw rocks at me on bike night!

    i'll get the grom next year. i'm still in love with it.
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  19. TheReaper!

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    I sat on this exact bike at the dealer a few days ago , it fit me perfectly . Can't say that happens very often . It needs a matching trunk IMO , and some nice guy (sucker) to buy it and sell it to me for half what he paid for it :lol3

    From what I've read above 70mph there ain't much left in the throttle . My Big Ruckus will do that and it's only a 250cc scooter , and a heavy 250cc scooter at that . Did I mention the dealer is asking list price at this point ?

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  20. JerryH

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    I also sat on it (the "N" model) and it was a perfect fit. Pegs and controls feel just like my Vulcan 750, which is also a perfect fit. So perfect in fact that I have 160,000 miles on Vulcan 750s. The seat may not be as good, only racking up some miles would tell you that. But I gave up on the idea of buying one. Even with the automatic transmission, it is still a motorcycle, and in the not to distant future, I am going to have a very difficult time getting on and off of a motorcycle, so I will probably be making a permanent move to scooters. If this bike had come out several years ago, I would have almost certainly bought one. I am only 54, but have some severe orthopedic issues. I am retiring at 55, and hope to spend the next several years riding, even if it is on a scooter. Two wheels is two wheels. No trikes for me for a long time.

    And I certainly don't see anything ugly about the CTX, when compared to other "modern" motorcycles.
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