2014 honda ctx700 dct abs (ctx700d)

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

  1. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    i was guessing based on the 500 thread, but you're probably right. it's the same sched as the nc700x.
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  2. kconville

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    So uh, why is this bike being discussed in the scooter forum? What is at all scooter-ish about this thing? The automatic mode of the transmission is all I come up with, and that's a dual clutch geared affair, not a CVT.

    Something this big, with 17" wheels, no step-through, no floor board, and chain drive is a motorcycle. I'm not even a fan of calling Burgmans and S-Wings and BMW bulge-mobiles scooters. They're too friggin' huge and not very well suited to an urban landscape, which I think is the domain of a scooter. But, at least they have the basic layout of a scooter, this Honda does not.

    Maybe Auto Bike is a better term once a certain size and weight is reached. :1drink

    Oh, and why has nobody commented on the puny fuel tank on this thing? For such a large bike, you're not going to go too far between gas stations.

    BTW, having said all the above, I do think it's pretty cool.
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  3. voyagerrider

    voyagerrider Been here awhile

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    When I first saw this bike online I was very excited because of the low seat height. I am vertically challenged being only 5'2" with a 28" inseam. The low seat height was what I was looking for most bikes like this are much higher and just not confidence inspiring for me. Don't get me wrong I have ridden tall bikes before for test rides, but I am not comfortable tippy toes when coming to a stop. Beside dropping your bike just because you miscalculated when stopping is no fun.
    I am ready to move to something smaller and lighter that is not a cruiser. In other words doesn't have a feet forward riding position. Just like this bike does. The foot pegs are so far forward for me that my knees are straight which is not comfortable. Plus having my feet so far forward I am unable to standup on the pegs to stretch on long rides.
    Needless to say I was disappointed in Honda for not putting the footpegs and controls closer. Everything else on the bike feels really good. The seat and it height. As well as handle bar placement.

    Marty
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  4. kconville

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    Good point on the footpeg position. Clearly a product and "penalty" of the low seat height. For being a junior Gold-Cruiser, the chain is now starting to seem rather queer. Why not a belt drive, if not shaft?
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  5. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    With a 28" seat height I think most people would find a feet-under-seat peg position pretty cramped. It is unfortunate feet-forward is associated with cruisers but the ergos don't work any other way.

    The 700s are built to a price point. Chains are cheap, shaft final drive runs up the cost. Belt drive costs more as well but I do wonder why Honda has not introduced any belt drive bikes before now. It couldn't add that much to the final cost over a chain.

    The fuel capacity of the CTX is further reduced from the NC variant because of the low seat height. On the bright side the motor is proving to be very thrifty in the real world and the CTX700 should easily return 65 to 70 mpg in normal riding conditions. Ridden with an eye to mileage the motor gives 75 or more without any trouble and this is still keeping up with 55 to 65 mph traffic. Find a road you can ride a steady 45 to 50 mph and 85 is not out of the question. Tank range to dry in normal riding should be about 220 miles or 190 with a comfortable reserve. The tank capacity fits the fuel economy.
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  6. Vertical C

    Vertical C Long timer

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    They probably have no belt patents
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  7. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    I think the chain is the biggest negative of Honda's line of 700's. I would have loved to see a belt drive.
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  8. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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    agreed. shaft or belt woulda made it perfect as a low mantenance commuter/tourer.
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