2014 Honda CTX700 Threadfest

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by HondaFanatic, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. ObiJohn

    ObiJohn Screaming Banshee

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    I'm one of the few DN-01 owners who like that bike... bought mine new in '11 at just over $8K, and for that price it was a good deal. I've taken a couple of long day trips on mine, but the real sweet spot is around-town riding. It is my commuting vehicle of choice, or for any riding that I don't actually have to be on the interstate. What kills me is the wind blast; it's very fatiguing after a couple of hours with the factory windshield. But, what a super-easy bike to ride.

    The CTX700N is basically the same bike, with a different auto transmission, a motor that isn't quite as powerful but gets significantly better mileage, and a chain drive instead of a shaft. IMO the DN-01 looks higher-end; Honda did a great job with the bodywork/detailing if you like that sort of thing. I think there is a market for new, older riders, who want an easy-handling motorcycle that isn't scary. My current long distance bike is a Yamaha FJR1300AE, but I would never have bought this bike without having gotten some experience on the DN-01. The FJR isn't an easy bike for new riders, and it isn't easy for short riders either.

    I'd like to ride a CTX and see if I like it, but what I really want Honda to do is to bring the VFR1200 Crosstourer DCT to the USA. Or, better yet, create a parallel 3-cylinder version of the engine in the CTX, and offer a scaled-up 1000cc version with DCT, dual brakes, and bigger hard panniers. That would make a great tourer... a mini-Gold Wing. But, I can't see myself trading in my DN-01 for what is essentially the same bike, at the same new price.
  2. GrahamD

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    Bring back the original Wasserboxer I say. :deal

    Make it handle this time though. It should still get great economy.
  3. JerryH

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    Aside from the DCT, which is also available in the NC700 series and the VFR1200, the big issue is the super comfortable riding position of the CTX. Honda took a bike that does not look like a cruiser or a touring bike (Goldwing) and made it comfortable. Hopefully it will attract a lot of people who can't afford a Goldwing, and don't like the looks or image of cruisers, but do want to ride in comfort, don't need to take the whole house with them, and don't plan on going to the track. The manual transmission unfaired version is basically a standard.
  4. Maytag Repairman

    Maytag Repairman Been here awhile

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    Just an interesting local experience. Since I bought my DCT NC700x, my wife wants to look at a DCT CTX. Our local dealer (in Bremerton, WA) says the CTX's won't be released until July 8. She found two other dealers in Marysville and Everett that say they have them now but won't carry the DCT because they don't sell. If you want one, you have to order it. I have a feeling we will be "window shopping" Friday or Saturday at one of these two.
  5. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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  6. Maytag Repairman

    Maytag Repairman Been here awhile

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    Did our "window shopping" for the day.

    I found it very comfortable to sit on. My bottom and spinal cord felt an order of magnitude better than on my NC700x with rox risers and a custom seat. The seat is soft and gel-like. I don't think I've ever sat on a stock seat like it. It is like sitting on a tall cruiser but it didn't feel top heavy. Your feet are forward but much lower than the cruisers I've been on.

    The frunk could hold maybe a pair of gloves, wallet, and a cell phone but that is it. Hinshaws has a demo bike. Either way, we are going to sell her VSTAR 950 next. After that we will arrange for a demo. I think she has it narrowed down between this and a Silverwing. I like the seating position on both.

    BTW, I'm about 5' 8", 29" inseam.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38648090@N04/9225691689/" title="ctx1 by Rob Cupples, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7317/9225691689_d62d3bd00e_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="ctx1"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38648090@N04/9228473444/" title="ctx2 by Rob Cupples, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5451/9228473444_118b4eac00_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="ctx2"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/38648090@N04/9225696759/" title="ctx3 by Rob Cupples, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5492/9225696759_6583a773ef_c.jpg" width="600" height="800" alt="ctx3"></a>
  7. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    To me it looks like it could be really nice with a rider backrest, painful without. I think I saw rider backrest was an option.

    Curious what range people get with these. Too bad both fuel capacity and frunk space are less than the NC700x. It could still be a great commuter.
  8. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I finally got to check one out yesterday and was duly impressed. The weight seemed to be carried VERY low. The bike felt very light at rest. I want them to make a full on touring dresser model.
  9. JerryH

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    I sat on the CTX and was a perfect fit. But then I have put 160,000 miles on Vulcan 750s, a mid '80s cruiser. The riding position is what attracts me to this bike. The seat did not see to be as comfortable as the Vulcan's, but since I did not get to ride it, It's hard to tell. What this bike needs is a rider backrest. That makes the feet forward riding position 10 times more comfortable, and for me it is already way more comfortable than the lean forward/rearset peg riding position. My back is fine. My knees and shoulders are not.
  10. nachtflug

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    so your arthritis makes an automatic desirable but you won't be caught dead on a bike with ABS. right on.
  11. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    He doesn't wear a seat belt when he drives either. He might get trapped if his car gets submerged or catches ablaze.
  12. JerryH

    JerryH Banned

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    I am still quite capable of doing my own braking. I've been practicing for over 40 years and nearly half a million miles. You can get killed doing anything. I don't want a computer controlling my bike. I don't like the idea of an automatic either, but if it comes to that or stop riding, the choice is obvious. But I learned to ride on dirt bikes, and locking the wheels to do slides and stoppies was part of the deal. The commercial for one of Honda's new bikes shows dirt bike style riding on the street. Obviously it does not have ABS. Yet everyone on this whole site wants one. But me.

    I do wear seatbelts, mostly because it is a $250 fine around here if you get caught not wearing them. But, I also watched a cop burn to death when his Crown Vic was in a minor accident, caught on fire, and his seatbelt jammed. He probably had over 30 seconds to get out, but couldn't. It was a surreal feeling, hearing the ammunition in the car going off, knowing someone was dying in there. But the heat was so intense you couldn't get near the car. Hopefully he passed out from the heat and didn't feel anything afterwards. Seatbelts can save your life, or they can get you killed. Depends on the accident.

    Information on the cop: http://chandlerpd.com/about/memorial/ He's the one in the middle, Rob Nielsen. I arrived on the scene less than a minute after the collision in a City of Chandler fleet services truck. The cop had passed me about half a mile back. I parked the truck in the road, turned on the amber beacon light, and ran toward the car, but it was to hot to get close to. Shortly after I heard the ammo going off. Witnesses who actually witnessed the accident said they thought he had time to get out. He would be alive today had he not been wearing a seatbelt.


    If seatbelts save so many lives, why don't school buses have them? Are our kids not worth protecting? Why can you ride on a city bus standing up?

    Back when I was 16, myself and a cousin also my age has been to a party out in the desert, drinking and smoking pot, and generally getting pretty messed up. I had my dad's car, a 1963 Rambler station wagon. We left the party at about 2:00 AM, driving back home on a dirt road I knew well. I had the pedal to the floor, so we must have been doing about 70. The headlights were not that great. We were not wearing seat belts. All of a sudden a sharp 90 degree right turn appeared in front of us. I knew about it, but never thought about it. I slammed on the brake and turned the wheel all the way to the right, trying to side around the curve, but was going to fast. On the left side of the road was a deep ditch, then a high bank. The car skidded into the ditch, rolled over, up the bank, and rolled over 2-3 more times out into the desert. It came to rest on it's wheels. As I remember it, the doors were jammed, and we crawled out the broken windows. We were cut and bruised, but not a single broken bone. By the time someone found us the next morning, the effects of the booze and pot had worn off, and we really hurt then. We were taken to the hospital, checked over, bandaged up a bit, and released. No serious injuries found. And we were tumbling around in that car like clothes in a dryer. I was much more concerned about what I was going to tell my dad than about my painful but minor injuries. Before the early '60s, cars had no seat belts. So most people probably wound up eventually getting killed in their cars, right? No, actually study after study has shown virtually no difference. My mistake was driving in the condition I was in, not failing to wear seat belts.
  13. JerryH

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    Same situation as me. I have bad knees and shoulders (it is actually so bad that I'm retiring next year at 55, just can't handle being a mechanic 8 hours a day anymore) Having my legs all scrunched up underneath me, and a good part of my upper body weight supported by my arms due to low bars just kills my knees and shoulders. But I discovered the comfort of cruisers way back in 1980, when I got my first one, brand new, long before I wound up in this condition. I have a 34" inseam, so my knees are almost at a 90 degree angle on it. I can see how someone with a 29" inseam wouldn't like it. I've tried those WAY out front highway pegs, that leave your legs almost straight and unsupported. They hurt too. I also like the Silverwing riding position. A SW should last forever and never need to be replaced.
  14. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Picked up a CTX on Tuesday. Due to the weather and leaving for the holiday, haven't been able to put on any miles. Should be able to get out Monday.

    Any other owners here?
  15. TOzman

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    Went over to the Honda dealer while visiting my father over Thanksgiving, and the owner offered a ride on their demo with DCT. Now, I've had 9 Harleys ranging from a sporty all the way up to an Ultra; 2 Goldwings, a Valkryie, and four Beemers, including a R1200RT, R1200GS, and K1200GT.

    Bottom line: This was probably the most comfortable motorcycle, ergonomically speaking, that I have ever sat on. Only went for a few miles since it was 32 degrees out and I wasn't dressed for the occasion, but was duly impressed by both the bike and the DCT. In sport mode, the trans actually shifted later than I would have if I were shifting manually.

    While I still believe a NC700X is in my future, I would not be upset to have CTX.

    Just my .02 cents.

    Tim
  16. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    Only 600 miles so far but really enjoying it. Handles great, plenty of power for town and highway. Very comfortable.
  17. dirtdreamer50

    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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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.
  18. xrcris

    xrcris Been here awhile

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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.
  19. JerseyBiker

    JerseyBiker Living the life!

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    :rofl
  20. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Ape Trumpet

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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. :wink:

    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.