My Honda CTX1300 (My Girl)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Clampett, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Long story short. I'm an old retired fart. I've had about 26 bikes previously. Mini bikes to Gold Wings. 7 of the bikes were Gold Wings. Great for touring 2 up. Yeah, I had everything on them, even a trailer. Here is one of them in Winchester, Va (the green one).
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    The most fun I'd ever had touring was on my scooter (Silverwing). Coast to coast. I never named her. Here she is in Yosemite:
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    Last year I got the Yamaha 950. Plenty of power, smooth, and great mpg. Then I took my first trip up to the Dragon. Crap!!!! It's worse than I thought. Boards too low and just drag too much.
    I went to the Honda shop to look around. There was the NC700 I'd read about. An FJR. Maybe another Silverwing. Hey, what's this? CTX700. And here it is in the 1300 size. It's ugly. I went home and read up on the CTX models. Went back to the stealer. Funny how it looks better now. Made a deal. Didn't have the color I wanted. Waited 3 days and got it.
    I was so happy. I even took the extended warranty and tire replacement. I know!!! I felt so gullible. Never done something like this before.
    Rode her home:
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    Did you ever have one of those experiences where you found a puppy that you just knew was going to be your best friend for life? Yep, that's the feeling. She just glistened in the sun. She purred with pleasure on the way home. She even smiled at my wife. My wife doesn't like bikes. Her response: "Your new girlfriend is cute". 2 days later, she told me I needed to only keep one.(One Bike!!)
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  2. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Being a new model, there aren't many accessories for her. I made a Givi mount for my V47. It is lower profile than the standard Givi mounts. I think I did a good job. I got the stealer to get me a taller windshield.
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    I think the Kury grips would be just too much. So I tried the Grip Puppies.
    The taller screen is great. Makes the stereo louder and this is the first ever Honda shield I've used that didn't have a lot of helmet buffeting. I'm only 5'10" btw and some other riders experience is not the same as mine.
    The Honda CTX1300 designer said the bike is supposed to be a bagger than looks like the great American Eagle:
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    Ok, I can kinda see it, but most say it looks like that cartoon character. You know which one, right?
    After 3 days of polishing, petting, spending time with her in the garage, fantasizing, ......you know what I mean and don't say you don't....it was time for a nice ride. Riding the nice country roads of the south are great. You never know what you'll see.
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    Now if you tell me that ain't sexy, then you are on the wrong forum!!!!!!:evil
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  3. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Lets see My Girl with some fall foliage. I bet she will look good out in nature:
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    Oh yeah!!!! Just like any super model, her presence commands the scene.
    Well, no super model photo shoot is complete unless there is a little photo shopping, right?
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  4. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Any model needs to be cultured. Time for some art:
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    Also, my first attempt (on this bike) of DIY hand guards. Looked and functioned bad.
    Maybe some sports:
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    Time to take some kids out and show them a good time. They looked so happy smiling for the professional photographer while we all
    learn about local customs/history:
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  5. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    As a super model, you need to show you have concerns, interest, and desire to visit areas outside your locale:
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    The visiting Panda had a great day. Lots of wind and sunshine.
    Returning back to Alabama, there were flowers awaiting her. They were so colorful. Panda was a bit jealous thinking they were for her in the beginning. But, to save face, she graciously posed with My Girl:
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  6. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Nice bike, nice pics Clampett.

    I would like to ride the CTX1300. Sitting on one in the showroom, the heads seemed like they might interfere with my knees, but need a test ride to know.
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  7. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    One of the more important things, is history. Knowing local history can give you the appearance of interest to the locals. It also helps you to understand some things that have happened whether you agree with them or not.
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    So many covered bridges around the country in the past. Today, they are mostly just steel and concrete structures that just perform their function. Yes, there are some that are beautiful works of art, but not many.

    As we trail, we learn of places and names we have never even heard of before:
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    Time for a couple shots with some of the kids:
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    Yeah, even the ugly kids. That's ok, she can't read, so doesn't know how I'm talking about her :rofl:rofl
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    Panda bears can't have all the fun. How about we let Brown bear ride a little:
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  8. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Well now, you may ask, this is fine and dandy, but why doesn't she show some interest in our veterans? After all, this would be possible without the sacrifices that have preceded us. My Girl agrees and has already visited several of the local memorial sites:
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    And she performed her civic duty in reporting the broken water main located behind this site.

    Once again, Panda is staring at the flowers. Now I'm beginning to wonder if it is because she wants to taste them.
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  9. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Sometimes you just want to ride around without purpose and see what you can find:
    Some old and really old cars:
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    What? A museum that isn't listed on Google maps or found on search?
    Lets post this and see how long till it shows.
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    City used to be called Jug Town. Can you fathom why? Some of the citizens keep reminders around the community, but many don't know why.
    Panda and the kids learned more today.
    Did you notice My Girls new DIY mud flap. Her rear was getting mud stripes
    up the middle and it just wasn't appropriate for someone of her class to be soiled in such a manner.
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    I find that My Girl is wearing out her shoes after much traveling. Time to discuss a new and improved pair that would facilitate her in more extensive and remote travels. Pondering the idea of a RR. One week? 2 weeks? Plan it or just spend 15 minutes packing and go? So many decisions. My Girl says she is game either way......we will see....
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  10. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Thank you jon,
    This bike is a year in the US now and almost nothing on her on the forum. So, thought I might provoke some interest. The CTX1300 forum is starting to grow a bit.
    I have 30" inseam and still have 2" between my knee and the heads. You could get a new seat made to fit you. This is the first bike in a while (since the Wing) that I've not replaced the seat or modded it immediately.
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  11. V4V

    V4V Adventurer

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    glad to see someone with a ctx1300, i test rode it last year and loved it but it was too expensive when i went looking for a bike, ended up with a VFR1200F instead, but i can see myself picking up a ctx1300, they handle great, has good pickup and even does 125mph+ :D
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  12. Dogdaze

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    I too am/was looking at a CTX1300, now if only they did the DCT as they do in the 700 version, but after years of cruiser riding and now an S10, not sure I'm quite ready to go back to low seat bike yet. Love the fact that it has a center stand.
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  13. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Center stand is an option. Some people use the incentives to get the stand. I chose not to get it. Easier to do the oil change without it. Most like the stand tho.

    I think I'd like the DCT too....but......
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  14. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    A good friend rides a CTX. He bought it last August and had the 600 mile check done the next day...

    He likes it.

    NFE
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  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird air conditioned gypsy

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    I had one briefly last year - bought it when a local dealer got a batch of bikes from Honda and they blew out a Deluxe for $3500 under MSRP....and I used the $1000 in accessories to put just about everything available on it.

    Pretty good bike, but I was going back to one bike and needed something I could take offroad and replaced it with a '14 Super Tenere.

    I did like it, especially the LED lighting. Good road bike, wish it had a bit more range like the ST1300 I had a while back.

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  16. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    Yes, I recognize your avatar and you had the same username while you were pretty active on the CTX1300 forum.
    You are right also about the CTX being a road only bike. The worst I have done is on forest roads with dirt and gravel when playing tag games with the locals. The range is in line with the average road bike. I get 200+ per tank. If I'm doing 75+ then it drops below 180 mile range. The range I mean is until the reserve light comes on. So far there is still not the perfect (for me) bike. I'd like the CTX1300 with the DCT as stated above and a 6+ gal tank, but so far that doesn't even look like a possibility. I also prefer shaft drive.
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  17. ChubbyDodds

    ChubbyDodds I am a walrus.

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    I went into the dealer to buy the '14 CTX1300 and left on the '15 F6B instead. I love the F6B, but can tell by your bike I would have been just as happy. Great looking bike you've got!!! :clap

    The difference for me was the seat height between the two. While not a lot of difference, the F6B was just a little lower. There wasn't much difference in the price surprisingly, as well.

    I think both are great bikes that haven't been given all the attention they deserve.
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  18. Clampett

    Clampett Uncle Jed

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    The F6B is a Goldwing having a mid-life crisis. It is an awesome bike. The F6B has gotten more attention than the CTX1300 (so far). I've had mine 8 months. During that time, only one person knew it was a CTX1300. The others (5 bikers) all asked me if it was the new FB6. I just smiled each time and din't tell them there was no such thing as a FB6. Tell them what it is and answer any questions.
    Congrats on your ride. I know you happy as a pig in the mud!!! :clap
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  19. pazzo

    pazzo Been here awhile

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    Tagged, looking to hear more impressions as you progress.
    I love the looks of the bike and really the only cruiser-touring type bike I would consider at this point.

    Curious if anyone knows. There are no 2015 models listed on Honda's US website. Anyone know why?
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  20. Rox

    Rox Been here awhile

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    I wound up going in and wanting a MG California 1400 and wound up stopping at my local Honda Dealer and left with a CTX1300. I thought it was a Deluxe when I bought it but it was a Standard. I then bought the audio , shield and a trunk and pretty much made it a Deluxe without ABS and ready for the highway.
    I never thought I would own anything like this but I love it.. But thinking of the LED headlights, a blaring stereo and a trunk that can fit 2 30packs of beer and it makes sense. :freaky
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