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Honda, From Performance to Practicality...
Jul 11, 2014 - 11:30 AM - by rosy thorn
Once upon a time the only thing you could buy stamped Honda was a motorbike, now the company makes everything jet planes to generators. Once upon a time the Honda Motorcycle Corporation had one aim, building mind bending bikes (RC166 anyone ). Now I'm not about to go all defcon and proclaim that HONDA HAS LOST THEIR WAY, because frankly I don't think they have but I do think they've lost their soul, or sold it.

Above all I'm a motorcycle enthusiast and it pains me to see Honda's halo products languishing. The CBR's are old and slow, basically unchanged for the better part of 6 years. Why is it that the CBR600RR makes LESS power than it did in 2007, or why is the CBR1000RR one of the only Super Sports not available with Traction Control, for the thrill of the high side?

Sure Honda is still spending bucketfulls on product development but I can't help but feel its misguided to a degree. The NM4 is a strange creature created for the pleasure of Indonesian Teenagers, The CTX's are both essentially big scooters that while absolutely fantastic products are simply not the type of product that bends minds and gets people truely excited about what this company is capable of.

Perhaps this is simply a function of ever encroaching emissions regulations, resource scarcity and economic frugality from the toy buying public that has necessitated Hondas shift from performance to practicality? Or maybe its due to switching their focus from western markets to SE Asia, where the riding is largely scooter based, cites are crowded, and riding is a necessity not pastime?

Not even MotoGP seems to be pushing Honda, with Dorna in their pocket Honda grumbles, groans and threatens to leave the series if the rules are not tailored around them, meaning Honda has long been without viable competition in terms of machinery. The only reason they we're losing out was becasue the best riders we're on different machinery. Now with the best rider and the best machine its a complete joke. The're no incentive to get better, there is no rabbit to chase.

As we grow our ideals change, we trade the coupe for a van, that racy blonde for one who can cook and that sporty steed often goes for a bagger or in terminal cases, a scooter. Perhaps Honda is showing its age?

I don't know...
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New in Cycle World - CTX1300 vs MG California
May 29, 2014 - 4:29 PM - by sleepngbear
Just got this from Cycle World -- CTX1300 Deluxe vs. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Toruing. Pretty detailed review.

Honda CTX1300 Deluxe vs. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring- Comparison Test
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Wing Total loss, accident/ new CTX1300
May 22, 2014 - 2:55 PM - by kniterider
I am trying to line up a grey blue deluxe. So far best price is about 3.5 hours away in West Virginia. Insurance agent just called me and confirmed my 2012 wing is totaled.
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Is the CTX1300 a good passenger bike?
May 09, 2014 - 12:05 PM - by Panther Dash

I've read a few threads that have been asking about various aspects of riding with a passenger. I decided to do a write-up here that goes over how to ride with a passenger and what to look for in a good passenger bike. Finally, I'll look at how the CTX1300 measures up as a passenger bike.

When you are riding with a passenger you have to be aware that you'll have a lot of extra weight on your bike. Given that, you want to make sure that you have a bike that gives you extra control. Some things that can help you get more control are choosing a bike with wide bars, a commanding riding position, comfortable ergonomics, a reasonable seat height and smooth controls.

As far as things that can be done to make your passenger more comfortable, you can try to get your passenger a spacious seat. That seat should be a reasonable distance from the passenger pegs. The passenger seat should be just a few inches taller that the driver's. This is to make sure the passenger feels neither perilously high, nor so low that they can't really see what's going on.

There are also things that you can do as you are riding in order to accommodate your passenger better. The overarching theme here is to ride smoothly. This means you should shift smoothly, and you can even try to drag your back brake at low speeds to help stability too. If your passenger's helmet taps yours when you are braking, you probably aren't riding smooth enough. You can also adjust the suspension (front and rear) to handle the extra weight.

So, how does the CTX1300 measure up considering all these things that make a good passenger bike?

The CTX1300 has a riding position that is right in the middle between sportbike and cruiser. It seems to be both commanding and comfortable, so I think it gets a thumbs up for riding position. It seems like the handle bars aren't the best around. They sweep back pretty severely from the triple tree, and it might be better if it was a slightly flatter handle bar.

The CTX1300 has a pretty smooth ride. Dual-counter-balancers keep the engine smooth. One review I read says this:

[The engine runs] so smooth that I didnít realize that Iíd hit the 7,000 rpm redline until the rev-limiter flattened out my acceleration.
The CTX1300 also has adjustable rear suspension which is great for accommodating the extra weight that carrying a passenger comes with.

That's all that I could find, Do you think that the CTX1300 is a good bike for those of us who like to ride 2 up? Is there anything that you would change about the bike to make it more amenable to passengers?
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