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CTX engineer talk articles
Apr 21, 2014 - 10:38 PM - by bob
Didn't see this page on World Honda web site earlier. Lots of great info on why and how things were done to result in the way the CTX1300 is as we have it now. Interesting that the battery is where it is to help offset that the engine was moved over the other way to compensate for the wider rear tire! Just as an example.

Good reading here. 5 articles plus a number of items at the bottom for more information.

Comfort Technology Revealed
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Taken delivery or taking delivery soon?
Apr 11, 2014 - 9:36 AM - by sleepngbear
If you've already taken delivery on your new CTX1300 or will be taking it soon, please double check with your dealer and give your bike a very close visual inspection, particularly around the bottom of the exhaust headers and the handlebar switch housings.

My dealer has just informed me that apparently as many as 90% of these bikes are coming through with shipping damage due to the crates being slightly too small. As a result, header pipes are being scratched and/or flat-spotted on the bottom, and switches or handlebars are getting scratched. Both of the CTX's my dealer has received have some minor damage. The bikes are perfectly safe and rideable, and they will replace any damaged part as soon as replacements come in. The damage to the headers you have to get down on the ground to look for, so it's not even something you're likely to see unless you're looking specifically for it.

I haven't heard anyone else here mention any such thing, so I figured people would want to know. Sounds like Honda is making good on it, but some dealers may be taking a don't-ask-don't-tell stand on it.
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Pictures from the press ride
Apr 02, 2014 - 1:35 PM - by ShadowRider
Honda had a "ride day" for the press in San Diego recently--that's why we are seeing this slew of reviews in the past few days. They have a Facebook page with a dozen photos of that event here:

CTX1300 Press Ride

I don't know if you have to login to Facebook to see these. I don't think so, though I did have to log in before I could make any comments.

It's kind of cool to see a bunch of 1300s all lined up…
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The CTX1300's V-4 vs. V-Twin Engines
Mar 21, 2014 - 2:02 PM - by DonaldD
I'm no expert on engines or anything, but I gather that one thing that sets the CTX1300 apart from other motorcycles is its V-Four engine. Most motorcycles run on a V-Twin. I wanted to do some research to figure out what the benefits of a V-Four engine are when compared to the more common V-Twin. Here's what I found, and please let me know if this is correct, or if you think I missed something.

The main draw of a V-engine of any kind is its balance. Pistons trade energy with each other, instead of with the crankshaft. This results in the crank rotation more smoothly, and the rear tire being undisturbed by piston stop-and-start. A 90 degree V-engine requires the crankshaft to be far back in the chassis though, making it hard to get adequate weight on the front wheel. There are 60 degree V-engines that require more balance shafts but that doesn't really have to do with this comparison.

So what is different between a V-4 and a V-Twin engine? On another forum I'm told that V-4 engines offer a smoother ride than V-Twins and can make more power and torque with less displacement. The power delivery makes for more aggressive throttle input out of corners, in a package much smaller than an inline 4. Is this true?

It seems that Honda in the 80s thought that V4's would be the way of the future. These engines were to produce awesome top end power in a narrow platform, and it lent itself well to handling too. It seems the issue was simply the buying public's preference for V-Twins and I4 configurations. This could possibly be due to the fact that V-Four are generally put in bigger and heavier bikes.

So from what I have read it seems that the more pistons you get involved the smoother the ride will be. V-Fours are obviously bigger and more awkward to fit into bikes, but they do generate a lot of power.

What would you say to someone who is trying to figure out what type of engine would be best for them? Do the things I've written about above apply to the CTX1300's V-Four engine?
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