This is my 1st post here and wanted to thank you for setting it up so quickly without even having the bike available yet!
I tend to me more of a fan of cruiser-y standard bikes. I currently ride a Sportster, and I’ve had a Triumph Bonneville and a couple of Viragos prior to that. I recently visited my local Honda dealership to check out the CB1100 but found it a little too tall for me to be comfortable (I live in downtown Boston with a lot of traffic and have 30” inseam). The salesman then told me to wait a minute, brought over the CTX700N with DCT, and told me to take it out for a half hour and let him know what I thought. I have to say, the bike was really, really comfortable, the DCT was fun (in sport mode), and I could definitely see owning the bike. Then I read about the 1300 and thought that might be an even better option with way more power. However, now that I know there’s no DCT available (not a deal killer but it would be nice) and it’s going to start at close to $10,000 more than the 700, I just don’t see it. The other thing I don’t get is that it’s priced so close to the F6B, I feel like you may as well spend a couple extra grand or so more for that. But I guess without riding one, it’s all speculation. Regardless, when the spring comes around, I’ll be back to the dealership and try to ride one and see.
It does seem like so far people on this forum are very familiar with the CTX700 so I wanted to ask for impressions of that bike on longer, 100 mile or so trips. Stability, wind, adequate power, etc. as well as any opinions on the naked vs. faired versions. I like the naked look better but if the fairing does cut down on wind considerably, I was thinking it may be worth it.