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post #21 of 24 Old 09-18-2017, 09:24 PM
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I have thought of this since you first posted it and these are my thoughts on it.
I remember back in 1972 I got my first ever bike a 650 triumph.......back then it was a large bike. I did not start small and work up. I learned on that bike by being careful . At least for a guy my age then. :-)
I am going to tell you to buy the CTX 1300 rather than going with a smaller bike.
Get your son in law to get it to your house..... and ride it for you over to the nearest mall on a Sunday morning.
Then you can practice and learn on your hopefully forever bike.
If you go small you would have to relearn everything again when you moved up to the 1300.
But if your son in-law will help for a bit you will soon go on rides with him.
Just never ever try to ride as fast as everyone else. Ride at a speed you feel comfortable. And always look to where you want to go. You steer where you look.
With your son in laws help you will soon not need his help to get it to and from your home. You will feel confident enough to do it yourself.
So learn the quirks of this bike on this bike. Learn how this bike handles. And enjoy.
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@Paul Douglas Johnson , Im also in favor of going for the CTX1300.
It is well-balanced and at 6 plus and 215 you can handle it. Im 5 8 150lbs and feel confident because I can flat foot both feet.

Besides, the riding course will show you that rider size matters little once handlebars are turned and you mistakenly hit front brakes. Youre going down no matter your size.

Like you, my only 2 wheel experience was a Yamaha enduro. So the CTX1300 is my starter (and keeper) bike.

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Clutch issue

Hello everyone, I recently purchased a Honda CTX 1300 new with 1 mile on it, it runs good very smooth no issues at all, started right up.
When it reached 600 miles I replaced the oil with honda pro syntethic oil HP4S 10w-30.
And after 200 hundred miles I felt it different the first gear, vibration and it sounds like it take a lot of effort to start rolling, once start rolling it's ok, it happens only when bike stop and start moving, don't know if is the oil.
I have a CTX700 and I used Mobil1 10w40 motorcycle oil and I feel that the clutch is smooth, please some advice will be appreciated.
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post #24 of 24 Old 07-16-2019, 11:02 AM
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Not real familiar with that oil so had to look up. It is JASO T 903 MA certified so it's made for wet clutch applications like on the CTX, at least the item that came up in my search indicated that. There should be a MA rating indicated on the back label indicating it is good for a wet clutch anyway. I waited until the 8000 mile oil change to jump into full synthetic but don't know if that really matters these days with engine technology and oil the way it is currently. So that's just what I did. Don't know if that makes a difference here.

BTW - If it shows MB on the back label then it IS the oil since that is NOT good for a wet clutch motorcycle like on the CTX and will cause clutch slipping issues and possible damage to the clutch. I don't know if the oil you used comes as either MA or MB, or if it is only certified as MA. Like I said... not familiar with the HP4S oil.

prior and current bikes:
1973 Harley Davidson 125 dual sport- sold
1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 750- sold
1990 Honda Gold Wing GL1500- sold
2005 Suzuki Burgman 650- sold
1998 Honda ST1100- sold
2014 Honda CTX1300A (U.S.A. Ion Blue Deluxe)-sn: 489- tied for best road bike- sold
2013 White Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS- tied for best road bike
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
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