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post #1 of 15 Old 08-06-2019, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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In looking for a CTX, I have noticed that many of the used market bikes have low mileage on them such as 4-9k miles. I have read many posts here on how well it tours which interests me. So the question is why these six year old motorcycles that are good for touring have such low mileage? I have my guesses but will leave the question to those that really know.

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There are several factors involved.
A good number of these bikes were bought new a year or 2 ago even though they are 2014 models. For example mine will be 2 next month, I bought it new and watched them uncrate it and do final assembly and PDI. In many cases that explains the low mileage.
Some of these bikes have a pretty harsh front suspension. It's easily taken care of by removing the bar end weights and maybe changing the fork oil. Simple fix but the issue may turn off some people who don't do the research and fix the problem.
These are fairly heavy bikes not everyone is ready for that. For many it is their 1st heavy bike and they may limit their riding and decide to sell because of the weight.
Overall they are great bikes, the drive train has proven to be as reliable as an anvil since 1990 in ST 1100 trim. It has more than adequate power in all the right places. They handle very well. The lighting system is truly outstanding. Thus far their have been no serious model specific quality issues.
I'm sure there are alot of other reasons I.left out but those seem to be the most common.
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You bring up a good question. As just mentioned, most of these bikes have only been ridden a year or two. Mine was purchased only 12 months ago but I have 3000 or so miles. Available time has been my limiter. This is a great bike and the V-4 will go 80 mph all day long. It is a cruiser and a tourer. I hope you consider buying one.
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These are fairly heavy bikes not everyone is ready for that.
How heavy?
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725 gassed and ready to ride. Once moving most of the weight disappears.
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725 gassed and ready to ride. Once moving most of the weight disappears.
That's how I feel about my '01 ST1100, especially with the new Bridgestont T31 tires on it.
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I bought mine a few weeks ago from an individual that had hurt his ankle a few years ago. His bike had been in storage since then. He’s decided to quit riding. I’ve only put a few hundred miles on it since I’ve owned it. But today is my third day of retirement. I’m planning on putting a lot of miles on it in the next several years. I’m finding it very comfortable to ride. After 150 miles yesterday, some in pretty warm temps (90s) and some in rain, I’m more impressed than I was when I bought it. It had 5,020 miles on it when I bought it. I’ll double that by this winter. I’ve been on dual sport, or adventure bikes for years now. I’d forgotten how comfortable a cruiser/touring bike can be.
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I purchased my Honda CTX1300 as soon as they came available in 2014. In fact, mine is #32 (Red Deluxe) off of the factory line! Since purchasing the bike, I have put over 26,000 miles on it. I have driven it all over the eastern USA [as far north as Canada and south as Florida}. During this time, I also purchased a 2014 Honda CB1100. Even with both bikes, I manage to continue to put miles on the CTX. It is a great bike for long distance.
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Surprisingly, finding 4-9k miles on used motorcycles is common, [other than Gold Wings]. Most people do not ride them much. Then they put them away because of children or arthritis.

I bought mine in March 2015. Have 44,000 miles on it, all west of the Rockies, all one up riding.

It's a very good touring motorcycle. Great in the wind, good MPG, well balanced, fast enough, enough storage, completely reliable. Only disadvantage is constantly explaining to people what it is.
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MoPops I think a lot of people move on to a touring bike with more bells and whistles. At least that's how I see it. Especially if they plan on riding two up. But there is nothing I see that can't be added if ya really love the bike. As stated previously it will run all day long and you will be tired before it is. Hope you enjoy your retirement. Ride safe.
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