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Talking One more French review ...

... this one apparently done after actually, really, physically riding the bike

Enjoy: Honda CTX 1300 C-ABS : C'esT eXtra ! - Moto Station
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It's too bad it's not done in English.Dave!!!



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Is it really so hard to go to Google Translate and paste the link in?

Here's a direct link which includes the translation: Google Translate

Also, make sure you don't miss the pictures section: http://www.moto-station.com/cgi-bin/.../Honda_CTX1300 (BIG ones!)
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Added Google translator for Firefox plugin at work also so I could read this. Just open the link provided and click on the translate button and a new tab opens with the page translated (I set the option to always translate the full page). Still difficult to get past some of the phrasing. Good review. Some good, some not so. I see the cons as almost more personal preferences. Seems the passenger comfort is not so great but what are they comparing that too? A Goldwing? Not many other bikes, if any, can live up to the passenger comfort of a GW. Then again, a personal preference thing there. Overall I think this one indicates a good ride is had on the CTX1300.
Thanks for the listing!
I expect a flood of ride reviews to show up from everywhere during the next 2 weeks. So here we go!

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Interesting read. Top speed of around 120 mph is certainly more than adequate for this kind of ride.

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How's this for a summary (for those who have a hard time reading translated french)

First, I really like how the title sets you up: "..., It is amazing!"
Then they go on about how it has an impressive appearance. Not as massive as the f6b but still impressive. fit and finish is tops (doesn't leave room for criticism).
Of course we know from existing reports from shows that the ergonomics are fantastic, even if the dash is a bit far from the rider and the stereo controls are not on the handlebars (this doesn't matter so much to me, I was used to fiddling with the radio on my GW on occasion).
And that low CG instills confidence in handling.
The test rider didn't seem to like the whine at idle but did like the "Serious rumble" as he throttled up the rpm. Linear, and impressive, acceleration (I like that ). And has the torque to easily handle some slowdown while underway in upper gears without downshifting to get back up to speed (like this too).
Braking is very good and sometimes only needs a little bit to manage variances of traffic.
Feels settled and stable on the road though the ride may be a little rough on broken up pavement where you will feel the road more (what bike isn't... other than possibly a GW). Handles mild twisties well. even the clearance allows for a little lean on curves without dragging the pegs.
Low screen is sufficient wind protection for speeds up to most highway (state and county roads) speed limits. buffeting becomes more noticeable over that. wind protection for torso and legs is good (better than anticipated by many with full fairing bikes).
passenger ride is a bit stiff and is a weakness.
Not as fast as the ST1300 but still impressive performance with the v4 engine.
they give their stamp of approval on this one.
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2013 White Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
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Thanks Bob!! Your interpretation,combined with the French version translated into English,now makes alittle more sense,atleast to me.lol lol Dave!!!



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I did notice that while telling us the CTX1300 gets up to 125 mph (201 km/hr converted is 124.896mph)(a good top end and more than I will ever use) the speedometer shows 130+ mph (210 km/hr converted).
That's about 4.5% offset. About normal to low for a mc speedo. My ST1100 is about 8-9% off so I just run 5mph over to make it easy. My Burgman 650 showed about 9-10% over. My GW was closer that those but not as close to GPS mph as the CTX. I've found most cars show about 2-3% over GPS mph. My Murano actually is right on. I've also known of others with speedos that were dead on. Seems to be different bike to bike. All this compared to GPS readings which are often times .3% off real mph... so an acceptable standard to compare.

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There appears to be an unwritten law about vehicle speedometers that they should (1) always err on the high side (i.e. never ever report a lower speed than actual) and (2) always err by somewhat after 50km/h or whatever is the inside-city speed limit in that vehicle's locale.

The first one is so that you can never ever argue with the cops that the needle was pointing at a lower speed than what you were actually doing.
The second one (especially in cars) is so that you get scared early on and get a constant reminder to mind your speed.

Finally, keep in mind that while a vehicle speedometer presents an instantaneous measurement (albeit with some error) of the speed, the GPS receiver has to calculate the distance between the two most recent fixes and then divide by time. This means that, in the best case, the GPS will show you the speed you had 2 seconds ago ;-)
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Agree with that. I've often heard that about why vehicle makers offset speedos to show more than real mph.
And the delay in GPS reading is why all my speedo checks with my GPS are on a flat level straight section of road and I hold the needle steady and wait for the GPS to catch up to a stable reading.

I am still impressed that overall with this review and other information about the strength of the v4 engine the CTX1300 is definitely no slouch and may possibly run ahead of the ST from a stop for a short time until the ST can rev the rpm up a bit. Then the ST will of course come from behind and pass in short order. But I think it would be enough to put a scare of embarrassment in the ST rider.
Even if the CTX were to keep even with the ST off the start it would have the same effect. Of course if the ST rider were to rev the rpm up a bit before letting off the brake all bets are off. But at idle at the stop for both bikes...
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2005 Suzuki Burgman 650- sold
1998 Honda ST1100- sold
2014 Honda CTX1300A (U.S.A. Ion Blue Deluxe)-sn: 489 - sold
2013 White Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
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