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.
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)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.