New in Cycle World - CTX1300 vs MG California - Honda CTX1300 Forum
 3Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 05-29-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
sleepngbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: RI, USA
Posts: 2,152
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 374 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
New in Cycle World - CTX1300 vs MG California



Just got this from Cycle World -- CTX1300 Deluxe vs. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Toruing. Pretty detailed review.

Honda CTX1300 Deluxe vs. Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring- Comparison Test
Jimmytootall and ManInBlack like this.

Ed


"Valar Morghulis."
sleepngbear is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 05-29-2014, 04:48 PM
Member
 
Jimmytootall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Trail B.C. Canada
Posts: 82
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Interesting article, certainly agree with the stiff suspension comments on the CTX. Still I love my CTX have never even looked at M. G. no dealer support. Good read thanks Ed

Bikes owned

1971 Honda CB500F bought new
1972 Honda CB750F bought new
1973 Suzuki 750 triple Water Buffalo bought new
1983 Honda CB1100F bought used
2002 Harley 1200 Custom Sporster bought new
2009 Honda ST1300A bought new
2014 Honda CTX 1300AE Canadian Bike bought new Ion Blue currently ride
Jimmytootall is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 05-29-2014, 06:11 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Great find, good read.
SoCalRyder is offline  
 
post #4 of 11 Old 05-29-2014, 07:07 PM
bob
Super Moderator
 
bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Posts: 5,097
Mentioned: 162 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Quoted: 821 Post(s)
Garage
Nice review... I especially like that now it seems journalists are stopping the the ST1300 engine detuned thing and now it's a REtuned engine. I think they're all starting to like it.

Oh, I did almost buy a MG California just before I did buy the ST1100. Took too long to decide if I liked the after market bags or not. The MG sold before I decided. Really liked that longitudinal V-whatever engine. V-4 is better though. I also agree about the part of the review that it is hard to tell that the CTX is running except for those lovely sounds coming from the engine and pipes.

/bob
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 - sold
2013 White Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.
bob is online now  
post #5 of 11 Old 05-29-2014, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
 
sleepngbear's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: RI, USA
Posts: 2,152
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 374 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bob View Post
Nice review... I especially like that now it seems journalists are stopping the the ST1300 engine detuned thing and now it's a REtuned engine. I think they're all starting to like it.
Yeah, but they said the CTX's V-4 is lacking in character. It's a V-4 -- that's all the &[email protected]?!%#+ character it needs!!

Seriously, I know exactly what they mean, and I've said it myself -- it doesn't have a big V-twin punch. But after putting several hundred miles on, I really don't miss it.

Ed


"Valar Morghulis."
sleepngbear is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 06-19-2014, 09:17 PM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I have a MG dealer within walking distance of home. In USA the CTX / 14 Cali tour appear around a grand apart in price. The Guzzi is a great bike but prices itself out of the market in Aus. The distributors are just too greedy. Same reason I won't be buying a new HD again after nine of them over 20 years. Honda has priced the deluxe at $20K on road, a streetglide is $33K and the calif tourer is $28K...go figure that one out. The honda is looking better each day.
beagle is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 07-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
My thing with the MG bikes is the wonderful oil change procedure.

The filter is inside the oil pan, so unless you install an aftermarket adapter, you've gotta take off the oil pan just to change the filter.
tbonesullivan is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 08-08-2014, 04:18 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 333
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
I read that same article Ed a week ago and agree with everything the magazine said about both machines.But,as the editor commented,I too have to give the nod to the Guzzi basically,cause I'm old school and the Guzzi has floor boards verses pegs and better protection due to the factory wind screen,which I think Honda missed the boat on cause they put that small POS screen on from the factory,and then, made the taller screen an option.Other then those two items,and IMO,both machines are excellent choices for anyone looking for a nice touring machine.The problem I had with the Guzzi is,after road testing three of em,all three ran funky,and the same stealer told me that's the way they run,but after doing more research,I discovered that the particular stealer I went to,didn't know what he was talkin about.What else is new! lol They don't ALL RUN like that.This guy just pulled the machines out of the box,put air in the tires,gas and oil in the motor,and sent you on your way.Well that's NOT how ya sell motorcycles,or anything for that matter.I looked on line and listened to the motors run and the guy riding it just like you were the rider,and it ran and sounded totally different from the ones I drove.And also as the magazine stated,dealers are far and few between which makes it even harder to find a good dealer.So until I drive one that runs like it's supposed to,I won't touch one.But had the Guzzi run like it was supposed to,I would have bought it on the spot.Their loss as I was thoroughly frustrated.DUH!!! Hence the reason I'm still drivin my Tbird.There is another dealer in Ma.,but he's over 100 miles away from me and I haven't had the chance to get down there YET.lol But I will!! Dave!!!



Davetac1 is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 09-02-2014, 02:00 PM
V0X
Super Moderator
 
V0X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 221
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Garage
good article, I posted a reply. I also noticed these images

http://www.cycleworld.com/olgallery/122418/122428/6

http://www.cycleworld.com/olgallery/122418/122429/8

shows some peg scrape! I for the life of me couldn't get it to do that on the Dragon's Tail.
V0X is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 09-02-2014, 02:14 PM
bob
Super Moderator
 
bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: West Des Moines, IA
Posts: 5,097
Mentioned: 162 Post(s)
Tagged: 3 Thread(s)
Quoted: 821 Post(s)
Garage
Keep in mind that a lot of journalist reviewers are sport or sport touring riders who really push a bike hard through twisties. They're used to leaning over... a lot. They tend to try and ride this bike as a s-t type bike so they will scrape the pegs. This bike still has a lot more clearance than a Wing and almost all cruisers, but cannot compete equally with a true s-t bike. Of course, I do know some GW riders who can ride way better than many s-t riders and can blow them away in the curves. At that point it's the skill of the rider more than the capability of the bike.
V0X likes this.

/bob
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 - sold
2013 White Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS
2003 Honda Metropolitan CHF503 (wife's ride)
flickr photos of CTX1300A
Yep, that lone state of Maine is where I owned my first mc.
bob is online now  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome