My Adventure in Choosing and Obtaining a CTX1300 and First Thoughts of Ownership - Page 3 - Honda CTX1300 Forum
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post #21 of 30 Old 02-04-2019, 07:39 PM
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The fix for the front suspension is to install a "Race Tech, Gold Valve Kit" racetech.com/page/id/129
Everything else just masks lousy valving from Honda.
I had a local bike repair shop that specializes in setting up race bike suspensions (dirt and track) do the installation. Total cost was $450. Changed the whole character of the bike over rough road surfaces. Well worth the money.

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...cause the engine is so smooth, I forget to shift into 5th gear. I think it does 80mph at around 5000rpm and it is so smooth and quiet...
80 MPH is 4,300 RPM in 5th gear
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I think he meant 80 mph at about 5000 rpm in 4th gear. Which would be about right. Many I know who ride the ST1300 never let the rpm drop below 3500 and run it up to just over 4500+ before up shifting. They think the engine lugs at slower rpm. The CTX easily handles 1000-1500 rpm lower than the ST without lugging and with plenty of torque to pull away. This engine is so smooth at almost any rpm some of us riders forget to shift up to the next gear until we actually look at the gauges and realize how fast the engine (and bike) is going.
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I think he meant 80 mph at about 5000 rpm in 4th gear. Which would be about right. Many I know who ride the ST1300 never let the rpm drop below 3500 and run it up to just over 4500+ before up shifting. They think the engine lugs at slower rpm. The CTX easily handles 1000-1500 rpm lower than the ST without lugging and with plenty of torque to pull away. This engine is so smooth at almost any rpm some of us riders forget to shift up to the next gear until we actually look at the gauges and realize how fast the engine (and bike) is going.
You're right 4th is probably what he meant. I agree with the CTX being amenable to low rev operation. Still it loves to rev and that motor with its twin balance shafts is the smoothest bike I've ever ridden. I find mine does not care for heavy throttle below 2,500 RPM as it responds with unpleasant tractor like sounds. If I ease on the throttle below that I can avoid it. Like you I'm usually in 5th by 35 MPH and happy to remain there save for hills and ramps. I have a few spots where I like to air her out on long entrance ramps to the interstate and up a few long hills. She loves to pull hard under a load. Definitely a keeper.
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Yesterday it was 30 degrees @ 6am in the morning in SoCal and ice was on the windows of the cars. I went to start the CTX up to let her warm up. Turned on the key and immediately the display showed "LOW AMBIENT TEMPERATURE". WOW! I thought, she even knows when it's friggen freezing. Not having seen this message before, I began wondering why Honda would display it. I looked it up on the forum here and found a couple of threads:

https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/h...p-display.html
https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/e...ure-alert.html

The only common point was "Black Ice". Something I am very familiar with in my riding past. If you hit it, all you can do is keep her straight and hope it doesn't go so far as to take you somewhere you don't want to be. Traction control will help, but be prepared for an uncontrolled ride. (car or bike). Nothing sticks to black ice except maybe the combination of studs and heavy weight vehicles at low speeds.

Then I thought of a video I once saw and saved the link:



I'm glad I don't live is sub-freezing temperatures. Something to think about if it's really cold and you have to start the bike up.

I waited for her to warm up and then road to work. Heated grips came in real handy.


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I have solved my handlebar vibration issue.


Took three steps.

1. removed bar-end weights. Just the caps. Left the screw/nut inside the handlebar.

This did a significant amount of curing the bar-to-hand slaps that occur over bumpy roads,
but still left a lot of vibration on the handlebar. Long rides were still not comfortable.

2. Added plastic chair-leg caps for aesthetics.

Saw a post about using plastic leg-end caps, found four of them at a Do-it Center hardware store
Worked great. Almost no weight at all to them.

3. Purchased the parts to make a test cross-bar





Purchased hand grip guard mounts for a 1 1/8" handlebar, ...




and a universal, adjustable, cross-bar for a 7/8" handlebar. Replaced the 7/8" end-clamps with the 1 1/8"





end-clamps and mounted it on thehandlbar.



Mounted the cross bar and went for a test ride. Now I feel the same engine vibrations in my hands that I feel in

my legs. The CTX1300 all vibrates as a whole unit. Riding over the ridges/bumps that slapped my hands before
now only vibrates like the food pages. Much more comfortable now.


The only improvement that can see at this time is lenghening the cross bar and mounting it closer to the grips.


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Bring the crossbar up to the bend in the bars and change fork oil to 5wt Redline fork oil . With these changes and what you have already done, there would be no reason to modify the forks any further.
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removing bar end weights solved funky vibes for me

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removing bar end weights and adding grip puppies (or equivalent) solved most of the odd vibrations for me.

There was one time.... it was crazy awesome!

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new bar end weights came in yesterday.
Mounted them and took it out for a ride today.
Slight improvement felt in the vibrations.

These were recommended in another thread, ...


I used the stock insert with them and a shorter bolt.

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