While it is true this bike doesn't have the lean angle of a true sport-touring bike or especially a sport bike... This bike is not those types of bikes so DUH
, the pegs will scrape when you try to ride it like one of those. It does
have more lean angle than a GW or F6B and most cruisers if not all others in that category. I had a GW and have scraped the pegs on it a few times. It has to really lean a lot to do that and my CTX has yet to scrape even though I've leaned over as far as I have on my ST (never scraped that one either). I guess I'm just not that aggressive a rider.
I've state before. These reviewers are all skewed in their reviews depending on what their preference of riding style is. If they lean toward s-t or sport riding then they are more critical of this CTX since they approach it same as their preferred ride and error in that this bike is not
a s-t or sport bike. If they lean toward cruiser or touring riding they they seem to have very few complaints, if any at all, since that IS
what this bike is (a cruising/tourer crossover).
And about that whine... The ST1300 riders over on the ST-Owners forum all love
that sound. Some call their ST a Jetson mobile, others refer to the sound as a sewing machine. But all like it. I camp at least once a summer with that group and rode past a bunch of them who were stopped. They told me later how much they liked the sound and that it is a slightly different sound riding past than their ST1300 sound but yet the same. I think it has a beefier lower tone but still that characteristic whine that is so beloved.
Oh, and storage is the very same volume as on both models of the ST at 35 litres. It's just arranged different. Actually the volume is arranged different on both the ST models as well. The CTX is narrower (side to side) but a bit taller and much longer than the ST per my comparison with another ST owner while camping when we parked our bikes side by side. The side cases on the ST1300 are fat but oddly shaped, more pointed in front and taller and deeper in the back. But still the same volume. Of course, if a rider is used to the GW storage, or any number of cruiser baggage available, they will be disappointed since some of that luggage is simply cavernous. Personally I think Honda could have made the paniers wider in the back and still kept them within the width of the mirrors, which is their original intent. They still look good to me and are plenty. When I camp on the bike I pack way more than will fit even if they were 45-50 litre bags so I expect to set dry bags on the rear with the balance of my stuff.
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.