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post #1 of 9 Old 05-15-2019, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone

I'm a new member, I currently have a ctx700 and looking to get a ctx1300.
I used to have. 2003 Honda nighthawk 250, that was my first bike and I drove it for about two years, then I sold it and never replace it, 14 years later I decided to ride again and I bought a ctx700 I'm riding for about 4 months, I have no problem controlling the byke, however can't ride for more than 45 minutes (lower back pain), also took the basic and advance riding course last month.
Now I'm looking to buy the ctx1300, I sat on it and feels very comfortable, but I'm afraid that is too heavy for me, I'm 45 yo 230 pounds, 5'11"
Please some advice, thank you in advance.
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-15-2019, 02:07 PM
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Hi @Cegamo74 and welcome!
The CTX1300 is a little heavy, but like many bigger bikes, the weight mostly disappears when you start rolling. I'm 49, weighing at around 290 (maybe a little less...?), and I'm about 6'0". If you don't already have back problems, you should be fine. When I first started out on this bike five years ago, it felt comfortable right away but my body hadn't adjusted and it took a few weeks before I could spend more than a couple hours in the saddle. Now... there really isn't any limit as long as I can stay awake and alert. Good luck!

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Thank you Shane, I appreciate your comments, I'm still learning the skills, and I'm afraid that I'm not ready for this bike, but I got a good deal with ctx1300, I'm not going to rid of my ctx700, I'm planning to keep it and use it around town.
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I had the CTX700 and definitely it's not the ideal bike if you have back pain.
The CTX1300 has a much better shocks and sitting position but depending on where one lives , the rear shocks may need replacement after a few years.
I replaced mine after 4 years / 20K miles with Progressive.

A backrest will also help (Utopia).

If you can find an used CTX1300 with upgraded suspensions and Utopia backrest, would be ideal. Check the "classified" section.

I'm 5'7" x 140lbs and I never felt the CTX1300 is heavy because of the low center of gravity.

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Welcome @Cegamo74 .
I consider the CTX1300 to have a relatively low CG compared to many other bikes I've been on. I started on a 125 dual sport and then was on sabbatical from riding for about 19 years. Then got back in on a Vulcan 750. My next jump was onto a Gold Wing. Even the weight of that bike seemed to go away after getting going down the road. But it's mass still showed in traffic and parking lots. No bike I've had was good for me for more than a few hundred miles without the lower back pain starting up until my CTX1300. I was able to travel 660 miles on one trip, stock seat, same day, only stopping for lunch and gas, and was not yet ready to stop when I arrived at destination. Only did stop 'cuz it was starting to get dark and I wanted to setup my tent while I could still see what I was doing. This is the only bike I've been able to do this on so far, though my current "other" bike may be equal to the task with the Corbin aftermarket seat. Everyone is different though so YMMV.

Take your time to learn those skills and you'll do fine.

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You'll be fine on the CTX1300 at 5'11" and 230. Just be careful slow and methodical when moving the bike around at walking speed. Also buy a set of the rear crash bars (saddlebag protectors) from member Menosabe before you ride. That way if you do drop her the damage will be minimal if any (ask me how I know.) And understand that you can't pull into a downhill parking space headfirst and expect to duck paddle her out of there. It cannot be done (unless you're Shaquille Oneill). The added benefit of getting the big 1300 and keeping the 700 is that the 700 will feel like a moped after getting off the big V-4.
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Thank you guys, today I bought the ctx1300, and I'm going to pick it up Saturday, very excited, how can I get in touch with the member that sells the guards, please advise thank you.
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Welcome Cegamo74. I think you'll do fine with the 1300 and a little parking lot practice. As mentioned above be aware where ya park and get meonsabes crash guards. Suggest you private message him thru this forum. Give him time to answer as he does get busy. Ride safe.

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Welcome to the V4 clan! I’m 5’8” and 195# with a 30” inseam. The weight compared to my Magna is a lot. 540vs 750, however the weight is low and the gas is under the seat. One of my tricks to pick it off the side stand when riding two up is to turn the front wheel to the right and the bike rotates with little effort. When moving no problem and I can have both balls of my feet on the ground at stops. I normally keep my right foot on the peg for the rear brake when stopping and put my left down first then both. I too suffer from back pain and can ride the CTX for hours before it becomes a problem. I just stop and get off every 75-100 miles and stretch and then go on.Good luck with your CTX and good idea buying the saddlebag guards. They are a really good insurance policy for fall overs. I speak from experience as so have others. Mine slowly went over when I didn’t get my side stand all the way down and it just rolled over onto the guards keeping it from going all the way over and damaging the bags.

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