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Early stages of looking. Couple of questions

Pretty interested in the CTX. One nearby seems priced right. Before I go look at it Iíve got a couple of questions.
1) Are there many taller riders spending lots of time on the CTX? Iím 6í5Ē with knees that need to stretch out on long days. I wasnít comfortable on a goldwing (this was years ago) so I went with a BMW K1200LT. Loved it and racked up a lot of miles on it.
2) Can you put any kind of Highway pegs on a CTX? Just looking at pics, Iím not sure where you could attach them.

Been getting lots of good info (pros and cons) from just reading thru the posts. When I got back into bikes I started with an old Honda Shadow, then moved to a 1800VTX, then got into longer distances, then adventure riding (still have a BMW R1200Adventure) Iím retiring in a few weeks and have a Russian Ural that Iím not riding very much, was thinking of trading it for a CTX and getting back to riding longer distances and staying mostly off the gravel.

I kind of like ďuniqueĒ bikes, the CTX seems to have fallen into that category.

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Just look at my photo of my CTX. There are road pegs on mounts made by one of our very own members here. Menosabe makes both the saddlebag guards and the road peg and driving light mounts for a great price and quality to boot. I installed the road pegs and are great. I had to use the set backs due to me only being 5’8”, but without them they should work for you. They mount below the crash protectors built into the bike.
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Thank you! I had just found his thread on the pegs.

Had another question.
Heat.. How bad is it coming off the engine? Ok at low speed? Figuring highway speeds will be fine.
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Thank you! I had just found his thread on the pegs.

Had another question.
Heat.. How bad is it coming off the engine? Ok at low speed? Figuring highway speeds will be fine.
Welcome!

I really never noticed any appreciable heat from the marvelous V4. It's there, just as it is to some degree (pun intended) on a Wing. I never experienced enough discomfort from it (even it stop and go traffic) to make it a purchase consideration.

But then I came from a couple of V twins, so perhaps my tolerance was greater.

As to highway pegs, I found this solution was the best for me (6'1"):

https://www.ctx1300forum.com/forum/a...-mounting.html

I found the mounting position near the fog lamp location uncomfortably high for me. These were perfect.

Like you I have always disliked Honda's fascination with the "upright" riding position on all its bikes (former--and now current--Wing owner). I don't need to be stretched out all the time, but i do need to have the option to change position for air and blood circulation. Once I installed my CTX pegs I toured very comfortably with 4 and 500 mile days fairly common.

Good luck with your due diligence.

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Welcome here @MoPops .

You already found the tech section/Appearance & Body forum with the sticky threads about the saddlebag guards and highway peg brackets (with and without a tab for driving/fog lights). I found it sufficient to replace the rider pegs with Kuryakyn Swing Wing pegs. Some added mini floor boards and forward highway pegs using the brackets from @menosabe .

Since this engine and transmission, and many other common parts come right off the ST1300 you would think everything would be the same. Some riders of the ST have been talking about excess heat since that bike was first out in 2002. But the CTX1300 is different in that because the engine is much more exposed the heat is blown away before it builds up (the ST is fully encased in plastic so heat does build up). I've never really notice much heat at all. Except for 98 deg F sunny days when stopped at a long stop light in traffic. Then there is heat sitting on ANY bike you may choose to ride. But once moving even very slowly due to the traffic the heat is dissipated very nicely.

There are a few members who are rather tall. Hopefully they will post in here with their impressions about the fit. The pegs are IMO neutral ergonimically. Just a little in front of where the Gold Wing pegs would be by about 3 inches. This position is perfect placement for me. I can't ride with feet forward controls for very long and also have issues with my heels directly under my bum or especially behind it. Knees and lower back getting bad or wrists hurt either way.

Feel free to continue asking away and someone here will have an answer for you.
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Thanks Springer, and Bob. The ST forums are where I had heard about heat. Doesn’t seem to be an issue on the CTX. Probably have to find a comfortable seat. Haven’t got that far along in the research yet. But I haven’t bought a bike yet that didn’t need a new seat.
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T Probably have to find a comfortable seat. Haven’t got that far along in the research yet. But I haven’t bought a bike yet that didn’t need a new seat.
My CTX1300 (and now my 2018 Wing) are the ONLY two bikes that I didn't/haven't had to replace with aftermarket seats. Go sit on one; you (and your wallet) might be happily surprised
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Another question. I’m looking at a CTX D. It says 5.1 gal fuel tank. What’s a reasonable range at 70-75 mph? 200 miles? Anyone running an auxiliary tank? Needed?
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Another question. Iím looking at a CTX D. It says 5.1 gal fuel tank. Whatís a reasonable range at 70-75 mph? 200 miles? Anyone running an auxiliary tank? Needed?
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The actual model number of the CTX1300 Deluxe (only in the USA since there is only one model in other countries) is CTX1300A.
Initial thoughts about the 5.1 gal tank are based on many other bikes and the mpg expected with those. With my CTX1300A I was able to go up to 225 miles and still showed a range remaining of 30 miles. But I usually stayed to state and county highways since I hate riding the super slab or other controlled access highways. Too many idiots on those faster roads. My speeds were generally 55-65 mph. But even when I did ride 70+ mph roads for close to half the tank and 60 mph roads for the other half I still would be able to go over 220 miles for a tank with plenty of gas left in it. I had no worry about running out of fuel at any time at those distances when on the road for my travels.

Of course temperature and head or tail winds have a lot to do with how far you'll go as well as how spirited you accelerate or decelerate. Like the ST1300 this engine LIKES it hot and will run better when temps are up. Higher altitude will also improve mpg so if you are close to sea level you may not go as far as when you ride on the high plateaus of the upper mid west and mountain areas. In Iowa I was regularly getting between 48-50 mpg riding around my local areas. When I traveled to Spearfish, SD and eastern Wyoming the altitude is higher and I was regularly getting over 51-54 mpg riding around that area. 5.1 gal x 50 mpg = 255 miles for the tank. I'm a conservative rider and like to enjoy the ride rather than push the envelope of performance. I also ALWAYS use top tier gas from Costco since that is just down the street from home and that is also Ethanol. That's what is available here at home so I try to stay consistent and stay with Ethanol 10% when available. Top tier gas for sure Ethanol or not. And otherwise, in some remote "one horse town" areas of the country, I'll take what I can get. I've been entirely pleased with the range on this bike. With my ST1100 that I had previously I was going usually 260 miles between tanks but that was a 7.4 gal tank so I had better go farther. There are some riders who wouldn't ever consider a bike that didn't go an easy 250 miles on a tank but I think that is just plain being spoiled. I've never worried about finding a place to fill well within the range of my rides.
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Thank you Bob. I think I can live with 200 mi range. I’d like longer, but it is a lot better than the VTX 1800 R that I had. The first SS1000 I tried (I was kind of pushing it) the fuel light came on at 109 miles! That was unacceptable.
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