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What an awesome bike “we” have!!!

Just got back from a visit with the kids at College Station (Texas A&M) this weekend, and was just thinking about what an awesome bike this CTX1300 is!

I bought my blue Deluxe in April of 2018 with 8,844 miles on it. In the (just under) year I’ve had it, I have put 14,295 miles on it (shows 23,139 now). Still can’t hardly believe how this bike performs. Next-to-zero maintenance required. After all, it IS a Honda! Have added a few blingy things, but only requirements so far have been an air filter and a new rear tire. The air filter looked fine, but had been through over 16K miles. Figured it was time. And both tires were new when I bought it. Oh, and a flush and fill in clutch, brakes, and rear gear fluids. Other than that - zip, zero, nada on parts, etc.

For the A&M trip yesterday, just checked the air pressures in the tires, looked at the engine oil sight glass (first time in a while ), and gave the bike a quick wash and a once-over look to make sure nothing was amiss. Then, threw a leg over and left. On the way up, made the trip (365 miles) on one stop, 5 hrs 50 mins. This morning, made the return trip on one stop (gas only - never even unstradled the bike!) in 5 hrs 11 minutes. If I keep it around 73-78mph, it’ll go 200 miles on a tank. Yet still be happy running 80-85mph into a 10mph wind and not get you blown all over the place. And even at that speed, still went 161.3 miles on fuel (light came on at 157).

This bike checks more boxes off for me than I ever thought one bike would. It’s rare. It’s sleek. It’s got those drop-dead-gorgeous quad chrome pipes. It runs like a jackrabbit down the highway. It’s no slouch in the twisties. And, best of all - it looks darned good in my garage!!!

Oh, don’t get me wrong. It ain’t perfect. I still try in vain to make the gap go away near the two front pockets (broken tab). And it is a bit heavy putting on the center stand. And I really wish it had a more ‘normal’ exhaust routing to facilitate and easy change in it’s tone. But this is all minor crap. Only thing that worries me now is trying to decide whether to keep this bike a good while, or see if I can find another new or nearly-new CTX1300 to take its place! Ah, decisions, decisions ...
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Only thing that worries me now is trying to decide whether to keep this bike a good while, or see if I can find another new or nearly-new CTX1300 to take its place! Ah, decisions, decisions ...
Motogreed I suffer from it as well. My brother tells me I should buy a spare CTX in the crate and store it in the basement. As it is I think the one I have will still be running when I'm pushing up daisys. Develop the relationship you have with the bike you have. The devil you know...
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During the winter months, the new Goldwing turned my head a few times. But today I rode to work for the first time this season, and you know what? I'm still in love with this bike after all this time. An old lady in an SUV flicked a cigarette out at me this morning, and it bounced off the fairing and then my shoulder, and do you think I was worried about a burn mark on my jacket? Nope. But I was right ticked off that she hit my Dorothy. I don't know if I will ever want another ride, but part of that might be the same kind of situation as Tom Hank's character in that movie where he befriended the soccer ball.
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Oh, and a flush and fill in clutch, brakes, and rear gear fluids. Other than that - zip, zero, nada on parts, etc.


And it is a bit heavy putting on the center stand.
I get the clutch and brakes fluids, but what is the rear gear fluids mentioned? Also what mileage did you have on the bike when you changed out the fluids? Regarding the center stand, I find it an issue taking it off the center stand since changing the rear to 200/55 size
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I was contemplating what my next bike would be, I got my CTX a little over 3 years ago 21,000 mi on it now, after looking through the other bikes out there and the prices and options, and features, I think it would be another CTX!
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The gear oil needs replaced once in a big while for the rear end (at the end of shaft). There are 2 bolts in the bell housing. The upper/rear one is a fill and level hole and lower one (bottom center) is the drain hole.

Yep, this one is definitely most reliable and the best touring motorcycle I've owned or sat on. Most comfortable stock setup and very little maintenance required. The Burgman to me is the best scooter. Very different rides so these don't really override each other. I wish sometimes I could keep both but that is not to be for me. The CTX is the most reliable of either.
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I get the clutch and brakes fluids, but what is the rear gear fluids mentioned? Also what mileage did you have on the bike when you changed out the fluids? Regarding the center stand, I find it an issue taking it off the center stand since changing the rear to 200/55 size

I think the "rear gear fluids" it's the final drive oil (to be replace every 24K miles).
Clutch and brake fluids every 12K miles or 2-3 years (?).


I replaced the suspension with a 12" Progressive 444 and now the center stand operations are much easier with the bike taller.Do you still have the original OEM rear suspensions?
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Thank you, @psullam , for the correct terminology. “Final drive” is what I was trying in vain to call it, but “differential” is what kept popping in my head. And, since there’s not two opposed tires back there, I knew “differential” was wrong. So, saddled with my temporary ‘CRS’, I called it by its function (rear gear). Guess it was a little better than “that do-hickey in the middle of the rear wheel with oil in it”!

Looking at my notes now, I see I changed it out 20Sept18 right before I did a SaddleSore1000 and my TX-to-NC / BunBurner1500 trip - mostly for peace of mind. And I had some fluid here, anyway. 10-minute job. Bike had 12,872 miles on it, and 4 weeks later had 18,631. And my air filter was changed out at 19,292. It looked just fine. I will probably change this one after another 24K miles.

Haven’t really entertained the idea of changing ‘models’ of bikes - just possibly getting me a different VIN #. But me and this ol’ girl have got some history. Seen some country. Hard to replace a trusted friend when there’s no beef between ya ...
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I think the "rear gear fluids" it's the final drive oil (to be replace every 24K miles).
Clutch and brake fluids every 12K miles or 2-3 years (?).


I replaced the suspension with a 12" Progressive 444 and now the center stand operations are much easier with the bike taller.Do you still have the original OEM rear suspensions?
Hi Paul,

I've got 18,619 miles currently on the bike. Going on RFTW (Run For the Wall) in May. Should I change the final drive oil now or after I get back from RFTW? Regarding the shocks, still riding with the OEMs.

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