I believe the 2nd picture is a CTX700, the 1300 looks a little cooler with the V4 sticking out
It is.I believe the 2nd picture is a CTX700, the 1300 looks a little cooler with the V4 sticking out
Just waiting to be able to take the beaat out on a test rideIt is.
After looking at the CTX1300, i can't look at the CTX700 the same way i used to.
I did read in an article or two that the bags are removable, but they're not quick-release -- they're bolted on and need a wrench to remove. But they also say that the bike looks very nice without them mounted.are the 1300s panniers removable? I prefer the cleaner tail section of the 700 TBH...
I just want to show off those pipes plus removing the panniers should reduce drag as well...I have to say.... i like how the bags look so much that taking them off makes the 700 and even the 1300 seems like it's missing something. The bags IMO help to complete it.
When I was first dreaming up my ideal ride, all I wanted was that ST drive train in a cruiser. Or out of the VFR1200 -- I wasn't going to be picky; but I do prefer this one, because the longitudinally-mounted V-4 is just that much more different. In my mind, it would have been something more modernized VTX-ish, and I hadn't considered building it with hard bags.I'm just curious what it looks like without the saddle bags now. It sounds like they are a pain to remove though so I would have to decide if I want them there or not, and I probably do want them so that I have storage.
you going to try it without the stock pans? I'd like to see how she looks with softees TBH..When I was first dreaming up my ideal ride, all I wanted was that ST drive train in a cruiser. Or out of the VFR1200 -- I wasn't going to be picky; but I do prefer this one, because the longitudinally-mounted V-4 is just that much more different. In my mind, it would have been something more modernized VTX-ish, and I hadn't considered building it with hard bags.
But as it turns out, I've put soft bags on my last four bikes anyway. On the T-Bird, I went through three sets before I found one I really liked (still have the first two in the garage, if anybody's interested!). I don't do any real mega-mile touring; I just like to have room for an extra pair of gloves, maybe a water bottle, and anything I might happen to pick up along the way. So why not just go with something from the factory that looks and fits perfectly right out of the box. Funny thing is, I've always preferred the more 'informal' look of soft bags over hard bags; pics of this bike have completely changed my mind.
The more I look at this thing, the more I want it. It's not trying to copy something that somebody else has already done. I think it's taken the best of other classes -- especially that lovely V-4 -- and put them into something fresh, functional, and in my opinion, really great looking.
Gettin' itchy again, ma, gettin' real itchy ...
Oh gosh, no ... definitely staying with the stock bags on this one. This is one of the few that I really like the factory setup.you going to try it without the stock pans? I'd like to see how she looks with softees TBH..
Just please stay away from the top box, YUUUUKKKK
Sorry to all you long distance boys, top boxes are just not my cup of tea...
AHAHAA sharing is caringOh gosh, no ... definitely staying with the stock bags on this one. This is one of the few that I really like the factory setup.
And I'm with ya on the top box -- I guess they're ok if you do that kind of touring, but I don't come close to needing that. I will most likely add a padded backrest for the wife, though ... hopefully they keep it looking sleek and not like something you'd see on the back of the Beverly Hillbillies truck.
PS: And kindly keep your cold air up there, please. It was 6* here last night, and I did not appreciate it.
All the bags I've ever added were easy on/off, but once they were on, I never took them off. And the ST -- bags easily removable with just a key, I think the only time I ever removed them was when I first got the bike just to see how they came off and went back on. Better to have 'em and not need 'em than to need 'em and not have 'em, I say, especially if you've got 'em. And, at least in the case of the ST, the bike just looked better with them on.Alright I can imagine it without the saddle bags now that I have seen that picture of the 700. Still will probably keep mine on there. At least until I know I don't ever use them. I just don't want to be taking them on and off all the time.
Since the hard bags were designed for the bike, I'm kinda thinking you'll have a hard time finding soft bags that will look as good. But who knows 'til somebody actually tries.now I'm wondering what the soft bags will look like on the CTX 1300.