Well, Ken, it's been over 10 years since I've ridden a sport bike or sport tourer, so I'm not going to try to compare the CTX1300 to them, and I'll gladly concede that any sport tourer will likely outperform it at the top end and in the twisties. But I did crack it a little harder earlier today than I had previously, a little 4th gear blast up to about 4k rpm around a couple of SMVs, it just caught me by surprise how it kept pulling hard. The T-bird pulled harder down low, but it would start gasping at 4k, where the CTX felt like it was just hitting its happy place. All I know is, I was hanging on like I haven't had to hang on in quite some time. Another 100 miles or so I'll start playing to see what it can really do.
And, just to add to your point about dependability -- I have no reservations whatsoever. The T-bird, while it never gave me reason for concern, had still never actually proven itself. And there was a common issue with its rear wheel bearing, which I'm still not sure was a problem with mine or not, but it was always in the back of my mind. No such doubt with a Honda. Just get on, start it up and go.