Pharmacist (nearly retired)
After owning V-Star 650 and V-Star 1100, looked for something different. I came across the CTX1300 during a random search last year. After reading about the bike on this site, I was hooked. She gives me exactly what I wanted on a bike. I am looking for more long distance touring, including a 2019 meet up (I can't make the 2018).
Had a fe bikes, been riding since I was 12 on a Honda 70 Trail.....hooked !!!
Crashed and almost died in 2016. Bought another Harley and rode a little....but sold it and gave up riding......then decided I'd try it again on a lighter and cheaper bike. Bought a CTX with 2200 miles on it, will get it next spring and go from there....fingers crossed.
26 years old
My CTX1300 Deluxe is my 5th real motorcycle. I like it the best of all of them. First FZ1 was totaled by a lady not paying attention. Rode Can AM Spyder RSS for a while, Moved to a combo of NC700x for longer rides and GZ250 for commutes. Now I have one and only CTX1300.
Home Inspector (2nd career after software architecture for 35 years)
This is my first bike since college in 1976-80. With the last kid out of the house this summer, time was right to do something for ourselves. I searched for a comfortable, reliable, affordable cruiser with punch and style; wanted storage and power for long distance.
The CTX1300A came into focus in first days of researching. Seeing the 1300 for first time, my wife felt it was too heavy for a petite beginner (she's 5'2") so we chose a CTX700 DCT for her. With no recent riding experience, we bought both bikes used without test-riding them. That was August. Now 3k miles later, I say it delivers all I wanted. More torque but less top end than expected but quick enough nonetheless. I seriously need driver backrest though. ABS, BT and LED are nice. My wife loves her 700DCT just as much.
Three Springs, Pa
HVAC/R Service Tech/ Service Manager
Bought this bike new 4 years ago. It was love at first sight when I saw this bike. I rode a V-Star 650 Classic for years then decided to sell it after not riding it for awhile. Stopped at the Honda shop to get a battery for my wife's Shadow and saw this sweetheart back in the corner. 2 days later I rode her home and never looked back. Nearly every time I stop for gas, someone approaches me and asks "what kind of motorcycle is that". My wife has since purchased an '04 BMW R1150R Rockster. It is a great bike and a lot of fun to ride, but for me it can't compare to the ease and comfort of the CTX.
Took up riding again after 21 years. Came upon the CTX late last summer when I was researching what to buy. This forum was a big help with that. Prior bikes were an '82 KZ1000 with bags and a Windjammer fairing and an '83 CX650. The CTX looked like it would combine what I liked about the bikes I'd previously owned and it does. Bought a red, used, standard #1013 on Craigslist with 860 miles for $6500. Great bike and it's great to be riding again.
Male 56 - Virginia Beach/North Carolina border
CTX1300 D (Enjoyed Track days for 5 years a quit at age 50) - I love this bike as it gives me a taste of sport riding and touring - Perfect !!!
Fixed the harsh frontend with a set of Traxxion Dynamics cartridges
Northeast Georgia(Moving to the Huntsville AL area soon)
Retired Law Enforcement - 30 years
Traded a ctx700 for the ctx1300. Didn’t find the forward pegs comfortable on longer rides. Wanted a bigger bike for longer trips. Didn’t need a fast bike.
Bought a standard 1300 due to the low miles and what I was looking for
Honda nighthawk 650 in the 80’s
Yamaha vstar 1100
Male 64, I live near St Louis MO. Almost retired medical sales rep. Too many bikes to list. Mostly BMWs, but a Honda 1100 Shadow, VTX 1800R, and a Valkyrie were in the mix too. Looking for something comfortable I can rack up a lot of miles on. Picking up a deluxe on Saturday with 5,100 miles on it. It’s been sitting on a trickle charger for a year and a half. Still has original tires. I hope to get back into LD riding with it. Sold my last smaller (650) dualsport bike last yr. Too many injuries. It’s great to see so many positive comments about the bike.
Got the CTX 1300 on my way to a Goldwing. But I had not ridden a heavy bike before. The CTX is about 150-200 pounds lighter than the older model Goldwings and I could really feel the difference. Decided to the CTX was a great heavy training bike, but not so much y as the Goldwing...I felt more confident on it. It helped that the CTX only had 499 miles for $7,000.00 Had it about a month now and doing a lot of parking lot practice and getting the feel for it. Like it a lot!
Already purchased and installed the bag guards and highway peg extenders.
Systems programmer, Analyst, mechanic (car, boat, truck, motorcycle, anything that has an internal combustion engine), aerospace engineer, guidence systemes, robotics/motion control designer, telecommunications specialist, sheet metal worker, air conditioning/refrigeraton, carpenter, and many more. Working on my fourth career.
Ridden everything on the market since 1969, from Hodaka and bull taco, to Harley Ultra Glides, Goldwings and everything in between.
Wanted something reliable with longevity, not to big, that didn't cost a fortune for commuting. CTX 1300 fit the bill. Already put 20k miles on her this year. Great bike. Reminds me of my 1982 CB900c (with the exception of the front shocks).
Appliance Repair Technician
I'm interested in a CTX 1300 Deluxe and have been for a long time. I've had 16 bikes over 46 years of riding. The ones that I liked the best for all around capability (ease of handling weather slow or fast, comfort, performance, range, styling, and other considerations) were cruisers; Honda Shadow 1100 Tourer, Yamaha V Star 1300 Tourer. I bought a '06 Goldwing ABS about a year ago with Traxxion Dynamics suspension "Mega Monty" setup. The 'Wing is brilliant in almost every way, but for me, has a major flaw. It is so gigantic and top heavy that super slow speed maneuvers, even just coming to a stop, are impossible to do smoothly. Even at 5'7" with a 30" inseam I've been very smooth and 100% confident on every bike I've ever had, but on the 'Wing, I feel like I'm about to fall over a lot of the time.
I'm attracted to the CTX because it seems to have a comfortable riding position, low seat and center of gravity, plenty of smooth power and cornering clearance that's better than the average cruiser. The styling really agrees with my eye too. The only significant feature it's lacking is electronic cruise control. There are aftermarket units available and I have skills to install one. Finally, they seem to be a bargain used. $7- 10 thousand for low mileage Deluxes. There are a few available here and there right now, but none close to home for me to touch and maybe test ride.
I've never ridden one, or even sat on one, so that's probably the next step. I've lurked here in the forum from time to time and just registered today. You all seem to love the bike. Thanks for all the good info.
Have had the Red CTX 1300 Deluxe for about 6 months now and very happy with it. Bought it to replace the 1999 Honda Valkyrie Interstate that I have been riding part time for the past 5 years. Wanted something lighter, but with that same low end torque and upright riding position. CTX 1300 is perfect for me. Still have my 2002 Honda Shadow Sabre 1100, just cannot get rid of an old reliable bike like that. If I am going on a long ride, it will always be the CTX 1300 on the road. Very comfortable bike that does not wear you out.
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