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Just spoke to owner Terry Schroader minute ago. CTX 1300 in on the 17th.. Red deluxe, blue/grey std. Also more in 4/8. Blue/grey std & deluxe.
I've bought Hondas from this family since 1977. Great prices & service for 3 generations of Schroaders. They are a large volume dealer, and Terry is always willing to give a good deal. Beautiful store too. Worth the trip to the mountains of Western NC. Never mind some of the best riding roads in this country. Will pick up my Black deluxe in late April, when back that way...
My 06' ST1300, Black , Corbin duel touring seat, heli bar gen 3 risers, 24,000. Is for sale. Excellent... $7,7000. OBO. In Fl. Keys till April.
 

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Awesome. Could even be worth the trip for me -- from RI! Trouble is, once I got down to NC, I'm pretty sure I won't want to come back ...
 

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Will post old photos some day! Currently only have my 1100 Shadow Sabre & ST1300.
My first bike. Honda CB 350. Rode across country in 1972. I was hooked.
Had to put big rubber bands on my bell bottoms to atop the flapping.....
CB350-4 cyl. 1973 Kind of a dog. New CB750K, with full faring 1974, new$1,400. CB550F super sport 1977 from Schroaders, on of my favorites! The last year CB750K. 750 Shadow in 80's. 1100 sabre & ST1300 my daily ride. Said I say a cold front came thru the Fl. Keys its 76degrees.
 

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OH yeah, I bought my son. in laws 03 Harley Heritage soft tail classic. Nice, artful bike , for flat roads. Don't lean in a curve unless you want skarks to cause a forest fire, or wipe out by overreacting ..
Guess I love Honda handling.
Hope CTX 1300 handles as well as ST1300..We'll see ??
 

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OH yeah, I bought my son. in laws 03 Harley Heritage soft tail classic. Nice, artful bike , for flat roads. Don't lean in a curve unless you want skarks to cause a forest fire, or wipe out by overreacting ..
Guess I love Honda handling.
Hope CTX 1300 handles as well as ST1300..We'll see ??
As far as responsiveness to rider inputs, I think it will great. But I'll bet dollars to donuts you won't have the same cornering clearance as the ST. It probably won't be as bad as the Heritage, but it probably will be more cruiser-like than sport bike. I took my ST through some very aggressive cornering -- I'm talking tire-to-tire with seasoned sport bike riders; I don't see a bagger of this style having quite those same capabilities. But I'm betting it won't be a land yacht, either.

Edit: now I'm looking at a few more close-up pics, and this thing does seem to be pretty narrow down low, especially at the bottom of the exhaust headers, unlike most other heavy cruisers. So it might just do pretty nicely in the twisties!



 

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Acutally, I never ride that aggressively anyway. Ride 2 up with wife , she loves to ride, aren't I lucky. I love the handeling of my 2000 Shadow 1100 Sabre, great in curves even with floor boards. Especially will appreciate the lower center of gravity, forward foot controls, more comfortable in longer rides. Honda basically build the bike I visulized a year age, of what I wanted the ST1300 to be!!
 

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Acutally, I never ride that aggressively anyway. Ride 2 up with wife , she loves to ride, aren't I lucky. I love the handeling of my 2000 Shadow 1100 Sabre, great in curves even with floor boards. Especially will appreciate the lower center of gravity, forward foot controls, more comfortable in longer rides. Honda basically build the bike I visulized a year age, of what I wanted the ST1300 to be!!
Ditto that. I loved the drive train in the ST, but couldn't handle the riding position for very long. A year on the ST convinced me that I'm a cruiser guy. As I've said in a LOT of other posts, the CTX1300 is the bike I've been waiting for Honda to build now for over 10 years. And it's almost here. :D
 

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I mentioned basically the same on the ST board... that the CTX will not be so bad at cornering as most ST guys think it will. The foot pegs are lower than the ST1300 by about maybe 3" but it is rather narrow down there, just like the ST is. Also, ground clearance on the CTX is more than the Gold Wing. And only .2" less than the ST1300. BTW- my ST1100 has a half inch more clearance than the ST1300. There are a few GW riders in our ST group campout/rides and they all seem to keep up just fine in the twisties with the ST riders. I don't really see many ST riders pushing the envelope very often where they wouldn't be able to do the same riding on the CTX. I'm sure there is some riding done on occasion that would leave the CTX behind in the curves but not as much as the sport or sport touring riders think.
 

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As I've said in a LOT of other posts, the CTX1300 is the bike I've been waiting for Honda to build now for over 10 years. And it's almost here. :D
Exactly how I feel. Some people think I'm crazy because I just bought my Shadow Sabre 1100 in July of 2011, and here I am upgrading already. But to be honest the Shadow was such a good deal that I couldn't pass it up. I couldn't afford a Gold Wing, and frankly I don't want to go back to a Wing--they just look too big and bulky to me now, and I don't want to deal with that much weight. The Shadow was the right price at JUST the right time. I stumbled across it by accident and it was practically an impulse purchase, but it satisfied that urge to be riding again after not having a bike since 2005.

The Shadow was $6000 even, and it was the perfect way for me to find out if I still enjoyed riding. The CTX1300, however, is the bike I really wanted in 2011, but it didn't exist yet. It has a great look and most of the features I want, especially the Deluxe version. After sitting on one at the motorcycle show, it took me exactly a week to decide I had to have it.
 

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I have a big inventory dealer a block away, that I have purchased several bikes from. They usually get new bikes before other dealers around here. He is going to call me when one hits the floor. Anxious to sit on one! My 1700 Classic and 500EN may be going up for sale sooner than I planned.
 

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Exactly how I feel. Some people think I'm crazy because I just bought my Shadow Sabre 1100 in July of 2011, and here I am upgrading already. But to be honest the Shadow was such a good deal that I couldn't pass it up. I couldn't afford a Gold Wing, and frankly I don't want to go back to a Wing--they just look too big and bulky to me now, and I don't want to deal with that much weight. The Shadow was the right price at JUST the right time. I stumbled across it by accident and it was practically an impulse purchase, but it satisfied that urge to be riding again after not having a bike since 2005.

The Shadow was $6000 even, and it was the perfect way for me to find out if I still enjoyed riding. The CTX1300, however, is the bike I really wanted in 2011, but it didn't exist yet. It has a great look and most of the features I want, especially the Deluxe version. After sitting on one at the motorcycle show, it took me exactly a week to decide I had to have it.
Nah, that's not crazy. Crazy is trading a two-year-old Triumph Thunderbird with 2,200 miles. :p
 

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I mentioned basically the same on the ST board... that the CTX will not be so bad at cornering as most ST guys think it will. The foot pegs are lower than the ST1300 by about maybe 3" but it is rather narrow down there, just like the ST is. Also, ground clearance on the CTX is more than the Gold Wing. And only .2" less than the ST1300. BTW- my ST1100 has a half inch more clearance than the ST1300. There are a few GW riders in our ST group campout/rides and they all seem to keep up just fine in the twisties with the ST riders. I don't really see many ST riders pushing the envelope very often where they wouldn't be able to do the same riding on the CTX. I'm sure there is some riding done on occasion that would leave the CTX behind in the curves but not as much as the sport or sport touring riders think.
More than overall ground clearance, max lean angle depends on what sticks out the most and is lowest to the ground. That's usually the nubs on the bottom of the footpegs, you know, the things that send shivers through your feets and up your spine when they drag on the pavement. I'm trying to find a head-on view of the ST like the one above of the CTX to do a comparison, but no luck so far. Anyway, as you noted, the CTX does appear to be very narrow at the bottom compared to other large cruisers. I'm always scraping pegs on the T-Bird, as I did frequently with the VTX. (In fact I threaded titanium screws into the bottom of my pegs on the VTX -- what a show that made!) I'm pretty sure the CTX will have more leanability than either of those.
 

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That's why I mentioned about the pegs being lower. I finally found a good (enough) head-on view after looking just now and it includes my ST1100 as well. It also shows how much more venting into the fairing the ST1100 has over the ST1300 (why the engine is so much warmer on the legs sometimes?).
 

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That's why I mentioned about the pegs being lower. I finally found a good (enough) head-on view after looking just now and it includes my ST1100 as well. It also shows how much more venting into the fairing the ST1100 has over the ST1300 (why the engine is so much warmer on the legs sometimes?).
Nice comparison pic. But I can't see the 1100's pegs too good. That's still a fine looking bike, though ... doesn't look at all as aged as you might expect for a 24-year-old design! Really want to see the ST1300 and CTX1300 side by each. See what you can do about that, will ya??!! :p
 

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Just get both photos up at the same time and flip between them real fast ;)
The ST1100 pegs can be barely seen poking out a little under the left (bike perspective) tip over wing. Actually both pegs are to the inside between the bikes. The ST1100 pegs are higher than the ST1300 pegs and don't stick out as far. The ST1100 also has the higher ground clearance and is a bit narrower so all combined it can lean more, supposedly, than the ST1300. It is a nice bike. I still like it better than the ST1300, but not better than the CTX1300 since the riding posture is different.
 

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Just spoke to owner Terry Schroader minute ago. CTX 1300 in on the 17th.. Red deluxe, blue/grey std. Also more in 4/8. Blue/grey std & deluxe.
I've bought Hondas from this family since 1977. Great prices & service for 3 generations of Schroaders. They are a large volume dealer, and Terry is always willing to give a good deal. Beautiful store too. Worth the trip to the mountains of Western NC. Never mind some of the best riding roads in this country. Will pick up my Black deluxe in late April, when back that way...
My 06' ST1300, Black , Corbin duel touring seat, heli bar gen 3 risers, 24,000. Is for sale. Excellent... $7,7000. OBO. In Fl. Keys till April.
Do you know if Dl comes with centre stand fitted as standard. With gas tank under the seat it would make it much easier at the gas station
 

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Center stand is definitely an option you have to buy extra for the U.S..
In some countries overseas heated grips and center stand and all other Deluxe options are "standard" and they don't get the stripped standard version that we will get.
 

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Do you know if Dl comes with centre stand fitted as standard. With gas tank under the seat it would make it much easier at the gas station
The tank is under the seat, but the filler looks like it's on top, in front of the seat. So you fill it the same as most others.
 
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