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It's a shameless ripoff of the French review previously posted by myself. The author didn't even have the decency to touch-up the Google Translate English output to at least make it seem like they wrote it. Not to mention reusing two of the original photos :-(
 

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Ah the internet. It is the wild west.
 

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Wow!! The Spanish translation is almost as bad as the French translation.lol lol I STILL don't quite understand what they were saying.It must be me.lol Dave!!!
 

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Wow!! The Spanish translation is almost as bad as the French translation.lol lol I STILL don't quite understand what they were saying.It must be me.lol Dave!!!
I think they kinda liked it except for the stuff they didn't. I'm just not sure which is which. :confused:
 

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They did appreciate but did not like the styling as being "too American" (they're French, things like the artistic impression a motorcycle makes on the beholder are important to them); they did not like the width of the bike (they're French and far more used to scooters and in-town driving than motorcycles and big-country touring); they did not like the weight of the bike but did like its very nimble maneuvering once underway (basically, they're complaining that it's not as light as a scooter and yet so easy to steer around in the parking lot and yet a bit hard to get off the side-stand).

You'll never ever get a 100% positive review from the French.

Another interesting data point is that some people go "OMG, my helmet fits in the sidebags, so cool" and others go "There's no way in **** my helmet would fit there".
 

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Another interesting data point is that some people go "OMG, my helmet fits in the sidebags, so cool" and others go "There's no way in **** my helmet would fit there".
I'm pretty sure I will be in the latter group. I wear a XXXL helmet with an attached Bluetooth headset, so I'm 99% sure the helmet just won't fit. So today I ordered a Helmet Guardian (www.helmetguardian.com) from Twisted Throttle. That will attach to the bike behind my license plate and give me the ability to lock up two helmets if I need to. That was a nice feature on the Gold Wing and I want it back.

I'm ordering various other parts for the new bike, too, so they will be ready to go once it arrives. A black license plate frame and bolts, a short USB to Lightning cable for my iPhone 5 to go into the right hand compartment. And most of all, the Skene Design lights to make me visible. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate for a couple of weeks yet, the bike will keep me busy installing accessories!
 

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I'm pretty sure I will be in the latter group. I wear a XXXL helmet with an attached Bluetooth headset, so I'm 99% sure the helmet just won't fit. So today I ordered a Helmet Guardian (www.helmetguardian.com) from Twisted Throttle. That will attach to the bike behind my license plate and give me the ability to lock up two helmets if I need to. That was a nice feature on the Gold Wing and I want it back.

I'm ordering various other parts for the new bike, too, so they will be ready to go once it arrives. A black license plate frame and bolts, a short USB to Lightning cable for my iPhone 5 to go into the right hand compartment. And most of all, the Skene Design lights to make me visible. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate for a couple of weeks yet, the bike will keep me busy installing accessories!
I had a Helmet Guardian on another bike. Worked great, but the only problem with it was that the hats hung too close to the mufflers (I think I had it on my ST1300). The pipes stop well short of the rear axle on this CTX, so that's not gonna be an issue for you. And it certainly is way more convenient than yanking off the seat to lock up your hat(s).
 

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Looking at the pictures, the Helmet Guardian appears to use the exact same helmet lock Yamaha (and probably others) use on their bikes :)
 
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