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just found out about the new ctx1300 when going through EICMA event coverage. it looks to be a great long distance bike that's comfortable and has just about everything you could want and need on a bike like this. it just may be my next bike
Yes sir it is.

If you really want ot get a feel for how the CTX 1300 might be I would recommend sitting on a CTX 700 if you get a chance. It is one of the most comfortable bikes I have ever owned. The only thing I need is the extra kick of power. So the CTX 1300 will be in my posession come release date :p
 

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welcome aboard SoCAL! I'm looking at CTX1300 for the same reasons. Looking for a nice cruiser to enjoy with the wife!
 

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Yes sir it is.

If you really want ot get a feel for how the CTX 1300 might be I would recommend sitting on a CTX 700 if you get a chance. It is one of the most comfortable bikes I have ever owned. The only thing I need is the extra kick of power. So the CTX 1300 will be in my posession come release date :p
thanks for the reply :)

I will have to do that one day, maybe this weekend if i get the opportunity.
do you know when the official release will be?
 

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Sitting on a CTX 700 is a good idea but the CTX1300 seems like it's really different, so a CTX 700 might not help a lot, still better than nothing. best to start somewhere.
 

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I think that one of the biggest pulls for the CTX1300 is the comfort. That and the really nice styling for a cruising/touring bike. I haven't seen anything that looks nice and comfortable as well as stylish like the CTX1300 does. What bikes would compete with the CTX1300 on that level?
 

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It looks to me like Honda has a real winner here. The engine is proven, the low seat opens it up to a lot of shorter riders (like me) and they are talking about improving the mileage over the ST1300. That could mean low to mid 50 mpg on the highway. I like the fixed luggage, like the NT700V, but with space for helmets. I'm sure someone will make a nice liner set. There is even talk of Honda selling a top box. With the sound options, ABS and traction control, the Deluxe model looks like the best buy. I like the new BMW R1200RT and the ST800GT, but Honda builds really great engines and I would expect this one to go 200K miles without a problem.

I can't wait to see the pricing, MPG and try one on.
 

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It looks to me like Honda has a real winner here. The engine is proven, the low seat opens it up to a lot of shorter riders (like me) and they are talking about improving the mileage over the ST1300. That could mean low to mid 50 mpg on the highway. I like the fixed luggage, like the NT700V, but with space for helmets. I'm sure someone will make a nice liner set. There is even talk of Honda selling a top box. With the sound options, ABS and traction control, the Deluxe model looks like the best buy. I like the new BMW R1200RT and the ST800GT, but Honda builds really great engines and I would expect this one to go 200K miles without a problem.

I can't wait to see the pricing, MPG and try one on.
MPG is not even on my radar for motorcycles. For me it is a toy, not economical transportation. I hope they don't detune the engine to improve gas mileage and ruin the performance that I love from my ST1300. By the way, the luggage is removable and Honda says the bike looks finished without it, but no pictures yet.
 

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The MPG for me is kind of important. I use my bike as a summer car and I ride it everywhere I can. I read that the cases where removable with tools, so I expect most will stay put. I'd like to see picture of the taller windscreen. As far as I can tell the windscreen and the top box would be about all I would need for touring. I might not even need the top case.

The change in the engine was to increase low end torque and reduce engine speed on the highway. This has a huge effect on mileage. Since the tank is smaller than the ST, it will help to keep the range up, which is really nice on long trips.
 

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MPG is not even on my radar for motorcycles. For me it is a toy, not economical transportation. I hope they don't detune the engine to improve gas mileage and ruin the performance that I love from my ST1300. By the way, the luggage is removable and Honda says the bike looks finished without it, but no pictures yet.
From what I've read, I don't think they DE-tuned it as much ad they RE-tuned it. It looks like it will have more low end and mid-range torque to make it more cruiser-like and less sport-bike-like. To do that, it sacrifices top-end RPMs, but on a cruiser configuration that's not a bad thing. That all doesn't necessarily translate to better mileage, though I certainly wouldn't complain if it did.
 
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