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Two different animals, similar in name only (and some looks):

CTX700:
Front Suspension: 41mm fork, 4.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock, 4.3 inches travel

CTX1300:
Front Suspension: Inverted 45mm fork
Rear Suspension: Twin rear shocks with spring
 

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Thanks for pointing out the difference and making clear to everyone.

Cheers to @sleepngbear
 

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Two different animals, similar in name only (and some looks):

CTX700:
Front Suspension: 41mm fork, 4.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Pro-Link single shock, 4.3 inches travel

CTX1300:
Front Suspension: Inverted 45mm fork
Rear Suspension: Twin rear shocks with spring
Thanks for posting the differences between the two.
 

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What will be the functional difference between the two different suspension set-ups though? How will these figures translate to driving experience?
 

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wonder why CTX1300 got upside down vw the CTX700s traditional. I have to assume cost on 700...
 

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The rear suspension needs some help I have tried every setting on the rear shocks and it still rides harsh on dips and bad roads.:350x700px-LL-66dd6d:350x700px-LL-66dd6d
 

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The suspension does gradually become less harsh as you start to rack up miles. The front more so than the rear, but they both soften up.

Now that I think of it, I remember thinking the same thing when I first got the Thunderbird -- for a big heavy bike, it sure rode stiff. It obviously softened up too, because I went through the same cycle again when I got rid of it and grabbed the CTX.
 

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I totally agree on this point. I don't notice much harshness at all now that I have some miles on the CTX. Just once in a while on an exceptionally drastic bump but not anything like I remember when I first picked up the bike.
 

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I'm still going crazy from the bumps. But then, I live in the Land of a Million Potholes...and some of these streets are downright treacherous. I can hardly wait to get out of the city and onto roads that don't feel like an obstacle course! The other night I happened to hit one street that was like the surface of the Moon...potholes in an almost continuous stream, with only a few inches of unbroken asphalt between them. Even the speed bumps in the street had potholes! I think I'll be avoiding that street until the city gets its act together and repairs it...
 

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I'm just over 1000 miles now and I' d say it has improved. Most vehicles and especially cages need some suspension break in miles.
I wish Honda had made the rears different or at least designed a barrel like spanner so you can adjust for adding a passenger quickly without bag removals. I picture a partial barrel which matches OD of the shock which has the spanner like pin at one end and handle/ arm offset at other end. The barrel length just needs to accommodate access to pin hole and allow arm to swing enough to do ... Say a click at a time without hitting bike/bag parts. If I had machinist tools and skills I'd build my own.
 

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The suspension does gradually become less harsh as you start to rack up miles. The front more so than the rear, but they both soften up.

Now that I think of it, I remember thinking the same thing when I first got the Thunderbird -- for a big heavy bike, it sure rode stiff. It obviously softened up too, because I went through the same cycle again when I got rid of it and grabbed the CTX.
I now have over 8K on my bike and the rear shocks are still junk on any road that is not smooth. I have a set of stock air shock for a GL1100 that I put on my bike today just went for short ride the jarring is gone. They are about a 1/2 inch to long I ran the air press at 25 lbs to make the bike set level. So this showed me the rear shocks are whats causing the rough riding I think its to much comp damping.
 

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for my 1300, I fixed the harsh frontend and the hands-free wobble with a set of Traxxion Dynamics cartridges - had just 9k miles on it and couldn't take it any longer - bike is perfect now
 

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for my 1300, I fixed the harsh frontend and the hands-free wobble with a set of Traxxion Dynamics cartridges - had just 9k miles on it and couldn't take it any longer - bike is perfect now
Hi Chiappa, how much does it cost? Did you order cartridges and replaced by yourself?
 

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Hi Chiappa, how much does it cost? Did you order cartridges and replaced by yourself?
 

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@citixen you can find a LOT of common part knowledge in the knowledge sharing document (including the above Traxxion information)

hint: search (ctrl-f) "suspension / shocks"
 
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