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...does this make the CTX1300 a 3/4 Wing? Not trying to be antagonistic, just seems like a possible that might fit. I hate the waiting this time of year, especially for something as interesting as a possible new ride! Makes ya think crazy. As in the past, if it's right enough a way will be found to own it:rolleyes:
 

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3/4 Wing sounds just about right, if you want to compare it to a 'Wing. But I think the CTX1300 will kind of stand on its own as just a lighter-duty tourer that's less sport than a sport tourer and not as extreme as the 'Wing. And by 'extreme' I mean like a 2-wheeled RV. ;)

The whole platform just screams to me 'cruiser that (finally) isn't a HD-wannabee'. This iteration just happens to have bags and a fairing; who knows what might lie down the road for it.
 

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Every motorcycle needs to stand on it's own, especially when introduced. I'm thinking maybe the original Valkerie didn't stand away from the Wing enough to go long term, not even really sure how long it ran for. I think you may be right about the CTX1300 as I've not seen anything quite like it. We've done some pretty heavy duty touring on sport touring bikes that should have roughly the same capacity to carry as the CTX1300. Less sport, yeah probably (than an FJR, the new Triumph, Connie 14, ect), but hopefully as much sport as the California 1400 or sad to say it will lose (for me). And the Cali 1400 may very well be to much of a cruiser for me as I have yet to see the Touring model. The word "cruiser" in the world of motorcycles is one I haven't been able to relate to, as much as I've tried. The GL1800 has my utmost respect as it dances pretty well, with the foot position under me enough for my liking, although I've never toured on one. If the CTX1300 handles like most "cruisers" I've ridden... just put it this way- good handling is high on my priority list, not as high as it used to be, but still high. On the other hand if it gives me confidence enough to respond quickly in any situation (read emergency) one might find it's way home with me;) Again I like my feet under me, not out in front of me. Please, no one take offense as $.50 and my opinion won't buy you a cup of coffee most places, and the ones it will is not because the value of my opinion is higher...:).....3/4 Wing...hmmm...:D
 

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The single worry I have is that because CTX1300 is trying to cut its line between sport tourer and cruiser it ends up not satisfying either target...
 

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The single worry I have is that because CTX1300 is trying to cut its line between sport tourer and cruiser it ends up not satisfying either target...
Good point; except that there are already plenty of other options that are more of one or the other. I think anybody seriously looking at the CTX1300 will know that it is not going to carve up the twisties like a ST, Connie or FJR; nor will it rumble down the boulevard like any of the scores of big stump-pulling V-twins. I've had both kinds, and for years I've been itching for something that bridges the gap between them, something with the relaxed comfort of a cruiser's riding position and the smooth, wide power delivery of a V-4. I'm just stoked that Honda finally heard me and everybody else like me who's looking for the same thing. ;)
 

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The single worry I have is that because CTX1300 is trying to cut its line between sport tourer and cruiser it ends up not satisfying either target...
I think this is a problem that most people talk about with any bike or vehicle that cuts across segments. It seems like these worries are usually laid to rest though as these vehicles are some of the most popular today. It seems like every week there is a new model that fits between two segments.

I think people like having more diverse options. Something for everyone, ya know.
 

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I think this is a problem that most people talk about with any bike or vehicle that cuts across segments. It seems like these worries are usually laid to rest though as these vehicles are some of the most popular today. It seems like every week there is a new model that fits between two segments.

I think people like having more diverse options. Something for everyone, ya know.

I agree with you BUT sometimes you can over do it! A good example was Honda's DN-01: front --- looked like a sportbike, middle --- cruiser features, rear --- scooter setup, and to top it off: an outrageous price. Honda be careful! Too many "good" choices (F6B/CTX 1300/CTX 700/Valkyrie) and each WILL sell but not in large quantities! I believe.
 

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I agree with you BUT sometimes you can over do it! A good example was Honda's DN-01: front --- looked like a sportbike, middle --- cruiser features, rear --- scooter setup, and to top it off: an outrageous price. Honda be careful! Too many "good" choices (F6B/CTX 1300/CTX 700/Valkyrie) and each WILL sell but not in large quantities! I believe.
GOOD!! I don't want everybody else riding what I'm riding. :p
 

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GOOD!! I don't want everybody else riding what I'm riding. :p

So as NOT to offend you, I will not ride YOUR ride! Please inform me as to your choosing ... Honda has PLENTY of other choices that "turn me on," so to speak! (Even the Grom is cool!) Come to think of it ... the CTX 700 PLUS the Grom would cost me LESS than any of Honda's new bigger bikes!!
 

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So as NOT to offend you, I will not ride YOUR ride! Please inform me as to your choosing ... Honda has PLENTY of other choices that "turn me on," so to speak! (Even the Grom is cool!) Come to think of it ... the CTX 700 PLUS the Grom would cost me LESS than any of Honda's new bigger bikes!!
Well that is mighty considerate of you! Though I should have qualified my previous statement with 'present company notwithstanding'. I couldn't possibly be that cruel. :D
 

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Well that is mighty considerate of you! Though I should have qualified my previous statement with 'present company notwithstanding'. I couldn't possibly be that cruel. :D

Cruelty is in the eye of the Beholder! I can take the abuse ... I have for years! Anyways, since there IS a good measure of distance from you to me (1000+ miles) and the chance that we MIGHT meetup is about nil, I can venture to buy WHATEVER you buy will NO repercussions to deal with. (I am partial to Honda Red though!) To tell you the truth, even since I bought a DN-01, I do tend toward the "automatic" side of the house about motorcycles. So! It just might be a LONG while before someone comes out with a new toy for me to play with! L8r
 

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I used to own a 90 gl1500. Then I bought a Burgman 650 that I referred to a 1/3 Wing. It actually had a LOT of storage/luggage built in and added when I put the Givi trunk on. Now I refer to my ST1100 as my 2/3 Wing. I've always felt the ST1100 leaned toward the touring part of Sport/Touring and the ST1300 leaned more toward the sport part.
The CTX1300 is still close enough to be considered 2/3 Wing. I like that range of size. I can't see the CTX1300 as a cruiser really, even though Honda does call it a bagger. I also definitely don't see it anywhere near a sport/touring bike in spite of using the same engine with tweaks as the ST1300. It is much closer to touring than anything else but yet different. I think we should classify this one as a Cruiser/Touring bike.
 
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