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A question for you guys who have owned a lot more bikes than I have and/or are more used to carrying passengers:

Any guesses as to the driver & passenger weight limits for the CTX1300? I couldn't find any specs on that, unless I missed it somehow. I have only carried a passenger on my Shadow a couple of times and it felt like it was WAY over capacity (I'm not a lightweight and neither was my passenger). Even on my Gold Wing I did not usually carry passengers--if something were to happen I don't want anyone else hurt, so I tend to ride solo. But so many people have been asking for rides once I get it, I want to know the safe limit, if you folks have any good estimates. Thanks!
 

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Don't know if that info is available yet. Haven't found it even on the Honda Japan web site. I did find out that the max load weight limit on the ST1300 is 410 lbs for rider-passenger-luggage. I suspect the CTX1300 would be at least that given a steel frame vs. aluminum frame on the ST. I've seen the frame on the world Honda web site and it seems fairly substantial for the rear sub-frame where the rider/passenger/luggage would be supported. The GW gl1500 is higher and I know of one guy around here who used to ride one who actually weighed more than that limit. He went through a few GWs in as many years from broken frames. He was WAY over the limit and I was surprised he was even able to climb on one. I also know of many GW riders and a few ST riders who regularly carry more weight than the limits for those bikes with rider/passenger/luggage all added up with no issues... that then know of.
 

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I've seen some very big people on very small bikes. Despite what specifications they have, as long as you don't weigh over 800 lbs, I think you're safe. ;)
 

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Its worth figuring out for certain but I think you have to put an awful lot of weight on the bike, especially a larger bike like the CTX 1300, in order for it to be too much. More so due to having more than one person on the bike that are both heavy.

Wouldn't the weight capacity be listed in the rest of the specs?
 

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Since this machine,like most machines,[I've owned nine brand new bikes since 1966] has adjustable rear suspension [shocks],you would adjust em accordingly for normal one up riding,plus gear and or cargo,and or with a passenger,if that was the case.The CTX advertisement features a female passenger on board.Looking at it,I'd guesstimate the young lady weighed in the neighborhood of 140 lbs.and the operator, around 175 lbs.So I suspect that a 200 lb passenger would NOT be out of the question to be in a comfort zone.The only problem,if ya wanna call it that,would be that the machine,naturally,would not accelerate too quickly running two up as opposed to one up.But remember,the CTX is a cruiser/touring machine and not a ca'fe racer.But the suspension should handle the extra weight of a heavier passenger with no problem.Usually there's a tag located someplace on the machine marked with the maximum GVWR, or weight of the motorcycle itself plus the load capacity which includes a passenger.But I think as long as ya stayed within a 200 lb passenger weight limit,you should be ok.

But for an accurate weight limit,you'll just have to wait til one shows up at the local Stealer's so you can look at that tag.But I'm almost positive that this machine will carry weight rather well,hence I don't think I'd be too concerned about it.

In my travels over the years,I have seen motorcyles goin down the road with,shall we say,a HUGE LOAD on it,lol,aka,OVER LOADED,:rolleyes:[ya couldn't see the motorcycle,:eek::D]yet appeared to carry both parties,plus cargo, fairly well. :)Dave!!!
 

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Well, I'm currently around 240 (down from 270 last year) and working to get down even lower. Passengers will still be pretty rate, so I will probably just leave the suspension where it is most comfortable for solo riding. Maybe I'm too worried about this, since the CTX1300 is DESIGNED to carry more, like my Wing was.

Speaking of weight, it will be interesting to see how the CTX feels as far as weight when stopped (and around corners). I think my Gold Wing 1200 was about the same weight as the CTX--750 pounds. And I think the center of gravity on the new bike might be better than the Wing, since the seat is lower. (I think they both had/have the gas tank located under the seat.) I sold the Wing in 2005 so I haven't ridden anything that heavy for awhile, but I'm sure I'll be able to handle it. I've been going to the gym and doing a lot of work on upper body strength, which should help, too. I suppose I should lay off the doughnuts to bring down the overall weight anyway... ;)
 

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For just giving friends a short ride cuz they want to see what it's like, I wouldn't worry at all about wt limits or anything like that. Just so you can maintain control. From what I read the CTX has a much lower CG than my GL1500 had. Now THAT was a heavy bike at around 900 lbs wet... and then me and my wife and baggage on top of that! My ST1100 is about 32 lbs lighter than the CTX but has a higher CG than my GW had. All of these have the gas tank below the seat. I think the CTX will be very easy to manage with a lower CG.
 

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..., I'd guesstimate the young lady weighed in the neighborhood of 140 lbs.and the operator, around 175 lbs.
You must really be liked by the ladies... not. :eek:
I would say the young lady on pillion is closer to 110-115 lbs if that.
The rider is maybe 175 since it seems manufacturers like to use lightweight smaller models to make their products look better/bigger.
Keep in mind photos and video make everyone look 10-15 lbs heavier than they are. Bummer really, cuz some news casters in our area look normal and kind of pretty until you see them in person and then they turn out to look like stick figures suffering from anorexia!
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Well, I'm currently around 240 (down from 270 last year) and working to get down even lower. Passengers will still be pretty rate, so I will probably just leave the suspension where it is most comfortable for solo riding. Maybe I'm too worried about this, since the CTX1300 is DESIGNED to carry more, like my Wing was.

Speaking of weight, it will be interesting to see how the CTX feels as far as weight when stopped (and around corners). I think my Gold Wing 1200 was about the same weight as the CTX--750 pounds. And I think the center of gravity on the new bike might be better than the Wing, since the seat is lower. (I think they both had/have the gas tank located under the seat.) I sold the Wing in 2005 so I haven't ridden anything that heavy for awhile, but I'm sure I'll be able to handle it. I've been going to the gym and doing a lot of work on upper body strength, which should help, too. I suppose I should lay off the doughnuts to bring down the overall weight anyway... ;)
Hey, congrats on dropping 30!! I'm working on shedding a few myself. I got back up dangerously close to 200, which is way too much for my height and build. Trying to get back down to my fighting weight of 165 by May.

But to the point -- you don't have to be monster strong to handle a bike this size. I've been riding since long before it was a struggle to stay at 165; even at heavier weight, I've never been what anyone would mistake for a gym rat, and I've never had a problem handling bigger bikes. You're gonna feel right at home on the CTX1300. Trust me. ;)
 

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You must really be liked by the ladies... not. :eek:
I would say the young lady on pillion is closer to 110-115 lbs if that.
The rider is maybe 175 since it seems manufacturers like to use lightweight smaller models to make their products look better/bigger.
Keep in mind photos and video make everyone look 10-15 lbs heavier than they are. Bummer really, cuz some news casters in our area look normal and kind of pretty until you see them in person and then they turn out to look like stick figures suffering from anorexia!
:):):)
"Wow, she sure looks fat in that picture."

"Well don't forget, the camera adds 10 pounds."

"Just how many cameras were on her??"
 

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"Wow, she sure looks fat in that picture."

"Well don't forget, the camera adds 10 pounds."

"Just how many cameras were on her??"

Which picture are we talking about. I was thinking of the photos with the CTX being riden 2 up (spy shots and on Honda web site of the same) not the gal at EICMA. SHE was a bit heavier than some of the other models and taller as well so maybe she was who Dave was thinking of at 140 lbs (or maybe 150 lbs?). I would even go so far as to say that gal at EICMA on the CTX is taller than the male model in the spy shots or on the Honda site photos riding the bike.
 

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Which picture are we talking about. I was thinking of the photos with the CTX being riden 2 up (spy shots and on Honda web site of the same) not the gal at EICMA. SHE was a bit heavier than some of the other models and taller as well so maybe she was who Dave was thinking of at 140 lbs (or maybe 150 lbs?). I would even go so far as to say that gal at EICMA on the CTX is taller than the male model in the spy shots or on the Honda site photos riding the bike.
Bob -- joke!!!!! :D

(you really need to get out more! :p)
 

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The weight cap on most bikes from a mere 350cc to a Goldwing is about 400 +- 20. Every bike of all brands has a similar capacity.
 

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All I can say is,that young lady[the model] can ride on the back of my scooter "ANYTIME". :rolleyes: Then maybe I could ride on,never mind,forget I said that.:D:D:D I should be shot for my thoughts!!:eek::eek::rolleyes: Dave!!!
 

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I've never had a problem handling bigger bikes. You're gonna feel right at home on the CTX1300. Trust me. ;)
I suspect you're right. I had less upper body strength than I do now when I owned the Wing, and it was seldom a problem. Doing T-turns could be tricky sometimes but I usually managed fine.

I am literally starting to have dreams about my first ride on the 1300. Hoping for 5 weeks from today!
 

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Are those dreams of a TT unit wackin ya while travelin thru an intersection,lol, or of that attractive model in the above picture sitting on your fa,I mean,back of your scooter?? lol lol lol Just remember,the older we get,the more senile we get,or is that just wishfull thinking.lol lol Dave!!!
 
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