About every four years I change my motorcycle concept. The last four I had a 2010 Bonneville SE, a great little naked bike that was easy to ride and absolutely dependable. It was cool for short jaunts but not so hot for trips longer than 50 miles. Bonneville gone and the search for a replacement is on. I'm way past sport bike ergos due to age, knees, ankles, wrists (everything else) and decided that I would search for something a little more relaxed. I initially focused on the Triumph Trophy SE but the roll out of that machine has been pretty rough in terms of recalls. Then I started to focus on the CTX 1300 and have read pretty much all the published info, but there is nothing like personal experience; today I actually got to sit on a CTX 1300. I'm 6 feet tall. The first touchdown on a potential bike is sort of like trying on a new pair of shoes. You know instantly if there is a good fit and if it don't fit that first time it probably won't get any better. In short, perfect ergos for my frame. Totally relaxed, no pressure points and a very good seat. The salesman told how no one could see the mirrors until they adjusted the bars to some mark. Indeed, I adjusted the mirrors a bit and they gave a pretty good rear view. Easy to stand it up and move it around...actually a lot easier than I thought it would be considering the weight. The linear and low form of the bike reminds me of some of the early HD Road Kings with a little bit of early BMW K-bike brick look thrown in. I've always liked that look. The bags and little pockets seem kind of cheap and not so well-made. I liked it but couldn't ride it because it just came out of the crate and was not yet ready for action. I was also able to immediately sit on a 2013 VSTAR 1300 deluxe, a nice v-twin bike with a bat wing fairing, bags and a high windshield...really high. The ergos on this bike were very similar to the CTX1300. The VSTAR seat was bad news but the bags were high quality, top notch. The price of the VSTAR ($13K) is probably similar to the standard CTX. The VSTAR also had floor boards that I previously thought were for geezers on HD's but now I'm a geezer and I kind of see their value in terms of letting one move the feet around a bit while resting them on a flat surface. Let's face it, motorcycle choice has some logic and calculation involved but it is mostly gut and emotion. The CTX stirred my gut. The VSTAR was nice but just reasonably nice. Next step: do a test ride. The deal breaker on the CTX might be wind management. You can always get a better seat, but sometimes the wind issue is a physics problem that doesn't get solved. More later.