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Hello to you all. I want to give excuses for my errors, this is not my natural language. I understand a lot but don't have much flow in expressing my self. Past ride long ago, Yamaha Daytona 400,Yam Seca 550.Current rides Suzuki vz1500(M90) and Yam star 950. I hope the ctx 1300 is gone to be my next bike, the first one comes in one or two weeks. Here there is no test ride so yours post and impressions are very well appreciated. My only concern or the think I probably don't gone to like of this bike is the Jerky throttle management as some of you reported, Can anybody tell me more about this and how is the throttle management is second and third and the speeds this gears can hold or manage.
Thanks to all in advance. Juan
 

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What errors? I don't see any errors.

As for throttle jerk, I haven't really noticed much problem other than the same thing I had with any new (to me) bike. Throttle can be... touchy(?) or has quick response. The only time I really noticed that is on a suddenly bumpy section of road and I was gripping the throttle during acceleration and that time it did jump just a little. Had the same happen on my ST1100 when I didn't expect it.
 

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Thanks Bob. And how is when you loose the throttle its a soft or smooth slow down or its a abrupt slow down.
 

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Welcome to the board, Juan!

Don't sweat the jerky throttle -- it's not so much an issue as an observation. All bikes are different; the throttle on the CTX1300 feels very much like the ST1300, and it's just something that you adjust to as you put miles on the bike and get used to how it handles bumpy pavement. When you're riding a bike for the first time, you're more likely to have a tighter grip on it, and that makes your throttle hand react more to the bike's movements. After awhile, as you get more comfortable with the machine, you naturally relax your grip. It's only been three weeks for me on this bike, and it's really no longer an issue.

Best bet, like I tell everybody who's considering this bike, is to take one for a test ride if you can. You'll know right away if it's the bike for you. ;)
 

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Thanks Bob. And how is when you loose the throttle its a soft or smooth slow down or its a abrupt slow down.
Depends what gear you're in. If in the right gear for this bike, lower rpm than for most, it's relatively smooth. If you let go while at a high rpm is not really abrupt but just very strong on the engine braking. As Ed mentions, same as many bikes. Once accustomed to it there are no issues with throttle or braking. In fact it's very good at both I would say.
 

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For me the abrupt throttle response is most noticeable when I descend a mountain. I often enter a sharp downhill curve in second gear with the throttle completely closed. I do not pull the clutch. When I gently open the throttle to get set up for the next curve, the bike lurches forward. None of my previous bikes exhibited this behavior.

This is only an issue when rapidly descending a steep curvy road. This bike is not a sport bike, so rapidly descending a steep curvy road is probably outside of its design parameters.

For all other riding I've found the bike to be very manageable. It is absolutely the best highway bike I've ridden in many years. I prefer it to my GL1800 and my Electraglide for riding on the four lane roads. It behaves very well around the trucks.
 

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For me the abrupt throttle response is most noticeable when I descend a mountain. I often enter a sharp downhill curve in second gear with the throttle completely closed. I do not pull the clutch. When I gently open the throttle to get set up for the next curve, the bike lurches forward. None of my previous bikes exhibited this behavior.

This is only an issue when rapidly descending a steep curvy road. This bike is not a sport bike, so rapidly descending a steep curvy road is probably outside of its design parameters.

For all other riding I've found the bike to be very manageable. It is absolutely the best highway bike I've ridden in many years. I prefer it to my GL1800 and my Electraglide for riding on the four lane roads. It behaves very well around the trucks.
Great review, what other bikes of yours have you ridden on the highway that you like and even dislike?
 

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First Welcome!! I initially posted about the throttle situation not only here but on my You tube channel.....since then I have put a few more miles on the bike and it seems that it was user error. I was holding the throttle to tightly...though I still notice it from time to time when hitting some good bumps I notice it more at slower speeds..and in the lower gears (I attribute this to the torque on the bike though) despite what the dyno numbers put out...this bike has some good pull! I hope you get to add one to the garage!!
 

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In recent years I've had a couple of ST1100s, a GL1800, a Wee Strom, a CTX700D, and an Electraglide. I currently have a 2013 Trophy in addition to the CTX1300.

The STs were great in the twisties. But they moved around a lot in the wind on the open road. I did not really feel comfortable with the forward lean of the seating position on the highway.

I traded one of the STs for a Gold Wing. It was really nice on the highway. It did not get around the twisties as well as the STs. The Gold Wing moved around a little bit when I passed the trucks. It was very comfortable. I really liked the cruise control on the highway. The Gold Wing was bigger than I really wanted for solo riding. I would still be riding it today, but it was killed by a deer.

I traded the other ST for a Wee Strom. It was not set up for highway riding, but it handled very well around the trucks. It had no wind protection, so I didn't ride it a lot on the highway. Suzuki closed down all of the local dealers during the bankruptcy, so I traded it for a Triumph Trophy.

The Trophy has the most comfortable riding position of any bike I've ever owned. It is very good in the wind, but it blows around quite a bit more than the CTX1300. It wiggles around a lot on wet surfaces due to the tread pattern of the Pirelli tires. The back tire is slick down the middle. The Trophy has the best fairing and windshield of any bike I've ever owned. It's great in the twisties, but still has a nice upright seating position for taking in the sights. If this bike had been more reliable, I would not have bought another big bike. When it runs it's the best bike I've ever ridden. But it sometimes chooses not to run.

When my Dad died I got his Electraglide. I never was comfortable with that bike. It shook and vibrated and made too much noise. It was way too heavy and way too hot. It was like driving something straight out of the 1950s. I sold it to a friend who loves Harley Davidson. He thinks it's the greatest thing he's ever owned. The Electraglide was the only bike I ever owned that had properly working self cancelling turn signals. The CTX, the Gold Wing, and the Trophy all suck at cancelling turn signals at the right time.

I bought a CTX700D last year. I really enjoyed playing around with the DCT. I never did get the wind protection sorted out to suit me. It was pretty nice on the highway. But it turns out that I am more comfortable on bigger bikes. I had the CTX700 for less than a year before I traded it for the CTX1300.

The CTX1300 may turn out to be the best highway bike I've ever owned. It ignores cross winds and trucks. I can just sit there and take in the sights comfortably. I hope adding a taller windshield does not ruin that.
 
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For me the abrupt throttle response is most noticeable when I descend a mountain. I often enter a sharp downhill curve in second gear with the throttle completely closed. I do not pull the clutch. When I gently open the throttle to get set up for the next curve, the bike lurches forward. None of my previous bikes exhibited this behavior.

This is only an issue when rapidly descending a steep curvy road. This bike is not a sport bike, so rapidly descending a steep curvy road is probably outside of its design parameters.

For all other riding I've found the bike to be very manageable. It is absolutely the best highway bike I've ridden in many years. I prefer it to my GL1800 and my Electraglide for riding on the four lane roads. It behaves very well around the trucks.
Kind of agree, except that I've found the downhill doesn't have to be steep -- it just has to be downhill enough that you're in that spot that's between on the throttle and off it. You have to modulate it very lightly or it will get jerky. I find I get better at it every time out, to the point that it's happening only once in a great while.
 
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