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One thing i dont like about the CTX1300 is the side exhausts.

I have remnants/scars of 3rd degree burns on my leg from exhaust pipe/header on my leg, trying to burn a hole through it, while i tried to get the bike/exhaust off of my very well done leg.

Each time I tried to pick the bike/exhaust header up off my leg (picture gravel all over the road, around a blind curve, and the bike going down in the gravel, exhaust on leg and passenger cannot get off of bike i am trapped on the bike) the combination of the pillion on the back, and the gravel under my shoes would make my foot slip out from under me and the bike back down on to my leg again and again and again over and over.

Until I knock off the pillion off the back of the layed over bike, then try to pull my burnt leg out from under it.

Gravel and hair pin, blind curves dont mix well, with side exhaust.

maybe a engine guard on the CTX may be a wise choice.

That was on a 81' CX500

I have to say on all the bikes i have had since that bike, I have never had another side exhaust, and i have never had any problems like I did with that bike.

But i did not break any bones and neither did my girl friend.
 

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That hurts just thinking about it. I am really sorry that you had to go through all that. I am also very concerned about the exposed exhaust to! Hopefully, Honda thought about such a problem and it's ONLY more for show. To me it's like a step BACKWARDS for safety.
 

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You could also fabricate something to change it to the way you like.
Maybe get some shields on the exhaust or route the exhaust another way so it doesnt burn you. But until you ride it you will never know if it is a problem or not.
 

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Well, I would get side engine guard, bars, that way if I laid over, for some weird reason, it would give you enough room to get you leg out.

That happened 25 years ago, it was my 5th bike,

I have been riding bikes since I was in the 5th grade.

I been riding ever since, maybe 25 to 30 different motorcycles since then, just have not owned a bike with side exhausts since, these headers look like they are further away from you legs than mine were, but anything could happen.

I have had a deer sprinting straight out from the side of the road from behind a tree, at me, and was headed for my bikes engine area, and then just before impact, stop and change directions, inches away from me.

Another time I had 7 deer single file shoot across in front of me, I never saw the deer till they were already crossing, for some reason I hit the brakes just before it happened, spidie senses kicked in a guess, and a Braked hard, other wise I would have had a impact, that was a small two lane country road in the mountains.

I was on my GL1800 Goldwing, My brother in law was behind me riding my GL1500 Goldwing, good thing he saw me as i was thinking he was not paying attention and was going to crash into me.

New bikes and tires are much better than they used to be.

I have gone around fast corners hit a gravel patch with older goldwings with new tires, you feel a little movement but that is about it.

I always try to watch the road and avoid the gravel patches on the road as much as I can.

I had gravel out on the road around a blind curve on my GL1800, a few times, and with wife on the back, bike just got a little squirrely but that was it.
 

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Does the CTX1300 actually have this problem with its side exhausts, or are you just afraid of any side exhausts after your not-so-fun experience. I'm just thinking that Honda might have done something to prevent this problem from happening on the CTX1300.
 

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No the CTX1300 does NOT have a problem.

I am voicing an opinion, in regards to side exhaust.

what I am saying is some side engine guards are what I would install on my bike.

Each individual would have to make their own decisions based on their own experiences.

The side exhaust to me on The CTX looks like it may be far enough forward where it may be a non issue.

That said I am still Leary about a side exhaust.
 

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Definitely need to make an effort to get on a CTX1300 to see if this will be an issue. Always hate side exhausts for the same reason, such a PITA. It's made to be a long distance bike, so hopefully it wont be an issue.
 

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I've always worried about burning myself, or rather it just being hot, with a side exhaust set-up. I haven't had a side exhaust on any of my bikes to this point. It can't be a problem with every side exhaust, but I would be careful to check with a CTX1300 before I make any final decisions.
 

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I would want the CTX1300 bike as a Do all bike that does everything well, touring that is somewhat sporty, good in the handling dept. and a very comfortable ride.

There is no way you would know by test ride, if the bike will be close to your legs or not till you buy it and a weird circumstance happens.

I would install some engine guards, as they would help in that situation
 
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