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I just "happened" to go by my Honda dealer today, and was told that my bike had arrived and would be ready to pick up on Saturday. My sales rep asked, "Do you want to see it?" How do you think I answered?

My new black CTX1300 Deluxe

The black paint is AMAZING. Glossy black like my Shadow until you get it out into the sunlight, then it sparkles. It's hard to describe how great it looks.

I was actually choked up when I saw it, it was SO beautiful! Of course now I will be a mess until Saturday...
 

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Fantastic!
Better make sure they adjust those handlebars down for you. You might want to be there when they do that so they're adjusted just for you. :)
 

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Fantastic!
Better make sure they adjust those handlebars down for you. You might want to be there when they do that so they're adjusted just for you. :)
Thanks to the reports on here, I emailed them on Monday about the handlebar position issue and they will make sure it's adjusted just the way I like it before I take the bike home.

That's just one reason this site has been a great resource. Thanks to everyone so far who's contributed to the growing wealth of information here. As more of us get our bikes, the volume of that information will continue to grow.
 

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You have us all drooling on our keybaords:)
No problem if we don't hear much from you on the site for awhile... as long your excuse is you're out riding& riding& riding.
BUT when you do return , we want DETAILs.... DETAILS... and then some DETAILS!
ENJOY :D
 

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You have us all drooling on our keybaords:)
No problem if we don't hear much from you on the site for awhile... as long your excuse is you're out riding& riding& riding.
BUT when you do return , we want DETAILs.... DETAILS... and then some DETAILS!
ENJOY :D
The weather here will be marginal on Saturday, just barely warm enough to get the bike home (my fingers freeze way too easily). Of course I will spend Saturday afternoon and evening checking out the new baby in detail, so I should be able to answer some questions after that.

Sunday will be around 60 and mostly sunny. I intend to get up early and get the bike out on the road. I'm meeting a riding buddy (Shadow Phantom owner) for lunch and I will take him out for his birthday and ride around for awhile. More riding until I have to go to a dinner party, when I will pick up a friend and have my first passenger. So I am expecting Sunday to be an amazing, ride-filled day.

Next week is supposed to be cold and rainy all week, so I think you may be hearing from me then. :) Or maybe :(. Mixed feelings, obviously.
 

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Get some thin glove liners to wear under your regular gloves, and maybe a fleece sweater with the collar up under the jacket. Helps to keep out the cold a little more than gloves and jacket alone. I have some military glove liners designed to keep the rubber chem warfare gloves from sticking so I use those when it gets really cold out... helps even with my Gerbing heated gloves.

Rode to work all but Monday this week so far. Cool mornings so heated gloves and extra jacket "liner" as mentioned. Warmer ride home. Frogg Toggs rain suit needed this morning with drizzle and low 40s. The Toggs add just a little warmth but more importantly keep my gear bone dry and comfy.
 

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Get some thin glove liners to wear under your regular gloves, and maybe a fleece sweater with the collar up under the jacket. Helps to keep out the cold a little more than gloves and jacket alone. I have some military glove liners designed to keep the rubber chem warfare gloves from sticking so I use those when it gets really cold out... helps even with my Gerbing heated gloves.

Rode to work all but Monday this week so far. Cool mornings so heated gloves and extra jacket "liner" as mentioned. Warmer ride home. Frogg Toggs rain suit needed this morning with drizzle and low 40s. The Toggs add just a little warmth but more importantly keep my gear bone dry and comfy.
I have three different sets of glove liners, and NONE of them seem to work for me. While I was at the dealer yesterday I bought some Joe Rocket "Sub-Zero" gauntlet gloves, which seem pretty good, so we will see. I've been looking at heated gloves and liners all week on Amazon, and I will probably need some eventually, but most of them have to be wired into the bike battery. That's fine, but as you know I'm trying to plan the wiring for this bike very carefully and am not really ready to wire anything in yet. Also, the price tag for even liners was a shocker once you add a heat controller, too. I want more time to make a decision on this, both in choosing a system and deciding how to wire it in while still keeping it discreet and looking like part of the bike. Besides, I can live with ONE chilly ride; it's only about 10 miles from the dealer to my house. At worst case I can stop at all of the McDonalds' along the way to warm up my hands! I'm also considering getting the Hondaline heated handgrips when they are available, so I hate to invest in something else until then.

I have a nice warm Columbia fleece jacket that will fit under my leather Schott jacket. The collar comes up and should snug right around the base of my full-face helmet. That will be over my new Honda "Wing" T-shirt that I am wearing kind of for good luck, I guess. Jeans with chaps over them, and tall boots. My experience is that everything is easy to keep warm EXCEPT my fingers.

I have a rainsuit that works surprisingly well for its low cost. It's black (big surprise) with yellow accents. Kind of a "bumblebee" look but it keeps me dry! Or it should--I haven't actually needed to wear it yet. It will be going into one of the saddlebags right away.

As long as I can get that bike into my garage on Saturday I will be a very happy camper, even if it takes me awhile to warm up again. That's what hot chocolate is for! :D
 
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Hmmmmmmmmmmm

All this glove etc. talk has got me thinking and then a light bulb went on. Somewhere in the basement are a few boxes of older MC stuff. In one will be my Old Vetter Hippo Hands. They were great on my '78 Wing (all Vettered up) and then '81 Interstate. When I got my '88, they could not get over all the controls. I considered attempting to modify them and then dropped the idea so I just put them away and haven't seen them since. They were too big&bulky for my V45 Sabre. I may have to do some scavenger hunting to find them as they might just work well, or OK on the CTX due to the long reach bars and maybe low enough controls. I suspect there are other newer designs of that idea out there as well. Just something I hadn't looked into and didn't think about till just now. Maybe others have?
 

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I just "happened" to go by my Honda dealer today, and was told that my bike had arrived and would be ready to pick up on Saturday. My sales rep asked, "Do you want to see it?" How do you think I answered?

My new black CTX1300 Deluxe

The black paint is AMAZING. Glossy black like my Shadow until you get it out into the sunlight, then it sparkles. It's hard to describe how great it looks.

I was actually choked up when I saw it, it was SO beautiful! Of course now I will be a mess until Saturday...
Congrats. Hope you enjoy it. Honda has created a great bike.
 

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Yep, they still have them around under various names including, still, Hippo Hands. Make them for snowmobiles and even JetSkiis too. Though yours are likely much better built than the newer versions. I tried one of the newer versions and they didn't work so well on my Burgman. Fit was ok but my hands still were cold. OK, so the only day I tried them was the first day I ever rode at below zero temps. Long story short, I was able to return them and went with the Gerbing heated gloves and have been warm and happy ever since... even in temps down below -15*F!

No comments needed Dave!!! about that warm and happy thing. :D
 

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OK!! Whatever you say Mr. Bob,I mean Boss.lol Besides,you should know me by now! I would NEVER [perish the thought,lol] take advantage of a golden opportunity such as this one! lol lol Dave!!!
 
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