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i have read that this bike has trouble with the rear suspension /shocks. also, the transmission develops troubles and the wireing? any of this true? i am talking as a tendency /bad characteristic of the bike. not just from useage. what say y'all?
 

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Most of this bike, particularly the engine and transmission, is right out of the ST1300. That ST has been around since 2002 and has been proven bullet proof. Same goes for this bike. Sure, there are a few quirks, but that can be said about EVERY SINGLE BIKE on the road today. Wiring? no issues that I ever heard about. Transmission? Like I said... the same transmission has been on the road since 2002... no issues that I know of. Suspension? That's up for debate. If you are one who thinks that any bike suspension should be perfect right out of the box then, yes, the suspension can be considered not so good. But, I've yet to ride a bike, including my Gold Wing, with such perfect suspension. I would not consider the suspension to have any problem or issue. A lot of riders who don't like the factory stock setup usually put on aftermarket suspension components regardless of what bike they ride. Same with this one. I was fine with the suspension on mine. No issues that I know of. The ONLY thing I can think of that certain riders say about the rear shocks is the short travel. But again, there are plenty of bikes in this class that have that. So really no trouble or issues that are trouble on this bike that I know of.
 

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The only wiring issues I've had are the handlebar controls. Since mine is outside most of the time and in the rain, the switch contacts have corroded. But nothing a little contact grease couldn't fix.
I did have a mouse build a nest in my air filter and it chewed on a few wires under the cover. Painted the exposed wire with liquid tape.
And it's just me, but I have a beef with non waterproof connectors on a motorcycle. So I put contact grease inside and seal the wire inlet holes with liquid tape. Kind of a poor man's waterproof connection.
 

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If you are a "heavier rider" (as I resemble that remark I speak from experience) then the rear shocks are probably a weak point. Mine gave up the hydraulic fluid after a few years and 10,000 miles. Replaced with some Progressive HDs, one level below top of the line and had my forks redone with RaceTech innards and it's night and day better! Otherwise, no issues and hands down best, most comfortable and favorite bike I've ever owned!
 

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61,000 original miles on mine and I have none of these problems. In fact, I've had no problems at all, other than the broken tab on each middle cowl, and a little oil spray in the air filter from one of the cylinders at about 45,000. Had the dealer install 5w fork oil to eliminate possible vibration in the bars.

I had read most of the posts on this forum for over seven years now, and I don't recall seeing any common deficiencies in this motorcycle.
 

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Bought mine in Oct of 2014 and like every bike I've ever owned have spent the ensuing years changing stuff to suit ME. As stated above the engine (although tuned different) and trans have been around a long time and considered bullet proof by most. Actually was one of the things that drew my attention after having ridden a ST1300 which I considered top heavy for me. I'd say the broken tabs on the plastic would be the #1 issue that just about everyone has had or takes special gentle handling to avoid breakage. Go for it, you can find the answer to 97.5 % of any questions on this bike right here. Stay safe.
 

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Who ever was reporting that about a Honda was probably trying to buy the bike out from under you. Ha
People have to pick on something so a one year bike might have been an easy target. It easier to work on a bike that has more years of production because you've seen more as a mechanic.
More aftermarket for a bike that has 5+ years of production.
Bang for the buck is pretty good in my opinion, but if I were shopping for more tour and less cruising I'd consider the goldwing. Can't go wrong if you don't mind a little more weight or maybe FB6.
Not very many dissatisfied owner that I have heard. I'd buy one again no hesitation.
 

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I feel like this bike is the swiss army knife of bikes. It can tour, cruise, and carve twisties unlike anything else I've ever ridden.
The vibration in the bars and the front suspension, and awful side mirrors are the only thing I can complain about, and those are all easily remedied.
I bought mine used with grips already kuryakyn iso grips with end weights gone. Never experienced vibration. Already had ctx700 mirrors to increase mirrors view at a higher view point I'm used to being a tall rider seems right. I can see out original mirrors still but rarely look at them. Front shock has a little more feedback if you go over recommended inflation which helps tire wear, but doesn't bother me at 39lbs and extends next need to add air
 

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The best bike I have ever owned! Think I am on #15 bike or so in my 57 years.
I would like to say (knock on wood) that I have not had 1 problem with my bike.
Yes I have modified it as Stan says to fit ME, other than the usual maintenance has not let me down after 6 1/2 years and 57,000 miles. The bike I would buy if the time comes to replace my CTX would probably be an Indian Challenger or Goldwing (the new gen) or maybe another CTX1300!
 

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The best bike I have ever owned! Think I am on #15 bike or so in my 57 years.
I would like to say (knock on wood) that I have not had 1 problem with my bike.
Yes I have modified it as Stan says to fit ME, other than the usual maintenance has not let me down after 6 1/2 years and 57,000 miles. The bike I would buy if the time comes to replace my CTX would probably be an Indian Challenger or Goldwing (the new gen) or maybe another CTX1300!
If I were to upgrade, the Goldwing would be my first choice to try out. I've been driving and riding manual transmissions since I was 18. Time to let a computer do the shifting.
 
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