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Howdy fellow riders! Newbie to this forum, but a long time rider (40+ years), mostly on Hondas, but a few "others" along the way. Been riding the same Valkyrie for the past 10 years and started looking for something new last year. I find choosing a new bike always involves compromises, and it always depends how you will be riding. I ride a few times a week to run errands around town, one or two 100 mile rides a week and one several thousand mile trip a summer. Comfort and handling are two of my top priorities, given that riding a Honda usually means reliability and proven performance for most of their bikes. The CTX 1300 immediately sparked my interest, so I went to the Mpls Motorcycle show last night to check it out. It was very comfortable for me (5'10" w 32 inseam), I liked that the foot pegs were located a little ahead of my knees, more so than my Valkyrie, and the handle bars came back enough so that I didn't feel like I was reaching out for them. I have added 3" pullback/risers to my Valkyrie, so the CTX 1300 seemed similar. Seat also was comfortable, especially for stock. My concern is wind protection and I won't know that will be a problem until I ride one. The optional taller windshield seems like it will have to be very tall to give the rider wind protection because the fairing is so low, so that bothers me. Speakers sounded pretty good without the motor running, so again, hard to tell until you get it out on the highway. Hard bags were fairly roomy, but I think most of the things you have stored in them will fall out when they are opened. This bike has potential for me and I hope my wind concerns will not be a problem.