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I fetched my CTX1300 Deluxe from Tennessee today.

I took back roads most of the way home, but I didn't stay out as much as I wanted to due to darkness. About 270 miles.

The seating position is very comfortable. It reminds me of my 2012 GL1800. My knees and shins were not touching the jugs unless I braked really hard. Then my knees got into the jugs just like they used to get into the fairing on the ST1100. When I put my feet down, the foot pegs were right where my feet wanted to be. I was able to sit back against the little rise for the passenger seat. Again, this is very similar to the Gold Wing. The seat may be a bit soft for all day riding. I think I can remedy that with a set of beads.

The wind protection is much better than the normal setup for the CTX700D, but it's not ready for proper touring. I'll watch the aftermarket to see what comes along for a better wind screen. The air was hitting me at the shoulders and above. The air was very smooth and quiet. It didn't turn me into a parachute the way the 700 did.

The bike has plenty of power. It is incredibly smooth in top gear. At 50 to 65 mph it's as smooth as any Gold Wing I've ridden. It can get a bit buzzy in third gear twisties. I didn't flog it too hard since the manual says to take it easy for the first 600 miles.

The bike shifts smoother than my Trophy. It doesn't jump into neutral instead of second like the Trophy. It shifts more like the Gold Wing. Except, the CTX1300 doesn't have the super low first gear of the Gold Wing. For normal riding, you can work your way up to high gear and then just stay there until you slow for a stop. That part is like the Gold Wing.

The saddle bags are much larger and better made than the bags on the CTX700. They don't dump everything out on the ground as readily as the Trophy bags. They need some kind of restraint system. It can be difficult to make the stuff stay still while you try to close the lid. I think I'll try to get liners. The fasteners on the bags are not the same crap that's on the CTX700, but they're not very good. No bike currently in production can match the saddle bag fasteners on the Trophy. When you close the Trophy bags, it's like closing a car door. When you close the Honda bags, it's a struggle that requires both hands.

I was not real happy with the throttle response in the twisties. The bike is very abrupt when you go from no throttle to some throttle. This is painfully noticeable when descending a mountain road. You come around a curve in second gear with the throttle closed and then try to give it a nudge into the next corner and it jumps forward. It's not a problem when you shift gears because you can smooth it out with the clutch. This is not a sport bike.

It seems to handle as well as a Gold Wing in the parking lots. The bike is very long.

I rode a little bit on the highway and had no issues around the trucks. Crosswinds were minimal today, so I'll pass judgment on that later.

I didn't pay any attention to fuel economy. I'll let the bike break in for a week or so before I look at mpg.

I'm loading some photos at CTX1300D - TennesseeSmith

My internet connection is very slow, so it will be a day or two for the photos to be properly annotated. I'll get some better photos on my lunch break tomorrow.
 
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Congrats on the new steed! Thanks for the writeup and the pics. It's good to hear some honest comments from a new owner. I look forward to hearing your long term impressions after you've had the bike for a while.

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Congrats on your new bike Ken.
 

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Yeah!!! 17 more days for me & counting...blue grey deluxe arrived at dealer yesterday awaiting my pickup.
 

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Greetings,
I'm still trying to decide: Trophy or CTX. I rode a Trophy and was very impressed with the wind protection. But man there was a lot of engine noise. I have knee and ankle issues and am wondering about the differences in ergos. Are your legs more comfy on the CTX relative to the Trophy? By this I mean can you stretch a little and extend? Thank you for any info.
 

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Greetings,
Are your legs more comfy on the CTX relative to the Trophy? By this I mean can you stretch a little and extend?
I actually prefer the seating position on the Trophy. I like to have my feet under me so I can stand up easily. The CTX is designed to be ridden while firmly planted in the seat. I wouldn't recommend standing up if you carry a passenger on any bike.

The harder seat on the Trophy is more comfortable for longer rides.

The wind protection on the Trophy is the best I've ever experienced. You tuck your legs in behind the wide tank. The windshield is adjustable at the push of a button. I've ridden that bike down to -1 Fahrenheit.

The CTX sits much lower to the ground and is much easier to back out of a parking spot. The Trophy feels a lot heavier. I think that's mostly due to the high center of gravity on the Trophy. The Trophy is very difficult to move around in the garage. It really, really wants to fall over. I've not dropped it yet, but I've come very close.

The Trophy is much better in the twisties. The CTX appears to be better around town. I'll need to add a windshield to the CTX before I do a lot of highway riding at speed.

On the CTX when I put the balls of my feet on the pegs, the inside of my heels bump against the exhaust. I get some extension by placing my heels on the pegs. Neither bike offers much opportunity for mounting highway pegs.

The mirrors are OK, but not great on both bikes. I added handlebar mounted mirrors to the Trophy. That option won't be as easy on the CTX.

I've had multiple instances of the battery going dead overnight on the Trophy. The word I got from Triumph is that the bike is not designed for short errand trips with lots of stops. They say riding the thing 8.5 miles to work and back home will cause the battery to drain after a few days. They say it needs to have a longer ride to replenish the startup and shutdown requirements. I think they're full of %$#^. That's why I bought a Honda. I keep the Trophy on a Battery Tender most nights and I carry a fully charged spare battery any time I go for a ride outside my local area.

The CTX is a very nice bike and I think I will grow to appreciate it even more after I farkle it a bit. The Trophy would be the perfect bike if it had Honda reliability. When I ride the CTX I think of all the great things it could be. When I ride the Trophy I think of all the great things it should have been.

So, after all that to finally answer your question: The Trophy lets me stretch out by standing up. All I can do to stretch on the CTX is to hold my feet out in the air a bit.
 

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Thanks for the review and nice pics. I wonder do you have the side mirror problem like many have mentioned?
 

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I wonder do you have the side mirror problem like many have mentioned?
Honda of Cool Springs uses the regular mechanics to assemble the bikes. They don't let some kid do it like most shops. The bike was set up properly and I had a clear view of the mirrors.

I will probably drop the bars an inch just for comfort. I'm planning to ride it like it is for a few days before I change anything. Dropping the bars further may cause my hands to be in the way of the mirrors.

The mirrors are a bit small. That's normal on modern bikes, especially cruisers. The view in the mirrors is crystal clear. No shake at all.
 

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Thanks for the pics! I like the hanger on the bike warning not to sit on it. More dealers should do that for sold bikes or bikes with deposits on them.

Don't drive your CTX across that bridge. Looks like a hard spot to get over part way across. :)
 

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Honda of Cool Springs uses the regular mechanics to assemble the bikes. They don't let some kid do it like most shops. The bike was set up properly and I had a clear view of the mirrors.

I will probably drop the bars an inch just for comfort. I'm planning to ride it like it is for a few days before I change anything. Dropping the bars further may cause my hands to be in the way of the mirrors.

The mirrors are a bit small. That's normal on modern bikes, especially cruisers. The view in the mirrors is crystal clear. No shake at all.
Ken,
Congrats on your new ride! Quick question: Is she equipped with a center stand? I could not tell from the pics. Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the board Kitch. The U.S. version does not come with center stand but that is an option that will be available... sometime soon we all hope.
Overseas may be a different story as there are some countries getting only the Deluxe version with a few extras that are options on that version over here... like a center stand and heated grips. Feel free to get into the Forum pages and all the sub-forums available to read what has been discovered with this marvel of engineering :D
 

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Welcome to the board Kitch. The U.S. version does not come with center stand but that is an option that will be available... sometime soon we all hope.
Overseas may be a different story as there are some countries getting only the Deluxe version with a few extras that are options on that version over here... like a center stand and heated grips. Feel free to get into the Forum pages and all the sub-forums available to read what has been discovered with this marvel of engineering :D
Thanks Bob! Yeah that's what I thought as I saw a center stand on the one shown in the France thread. Good to know that it may be an option here eventually.

Yes I'm very intersted in the CTX1300 as an eventual replacement for my current Triumph T-bird. Thanks again and looking forward to see how this model pans out!
 

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Seems there are a few t-bird owners here.
Be sure to check out the Reviews forum threads posted here while waiting to see one in person.

I am guessing, based on reviews online and here by owners, that this will be one of Honda's front runners similar to what the ST1300 (where this engine came from) was when it first came out.
 

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Thanks Bob! Yeah that's what I thought as I saw a center stand on the one shown in the France thread. Good to know that it may be an option here eventually.

Yes I'm very intersted in the CTX1300 as an eventual replacement for my current Triumph T-bird. Thanks again and looking forward to see how this model pans out!
I've got a T-Bird. For another few days, anyway. I picked it up because I didn't want another HD wannabee cruiser. And I sure didn't want a HD. If I had known two years ago that the CTX1300 was on the drawing board, I probably would never have grabbed the T-Bird. No complaints with it, it just isn't the bike I've been dreaming of. But the new CTX is. ;)

And welcome to the board!
 
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