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Greetings, all! My name is Paul and I purchased a CTX1300 in June of this year. It's a red basic. Bought it in Texas and had it shipped to Virginia. I sat on one but never rode one before I bought--yikes. I am 66 and haven't ridden in over 25 years. I've been wanting to jump back in for several years, but couldn't find the bike I really liked or wanted to afford. I like the Bimmer RTs, but they are too expensive, even used. Test rode the Moto Guzzi 1200 Norge, but the peg/seat position was too cramped. Never knew about the CTX until about 6 months ago. I saw it online and thought it was one of the sharpest bikes I have seen in years. I have put about 1200 miles on it so far. I spent a lot of time getting my wits about me again. 66 is not 40! I love the bike and have added grip puppies, a Madstad windshield, and have just ordered a Comfort Zone Ride backrest. I have been working on skills, starting with the basics (shifting, braking, stopping), moving on to taking curves and leaning properly. Gotta get to the slow maneuvers next. I plan on taking a motorcycle safety class soon. I wish the ride was not so harsh but I hope (as I have read) that it softens up over time. I have been reading the forum for months now and it really seems like a great group of people with a lot of good insights. I'm looking forward to being more engaged. My previous rides (all sold or traded) have been:


1971 Bridgestone 100TMX

1972 Yamaha CT175
1981 Suzuki 450T
1982 Yamaha 750 Virago


I sold the Virago in 1993 when I bought a 1972 Triumph TR6 roadster. I sold the TR6 last year and now am back with a bike--the CTX1300. What goes around, comes around, I guess!
 

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Greetings Paul, another "senior rider" here :wink: Looks like we have twins. Mine started loosing up around 5,000. At 8,000 feels fully broken in. Imho even the standard brakes are awesome. The throttle can be a little twitchy. Hope you enjoy your ride. Terry H.
 

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Welcome Paul. Your story is similar to mine and many others here. I had not so much as sat on a bike in 22 years, bought mine out of town and road it home - slowly! All the info you could want is already here and if you can’t find it just ask. Great group.


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You should check the preload setting on the rear shocks. A lot of the crashiness from the forks went away for me after I changed them from the number one setting to number 4 (I weigh 230 pounds).

That's a very nice looking bike in the best color :)
 

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Welcome to the V4 gang and good luck with your new CTX. Fred is the fastest. I’m 71 and still ride long distances...more than ten miles hehehehe, really I have done a couple of 2000 mile rides and this is the first stock seat I can live with. Last ride was 375 miles round day trip. I must encourage all of you to make sure you have a tire repair kit as you ride, rather short trips or long. Also make it a habit to check your tire pressure every beginning of a ride, or each morning. My friend does not do this and it cost him a lot of time and money on our last trip. We were on the go,e leg when we came out of a small rain shower on I75 when I noticed him slowing and heading for the side of the road. His front tire was on the rim of his Honda ST1300. He had no tire repair kit. Left it home. Does a person a lot of good sitting on a shelf in his garage eh? No worries I had mine. Problem is we could not find a puncture and I started pumping up his tire and realized he had damaged the side walls of the tire running on the rim. We stood around in full gear for two and a half hours in 95 degree heat. Glad we had our camel backs on. Dealer didn’t have a tire so he had to ride “ *****” for 75 miles. We then took his trailer back up a week later to get it. I believe the tire failure was caused by him not checking his tire pressure and caused the tire to over heat and fail. I asked him when he had last checked the tire pressure and he said he did not know. I always do a safety check before I ride. Tire pressure, oil level, water level, lights, horn, tire tread and a quick look for any problems or leaks. I also check the brake pads every thousand miles for wear. It only takes a few minutes and could save your life and your bike. Not to mention that two and a half hour wait for a tow truck.
 
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