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I just had to do it. Couldn't resist.
Just one more test ride!
(warning: another long winded post here with a few photos)


My co-worker, who rides a 82 CB900C, and I decided to go for a ride Saturday and also decided to go to a different dealer. I didn't want to wear out my welcome at my local dealer so we went a bit north east of my home... a few hours away to the next nearest dealer who had a CTX1300 in stock.
He brought his gf along on his back seat.


Beautiful day for a ride, though a bit windy (more about that a later). So we got there and there were 2 CTX1300 bikes in the showroom. Nice dealership too. Lots of variety to choose from. I do really like the yellow and black f6b. That one looks really sharp. But too big for me to own. My friend took a photo of me just getting ready to take off on my test ride.






He even tried on a few other bikes. Like I said, he has a CB900C and favored the new CB1100 that was there. That is a nice bike also.






Anyway, I have to back up a few days before I go on. I don't recall what started the conversation. I think she said something about what we always do is shop around for the best price before we just go off and buy something. I replied that I did that and have quotes from almost all the dealers in the area. Then she asked how much a Gold Wing costs. Any GW 4 years old or newer costs more. Conversation ended with “just go get the d****d bike” and that she didn't want to hear any more about buying bikes or retiring or such and also that she gets to go out and buy something big too. (She already bought granite countertops and has other big ticket items in mind that I am perfectly OK with proceeding to get, but those are all for her since I am fine with less pricey options). Is that how it's done Ed? :rolleyes:


Now back to the test ride... or should I say final test ride!
Headed right out to a nearby county road with 55 mph limit and gave it go into the wind and back again being pushed by the wind. It was windy Saturday.


Deal was written and one option added. Dealer promised 22% off on accessories and based on all that has been said here and that final test ride in the wind I decided maybe the tall shield might be a good idea after all. So added that to the deal for the discount that made it $99!!! Actually I was still on the fence about the shield but when that price came in at just under 100 I made up my mind in favour of it. The MSR deflector wouldn't have fit on the short shield anyway and costs 30 more than the price I was given for the Honda tall shield. And what really made up my mind on it is they would ship it to my home for zero shipping charge! OK, go for it. :D


Oh wait, did any of you think my friend and I rode our bikes there? NOT.
We went up in his truck (in background of photo above). :) His gf did ride in the back seat on the way up, but rode shot-gun on the way back.



The ride to the dealership took almost 3 hours. The ride home took somewhat longer. The bike had 1.3 miles on it since the dealer took it to fill the tank before I got there. My little test ride was 2.9 miles so that put 3.2 miles on the clock when I signed for it. Price quoted for the bike was 15600 + road use tax + title/registration/plates + a document fee ($30!) + tall shield.



Now, about that wind. The ride home was great, except for that wind. The bike handled beautifully. I just leaned over to compensate. I would have to say the CTX1300 handled the wind way better than my ST1100 would have, or has. The odometer now reads 153 miles. Wind during the first half of the trip home, about 80 miles of it, was a steady as in constant 35 mph out of the east with very regular gusts to 44 mph (checked with NWS when I got home). I was headed mostly south so the wind was dead on to the side. See photo below for the lopsided well scrubbed patch on the rear tire. The second half the winds lightened up a little to a constant 20 mph with gusts to 31 mph... still out of the east. Some sections I was headed straight into the wind but most of it was across the wind. My neck was feeling a little tight from that. I remember feeling the same with a constant high side wind on my ST1100 though. The taller shield will help with heading into it but I don't expect to be in that kind of wind very often.






Oh, I did check for the shipping damage that was reported here and only found a half inch scratch on the brake reservoir cover. They replaced that. It was also noted that the battery cover didn't really fit as well as it was intended and they tried 3 new panels and they all fit the same. The tech said they will continue to look into it and suspects the left middle cowl and is requesting a spare from Honda to verify. Seems if I push in on this cowl the battery cover fits fine. The cover I ended up with does seem to fit better than the original. I'll cover a few adjustment items I did in another post and also a little blurb about the seat R&R.



 

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CONGRATS!!! Its the best color too..lol!!! Excited to get more of these out in the wild!! I'm glad you went for it!!
 
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Very nice, Bob. I've noticed how helpful and informative you've been on this forum, despite not being a CTX owner, so I'm glad you now have a reason to be tethered to us for a while.
 

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I will have to add that on the way home I verified that this is THE most comfortable seat this side of the Gold Wing, and may possibly be just the same for comfort. Of course there is no other side of a GW since that is considered the standard by many :)
The CTX1300 gave me no discomfort and I was willing to continue on riding after getting home.

It was very interesting to see the mpg improve all along the way. The ride home was about 150 miles. I just left the display showing instant mpg so I could get a feel for how it was doing. Starting out mpg was lower and ranged from close to 30 mpg to just over 40 mpg at lower highway speeds (50-55), averaging near upper 30s. But it noticeably improved as the miles added up. During the second half of the trip home mpg was ranging from low 40s mpg to just over 50 mpg, but averaging mid to upper 40s, even fighting that horrendous wind of 35-20 mph side wind with gusts to 44-30 mph (higher during the first half and lower during the second). I kept at or under highway speed limit and changed it up along the way, sometimes 50, sometimes 55, sometimes 50 in one gear lower for higher rpm, etc. Sometime about 20 miles from home there was a long down hill run and then an equal up hill, all directly into a 25 mph headwind. The mpg showed just over 70 mpg going down hill in spite of the wind and only dropped to about 43-45 mpg going up, again into the wind. It was not a steep hill at all but rather gentle hill both ways. I reset the 'Trip A' meter, which also resets mpg average, just after filling the tank after I got home so will see what the commute to work shows.

I do find I am having to evaluate all the junk I carried on my ST all the time since I don't want to put a top case on this bike. I have a top case on my ST that I usually kept empty other than my work laptop, one saddle bag filled and the other half filled with stuff I just kept with me when riding anywhere. An example is my rain suit which doesn't need to be packed all the time unless there is chance of rain so I can use my cargo net over that on the pillion. I have a tank bag that I carried everything including my lunch that I took in to work besides the laptop. I'll be using a smaller bag now that will go in one saddle bag. It'll work out. I did the same adjustments one way or the other when moving from the GW to the Burgman, and then the Burgman to the ST. I did figure out that while the CTX saddle bags are larger in height and length than the ST bags they are not quite as deep, by about an inch and a half. That's how they are the same volume but look bigger. What I like better about the CTX bags is that the deep part is more of the bag than on my ST. They are a better shape.
 

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Well,it's about time Bob.lol You finally did it.Congradulations on your new toy.Now we're all gonna want a day by day account of your likes and or dislikes about your new toy.So get your butt out there and ride it til the wheels fall off.Not really,lol,but ride it and enjoy. Dave!!!
 

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Too bad it's supposed to rain every day this week until Friday!
Oh well, it's only water and that's what my rain suit is for, I wanna ride :D

I was thinking I might be able to scavenge the pin spanner tool from my (more complete) ST1100 tool bag but that is a different part number and not likely to fit the need to adjust shocks. But I did look up and verify the oil filters are the same as on my ST1100. Good thing. I have 3 filters on standby... not the Honda brand but Bosch. Service manual is on order. Better bike tool kit will soon be on order,
, it is just the right size to replace the almost empty pouch Honda provided (one multi screwdriver, helmet cable, fuse puller :eek: ). Need to start removing a few things from the ST... like my garage door opener, and the Garmin power feed for my GPS and the Gerbing gloves power feed. Depending how the removal goes will determine if I decide to order a
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for the GPS. Similar for the Gerbing heated gloves power cord, though I don't expect any issues with that. The garage door opener and GPS will be priorities first and then other things will follow. :D
 

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Very nice, Bob. I've noticed how helpful and informative you've been on this forum, despite not being a CTX owner, so I'm glad you now have a reason to be tethered to us for a while.
Tethered alright. Notice I'm now a lifetime paying member! Had to have more storage for more pics :)

My wife still doesn't like that I paid more for a new bike than we paid for our 2010 Corolla (barely, within $300 different). But that's the way the world of motorcycles is anymore. She'll be ok after a time, just doesn't want to think about it yet so I'm really trying to stay out of the garage except to get stuff for yard work. It's really hard to do that... stay out of garage... keep making up excuses to go in there... need more grass seed, more chicken wire, another wire fence post, etc. :D
 

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Well,it's about time Bob.lol You finally did it.Congradulations on your new toy.Now we're all gonna want a day by day account of your likes and or dislikes about your new toy.So get your butt out there and ride it til the wheels fall off.Not really,lol,but ride it and enjoy. Dave!!!
Here you go Dave!!!
Today, the first commute ride to work I took the route through town on the side streets rather than the beltway. It takes twice as long but the speed limit is mostly 30-35 mph. I found that I could keep it at those speeds in 2nd, 3rd or 4th gears. At 35 mph the rpm would be 22 or 28 or 38 depending on the gear. And that was the intent. There are also a lot of stops and starts of course. I did/do find it hard to keep my speed down within the posted limit. I'm hearing the engine and keep letting it creep up closer to what I am used to hearing and then have to check myself. That'll come with the miles. A very relaxing ride on this bike! :)
 

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Parked in mc parking at work. State capitol building in background. I am usually the first mc in the morning. On some days the only mc in the lot. Likely that today since it's expected to rain today and all week! I ride anyway. :D

 

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Well, congrats, now there are three of us in adjoining states! Time to have a get-together, I guess...maybe around Dubuque. I'll have to plot us on the map to see. Are you around Des Moines?

You are noticing exactly the same things that I have with the bike...super-comfortable ride, good handling even in wind, the smooth engine, and lots of other good things. Plus the not-so-good ones, like the crappy toolkit and the seeming inability to get the cover over the battery to go back on properly without a big gap. I happened to go by another dealer on Saturday (in Oak Creek, WI, near Milwaukee) and they had a blue-gray deluxe CTX1300s on the floor. I noticed that the plastic had notches on the edge of the left cover, as if someone had tried to pry it up with a sharp instrument and wasn't very careful. I am CONSTANTLY pushing down on the bottom end of that panel, trying to get it to stay in place. Already I'm trying to figure out some way of jury-rigging it with something underneath to hold it in place, like this super-Velcro-like stuff or maybe even a couple of strong magnets. Grrrrrr!!!

Hopefully these are minor things that Honda can fix. I'm glad you decided to get the windshield because it should be a big help. Now you and I can look forward to the expense of having it installed... *sigh*

Again, I'm really glad you finally went for it, and I look forward to reading your comments.

And yes, it does suck big time that it's going to rain all week! We've got the same forecast for Chicago.
 

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Bob,

Loving the details in your posts...thanks for that!!! I was trying to look on those amazon links and for some reason they are not opening. I will have to do some digging on that. Have you found any good options for a power source to install? I think the all but useless left side storage compartment would be a good place for the garage door opener!!! :):):):):)
 

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Well, congrats, now there are three of us in adjoining states! Time to have a get-together, I guess...maybe around Dubuque. I'll have to plot us on the map to see. Are you around Des Moines?
I will likely install the shield myself when it arrives. The dealer here charges 80/hr for service and it looks like a time intensive operation. That battery cover really doesn't have much of a gap on mine (not like the original panel did) but it does tend to separate a little.

I am in West Des Moines in the Jordan Creek mall area.
My co-worker and I will be running through Dubuque in mid June on our way to an ST-Owners riding/camping event (LOC-STOC, June 19-22). We'll be stopping in DBQ for gas and lunch. The event is in Spring Green, WI.
I used to live in DBQ and my sister still does.
 

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Try this link for the toolkit:

Amazon.com: B008OXJIGW

The only problem with putting the garage door opener in that left pocket is that it can get stolen. Maybe not as big a problem where you live, though. I didn't want to have to dig for mine, especially when wearing gloves, so I rigged up a button on the handlebars. See another one of my posts here for details.
Same here on the link! I guess I never thought about the opener getting stolen in that pocket...but you are right not as big of a concern up my way..I will check out the thread seems like a pretty neat idea to do it on the handlebars....I hadn't noticed that we do have the triangle now for adjoining states may make for some fun rides..lol!!
 
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