I've seen that remark in every review I've read about every Honda with shaft drive. Most of my bikes have been shaft-drive Honda's, and I've never experienced it to the point that I thought it was even that noticeable, never mind a problem that stood out as something worth writing about. I feel almost the same kind of lash on my belt-drive Thunderbird as I recall on my shaft-drive VTX1800. I think most of these guys expect it to be there because of the shaft and just subconsciously think they feel it. I.e., its all in their heads.One thing I read in the article which kinda raised a flag,was the back lash on decel which the rider commented about.Now it could be nothing,or it could be a somethin.I don't know and won't know until I actually take one out for a little test ride.And since I have previously owned 5 shaft drive machines,I have just a TINY bit of knowledge about em.We shall see!! Dave!!!
So if that reported lash is anything like I my current ST1100, or my former Goldwing, then I'd say is a non-issue. Why even mention it.
Really this guy has apparently never ridden a cruiser. Most of the large-displacement twins red line around 6k - 6500. 7500 will be like screaming to me!I agree, I'm on my 2nd ST1100 and drive shaft lash is not an issue. (Do I even notice it?) Humorous how the reviewer says one has to "get used to" red lining at 7500. Really?? Not thinking your common CTX owner just jumped off a Ninja 250. I'm sure there is plenty giddy up by 7500.
Lovin' the exhaust note from the stock cans, suits the attitude of the bike!
Ha - thanks! My point was not that the lash is bad on the Bird, but that it's barely noticeable on any other bike I've owned with a shaft. Anyway, the only thing I'm worried about now with the T-Bird is getting it from home to the dealers in two weeks unscratched.Regarding the lash in your Tbird Ed,I also had that problem with my Tbird,which developed around 30,000 miles.I figured out the problem and corrected it.The rubber cush drive that fits between the wheel and the hub the rear cog bolts onto,was worn.I replaced it,[simple fix] and all was back to normal.So if you're worried about yours and wanna correct it Ed, that's the fix. Dave!!!
For shaft drive Honda's, I've had a '85 GL650, '95 Shadow 1100, '92 ST1100, '03 ST1300, '04 VTX1300 and '06 VTX1800. Never noticed anything terrible on any of them, other than the VTX1800 which was tuned too lean and would lurch bad when you throttled up at low RPMs. A fuel manager properly solved that problem. Maybe I've just been lucky, or maybe I've just had so many of them that I just don't notice it. Either way, I've never had a complaint about it.ST1100 owner here, the 1100 does seem to be pretty smooth. There have been several ST1300 forum comments on the 1300 driveline lash, and even a replacement throttle tube to change how the throttle bodies are ramped up and down. There is something harsher with some fuel injected engines when going from accel to decal and vice versa. When the computer chops the fuel to the cylinder you get quite a thump. Had early EFI thunderbird from 84 that was the same way, Ford had it fixed by 87. Felt like there was a lot of slop in the driveline.
It is possible other shaft drive bikes just do it better.
Can't wait to see one of these in person.
This web site may help (linky) understand what is going on there. I've posted this link on the ST-Owners site for someone pondering if the exhaust cans would fit the ST. They liked that the end was shorter and would possibly allow removing the rear wheel without removing the cans. Not the same so no go on that idea. The World Honda site has lots of good info on the CTX.Did anyone notice in the CTX video the exhaust. At about 49 seconds. The two pipes cut under to the center to the muffler, and then come back out to the tip. A bulk of the chrome is just there to look like a larger chrome muffler.
Not complaining, just observing. Less heat for the legs.