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Congrats on doing a thing. Not to thread jack .. but I keep looking at the BMW R1200RT and K1600GT -- but BMW maintenance scares me. That Honda reliability and low cost of maintenance has me spoiled. Am I being paranoid or is a BMW bike going to empty my pockets in maintenance and component failures?
 

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Chris, you've been a big help to me with your instructional videos, so much appreciation for that. And it's always nice to see such a big fan of something that I enjoy too. Please continue to share your knowledge as you continue forward with your new ride. Hope we get the chance to meet up at some point (I won't be making the one in the Mtns.), as I'm in the Charlotte area and would be happy to grab a ride at a time in the future. Thanks!
Let's meetup! I am all about making the time, especially in the summer months! Send me a PM/DM and we can exchange cell phone numbers.
 

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Congrats on doing a thing. Not to thread jack .. but I keep looking at the BMW R1200RT and K1600GT -- but BMW maintenance scares me. That Honda reliability and low cost of maintenance has me spoiled. Am I being paranoid or is a BMW bike going to empty my pockets in maintenance and component failures?
Hey! I was looking at the R-bike and K-bike too. I decided on the R-bike because of weight, where I live, and my riding style. If I was not so close to the SC/GA/NC/TA mountains I would have got the K-bike.

I am new to BMW maintenance. But, I am not scared. I will learn this bike and do the basic maintenance myself. Knowing my OCD, I will get the shop manual and learn as much as I can each year, and do as much as I can. I will most likely purchase new toys (hand-tools and diagnostic-tools) as well.

Keep me posted on your search!
 

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Hello Honda CTX1300 friends. Today, I listed my motorcycle for sale on Cycle Trader. I feel strange, because this bike is great and I connected with it more strongly than any other bike I have ever had. But my riding style continues to evolve. With that said, I am moving on to another bike.

There is nothing wrong with the CTX1300. It is amazing. Great fit, feel, power. But, I want a windscreen that adjusts. I want more modern technology options: Cruise control, heated grips/seat, a stereo system that plays AM/FM radio in addition to Bluetooth and USB connectivity. I would like more power and lean angle, a true sport touring machine. Although my Honda CTX1300 is amazing in so many ways, I want to explore a newer and more modern bona fide sport touring machine.

Over the past couple of years I have been keeping my eye out for a lightly used good condition Honda Goldwing (Honda brand loyalty). However, I have also been looking at the BMW K1600GT or BMW R1200RT. I have not ridden a Honda GL or a BMW K1600, but I have ridden the R1200RT before (my dad’s bike). Although I seriously considered the larger heaver bikes (GL and K1600) I found myself drawn to going lighter (R1200RT).

The R1200Rt is considered by many to be one of the top-choice sport touring options on the market. It has lots of modern tech, a great lean angle, more than enough power (125 hp), smooth delivery, an adjustable windscreen (I am tall), and depending on the year you can find it in RED. I swear I have watched almost every Youtube video available on this bike.

Honda brand loyalty is a thing. I have owned six Honda motorcycles (all RED except one). But, I am feeling that I should diversify. The BMW brand is well known and respected and I have a personal connection and history with BMW MOA/RA (my parents are lifetime BMW MOA members). I have attended two international, one national, and one regional BMW event over the past 10+ years. Owning multiple brands, and bikes, is okay.

So, just a couple weeks ago a few R1200RT were on the market (hard to come by). Some were older, some were newer, and just about all of them had many miles (50,000 to 60,000 +). I was not looking for a bike with more miles than I had on the CTX. Then, I got a Cycle Trader notification of a 2018 BMW R1200RT with 9,000 miles, and it was RED. This R1200RT was fully loaded with all options (sport package, touring package, navigation package, safety package, etc.). It was located in Asheville NC, only a short drive from my home in SC. I had to see it.

As soon as possible I drove to Asheville to review the bike. Wow… it looked brand new. We started the bike, went over a few things, and I rode it around the parking lot a bit. The bike fit well (although some adjustments are needed and expected), the weight was noticeably lighter (600lbs) and it was easier to maneuver than the CTX.

I went home, called my folks, talked to my wife, and made the decision to buy the BMW R1200RT. I didn’t waist time. One day after the test ride I purchased the bike and brought it home.

So, I feel it is time to sell the Honda CTX1300. No sense in having both bikes in the garage.

If you or anyone you know is interested in my Honda CTX1300, let me know. The listing on Cycle Trader is now live.

I will sell the accessories, and spare parts, separately.
  • Brand new OEM tall windscreen (still in box) that I bought last year as a backup.
  • Brand new OEM top case adapter (brand new and in box).
  • Brand new OEM air filter (still in box, unopened).
  • Used OEM Cargo Rack.
  • Used OEM Passenger backrest
  • New OEM Handgrips (took them off and replaced them with Kury/ISO grips before I drove the bike home from the Dealership).
  • Honda CTX1300 Shop Manuel
Link to the listing: https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Honda-Ctx-5016344576

I am still participating in all our rides and events. Although I am drawn to a newer bike, it will not lure me away from our community. I have been a part of the CTX culture from the start. I am a lifetime member of our forum and I intend to continue to participate as a friend.

If my bike does not sell that does not bother me (yet). The bike is great, is in excellent condition, and I may ride it from time to time.

I look forward to our many rides together! See you all very soon at some point on the road.

Peace,
Chris
What does the Cargo Rack look like? I presume it mounts to the top of the trunk.??
 

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Very cool video!! Would love to do that kinda stuff. Looks like all I need is 2,000 orange cones ... AND A STREET SWEEPER !!!!!
 
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Congrats on the new scooter, Chris! I get it. No matter how much you like a particular bike, there comes a time when you hanker for a change. Enjoy the Beemer!
 

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Hello Honda CTX1300 friends. Today, I listed my motorcycle for sale on Cycle Trader. I feel strange, because this bike is great and I connected with it more strongly than any other bike I have ever had. But my riding style continues to evolve. With that said, I am moving on to another bike.

There is nothing wrong with the CTX1300. It is amazing. Great fit, feel, power. But, I want a windscreen that adjusts. I want more modern technology options: Cruise control, heated grips/seat, a stereo system that plays AM/FM radio in addition to Bluetooth and USB connectivity. I would like more power and lean angle, a true sport touring machine. Although my Honda CTX1300 is amazing in so many ways, I want to explore a newer and more modern bona fide sport touring machine.

Over the past couple of years I have been keeping my eye out for a lightly used good condition Honda Goldwing (Honda brand loyalty). However, I have also been looking at the BMW K1600GT or BMW R1200RT. I have not ridden a Honda GL or a BMW K1600, but I have ridden the R1200RT before (my dad’s bike). Although I seriously considered the larger heaver bikes (GL and K1600) I found myself drawn to going lighter (R1200RT).

The R1200Rt is considered by many to be one of the top-choice sport touring options on the market. It has lots of modern tech, a great lean angle, more than enough power (125 hp), smooth delivery, an adjustable windscreen (I am tall), and depending on the year you can find it in RED. I swear I have watched almost every Youtube video available on this bike.

Honda brand loyalty is a thing. I have owned six Honda motorcycles (all RED except one). But, I am feeling that I should diversify. The BMW brand is well known and respected and I have a personal connection and history with BMW MOA/RA (my parents are lifetime BMW MOA members). I have attended two international, one national, and one regional BMW event over the past 10+ years. Owning multiple brands, and bikes, is okay.

So, just a couple weeks ago a few R1200RT were on the market (hard to come by). Some were older, some were newer, and just about all of them had many miles (50,000 to 60,000 +). I was not looking for a bike with more miles than I had on the CTX. Then, I got a Cycle Trader notification of a 2018 BMW R1200RT with 9,000 miles, and it was RED. This R1200RT was fully loaded with all options (sport package, touring package, navigation package, safety package, etc.). It was located in Asheville NC, only a short drive from my home in SC. I had to see it.

As soon as possible I drove to Asheville to review the bike. Wow… it looked brand new. We started the bike, went over a few things, and I rode it around the parking lot a bit. The bike fit well (although some adjustments are needed and expected), the weight was noticeably lighter (600lbs) and it was easier to maneuver than the CTX.

I went home, called my folks, talked to my wife, and made the decision to buy the BMW R1200RT. I didn’t waist time. One day after the test ride I purchased the bike and brought it home.

So, I feel it is time to sell the Honda CTX1300. No sense in having both bikes in the garage.

If you or anyone you know is interested in my Honda CTX1300, let me know. The listing on Cycle Trader is now live.

I will sell the accessories, and spare parts, separately.
  • Brand new OEM tall windscreen (still in box) that I bought last year as a backup.
  • Brand new OEM top case adapter (brand new and in box).
  • Brand new OEM air filter (still in box, unopened).
  • Used OEM Cargo Rack.
  • Used OEM Passenger backrest
  • New OEM Handgrips (took them off and replaced them with Kury/ISO grips before I drove the bike home from the Dealership).
  • Honda CTX1300 Shop Manuel
Link to the listing: https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Honda-Ctx-5016344576

I am still participating in all our rides and events. Although I am drawn to a newer bike, it will not lure me away from our community. I have been a part of the CTX culture from the start. I am a lifetime member of our forum and I intend to continue to participate as a friend.

If my bike does not sell that does not bother me (yet). The bike is great, is in excellent condition, and I may ride it from time to time.

I look forward to our many rides together! See you all very soon at some point on the road.

Peace,
Chris
Hey Chris I noticed in the picture on cycle trader you have the engine guards or the saddlebag guards on each side and it wasn't listed in your post but I was curious if they were for sale
 

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Congrats on the new scooter, Chris! I get it. No matter how much you like a particular bike, there comes a time when you hanker for a change. Enjoy the Beemer!
Thanks!
 

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Very cool video!! Would love to do that kinda stuff. Looks like all I need is 2,000 orange cones ... AND A STREET SWEEPER !!!!!
I didnt count the cones in the video.. but 2000 seems like a decent start - so you just need to order 167 of these:
and maybe 5 or 6 of these to help mark transition entry points

that is only about $1500 in cones.

For cleaning off the surface.. you dont have to own a street sweeper, you can simply hire one.. for an area that big I'd say it would be about $300.

If you dont have the space to store that many traffic cones.. rental is an option

at least with the rental option, they deliver and pickup :) -- setup would still be up to you.

I bet if you invited 10 people you could get the cost down to about $200 a person for the weekend.
 

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What does the Cargo Rack look like? I presume it mounts to the top of the trunk.??
The cargo rack attaches to the rear of the bike. It is the rack required to attach the top case to the bike.
 

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Hey Chris I noticed in the picture on cycle trader you have the engine guards or the saddlebag guards on each side and it wasn't listed in your post but I was curious if they were for sale
AH!! So many things to list!! I missed those. I guess I should update the listing to include them.
 

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Hey Hansen! I'm interested in your OEM Windshield, what is that going for?
I plan to sell the OEM Short screen with the bike so that the new owner can have both OEM screens (Tall and short). I have an additional OEM Tall screen that I purchased as a backup. It is still brand new, in the box, and unused. I purchased it at full cost, new. If you are interested in purchasing it send me a PM. Peace, Chris
 

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Do you have the top case to go along with the top case adaptor?
No, I do not. I thought I would buy one eventually. However, that never happened. I purchased the adapter brand new from Honda the day I got the bike out of the create. It is new, unused, and still in the original packaging.
 

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Hi Chris,
I am interested in the top case adapter. My bike is blue, is the adapter black or is it colour matched to your red bike? Do you have a price in mind?
Brenda
Hi Brenda,
The top case adapter is black. Honda's price is $109.95. It is unused and in the original box. I am thinking $100 (or best offer) is good. Send me a PM if interested.
 
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