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Hi Fellas , got a question for you guys , The other week i seen this bike and thought , that looks good , I thought it was a honda devville 700 , Anyway i since discorvered it was a ctx 700 , and i liked the look of it .

Since then i discovered there bringing out the ctx 1300 , although no dealer in my state has got one and it looks like unless you order one specificly there not getting them either .

So my question is how is the ctx in size compared to the 700 , For me ths 700 is a good size but not what i want , i want that 1300 for touring and 2 up , I've looked at the f65 , goldwing monster thing , and thats waaaay to big .

So is this bike inbetween in size and shape or is it nearer to one or the other . must say from the looks of it I think it may well be the bike for me i want to change from my rocket tourer to something lighter for 2 up and distance stuff , the only other bikes i feel would suit are the road king , and i'm just not gonna get shafted for them prices , or the new lt thunderbird , but too be honset that comes in at only 15 kilo lighter than what i've got , so i can't see the point in changing ,

This CTX though , it appeals , it seems like a complete new class of bike , its not a tourer , its not a cruiser , but seems to have the best of both .

Only other honda i've owned was a 1982 v 45 vf 750 sabre , a bike that when running was absolutly fantastic , but unfortunatly most of the time it was broke .
 

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Having only seen the CTX700 and F6B and not actually sat on either, it at least looks like the CTX1300 is pretty well situated right in between them. You nailed it as far as what it is -- a cruiser-tourer with just a hint of sport.

And the drivetrain has more than withstood the test of time, having spent more than 10 years in the ST1300. Absolutely no comparison between it and a big twin, V or parallel -- it is definitely its own kind of animal. It won't have the neck-snapping low-end jolt of your Rocket or even the Thunderbird; but what it does have is a long, smooth, steady pull that still has the ability to catch you by surprise. Plenty of grunt for riding two-up, too. It just has to be ridden to be appreciated. :)
 

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Welcome to the board.
I can say you are right that the CTX1300 is a new class in between with the best of both tourer and cruiser. The sitting position is very similar to the Road King and the seat is very low with what seems like an even lower center of gravity. This makes it very easy to manage going slow and in tight situations, yet it's very much at home on the highway going much faster. It has a very strong pulling power, and is very smooth at all speeds. I've only had mine 9 days now and after riding it home from the dealer about 150 miles have been riding it to work every weekday and have gone on a few errands on the weekend. Add the back rest with luggage rack and you have very nice touring bike. The seat, as many have said here, is possibly the most comfortable from the factory. The CTX1300 is bigger than the CTX700. It has a more upright standard sitting position than the 700 also. The CTX1300 is smaller than the Goldwing, and lighter too. The seating position is very similar to the Goldwing with the feet just slightly ahead of the GW. As you can see in my signature I used to own a GW and since selling it because of it's weight I've been looking for a bike just like it... but lighter and easier to manage in tight spots. This is it :D
 

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Situated right in between them ..... Sounds like it could be for me power wise its a 1300 it should be sufficient , , nothing can compare too the rocket , but what its got very very rarely gets used with me , Its ok having insane power but unless you have insane skills to match you cannot use it , ,

My other bike a v strom 650 has enough power for me , but its not comfortable for distance and not enough power for 2 up , fully loaded wife on the back and you have to very quickly hit speeds of 130 klm to obvertake a juggernaut or two , Naaw its not up to it .

The rocket is , but than when you , hit the town looking for motels , and chucking u turns in narrow streets , stopping cos your lost turning round , all the stuff that gives you the ****s , , fully loaded wife on the back altogether 400 kilo of bike , 30 kilo of luggage , 80 kilo of wife , and 110 kilo of myself , then you relize your on a heavy machine . .

I've got a feeling Honda have made this machine just for me .
 

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^^^ That's exactly what I said when I first heard about it. And now that I've got it, I'm convinced. :D
Couldn't have said it better myself! It feels better and better every time I take her out of the garage!
 
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Alls i need to do is find one , Seems like theres no dealers in my state have got one , and they have no intentions of bringing them in ,,,,YET ,,,,Problem with going interstate is they will not want my bike has a trade in ,

I'll just hang around and wait for a while , next interstate ride i go on i'll test ride one , and if i like it , sell mine private then fly and buy ,

I've done the fly and buy before , not a big deal to me , its like buying a bike whilst your on your holidays , . Riding for a week is my idea of a great holiday anyway , , i do at least 2 big trips a year on the bike , but yet if the wife wants to fly and holiday somewhere , she has to drag me kicking and screaming , I just can't see how people could relax , going away and sitting on a beach somewhere ,

Sand in your arse , busy beaches , kids pissing in the hotel pool while your in it ,, Yak not for me , i would rather ride a 1ooo klm twisty road , then turn round and do it again ,
 

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Can't find any of them together (other than the head-on shot in the CTX1300 promo video) so here they are separately. The f6b photo is just a little smaller than the other two.



 

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Is the top one a 700 , the screen and handle bar mirrors are different on the 1300 , I think , but not sure
 

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Is the top one a 700 , the screen and handle bar mirrors are different on the 1300 , I think , but not sure
Sorry, didn't think to label those before the edit timeout passed.

Top= CTX1300 (see those cylinder heads sticking out the side and those exhaust pipes... 2 each side. And fairing mounted mirrors.)
middle= CTX700 (slant twin engine, and those handlebar mirrors)
bottom= f6b (smaller sized photo but you can still get an idea of it's size. It's a monster!)

Yup, top pic is the CTX700.
Nope... middle is CTX700. At least on my screen it is.
 

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Only 2 pics on mine , But i have found a dealer who has one , only problem is he's 600 miles away , and does'nt have a demo , i'll wait until they have a demo then take a ride over
I'll just be paitent , like the wife says , youv'e got 2 good bikes whats the rush , Funny enough though , if i'm honest there is or should'nt be any rush , my excuse for selling the rocket and buying one is because its too big and to hard to handle , But its only 2 up fully loaded i find it an handful , just 2 up its ok , on my own i can throw it around just has easy has any bike i've owned , and in fact easier than most , after all i've had it 5 years and 50 odd thousand miles ,on this bike

But the truth of the matter when i think about it is , I know she will not go on the v strom she hates it says its uncomfortable , but that don't matter i use it for the twisty stuff , and dirt roads, its purely my play thing , i love hooning around the hills near me and exploring the hundreds of dirt roads and tracks , within 100 klm of me .

She loves the rocket , and hates sports tourer type bikes , its only cruisers she will go on , so in changing i'm hoping , in fact i'm knowing that it will be the end of her riding days , has much has i love taking her out on the bike, and we have had some great trips , last year , on a big trip , i came around a bend to see my mate and his wife on the floor , in the rain , slippy roads , bit of deisel , he did'nt see, and presto up the road they slid , It shook everyone up , but i could'nt help but think , if that was me , my missis is older and i doubt she would slide has well, at her age now ,has she would off when younger ,

Sort of made me think i don't want her on the back any more , bit selfish i know , but i also think its the excuse she's looking for to not come anymore , i think deep down she herself believes at 65 she's probably a bit too old ,

what makes me think this , easy she keeps saying if you want a nnew bike get one , but then adds , but don't expect me to go on it . And since i'm now retired i think a new tourer , thats comfortable , to just take off and do a few days here and there when i feel like it , is just what i need
 

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Careful there, you'll get the CTX1300 and you'll have to get the backrest or top case cuz she'll want to ride on it too... still. :)
 

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My wife really likes our CTX1300, but she has a bit more trouble getting on/off than our Magna - maybe it is getting a leg over the bags... She says the seat is very comfortable, which I was surprised, but very happy to hear since that was the only "gating" item in getting this bike. One small complaint with having a passenger, her toes are hitting the back of my legs when I put my feet down at a stop. And she is crying for the back rest!
 
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My wife really likes our CTX1300, but she has a bit more trouble getting on/off than our Magna - maybe it is getting a leg over the bags... She says the seat is very comfortable, which I was surprised, but very happy to hear since that was the only "gating" item in getting this bike. One small complaint with having a passenger, her toes are hitting the back of my legs when I put my feet down at a stop. And she is crying for the back rest!
Time to invest in a side car............kidding.
 

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My wife really likes our CTX1300, but she has a bit more trouble getting on/off than our Magna - maybe it is getting a leg over the bags... She says the seat is very comfortable, which I was surprised, but very happy to hear since that was the only "gating" item in getting this bike. One small complaint with having a passenger, her toes are hitting the back of my legs when I put my feet down at a stop. And she is crying for the back rest!
My wife has the same problem getting on more so than getting off (don't even think it, Dave, don't even think it). I know the backrest will improve the ride for her, but I'm worried that it's going to make it even harder for her to get on.
 

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Back rest would be a must for me , Although i don't really want her on the bike any more , i certainly would'nt ban her from coming ,

The backrest is what appeals to me about this bike if it came with a top box it would be out of the question completly , simply because , the wife would'nt be able to get on the thing , its the reason i've always had cruiser type bikes for travelling and not a sports tourer , Although i think a topbox would look good on this bike a backrest and rack look just has good .

I noticed how similar this bike looks to the ST 1300 with the high windscreen , its certainly a bike of many faces .
 
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