Oh CTX, where have you been all my life!
I finally had a chance to take my new used 2014 CTX700 for a good long ride today. Very nice. Wanted to keep going.
I've had many bike over the years but this one is the nicest.
My bike just before this was a 92 Shadow VLX 600.
The VLX has 4 gears. Somewhere around 37 MPH it doesn't feel comfortable in either 3rd or 4th. The CTX has such a wide power band that one can stay in one gear from 25 to 55 MPH.
I was calmly doing 65 and realized I still had another gear.
The engine is so smooth. And I know that some complain about the power but coming from the 32 hp VLX it feels pretty darn fast. Fine for me. And quiet. I like quiet.
And the handling is sooo much better. The shocks feel great and the turning is great. The VLX sort of wallows through turns whereas the CTX gave me so much confidance in turns. It feels nimble and sure-footed. The low COG makes it feel like it's on rails.
I was astounded by how tight and easily I could do a U turn.
Doing those quick little pot hole avoidance turns was a piece of cake. Much quicker than the VLX and the push right to turn right thing was so much more obvious. On the VLX it felt like you had to plan it. On the CTX it was like unconscious.
And the brakes! Wow, so that's what a front brake feels like! I was trying some quick stops and the first time I grabbed the front I was astounded how quickly I came to a stop. As far as the rear, it feels perfect to me. I know some have said that it feels weak but when I give a firm push as if in a panic stop the rear skids. I wouldn't want it any more sensitive.
I love the fuel gauge, the little trunk on the tank, oh, and the seat, it felt fine to me. No problem at all. Felt good after three hours of riding.
In short I am really happy with this purchase. Seems about perfect for what I want.