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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-11-2017, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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Great post and glad you got to unleash the beast!

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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.
I agree with everything you said except staying in one gear from 25 to 55. Can't say I've ever come anywhere close to that!

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Hi Grabngo,

I bought my 2014 CTXN in 2015 after I had looked at junk for about 6 months. It was a bike to learn on and one to keep! Now the upgrades. I have said a few times there aren't many but you'll quickly see the ones that most folks like! I did a video of my changes on YouTube and many are pictured on my Gallery page!

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Jimmy, the video showing your mods is very good.

I just bought my used 2014 CTX700D three days ago and one of the things that convinced me to buy it was it had almost every mod I would consider to make it complete. It had the following when I bought it which makes it very similar to yours:

Cee Bailey vented windshield
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I added the old Givi top box I had on two previous bikes. And just ordered the Airhawk R seat pad and Ram ball mount for handlebars.
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Sweet ride. I didn't realize Honda had rear saddlebag protectors. All it takes is a parking lot tip over without the protectors and you're looking at a significant repair cost. Enjoy!
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Nice video. Great way to chronicle the efforts. Looks like you enjoyed the process of adding accessories. My wife and I are in the process of upgrading our CTX's too.
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I agree with everything you said except staying in one gear from 25 to 55. Can't say I've ever come anywhere close to that!
I don't do that either I was just saying that the power band is so large is that one could if they wanted to. The engine will pull from 2500 rpm to 5500 with no problem and feel smooth throughout.

On a related I found the RPM max cutoff today. I was winding out in first on a speed run and suddenly the engine cut off for a half a second. The redline on the engine of 6500 is lower than I'm used to. Some of my older bikes it was 9000.
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I don't do that either I was just saying that the power band is so large is that one could if they wanted to. The engine will pull from 2500 rpm to 5500 with no problem and feel smooth throughout.

On a related I found the RPM max cutoff today. I was winding out in first on a speed run and suddenly the engine cut off for a half a second. The redline on the engine of 6500 is lower than I'm used to. Some of my older bikes it was 9000.
You have it backwards. 25-55 has nothing to do with powerband, it is related to the gear ratio. Your VLX has 4 gears where the CTX has 6. The CTX goes through the gears much faster and shorter because it has a lower gear ratio per gear. The VLX has longer, taller gears which would keep you in each gear longer. So, say 25-65 would make more sense for the VLX if the CTX was 25-55. This is the same reason at 37 it doesn't like 3rd or 4th, but rather 2nd.

6K rpm is relatively low for motorcycles in general, however it is correct for the displacement, engine design and firing order. Off hand I would say 9-10K rpm would be a general average towards all bikes. Some are 14K+
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Thom, is that lights on the hand guards? Seems like a good place for some strip driving lights. But maybe at night they would reflect in the windshield? Extra lights are on my list.

I've put on the OEM hard bags, 24" CB windscreen - I have a laminar lip coming also since I need about three inches more calm air and I installed a power center up near the speedo area for battery tending and USB charging.

I'm unsure about the floorboard mod. The pegs feel fine to me and my boots hang on them well. But maybe I would like them.

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