Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Zephyrhills, FL
Welcome to the forum, 350four!
I owned a 2003 Volusia (bought new in the same year) and rode that for 5 years. Loved my Volusia! But I tell you, take a CTX for a test ride and I'll bet you'll be immediately sold. Many of the members here have traded in their bigger-engine bikes for the CTX and will never look back.
Some of the things I was concerned about were:
1. Chain driven. Since the majority of my bikes were always shaft driven it was hard to go back to a chain drive. But, although the chain maintenance is necessary, it's not all that difficult. And, for me, it allows me to consistently check the tires.
2. DCT. I wasn't totally sold on the DCT so I took a manual model. My next bike very may well be a DCT but the CTX700 manual is a breeze. And so far, there hasn't really been any major DCT issues. The system is nails!
3. Not enough engine. I've taken my CTX on highways at 90+ and it rides pretty smooth for a lightweight bike. Honda has geared this engine where is doesn't feel like it's winding-out above 70mph like the M50/Volusia did.
Once I test rode a DCT I was sold. And I plan to keep this bike for many years!