I did a search and read lots of postings but didn't find a definitive answer. My CTX is the six speed and with me and my gear weighing 210-220 pounds, can the CTX handle a 75-80 mph cross country run? I have bigger touring bikes, but thought it might be fun to ride a smaller bike.
The answer is a definite 'YES'. In the spring of 2017 I took a 44 day, 9400 mile cross country jaunt on my 2014 6 speed. At the time, I weighed in at 215. Add another 20 pounds or so for my protective gear, another 30 pounds for my camping kit and soft side cooler, and appx 30 pounds for clothing, medical kit, tool kit and souvenirs carried in my hard bags and you're at around 300 pounds. My highest mileage days were the three days it took me to get home from Mount Rushmore in South Dakota back to North Carolina. I covered 1800 miles and averaged a little over 600 miles a day. Virtually all of this was interstate riding and I generally rode about 10 mph over the limit, i.e. appx 80 mph the whole way. i was able to travel as fast as I felt comfortable riding. The main issues I had, all minor, were as follows:
1. Due to the realitive light weight of the CTX, crosswinds were wicked bad crossing southern New Mexico and the South Dakota prairie.
2. This trip convinced me that my next bike will have cruise control. Several days I took ibuprofen solely for my right wrist.
3. This trip convinced me my next bike will NOT have a chain drive. Every morning, rain or shine, I was on my knees inspecting the chain, applying chain wax, and wishing I had shaft drive.
I posted some pics below so you'll get an idea of the load I carried (and the sites I saw). Don't sweat the CTX's capabilities. It's not the perfect touring machine, but it's certainly capable. Put on fresh rubber, fresh oil, and a decent windscreen, load up and go!
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. (Mark Twain)
2014 CTX700e, 6 speed, white
Cee Bailey 23 w/vent
Shad SH50 trunk
Oxford heated grips
Kuryakyn 4357 foot board and 8815 splines
Denali DM Micro LED driving lights
Tutoro Auto oiler