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I got a chance to test ride a CTX today. It left me with a wet crotch.


I liked a lot about it. Paint finish was up to Honda standards. The bike felt light, like a toy, in comparison to the NT700V I've been riding. It reminded me a lot of my Burgman 400 that way, but obviously without the fairing. Obviously, I don't know how it would be in cross-winds. The lightness could be an advantage or disadvantage in that situation.

The drivetrain was sweet. Very smooth. Good shifter. First gear feels different than 2nd, so you shouldn't miss downshifting to 1st at a stop unless you're really not paying attention. Did I mention it was smooth? The bike never "chugged" when I gave it gas. Any gear close to what you should really be in...is still good to accelerate in. The manual transmission is so nice, if I bought one, I'd get it and not the DCT. The seat felt comfy too, in the style of a tractor seat...something you could probably sit on all day long. A backrest would be a nice mod.

Negatives. The bike sits low. I liked that for the ability to plant my feet easily, but I also like the high seating position of the NT for looking over traffic. The storage area is nice...but it is way too small to use for anything but maybe your wallet or a pair of sunglasses. Probably not both at the same time. The biggest complaint I have is the foot controls. It's a stretch for me at 5'8" and a 28 " inseam. I also didn't feel like the foot position was comfortable. It's one thing to put my feet out forward on the floorboards of the Burgman 400 scooter. They aren't doing anything but providing support on the scooter. On the CTX, that's where the brake and shifter are. It just didn't feel natural. I kept wanting to put my feet down...where the controls are on the NT. That's something you'll get used to, but I'd need either some kind of seat mod to position me forward some, or some kind of change to the shifter and brake pedal.

I told the salesman that the CTX was a delightful bike, and it is. The low weight and low COG made for a very responsive bike. The flat engine torque curve makes it seem far more responsive than the HP would lead you to expect. If something happened to the NT, the CTX will be on the short list.

We were supposed to get only "showers" today. Since I live in the Puget Sound Convergence zone...it rained steadily. Hard at times. I noticed the diminutive "screen" on the "N" version I rode actually did something. RainX works wonders normally in removing the rain drops off my visor. Water just beads up and slides off. It didn't while I was on the CTX. It just stayed there.

The seating position of having my legs straight out in front of me with no downward slant left a crease on both pant legs that collected rain water. Yup, the water pooled there...and soaked through the "waterproof" lining leaving me with this cool feeling for hours.
...in the crotch. I can see the kids now in Sunday School snickering about the dark stain in my pants.


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Thanks for sharing your experiences!

in comparison to the NT700V I've been riding.
So, with only 28" inseam, the seat height of your NT doesn't pose a problem?

AFAIK, NT seat height is at 31.7", the same as the new CB500X which I'm also pondering.
 

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There are two factors really in determining if a seat height works for you or not. One is obviously the height. The other is the width. The NT seat is narrow. On a perfectly flat road, I touch on my tip toes...but roads are rarely perfectly flat where I live. If I come to a stop in the tire track area, that's usually lower than the surrounding pavement...so I touch on the balls of my feet. Plus, the suspension will compress as you sit on it. That lowers it a couple inches, depending on how much rear shock preload you set.

I also find it convenient to stop and use the rear brake to hold myself in position. That automatically puts me with the left foot planted well. Since the right foot is "occupied" on the brake, it doesn't seem like I'm missing anything. No matter how long my inseam would be in that situation, I'd still be just as comfortable as I am already, if you see what I mean.

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Thanks.

I guess it's a matter of confidence. I worry that if I'm not able to flat foot a bike then I'll somehow easily tip over when coming to a full stop. Alas, it's probably just something that requires getting used to.
 

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Pete, I understand totally what you're saying. You do get used to it.

When I first got ready to swing a leg over the NC700X and the NT700V, it was very unnerving. I was used to my Burgman 400 where you swing your leg between the dash and the seat. That gas tank looked soooo HUGE! And I knew for sure that my old aching bones wouldn't be able to get my leg over the seat. I knew that I'd get stuck on one leg and knock the bike over. And I knew my inseam wasn't long enough to flat foot it.

Now, that gas tank has shrunk to the point where the CTX's gas tank looks...tiny. :D That's not a slam on the CTX, just an example of what you get used to. The NT's gas tank looks ...well, normal. And my Burgman 400 scooter that I thought was so incredibly great...well, it feels strange without any tank at all. The cability to flat foot it is now no big deal. But it didn't happen over night.

It is all just a matter of perspective. But the good news is that you do get used to it. ;) :)

Chris
 
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