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$9200 out the door

I have not ridden a MC for 30 years, this was a tough decision in terms practicality. Spent hours thinking and even made a pros and cons list. This was the only bike considered for my 90% toy 10% second car purchase

Top of the pros list was I am 51, my kids are grown, and i am doing nothing with my life - no friend no hobbies, just work. Somewhere in time I managed to lose my manhood. FYI This would be a cash buy.

Top of the cons list was the utility of a toy and the likelihood it would gather dust In the garage as most toys do.

What was unwritten on the con side was the thought of my wife's face when she sees me rolling up on it ... That was in truth the biggest con of all.

I finally talked to her about it and her biggest objection was me killing myself on it. I countered with I have lived 51 years, married 31, and accomplished a lot. If I die today no one can take that away. (actually worse would be becoming a quadriplegic but I did not apply that defense). (Typical for a man, I ignored her point that -I- would be gone and she would miss me).

Lastly the winning argument in my mind (makes me sound as if I have multiple personalities) was something Dave Ramsey says - when you become successful dont be afraid to live a little, so I just bought the damned thing yesterday. Worst financial case I ride it a few years and lose a few grand on it.

As with all major purchases there was very slight buyers remorse but less than expected. Nice rule to follow on big purchases: always buy quality. If it doesn't work out at least you enjoyed it and someone else will want it.

Every little ride on it I like it more. This morning it is in the 80 with 90% humidity (west palm beach FL) and I am sweating just putting on my half helmet with extra cool drop down visor. I take my iPhone with earplugs because the wind/wind noise is brutal, queue up Van Halens Fair Warning CD and just cruise around. This was true bliss for me. As soon as I can find a manly windscreen I'll be all set. I am so happy with the auto trans - I have been shifting sticks all my life I am done with that BS. The manual mode I like best. Don't let any MC geek/jackass talk you out of this bike: it's a real performer...and they can shove their not a real bike opinions.

Most surprising thing: a bike that has no adjustments can fit a 5 foot wife and works with my 6'2" 210 self.

Another surprise: I forgot how raw riding motorcycles is. All the noise, vibrations, smells, heat (shocked how hot the engine gets). Makes my 2011 Corvette Grand Sport feel like riding in a pillow.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading my post. It feels good to try to express the emotions this sort of purchase imparts.
 

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Also - kudos to Rob at Broward Motorports for a smooth professional experience. I still cannot believe people are expected to purchase motorcycles without a test drive, but such is our reality today. Thanks trial lawyers!
 

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Live for today and tomorrow, man! Forget the past. Ride safe, but don't forget to enjoy yourself.

-- Patefermente
 

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Welcome aboard! I've logged over 2700 miles on my CTX since I bought it on June 8 and I have not a single regret. IMHO, you made a very wise choice. Enjoy!
 

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Congratulations on the new bike! I just picked mine up about three weeks ago and love it. I live in Boca Raton and you in West Palm so maybe we could meet up somewhere in the middle and ride together, just a thought.

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Congratulations! I picked mine up almost 2 weeks ago and LOVE every minute on it!
 

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Congrats on your purchase. I bought mine about 4weeks ago. I am a first time MC rider at age 53 (bucket list purchase). I took it out on the open rode for the first time this morning (been mostly practicing around neighborhood).

What a blast, the bike handled well and was so easy o drive. kept it in full auto he whole time. I'm in Jacksonville Fl. and purchased mine from Cycles of Jacksonville on Atlantic, I got the 21st one produced based on the serial number.

I look forward to reading more great posts.
 

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Congrats on your purchase. I bought mine about 4weeks ago. I am a first time MC rider at age 53 (bucket list purchase). I took it out on the open rode for the first time this morning (been mostly practicing around neighborhood).

What a blast, the bike handled well and was so easy o drive. kept it in full auto he whole time. I'm in Jacksonville Fl. and purchased mine from Cycles of Jacksonville on Atlantic, I got the 21st one produced based on the serial number.

I look forward to reading more great posts.
We are very close, I have VIN 19.
 

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Congratulations! I just took delivery yesterday on a CTX700 with fairing in red. Standard transmission and brakes. Love it so far. Hope you really enjoy yours as well. I'll be 49 in two months and I started riding only last year on a maxi scooter, so this is my first motorcycle.
 

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Querty2000, welcome to the forum and I like your attitude and that you find the CTX so enjoyable.

When ever I am going to get another toy, I sort of tell my wife how I can justify buying it and she just says, if you want it, buy it. I reply... OK

30+years go by and if you road before it comes back. Just realize there are more people (cars) out there than 30 years ago and they did not have texting 30 years ago..
 

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I loved reading you post, Qwerty2000. I'm 55 and on the fence about buying a CTX700N DCT. I just go my motorcycle license last week. I've been riding a 50 cc scooter all summer. Now that I have my license (I took the safety course), I want a bigger bike that goes faster than 40 mph. But, it would just be a toy.

I'm glad you got yours. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun with it. Congrats.
 

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I loved reading you post, Qwerty2000. I'm 55 and on the fence about buying a CTX700N DCT. I just go my motorcycle license last week. I've been riding a 50 cc scooter all summer. Now that I have my license (I took the safety course), I want a bigger bike that goes faster than 40 mph. But, it would just be a toy.

I'm glad you got yours. It sounds like you are having a lot of fun with it. Congrats.

Darth Emma, the CTX with automatic seems to be a real favorite of prior scooter owners. Most seem very happy with it on the forum. Read as much as you can to see which ones were scooter owners upgrading so you can see what they said
 

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Darth Emma, I had a Zuma 50 for 6 weeks, moved up to the Honda PCX 150, still have it. Great commuter scoot, does 105+ mpg up to 65 mph downhill and down wind. Still ride it daily to work. I got the CTX 700D (fairings and short windshield) about a month ago. Absolutely love it. Low center of gravity and the DCT makes it work much like a scoot. Much heavier though and was the first thing I had to get used to. The MSF bike's are about 250 lbs, and the CTX is over 500 lbs. Not as easy to whip around in a small garage to park, but once you get it rolling, it runs real smooth. The fairings add to the shielding from the wind when you go beyond 50 mph, and depending on your height, the tall windshield may or may not help. Judging by the posts, most people don't like the tall windshield option from Honda. At speeds over 50, you will find that earplugs help to keep the wind noise down. Great bike overall, and will give you about 67 mpg as advertised. Have fun, peace and ride safe.
 
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