Hi Pathrunner, and soon to be owner.I'm 5'10" and 250lbs. 65 years old. Re-entering riding after a 40 year lapse. Original bike was a Triumph Tiger 650. Did about 15,000 miles around the US after USMC and college. This is going to be an interesting experience after all these years...my new CTX700D arrinves next Wednesday afternoon. As cold as it is now in Iowa, I'll have to enjoy just sitting on it in the garage for awhile. Plan on doing short to medium touring from my home base here. The Triumph was a fine bike for that time, but the CTX is light years beyond it. This is going to be fun!
did you go with the nd because of a better fit? Did your legs hit the fairings? I am curious because you seem to have the same size i do 6'2" 250lbs 32 inseamI am 6'1", 260, 32" inseam, 45, 25 years riding variety of street bikes and one dual sport KLR650.
I was tired of commuting 40 miles a day on my 900 pound VTX1800C. Too much weight to push around. Not bad for road trips, but honestly, I had to modify her extensively for overnights and beyond. I commute mostly, and CTX700ND perfect for me now. I like cruiser postioning, but NOT 30MPG average of VTX1800C. My CTX averages 55MPG spirited commuting in Sport mode (50 if I push it hard), and I have achieved 75MPG up in the mountains in Drive just putting along and enjoying the scenery.
I will keep this bike forever, and add another style motorcycle in a few years. One bike cannot do it all for me, but it can do MOST of what I need, commute and overnighters. Later, I add Gold Wing or Indian or Victory Vision for long distance trips.