The deal is they made it that way. low is good to keep the weight down, second it is stainless steel not chrome, so it will last longer, third Honda must meet guidelines on noise so all bikes are getting bigger mufflers. Look at the new FZ9 Yamaha for example.fWhat's the deal with the CTX700's exhaust? It's big, straight, low and distracting. Anyone looking at alternatives?
Have you heard? This is a new model. It will take awhile for exhaust makers to fabricate and make a viable exhaust. Bikes that have been around have all flavors you mentioned but I like the stovepipe made of stainless steel and straight through is not a bad reason for it being straight. Take a look at the New Yamaha FZ9 muffler.Having the exhaust canister side-mounted so low is clearly inspired by cruisers. If you don't want your CTX looking like a cruiser, there are always aftermarket exhausts available. You can get them in aluminium, titanium, steel or carbon fiber, just Google around.
yes, I bet the guts of the thing are just steel and the outer shell is all that is stainless. I believe the pipe is under the bike too. It does tend to rust less and clean up well with very fine steel wool after some years.I haven't got ours yet so I couild be wrong but most polished stainless mufflers are actually an outer shell or decorative heat shield.
Straight and low works for me because I mounted Cortech saddlebags on my CTX and I don't have to worry about the right side bag getting too close to the exhaust. I also like the sound of the exhaust--kind of mellow without being loud or obnoxious.What's the deal with the CTX700's exhaust? It's big, straight, low and distracting. Anyone looking at alternatives?
Thanks Bill. I remember now about you writing something about the steel frame in a prior post. I guess it was to keep costs down but adds to weight, but still lots of reviews both consumer and journalists referring to how it is light and nimble this bike is; where are these folks coming from? what are they comparing it too, or does it just have more to do with it feeling lighter than the specs indicate due to the low CG?Gregsfc, I already posted about the muffler but this is about the bike weight.
I think the crude steel frame is where most of the weight is.
Thanks Bill. I remember now about you writing something about the steel frame in a prior post. I guess it was to keep costs down but adds to weight, but still lots of reviews both consumer and journalists referring to how it is light and nimble this bike is; where are these folks coming from? what are they comparing it too, or does it just have more to do with it feeling lighter than the specs indicate due to the low CG?
more comments on weight (which is just my view and I am no expert).
A bike can be heavier than it needs to be and Aluminum frames cost more than steal tubing. Honda did a great job of making a middle weight bike feel lightweight. In the past sport bikes proved weight could come off at a cost. Cruiser bikes proved horsepower could move weight and weight translates to smoother freeway driving.
Back to the CTX, tried to make it light in weight but had a limit based on costs but I see these weight reduction areas. There is no frame under the engine (not needed), there is one intake and exhaust (on a twin), They made fenders out of plastic. They used lightweight wheels. This got them down tot a ballpark weight but not lightweight.
But Honda did something special, they made it FEEL lighter than it actually is by having sloped cylinders which place the weight lower. Older bikes and some new ones have tall engines so are heavy feeling if not heavy anyway. The low seat means riders can get their legs out away from the bike giving more leverage to hold it up easily. And any one who has rode a Café or sport bike knows how narrow the bars are and how heave those bikes can feel if leaned over at a stop so the wide bars act like large pry bars and make it easy to control when at slow speed or stopped.
so all this comes out in as "nimble and flickable in corners" type reviews and they tell the truth. The CTX is easy to ride. so where is the down side. There probably isn't any if you take the bike for what it is.
at only 670cc's producing what... 50HP(?), the CTX700 simply won't produce enough noise to make it "bad-ass" noticable. I added headlight modulator legal in all 50 states. This is a cager attention getter, and saves me far more than any exhaust sound ever did.I am new here. I have had my CTXn for 6 days. In that time I have put 857 miles on it. I love it. It has been great. I commute about 100 miles one way a few days a week. Almost all of it is interstate. I had the oil changed and everything checked out at 600 miles by the dealer. I love the look of the bike, and the exhaust. My only complaint is the sound, or lack of. I have found that a little noise is good in making others aware of your presence. Are there any options to give this bike a little more volume?