Well I can't speak for Adventure Rider since I'm not on that forum or for all dealers, but there are several dealers in my area and when I go in to visit, they all say they sell them as soon as they come in. But I realize that's probably not indicative of every region. If it's not a good seller, I'm sure it won't be around long and Honda will pull it. But like a previous post stated, I bought it b/c I was impressed with it, not to impress anyone else.Of the 3 dealers I've spoken with, all said the CTX was a poor seller.
Over on adventure rider the bike has been poorly received.
I hope sales are good despite those indicatores. Maybe the 1300 will help.
I agree that the DN-01 ("Dino") WAS and STILL IS a unique bike that was presented well before it's time. And as such, was NOT well received by the motorcycle community. I mean, the word "scooter" was associated with the DN-01 and we all know ... you, a grown man, don't want to be seen riding a scooter! Scooters are for OLD people, we all know that! Plus the outrageous "price" placed on the DN-01's head made buying one a no-no! BUT there are people out there, me include, who "like" havingHonda has a habit of selling stuff that doesn't exactly fit a nitch. Sometimes it works well, other times it does not. We all must face the fact that the CTX700 evolved from the dreaded DN01…
Yes, I said it. But if not for the DN01, we wouldn't have our CTX700; and IT DEFINITELY is a fascinating
"Crossover"! Classified as sport bike by insurance companies and a cruiser by owners- we got a unique ride indeed.
One quality we also must cherish: MANY are followers, but we took a style risk with CTX700... for me, I bought the bike for myself and not to impress others. For me, I love my CTX
I am a veteran rider tired of pushing around a 900 pound loaded VTX1800C Bagger- with the CTX I get cruiser riding experience at almost half the weight with twice the fuel economy, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION! All I wish for is a bigger gas tank and its PERFECT!
Strange phenomenon in the MC industry, which I've never even paid a bit of attention to until recently...Hardly any buzz about new products or new technologies related to new products here in the States with respect to the main stream media outlets and very little hard sales and market share data compared to the auto industry and a lot of other industries. This lack of buzz and sales information would make someone who has followed other products in other industries think that the CTX has been a total flop so far, because there is just so little being said about it or about any new bike for that matter, i.e. YZ-09. Therefore, there is just alot of speculation and guessing about how many folks are purchasing a particular ride and how a new model is affecting a company's overall sales and market share. One thing that makes me think that the CTX is not doing too well is the lack of after-market, model-specific choices, and the fact that the CTX700 is not even entered into many online retailers' data bases. There were more after-market choices for my Piaggio brand scooter just a few months after its release than there has been for this particular Honda and Piaggio just barely survives in North America. One reason for the lack of the CTX700's effect on the market could be because it has been released only in select markets globally. I'm not sure of course, but it seems like that if these models were selling like crazy, considering the high price of the OEM accessories, that there would at least be some after-market luggage and windscreen choices beyond what is being offered at this point.The local dealer told me that the CTX700ND was his top selling Honda in the store in the month of December. As soon as it comes in, its sold. All the DCT's are on order. He told me that he could not figure it out, he was not expecting it to be a seller and was unsure about brining the bike in. I am I first time rider, and am happy that Honda has this product in their line up.
My sense is that about half of us are riders and former riders, like you say, who have downsized or have kept their larger bikes but wanted a smaller, lighter, lower CG bike for other uses or to take it easier on their bodies.My sense, reinforced by what I read in this forum, is that this bike appeals, not exclusively mind you, to folks like me who now need a lighter more manageable machine than what I once preferred. I traded in a vstar 950 at around 630 lb for a 700n at around 500 lb. Not a monumental weight reduction but coupled with the lower center of gravity allows me to keep riding despite problem knees.