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I saw these last week and it has the CTX styling but there are many aspects of it that CTX riders will not accept. Weight being the number 1, price being the number 2.

I think Honda is upgrading the style hoping to move this class of bike maybe downward on some in their costs and offer some new technology. The ST1300 was a high quality bike so Honda cant cut too many corners or buyers will look for good used older ones that can easily 100k miles with little problems.
 

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Love the styling (how could I not)!? But that monstrosity, octopus-looking, crammed pack-looking engine below and forward of the seat is just too traditional biker looking for me, and it makes it look like a totally different kind of bike. Compared to the 670 cc, it's screams out with chrome and exhaust components all over the place. It should be very popular.

Honda Auto manufacturers a 2.4-liter, iVtec for the Acord, CR-V, and other vehicles; 160 plus hp. In keeping with the strategy employed with respect to the 670 power plant, I would liked to have seen a 1200 cc reworked from that engine in a parallel twin design; with the same type of utilitarian look and performance as seen with the 670 drawn from the auto world. Such an engine would give it less peak engine performance numbers, but a more friendly, subdued, usable, refined, economical ride, which is a direction I'd like to see Honda continue to go with MC models.

But Honda ain't about designing engines to make me smile. I think it will hit home with more prospective buyers than the strategy used with the 670. It almost exactly doubles the peak performance of the 670 in a similar looking package (as long as one doesn't look below the seat), and I'd guess that it will have an enticing price in that range.
 

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I think it's a great design. Edgy and different and with a standard riding position. Kinda of ST/Wing merger.
 

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Mine looks much better. I will do some pics later.
Two things, weight and wheelbase length. This would be the bike if you did a LoT of two-up riding and can handle the (slow speed) weight.

My Kymco and the CTX700 have 60" wheelbases, that as long as I want to go (would prefer 58").

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My wife wants me to get one, so she can have my 700 CTX-NDT. Personally, I think the 1300 looks great. With DCT, its a winner in so many ways. Bikes are highly subjective purchasing decisions. No logic most of the time. Just plain: I WANT THAT BIKE.

So don't go window shopping unless you want to come home with a puppy.

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you guys are going to laugh, but that front end reminds me of...




still, i actually kind of like it. I also like the fact that the controls aren't as far forward as on the ctx700.


lolololololololololololool​
 

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im not a fan of all that chrome....
dont like the chrome tail pipe on the 700 as it is, but this one...sheesh
 

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im not a fan of all that chrome....
dont like the chrome tail pipe on the 700 as it is, but this one...sheesh
I have nothing against chromed-out bikes, but our CTX gives an appearance that is something different. That is that it is black w/o being bada** black, which makes it different than other blacked out bikes and chromed out bikes, But like you say the CTX700 is only almost black. I too would like to find a way to make the tail pipe black w/o spending big bucks or ruining the pipe, so that it would be chrome free. I don't like the fact that there will soon be a similarly-styled CTX that goes the other direction with a huge, chrome engine and components. There are tons of those bikes around. Sure wish they had it kept it tame looking like ours with just some more displacement and power for two-up touring folks.
 

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im not a fan of all that chrome....
dont like the chrome tail pipe on the 700 as it is, but this one...sheesh
I too would like to find a way to make the tail pipe black w/o spending big bucks or ruining the pipe, so that it would be chrome free.
Simple solution, paint it! I hate chrome myself! Welcome to the modding world~ It takes $10 and some time to remove,(sand) paint and reinstall. The best thing to use is VHT header paint rated at 1300-2000 degrees. You can get it at your local auto store. There are many brands and colors out there, use the highest temp you can find. I have used it on several bikes now for years, in fact, converted my v-star today!
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Ninja 650:I actually used 700 degree grill paint on this one for 4 years then converted to VHT earlier this year which you see now.

V-Star 650:

Vulcan 750:
 

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You guys are going to laugh, but that front end reminds me of...




Still, I actually kind of like it. I also like the fact that the controls aren't as far forward as on the CTX700.
Victory had the same designer I think! I like the new model and hope it comes to the US. I might be interested in one if they add a detachable trunk and taller screen that works. Like the Wings smaller brother.
 

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Why cant we just get an automatic version of the VTX1300/1800? That's what I would rather them manufacture. I mean this CTX1300 isn't all that bad. Just takes some getting used to if this is what they plan on releasing.
 

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Well, you can see it for yourself on Honda's website: 2014 CTX1300 Overview - Honda Powersports

I just wish they had a DCT version. But since I'm a new rider, I'll just stick with my 700 for a couple of years anyway. Nice looking though; probably too much power for me right now as well. :)
 

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only thing i care about is how many of the parts on this bike we'll be able to steal (like the self canceling turn signals, led lighting, etc)
 

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I think it looks like a fat DN01.

I would be more impressed if Honda focused on versatility of existing products, instead of reinventing the wheel. I would rather see the DCT transmission as an option on all existing bikes then I would and expansion of the CTX line. This would be most impressive, for example: a Goldwing any version that has DCT as an option. That would set theIr bikes apart from everyone else.

let the CTX 700 series be a springboard to add DCT to everything as an upgrade.
 
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