Please do keep your go pro on. And a record from a gps would be helpful.I understand on paper the CTX should be limited to 95MPH, however this was not my personal experience. I’ll be sure to keep my go pro on for you next time and provide you a direct reference before posting my question and experience.
The purpose of my post was to make sense of how my bike was responding and see if anyone felt a lag or change in top speed after break in.
Totally agree. Best I've gotten was 108. I had plenty of rpm left, but ran out of horses. Rebel13 did a ton of high performance mods to his "Sally" (reworking the ports, whole new intake tract, straight exhaust from the head out, deleted the cat, etc.) and I think he was topping out around 115. That's just about the speed where the 188 kilometers clicks in on the Rev limiter.I just plugged the primary/gearbox/final drive ratios for a manual 700 from a factory manual into my gearing spreadsheet. I used a stock tire size but in a Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart III (because Dunlop is good about giving an overall diameter in their specifications). A Motorcyclist magazine shootout of mid-size cruisers showed a dyno chart for the 700 with a peak power of 44hp at 6000 RPM and what looks like a forced red line of about 6300 RPM.
If 6300 RPM could be pulled in 6th gear with that Dunlop tire the speed would be 119.59 mph, with the redline speed in 5th gear of 96.96 mph.
With the generally not very aerodynamic bodywork/riding position of the CTX (large frontal area and lots of drag from exposed feet/arms/hand) I think the CTX would be doing fantastically well to pull redline in 6th. Honda parts fiche show the NC and CTX with the same 16/43 final drive gearing. A Cycle World roadtest of the NC700X in 2012 shows a measured top speed of 111 mph with a quarter mile of 13.86 sec @ 94.23 mph.
130 mph would need 6850 RPM, which is about 500 RPM after the rev limiter has kicked in.
A stock SV650 is reported to have a top speed in the 125-135mph range, and that's with a bike that has an easy 20+ more horsepower than the CTX.
So on a perfect day a CTX theoretically could nudge 120 mph, but 110-115 mph (with 110 being my pick) is much more likely of a real world top speed.