Wow that is a small storage compartment it almost looks like the size of an ash tray. Strange how the NC700 which the CTX700 is similar to has a much more bigger storage compartment. But I think its the way they modified the chassis to accommodate the lower stance and seat height.The small storage compartment on the CTX700 is actually located where the fuel tank cap area its small but is more easily accessible. I wouldn't recommend opening and closing it to get things while the bike is moving but its right there.
That is a whole lot more space compared to the CTX700. It wouldn't make sense if your were buying a CTX700 for space. The CTX700 is more for cruising and the slight upgrade with the two hard saddle cases might even be not enough. I like that rear compartment on the Burgman 400, being able to fit two helmets is a nice luxury to have.If I buy one, I'll be coming from a Suzuki Burgman 400. The luggage on the CTX700...well, the first word I thought of is "it sucks". The "frunk" of the NC700X is a step in the right direction. It's a shame you can't get both the storage capacity and lower seat in the CTX700.
Here's what I have to live with now:
On the front fairing, I've been having to live with this:
That lower area on the right side is deep enough to put my arm in up almost to my elbow.
Then under the seat, this is what I have to live with:
I figure I can get part of that space back with the top box and side bags. The shame is to spend about $1200+ to get that.
The saddle bags on the NT700v looks good and functions better with the aerodynamics since its not sticking out it doesn't have aero drag. But the odd shape would make it hard to fit somethings in it and in your case its a laptop. If you had to get the NT700v you would have to get a smaller net book instead.If it is like the saddlebags for the NC700X, then you'll find it for about $1000 from your dealer, or about $850 on eBay.
I looked at a NT700V the other night. They have nice looking saddlebags built into the bike. I was a bit disappointed at the quality of the luggage though. I was trying to put my laptop bag in it. It might've fit eventually, but if I did it daily, I'd break the saddlebag for sure. It was a very lightweight construction. When I finished, I walked back out to my Burgman 400 and just dropped the bag in and closed the seat.
You could easily be a couple hundred for the oem accessories. I would look in to third party and sometimes you could get a deal with some of the vendors but too bad they don't have any on this forum yet.How much is saddlebag accessory for the CTX? Is it expensive? Are there any third party products that are cheaper to buy?
so the luggage accessories are the same on the CTX700 from the NC700X, so does that mean they are transferable? I am not looking forward to spending a huge amount just to have storage, running a tight budget does help either.If you're looking for answers to questions like accessories, the NC700X forum can help you out. The luggage is the same. Some of them have done extensive mods to their bikes. It'll give you prices and ideas. Not much point in reinventing the wheel, if they have a year head start on you.