As reported in the Possible Honda CTX1300 Spied Testing article, Honda is anxious to capitalize on its momentum in the motorcycle industry with the release of its fresh CTX1300. MotoUSA paid a visit to American Honda’s headquarters for a first-person look at the new ride. A cross between a cruiser and a sport-touring motorcycle, the CTX is engineered to appeal to motorcyclists who want more real-world performance than what the cruiser segment offers.
Powering the CTX is a fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 1261cc V-Four pulled from Honda’s classic ST1300 sport tourer. Like the ST, the engine is transverse-mounted, meaning the cylinder banks poke outward on the side of the motorcycle and turn a longitudinal crankshaft. Power is put back to a 200-series rear tire through a manual five-speed transmission and shaft final drive. Surprisingly, Honda’s fabulous semi-automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission isn’t available.
With its 5.1-gallon fuel tank topped off (mounted beneath the riders seat and filled using an automotive-style twist cap as opposed to a more conventional key-locking cap) the CTX is claimed to weigh 724 pounds ready to ride. However with its ultra-low 28.9-inch seat height and carefully balanced center of gravity, the CTX feels like it weighs far less. It has a relaxed feet-forward seating position similar to the more affordable CTX700 and a wide, swept back handlebar that should boost maneuverability at slower speeds around town.
Suspension-wise the CTX gets an inverted fork and dual shock absorbers with provisions for spring preload adjustment, if you’re carrying a passenger or traveling with a full load of luggage.
The CTX makes use of a wide forward fairing that shields the rider from wind buffeting and road debris. Instrumentation follows along the lines of the four-wheeled world with two big analog gauges housing the speedometer and rev counter. Between is a LCD that shows fuel level and other trip information. It also serves as the menu for the optional Bluetooth-enabled audio system (available on the Deluxe package). There are also two storage compartments with an USB connection for charging various gadgets. It also
The cockpit of the CTX1300 is automotive-inspired with a purposeful instrument display and flip-up storage pockets.
comes with lockable hard luggage cases on either side boosting touring capabilities however they don’t look quite wide enough to store a full sized helmet.
Other features included on the more expensive Deluxe model are self-canceling turn signals, traction control, and anti-lock braking functionality added to the existing triple hydraulic disc brake set-up. It also adds a blacked-out frame and wheels. American Honda has yet to determine pricing on the CTX1300 but it is aiming for an MSRP around $17,000 and expects it to arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.