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Honda Reveals CTX700 Models for 2014

Friday, February 8, 2013

Honda has revealed its all-new CTX model line at the Chicago IMS. The CTX700 and CTX700N are 2014 models based off the same Parallel Twin that debuted in the 2012 NC700X. The new CTX series moniker derrives from Comfort, Touring and eXperience, according to Big Red PR. Both new motorcycles showcase Honda’s signature Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an option and will be available this spring.

“These new models introduced today are just the first in a whole new family of CTX products of various displacements and engine configurations that will be rolled out in the future,” stated Honda Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “These first CTX machines share the same engine as the NC700X and place a premium on lightweight handling thanks in part to a low center of gravity, ergonomics that translate into day-long comfort, distinctive Urban Roadster styling and fantastic value.”


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CTX700N

The CTX700N represents Honda’s most affordable DCT/ABS-equipped bike at $7999. A standard shifting base model is also available, retailing for $6999. The liquid-cooled 670cc Twin is shared with NC700X, along with the six-speed transmission and chain final drive.

Standard street bike lines are contrasted by the 700N’s feet-forward riding stance. (it’s notable that Honda lists the new ride under its Cruiser section on its website). Compared with the NC700X, seat height is much lower at 28.3 inches (NC700X seat height is 32.7 inches) with rake stretched to 27.7 degrees (from 27). The single 320mm disc front/240mm rear brake system is shared with its engine platform sibling. Same goes for other chassis components, including the steel frame and conventional 41mm fork and Honda’s Pro-link single shock, though travel is much reduced from its ADV-aspiring kin.

Claimed curb weight is not listed, but the CTX700N will carry a half-gallon lighter fuel load at 3.17 gallons. It shares the NC700X’s instrumentation, as well as the unique integrated storage area located in the traditional fuel-tank area. The 700N is offered in Cool Candy Red and Black colors.

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CTX700

Billed by Honda as “tomorrow’s touring Twin,” the CTX700 distinguishes itself from its N-sibling by its upper fairing. Spec sheets between the two CTX rides are virtually identical, with the standard version costing $7799 and the DCT/ABS-equipped CTX700D $8799. It is available in Cool Candy Red and Pearl White colorways.

Like its CTX sibling, the 700 features several accessories – including several touring-friendly upgrades like heated grips, tall windscreen and luggage options. The latter saddlebag option, combined with the fairing, gives the CTX700 a genre-blurring street-bagger feel – sort of a pint-sized version of Honda’s new F6B (read MotoUSA’s initial riding impressions in the 2013 Honda Gold Wing F6B First Ride).

NC700X

Having debuted as a late-entry 2012 model, the NC700X remains in the Big Red lineup – with Honda confirming at Chicago that it is the final model announcement for 2013. The adventure-styled middleweight is now available in two color options, red and silver. It retails for $6999, with the DCT ABS version $8999.

Honda also announced an all-new side-by-side model at the Chicago IMS, debuting its 2014 Pioneer UTV.

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freyguy17   January 7, 2014 07:57 AM
My assessment of the CTX 700: Nearly PERFECT for a returning 60 year old rider like me. I recently bought a Suzuki V Strom 650. However, at 5ft8 and only 150 lbs, I have found to the bike to be too tall and top heavy to really feel safe on. Seat height, I have learned, is the question that I didn't really focus on when getting back into the market after a 20 year exit from riding bikes (previous '81 Goldwing rider). So, I think Honda will sell a bunch of these bikes, in both standard AND automatic versions, to older safety-conscious riders who are less interested in "looking and sounding bad", and more interested in feeling in total command of the machine. A few things I wish Honda could have done: 1) belt drive (I hate chain noise and gooey lube), and 2) a more stylish dual exhaust. But those are minor considerations. The auto tranny is great, and will NOT be shunned on this bike anymore than an auto would be shunned in a Z-28 Camaro...auto trannies are, in many ways, better...and my theme: SAFER for older riders (i.e. less things to have to manage while fighting traffic and more congested roads in these modern times). I am waiting to see if Honda might come out with about a 900 version with belt or shaft drive, along these same lines. If they do, I'll be an instant owner.
Screwu   March 15, 2013 04:43 AM
When your 65 and enjoy getting out and riding (but are still fairly new at it) ...then this bike is very appealing...so screw you! I'm going to get one!
Poncho167   February 14, 2013 03:02 PM
I still can't believe they think this was a good decision. What homely looking bikes they designed. It doesn't matter how they ride/feel because how many people would want to be seen on one? We shall find out.
gkp   February 13, 2013 12:43 PM
Alright Honda, enough ugly. You really wanna sell a 700cc bike, bring back the 700 Nighthawk S (the one with shaft drive)Hurry up now I'm waiting to spend my money.
AM   February 13, 2013 12:35 PM
@Schuvwj -very very confrontable! ... has a huge confront factor with great options,... Hey, can you tell us about the confront and great options that we might not know about?
Schuvwj   February 12, 2013 06:33 PM
I saw this bike at the Chicago Motorcycle Show. Yes it does look different but it was very very confrontable! I liked it a lot. If you want a bike that looks like everyone else's bike, don't buy it! If you want a bike that has a huge confront factor with great options, you got to see this bike!
Poncho167   February 12, 2013 01:52 PM
AM I agree, it looks like they kept the DN-01 designer around for another try.

This is ridiculous. I agree this will never be a big seller. What were they thinking when this was designed? Europe maybe, but this is the United States were people go for looks first.
hipsterdufus   February 12, 2013 10:45 AM
i feel nauseous just looking at that thing. now every time i walk into a honda dealer i will have look at these just sitting there with lower and lower prices every visit. dealers will put them right at the entry door just begging someone to get it out of there showroom like the dn-01.
hipsterdufus   February 12, 2013 10:40 AM
what is the hell is that thing? i feel nauseous
woodco100   February 10, 2013 06:56 PM
Honda seems determined to sell only very high quailty but unattractive motorcycles. Good luck with that.
2many450s   February 10, 2013 08:10 AM
WTF! Seriously? Just Stop Already! I think we've all seen enough!
AM   February 9, 2013 06:53 PM
Honda, is the guy that designed the DN-01 still around??? Now how many ugly motorcycles are you going to make out of this plataform?