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Possible Honda CTX1300 Spied Testing

Monday, October 21, 2013
It looks like yet another all-new motorcycle will be joining the Honda lineup for 2014. Spy photos captured over the weekend by Chris Doane Automotive are billed as the 2014 CTX1300 – a bike which blends styling elements from Honda’s CTX700 models and the V-Four powerplant of its erstwhile ST1300 sport-tourer.


The new model clearly sports the CTX badging, right below the upper fairing. In profile, the fairing shape looks strikingly similar to the CTX700, but viewed from the front the ST1300’s influence is obvious too – with the upper fairing incorporating the turn signals and mirrors (the CTX700s source conventional mirror stalks on the handlebar).

The ST1300’s bottom fairing covers what is the most noticeable feature on this new CTX – its transverse-mounted V-Four. The forward-curving header pipes, only hinted at under the ST’s bodywork, are a striking feature on this CTX model. If it is, in fact, the ST1300 powerplant – the V-Four displaces 1261cc via 78mm bore and 66mm stroke. The last time MotoUSA recorded dyno results, in 2008, the ST1300 belted out 109.3 horsepower and 83.6 lb-ft of torque.


The V-Four’s 1261cc displacement falls almost exactly in between the CTX700’s 670cc Parallel Twin and Gold Wing F6B’s 1832cc Flat Six, indicating the new CTX’s proposed niche in Honda’s cruiser-ish lineup. The photo models, including pillion, are also sporting black leather and open-face helmets, the spy pics having been gathered during a promotional shoot for Honda – which is why the new CTX is seen completely uncamouflaged.

The new CTX sports a shaft drive that appears identical to the ST1300. Further details glommed from the pics include an inverted fork up front, along with dual-disc front brakes sourcing Nissin calipers.

Riding position is upright, with mid-mounted foot controls and swept-back handlebar – similar to the 700 model. The two-tiered seat accommodates a pillion.

Hand controls show a clutch lever being utilized, but it would be surprising if Honda didn’t carryover its proprietary Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an option – the DCT having been featured on the NC and CTX700 models, as well as larger sport-touring rigs like the VFR1200. Another interesting detail revealed in the spy shots are integrated speakers in the dash, similar to the F6B.

Expect official word soon on Honda’s latest model as the 2014 model lineups fill out with the European bike shows in November.

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vzshadow   November 5, 2013 05:12 PM
Staged my behind. It's up on Honda's website. Looks like a great bike!
steveinsandiego   October 25, 2013 09:22 AM
luv it! a baby F6B. I was excited about the ctx700 til I realized it was chain driven. dunno whether i'd opt for DCT; i'd need to test it to decide. and, yes, stick a little taller windshield on there. why not do it in the first place? oh, silly me, Honda wants to charge an extra 300-600 bux for that. anyways, i'm on board. when can I see one in the flesh, er, steel, er.......
Poncho167   October 24, 2013 03:08 PM
This may be a big seller, just not in the USA. I do think Honda needs to get some new designers.
TwoWheelsOnly   October 23, 2013 02:40 PM
Put me on the like side I guess! If Honda brings it with some nice accessories like a trunk and taller windscreen (that works), I would buy it. If your riding over 20k miles a year, comfort and reliability are not a bad thing. Obviously not every ones style, but freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, as long as every one has choices.
DocNick   October 23, 2013 10:28 AM
I like it. I even like that it looks weird.
woodco100   October 23, 2013 02:44 AM
These look fairly staged for spy shots. Also, it is interesting that the riders are in matching boots, jeans, leathers jackets and open helmets. These are normally used in cruiser photo shoots. This bike is clearly not a cruiser. Are they going for the Streetglide crowd?
theevolone24   October 22, 2013 11:52 AM
Ooops. I didn't see the response. Sorry. I do tend to think of a transverse engine as the VFR1200, with crank axis 90 degree to path of travel. Odd, if transverse is what the maker calls it; in contrast to the engineers, whose terminology usually is the benchmark for describing engine characteristics.
theevolone24   October 22, 2013 11:45 AM
Isn't that crank longitudinally placed? Transverse, I think not.
MCUSA Bart   October 22, 2013 08:21 AM
theevolone24. You're terminology is correct and the ST1300 has a longitudinal crank. In the article we specify it as a transverse-mounted engine, not transverse engine. The BMW Boxer and Moto Guzzi Twins are both longitudinal Twins, but their PR material consistently refers to the engines as transverse-mount Twins. If we call it a longitudinal engine, then we get people complaining that its a transverse... sorry for the confusion.
woodco100   October 22, 2013 07:12 AM
Whew, another bug ugly bike form Honda that will not sell. New $16,000 VFR1200 Hondas go for $9k on ebay.
okie1   October 21, 2013 11:20 PM
Well it will be a big seller due to the performance and sound of a 60 degree V4. Long head pipes, quick revving and wide torque band,with a big boost on the top end rev range. All the engine design characteristics of a V4 Moto GP bike. Counter balanced crank and opposed pistons up and down to counteract the rotation torque from the engine mount.
theevolone24   October 21, 2013 10:18 PM
In addition, this is another one of the no-sellers that Honda will make. Yes, it will be reliable as a stone, but nobody will buy it, except for a few hardcore, auto-shifting fans, of which this will no doubt have that option. When is Honda going to get back into the biz of making earthshaking designs, like the Honda 400-4 of the 70s. They want to reuse the technology that has been developed and waste their efforts on making bikes very few will like. How about a 350cc dual sport? Give the others a run for their money. How about a light adventure bike? The "H" has so much design and engineering capability - but it is mostly the engineering that trumps. And it is mostly reliability. There are no cutting edge designs. Let's not drool over this stuff - I wouldn't buy one, even at fire sale price.
theevolone24   October 21, 2013 10:14 PM
A transverse engine is an engine mounted in a vehicle so that the engine's crankshaft axis is perpendicular to the long axis of the vehicle. Looks to me like the crankshaft is longitudinal, as in the ST1300. Note: two cylinders on the right, two on the left, crank in the middle, longitudinally - not transversely. Now quite a few V-4s are transverse as in the VFR-1200 and others. Please people get your technical stuff right.
jokermtb   October 21, 2013 08:17 PM
Let the madness stop!!! Who the hell is asking for these jack-azz scooters?
justron   October 21, 2013 05:39 PM
I've been riding Honda since '99. Another hybred bike the Cruiser guys won't buy and the Sport/Sport Touring guys won't ride. This is another Honda offering creating zero interest from me.
hw   October 21, 2013 05:22 PM
Great that that magnificent v4 lives another day.What shall we call this, sport cruiser or sport bagger? I hope that Honda listens to consumer input to get the bike right because of their reluctance to make changes once the bike hits the market. Think fuel filler location on the NC700X.
stevenja   October 21, 2013 12:38 PM
Great looking bike, not one of those 900LB batwing monsters from HD or stepladders with wheels from BMW. This is a beauty and will probably run forever because its a Honda. The paddle shifting automatic would be nice.
Allworld   October 21, 2013 12:18 PM
Well for me it lacks curb appeal. Kinda has that DN-01 thing going on.
thomboz   October 21, 2013 11:54 AM
I think Buck Rogers has been reincarnated and is now Honda's chief stylist.
AM   October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
They might be practical and I will go a little further... they even might be fun, but Honda needs to fire the whole team that is designing this type of thing.... with the DNX and now became CTX because they are definitely not eye pleasing.