Monday, February 11, 2013

2014 Honda CTX700, CTX700D are probably the world’s dullest motorcycles

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The 2014 Honda CTX700. Deathly dull and ugly...

Honda seem to have taken it upon themselves to build the dullest, most boring motorcycles in the world. After the NC700X and CBR500 series, they’ve announced the 2014 CTX700, which is, presumably, a motorcycle, but could just as well be a toaster, sewing machine, microwave oven, washing machine or any other household appliance.

“Made for travel with an efficient fairing and windscreen up front, the CTX700 boasts features that make it an ideal partner for exploring all that the open road can offer,” claim Honda. The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled SOHC 670cc parallel-twin and has a regular 6-speed gearbox, while the CTX700D gets an automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT), which allows riders to either use a fully automatic mode or use paddle-shifters to shift gears without having to use a clutch. The CTX700D also gets ABS.

So why should you buy a Honda CTX700 or CTX700D? The ‘benefits’ that Honda claim for the CTX are an upper fairing and windscreen that divert wind around the rider, adding to comfort and reducing fatigue, abundant torque in the low-end and midrange for easily accessible power, crisp throttle response, linear and smooth power delivery, an engine balancer shaft that quells vibration for smooth operation and rubber-mounted footrests that add to rider comfort. Yawn…

Yes, we know, the CTX’s low seat height, non-intimidating power delivery and super-optimised ergonomics will probably appeal to some. And the range of accessories available from Honda – tall windscreen, heated grips, an array of saddlebags and a bunch of chrome bits – might get some touring types excited. For us, however, this bike is entirely devoid of any emotion whatsoever – it’s dull and cold and clinical and frigid. And that it comes from a manufacturer that used to build some of the most exciting, most technologically advanced motorcycles in the world makes it doubly sad.

Now, while the CTX700 itself is deathly dull, what we do find interesting is the CTX700D’s second-generation automatic six-speed dual clutch transmission, which uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes. This DCT thing has three modes – one manual (MT), which allows the rider to shift gears using buttons, and two automatic (AT) modes – S for sporty riding (sporty riding, on this bike?!?!) and D for more relaxed use. If Honda can adapt this DCT for use on the next-generation Fireblade, on which lightning fast clutchless shifts will actually be useful, they might really be on to something. A DCT-equipped CBR1000RR in 2014? Yeah, well, let’s hope something good comes of this mess that’s the CTX…

2014 Honda CTX700 / 700D: Tech Specs

Model: CTX700 / CTX700D with automatic Dual Clutch Transmission and ABS

Engine Type: 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin

Bore and Stroke: 73.0mm x 80.0mm

Compression ratio: 10.7:1

Valve train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder

Induction: PGM-FI with 36mm throttle body

Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance

Transmission: Six-speed (CTX700) / Automatic six-speed with two modes and a manual mode (CTX700D)

Final Drive: Chain

Front: 41mm fork; 4.2 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link single shock; 4.3 inches travel

Front: Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper (CTX700) / Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper; ABS (CTX700D)
Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper (CTX700) / Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper; ABS (CTX700D)

Front: 120/70-17
Rear: 160/60-17

Wheelbase: 60.2 inches

Rake (Caster angle): 27.7°

Trail: 114.0mm (4.4 inches)

Seat Height: 28.3 inches

Fuel Capacity: 3.17 gallons

Colors: Cool Candy Red, Pearl White (CTX700) / Cool Candy Red (CTX700D)

Prices: From US$7,000 - US$8,800


Anonymous said...

I agree. Being practical is no excuse for ugly. Honda needs to hire some Italian designers.

Ax said...

Wow. Jaded much? Not everyone sees their bikes as weekend toys or sex objects. I understand liking high-performance motorcyles (I love them too) but some people want dependable, comfortable bikes they can ride every day. Then again, my only vehicle is a 400cc maxi-scooter whose integrated storage and full fairing allow me to ride year-round in all weather, so I'm not a "real biker" anyway.

Jon Osterman said...

Good article - they are rubbish.

And - I really can't believe anyone would ride a maxi-scooter.

You don't need integrated storage and a full fairing to ride year round. I rode enduro bikes year round in all weather for more than ten years. Through ice and snow in European winters. I had storage - it was a back pack.

Now I enjoy motorcycling in good weather and a better climate. I have never seen a scooter on the twisty country or mountain roads, that would be funny.

Anonymous said...

Everyone has a preference. I like the looks of the bike myself, and after years of Sport tourers, I'm finding the riding position is becoing somewhat painful. The relaxed riding position of one of these might be just what I need. Maybe I'm just old. But then I always like the looks of the original ST1100... Economical and practical commuting might just bring in some new riders.

A scooter on twistys? Yes, I've seen it many times. I did the Dragon (hwy 129)one year when a whole pack of those piaggo 500 (I think) 3 wheeled scooters whizzed by. Looked like they were having fun to me.

Anonymous said...

There is a reason their is vanilla and chocolate ice cream. I actually LKE the looks of this CTX line. I actually think I ail buy one. So, maybe Honda is not that crazy for real sing this line of bikes. I am a mid0aged fairly new rider… and cycle manufacturers do need to reach out to us to thrive - new riders are needed in the US. I do not care so much for the super-sport type bikes, and find this CTX to be approachable… and as I said, vanilla and chocolate (and strawberry too)… I find this look more appealing than many of the high end performance bikes being offered.

David Coats said...

This is the most biased report I've ever readHow about letting ME decide.
I'm 63 with no left leg
Maybe this works for me

Faster and Faster said...

David, if the Honda CTX works for you, wonderful. We're happy for you. For us, though, it's still the crappiest motorcycle in the world. To each, his own...?

Anonymous said...

For this 50 year old woman biker that's got 16 years experience as a rider, I really love my CTX. It's comfortable, light, gets awesome gas mileage and keeps up with the hubby's Kawasaki C10 Concours. The fairing does a good job with protection and the bags hold my gear well.

I guess I would need a bit more of a definition of "crappiest"? To me a crappy bike is one that is plagued with mechanical issues as well as quality of materials. Since I find that neither of those applies to my CTX I can't agree with the "crappiest" definition.

This bike does all I ask of it and then some. Not all of us are looking for the same thing.

Anonymous said...

I personally like this bike, yes to each it's own. However calling it "crappy" is your opinion. I have a really bad back and this bike is perfect as an everyday commuter. Personally in my opinion thank you Honda for thinking outside the box.

Dede2t said...

I just bought one last weekend and love it. Ive been riding a Piaggio 250 cc for the last 3 yrs and went down the Blue Ridge Parkway last year. Love my scooter but wanted a little more umph to get over some of the higher hills. This bike will give me just that little extra power. Love the option of switching from automatic to manual depending on how adventurous I feel. Thank you Honda!! I do miss the storage space, but will get saddle bags and higher windshield..

Anonymous said...

i love my ctx thank your very much

Helionprime09 said...

This is a very biased article. I have rode rice rockets and cruisers both. Just a few weeks ago, I purchased the CTX 700D. I love it and the 64 mpg that I get from it. It is by no means slow, if you nail the throttle, it will scoot. The all digital dash is nice. My only vice is that I wish they had made it with a shaft drive. All that being said it's a great ride.

Anonymous said...

Just got back from Sturgis 2015. Rode my CTX700D there and back. 6283 miles. Didn't miss a beat. Kept up with Hubbies GL 1800. Perfect bike for me. I highly recommend this bike to anyone who needs an inexpensive reliable bike. Mileage per gallon between 65-75 MPG depending on speed. Handled like a dream. Out performed many of the larger bikes on the Black Hills back roads. Since I'm not one for clutching constantly on back roads, Main street Sturgis or Lasalle Steet I kept mine in automatic mode the entire trip.

As for looks beauty is in the eye of the owner. Received many compliments on the bike for styling and add-ons.



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