2014 Honda CTX1300: A New Cruiser Choice

Nov 05, 2013 View Comments by

2014 Honda CTX1300: A New Cruiser ChoiceThere hasn’t been a lot of sleep had over at Honda HQ in Tokyo. Big Red has rolled out an impressive array of models in the last year and with the announcement of the new CTX1300, they show no signs of letting up. With the CTX700 series, Honda signaled its move toward affordable, easy to ride, entry-level motorcycles. With the CTX1300, Honda now has a bike for CTX700 graduates. The new bike is powered by a liquid cooled 1,261cc V-4 engine, which sends its power to the fat 200 series rear tire through a five-speed transmission (no mention of a DCT) and shaft drive. Equipped with hard bags, a short windscreen, and fairing the CTX1300 straddles the line between cruiser and tourer with styling reminiscent of the F6B. Like the F6B (and several other Hondas) the CTX1300 is also offered in a deluxe version, which adds ABS, traction control, self-cancelling turn signals, Bluetooth audio system, and “blacked out styling cues.” With a curb weight of 724 pounds for the base model and 731 for the Deluxe, these are big, heavy motorcycles, though Honda claims an especially low center of gravity contributes to “nimble” handling. MSRP hasn’t been announced, but the CTX1300 will be available in Metallic Black, Gray Blue Metallic, and Candy Red.



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