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2014 Honda CTX700N - Coolness Factor = 43.9%

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:54 pm

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2014 Honda CTX700N

Meet your new favorite bike

The open road has never looked more inviting than when you're rolling along on the new 2014 Honda CTX700. 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. It starts with great rider accommodations, thanks in large part to a comfy seat that's only 28.3 inches high-a handy aid around town. Then there's the powerful, smooth-running 670cc engine with its twin cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling. There's also the option of an easy-to-use automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or a standard six-speed manual; the DCT allows riders to instantly choose between a fully automatic mode or the option of more active gear selection via "paddle-shift" type buttons on the handlebar. Better yet, the CTX700D also comes equipped with an Antilock Braking System (ABS). With its broad power curve, light and nimble handling, roomy riding accommodations and smooth engine, the CTX700 excels at long-range travel, but these qualities also make it a terrific weekend warrior or daily rider. With all this and more, all in a very affordable package, get out and see that destination you've been wanting to visit-on the Honda CTX700.

Honda's new CTX series is all about taking the best of motorcycling, adding new technology, and making it even better. The modern engines and chassis designs mean you get great performance, superior fuel economy, and plenty of useable power. The laid-back seating position is just as comfortable for a weekday commute, a weekend cruise, or a week-long vacation trip. And their low center of gravity makes for a better all-around riding experience, especially for new riders. And these two models are just the start.


Offering simplicity plus all-around performance
The brilliance of Honda engineering shines once again in the form of the 2014 CTX700N. This is a bike specifically engineered to make motorcycling more approachable, affordable and fun than ever before. Thanks to a low seat height of only 28.3 inches, riders can quickly get acclimated to life in the saddle. Honda's acclaimed automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) provides either a fully automatic mode or the option of more active gear selection via "paddle-shift" type buttons on the handlebar, and the DCT version also comes with Honda's Antilock Braking System (ABS). The 670cc parallel-twin engine features cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling. This smooth-running fuel-injected engine pumps out loads of low-end and midrange torque to simplify taking off from stops even with the optional six-speed manual gearbox, and there's enough power on tap for wherever the road may lead. Beneath the fuel tank cover there's a handy glove box area, and the fuel is carried beneath that. All in all, the CTX700N/ND are amazingly affordable, friendly and comfortable bikes that are perfect for everyday rides, weekend trips, two-up exploring or just about anything else you can dream up. Price: $6999; $7999 for DCT/ABS model. Availability: spring 2013




2014 Honda CTX700N Key Features

Two Model Options:


- CTX700D with DCT/ABS features a second-generation automatic six-speed Honda Dual Clutch Transmission that uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes: Manual (MT), which allows the rider to shift gears using buttons, and two automatic (AT) modes-S for sport riding and D for everyday use.



2014 Honda CTX700N - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6,999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


ENGINE
Engine Type 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore and Stroke 73mm x 80mm
Induction PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Valve Train SOHC; four valves per cylinder


DRIVE TRAIN
Transmission Six-speed
Final Drive Chain


CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Front Suspension 41mm fork, 4.2 inches travel
Rear Suspension Pro-Link® single shock; 4.3 inches travel
Front Brake Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper
Rear Brake Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 160/60-17


DIMENSIONS
Rake (caster angle) 27.7 degrees
Trail 114.0mm (4.4 inches)
Wheelbase 60.2 inches
Seat Height 28.3 inches
Curb Weight 478.4 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Fuel Capacity 3.17 gallons
Estimated Fuel Economy† TBD


OTHER
Model ID CTX700N
Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ
slightly due to emissions equipment.
Available Colors Cool Candy Red, Black
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
One Year Transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a
Honda Protection Plan.


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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:55 pm

Ok, here we go, another newly released 2014 motorcycle model, the Honda CTX700N (part of the CTX700 series of 4 bikes). You can see the other 3 here: http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyc ... -Honda.htm

For Canadian pricing Honda hasn't released it yet but I would guess +$1000 over the US price.

Do take note it's a semi-automatic bike.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:35 pm

It wouldn't even rate a fail if I based my vote on the exhaust pipe alone, the rest of the bike brought it up to the fail mark...
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by Bullet Bill » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:09 pm

I tend to give "awesome" ratings to the things that speak to me before I know what they are, "cool" ratings to the bikes that are functional and attractive (but not demonically fast), and "uncool" ratings for those that just rub me the wrong way, though they may serve a purpose.

I have reserved "fail" for the DN-01 and its unfortunate clones, like this. The naked ctx700 is a slight - *very* slight - improvement over the fully-faired version, but it's still a fugly, mutant, not-bike/not-scooter monstrosity.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:24 pm

I'm going to be that harsh on the bike (yes, using the term loosely since it does have only two wheels), but it is definitely not cool...

So my vote: Uncool.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by blues2cruise » Sat Mar 16, 2013 12:39 am

I'd love to demo ride it. If it fits, I'd consider trading mine in for it.
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:12 am

This is very peculiar. The CTX700N is very closely related to the NC700X, which I thought was one of the best things Honda has done in recent years. If I were a new rider right now, the NC700X would be on my short list. So if I loved the NC700X, I should love this one, too, right? But when I first saw it, I thought Yuck, warmed over DN-01!!! :sick:

This thing does come with either a six speed manual, or the (dreaded) DCT automatic as an extra-cost option. Point being, you don't have to get it with the DCT. Functionally it's probably pretty similar to the NC700X (I haven't read any tests yet.)

The styling is just turning me off. Uncool based on looks.
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by montanalifter » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:26 am

I like it, good price, unique looks, not so sure about the muffler.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by High_Side » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:47 am

Putting the looks aside for a moment, there seems to be a lot of possibilities with this bike. 1st off, it is a low bike, and as someone who is married to a short rider, I understand how few choices exist for shorter riders. And secondly, for most shorter riders the only choice out there is a cruiser and they all have very limited cornering clearance for someone who prefers a sportier ride. If I look at the the pictures of this thing in a corner I am reminded of the Gurney Gator, or Ducati Diavel and how they corner well with a relaxed riding position.

Therefore it is something relatively new and until I ride one I am going to go with cool.

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by HYPERR » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:38 am

High_Side wrote:Putting the looks aside for a moment, there seems to be a lot of possibilities with this bike. 1st off, it is a low bike, and as someone who is married to a short rider, I understand how few choices exist for shorter riders. And secondly, for most shorter riders the only choice out there is a cruiser and they all have very limited cornering clearance for someone who prefers a sportier ride. If I look at the the pictures of this thing in a corner I am reminded of the Gurney Gator, or Ducati Diavel and how they corner well with a relaxed riding position.

Therefore it is something relatively new and until I ride one I am going to go with cool.
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That being said, it is fugly.... :?

Somewhere between meh and cool....but since it's a Honda, it gets the benefit of the doubt; I vote cool.
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by High_Side » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:49 am

HYPERR wrote:
That being said, it is fugly.... :?

Somewhere between meh and cool....but since it's a Honda, it gets the benefit of the doubt; I vote cool.
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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by sunshine229 » Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:55 am

After thinking about this one for a few days I am going with Cool. The bike sure has some (ugly) DN-01 cues but even more so I see some CB1300 in there. The only part of the bike that I absolutely hate is the huge cigar (or is that an exhaust?). Other than the fat cigar I don't think it's a terrible looking bike, and I have to give credit to Honda's ability to build a modern looking bike with a mid size engine and keep it at the $7k mark to fit the current economy. Way to go Honda! Now just improve those looks ever so slightly and I would give it an awesome. :mrgreen:
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Unread post by ceemes » Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:21 pm

To be honest, I had to think hard about this one. Basically I like it, sort of, maybe. It's not completely a naked bike, but naked enough in a teasing sort of way, sort of like the way tight short shorts and a halter top or an itsy bitsy string bikini are on a girl. I do like that for the most part Honda avoided giving it a Transformer type beak and headlight. As for the exhaust, as mentioned, it looks like a cigar, or or that erect thing Bill Clinton once substituted a cigar for. Needs work.

I could see having one as a commuter, but the standard model, I still firmly believe that automatic or even semi-automatic gearboxes on a bike is the work of the devil and you would have to be a complete and utter Marvin to have one.
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Unread post by Flat Knuckle » Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:34 pm

ceemes wrote:I still firmly believe that automatic or even semi-automatic gearboxes on a bike is the work of the devil and you would have to be a complete and utter Marvin to have one.
Even never having ridden a bike, I agree...there is no substitute for a proper manual transmission, regardless of vehicle type.

That is one point in the CTX700N's disfavor. My other big issue is that its styling just seems so overblown. The acres of black plastic look cheap and shoddy, and that exhaust tip looks like it was borrowed from a Cummins-powered Dodge truck. Even the front brake rotor is ugly!

It gets a Fail from me.

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Unread post by BRUMBEAR » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:50 pm

This machine does nothing for me it's very ugly and generic.
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Unread post by High_Side » Sun Mar 17, 2013 8:39 pm

What it needs is a change in muffler design. May I suggest copying what Honda themselves did in '87 with the Magna :mrgreen: :

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Unread post by sapaul » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:55 am

I like it, it appeals to me by being forward thinking, not awesome, but very cool
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Unread post by Grey Thumper » Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:51 am

It's a brave design (which is either a plus or a minus, but you can't deny that it's innovative). And if you're a bit short but don't want the looks or typical handling of a cruiser, this is a fair option. The rear fender actually bugs me more than the muffler (at least those are relatively easy to replace), and I was on the fence with this bike in general, but ultimately voted on cool. Anyone who buys one will definitely not just be part of the herd, and that itself is cool.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:06 pm

I voted: Fail.

There are few bikes that really get under my skin and sadly, this is one of them. The lack of design effort, the bringing down the quality of a great brand (Honda) to meet a price point and the use of a 1/2 a car engine in a motorcycle (the 700 is 1/2 a Honda Fit 4cyl engine or so I have read) really brings the excitement factor down for me. I love the idea of more mid-sized, affordable motorcycles but I am just not sure this "lack of all character for a price" model really works.

Plus, what is up with that ugly exhaust! And why is Honda bringing back a DN-01 design?

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Re: This week: 2014 Honda CTX700N : Vote Today

Unread post by Flat Knuckle » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:59 am

totalmotorcycle wrote:The lack of design effort...
That's probably a little closer to what I meant when I described the styling as "overblown." There is a lack of cohesiveness, and all that black plastic works against the paint (especially on the red bike). Now that I think about it, even the license plate bracket is ugly, and a little more chrome, stainless, polished aluminum, etc. would have gone a long way in giving this bike more contrast and character.

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