2014 Honda CTX | First Ride

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

tech SPEC (CTX700N)
Price                              $6999 ($7999 with ABS/DCT)     
Engine type                                               l-c parallel twin
Valve train                            SOHC, 8v  
Displacement             670cc  
Transmission                  6-speed, DCT automated manual option
Claimed horsepower               na      
Claimed torque                   na      
Frame                                            Tubular-steel twin-spar   
Front suspension           Showa 41mm fork  
Rear suspension          Showa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake                Nissin two-piston caliper (three-piston caliper ABS), 320mm disc
Rear brake                  Nissin one-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire                     120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Z-8
Rear tire                    160/60ZR-17 Metzeler Z-8
Seat height                   28.3 in.
Wheelbase                   60.2 in.
Fuel capacity              3.3 gal.
Claimed curb weight   494 lbs. (500 lbs. with ABS/DTC)      
Contact                     www.powersports.honda.com

VERDICT 3.5 out of 5 stars
You’ll meet the nicest people on what is probably the “nicest” Honda going.

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If Honda were to take this platform, and turn it into a decent lightweight sport-tourer, THEN they would have something.  The basics are there:  Fuel efficient engine, the "not a tank" storage area from the 700X, and a frame that carries the cycle's weight low.

What needs to change:  
The seating position (needs to be better than this cruiser, feet-forward garbage)
A better-looking full fairing
A windscreen that is adjustable (even manual is fine) and of decent size
Return of the "not a tank" storage area from the 700X
Larger hard bags (the pizza boxes from the 700X are just not enough)
LEFT HAND CONTROLS need to return to standard.  On many new Hondas, the turn signal and horn switches are reversed - UNBELIEVABLY WRONG and poor engineering, baffling.
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