Tuesday, November 05, 2013

2014 Honda CTX1300 unveiled at the EICMA

The 2014 Honda CTX1300. Strangely enough, the styling is vaguely reminiscent of some 1970s Eastern European MZs...

Going one step further with the CTX700 unveiled in February this year, Honda have now unveiled the CTX1300 at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. “A new style touring cruiser featuring a soulful V4 power unit and advanced technology, with easy handling characteristics, relaxed riding position, dual panniers, twin-speaker stereo and premium specification,” says a press release from Honda, describing the new CTX1300.

According to Honda, the new CTX1300 is meant for “mature motorcyclists who appreciate the combination of cruising style and real world practicality that a custom touring machine can offer.” With more power and performance than you’d get from the rather more ubiquitous air-cooled V-twin-powered cruiser, the new CTX1300, with its liquid-cooled 1,261cc V4 (which produces 83bhp at 6,000rpm and 106Nm of torque at 4,500rpm), and bits like slick 5-speed gearbox, low-maintenance shaft drive, traction control system, 43mm USD forks, C-ABS, LED headlamp and taillamp, and twin-speaker Bluetooth stereo system, is a bit more geared towards the ‘new age’ cruiser rider.

Yes, the CTX1300 takes some styling cues from the Honda Gold Wing F6B and we rather like it – it’s just so much better than the CTX700 range of bikes, which are just inexplicably dull. For those who like to go the distance, the CTX1300’s 19.5-litre fuel tank (situated under the seat…) provides a useful range of up to 330km. Dual rear panniers, swept-back handlebars, forward-set footpegs, and five-stage heated grips just add to the bike’s long-distance touring capabilities.

The CTX1300, which weighs in at 338 kilos (kerb weight), rides on cast-aluminium wheels – 18 inches at the front and 17 inches at the back, shod with 130/70 (front) and 200/50 (rear) tyres. Twin 310mm brake discs with 3-piston calipers at the front and single 316mm disc with 3-piston caliper at the rear handle stopping duties, and C-ABS provides peace of mind, especially in tricky road and weather conditions.

Available colours for the 2014 Honda CTX1300 include red, black and white. A range of accessories are available for the bike straight from the factory, including a high screen, fog light, rear carrier and carrier base, back rest with pad, top box and various chrome bits – engine top covers, engine guards, cylinder head cover, handlebar ends etc.

In the meanwhile, for those who prefer smaller engines, Honda also have the CTX700N in their 2014 line-up. The new CTX700N features a parallel-twin 700cc engine that produces 47bhp and 60Nm of torque, and DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.

“The CTX700’s twin-cylinder engine, with its low centre of gravity, delivers a high quality, easy-to-handle ride with an emphasis on low to medium speed torque. The bike combines ease of use with freedom of design, and because it sports our lightweight and compact Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), it delivers a ride that is fun, comfortable and exhilarating – just what CTX700N is all about,” says Masanori Aoki, Large Project Leader, Honda CTX series, “Looking forward to a new era, we have taken up the challenge of developing bikes for the CTX Concept Series, bikes that will share the following distinctive characteristics: honest handling and feel, controllable performance and a powerful, horizontal design,” he adds.

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