Honda CTX700 Series
Honda to launch all-new CTX range in Australia. Two new models that will feature Honda's DCT technology.
Allen Drysdale / Honda Australia
Honda CTX700/D and CTX700N/D
Honda have launched two new cross-over style motorcycles at the recent Chicago International Motorcycle Show. The CTX is a new concept that will introduce a whole new range of people to the freedom of riding a motorcycle. Honda's new catchphrase for this model is Comfort Technology Experience.
The CTX gets some interest from us here at Scootersales because of the cross-over between scooter and motorcycle. This type of concept happens to blend some of the strengths of both. The CTX700N is a light and nimble commuter(N = Naked), the CTX700 is an easy to ride tourer. Both models are said to feature low seat height and a low centre of gravity.
Both models will also feature Honda's Dual Clutch Technology(DCT) as an option and the 670 cc long-stroke motor as seen in the Integra. The auto models are designated - CTX700ND and the CTX700D(D=DCT). From a styling perspective the CTX series was designed using elements from the new Honda Goldwing.
In the USA, the auto version will sit $1000 over the manual. As a guide the CTX700ND will be priced at US $7,990 and the CTX700D at US $8790. The DCT (auto) models will feature ABS standard.
Both auto and manual versions share a handy glovebox area where you would normally find the fuel tank. Here you should be able to store a helmet.
Honda are clearly continuing down this path of easy to ride, well priced motorcycles for all. The CTX range takes this one step further and combines all the attributes that will appeal to a wider, broader, cross-section of the public. Where the Integra 700 clearly looks like a scooter, the CTX on the other hand is more motorcycle, and in my opinion will be more popular for it.
You can see our review on the Integra here. For further information on Honda Motorcycles go to http://motorcycles.honda.com.au/
Honda Australia Press Release - CTX700/D and CTX700N/D
To add to the already exciting line-up planned for 2013, Honda has announced the introduction of the brand-new 2014 CTX series that will commence with four new models that will be available in Australia in mid 2013.
Designed to offer an innovative new concept motorcycle which will be fun to ride, offer excellent value for money and attention grabbing good looks, the series will feature the naked CTX700N and the faired CTX700 with DCT variants of each.
With CTX standing for Comfort, Technology and Excitement, this brand new series is the beginning of a new Honda family that will feature various displacements and engine configurations that will be rolled out in the future.
These first CTX machines will be powered by the NC700SA’s purpose built, parallel-twin engine and will focus on premium lightweight handling and excellent ergonomics making them ideal for all types of riding.
The sophisticated, liquid-cooled, SOHC, eight-valve engine pumps out abundant torque in the low- end and midrange for easily accessible power. An impressively broad torque curve gives the CTX700 series a linear and smooth power delivery while a relatively long engine stroke and a high- inertia crankshaft are design elements that add to the extremely tractable power.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) continuously monitors numerous variables to ensure the correct fuel mixture for existing riding and atmospheric conditions, thereby delivering optimal performance and remarkably crisp throttle response over a wide range of operating conditions.
A rigid and compact diamond-shape steel frame, low centre of gravity and plush suspension help make the CTX700 series responsive, agile and enjoyable over the long haul.
Designed specifically for enjoying the open road, the CTX700 will be the ideal travel partner for exploring the countryside either alone or two-up. Open, roomy ergonomics position the rider in a well-balanced seating position for all-day comfort and efficient fairing and a sizeable windscreen divert wind around the rider thus reducing fatigue.
Embodying the same characteristics as the faired version, the CTX700N with its naked styling will be a fun, friendly and comfortable motorcycle that is perfect for everyday rides and weekend trips.
The core principal of the new CTX series is to bring an enjoyable, comfortable and secure experience to riders of all sizes and experience levels. The CTX700 and CTX700N are available with Honda Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) labelled CTX700D and CTX700ND respectively.
This second-generation, automatic six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission uses two hydraulically controlled clutches to deliver quick and smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes. The DCT variants will also feature an Antilock Braking System (ABS) to provide full antilock functionality for powerful and secure braking action.