It’s easy to ride and manageable for such a big, heavy bike. At 338kg it's not light, but it carries its weight low and feels easy to manoeuvre. The motor is so quiet it’s sometimes hard to tell if the bike is running.
Many will love silky smooth power of the V4 powerplant (derived from the ST1300 Pan European), but it can leave you feeling a little underwhelmed. There’s no soul, no character. If you wind the throttle to the stop you’ll see an indicated 120mph and there’s torque and power from tickover to the 7000rpm redline, although it¹s completely pointless taking the revs that high as all the grunt is in the mid-range.
The quality of the Honda is an area that many will like it however, there are a few quibbles, the panniers are side loading as opposed to top loading and feel plastic, and the switchgear feels car-like.
The CTX certainly isn’t cheap but compared to Harley and Victory equivalents, it does offer value for money. With a claimed 48mpg you do get a pretty good return on consumption considering its weight and size. With a maintainance free shaft drive and 8000 mile service intervals running costs are below average.
You get a lot for your money. Combined ABS and traction control are standard. The CTX1300 also features a two speaker audio system. Confusingly it doesn't include a radio but syncs via bluetooth to your iPod or smartphone. The digital dash is hard to read in direct sunlight.