HONDA CTX1300 (2014 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Honda CTX’s styling is unconventional and brave but it isn’t a serious cruiser. It does everything well, but lacks character and soul and doesn’t feel very special. You could almost describe it as a scooter. It’s good in so many ways but just a little bland and dull.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
|Engine type||V4 90° watercooled DOHC (Euro 3)|
|Frame type||Steel double cradle with split downtube|
|Fuel capacity||19.5 litres|
|Front suspension||43mm inverted front fork (USD)|
|Rear suspension||Aluminium swingarm with double conventional shocks with preload adj.|
|Front brake||Twin 310mm discs with Combined ABS|
|Rear brake||Single 316mm disk|
|Front tyre size||130/70R18|
|Rear tyre size||200/50R17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||48 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£101|
|Annual service cost||£160|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||83 bhp|
|Max torque||78 ft-lb|
|Top speed||120 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
Launched in 2014.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA CTX1300 (2014 - on)
29 owners have reviewed their HONDA CTX1300 (2014 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Like the low seat height, engine is excellent, so smooth, 2 up around France and Spain was effortless
Buying experience: Bought private with under 3k miles
Annual servicing cost: £200
Great bike and superbly comfortable. Enough power just where you need it. Relative economical with 6 L / 100 km. Low centre of gravity, the weight disappear once the bike is just slightly moving. Very easy to control in low speed. Bike is very very quiet, which is great to maintain healthy relationship with neighbors and when riding in the natural reserves. People reacts very positively. If you need to be loud, there is a build in radio so you can be heard. Had many bikes, this one is the best.
On smooth roads it rides like a dream. Easy to lead into corners to scrape the pegs. No more chicken strips. This bike inspire confidence. Brakes are C-ABS. They are superb. Lost one star because the long and wide hand will vibrate violently if you hit a pothole. Also they tend to numb your right fingers. Solved with grip puppies, palm throttle pad and removed the bar end weights.
Just one word. Great. Proven powerhouse from the reliable ST 1300. Will last forever.
There is only one, but very annoying issue. The battery cover tab breaks easily and then there is unsightly gap in your field of view. The EOM side cases are flimsy and are side opening. Will change to top loading at the earliest opportunity.
The rear tire, WHY? 200/50 R17. Not many to choose from and they are expensive. On the other hand one can go "dark side" and then it is OK. To replace air filter is 5-6 hours, removing half the bike parts. Lucky you only need to do it every 20k or so. No other maintenance really.
You'll get tons Full LED C-ABS Heated grips Radio Full luggage option Short OEM shield, but there are aftermarket solution and with the X-creen Touring you'll ride in complete callmness. But sadly no Tankbag option. The space under the seat is limited, so one need to be creative where to mount CB radio and driver - pillion com system.
The only things that let this bike down are the plastics (tabs tend to break off and Panniers feel flimsy) and the hard front suspension, which I overcome with foam over grips and a relaxed riding attitude to the grips. If you hold the grips firmly you'll feel every little bump in your wrists.
Bends and corners at speed are a doddle with the CTX, all the weight is low. Even the fuel tank is under the riders seat rather than in an upper tank. The seat is so comfortable you can easily do the 200+ miles non-stop before you need to refuel. I did a 1,000 mile ride in under 24 hours on this bike and got off at the end without a twinge, and I'm nearly 70 years old!
Derived from the well proven ST1300. The engine responds immediately when you want it and in shovel fulls.
Apart from my comments about plastics the rest of the bike is superb, engine, transmission etc. all excell. Just one point lost on the plastics.
I think the only things I would add would be a sixth gear for long distance cruising and a gear indicator although it runs perfectly well without these they would be a 'nice to have'. I love the bluetooth and audio system which I don't use a lot but great when I do. Favourite thing is just the handling, rides like a dream. Tyres - I use the recommended Bridgestone 852 and 853
Buying experience: Bought second hand, 3 years old, from the Thunder Road dealer in Gloucester, UK. Very eay transaction and the staff are very knowledgeable about the bike.
Annual servicing cost: £200
let down by rear shocks
rear shocks again
get a nearly new or pre reg
no cruse control
Buying experience: dealer very keen to move it along v good price
This is a heavyweight 700+ pound motorcycle. It doesn’t feel as heavy as it is while riding, but it still requires considerable horsing around to park and maneuver it, so I wouldn’t buy it unless you are used to dealing with heavyweight bikes. The size and power make it great for two up riding, and the quality is typical Honda- excellent all around. But I ended up trading my CTX1300 for the lighter CTX700 model and am happier with it. The twin cylinder CTX700 is actually a better all-around motorcycle.
It definitely runs, rides, and stops nicely.
Engine is very smooth and has excellent power all over the RPM range. People see the cylinders sticking out and ask you if it's the new Moto Guzzi.
No problems with the fit and finish, or any operational problems.
Retail price new is a bit on the high side, so shop for a low mileage used one or a leftover. MPG is decent for the power, running costs are low.
If you want a touring rig it comes fairly well equipped other than you need to add a trunk and taller windshield.
Buying experience: I liked it, but paid a bit too much new which hurt a bit when I decided it was too heavy. Live and learn.
The mirrors are positioned poorly. The handle bars are in the way. I just don't understand why Honda did this? They must have been aware during the early stages.
Takes bumps a little rough. Doesn't matter what bike I am on. I like to stop after 100 miles or so.
I've only had two bike and the CTX is a lot more powerful than my first. Seems smooth, doesn't vibrate.
I like the OEM seat and the chrome exhaust, good look. Not too much chrome, just right.
Buying experience: Bought from Dell's Honda in Blue Springs, MO. They were/are great. Out the door it was just over $11,000..
Most comfortable bike I've owned. Unique styling. Nothing like it. Low maintenance shaft drive.
Stable at slow and highway speeds.
Smooth. Good acceleration.
Mine is fairly new but no complaints so far. Feels firm and tight.
Buying experience: Bought from dealer. Do your research on pricing.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Quality of the way the battery compartment connects to the upper fairing is weak and could stand some improving. (Tabs break easy)
Love the way the bike handles. Have not been able to go on trips longer that 300 miles yet but did not have to stop and stretch just get gas.
Love the torque and the ability to not have to shift down from 5th when having to slow down around 25 or 30 miles an hour.
Buying experience: Bought it from a dealer new. Had 17,999 on it got it for 12,500.
A great look, excellent power and very affordable!
Really the primary reason I bought this bike.
Comes well equipped. I've added tip-over bars to protect the rear cases and will add some additional lighting to the back of the bike.
After 50 some motorcycles I've had the CTX is by far the best out of the Dealership. The Engine has Loads of Torque and is shifts effortlessly through the Gears. ABS, Traction Control and an awesome Sound System no more Accessories needed. The only downside I've found is the Horn, when you push the button it resembles a GERBIL Rafting. Ill cure that with a WOLO.
Buying experience: With the Honda rebates I bought this bike New cheaper than a 15 year old Harley.
Annual servicing cost: £80
I've had cruisers and sport bikes. This is the "in-between" that no one else makes. It literally eats miles and leaves you grinning the whole time. Comfy riding position, bulletproof powertrain and unique. People stare and ask about this machine all of the time.
Stops on a dime, brakes are also "linked". Front and rear. Cool technology. Rear shocks are great, and adjustable. Front shocks a little soft but new oil fixes that.
Torque monster. No downshifts needed to pass on the highway. Just twist and hold on.
Honda. Enough Said. Never any issues whatsoever.
2 oil changes per year and rear drive fluid changes once a year. If you ride as much as me. Cheap maintenance, oil filter is easy location so just do it yourself.
The deluxe comes with Traction Control, Speakers and Bluetooth. Lots of value in this bike!
İt is very easy riding
It's the Japanese bagger that doesn't copy anything. A great refined motor to eat mileage. Not a perfect motorcycle but a great one nonetheless.
The brakes are a 5 but the ride quality a 2. Brakes stop on point even as heavy as it is. The suspension is yet to be desired. Plush but sloppy in the corners. Biggest downside however fixable.
Super smooth reliable engine but it's a 5 speed that has you wanting 6. Gear box is refined though. The engine has enough power but Honda could of given it more. If Honda only carried over the 1300 Pan European powerplant it would of been bang on. But they didn't.
Holds up to the reliability and quality control of a Honda. Perfect paint, fit and finish, etc.
14000 mile valve checks with easy access, 4000 mile oil changes, 8000 mile gear oil changes.. Certainly below average.
Lots of features to offer. Bluetooth, LED lighting, audio and adequate panniers that could of bern bigger.
Version: CTX 1300 Deluxe
Best bike I've owned. It's comfortable, dependable, has plenty of power and a torque curve that is amazing. For a relatively heavy bike it handles beautifully, stops on a dime with its ABS, takes the twistys with no problems and gets close to 50 MPH.
It could benefit from a little beefier plastic here and there.
Buying experience: Bought from the dealer. Wished I'd waited 6 months as the price came down about $3000 last summer/fall.
Quite happy with this tourer. Lighter than a Goldwing. Sporty ride, tho not a sport bike. Very comfortable seat and position. Controls are easy to use. Smooth acceleration with no vibration. Shorty windshield was useless. I replaced it with a Honda tall plus an Xcreen - now just fine.
Very smoott ride. Outstanding ABS brakes.
It's a Honda. Nuff said.
A few hundred dollars per year, plus tires. Good gas mileage, in the high 40s
Fast enough for me. I would enjoy more power, but can't use it where I live.
Buying experience: Bought it from a dealer. Good deal with the $3000 discount from Honda.
This bike doesn't fit in any current category; It's a cruiser, tourer, almost sport tourer, commuter bike, not quite any of these listed, but it does them all well. If it had a six speed transmission then I would give it six stars.
Best seat I've been on
Overall this is an awesome bike that has quite a bit of character and soul, Has enough power to do what you want it to do. The ride is very smooth and with the tall windshield has great wind deflection. A very comfortable seating position. The only reason it gets 4 starts is the suspension could be a bit better.
Brakes are stellar and have great stopping power. The ride quality is very smooth and for a larger bike its very nimble on the road. Again the only complaint would be that the suspension could be better.
Gonna give this a 5 because this engine is rock solid and from everything I have read and hear from people I talk to, it's practically bomb proof.
Build quality is pretty solid. Only real complaint is the cover for the battery is lacking and has flimsy clips. Reliability has been great so far. No issues with anything.
I haven't had an annual service yet but was told major service is only every 25k. I do all the regular servicing myself.
The ABS brakes and traction control are really nice features as well as the nice cluster of instruments. One of my favourite things though is the all around LED lighting.
This bike is for anyone who doesn't want to sacrifice one advantage for another. It does everything well, and is a great choice for anyone who wants to put miles under their tires. Not a sportbike, not a cruiser, not really a touring bike despite the (great) hardbags. I suspect anyone who says this bike lacks a soul really means "this bike won't leave you cursing at it on the side of the road." Or maybe they mean "this bike doesn't have the ergonomics to send you to a chiropractor after a full day in the saddle. Hey... Some of us just want to RIDE. If that's you, take a test ride on this machine. If you are a poser or a squid, if you are a Pirate or a Power Ranger, then yeah: this bike is probably not for you. But it's for me, and after 13,000 miles I still wouldn't trade it for any other bike on the market.
The shorty windshield looks good, but the taller one is recommended if you plan on traveling any distance.
Bike rides like a dream, most comfortable bike I've ridden
Annual servicing cost: £120
One of the best bikes I've ever owned. It has that wonderful V4 drive train from the ST, but in a platform that you can easily ride all day. Lots of power down in the low RPMs where most riders would use it most. Smooth, comfortable, handles and brakes very well, and power that belies its relatively modest dyno numbers. From someone who usually trades bikes every two to three years (or less!), this one is gonna be a long term keeper.
As good as any bike I've owned
Probably the best feature of this bike is that beautiful V4. There's just nothing else that compares, except maybe Honda's flat 6.
It's a Honda - reliability speaks for itself. Fit and finish are very good, and after two seasons now, no mechanical issues at all.
Excluding tires, this bike doesn't need much. Oil change every 3-4k, check fluids every 8k, valves every 16k.
Could have opted for the Deluxe with ABS, TCS, auto-cancelling turn signals and sound system, but I just didn't want all that on my bike. Not much else for equipment other than the digital dash and trip info, which is perfectly adequate.
Buying experience: Been working with this dealer for over 30 years. Purchase was straight-forward and hassle-free.
Low centre of gravity makes comfortable handling. Good power to weight ratio. Good technology. Honda reliability.
Adjustable rear. Inverted front fork. ABS
Good power to weight ration. Gear ratio good. Low end torque excellent.
It is a Honda - that says it all
8,000 mile service intervals. 45 miles to the gallon.
LED lights. Comfortable seat. Need to get tall wind screen.
Buying experience: Dealer - got a fair price
Annual servicing cost: £300
Best overall bike I've owned. Most comfortable stock seat, even counting my GL1500 prior bike. Have gone 660 miles in one trip with no break other than gas and short lunch and still ready to keep on riding. Best reliability brand I know of (started with HD and have owned Kaw and Suzi and Honda so far). Great power for its class. I know it's not a sport tourer so don't even compare it in that class. Best in touring and cruising classes IMO. Easy to ride. Comfortable ride. Relaxed ride. And "can" do the twisties as well, only restricted by rider skill.
Brakes are really good. Low CG makes it easy to handle. I regularly go tank to tank without stopping just to fill up and continue on to the next tank fill. Usually go 200-220 miles between fills with another 30-40 reserve left. Longest single day trip was 660 miles with only gas and short lunch stops. Suspension is stiff and hard when new but softens up a lot after 8000 miles and it's very comfortable to me now.
It's a Honda engine. Well proven to be bullet proof with over 12 years in the ST1300 and still running strong in those bikes. Smooth and strong. Lot's of torque below 5000 rpm where most would ride this bike. That should take you up over 90 mph. No need to go faster really.
Low to me. Costs are mostly for tires and oil/filter. Otherwise nothing much needed to keep it going. It just goes. Gas not included in that figure but I get 48-52 mpg highway during the normal riding season.
Bought the Deluxe for the ABS/TC. BT audio is nice.
Buying experience: I admit, I spent a high price on this bike but it was significantly below MSRP. The MSRP was/is set too high for many Honda bikes. But I wanted this one and was satisfied with the deal I received from the dealer.
Annual servicing cost: £100
Nimble, low CG, no need to down shift constantly like most bikes. Great MPG unless you hot rod it. But it isn't listed as a Sport anything. Recommended for styling, value, performance, ergonomics, and dependability all in one.
Solo, I've completed 6 days in a row at 12 hours each day. AVG 600/day. Riding forest roads, surface and freeway miles. All stock except optional touring shield/luggage rack. Stock ergo doesn't put pressure on your tail bone due to legs being more under you than in front.
The retuned ST1300 engine has great torque. Even in 5th you can slow to 35mph and twist and go. The results will put a smile on your face. Over 70mph, expect mpg to plummet. The smooth deceptive humming of the engine will give you satisfaction when you pull away from traffic or a light.
It's a Honda. The ST engine. The Only quality issue has been one clip on a left fairing plastic panel not fitting flush.
$100 for 2 oil changes (every 8k). Spent $272 for a set of Michelin CII's.
1/3: Side opening panniers are shallow. You can put a half shell helmet in one. They look nice and flow with the bike as far as looks, but the shape leaves one wishing for a better solution. 2/3: Audio system works ok, but the controls positions are not the best in my opinion. Too spread out across the panel requiring eyes off the road. 3/3: OEM tires (tyres?) wear too quickly and affect the ride quality after the first 3k miles. Still plenty of tread on rear tire, but replacing them has greatly improved travel on those multiple/consecutive 600 mile days.
Buying experience: Purchased from local dealer for $14k with luggage rack and touring shield. Listed as $16.5k.
Version: ctx1300 standard
Annual servicing cost: £200
only complaint I had was with the suspension and I fixed that with TRAXXION Dynamics. Fork was garbage come on Honda
people are too hung up on a hp number I love the motor and never have to rev it to get some where and its still fast, not 1000rr fast but 750LB cruiser fast
plastic fit could be better, again come on Honda
only see oil changes and tires in the future
better with tall wind screen and bags aren't great but livable
Buying experience: I paid 12500 and now with the dealers giving them away you would be foolish not to look at this bike at 9k. Honda did a very poor job getting this bike out to the public eye and the results were very poor sales. When you ask a dealer about them they don't even know what the bike is. How can this be possible and now guys that paid full price are watching prices drop out of the sky $18000 bikes for $10k hey thanks Honda for the newfound resale value, the bike should have been around 12k to start
Version: CTX1300D deluxe with optional tall windcreen, trunk, central stand, 12v power outled
Great overall bike in particular the deluxe model
Excellent ABS brakes
85CV are good enough most of the time but add 20CV more and it's a 5 stars
Some minor issue which is normal since this is a brand new model
The deluxe model with optional accessories is simply "perfect" for my needs
Best part is the pan engine reliability record. This engine will go on forever.
only 86 hp and 1300cc ? and a bike that's weights 330kg = slow .
Great running gear, poor quality and very fragile plastic body parts. This model has the most expensive panniers in the world. Each side will cost £2500 to replace ( yes £5000 for a pair ). Most other parts seem just as inflated .
extremely comfortable ride position, ideal for a long haul tour and very stable given the long wheel base. Honda have used the V4 engine block from the ST1300 but I wish they had not down graded it to just 88BHP....it could do with a little more grunt on occasion
very stable under power and breaking although foot break a little low to be ideal for me
the de-tune to Cruiser spec does not fill me with joy. Just 88BHP from this bullet proof 1300 is not enough at times and not made up for by low end/low rev torque.....still find yourself stirring the gearbox
A study in build quality
A tank will run at 150 to 200 miles depending on usage etc
Not overburdened with kit given the overall quality of Bike. I have had the touring screen fitted which is fantastic, deflects all the wind and road spray over your head whilst you don't have to look through the screen when riding. The bike visual design is fantastic and attracts many many admiring looks and positive comments. Red is by far and away the best colour
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer brand new but pre-registered by Honda so I'm the second owner in the V5. Had the Honda Top Box and Touring screen fitted, total £11.500 which was £4k under list
Overall great bike..Not the best in any one area .But good in all areas. GREAT DAILY DRIVER Yes I would recommend
Bike rides nice under all conditions. Except largebumps or pot holes really harsh. I canride for about 180 miles then I need to stop for gas.
Decent power at any speed. Not going to win any drag races.
Would change the cover in the fairing were you get access to the battery poor design. Dealer had to replace mine When they broke a clip that holds it. Kept popping up.
Only 3000 miles on it so far. Do like that I can run Regular unleaded in it. Do not like that The factory Dunlop Tires are Honda only. Gashed my rear tire Had to put a metzler on it because no one stocked the tire in the pheonix metro area. Have no problem with it being a dealer only tire if any one of the multiple Honda Dealers in the valley had it in stock.
MUST BUY DELUXE MODEL. Traction control is great in the rain. Wish it had an adjustable windscreen. Will be buying larger one for it.