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    Light smaller touring bike

    BMW are too expensive sometimes, OKAY almost all the time. Very good bike, but always a permium cost.
    Just came for the MC show in Chicago, and a Honda CTX700 really caught my eye. Only been out 3 days, and it at the show. Low, nice setup with fairing, the bags are too small that were on the bike, but still almost everything else is nice. Also an Auto trans if you want it.
    http://powersports.honda.com/2014/ctx700.aspx

    I think the fairing is better cover the the F 800 GT for all weather riding. Heated grips, come standard I think, and ABS on this model.
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    Judging from the differences in seating position(s) alone, the CTX and the F800GT are in completely different niches, and unlikely to be equally considered by the same buyer.

    I also notice Honda hasn't published the weight for this model. How can we be sure this even qualifies as a "Light smaller touring bike"?

    Still, Honda has definitely invested heavily in this new 700 parallel twin, and at first glance, they might find some interested buyers in some of their different interpretations of it (NCX, etc.). Remains to be seen, I suppose, but at least it marks a more refreshing approach than radical performance "uber alles", IMO.

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    ÔÇ£The CTX700N has a claimed curb weight of 478 pounds (500 pounds for DCT/ABS model); curb weight for the CTX700 is TBDÔÇØ

    http://www.ridermagazine.com/top-sto...irst-look.htm/

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    The forward pegs kill my interest in this version of the 700. I do agree that Honda is coming out with some nice middleweights though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smartin108 View Post
    The forward pegs kill my interest in this version of the 700. I do agree that Honda is coming out with some nice middleweights though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holygoat View Post
    ÔÇ£The CTX700N has a claimed curb weight of 478 pounds (500 pounds for DCT/ABS model); curb weight for the CTX700 is TBDÔÇØ

    http://www.ridermagazine.com/top-sto...irst-look.htm/
    Thanks for that. At the 500 lb mark, that's not too bad, but starting to get into middleweight territory.

    I'd have to say, I'm not terribly interested in replacing my F650GS twin anytime soon, but I am interested in test riding some of the 700 Hondas when the program comes through our neck of the woods. At this stage of my riding career, I'm no longer looking for massive (size or power) motorcycling, as much as ease of use and simplicity. The onboard helmet storage of he NCX is a big factor in overall usability, IMO, and the mileage figures are impressive. The 650 won't last forever, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jopars View Post
    The 650 won't last forever, right? JP
    It will probably last long past the time the honda 700's have been returned to Japan to make useful things from.

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    Saw this at MC show

    This looks like a nice bike to have in the stable for running around town or shorter touring jaunts.

    http://www.motoguzzi-canada.ca/motor.../v7-stone.html
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