If you dig reasonably economical touring bikes but are put off by the Honda NC700X's adventure-focused personality or its 32.7 inch seat height, you might appreciate the new-for-2014 CTX700. Based on an NC700X platform with the same 670cc parallel-twin canted forward 62 degrees for mass centralization, this horizontally stretched ride offers a lower seat height of 28.3 inches and a (now) more approachable starting price of $6,999.
Sadly, as with the NC700X, ABS is bundled with a dual-clutch transmission. The small fairing-equipped CTX700 (seen above) starts at $7,799, or $8,799 for the CTX700D with ABS and a dual-clutch transmission. The CTX700 is also available in naked form, starting at $6,999 for the CTX700N model, or $7,999 for the CTX700ND with ABS and a dual-clutch transmission. Both bikes should hit showrooms this Spring...
In related news, the NC700X has finally been renewed for the 2013 model year, and is now available in red-- not exactly groundbreaking news, though the strong-selling upright tourer does switch around its pricing in the process, swelling from $6,999 to $7,499 for the base model, while the ABS/DCT equipped version shrinks from $8,999 to $8,499.
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