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2014 Honda CTX700 Review: Red-Winged Easy Rider, Starting at $7,000

By May 31, 2013

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2014 Honda CTX700

Honda's latest slew of new bikes, which includes their middleweight CB500X, CBR500R, and CB500F, not to mention their adorkable $3,000 Grom, bust through America's bigger-is-better mentality with smart-sized options built to appeal to both newbies and traditionalists alike.

So, when Honda shape-shifted the adventure-oriented NC700X into a pseudo-cruiser, they came up with this: the lower, sleeker CTX700 and CTX700N, which start at $7,000 and can be bundled with ABS and a dual-clutch automatic transmission for only $1,000 more.

I spent some time with Honda's latest, and share my observations in this 2014 Honda CTX700 Review.

Is this new bike something you'd take a chance on? Read my review, and comment below.

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Comments
May 31, 2013 at 9:15 am
(1) dabber says:

I like what Honda is doing! Get more people riding. I like the modern look of these new crop of bikes. Many won’t and crinkle up their noses at it and say it doesn’t look like a 100 year old design enough for me, Therefor has no value.
I think Honda should be commended for the efforts of late.

May 31, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(2) Pete says:

“Adorkable” ?? !! Really…??
That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a year! Brilliant!! ROTFLMAO!

I too very much like what I see these days from Red. We have all the $20,000 Imperial Star Cuisers we need. Bikes that people can afford, to buy and insure, and not feel intimidated on, make so much sense it’s ridiculous. This is bulding the next generation of riders.
How did the industry lose sight of that?

June 1, 2013 at 12:09 am
(3) Kfrill says:

I like the CTXs and I like the 500s. I think we lost the idea od a mid sized bike when “Culture” took over. You were either a “Big Bad Biker” or a Crazy Crotch Rocket Rider” or an “Old Farts Tourer”. That doesn’t even include the competition riders. Adventure touring is relatively recent here in the USA. The manufactures priced and powered themselves out of the market here. The consensus was that there was no market for mid range bikes. Everytime one of the companies came out with one it got shot down by the “Community” who mostly seems to be trying to protect their own identity. I simply do not understand why a different style of bike is so threatening to these guys.

June 1, 2013 at 6:50 am
(4) Greg says:

I’m trying to shed a one-year-old, maxi scooter, so that I can freely price shop dealers when this CTX700 arrives at showrooms, but from what I’m hearing, we may not see these models displayed in most areas, because most of them on the dealer’s order sheets already have deposits or reserves on them.

On the scooter forum that I correspond with other maxi scooter owners, believe me, there is a lot of interest in this new bike. We’re going to see lots of folks who have never quite found a motorcycle that is practical and affordable enough to get a new one, find their way to dealerships with the introduction of this baby.

Lots of buzz about this bike being a good beginners’ bike, but based on the people that I know that are interested, it is not as much a beginner’s choice as it is older riders who have been looking for something more livable for day-to-day riding; a ride that finally attracts the spouse to get a ride for riding with the hubby; for commuters looking for something practical and fun to supplement the mundane cage commute; and for scooter riders who have been living with scooters only because no motorcycles have of yet made sense until now.

June 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm
(5) Nicky says:

Good price and I like the concept but not the styling so much. From the front it looks ok, from the side, aarrgghh!

June 6, 2013 at 1:15 am
(6) Gizmo says:

From one who owns a DN-01 (Honda’s original try), I believe that Honda has finally successed. People want a reasonably priced ride that can be bought with “different” configuations based on the rider’s wants and needs. Automatic vs standard shifting. ABS or no ABS. Cowling/fairing or naked. I am looking forward to my first demo ride of the CTX.

June 6, 2013 at 3:36 am
(7) Willie says:

It looks so much like a ‘good beginners bike’ it should have training wheels. Knowing Honda, it will most likely do everything well, but the styling – aargh…….

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