2014 Honda CTX700 DCT ABS: MD Ride Review …

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2014 Honda CTX700 DCT MD Ride Review

Why is it that have almost exclusively manual transmissions as other of personal transportation, such as and scooters, have embraced so completely? Why does a bike the CTX700, with one of the most automatics available on two wheels, smirks, and even derision, some of motorcycling’s “old

Many years ago, asked me to test its Silver Scooter. a large, heavy and powerful 600cc two wheeler happened to fit within the scooter and feature an automatic transmission.  I concluded that automatics have to take away the fun with riding on two wheels, and can provide an interesting new sensation to an old dog myself.

Which brings us to the of this test, Honda’s CTX700.  This bike with a standard six speed but we tested the optional version Honda’s sophisticated automatic and ABS brakes.  Honda’s DCT (Dual Transmission) found in the CTX 700 is a second-generation of a transmission technology introduced by several years ago.

 It features six speeds and, by two clutches, it can pre-select the next for quick, almost seamless  Honda claims its second-generation of this DCT results in a very and efficient package that an estimated 61 mpg.

The DCT can be used as an automatic in one of two modes, Drive or  In “Drive”, the transmission focuses on efficiency and upshifts at low rpm levels, and less aggressively while to a stop or entering corners.  In mode, the DCT hangs onto the as the revs rise for a more acceleration, and almost seems to your mind as it downshifts while you … a corner.

you can turn off the automatic nature of the and shift manually up and down paddles adjacent to the left grip.

We found that the DCT as advertised.  All of the options can be a bit at first, but once you learn how to use it the DCT quickly, and predictably.

A 670cc parallel-twin engine the CTX700, and it adequately moves claimed curb weight of 516 although you won’t be winning drag races against motorcycles.  Nevertheless, in town, in Sport mode, you will most cages with  The bike launches off the line without any snatch or just a quick, seamless

 Likewise, the bike downshifts quickly when you ride it to squirt through holes in

The CTX700 has fairly simple, suspension and only a single brake (with two-piston in front.  Nevertheless, our bike impressively short and sure, due to the very low center of gravity will feel the same on some scooters).  The weight and placement of the DCT concentrates the of the bike very close to the largely eliminating any squat acceleration and dive under

 The more even distribution under braking allows the rear brake a disc) to do more of the work.

As you can see the photos, the CTX700 has a very low height and forward-placed pegs. seating position is reasonably and the seat itself is firm to provide support for longer  The “feet forward” does not appeal to everyone, but it feels right on this bike.

 The weight by the rider seems to balance the well, given the already weight distribution resulting the automatic transmission placement. bars should be comfortably reach for most riders, as

Honda FES 150 ABS
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The CTX 700 has a long wheelbase, and does not in quickly.  It is one of the most stable I have ever ridden in a line, however, and the relatively bars make turns a low affair, if you don’t rush too much. You can have some fun in the although ground clearance an issue too quickly.

The suspension settings chosen by worked pretty well for our riders, including one close to 200 and one approximately 160 pounds.  I wouldn’t the fork or the shock plush, but the soaks up big and small bumps too much complaint.  The however, does feel it is carrying too much unsprung similar to the feeling you would get a scooter that mounts of the engine/transmission on its swingarm.

If you are in the mood to and simply commuting, for instance, the transmission is a nice feature. protection at elevated speeds on the is adequate except at helmet where the ultra-short windscreen too much wind and buffeting. several other accessories, offers a much taller (which you can see in one of the photos), although we did not get a to test it..

A small storage compartment the gas tank is a nice feature, it is small (allowing room for wallet, gloves, or mobile but not much else).  Fuel is 3.2 gallons, and we recorded 52 mpg during our (riding the bike quite  This does not provide range, but a more relaxed wrist could easily net 150 or so between visits to the gas station.


Honda recognizes the CTX700 DCT ABS offers some appeal to beginners.  In one of its brochures, it the case fairly plainly: clutch manipulation and shifting are nature to experienced motorcycle some potential new riders that mastering these can be intimidating at first – enough to them to walk away the sport before they’ve begun.”  DCT is Honda’s to this problem.

But can the CTX700 DCT with it’s U.S. of $8,799, offer an attractive to some experienced motorcyclists, as  We think it can.  Those who are looking for a relaxed, comfortable that can still be fun in the twisties, be candidates, particularly if they no feel the need for excessive

 The CTX 700 is a bike that lighter due to its extremely low center of and as a result does provide of entertainment together with of use.  These days, $8,799 will find alternative, higher performance that will likely the “old guard” away this unique motorcycle. additional details and specifications the 2014 Honda CTX700 DCT visit Honda’s web site .

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