Motorcycle review: Honda CTX700 auto is smooth ride

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Honda’s new automatic transmission the 2014 CTX700 DCT, is a well-balanced bike that is to stall.

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DCT is impossible to stall. The six-gear opens the world of motorcycling to riders. A 3.17 gallon tank won’t get riders too far stops.


Try as I I could not stall Honda’s CTX700 DCT, its automatic motorcycle. In a world of automatic especially in the U.S. this may be no big but being accustomed to manuals and (the hard way) how to a clutch in maneuvers such as and pulling into traffic stopped on a slope, this was neat.

Honda has opened up the world of with the automatic, allowing who have difficulty with the concept to jump on and ride.

The automatic has two modes: Drive and In drive mode, the bike to up-shift quickly for better efficiency, hitting fifth at around 35 mph. In sport the bike will allow the to rev higher before shifting. is also a manual option, lets a rider decide to a point — when to using a thumb-and-finger paddle.

Which brings me back to my statement: I could not stall the

In testing, I flipped the switch to then proceeded to slowly around a parking lot. I to shift to second gear at 5 No dice.

The engine will not go to until reaching at least 10 After I got the bike moving in gear, I came to a complete and forgot to downshift. The CTX did it for me. Rolling on the made it go again, and it won’t let you the rev limiter.

It’ll just gears, even in manual.

The DCT clutch transmission) allows the to move smoothly through all While one clutch disengages, the engages, so the shifting is seamless, not

The 670cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin has pull to move around easily and speed out of a jam if necessary. hard on the throttle in a higher will make the bike to provide more boost to your demand.

The bike is balanced with a very low of gravity, giving it a nimble And because it won’t stall, maneuvers are effortless. However, the can encourage riders to take faster and with a more lean, which can lead to footpegs.

Not a big issue, but the sound and of scraping parts can be jarring.

Dual disc brakes strong braking, but nothing impressive. The added ABS feature a greater sense of safety, especially on wet pavement.

The CTX’s low height (28.3 inches) it accessible to riders of almost any and the forward pegs give it a upright seating position.

The windscreen that comes the fairing doesn’t do much for protection, and those using the for longer trips, or on chillier may want a taller screen. But in light rain with around 55 degrees, the fairing did to protect my legs from too wet and chilled.

There is a small area in the faux fuel which fits an E-ZPass and phone. Maybe a tiny Aside from that, not much cargo space.

Honda offers several of the CTX. For traditionalists, there’s the with a manual transmission, starts at $7,799 but does not ABS. The automatic DCT with ABS is more.

Honda lists bikes under touring, but of tourers are likely to want features such as saddlebags and grips. They’re available, but these on will push the to around $10,000.

Honda has the CTX700N, a … version under cruisers. It also in manual and automatic transmissions and at $6,999.

Overall, the CTX is a capable great for highway cruising and especially for novice riders. the 3.17 gallon fuel won’t get you too far between stops, at Honda’s estimated 64 mpg, so touring riders may be left


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