Honda announced that it will launch a new line of Honda motorcycle for 2014: the CTX series.
CTX700N/CTX700ND with DCT and ABS:
"These new models are just the first in a whole new family of CTX products of various displacements and engine configurations that will be rolled out in the future," Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino said. "CTX stands for Comfort, Technology and eXperience-a rider experience that's unique to these machines because of new Honda technologies that focus on class-leading comfort, easy-to-operate features and versatility. These first CTX machines share the same engine as the NC700X and place a premium on lightweight handling thanks in part to a low center of gravity, ergonomics that translate into day-long comfort, distinctive Urban Roadster styling and fantastic value.
"The CTX700ND is a 700cc-class parallel-twin machine that features a low seat height, along with an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and Antilock Braking System (ABS) for $7999. That price makes the CTX700ND the most affordable DCT bike ever offered by Honda, and we believe its class-leading features and high level of value will appeal to many riders who have been waiting to begin their riding experience with a full-featured yet affordable automatic-transmission bike. We are also rolling out the CTX700, a fairing-equipped sibling ready for the open road. With the DCT and ABS combination, the CTX700D carries a suggested retail price of $8799. Both bikes will also be available with a standard transmission for $6999 and $7799, respectively, and a full assortment of Honda Genuine Accessories will also become available when these bikes land on dealership floors, including saddlebags that expand their touring capabilities.
"Obviously this is great news for enthusiasts all across the riding spectrum," said Savino. "We believe this new CTX series of motorcycles is going to be a big hit as it cuts across many demographic categories while emphasizing one key theme: the fun of riding, at an affordable price. "And this is only the beginning. We will be releasing more information about other great new 2014 models."
The 2014 CTX700N is specifically engineered to make motorcycling more approachable, affordable and fun than ever before, says Honda. "Thanks to a low seat height of only 28.3 inches, riders can quickly get acclimated to life in the saddle."
Honda's automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) provides either a fully automatic mode or the option of more active gear selection via "paddle-shift" type buttons on the handlebar, and the DCT version also comes with Honda's Antilock Braking System (ABS). The 670cc parallel-twin engine features cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling.
"This smooth-running fuel-injected engine pumps out loads of low-end and midrange torque to simplify taking off from stops even with the optional six-speed manual gearbox, and there's enough power on tap for wherever the road may lead," says Honda.
Beneath the fuel tank cover there's a handy glove box area, and the fuel is carried beneath that. All in all, the CTX700N/ND are designed to be affordable, friendly and comfortable bikes that can be used for everyday rides, weekend trips, two-up exploring or "just about anything else you can dream up."
Price: $6999; $7999 for DCT/ABS model.
Availability: spring 2013
CTX700/CTX700D with DCT and ABS
The new 2014 Honda CTX700 is made for travel with an efficient fairing and windscreen. Honda claims it has a "comfy" seat that's only 28.3 inches high.
"Then there's the powerful, smooth-running 670cc engine with its twin cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity for nimble handling," says Honda. "There's also the option of an easy-to-use automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or a standard six-speed manual."
The CTX700D also comes equipped with Honda's Antilock Braking System.
Overall, Honda claims that the CTX700/CTX700D excels at long-range travel, but also makes for a terrific weekend warrior or daily rider.
Price: $7799; $8799 for DCT/ABS model.
Availability: spring 2013
Honda also unwrapped its latest version of the NC700X, which will be available in two new color options: Red, and Light Silver Metalic.