You can’t talk about technology without talking about constant evolution and the same thing is true about motorcycles. With every year that passes the standards of motorcycle riders are getting higher and higher, so each manufacturer needs to keep it up with the demands of its clients.
One of the companies that always managed to exceed our expectations is Honda. The Japanese manufacturer is already famous for its reliability and cutting edge technologies, so there is no wonder why its motorcycles continue to be among the most wanted models from the market.
Since it entered in the cruisers race, more than 30 years ago, Honda forged itself a pretty good image and its models are highly appreciated worldwide.
One of the newest cruisers developed by the Japanese manufacturer is the fresh 2013 Honda CTX700N, a modern motorcycle that puts accent on style, comfort, handling and practicality.
Hit the jump for more information on the Honda CTX700N.
There’s a whole new generation of cruiser riders out there who don’t care how it’s been done before. They want a machine that reflects the new motorcycling reality. Sure, it has to be stylish and comfortable but it should also handle, offer a rewarding ride and, perhaps most importantly, it must be affordable and offer real-world usability.
Lucky for them, there’s a whole new generation of engineers at Honda who have been given exactly this mission: Forget tradition; build the best cruiser possible for this next generation of riders.
Enter the CTX700N. Like no cruiser before it, the CTX700N is fitted with one of the most advanced engines in motorcycling. An engine designed for feel, efficiency and to complement an all-new level of handling and maneuverability. And they didn’t stop there; the engineers went on to design an innovative chassis that also breaks with cruiser tradition. Super low centre-of-gravity, 17” wheels fitted with sport radials, modern link-type rear suspension and ABS brakes are all combined to create unprecedented levels of handling and control. Meanwhile, low MSRP, unparalleled fuel economy and low maintenance costs ensure that this is one of the most economical cruisers on the road today.
Engine and Drivetrain
- An unique engine architecture, with parallel cylinders canted forward by 62 degrees, offers a remarkably low centre of gravity, making the CTX feel smaller, lighter and easier to handle than its size suggests.
- Engineers went to great lengths to ensure the engine has a distinctive sound and feel. The 270-degree firing order, uniaxial primary counterbalance shaft and subtle combustion control measures combine to create a satisfying throb unlike anything you’ve felt before.
- Smaller cruiser engines will often lose some of their relaxed character when called upon to deliver in high-load situations. Not so with the CTX, the long-stroke, high-torque design ensures that the engine maintains its big twin feel under all conditions.
- Extensive use of friction-reduction technology, advanced combustion control focused around a sophisticated fuel injection system and an overdrive six-speed transmission mean the CTX delivers exceptional, class-leading fuel economy.
- Placing the catalytic converter just downstream of the exhaust ports, where exhaust gas temperatures are highest, maximizes emission control efficiency. In fact, emission output surpasses all Canadian standards by a wide margin.
Chassis and Suspension
- A rigid, diamond-shaped steel frame ensures both rock-solid stability and responsive handling.
- Unlike the simple, twin-shock rear suspension design found on many cruisers, the CTX is fitted with an advanced, single-shock, Pro-link rear suspension system. This system provides better comfort and control through increased, more progressive travel. Again breaking with tradition, the stout, 41mm front fork is mounted with more aggressive geometry than is typically found on a cruiser. The result is lighter, nimbler and more responsive handling.
- Wide, 17” cast aluminum wheels at each end shod with sporting radials bring a whole new level of handling to the cruiser category.
- Powerful front and rear disc brakes feature Honda’s advanced ABS system, creating new levels for performance, safety and peace of mind.
- One of the additional benefits of the incredible fuel efficiency of the CTX is that it can be fitted with a more compact fuel tank without compromising range. The compact fuel tank provides two major benefits: first it contributes to reduced operating weight, and second it creates space, where the fuel tank is traditionally found, for a convenient storage compartment. All this without compromising the low seat height preferred by cruiser riders.
- Many cruisers offer extremely limited passenger accommodations, but the CTX, by contrast, has a generous, plush, passenger seat.
- Modern digital LCD instrumentation completes the package and includes speedometer, digital bar-type tachometer, clock, low fuel gauge and two trip meters.
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled parallel-twin|
|Bore & Stroke||73 mm x 80 mm|
|Valve Train||SOHC; four valves per cylinder|
|Fuel Delivery||PGM-FI with 36 mm throttle body|
|Front Suspension||41 mm front fork; 107 mm (4.2 in.) travel|
|Rear Suspension||Pro-Link rear suspension system; 109 mm (4.3 in.) travel|
|Tires||Front: 120/70-17 Rear: 160/60-17|
|Brakes||Front: Single 320 mm disc with twin-piston caliper Rear: Single 240 mm disc with single-piston caliper|
|Seat Height||719 mm (28.3 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1,529 mm (60.2 in.)|
|Curb Weight||217 kg (478 lb)|
|Fuel Capacity||12 litres|