Honda doesn’t seem content following the herd. Consequently the CTX1300 was unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show.
It’s a cross between a tourer and cruiser. There’s also a little bit of scooter in there and even some F6B GoldWing.
The CTX1300 is powered by the VFR1200 V4 engine with 62kW of power, 106Nm of torque, married to a five-speed transmission and shaft drive.
That’s a stirring mill for a “cruiser”, so obviously the machine is biased toward performance.
While it weighs in at a hefty 328kg (about 60kg less than the F6B), with a 19.5-litre under-seat fuel tank, the mass should be held nice and low for agility and low-speed maneuvrablity.
Honda Australia marketing manager Glyn Griffiths says the bagger will arrive in the second half of the year with traction control, linked ABS, 43mm USD foks, LED headlight and taillight and a Bluetooth audio system. Pricing has not yet been released.
Available: 3rd quarter 2014
Engine: 1261cc liquid-cooled DOHC, 16-valve 90° V-4
Bore x stroke: 78mm x 66mm
Transmission: 5-speed, shaft drive
Suspension: Inverted 45mm fork, twin shocks
Brake: 310mm/315mm discs
Tyres: 130/70R-18; 200/50R-17
Wet weight: 328kg
Fuel: 19.5 litre tank