Top 10 Anticipated Bikes Of 2014

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5. Honda CTX1300

Honda CTX1300

What is it?
The second bike in the CTX line of Hondas almost doubles the displacement of the original CTX700. Although based on the same Comfort Technology eXperience concept, the CTX1300 is looking towards a slightly different rider. Where the 700 was seeking to appeal to folks who may not have ridden before, the 1300 leverages the ST1300-derived V-4 engine to create a sportier touring version of the CTX for experienced riders. The family bone structure remains the same from the long-nosed fairing and shorty windshield to the integrated hard bags. While Honda sees this bike as an entry point to its premium touring line of motorcycles, it appears to straddle an interesting line between standard motorcycles and cruisers – offering some of the appeal of both classes.

Why are we excited to ride it?
Did you read the part where it has a ST1300 engine? The retuned liquid-cooled 1261cc longitudinally mounted powerplant will deliver tons of torque from the bottom end all the way through the rpm range. Also, we’re always interested when a manufacturer produces a line of motorcycles that enflames both positive and negative passions, and the CTX has evoked strong opinions on both sides. This is a clear sign that something is being done right but just differently enough to stress out less flexible perspectives. Think about a sport-touring motorcycle with a cruiserish riding position, a rare V-4 powerplant, and a stylishly aggressive look with integrated saddlebags. You can learn more about the VTX1300 in our preview article or watch the Dukester’s video impressions from EICMA.

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  1. James Monroe
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Hey staff – just a heads up #3 is ahead of #2 :)

    • Evans Brasfield
      Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

      Thanks, James! We’ll get that fixed.

  2. Mosey Levy
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    BMW R Nine T?

    • DickRuble
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      at least there’s someone waiting for that

      • Evans Brasfield
        Posted January 3, 2014 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

        I’m looking forward to riding it, so there’s more than one person waiting.


        • DickRuble
          Posted January 4, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

          ok… there’s now officially a crowd of two anxious to see/ride a bike as exciting as cold porridge on a rainy winter day in Scotland. :-)

          • Evans Brasfield
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

            My mother’s side of the family are Scotts…

          • Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

            I bet you like haggis…

          • Evans Brasfield
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

            Nope. I’m only half Scott.

          • Mosey Levy
            Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

            It was the most crowded bike in the BMW section at the recent motorcycle show in NYC.
            I think it’s beautiful. I’m not sure now much it will cost but it doesn’t look practical to own as a daily driver at the end of the day. More like a beautiful Sunday bike.

  3. Posted January 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm | Permalink


  4. Reid
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Oh how I hope EBR comes out with a mid-displacement naked bike in another few years. And oh how I hope I have a good-enough paying job to buy it.

  5. DickRuble
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    yeah.. we can’t wait for harley mopeds made in india…

    • Mosey Levy
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      So what are you excited for?
      Besides more opportunity to be sarcastic :)

      • DickRuble
        Posted January 5, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

        In order: The MV Agusta, the Mission, the EBR. The KTM is also worth mentioning.

  6. 'Mike Smith
    Posted January 5, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    I could see myself owning the Zero SR within the next 5 years. I have a feeling that once you get one, you’ll be trading it in every year for a newer model.

  7. Kevin
    Posted January 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Here is hoping that Kevin, Tom, and Troy have the RT, Trophy and FJR in time to make the run to bike week in Daytona and a stop at Mardi Gras in New Orleans on the way back to LA.

    • Evans Brasfield
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

      I noticed that you conveniently left the new guy out of the trip.

      Thanks for nothing…

      • Kevin
        Posted January 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

        Hey somebody has to drive the Winnebago chase vehicle, right?

    • Kevin Duke
      Posted January 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      I like your idea. It’ll be tough to take the whole crew away for 10 or whatever days, so we either keep Brasfield at home to hold down the fort or we assign him a feature about sport-touring to Daytona on a Grom. ;)

      • Evans Brasfield
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 12:21 am | Permalink

        At least it wouldn’t be a freeway drone!

        • Kevin
          Posted January 9, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

          I’ll donate my 2 man dome tent to your effort and you can call the feature “Bike Week on a Budget!”

      • Kevin
        Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:31 am | Permalink

        My turn to like your idea, and I do. Both of them.

        • Kevin Duke
          Posted January 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

          Tempting. The Motus gang are currently going through emissions testing and are planning on getting us a test bike in the nearish future.

  8. KevinB
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    A Harley and the CTX1300 made the list, but no 1290 Superduke?

  9. Ted
    Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Can bramsfield handle a grom now? Kevin said he was still on mopeds last month.

    • Evans Brasfield
      Posted March 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      I’m still writing about our flock of bikes with no shift levers, but I also have a FJR1300ES in my garage. I’ll be writing a test of it – as soon as I get the training wheels off.

  10. arcsine
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    >It’s the first sporty and fully faired sport-touring motorcycle from an
    Italian company since Ducati’s sadly departed ST series and the Aprilia
    Futura were killed off almost a decade ago.

    Um… Moto Guzzi Norge.

    • Kevin Duke
      Posted March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      Good point! Given Guzzi’s tepid sales in America, at least for the Norge, I’ll guess I wasn’t the only one who forgot about it! That said, I like the Norge and will look forward to getting another one for testing in the coming months.

  11. Bill Myers
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 12:46 am | Permalink

    The electric bikes are still B.S. Look 120-170 miles aren’t bad, it’s the “fuel up” issue. Look, even if you have a bike that’s only good for 100 miles, it takes about a minute to refuel. I think the shortest “fuel up” for electric bikes is 5 hours… So 120-170 miles isn’t in reality any range at all…

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