Friday Forum Foraging: A Mint Honda CTX700

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

A decade old and still in original condition.

I'll be honest. I forgot about Honda's CTX700. Basically the cruiser version of Honda's ultra-commuter NC700X, the CTX700 faded from my memory banks. Maybe because it was underwhelming, maybe because it's about as vanilla as they come, or maybe because it's just plain ugly, the CTX700 failed to leave a lasting impression (the NC700X is a different story. I actually like it. But that's for another time).

So, when this mint 2014 CTX700 popped up for sale on our sister site,, I had to do a double take. First because it jogged my memory of the bike in the first place. And two, because this particular one is clean. It's not surprising considering the 2,436 miles on the odometer, but what is surprising is the fact that this is the definition of stock – all the way down to the tires. The owner does go on to state that the only thing changed is the battery. It's now lithium instead of lead acid. As the seller states, age is the reason for selling, and at $4,900 this seems like a fair price for a truly competent commuter. As usual, the original ad listing is copied below. If you're interested in it, go over to the CTX700 forum and contact the seller directly.

I am putting up for sale my Red 2014 Honda CTX700 DCT with 2,436 miles. It's in mint condition and works just perfectly. I am selling because I'm of an age I just need to move on. I bought it new in early 2015 so it's a one-owner. It's completely new except for the battery which is a SHORAI LFX18A1-BS12 lithium. Amazing battery. Otherwise, the bike is all original. The chain has been oiled and engine oil changed per schedule. No leaks and the engine looks like new.

The tires are both original and still look new, though given their age they should probably be changed soon. It has always been garaged and never been left out sitting in the sun. It's a beautiful machine and the dual-clutch has always worked flawlessly. I always drove it in sport mode because the shift points seem more natural and enjoyable that way. I know it's too early in the season for riding much right now, but it is in time for Christmas.

Best regards to all,


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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Nov 20, 2023

    There's more than a little of the DN-01 failed experiment in that design. I was disappointed in Honda's efforts in model year 2014: this bike, and its heavyweight V4 CTX1300 stablemate; and the underwhelming VFR redo (that one really disappointed). A vintage year in the negative sense.

    • David K David K on Nov 21, 2023

      Yes, that DN=01 was not meant for the USA. I am sure it has a place somewhere in the world.

  • Allie Allie on Mar 12, 2024

    The CTX700 was a little like the the PC800. A bike we didn't know we needed and in search of a fan base. I'm glad that Honda took a chance on something peculiar even if it wasn't something I would buy. Innovation requires risk and an open mind and I

    I like it that somebody at Honda still has it.