At the Chicago round of the International Motorcycle Show, Honda announced updated colors and pricing for the recently released NC700X and the introduction of two new models, the CTX700 and CTX700N, both powered by the same 670cc parallel twin as the NC. This announcement rounds out the largest crop of all-new models introduced by Honda, or any manufacturer for that matter, in recent memory.
The “New Concept” NC700X was introduced for 2012 last summer, and it made a big splash with a winning combination of affordability, versatility and efficiency. With a base price of $6,999 ($8,999 for the Dual Clutch Transmission [DCT]/ABS model), a torquey engine in a lightweight, adventure-styled package and fuel economy around 60 mpg, the NC700X, is “one bike that already ticks all the boxes for a lot of riders,” wrote Mark Tuttle in his November 2012 road test. It returns for 2013, now in Red as well as Light Silver Metallic, at $7,499 for the base model and $8,499 for the DCT/ABS model.
Building on the momentum and popularity of the NC, Honda has announced a new model family. The CTX series—which stands for stands for Comfort, Technology and eXperience—will, Honda says, include motorcycles with various engine displacements and configurations that emphasize “comfort, easy-to-operate features and versatility.” The first CTX models are two early-release 2014 motorcycles that will be available this spring: the CTX700/D and CTX700N/D, both available in standard trim or with DCT/ABS. According to Honda, in addition to sharing the same engine as the NC700X, these new “Urban Roadster” models place a premium on lightweight handling, comfortable ergonomics and good value.
The CTX700N is the “naked” model, and the CTX700 is the more touring oriented model with a fairing and windscreen. Both have a modest seat height of just 28.3 inches. Powered by liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 670cc parallel twin that is tuned for easily accessible, low-end torque, both models are available with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with two fully automatic modes and a paddle-shift manual mode. The DCT models are also equipped with anti-lock braking systems. The CTX’s share the same diamond-shape steel frame, 41mm fork and Pro-Link rear shock with 4.2/4.3 inches of travel and triple-disc brakes. There is a lockable storage compartment in the normal “tank” location; the 3.17 gallons of fuel are stored under the seat. The CTX700N has a claimed curb weight of 478 pounds (500 pounds for DCT/ABS model); curb weight for the CTX700 is TBD. Factory accessories include a tall windscreen, heated grips, saddlebags, rear luggage rack, passenger backrest, accessory socket and more.
The 2014 CTX700N has an MSRP of $6,999 ($7,999 for DCT/ABS), and will be available in Candy Red and Black (standard model only). The 2014 CTX700 has an MSRP of $7,799 ($8,799 for DCT/ABS), and will be available in Cool Candy Red and Pearl White (standard model only). Both will be in dealerships this spring.