2014 Honda CTX700 & CTX700N Coming Soon

02/08/2013 @ 11:26 am, by Jensen Beeler24 COMMENTS


Continuing to blur the lines between established motorcycle segments, Honda has teased out another pair of unique motorcycles, which will formally go-down as 2014 model year machines. Available in Spring 2013. The 2014 Honda CTX700 & 2014 Honda CTX700N use the same 670cc parallel-twin engine found in the NC700 series, which was an engine designed to be a sensible and practical urban power plant for city bikers.

Building something that looks the cross between a street-standard and a cruiser, Honda is offering ABS brakes and an automatic dual-clutch transmission (DCT) as an available $1,000 option. The hope is clearly that the Honda CTX700N & Honda CTX700 will be an approachable and affordable motorcycle for new motorcyclists, and with prices at $6,999 & $7,799 respectively ($7,999 & $8,799 with DCT and ABS), Honda seems to have achieved that goal.

If you take a close look at the CTX700N and its fairing-less design, you can see many of Honda’s other design elements shining through from other machines. Meanwhile, the faired CTX700 takes cues from its bagger-tourer cousin, the Honda Gold Wing F6B, albeit in a smaller and lighter form-factor.

Honda is clearly trying to channel a “big bike” look and feel into these relative small (28.3″ seat height) motorcycles, and it will be interesting to see the market response in regards to these machines. It is hard to tell if Honda’s crossover strategy is paying off at the dealerships, but the Japanese brand continues to push the agenda each model year, so something must be working.


Source: Honda America

  • Heatsoak

    Didn’t Honda learn it’s lesson the first time they created the DN-01?

  • AK

    I kinda like CTX700N, but then again I am not planning to buy something like this. DN-01 was an over-priced experiment which fail miserably. Something like this could workout for new/women riders.

  • Webbiker

    I kinda like the idea of boldly trying new things, but Honda seems to have the least talented designers in the business. I can’t think of another company that could come out with something THAT ugly and lame.

  • Stephen

    Affordable Diavel, don’t you think? Do you think marketing can convince the consumer it is a cruiser like Ducati did?

    Ride Free

  • Afletra

    This is the reason (key) why Honda survive in two wheels business and even become one of the biggest in the world LOL

  • ProudAmerican

    When my CB1100 gets here next month, I’m never going to let go of it.

    Sometimes Honda hits a homerun. Other times I just scratch my head in disbelief.

  • TexusTim

    ok..honda can you please develope bikes we really want and like…I mean you spend all this time on bikes like this and have done nothing to the 600 and 1000 except minor body work abs and BPF…I want a new litre bike now…..and not for 15 grand either damit

  • I don’t think that this bike is for existing motorcyclists. I think that Honda looked at the success that Harley has had selling its “‘Dark” series to hipsters
    and they said “we want some of that.”

    This bike also bears a striking resemblance to both the Harley V-Rod
    and to the Ducati Diavel
    Unfortunately, at least to my eyes, I can’t say that that’s a good thing.

  • Larry Hannemann

    My first reaction was, it’s a Diavel’s baby brother. My second reaction was, Duh!

  • Richard Gozinya

    The unfaired one looks better, but they both need to slim down in the tail, it’s just way too bulky visually back there. As for comparing it to a Diavel, I’m just not seeing it. The Diavel is an over the top muscle bike, whereas this is designed to be practical accessible, and dull.

  • 76

    utter waste of time & money, good job honda

  • Anvil

    You know what I think we have here? Honda’s latest attempt to build a Cub for the 21st century. Something that will tempt more people into motorcycling and bring novice riders to the brand. Something unintimidating, friendly, easy to ride, practical and economical. I give them credit for that but…

    The styling, while unfortunate, is intentional. It’s supposed to look modern and retro all at once and, I would argue, a bit scooter-like (the DN01 certainly went too far and was even more confused) because scooters don’t scare the hell out of timid non-riders like sport bikes or giant cruisers do.

    What I’m saying is that these things ain’t meant for us. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the people they’re meant for actually exist, or at least not in big enough numbers to make these things a success. This ain’t the ’60s, if you haven’t noticed. People are far more safety obsessed today and most would much rather sit in the back of a cab driven by a lunatic than have to dice in traffic with one. Anything on two wheels is just not on the radar for most.

    Who knows? I’m sure they’ll sell a few, but I don’t know where Honda thinks it’ll find an army of “near-riders,” all waiting to be convinced by a smiling 500-lb., auto-trannied jelly bean.

    To me, you’re either a rider or you’re not. And the very idea of motorcycles being a bit dangerous is one of the things that makes you one.

    I think there’s more potential in getting some of these hipsters to stay with riding after the fad runs its course.

  • JoeD

    The local dealer parking lot is a desert on any given day. This is one example of why. Despite increased sales to women, that demographic mostly prefer to ride the pillion and hopefully the metrosexuals will stay on the Metro.

  • paulus – Thailand

    It does not matter what UK, US or Europe thinks about these bikes.
    These are for the millions of developing country riders that one day will be moving up from 110-150cc scooter into middle sized bikes. Budget bigger rides for developing nations.

    These riders are familiar with scooters and there is not the stigma of scooters being lesser rides.

    It also costs no more to sell a few units into developed nations (usually at higher prices).

  • BBQdog

    Why doesn’t Honda hire an italian designer ?? There bikes are always so pig ulgy that I wander who is buying them.

  • Paul McMenamin

    Good point about developing markets (such as India) and areas where there are very tough displacement limits on operator licenses. That said, I think this will be a sales disaster in the USA. Taking a very good 700cc “standard” and then outfitting it with forward foot controls and a midget-friendly seat on it is just a dumb idea. This is like a design lesson in how to screw up a good design. I see only one buyer group for this in the USA — women under 5’4″ of the tats and leather persuasion. How big is the stumpy Ds on
    Bs demographic?

  • Anvil

    I don’t completely agree about the CTX being wholly for developing markets, although I’m sure they’re very important in the product plan.

    Honda has been trying to come up with a product that gets more people on to two wheels–no matter where they are. Women are certainly a prime target. I find that smart and admirable but I don’t necessarily agree with the insight, or the interpretation of the insight, that led them here.

    No doubt, the NC700 and this thing are worlds better than the DN-01; they’re still motorcycles while providing some of the ease and convenience of a scooter–and they’re relatively cheap. I’m just not sure that there are a lot of people on the fence about getting on two wheels, certainly in North America and Europe. For those that are inclined to do it, I’m not sure these bikes will be the impetus to take the plunge for many of them.

  • Franxou

    I don’t know what I’m looking at here, I kind of like the CTX700N but even then with its heavy tail I’m getting a heavy vibe of “this is what the shadow750 would be if it wasn’t retro” that make me prefer standard naked.
    Then the faired CTX700. My first though, with its straight exhaust and fairing bit was “with a higher screen this would be a next-gen silverwing!” Remember the Silverwing from the ’80s? The goldwing’s little brother, a lightweight tourer (and not a sport-tourer)? The NC700 engine is probably quite good at handling long rides, this might be something great if they develop it for that demographic (and if there is a market for that).
    A light-tourer and a modern cruiser, even though it doesn’t appeal the conservative motorcyclist we almost all are, given the right marketing they might have something.
    Kudos to Honda for at least trying, BMW did the same a couple years back and we ended with some great bikes like the F800 series and I fondly remember the G650X Country I wish I had bought…

  • Brett

    I like them, not that I am known for having good taste or anything. They look like mini-power-cruisers. I bet they look pretty good in person as opposed to a photo on a white background. Considering V-Strom 650’s are bought as long range touring bikes I bet the CTX700 will at least get a few looks, and the N model is the better looking one, or at least more photogenic.

  • Eric

    I own an NC700x and I was antisipating the NC700 coming in Honda red and hoped they would offer ABS with a manual trans, but instead they went over the top and gave us this. While it is not a bike I would want, it hits the nail square becuase of price. Every person I know has to own two cars, at least in the maried family, so the desire for a bike is a craigslist bargan that has been neglected. I bet this bike will be a hit because of high mileage low maintence, low monthly payments, and reliability Honda. Watch for a standard 700, please. But then the CB500 trio is an ace in the hole for Honda also.

  • Singletrack

    Maybe the Pacific Coast PC800 was just 25 years too early.
    Honda could’ve saved a lot of development dollars and just re-released that bike.

  • Patman

    I don’t get all the hate everyone is spewing over this bike, I’ve been riding for years and see no need for companies to make carbon copy Harley cruisers or stupidly big cubic inch motors for city driving. I personally would like to see more manufacturers take a break from the norm and do their own thing. I look forward to test riding one and seeing how it rides. Not everyone wants a huge cruiser or a race replica. Good job Honda for having the Balls to not copy everyone. If it rides good, I will most likely buy one.

  • William

    I belong to a sizable and increasing demographic – aging motorcycle touring riders. I am in my late 60’s and age related changes have taken away some things. I can’t see not riding, but my current ride is an old GL1200 that has just gotten too big for me. I want something smaller and lighter but with good touring capability and a straight up riding position. So far I have not found anything that fits the bill.

    This could be just the ticket for those of us that need to downsize our ride but don’t want to give up too much of the comfort and carrying capacity of a full dresser. The only negative I see on this model is the tiny gas tank – 3.17 gallons? Really? What were they thinking? Well, Iin the 70’s I toured on a 750 with a 2.8 gal tank so I gues I can make do.

  • Hamid

    I have been waiting for such a long time for a bike like this.
    I will be the first to buy this. Same when automatic cars where developed. How many Automatic car do you see on the roads now versus standard?
    I wonder why there are so much negative comments here.