TORRANCE, Calif. – American Honda has unveiled two all-new 2014 models in addition to a range of machines returning from 2013, such as the popular CB500 series and the NC700X.
Running a message of “evolution” and “adaptation” for “supremacy,” the new CTX1300 expands Honda’s Comfort Technology eXperience range and serves as the next step up from the parallel twin CTX700.
The CTX1300 carries many of the CTX700’s styling cues, such as the modern fairing and headlight design, a long-and-low chassis with a cruiser-style riding position and integrated hard luggage.
According to Honda, the goal is to create a high-tech version of the popular traditional bagger platform. The CTX1300 is powered by a retuned version of the longitudinal V4 engine that powers the venerable ST1300 tourer, with a five-speed transmission and shaft drive. Inverted forks and big brakes provide a sporty initial impression, as do all-LED headlights and signals.
Out back, twin shocks control a massive 200mm rear tire to give a substantial heft to the rear profile complete with the standard hard luggage. Seat height is a rider-friendly 29.1 inches, with a low-slung curb weight of 724 lbs.
In addition to the base CTX1300, a Deluxe version will crank up the technology, with ABS, traction control and a Bluetooth-compatible audio system that includes a pair of external speakers mounted in the dash. The Deluxe also uses the ABS sensors to give the turn signals the logic required to self-cancel.
Both CTX1300 models will have a range of accessories, with retail price of the base CTX1300 to come in around the $17,000 mark, with the Deluxe approximately $2,000 more.
The other big news announced for 2014 comes from an entirely different direction.
The new CBR1000RR SP follows the well-established trend of creating special, limited edition high-performance versions of base sportbike models.
The SP brings all the required elements into play: Öhlins suspension front and rear, Brembo monobloc brakes, revised ergonomics and wind protection, sticky Pirelli Supercorsa tires and a new cylinder head with carefully matched piston and connecting rod sets.
Price and total production run details are still forthcoming, but the total number of bikes will be very limited and price is expected to come in around $17,000.