TORRANCE, Calif. - For its 2014 model year Honda is replacing the Big Red with a new side-by-side, the Pioneer with adjustable seating.
The company also is launching this spring the CTX line of motorcycles with an emphasis on affordability and options such as an automatic transmission.
The Pioneer is powered by Honda’s fuel-injected 700cc-class liquid-cooled OHV single-cylinder four-stroke engine paired with an automotive-style automatic transmission with hydraulic torque converter, three forward gears and reverse.
The Pioneer also has an adjustable seating configuration. The convertible design allows the two rear seats to fold into the bed. Owners can opt to use the Pioneer with two-seat, three-seat or four-seat configurations. The rear seats fold quickly and easily without the need for tools, and once they’re folded away, the tilt-bed space can be fully used.
Long-travel suspension helps give the Pioneer the load capacity to haul 1,000 lbs. or tow 1,500 lbs.
The more aggressive-looking Pioneer will be available in three colors: red, green, and the new Honda Phantom Camo. More than 50 accessories will also be available when the Pioneer hits Honda’s dealer network later this year. Honda said it will release more information in May.
“These new models introduced today are just the first in a whole new family of CTX products of various displacements and engine configurations that will be rolled out in the future,” said Bill Savino, Honda’s powersports press manager. “CTX stands for Comfort, Technology and eXperience — a rider experience that’s unique to these machines because of new Honda technologies that focus on class-leading comfort, easy-to-operate features and versatility. These first CTX machines share the same engine as the NC700X and place a premium on lightweight handling thanks in part to a low center of gravity.”
The CTX700N has a low seat height of 28.3 inches. The bike’s 670cc parallel-twin engine features cylinders canted 62 degrees forward for better weight distribution and a lower center of gravity. Fuel injection is paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. Beneath the fuel tank cover there’s a glove box area, and the fuel is carried beneath that. Suggested retail is $6,999.
The CTX700ND adds Honda’s automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and its antilock braking system for an extra $1,000, making the model the most affordable DCT bike ever offered by Honda. DCT provides either a fully automatic mode or the option of more active gear selection via paddle-shift-type buttons on the handlebar.
Honda also is rolling out the CTX700, a fairing-and-windscreen-equipped sibling of the CTX700N. The suggested retail for this model is $7,799. With the DCT/ABS combination, the CTX700D carries a suggested retail price of $8,799.
A full assortment of Honda Genuine Accessories will also become available when these bikes land on dealership floors, including saddlebags that expand their touring capabilities.
“Obviously this is great news for enthusiasts all across the riding spectrum,” said Savino. “We believe this new CTX series of motorcycles is going to be a big hit as it cuts across many demographic categories while emphasizing one key theme: the fun of riding at an affordable price.”
Honda also announced today that the NC700X adventure-style bike introduced in late 2012 will return with two color options for 2013: a new Red and Light Silver Metallic. MSRPs are $7,499 for the base model and $8499 for DCT/ABS model.
Posted by Arlo Redwine