Honda unveils 2014 CTX700 line for new riders

American Honda has unveiled a new line of affordable street machines, led by the CTX700ND at the Chicago IMS. American Honda is going after starter riders in a big way with its new line of CTX700 motorcycles. The CTX700 and CTX700N are 2014 models based off the same Parallel Twin that debuted in the 2012 NC700X.

The new CTX series moniker derrives from Comfort, Touring and eXperience, according to Big Red PR. Both new motorcycles showcase Honda’s signature Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) as an option and will be available this spring.

The CTX700ND looks like a heavier-class cruiser, features a 670cc parallel twin engine, comes standard with ABS and the DCT automatic clutch shifting system, and at $7,999 is designed by Honda “to appeal to many riders who have been waiting to begin their riding experience with a full-featured yet affordable automatic-transmission bike.”

“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,” stated Honda Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “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, ergonomics that translate into day-long comfort, distinctive Urban Roadster styling and fantastic value.”

The CTX700N represents Honda’s most affordable DCT/ABS-equipped bike at $7999. A standard shifting base model is also available, retailing for $6999. The liquid-cooled 670cc Twin is shared with NC700X, along with the six-speed transmission and chain final drive.

Standard street bike lines are contrasted by the 700N’s feet-forward riding stance. (it’s notable that Honda lists the new ride under its Cruiser section on its website). Compared with the NC700X, seat height is much lower at 28.3 inches (NC700X seat height is 32.7 inches) with rake stretched to 27.7 degrees (from 27). The single 320mm disc front/240mm rear brake system is shared with its engine platform sibling. Same goes for other chassis components, including the steel frame and conventional 41mm fork and Honda’s Pro-link single shock, though travel is much reduced from its ADV-aspiring kin.

Claimed curb weight is not listed, but the CTX700N will carry a half-gallon lighter fuel load at 3.17 gallons. It shares the NC700X’s instrumentation, as well as the unique integrated storage area located in the traditional fuel-tank area. The 700N is offered in Cool Candy Red and Black colors.

Billed by Honda as “tomorrow’s touring Twin,” the CTX700 distinguishes itself from its N-sibling by its upper fairing. Spec sheets between the two CTX rides are virtually identical, with the standard version costing $7799 and the DCT/ABS-equipped CTX700D $8799. It is available in Cool Candy Red and Pearl White colorways.

Like its CTX sibling, the 700 features several accessories – including several touring-friendly upgrades like heated grips, tall windscreen and luggage options. The latter saddlebag option, combined with the fairing, gives the CTX700 a genre-blurring street-bagger feel – sort of a pint-sized version of Honda’s new F6B .

Having debuted as a late-entry 2012 model, the NC700X remains in the Big Red lineup – with Honda confirming at Chicago that it is the final model announcement for 2013. The adventure-styled middleweight is now available in two color options, red and silver. It retails for $6999, with the DCT ABS version $8999.

For four-wheel enthusiasts, Honda also showed off its new side-by-side Pioneer. The 700cc machine replaces the company’s Big Red four-wheeler and by way of pioneering technology offers a passenger-car-like automatic transmission, forward and reverse gears, a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled engine, and a seat configuration that will accommodate two, three or four people.