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Offline Sierra1

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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2018, 01:59:26 pm »
To me, the ST1300 had good power; and light, slow speed handling.  The FJR had great power, regardless of rpms; and heavy, slow speed handling.  I did miss the part about long distance, two-up riding.  Keep the Tenere for solo rides, and go with either the Gold Wing or Venture for the two-up.  I think those two would be an apple to oranges comparison thought. (same but different)  ::001::
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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2018, 02:10:10 pm »
The CTX1300 was a sales flop. It was sold here in the US only as a 2014 model. There are still brand new leftovers supposedly, but I wouldn't recommend buying one. Dealers are not even taking them as trade ins. Too bad. I actually like the looks and idea behind the bike. A modern engine in updated cruiser interpretation. Too bad they detuned the engine 40%. Gave it subpar suspension and no cruise control. Honda seems to make a lot of errors like that.

I was thinking the same thing.  I could have sworn it was discontinued.
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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2018, 10:44:52 am »
I was thinking the same thing.  I could have sworn it was discontinued.
The CTX1300 is not a bad bike Honda build top notch..
My friend bought one it's the odd kid in the class and as some have pointed out it lacks soul and power.
Like a refined nurtured Moto Guzzi sort of way. One on ebay for $7.900 with only 1.200 miles.
Wonder if it could be re-tuned like the Tenere and other bikes.
« Last Edit: April 25, 2018, 10:54:30 am by Ramseybella »
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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2018, 05:59:12 pm »
Sincere thanks to all you guys who took the time to offer  me good advice. Much appreciated. I will certainly give it a LOT of thought, plus test ride the GW and the FJR1300  for 1/2 day each, if I can. Cruise control is a must. (I enjoy it now). The GW electric forward/ reverse really interests me.....in addition to the new lower weight. Should help me in those walking- speed situations. My wife has to sometimes help me go backwards on the S10...in some situations. So...leg strength would likely be an important consideration. We now do 400 km/day rides on the 2014  S10 down here.. we each have custom cruising seats, but still feel that our Air Hawks give us almost an extra hour in the saddle..... if inflated right.  Just looking, thinking and planning ahead.....that’s my style. Thanks, guys.

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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2018, 10:08:22 pm »
Sincere thanks to all you guys who took the time to offer  me good advice. Much appreciated. I will certainly give it a LOT of thought, plus test ride the GW and the FJR1300  for 1/2 day each, if I can. Cruise control is a must. (I enjoy it now). The GW electric forward/ reverse really interests me.....in addition to the new lower weight. Should help me in those walking- speed situations. My wife has to sometimes help me go backwards on the S10...in some situations. So...leg strength would likely be an important consideration. We now do 400 km/day rides on the 2014  S10 down here.. we each have custom cruising seats, but still feel that our Air Hawks give us almost an extra hour in the saddle..... if inflated right.  Just looking, thinking and planning ahead.....that’s my style. Thanks, guys.
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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2018, 06:28:45 pm »
How about the Honda VFR1200 X? Big smooth V-4 power and tall upright riding position. Not much heavier than the Tenere but it doesn't have the off road ability. The FJR for me was FAST but only when it was wound up to higher RPM's and because of lack of ground clearance it would grind the footpegs in turns. The ST is definitely more comfortable for both rider and passenger.
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Offline Scott Williams

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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2018, 12:59:44 am »
Thank you all for your help. Didn’t realize the CTX1300  was discontinued. At 76:5 (now) , i’m still young at heart....and physically fit (swim every day). As I mentioned, I currently love the S10 for local adventure riding....but no off road riding for me anymore when I move back to the states. With the right aftermarket saddles, does it make sense to ride the FJR1300ES for a few years, then move on to the latest DCT Tour version of the Goldwing after, say. 4-5 years when I am older? I know they are vastly different, and that’s okay, the Super Tenere was very different from my Valkyrie. I’ll adjust. Perhaps a test ride of each will be the right thing to do.....and, of course, I will. Russel Day Long would be our saddle(s) of choice. 4 years now on my 2014 and loving every minute.....but want something lower for next bike.

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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2018, 09:59:50 am »
Scott,
It never makes sense to me why people ask other people what kind of bike they should get. You know you are going to get as many opinions as there are bikes out there , from people whose experience and riding abilities you know nothing about. How that can help, I'll never know.

 Having said that, I think you should get the new seven speed DCT Goldwing and never look back! LOL

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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2018, 09:46:29 pm »
What’s the test ride situation like in Honduras ?  Here in the states at least for me test rides have always been very easy to get.  From the impression I get reading your posts I would highly recommend taking a test ride on one or more of the new 2018 Honda Goldwings, for you and the wife I think they would be about as close to the perfect bike as you could get. 
Here is a very good link to the most popular 2018 wing website.
http://gl1800riders.com/forums/193-2018-goldwing-board/
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Re: Help! 76 yr. old ST1200 owner looking for final bike..........
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2018, 11:46:49 pm »
Hey Scott & Cycledude. Thanks for the replies. Scott, you have a point....but am counting on more experienced riders to point an old-timer in the right direction. So far, people who have taken the time to hear me out, have steered me towards the Wing for two-up ridingon pavement,  as you did.....for a final bike. Thanks. Cycledude, my local Yamaha dealer allowed me to test ride a leftover 2012 for only 15 minutes. I realized I could handle it, so I then ordered the gen 2 2014 and waited 6 months. No regrets. This base model is as reliable a bike as I have ever had.....and extremely capable, especially for some of the unpaved roads down here. I can’t comment on other brands. I didn’t want a Harley due to there being only one dealer in the country. Yamaha has four. After all the research I did, the S10 came way out on top. Kinda like a survey. This is how I learn. I’m connected only with the Harley guys down here, but they gotta have that macho Image. They sure suffer for it in the reliability dept., though.  I just follow them when we do trips. That way I have my S10 reliability and the sweet sound of a pack of Harley’s ahead of me. Will ride them both when I move back up north. Thanks again. Over and out. Scott

 

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