Photos started to surface about a week ago of this new Honda CTX1300. As soon as I saw it, I thought, "Hmm, ... Motus." Two different approaches to longitudinal V4 motorcycles. Let's see what we have.
The Honda comes in at 1261cc compared to 1650cc for the Motus and while the Motus comes in at 160 or 180 horsepower, depending on whether you get the "R" model, the Honda, doesn't say. Motus is chain drive, Honda is shaft. Motus is 6 speed, Honda is 5 speed. Motus is a pushrod V4, 2 valves per cylinder and the Honda is DOHC, four valves per cylinder. I can't find and can't remember the weight number for the Motus, (500 something maybe?) the Honda says 724 pounds wet.
The Motus will run between $31K and $37K, Honda hasn't announced pricing yet.
In all reality, these are aiming at two different market segments, but people are going to compare so I thought I would jump in and do it myself.
Even though Honda brings up the sound of the CTX1300 saying it has "a distinctive V-4 engine pulse and exhaust sound," I am pretty sure it's not going to sound like this!
Honda press release:
The all-new CTX1300 is a machine for people who care more about riding than fitting in. It's a motorcycle that loves short commutes or longer travels; a bike for people who want bags without all the baggage.
The CTX1300 expands the innovative concept first introduced with the CTX® series—the idea of combining higher levels of comfort and technology to create a riding experience unique to Honda. These bikes place a premium on ease of use and a spacious rider environment with comfortable ergonomics. But now, by tying into Honda's longstanding and successful heritage of V-4 technology, the CTX1300 adds a full load of 1300-class muscle with exhilarating right-now thrust accompanied by a distinctive V-4 engine pulse and exhaust sound. That helps make the CTX1300 an advanced motorcycle in multiple ways—one that incorporates class-leading comfort, unusually broad-shouldered versatility and new technology to deliver an unmatched riding experience. Its moderate weight, low center of gravity, nimble handling, and relaxed riding position make the CTX1300 a joy to ride wherever the day may lead, while its styling gives it a unique look that makes it stand out in a crowd.
There's also a Deluxe model that adds technology such as an audio package including Bluetooth® connectivity—a Honda first application of this technology—Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control, self-cancelling turn signals plus blacked-out styling elements that add to the CTX1300's distinctive equation. Colors: Metallic Black, Gray Blue Metallic, Candy Red; Price: TBD; Availability: March 2014
Link: Honda Powersports