2014 Honda CTX700 Lineup - First Look

Low seats, low price tags, and no need to shift gears: Four new “cruiser” variants on the NC700 Twin platform set their sights on getting more people on motorcycles.

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

Honda sprang four more of the latest in its line of 670cc parallel Twins this morning, in the cruiseristic form of the new CTX700ND and CTX700N, along with fairing-equipped long-distance versions CTX700D and CTX700. The “D”s denote Dual Clutch Automatic transmissions, while CTX stands for Comfort, Technology and eXperience. The press release states:

“The CTX700ND is a 700cc-class parallel-twin machine that features a low seat height, along with an automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) and Antilock Braking System (ABS) for $7999. That price makes the CTX700ND the most affordable DCT bike ever offered by Honda, and we believe its class-leading features and high level of value will appeal to many riders who have been waiting to begin their riding experience with a full-featured yet affordable automatic-transmission bike. We are also rolling out the CTX700, a fairing-equipped sibling ready for the open road. With the DCT and ABS combination, the CTX700D carries a suggested retail price of $8799. Both bikes will also be available with a standard transmission for $6999 and $7799 respectively, and 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.”

A seat just 28.3 inches high should make these user-friendly to just about any rider, and the available DCT means you don't need to learn to shift either. (Just like the NC700X, you can go either full-auto mode or paddle-shift.) Also like the NC, the CTX DCT models come with an anti-lock braking system—which isn't available on the six-speed manual. The NC's coolest feature is its super-convenient storage compartment, capable of containing a full-face helmet. The press release mentions a "glovebox" in the same location on the CTXs, but our Honda source says he doesn't know its capacity. Translation: not so much. The NC's other great feature is excellent fuel mileage in the 60-70 mpg range, numbers we'd expect from the CTX line.

2014 Honda CTX700D with DCT and ABS plus accessories - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700D with DCT and ABS plus accessories - right-side view

Unlike last year's NC, the CTX DCT/ABS models retail for just a grand more than the stripper, a price structure Honda's now applied to the NC: For 2013, the NC700X (Cycle World's Best Standard for 2012) is available in Red or Light Silver Metallic, and the base six-speed model has had its price bumped $500 to $7499 while the DCT/ABS model gets its price cut $500 to $8499.

Honda is calling the CTXs 2014 models, but says bikes will be in dealerships this spring.

But wait, that’s not all. The release goes on to state: “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.”

Interesting. Honda is seriously going after new riders. With the line of new 500cc Twins it announced a couple of months ago, along with CBR and CRF250s and now these new CTXs, Honda has laid out a veritable smorgasbord of affordable new models no other manufacturer comes close to matching. Somebody told us Honda plans to have nine new models under $8K by 2014, which means it still has a few to go.

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700D with DCT and ABS plus accessories - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700D with DCT and ABS plus accessories - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - left-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - left-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - 3/4 left-side view

2014 Honda CTX700ND with DCT and ABS - 3/4 left-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view

2014 Honda CTX700N - right-side view