Born in 1963, Matsui is a freelance writer who apart from covering a wide spectrum of motorcycling activities in his magazine articles, shoots his own video footage and competes in races such as the BAJA100 and the Dakar Rally.
Component placement, and even the assembly sequence, was carefully considered to realize a design that expresses both a flowing low and long cruiser proportion, and the intensity of its longitudinal V4 engine.
The system operates by determining if the motorcycle is moving straight ahead or is turning, through the speed difference between the front and rear wheels.
Changes in tire air pressure and changes in diameter due to wear are compensated, and due to its implementation without additional devices, the system contributes to reducing total weight.
Ride stability is enhanced by directing air flow from the front and inner faces of the radiator shroud to its rear to reduce the cowl’s inner pressure, and by designing the mirrors to suppress uplift.
The CTX1300 is equipped with a next generation audio unit capable of wireless input and output.
The monochrome TFT panel central on the instrument panel displays track name, volume, track selection and other information.
The CTX is equipped with energy-efficient, long-life and high-intensity LED lights. Light-guiding LEDs enable highly expressive surface-lighted tail-lights.
Honda is increasing its adoption of LED lights in a wide range of models, from large bikes such as the CTX1300, to small commuters such as the DUNK.
The Pannier cases are designed with a sloped front edge and complex side curvature to adjust surface airflow and suppress wind turbulence, and increase aerodynamic characteristics.
Air intake layout was thoroughly tested to increase low- to mid-range torque.
Engine characteristics tuned for relaxed cruising were achieved by lengthening the air intake piping within the air cleaner box.
The pannier cases were designed to minimize body width, yet through careful case-interior design can hold up to 35L each, ample storage for an overnight tour or everyday commuting.
The same V4 engine mounted on the ST1300 Pan European’s highly rigid Diamond frame is equally at home on the CTX1300’s Double Cradle frame which places emphasis on consistent flexibility through corners and symmetry in its bowing. The engine is mounted on the frame with a separate “Traction Beam” to allow more weight to be distributed to the rear, providing a solid, stable riding feel.
Double suspension for the rear enables low seat position, and under-seat fuel tank positioning. High-grade damper feel is realized by independent control of compression and expansion damping, and new suspension oil developed specifically for the CTX1300. Ride comfort is further enhanced by careful choice of rubber bushing characteristics.
Of the two cylinders on each bank of the engine, one front exhaust pipe is extended, creating an enveloping effect on the exhaust sound, which creates the illusion of the two cylinders on each bank firing simultaneously, resulting in a unique, percussive V4 sound.