£14,999 | 83bhp@6000rpm | 78lb-ft@4500rpm | 90° V4 liquid-cooled four-stroke
Between small-capacity bikes, and the ‘king of tourers’ – the GL1800 Gold Wing – there’s long been a gap in Honda’s range waiting to be filled. The F6B and new F6C help to bring the ‘Wing’s magnificent six-cylinder engine to a wider audience, but Honda has launched the V4-equipped CTX1300 (which is styled on the F6B) in a bid to attract riders looking for a tourer that’s a bit smaller and lighter.
This is a bike designed to offer ‘real world’ practicality with more performance and handling than a ‘traditional’ air-cooled V-twin bagger-style cruiser. ‘C’ stands for comfort; ‘T’ for technology and ‘X’ for eXperience. So, did the Japanese engineers meet the brief?