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    Thoughts

    As I've said in a previous post, my bike is apart and I adjusted the valves and changed the air filter. It had been while since I rode it because of the humidity, but the last two days have been very nice. Tonight was 65 degrees which is one of my favorite riding temperatures. The bike is still stripped down from all of it's plastic so in a way this is more like the naked bike. With the seat on the bike the gas tank looks very small and I got to thinking about that. If Honda had made a regular metal tank (without the plastic), it could have easily made it a 5 gal, perhaps 6 gallon tank. It also seems to me that half of working on the bike is removing and reinstalling the plastic. With a regular gas tank, maintenance would be cut in half.

    The other thing is that the naked version felt lighter. Granted the plastic weighs almost nothing, but for some reason it felt much lighter. With a good fairing like the plexifairing 3 which covers the hands and has lowers built on it, it could be better than the fared version of the CTX in terms of wind protection. Too bad they don't make a full sized fairing for the naked CTX.

    In any case, I really enjoyed my ride. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80NoPLp-Zl0

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    Perhaps the reason they didn't put a metal 5-6 gallon tank to keep the center of gravity as low as possible. Adding 2-3 gallons with a metal tank above the engine would put another 15-20 lbs. above the engine changing the CG.
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    That makes sense, but an extra gallon would have been nice.

    After I posted my first post I went on a ride about 35 miles from me. I had looked up where to find the darkest skies and one of the places (near me) was a little town called Campus. It certainly was darker and I saw way more stars that night than I saw over the last ten years combined where I live. I pulled over on a side road surrounded by crops, it was too dark to see what those crops were. It felt rather strange as my primordial fear of the dark kicked it. I left the bike running as I adjusted to those feelings but shortly I shut the bike off and gazed at the multitude of stars, while at the same time scrutinized the fields near me in case Godzilla or something else jumped out to get me, he/it didn't.

    Anyway, the bike purred along beautifully and except for the seat, I could have ridden the entire night. The seat wasn't what I'd call bad, only that it could be better. A little more thigh support to spread out the pressure and get rid of the forward lean and it would be near perfect.

    Another reason I went on the ride was to get used to my new HJC RPHA MAX modular helmet that I bought a couple of months ago. It was too hot for the weather at the time but last night it was too cold with the improved venting compared to my last helmet. Closing the vents didn't stop the cold air from coming in so a little duct tape inside the helmet over the front vent holes fixed that, except it made the shield fog up easier. One thing odd about this helmet is that it comes with an internal visor, but it's very lightly tinted so doesn't do much to cut the light on a bright day. Many people complain about that, but it occurred to me that it has it's uses. When the front of the helmet is open like it might be on a warm day, the internal shield works great as added protection from the wind and bugs while allowing more wind on the face for cooling. It's also not so dark that it couldn't be used at night. The helmet is a little tight, I wear a 3X and it's a 2X, but the padding should compress some over time and it should be okay. The one thing about the RPHA is that the bottom is completely sealed around the neck when closed so it keeps the wind from blowing up from underneath like my other helmet. Anyway, while I was going down the road with the new helmet, I was as snug as a bug in a rug.
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    I don't believe there's a Godzilla in that area... it's Sasquatch / Bigfoot that you need to watch for.

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    I went to the bank to give them some money, they were a little short and needed it, besides they had free popcorn. It always feel good to help people out. While there I ran into a member from the other site that I had spoken to there and now he owns a 2015 blue CTX. He sold his Honda Valkyrie so I guess it's safe to say he is a convert. He is the very first CTX owner I've met so it's easy to understand that I was excited about it. I invited him to this site, so let's hope he stops by.

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    It was a beautiful, wonderful, It's what life is all about day... Went riding and riding... I was on two lanes, one lanes, gravel, dirt, and roads that ended in corn fields.

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    A few more photos of my ride....

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    I have to tell you that the CTX is the most relaxing motorcycle I've ever owned. There are no pretenses with it and it's so easy to just stop where I am and drink in my surroundings. This is truly a wonderful machine.

    One last picture, as you can see I'm not finished upgrading the bike...

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    I like what you did to the windscreen. Also, I find your photos motivational.

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    I've often taken mini rides like this, out in the country away from traffic and not caring where I am. When I'm done I punch HOME on the GPS. Yesterdays ride was 100 miles, a half a tank of gas, and an all day affair. I stop often when I'm somewhere that is beautiful. All I bring with me is something to drink and I'm good to go. It's a lot of entertainment for the $2 I spend on gas.

    During this ride I found a nice little fruit/vegetable farm and loaded up on some goodies. I also found some Bison, they have to be the most nasty smelling animals on the planet. I now understand what they're talking about when they speak of how bad buffalo hunters smell in the old western movies. A skunk smells very pleasant in comparison. When out in the country, many people are very friendly and wave when I go by, even people in cars and trucks wave. I'm often going 40 mph or less just so I can look around without veering off the road.

    It's a different world out there in the country, the scenery is different, the people are different, not at all like it is large towns and cities where everyone is in a hurry to get nowhere fast.

    The plastic is still off the bike because I'm getting ready to send the forks to Boston for an upgrade. I just couldn't stand not riding one moment longer.
    Last edited by Steven; 09-03-2016 at 07:27 AM.

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