American Honda is going after starter riders in a big way with its new line of CTX700 motorcycles. Monikered to represent Comfort, Technology and eXperience, the company says, the bikes feature easy ergonomics, ABS braking systems and automatic clutches -- at an extremely low price point.
The CTX700ND looks like a heavier-class cruiser, features a 670cc parallel twin engine, comes standard with ABS and the DCT automatic clutch shifting system, and at $7,999 is designed by Honda "to appeal to many riders who have been waiting to begin their riding experience with a full-featured yet affordable automatic-transmission bike."
The CTX700 is a fairing-equipped version of the parallel twin, also comes standard with the DCT and ABS combination and is priced at $8,799.
At even lower price points, both bikes will also be available with standard transmissions, at $6,999 for the CTX700ND and $7,799 for the CTX700.
During the Chicago unveiling Friday, Honda also took the wraps off its 2013 NC700XD, a sibling to the attractive 2013 NC700X, set loose on the market last year. Like its predecessor, and like the new CTX line, the NC700XD is meant to appeal to new or newish riders who may be as interested in comfort, safety and value as they are horsepower or performance. The NC700XD has longer suspension travel for light off-road duty, and comes with the option of DCT and ABS systems, priced at $8,499 with those features and $7,499 without.
For four-wheel enthusiasts, Honda also showed off its new side-by-side Pioneer. The 700cc machine replaces the company's Big Red four-wheeler and by way of pioneering technology offers a passenger-car-like automatic transmission, forward and reverse gears, a fuel-injected and liquid-cooled engine, and a seat configuration that will accommodate two, three or four people.