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Best research you can do is go to a local dealer and take one out for a good long run. It was only after about 50 miles that I really started to enjoy the bike. I did over 200 miles on my first demo with the DCT and then went out on a manual, but to be honest I had already made my mind up after the first run that I would be buying a CT.
This is my first Honda in almost 30 years, been on BMW GS's for the last decade and Kawasaki ZX9R's prior to them. The CT is a great all round bike and our opinions on here are all subjective, you need to try it for yourself to see how you get on with it.
As yet there doesn't appear to be any reliability issues with the bike, not that many folk are looking for them as after all Honda have built their reputation on a quality product.
Plenty of us are adding aftermarket parts to custom the bike to our own needs, but out the crate it is still a great package.
There is also a bit of a debate about which colour is the fastest, before anyone else tries to tell you it is red.
Enjoy the forum!