You know how it is - you've had your present bike a few years and start to think, maybe time for a fresh set of wheels before I take on that next long distance tour.
In my case, I'm currently riding an absolutely brilliant CBF1000F, although to look at, you may be thinking, with all that customising, why didn't he buy a CT in the first place?
Well, it hadn't arrived on the scene at that time.
Looking around the present marketplace and still being very pro-Honda, I see the CT is as close to where my riding style fits as I'm likely to get.
What I'd like to know before taking the plunge though is, is it really a step forward or two steps back?
Is the CT as smooth and effortless to ride as a CBF (I read elsewhere the CT can be a bit snatchy)?
Is it as economical (I typically get 50+ mpg on the CBF)?
Is it necessary or worth investing in and fitting yet another set of HIDs (almost as good as a set of Concorde landing lights)?
Is the screen as good as a CalSci (wind, what wind?)?
What are the real pain in the butt issues with the CT, literal or metaphorical?
And the biggest question of all, are there any members on this forum that have also moved from a CBF1000, either a Mk.I or a M.II and think in retrospect, that it wasn't such a clever move after all.
(currently resident on CBF1000.com and loving it)
PS - I'm not out to knock the CT. I'm simply trying to justify the investment.
BTW, Just an idea someone might want to pick up and run with.
Some time ago, I opened a thread on the CBF forum entitled 'Top Ten Mods & Accessories'.
I don't see the equivalent here, but then again, I've only just found you folks.
At the end of the day, the list showed what was worth buying and just as importantly, what was worth avoiding. It also included lots or useful comments and the beauty of the thread is that it's all in one place, so easy to locate.
You might find it useful to try something similar here. You just need a willing volunteer to drop the info into a spreadsheet and collate the data and produce a pie-chart of the results.
The idea on the thread was that you stated what you'd added to the bike (no clothing please) and what rating you'd give it based on your experience with it.
For example, if you added a hugger and it turned out to be a waste of space, you'd score it 1, whereas if you added a replacement can and it was the dog's doodahs, you might score it a 5. You also need to name the manufacturer and it's usually best to avoid anything you've built as a one-off.
As mentioned, someone needs to collate the info and build a picture of the data and eventually, you end up identifying both the most popular accessories and the top manufacturers for that accessory.
For each identified accessory (by manufacturer, so you might have several flavours of a hugger for example) , you added the scores and divided by the number of submissions to reach an average rating, then you prioritised by the accessory that has the most submissions, to find the most popular.
I've added part of the data and a pie chart to show what I mean.
Here's an example (although you can see this guy was very enthusiastic about the parts he'd fitted - lots of 5's):
Hagon rear shock 5/5 (Great value for money - so much better than stock)
Baglux tank cover 5/5
Kappa rack (it's the same as Givi rack) 5/5
SW motech quick release system for panniers 5/5
Givi E55 top case 5/5
Givi E41 side cases 5/5
Pyramid Fender extender 5/5 (to avoid steam baths on rainy days)
R&G crash bangs 5/5 (Did their job during an accident but a rock broke the water pump cover so fitted..)
Crash bars from ebay 3/5 (Not a good fit, haven't tried them in an accident yet)
Bodystyle Hugger 4/5 (it has a few cracks probably not a perfect fit)
Ermax screen 5/5 (better than stock , no wind problem but quite a lot of noise, I rate 5 as I haven't tried any other and I hate the OEM)
Motrax Hootaz double horns 5/5 (Great value for money 12gbp)
HID conversion kits 5/5 (55W/35W normal and high beam - the cheapest from ebay, no problem so far, much much brighter than stock)
Led bulbs 5/5 (tail/brake, signals, front wedge base and a few extra here and there - I love them)
Ram mount for ipaq214 PDA which acts as a satnav 5/5 (for both mount and ipaq - cheap and trustworthy solution)
Qstarz gps logger 5/5 (awesome, more than 24hours on battery and more than 8000kms of logging-superb)
Oxford heated overgrips 3/5 (They died quite soon - I had expected something better)
12V lighter sockets (x2) 5/5 (essential if you do big trips)
LCD thermometer for coolant temperature. 5/5 (Very cheap from ebay-probe attached to thermostat housing with hylomar)
Fan switch 5/5 (Just to be on the safe side)
Altered gearing 16/41 instead of 16/43 5/5 (Bike more relaxed, it fits my riding style.I think it also provides better fuel consumption under touring conditions)
Tank bag expandable 4/5 - a cheap one from Louis. I added a fewl clips to it to make refueling easier
Drop me a PM or an email if you want more info, but maybe agree who is going to run with it first, if at all.