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  • Offline zbdmark   gb

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    Slow Burner
    on: Jul 03, 2022, 10.33 pm
    Jul 03, 2022, 10.33 pm
    I joined this forum in late 2019 when I bought a pre registered 2019 manual model. I rode it for a few months on and off but as it was winter never really went too far in one go and as a result I didn't really gel with it. I guess coming off a few bikes that had more modern tech and lighter fly by wire throttles didn't help. The CT just felt old fashioned and cumbersome. I did however appreciate the build quality.

    Several bikes later and somewhat disillusioned with high tech suspension, riding modes and keyless ignition (now there's a solution to a problem that never existed!) I found myself looking at a CT again only this time a 9yr old DCT version. I bought it and was blown away by how good it feels. Growing to like the DCT more and more despite my initial scepticism. It's probably a sign that I'm getting old but I suddenly appreciate solid build quality, simple LCD dash that you can read in sunlight, sensible (if somewhat soft) suspension and probably the best engine ever made by Honda even if it has been messed with too much compared to the VFR donor. I've completed 1000 miles on it in 2 weeks just riding locally, can't get enough of it.

    I'm left wondering if this will be another temporary love affair, or this time a long term one? I would like to try a manual one again as a direct comparison but these bikes seem few and far between in the UK at least. Never the less I plan to enjoy whilst I can...             
    Last Edit: Jul 03, 2022, 10.35 pm by zbdmark

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    Re: Slow Burner
    Reply #1 on: Jul 04, 2022, 04.06 am
    Jul 04, 2022, 04.06 am
    *Originally Posted by zbdmark [+]
    I joined this forum in late 2019 when I bought a pre registered 2019 manual model. I rode it for a few months on and off but as it was winter never really went too far in one go and as a result I didn't really gel with it. I guess coming off a few bikes that had more modern tech and lighter fly by wire throttles didn't help. The CT just felt old fashioned and cumbersome. I did however appreciate the build quality.

    Several bikes later and somewhat disillusioned with high tech suspension, riding modes and keyless ignition (now there's a solution to a problem that never existed!) I found myself looking at a CT again only this time a 9yr old DCT version. I bought it and was blown away by how good it feels. Growing to like the DCT more and more despite my initial scepticism. It's probably a sign that I'm getting old but I suddenly appreciate solid build quality, simple LCD dash that you can read in sunlight, sensible (if somewhat soft) suspension and probably the best engine ever made by Honda even if it has been messed with too much compared to the VFR donor. I've completed 1000 miles on it in 2 weeks just riding locally, can't get enough of it.

    I agree on several points, I like the simplicity and basic technology of the Crosstourer.  Before buying the bike I had my eye on all of the new models and I keep up with all of the modern features, technology and options currently available, I thought I would be taking several steps backward with the Crosstourer.  After riding it for awhile, I appreciate the weight and planted feeling on the highway, I don't need more than TC, ABS and cruise control, which I added right away, (radar assist adaptive cruise control on the modern Euro bikes is just too over the top).
    I like the basic LCD screen with easy to read larger numbers, to me TFT and smartphone integration is totally over rated and at least for my needs, completely unnecessary.  Living with the Crosstourer has given me an appreciation for the basics, you don't need every technological aid to hold your hand or assist while riding.

  • Offline t15dja   gb

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    Re: Slow Burner
    Reply #2 on: Jul 04, 2022, 08.16 am
    Jul 04, 2022, 08.16 am
    I saw Mark's CT last weekend on a mini-rideout and it certainly looked a good 'un. I remember saying it was in excellent condition (with a great paint scheme) considering it was 9 years old. All the bolts and fasteners still looked bright and new. That's one of the reasons that persuaded me to buy a CT. A far cry from the R1200GS I had a few years back, which was showing signs of corrosion after just 1000 miles.
    Last Edit: Jul 04, 2022, 09.15 am by t15dja

  • Offline matt28   nl

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    Re: Slow Burner
    Reply #3 on: Jul 04, 2022, 09.14 am
    Jul 04, 2022, 09.14 am
    I have my 2019 CT manual for 2 years now. In the meantime had couple of test rides on BMW, Suzuki, Triumph.
    After all, found out that my CT suits really well. Everything what I was missing only,was cruise control. Bought one from MCC, should finish installation tomorrow (silly me, lost pin removal tool). Maybe I'm getting old, but not looking to change motorbike any time soon.

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    Re: Slow Burner
    Reply #4 on: Aug 10, 2022, 07.02 pm
    Aug 10, 2022, 07.02 pm
    I just realized I have had mine for 5 years now.  Not even considering a replacement.  Maybe in addition to but it is just a great bike.

  • Offline Klj   gb

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    Re: Slow Burner
    Reply #5 on: Sep 08, 2022, 04.14 pm
    Sep 08, 2022, 04.14 pm
    imo one of the best bikes built . In my case made perfect with the addition of a left brake lever .. good luck with it :002: