This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda CTX1300.
The CTX1300 was made only in 2014, making it somewhat of a rare bird. If you see one, at least take it for a test ride!
The Honda CTX1300 is a touring bike that looks and has the riding position of a cruiser, but with almost retro style, and handling that’s more like that in a sport-tourers.
The CTX1300 borrows the engine from the Honda ST1300 — but the longitudinally-mounted, dual-counter balanced 1261cc V4 engine has different cams, valves, compression ratio, and four 34mm throttle bodies. It’s tuned for lots of low-end torque, and is able to pull from 2000 rpm in top gear.
Sadly, the CTX1300 is no longer made, with no successor.
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Honda CTX1300 Service Intervals
Overall, the Honda CTX1300 needs oil changes every 8000 miles / 12800 km or every year. When you change the oil, also change the oil filter, plus inspect or replace the spark plug. Also consult the list of items to check in the full maintenance schedule below.
The major valve service interval for the Honda CTX1300’s V4 engine is every 16000 miles or 25600 km.
The CTX1300 has a hydraulic clutch as well as brake, so change the fluid for both at the same time. You can also opt to refresh the coolant then too, as it has the same maintenance interval of 2 years.
Finally, the CTX1300 has a shaft final drive, so it doesn’t need constant attention while touring. Though you do have to replace the shaft drive oil periodically.
Honda CTX1300 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda CTX1300.
We’ve simplified the original maintenance schedule in a few ways, re-ordering it so most important things are up the top, removing the break-in service, and reducing the need to look up footnotes.
- I: Inspect (clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace, if necessary)
- R: Replace
- At higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here.
- The break-in schedule is no longer shown, as these bikes are all broken in.
- Honda suggests you get a dealer to service the wheels, tires, and steering bearings.
|x 1000 mi||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|x 1000 km||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Every|
|Engine Oil (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)||R||R||R||12 months|
|Engine Oil Filter (HF204RC)||R||R||R|
|Air Cleaner (HA-1302)||R||R||More often if riding in dusty/wet conditions|
|Spark Plug (NGK CR7EH-9)||I||R||I|
|Engine Idle Speed||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Radiator Coolant (Pro Honda Coolant)||I||I||R||2 years|
|Secondary Air Supply System||I||I||I|
|Evaporative Emission Control System||I||I|
|Final Drive Oil (Pro Honda shaft drive oil)||I||I||R|
|Brake Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||R||I||I||R||2 years|
|Brake Pads Wear||I||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake Light Switch||I||I||I|
|Clutch Fluid (Honda DOT 4)||I||I||R||I||I||R||2 years|
|Suspension (front and rear)||I||I||I|
|Nuts, Bolts, Fasteners||I||I||I|
|Steering Head Bearings||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Honda CTX1300
The Honda CTX1300 comes with tubeless tyres of quite a wide profile at the rear.
|Wheel||Tyre (Tire) size||Tyre (Tire) pressure (cold)|
|Front||130/70R18 M/C 63V||36 psi (250 kPa, 2.50 bar)|
|Rear||200/50R17 M/C 75V||42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 bar|
About the Honda CTX1300
The Honda CTX1300 is one of those very unique motorcycles — for any manufacturer, and particularly for Honda.
It’s unique in a number of ways. But most strikingly, it’s one of Honda’s attempts at redefining the “cruiser” segment. This is a modern, comfortable motorcycle with most creature comforts you could expect from a motorcycle — but with a very unusual drivetrain.
The heart of the Honda CTX1300 is a 1261 (or “1300” I suppose) cc 90-degree liquid-cooled V4 engine. That’s already unusual for a cruiser. But it doesn’t stop there! It’s longitudinally mounted and powers the rear wheel via a shaft drive.
The engine comes from the Honda ST1300, which you probably know best from the cops who pull you over on one. It’s an engine already designed to be quick and effortless, but in the CTX1300 Honda tuned it for even more midrange torque. It makes peak power of 62 kW (83 bhp) at 6000 rpm, but what’s more important is the torque of 106 Nm (78 ft-lbs) which comes on at an early 4500 rpm.
OK, the amount of torque isn’t world-changing. But it’s more than enough to get the CTX1300 up and moving.
And the torque comes on very early and stays right until the redline. The engine is very strong wherever you’re revving — so much so that Honda only gave the CTX1300 five gears, and spaced them out nicely.
The 4-2-2 exhaust system accentuates the already pleasant purr from the CTX1300’s V4 engine.
Even though the CTX has cruiser styling, it’s not a cruiser in the purest sense. You don’t have your feet out forward, and so your spine isn’t subject to every bump. It’s more mid-control style, with your feet at a comfortable 90 degrees.
One thing the Honda CTX1300 has that most cruisers don’t have — particularly for its time — is technology.
The CTX comes standard with combined ABS. On top of tha, it has traction control, self-cancelling indicators, and even an audio system that supports Bluetooth connectivity.
The CTX1300 weighs a considerable 338 kg (745 lb). But in true Honda style, you don’t really feel it once it’s moving.
Maybe the one major part of the Honda CTX1300 that’s lacking compared to even Honda’s other cruiser brethren is the wind protection.
The short screen provides only minimal protection. So used bikes often come with aftermarket taller screens pre-fitted.
Secondly, the Honda CTX1300 doesn’t have cruise control, which is unusual for a tech-forward cruiser. Sometimes people add them aftermarket from a supplier like MCCruise, so look for those controls on the left hand side.
Maintaining the Honda CTX1300 is much like maintaining many other liquid-cooled Honda motorcycles. Change the oil and filter every 8000 mi / 12800 km, and check the valves every 16000 miles / 25600 km, changing the spark plugs while you’re at it. However, most owners of CTX1300s (or ST1300s) rarely notice valves out of spec, and only need to make adjustments once or twice in the bikes’ very long lifetimes.
Reference — Manual Screenshot for the Honda CTX1300
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2014 Honda CTX1300.
You can download it from Honda Powersports here.