"12 years ago I sold my beloved Honda CB900 which I had for 20 years and of which I was notified that no more parts would be manufactured for it due to it's age, so I felt the time was right to sell her and I did... Somehow I figured just retiring at my age maybe bike riding for 40 years, since I was 13, was probably over, even though I loved riding so much... I've owned many bikes from most of the manufacturers but I accepted my biking days should probably be done... Late this summer having been without a bike for the last 12 years and after having lived in Portland for the last 36 years my wife and I decided to move to Walla Walla to be closer to our kids here... Just a few houses away from our new home here I met a new neighbor who had a mint condition 4 year old Harley he needed to sell due to his age and the weight of the bike... I wanted to go see it but put it off for several weeks and finally I couldn't take it anymore and just had to go look at it... The guys wife let me in and after meeting her husband we really hit it off, but then they told me they had just sold the Sportster an hour before I arrived to a young guy... Oh well... Later that night I went on the internet to research if anything new was out there from all the manufacturers and in YouTube I started watching all the great videos showing the CTX700D with it's innovative Dual Clutch technology, super low center of gravity and seat height of just 28 inches, it's 70+ mpg fuel efficiency, it's 6 speed automatic transmission that can be switched to full manual shifting with a flip of a switch and I got very excited... On YouTube I was listening to many older bikers like myself at 66 years old, as well as several up near their 80's, who had owned as many as 3 Gold Wings, and other big touring machines over the years yet they were all saying hands down this new CTX700D was the finest riding bike they ever owned... They were sharing that for us older folks who are concerned with our balance and how uncertain it can make an older person feel on a bike that was tall and high off the ground, that this super low center of gravity had allowed them to easily and confidently come back to their beloved motorcycling... They also were mentioning that at their older ages they simply didn't feel secure dealing with their big old 800lb bikes anymore... They raved about how wonderful the low center of gravity was on this CTX700D, and how comfortable the foot foreword pegs were, as well as the long rear facing handlebars were but it was the automatic 6 speed transmission and it's super smooth dual clutch that they were really happy about... I started to get excited as I learned about how it has a regular automatic Drive Mode, as well as a Sport Mode, and then the third Manual Mode lets you shift up and down just as we all used to do... It surely seemed the best of all worlds for us older guys and I wanted to know more... Next day I just had to share all I learned on the CTX700D with my friend who had just sold his Harley, and immediately he too began researching this new 700cc bike which was perfect for both beginners, as well as for us older bikers who were wanting so bad to return to riding again... We both wanted a powerful, high mileage, easy shifting automatic, that gave us a secure balance feeling with it's low 28 inch seat and center of gravity... My buddy spent that evening researching and watching all the videos on this new CTX700D and the next morning he was all excited and wanted to know if I wanted to look with him for a deal on buying 2 of these new automatic Honda's and I said yes... Over the next 3 weeks we called most every dealer from Washington and Oregon, including all the Portland dealers, and asked them for quotes in which they all responded with $9k to $11k bids... Then after several weeks of getting quotes I somehow contacted Canyon Honda down in Nampa Idaho, 230 miles south of us here in Walla Walla... It was a dream come true because we were given solid bids $4k less than what we had received from easily two dozen other dealers... My friend and I ended up coming down a few days apart and we met the nicest Honda dealer we've ever known... These guys were so helpful and friendly all the way through these cash transactions... Our experience could not have been better in any way... I actually felt honored to be buying from them and that's something I would never say lightly for any purchase... I have wanted to take the time for way too long now to just stop and write, giving my thoughts and happiness with regards to this great purchase experience that both me and my friend had with Canyon Honda down in Nampa... It was very worth the 460 mile round trip... They loaded the bikes into our tuck and even threw in 2 sets of very nice tie-downs to secure our new bikes for our trips home... When it comes to Honda Motorcycle dealers these guys and gals are truly the cream of the crop... My friend and I, as well as our wives, had a most wonderful Fall riding all over together on these really torque'y, light weight touring machines... The best mileage I've gotten to date was 72.5 mpg, and usually I get at least 68 mpg on the road... Not dealing with a heavy old fashioned hand clutch in bumper to bumper traffic is totally awesome, and the race-bred automatic shifts faster than I could ever shift manually... Sorry this was so long but I just felt it was necessary to convey how great the price and service was during these 2 bike purchases... bob niccolai"
Anonymous - Walla Walla, WA