I had the HONDA CTX1300 for 2 years but I've always had a problem, the only one I must say, in that it was so heavy when moving around by hand. The slightest incline would give me trouble or a tight manouvre I'd tend to drop it.
I had to decide that a 350kg bike is just too heavy for me as I get older (I'll be 71 this coming November) and so looked around.
I test rode a few, liked the Honda CrossTourer Highlander but again it was just a little too heavy, Suzuki VT800 was awful to ride due to continuous vibration even cruising in top gear. I liked the courtesy Honda Rebel 500 but it was too small and then spotted that Thunderroad Gloucester had a Harley Sportster Superlow in so I thought it was worth a go. I did test ride a Street Bob about 4 years ago and liked it but not for cruising. This Sportster is the XL1200T, a touring version of the sportster. They have removed the peanut tank and put on a larger tank so you can go more than 75 miles! Added a windshield and panniers. When I saw it, still dirty from just being taken in, I liked the look of it and booked a test ride.
Very different to the CTX but I recognised that I could live with this bike. It's only 100cc less but 100kg lighter. I pushed it around, very easy, and being superlow it is easy when stopping. Harley throbbing is a bonus and the vibration that is there smooths out when cruising.
In short, I love it, in a very different way to how I loved the CTX but it really does suit me better in a number of ways
I've added a large top box for when I go camping, which I did a few weeks ago down in Wales when we had a lot of torrential rain! The bike performed well and I'm very pleased.
First view of the Harley when I went for the test ride (that wet on the ground is from a quick wash the dealer did to make it look a bit better).
As it is now
The tank and air cleaner cover