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Old 08-29-2012, 03:38 AM   #151
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NC700S around Australia

Hello a question from a newbie...
I've been lurking here for a while and have reviewed many of the threads but now I have finally a question that needs some opinion.
I am looking at buying a NC700S to do a 8 week trip around Australia and as my regular ride is a 29 year old Yamaha XJ750RL and despite all good intentions I'm not going to risk 20,000 km on such an old dear as the XJ.
I was looking at a Suzuki DL650 ABS Wee Strom but the Honda NC700 has caught my eye – more like my wallet, as the difference is a cool $2400 AUD or damn near $ 2500 USD (That I’ll buy a few extra beers plus farkels ~ I bet).
So the big question I have is...how does the NC700S (We don't have the X here in Oz) go when you are faced with a truck road train and you have to overtake a good 60 feet plus on the open road?
I guess you'll be cruising along at 120km/hr then the need for acceleration becomes apparent.


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Old 08-29-2012, 04:34 AM   #152
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Hello a question from a newbie...
I've been lurking here for a while and have reviewed many of the threads but now I have finally a question that needs some opinion.
I am looking at buying a NC700S to do a 8 week trip around Australia and as my regular ride is a 29 year old Yamaha XJ750RL and despite all good intentions I'm not going to risk 20,000 km on such an old dear as the XJ.
I was looking at a Suzuki DL650 ABS Wee Strom but the Honda NC700 has caught my eye – more like my wallet, as the difference is a cool $2400 AUD or damn near $ 2500 USD (That I’ll buy a few extra beers plus farkels ~ I bet).
So the big question I have is...how does the NC700S (We don't have the X here in Oz) go when you are faced with a truck road train and you have to overtake a good 60 feet plus on the open road?
I guess you'll be cruising along at 120km/hr then the need for acceleration becomes apparent.


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I'm gonna bet no one here ever had to do an overtake like that one.


There isn't much acceleration above 120km/h, and I felt it went fast
enough up to 120. The trucks are riding that fast?

It's a rather heavy under 50hp bike, don't expect miracles.
It'll go better then you expect when you rely on torque to overtake in
3-5th gear, but at 120km/h you'll be bouncing a couple of gears off the
limiter to accelerate fast enough.

The Vstrom (or Versys) would be a lot faster here, but I'd still take the
700X.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:28 AM   #153
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I'm gonna bet no one here ever had to do an overtake like that one.
No one here has to, either! You can always just slow down instead, you know. Let him go ahead and clear the roo's off the road for you... Save the cash, buy the Honda and take it easy on your trip.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:42 AM   #154
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No one here has to, either! You can always just slow down instead, you know. Let him go ahead and clear the roo's off the road for you... Save the cash, buy the Honda and take it easy on your trip.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:47 AM   #155
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These are the wee lorry's that frequent my roads. These guy's are true professional road users but it's the others coming the other way that are the issue, so you need a bit grunt to get by them safely and quickly.
They generally rumble along at 100 to 110 km/h so not all that fast but that last trailer generally has a mind of it's own wobbling all over the place and kicking up dust and crap, so it's best passed at warp speed scotty.
It's the $ 2.5K question for me.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:07 AM   #156
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With those trucks, you should call him on the radio and ask what the weather is like at the front before you pass.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:14 AM   #157
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Yeah, that's the idea but they are in a different time zone up front.
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I know there are a lot of DR650,KLR650 type bikes in Australia. What do they do? Everyone can't be riding ZX14's.
I would bet the NC would do the job, as long as you could see. The most I have passed in the states on a two lane was 3 cars and one tractor trailer. They were traveling about 10 under the limit and no one wanted to pass.
Its always kind of scary passing that many, too many things can happen!

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Old 08-29-2012, 06:36 AM   #159
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Straight open roads help too, and that's what he's got.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:51 PM   #160
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You are aloud to pass one car at a time. The Nc700x excelerates from 55 Mph to 80 in 4th gear really nice.

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Old 08-29-2012, 05:18 PM   #161
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You shouldn't have a problem but you might want to downshift a gear or two from 6th at 100k/h to hurry the pass. The rev limiter is about at 160kph in 5th and easily achieved.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:01 AM   #162
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I wouldn't overtake in 6th regardless of speed - it's rather slow in 6th
since it's overdrive. 5th gear is a LOT more peppy.
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:18 AM   #163
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Thanks Guy's - Hello Mr Honda...
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:28 AM   #164
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Paucity of aluminum in the frame, swing arm, handlebars, etc.. Non adjustable levers, non adjustable suspension.
so what your saying is it doesnt have shit it doesnt need. good. i hate paying for stuff that i wouldnt use or that would make no difference to me!
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so what your saying is it doesnt have shit it doesnt need. good. i hate paying for stuff that i wouldnt use or that would make no difference to me!
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