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Old 03-19-2013, 05:40 PM   #16
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I have never liked the sound or power delivery of parallel twins. The sound of the Honda has not changed this. I won't say it isn't an interesting and most likely a very impressive commuter bike, but I just do not like it.

Mostly because without a clutch lever... how the hell do you clutch up wheelies?
Regarding the sound and power delivery of the NC700.....with its 270 degree crank it acts and sounds like a 90 degree V twin with a common crankpin. Most unparallel twinlike.
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:24 PM   #17
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Regarding the sound and power delivery of the NC700.....with its 270 degree crank it acts and sounds like a 90 degree V twin with a common crankpin. Most unparallel twinlike.
Ah. I'd like to ride it then. See how it behaves.

I rode a BMW F800ST for a bit and I hated the "twingle" setup. I had a short blast around a friends neighborhood on his older Ninja 250, but its carbs were so messed up I don't think it would be fair to judge.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:20 AM   #18
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short update:

given all the cold weather lately in the UK - I only today managed to get to reserve light on the fuel gauge and I promptly re-fueled after having done 181 miles. The bike took 11.62l = 70.8 mpg.



people still look upon you with strange eyes when you put the fuel hose into the pillion seat:blast

Anyway, hopefully spring is on its way soon and I can put more miles on and get the next tank emptied quicker!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:23 AM   #19
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given all the cold weather lately in the UK -

Anyway, hopefully spring is on its way soon and I can put more miles on and get the next tank emptied quicker!

++++++10 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ SPRING
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Old 03-28-2013, 11:39 AM   #20
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Update:

Yesterday I did remove the db killer from the akrapobic exhaust, now the bike sounds much better... Almost like my Buell (but the Uly still wins any noise contest!)

I took a quick vid with the ipad.

http://youtu.be/fqHFrhOqDgA

As you can see that I have not yet even worn the tyres to the edge, it been too cold and wintery here in England....
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:51 PM   #21
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Keep it going

Please keep filling us in on all of your opinions and experiences on this bike. I am very seriously considering picking one up this summer if I can sell my current bike. How does the weight feel different with the tank placement? Is it any less fun to ride with the paddles? Etc etc etc

Thanks for the thread.
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Old 04-07-2013, 11:24 AM   #22
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Please keep filling us in on all of your opinions and experiences on this bike. I am very seriously considering picking one up this summer if I can sell my current bike. How does the weight feel different with the tank placement? Is it any less fun to ride with the paddles? Etc etc etc

Thanks for the thread.
Thanks and here is another quick update.

I am nearing getting the second tank empty and will fuel up tomorrow morning. I guess consumption will have been a bit worst now after I have free'd the exhaust! I will post the mpg figure tomorrow.

As for the weight balance i did not tice this at all, but the bike is light anyway!
Its definetely fun with to use the paddles....i mainly ride in D-mode and use the paddles if i want to overtake or sometimes just before a bend to get better engine braking and more power to get back out....its great fun!

I love the DCT over the manual! It gives this bike such a wide range of riding varities, from auto mode just commuting to almost playstation like fun!

Try it outbut make sure you go for a proper test ride not just 10 miles.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:08 AM   #23
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update:

this morning i filled up to the second time. this tank was emptied without the db-killers in the Akrapovic exhaust. i was riding in D-mode but pace a bit quicker than the first tank and i shifted down with the paddles often too...



so impact on fuel is very little.

the next (3rd) tank i will ride in S-mode only. lets see what that does to the fuel economy. i shall report.

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Old 04-13-2013, 11:27 AM   #24
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I also think the DCT is a good tranny choice for this engine given the narrow rpm band...have fun!
BTW I am going for a ride at the end of the month at the local Honda test ride program on the DCT VFR1200....
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Old 04-14-2013, 08:33 AM   #25
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Update:

With the sun finally out today was a day of riding! It start this morning in going for a breakfast run with my mate Dan, who had brought his newly acquired Aprilla Tuono V4 down and I took the CB1000R to be able to keep up...also the new set of tyres needed scrubbing in anyway...

Here are the beast at our breakfast stop:



I had a ride on the Tuono and its a great package! Stonking engine and superb super bike chassis handling...

But now back to the NC. This afternoon i took the NC for another spin up towards Oxfordshire. Traffic going into Henley was manic, so i stop and took a pic.



Than i headed further up north before needing to fuel up having done the 200.2mls - all in S-mode! The bike took 13.12l with is just under 70mpg or 4.07l / 100km. So there is almost No difference in fuel consumption between D and S mode!



And here the fuel pump reading



I also did give the bike a clean last Friday so that its back to almost new bike shine...



And finally i got anther picture done in Henley on my return... With the Thames River behind the bike.



Anyway, thats me up to 600 miles on the NC and i have it booked in for its first service this coming Friday.

Let the sun keep shining and Spring is finally here!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:14 AM   #26
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Update:

This morning I clocked over the 1000 mile mark = just after having to stop at the Datchet railway crossing. With the barrier down I had a chance to take a quick pic with my phone...



Shortly after I fill up my 5th tank and its amazing that even with high petrol prices I am able to cover 1000 miles for just over 87 in Fuel (103 or $135)!

here is an update on the fuel consumption. its all pretty much the same for every tank.



The bike has performed faultless - as expected! The DCT is great and I still much prefer it over the manual option.

I look already forward to the next 1000 miles!

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:29 PM   #27
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Operational question about DCT?

I have a little experience with a 2006 FJR1300AE electronic clutch model (no automatic shifting at all) and learned that it wouldn't let me shift into neutral until the bike was at a standstill. My habit when coming to a stop has always been to pull the clutch as I neared the place I intended to stop (10 to 20 feet away) and use the brake to finalize the stop as I shifted into neutral or first. With the electronic clutch remaining engaged, in close traffic or in the garage, stopping points were rather unpredictable, since the bike wanted to continue forward until it reached at point the computer decided engine speed and forward motion made for a good time to halt. It was a distraction.

What I'd like to know Lars, is whether the dual clutch transmission permits manually selecting neutral before coming to a stop -- or, when in Automatic mode, if it either coasts or free wheels as it slows?

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Old 06-05-2013, 01:25 PM   #28
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I have nit tried that Bill. Only ever selected neutral when stop, but i will try and report....although not a for a few weeks as currently i am using a Crossrunner as my colleague borrowes my NC700
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #29
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put me on the list of DCT lovers! I got to ride one of these the other day, and it was awesome! I think we will be seeing this on a lot of bikes soon. At least I hope that by the time I get ready to buy another bike, it is at least an option.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:27 PM   #30
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[QUOTE=Lars1974;21575249]I have nit tried that Bill. Only ever selected neutral when stop, but i will try and report....although not a for a few weeks as currently i am using a Crossrunner as my colleague borrowes my NC700[/QUOTE

I would appreciate it Lars, although I suppose if you haven't tried shifting to neutral or coasting when coming to a stop, it isn't necessary on the NC700. But let me know please. Test rides at motorcycle dealerships in the U.S. are hard to get.

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