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Old 03-12-2015, 01:17 PM   #1
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2012 Honda NC700S or 2014 NC750S


I am in the market for a new bike after having been off for three years. I am in the golden years! I am in Ontario.

My LBS has a NEW 2012 NC 700S. He can do it for $8000 OTD. He doesn't have but could get a 2014 NC 750S for $1,700 more OTD.

I've determined that the 750 has the following changes / enhancements:

More power
More balancers, less vibes?
Better exhaust noise?
No Combined ABS, independent F/R, not sure whether this is better or not
Adjustable brake lever
Saddle less slippery
Digital display with gear indicator, more readable?
2 pounds heavier
The 750 will come with a two-year Honda plus warranty due to a current promotion

I would like to add several accessories:

Mainstand plus socket plus OEM heated grips will add $1000.

I have the GIVI cases but will need new racks/brackets for another $400.

Than maybe crashbars, etc. etc.

Do I keep my money and run with the 700 or go all in with the 750. Will I miss any of these changes/enhancements?

The accessories will add several grands. At that point, I feel I will have spent so much money that maybe I should have gone with a bike in a higher price range (e.g. BMW F800R, F700GS, a Triumph).

What do you think? Any advice / comments will be appreciated.

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Old 03-12-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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A good friend of mine in the UK has a new 750 Integra and he loves the improvements in the latest version. To me the 750 would be a no brainer.
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Old 03-12-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
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I'd see if you can make them drop $1000 off that 700SA. If it's a brand new 2012, they most likely want to get rid of it. Another option is that maybe they can throw in some accessories, saving you money there. I got my 2012SA in 2013 for $6000 with less than 1000 km on the odo.

I've heard good stuff about the improvements, but I don't know if I'd shell out thousands of dollars more for them. Just see if you can bargain it down, that 700 could be cheaper.

You can also probably find some aftermarket parts if you want to save on accessories.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:21 AM   #4
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It's worth it for the increase in power alone. When a bike only has 50ish hp, a few more make a big difference, unlike when you have a few hundred, and the last few are rarely used
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:03 PM   #5
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If the 700 isn't the detuned 47hp European version, but the 51hp version, then I'd say go with that. Power difference is not noticeable with the regular 700 vs. the 750 according to bloggers on youtube who compared the difference. The power to weight ratio is better with the 700, gas mileage is better, you don't need the dash recall as you will with the 2014, and you'll save money. No brainer.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:40 AM   #6
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I went for the 2012 NC700SA. Saved almost $3000 relative to full price in 2012 if I count everything: bike discount, no freight, no PDI no admin fee, free install of accessories, 15% off of accessories for one year, free 2nd year Honda plus, etc., Pick up early April. Can't wait.
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