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Old 06-05-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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Yamaha FZ-07 vs Honda NC700X, Suzuki SV-650 and Ninja 650!

Most people are comparing the FZ-07 against the Suzuki SV-650, but another comparison is the Honda NC700X. From a price point, these two will be compared by many new Motorcycle buyers in the coming months and years. The FZ-07 smokes the Honda in about every category. Yamaha is back Baby!











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Old 06-05-2014, 01:23 PM   #2
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The NC 700X is really in a class by itself IMO. Under powered, fuel efficient commuter & nothing else beats it at that. I do like the Honda but, I'll take the FZ-07 over it any day. The NC 700X is more for the scooter people who want something more "motorcycle like".

The only thing I see in the same class (here in the states) are the SFV 650 & the Versys. Both bikes are $1,000 more & around 50 lbs. extra weight.
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:42 PM   #3
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well yamaha is not shy about going straight at the competition. i would like the "FJ" series to expand to include some of these bikes with faring. not for wind protection or anything like that although it may be helpful, but just for looks. i like a bit of presence in front, so to speak. a "bikini" faring like my FZ6 would be fine

i think i like the styling on this more then the FZ09. it does look a sleeker piece and better sculpted imo. it also has same size tires, giving it a nice stance. i like that yamaha uses big rear tires on their more ordinary bikes. this bike wears the same size rear as the R6. again, i just think it looks better. don't know what it does for handling?

pretty sure i like this bike. it looks like a finished FZ09. styling wise, i mean.

so far as this Vs the NC700X? this bike, all day long. but they are for different audiences, most likely. those looking for ultimate practicality may choose the Honda, performance be damned. now get some luggage for this bike and some wind protection up front (faring) and the FZ07 could go head to head in practicality imo. but so could many bikes

and the Honda has onboard storage. that is nice. it has great fuel mileage and an auto trans option. attractive for some

so as much as Yamaha wants us to think that bike is part of the "competition," i don't think it is, too much
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:10 PM   #4
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Agree, the Ninja 650 and SFV650 attract the same buyer as the FZ07 or vise versa. The NC700.........not so much.

Amazing how my Honda 919 weights about the same as the Ninja 650, but it has 110 horse. And that's a 12 year old design, kudos to Honda. It didn't have great sales, but was engineered great.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:24 PM   #5
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FZ v NC = fun v. practical, not much of a comparison really, different bikes for different needs.

I'm seriously considering the FZ7 for my next bike, cross shopping it with the Versys and Shiver. CB500 also in the running though in the end I'll probably want a little more performance. Really want something under 450 wet, which is why the FZ is the leading candidate.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:32 PM   #6
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That 919 is one heck of a bike. Never understood why it didn't sell well in the US. Great bikes and they seem to be lasting well.

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Agree, the Ninja 650 and SFV650 attract the same buyer as the FZ07 or vise versa. The NC700.........not so much.

Amazing how my Honda 919 weights about the same as the Ninja 650, but it has 110 horse. And that's a 12 year old design, kudos to Honda. It didn't have great sales, but was engineered great.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:44 PM   #7
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From a price point, these two will be compared by many new Motorcycle buyers in the coming months and years. The FZ-07 smokes the Honda in about every category. Yamaha is back Baby!

Lol duuuude. That would be like saying people shopping for a Ural Sidecar, also would have a CBR600RR in the potential buy mix.

A Lotus Elise or a Volvo V60 Electric Diesel Hybrid.


These two bikes, potential selling price aside, are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Of course the Yammie "smokes" the NCX! The whole entire point of the Honda design, was to go against convention, and not be a boy racer sport bike that went around dusting off other bikes in drag races and wheelies, and knee puck scraping hijinks.

I would love to have an FZ-07 in my garage!

...next to my NC700X.
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Old 06-05-2014, 02:50 PM   #8
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Rode the manual NC750X today. Great commuter. Slick and smooth. Lots of great features and accessories. Luggage, main stand etc.

The MT07 is one of the most fun bikes i've ridden in a very long time. An absolute barrel of laughs. Suspension is a bit poor - but that's fixable. Lacks some of the practical touches of the NC.

Sensible stuff - the Honda.

Shits and giggles - the Yamaha.

Both prove you don't have to spend crazy money to have a good time.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:30 PM   #9
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What?? The NC700X a middle weight street fighter? I will keep my NC700X for what it's great at...packing up with camping gear and heading out for 3-days and get 75 mpg.

I'll spend a thousand more for the triple take the FZ-09 for shits and giggles.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:35 PM   #10
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What?? The NC700X an overweight street fighter?
Fixed it for you


I would buy an FZ-07 today, if I could.
Yammerha, are ya listening?
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:57 PM   #11
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Hey Yamaha...let's see your FZ-07 do this....





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Old 06-05-2014, 04:00 PM   #12
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A different brand of beer may have impressed Yamaha.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:22 PM   #14
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I saw a scooter beat an NC700X at the dragstrip last week. Everybody was laughing their arses off.
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:32 PM   #15
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The bikes are built for different purposes. It is no surprise that the Yamaha excels at what it was built for. The Honda does just as well in achieving its design objectives. For my purposes, the FZ-07 would not have worked. It has essentially no sub-frame and spindly looking wheels. That the Yamaha "smokes" it elicits a yawn rather than a look of surprise, or a lament for having bought the "wrong one".

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