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Old 07-27-2012, 09:11 PM   #2386
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I picked my NCX up today. After riding my GL1200I it feels more like my TW200. Man the NCX feels light!
I don't know what has to break-in though, my ass or the seat? If your wanting a rocket you need to look elsewhere!
So far I really like it. I haven't got over 4500 rpm yet, and already have been looking for seventh gear.

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Old 07-28-2012, 02:52 AM   #2387
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Sorry, bloody photobucket wasn't working on Firefox last night so couldn't upload pictures.

Here we go:

After trying the F800GS I popped across to Blade Honda to ride the NC700X.


First thing to comment on (and the thing that divides opinion between those than know how to get the best from any engine, and those that just blindly rev he tits off everything) is the engine.
The engine in this bike it very low-revving (redline is at 7k) but thankfully the pull is very good right from tick-over, I found it best to keep it between 3-6k, the engine is keen and has a lovely note to it (They do sound amazing on open pipes), despite what I'd read they do pull well even in top gear...in short, get to know the power delivery and ride it accordingly.

It squeezed through traffic well and had good punch for quick and safe overtaking even at speed.
The Gearbox was typical Honda (nice solid feel to it) and shifted positively.
The Brakes (although single disc on front) were very good and never felt lacking.
The seat was very comfy, no problems at all.
The Clutch very light with good feel to it.
The handling was superb, it felt very light to flick from left to right and cornered very well with a very stable feel to it.
The suspension (although older style forks) was very good, tbh it felt just right as it never felt too soft on the brakes yet it didn't wallow or bounce on bumps mid-corner, it absorbed potholes well too.
The screen was perfect, kept the wind off my chest and didn't notice and buffeting..plus not too big to spoil the look of the bike.
The finish was very good, and as expected everything is well thought-out including a huge storage area under the dummy tank (fuel tank is under the pillion seat), it would be very easy to put a 12v power-socket in the main storage area.
Styling is always a matter of personal taste and I love the look of it (The IXIL exhaust transforms the only bit I don't like)






I was out on it for an hour and a half and only took it back when I did as time was getting on a bit, could have easily and happily stayed out on it all day.

A big thank you to Andy at Blade Honda, I will be back.

I absolutely loved it.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:45 AM   #2388
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Sorry, bloody photobucket wasn't working on Firefox last night so couldn't upload pictures.

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After trying the F800GS I popped across to Blade Honda to ride the NC700X.
Sounds like you really enjoyed the bike. Is there anything you noticed right away that you would change?
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Old 07-28-2012, 05:16 AM   #2389
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My dealer mounted a combination 12v and USB power supply for me, ready to go when I picked it up (not the Honda option, but a third-party product). It is mounted right against the switches on the left handlebar and looks like it was part of the original equipment. I put an iPhone holder next to it so my stereo, GPS, and communication needs are all neatly taken care of. I use Bluetooth for sound instead running a cable between iPhone and helmet.
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:55 AM   #2390
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I had a good look at a white one, the paint is big flake metallic (I thought it was just flat white)
I think White will be the colour I go for.



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Old 07-28-2012, 08:32 AM   #2391
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I was wondering since virtually every car engine these days doesn't require valve adjustments (maybe a few require them, I don't know which ) seeing as it is a Honda Fit/Jazz engine in the bike, why would the NC700 require it ?

Because it's not a Fit engine or even a part of a Fit engine. I had one of those horrible little cars with that crappy paddle shift exploding automatic. People do know that Honda is legendary for their crappy automatic transmissions, right? On the upside a 2008 Honda Fit paddle shift destroyed a Ducati Hyper Motard head to head on the same twisty road in a magazine test.

I still don't know why the redline is mentioned, very common in motorcycles to have low rev limits until you start talking crotch rockets.

I got to see one at my dealer and that tail section is even more hideous in person. It might even be a deal killer for me. I don't do those stupid tidy tail kits because I want a fender to keep water off of me and this bike doesn't even look like it can do that if I left it stock.

I might wait until what we call "winter" when the dealer is a little more hungry before I make up my mind.
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #2392
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Sounds like you really enjoyed the bike. Is there anything you noticed right away that you would change?

I loved it, I really did.
Other than the Exhaust I won't change anything...oh I'll stick a 12v power socket in the front storage compartment.
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:38 AM   #2393
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I still don't know why the redline is mentioned, very common in motorcycles to have low rev limits until you start talking crotch rockets.
Because it's obvious competitors like the DL650 and Versys red-line at around 10k RPM. Hardly "crotch rockets".
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Old 07-28-2012, 09:51 AM   #2394
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Because it's obvious competitors like the DL650 and Versys red-line at around 10k RPM. Hardly "crotch rockets".

Oh, they are to me.

Most bikes that I like and have owned are low rev engines.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:15 AM   #2395
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I too think the Fit automatic is a bit of a turd, lousy shifting and jouncy, busy, horrible ride. Otherwise, hey, its great.

But, I was interested in the valve adjustment question for the NC700 series because I thought the engine was from a Fit, which I understand does not require valve adjustments. If it was the same head, and the NC700 had a belt instead of chain drive it would be the all time commuting and forget-about-it sort of bike. I understand chains are not that big of a hassle, (with a center stand) and understand if the head is different, valve inspections/adjustments may be required.

From Wikipedia (not Honda):

The Integra is powered by a single overhead camshaft 670 cc (41 cu in) parallel-twin engine that is essentially the 1.3 L Honda Fit engine chopped in half—it even retains the same bore and stroke dimensions—titled 62˚ forward to provide a low centre of gravity, with near uniform weight distribution.[9][10] The undersquare engine has programmed fuel injection and variable intake valve timing,[11][12] and is tuned to deliver powerful torque in the low- to mid-speed range.[11] The engine was designed to deliver a "pleasant throbbing feel" of a V-twin through the use of a 270˚ crankshaft, which Honda "deliberately designed with a uniaxial primary balancer" even though the primary vibration of the crankshaft could have been balanced perfectly using a biaxial balance shaft.[7]
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:19 AM   #2396
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Well I'm off to my local Honda dealer to look at this beauty for myself!
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:20 PM   #2397
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Oh, they are to me.

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Old 07-28-2012, 12:23 PM   #2398
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My local dealership in Alamogordo, NM got two in... a standard and a DCT/ABS. I sat on the dtandard today and was very impressed. Beautiful bike with Honda quality. Almost makes me sad that i just bought a Versys.
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:56 PM   #2399
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After trying the F800GS I popped to Blade Honda to ride the NC700

I absolutely loved it.
@ y2blade,
Thanks for the write up, but I was wondering, since prior to riding the Honda, you mentioned that you rode the 800GS... What were your impressions on the differences between the two...?
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:06 PM   #2400
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Rode Today--Pleasantly Suprised

Our local Honda dealership has had a manual and DCT model for a week now. Finally getting enough time to go in, I went for a nice 20 minute ride. I had stopped by earlier in the week and sat on the thing, and frankly wasn't impressed too much. After riding however, I must say that I am very impressed and would even consider myself interested. I had rode VAlongbeard's sweet 2006 'Strom 650 earlier in the week, and was just certain that a similar ride to his would be my next steed. I don't know for sure now if that will be definitive after riding the NC700X. Keep in mind that this is coming from a guy who has owned a DRZ-400s and currently a CBR 250R. These are the bikes I've owned albeit smaller bikes in stature and displacement, but I've ridden quite a diverse portfolio of bikes, so I do know what power feels like.

The biggest thing as a US consumer is the lack of testing of any models here in the states. A friend test rode a 1300cc Fury along with me, and I rode that as well, so I can make a direct comparison to the feel of torque and acceleration. I want to give my impressions of the bike. I'm 6'3", 215, and the bike really fit well! The bike has an upright seating position for sure, with the handlebars giving a nice wide set feel. It was different not to have any weight bearing forward on the wrists compared to the 250r, and I must say I liked it alot! Passenger seat looks to be slightly better than one would expect from a sportbike and provide comfort for a passenger for local jaunts, but long distance riding with a partner looks out. In fact, the seat would be my only gripe. It has a ramped-forward bias that kept me against the tank, even though the riding position in general is neutral and non-aggresive. That didn't make sense to me. The padding in the seat is quite comfortable, and if they would take the incline out of the seat I would see no reason ever to need to replace it--I'm sure the aftermarket will solve that.

Speaking directly to the power, transmission, and delivery (I rode the clutch version), it was all so silky and completely suprised me. It's hard to describe the feel of an engine that redlines at 6000 rpm. My CBR just starts to build any torque at that RPM. So, one thinks that the engine would sound dull and low revving, but its nice--the engine actually sounds like its building revs to 8-9k, but its only turning 5 at that point...weird. Any way clicking down to first and rolling out and I was very impressed by the silky, torquey manner at which it accelerated. If you REALLY short-shifted it it would chug and lug under 2k, but anything above 2500 rpm and it pulled real nice. Riding back to back with the Fury (I know completely different genre, mission, and purpose) it was obvoius the NC700X was the quicker ride. It was an awesome feeling tipping into a turn--it feels extremely light, similar to my cbr, but with higher bars and more comfortable seating position. If I had to guess the US mags will test the bike in the high 4 second to 60 time frame and the quarter in the mid 13's. Completely enough power for one's needs (if you dig something other than a sportbike). Effortless go power, the need not to rev the crap out of it, and silky delivery. Hard to beat for 6999.

The windscreen provided decent wind protection, but in testing the feel/flow with my hand I would say that below neck level the wind is definately minimized, but my helmet was for sure getting the full blast. I didn't mind, but a taller screen would probably be on my short list of improvements.

Guys, you owe it to yourself to ride this---it's impressive. The friend who rode the Fury also liked it alot--his daily ride is a SV650 and he thought the power was similar to his, but not as peaky in hp and more of a feel of low rpm torque.

Can't wait for next spring to see if they bring the white over!!
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