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Old 08-08-2012, 04:08 AM   #2701
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Cell phone pics!

It was locked up, I had to set it free:


The obligatory artistic shot, cutting off the mirrors like an amateur:


Chattin' with the big boys (I'LL HAVE 4 CYLINDERS WHEN I GROW UP!):


..and my bus was waiting for me when I brought the bike back:
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:33 AM   #2702
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Nice pics, thanks for sharing!

I took the C14 out for a 275 mile ride on saturday, not sure i want to give up all the lil things it offers, like power to spare, adjustable windscreen, power to spare, lots of storage, power to spare, all the info the display gives and did i mention lots of power!!

And when ridden in a non-ticket inducing manner she gets upper 40's to low 50's mpg.
I got 46.9 mpg on that trip and there was a few over 100mph burst with a lil drag race with a freind up to 140 (speedo).

The C14 is just a big bike and 'feels' rather 'taxing' for lack of a better word. I want something more like my Nighthawk 750 but with more leg room, fuel injection and better wind protection.
I think the NC700x will fit the bill. Plus help to keep me out of trouble with too much power to spare.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:38 AM   #2703
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Nice pics, thanks for sharing!

I took the C14 out for a 275 mile ride on saturday, not sure i want to give up all the lil things it offers, like power to spare, adjustable windscreen, power to spare, lots of storage, power to spare, all the info the display gives and did i mention lots of power!!

And when ridden in a non-ticket inducing manner she gets upper 40's to low 50's mpg.
I got 46.9 mpg on that trip and there was a few over 100mph burst with a lil drag race with a freind up to 140 (speedo).

The C14 is just a big bike and 'feels' rather 'taxing' for lack of a better word. I want something more like my Nighthawk 750 but with more leg room, fuel injection and better wind protection.
I think the NC700x will fit the bill. Plus help to keep me out of trouble with too much power to spare.
From my perspective it seems that you've got your bases covered pretty well with the DRZ and C14 but what do I know...
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:44 AM   #2704
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I was planning this DT300/Xciting500 purchase for over a year.
I am also considering the Downtown 300i for my son to learn on if the PCX150 I am test riding this weekend proves to be too slow. The Kymco is $2000 more though at $5500.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:58 AM   #2705
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Nice pics, thanks for sharing!

I took the C14 out for a 275 mile ride on saturday, not sure i want to give up all the lil things it offers, like power to spare, adjustable windscreen, power to spare, lots of storage, power to spare, all the info the display gives and did i mention lots of power!!
That C14 probably has power to spare!


The NC700X up to about 60 is just a tiny bit faster then my 300cc scoot
with the malossi variator, everyone who wants the 700 should really ride
it for more then 20 miles to see if it's got enough power for ya.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:59 AM   #2706
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I am also considering the Downtown 300i for my son to learn on if the PCX150 I am test riding this weekend proves to be too slow. The Kymco is $2000 more though at $5500.
2 different worlds..
Can't go wrong with either, and the DT is easy to ride like a bicycle, much
like the NC700X.. no weight on the bars, 2 finger steering.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:13 AM   #2707
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2 different worlds..
Can't go wrong with either, and the DT is easy to ride like a bicycle, much
like the NC700X.. no weight on the bars, 2 finger steering.
He needs something easy. He is 23 but cannot seem to overcome his trepidation at taking the wheel of a car. In the US, we have very little mass transit and it is a big country where people often live in one city but have to find work in another.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:18 AM   #2708
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He needs something easy. He is 23 but cannot seem to overcome his trepidation at taking the wheel of a car. In the US, we have very little mass transit and it is a big country where people often live in one city but have to find work in another.
Someone not able to drive a car for any reason, in my opinion.. should stay
away from bikes.

I'd suggest something like a Zuma 125 or a Kymco Agility 125 first..
PCX is already a lot of money for something that might end up not
ridden.. or crashed.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:19 AM   #2709
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From my perspective it seems that you've got your bases covered pretty well with the DRZ and C14 but what do I know...

And that is what i thought i was doing when i bought the C14 ... but i hate KIPASS, just waiting for it to leave me stranded someplace. and IF i drop it ... $3500 in tupperware damage (at 700 pounds, she isnt light).

I just want something road oriented that is a lot simpler.
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Old 08-08-2012, 06:55 AM   #2710
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Nice pics, thanks for sharing!

I took the C14 out for a 275 mile ride on saturday, not sure i want to give up all the lil things it offers, like power to spare, adjustable windscreen, power to spare, lots of storage, power to spare, all the info the display gives and did i mention lots of power!!

And when ridden in a non-ticket inducing manner she gets upper 40's to low 50's mpg.
I got 46.9 mpg on that trip and there was a few over 100mph burst with a lil drag race with a freind up to 140 (speedo).

The C14 is just a big bike and 'feels' rather 'taxing' for lack of a better word. I want something more like my Nighthawk 750 but with more leg room, fuel injection and better wind protection.
I think the NC700x will fit the bill. Plus help to keep me out of trouble with too much power to spare.

you and I are pretty much whining the same song, only I have an FJR that I just bought last March (love it!) and my biggest reason for wanting the NC700X is my bad back. No way I could pick up the FJR if it fell over.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:12 AM   #2711
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you and I are pretty much whining the same song, only I have an FJR that I just bought last March (love it!) and my biggest reason for wanting the NC700X is my bad back. No way I could pick up the FJR if it fell over.

Yup hadn't factored that part in yet.

I just see the NC700x as a road version of the DRz which is easy to ride, just hop on and go.
The C14 just 'seems' so much more involved to ride.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:36 AM   #2712
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Yup hadn't factored that part in yet.

I just see the NC700x as a road version of the DRz which is easy to ride, just hop on and go.
The C14 just 'seems' so much more involved to ride.
I hear where you're coming from but you *might* find you miss the power thrill that only a big bike gives. The bigger adv bikes tend to give the best of both worlds.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:17 AM   #2713
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I hear where you're coming from but you *might* find you miss the power thrill that only a big bike gives. The bigger adv bikes tend to give the best of both worlds.
At twice the price and considerably more weight. You have to decide what the thrill is worth. I had narrowed my own search down to two entirely different bikes: The NC700x and a KTM 990 SM-T. Both are sub-500 lb. semi-naked bikes that need a seat, luggage, and a bit more wind protection to tour comfortably. The main difference? One hauls ass and the other doesn't. For those few "wick it and grin" moments, is the satisfaction worth it? Twice the cost to purchase, more to insure, higher ad valorem license fees, tires and chains wear faster, 38 mpg on premium vs. 68 mpg on regular, maintenance complexity and cost, et cetera. I would have soundly preferred the KTM as I would a BMW 335i over a Honda Civic. But as a practical matter, I am an old retired guy on a fixed (broken?) income and I am free to leave earlier or stay longer rather than to go faster. I only lamented my choice and wept for the KTM for a few days. OK, more than that. BUt I'm over it now. Honest. See?

Some would say you can't pass as well with a slower bike, but you make up for it in which overtakings you attempt. Added to this, the more capable bike gets ridden faster and the implications of a mistake or accident rise exponentially with speed.
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:19 AM   #2714
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At twice the price and considerably more weight. You have to decide what the thrill is worth. I had narrowed my own search down to two entirely different bikes: The NC700x and a KTM 990 SM-T. Both are sub-500 lb. semi-naked bikes that need a seat, luggage, and a bit more wind protection to tour comfortably. The main difference? One hauls ass and the other doesn't. For those few "wick it and grin" moments, is the satisfaction worth it? Twice the cost to purchase, more to insure, higher ad valorem license fees, tires and chains wear faster, 38 mpg on premium vs. 68 mpg on regular, maintenance complexity and cost, et cetera. I would have soundly preferred the KTM as I would a BMW 335i over a Honda Civic. But as a practical matter, I am an old retired guy on a fixed (broken?) income and I am free to leave earlier or stay longer rather than to go faster. I only lamented my choice and wept for the KTM for a few days. OK, more than that. BUt I'm over it now. Honest. See?

Some would say you can't pass as well with a slower bike, but you make up for it in which overtakings you attempt. Added to this, the more capable bike gets ridden faster and the implications of a mistake or accident rise exponentially with speed.
I'm gonna say the NC700X is a BMW 116 diesel, and the KTM a Subaru
Impreza STI.

Carry on!
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Old 08-08-2012, 09:23 AM   #2715
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Hello from Switzerland ncx rider

Hello all, I am Joe. I have had the ncx since 4.4.2012. Silver with manual trans and abs + linked brakes.

I am a returning-to-biking rider and I love this nifty little road carver. Perfect for my weekend thrills through the Swiss mountain passes.

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