Anyone own a Falcon NX4???

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Gringacho, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    You misunderstood. I referred to the NX4 as a scoot, meaning a small motorcycle.

    It would definitely not be my choice for two-up riding any serious distances. Definitely check the fit before you buy.
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  2. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    OK, I understood.
    Yes it's small, but considering prices in Chile and the fact I'll need to resell the bike fast at the end of the trip, it sounds to be the best option as it is a popular bike.
    For sure it will be a big change after the KTM 950 but at least it will be lighter and cheaper to fix.

    My girl friend does not take a lot of space and I'm not big size either, so it should be more or less ok. and at the end, it doesn't seem to be worst than a KLR for two up (that was my initial choice).
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  3. glasswave

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    The Falcon fit 2 up fairly comfortably. If you travel light the power will be "ok" up to about 90kph & then quite sparse after that. Consider getting a smaller front sprocket.

    On the gravel & such you be fine. Big high passes up North will be slow but doable.
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  4. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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    I'm currently in the Pucón Region, still alone but with the bike very loaded (I'll have to get rid of stuff before the lady arrives).
    I road a lot of back roads, dirt, rocks, with the load, the bike performs very well!
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  5. khaitronic

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    Just lurking around anyone own this...

    Mine just changed to a dominator headlight... :rofl

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  6. Zibou

    Zibou Been here awhile

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  7. khaitronic

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    WoW!!!! that is one hell of adventures!... well done!... loving your blog..
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  8. tycobb

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    Looking for a bike here in Mexico, came across a guy selling his 2008 Honda Falcon NX4 400cc with 8000km for appx $2250 USD. I don't know enough about bikes to ensure everything is good to go and the photos show some age and scratches. If I decide to go forward, I may try to locate a mechanic who could give it a look over but anything in particular you would be concerned about?

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  9. dexterbeef

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    Brilliant little bikes. Good motor if oil is changed regularly. No idea if that is a good price where you are, but they are in the words of a wiser man than me "the perfect 2nd/3rd World bike" Will hum along at 100kph all day and will will do 130kph when needed. 70 (UK)mpg easily achievable :-)

    My take is I have run one here in the UK since I bought it with 500km (genuine) in 2014, mine has now done 16,000km not a beat missed and reliable as a Swiss watch. Gentle on tyres and chain (I fitted an oiler), economic and all round good bike.

    Areas to watch fork seals are prone to weeping, however, most time a Sealmate will sort it most times. Seals are an easy swap if required. Not sure if gaiters are good or bad things. My bike has had some VERY serious off-road hammer and I swapped out the fork oil from ATF to SAE17, but I am a big guy and often carry a lot of gear, also have a plastic 20l tank on the bike ;-) Harder front spring would be useful for me... Rear shock good enough for most purposes and Honda Brazil actually put grease on all the rear linkages !!!

    Failings are that the ergonomics are pitched at someone around 165-170cm. Seat slopes forward and drops me into the tank on a standard machine. Same with bars, I fitted risers.

    My mods for all round travel with a lot off off road:
    Big plastic tank
    Serrated and wider Chinese footpegs for secure footing off road, although the rubbers do come off OEM.
    Small screen for road work
    Risers
    Rear rack
    Hand guards
    Rubber cushion grips, they vibe a bit when new.
    I run TKC80 on front Heidi K60 rear for all round use, MX front and MItas EO9 trail riding.
    Raised seat height by 30mm at front, rear bum stop pushed back 50mm PLUS gel seat and Airhawk for long road days, as much to increase seat/peg distance as comfort.
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  10. dexterbeef

    dexterbeef n00b

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    If you buy, get Valves checked as they do drift a bit.... Brakes can stick here in the UK with salt on roads, but not an issue in Mexico?? ;-) Good plug and fresh oil and you'll be good!!

    I picked up a second NX400 recently and have given it a good refresh and wondering if to sell or keep, only 10k km on the clock, so just run-in :-)

    Perfect mini ADV for the vertically challenged!! :clap
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  11. tycobb

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    Thanks for all the info. Sounds like it might be the way to go, I'll try to go see it in person asap. Unfortunately the stuff you mentioned is a little above my head but maybe I'll see if the seller will meet me at the dealer and I'll do a pre-purchase inspection, if that's a thing down here.
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  12. tycobb

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    Went to check it out today. I wanted to like the bike, good mileage, price, size but when I took it for a ride, it was just making too much noise, didn't sound clean. Looked like it would definitely need some work done so I'm not sure its worth the hassle. Unfortunately that means I'll probably end up buying a DR200 new, which will at least give me some piece of mind.
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