New 2012 Honda NC700X 700cc Parallel Twin!

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Two Plugs, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    You just continue to impress Mr Kip....What is the matter with riding your GS?

    A parts bin bike by definition is one that shares major components with other bikes in a manufacturer's lineup. The Honda NC700s share nothing perhaps switchgear with any other bike in Honda's lineup. Have you done any research at all besides reading a few posts on the internet and listening your novice girlfriends opinion? 10,000 miles on an EX - that is like looking at a baseball game through a knot hole in the outfield fence and thinking an expert on the game. Another wanker come to visit and complain this bike isn't this or that and really is a good beginners bike if that is what you want. Please.

    The NC is a brand new bike - a global bike but perhaps parts availability is perhaps not good in Central and South America yet. There are better choices for an extended trip in the second world but if Nick Sanders can do it........why do wankers post endless threads about the best bike to hop a curb on the way to Starbucks and think they are offroading?

    That picture is a week's worth of stuff? Maybe you need to pare the down to what you really need to take. That is a load of crap for a week.

    Your girlfriend is used to unstrapping a tank bag to fill up and you are used to the fussy gas filler on the GS so the two of you at least have something to compare this to: With a couple of Rok Straps a dry bag is click-click off with the bag; set the dry bag across the "tank" or on top of the top box or a pannier; lift the seat and fill 2.5 to 3.5 gallons; lower the seat; place the bag in place and click-click two buckles; ride off while the two of you are still screwing around at the pump.

    This is a weeks worth of stuff:
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  2. oldenuf

    oldenuf Been here awhile

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    Along with panniers, which I have not decided which brand to go with, I have found that a tank bag fits on the fake tank nicely, and I use a back pack, carried empty for shopping along the way. I'm not much into camping, first choice a motel, so one small white-water bag with a bivi tent bag and pad. The riding is what I bought the motorcycle for.

    Art

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  3. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    In a word; Ostioarthritis. I'm only 56, but have the body of a 90 year old. I love the GS on the road, with the Russell seat and all it's the closest thing to a Goldwing or (even an FJR) I'd ever consider owning. But getting the big girl back on her feet in the mud or uneven footing is getting near impossible, and the GF ain't that much help. I'm hoping to go much lighter.


    Good point, and I understand what a parts bin bike is and thought the engine, transmission, forks and brakes were all pre existing. No, I haven't researched the bike yet. That's what I'm doing here. I really loved the all new CB500X, but have rulled it out for that very reason.

    My novice girlfriend has logged over 20k miles in the 2 years she's been riding, and spent a full day on 7-8 mid-sized dual sports and naked bikes including SV650, DL650, Verseys, ER650n, F650GS(twin) and G650GS. She also has 30 years of track days in Triumph, Porsche, and Miata, so she understands torque curve and power band. She compared the NC 700 engine performance with a G650GS
    As for "wankers" and "threads about the best bike to hop a curb on the way to Starbucks", perhaps you could shed some light on that, since you're the one saying the weenie bike is the best thing since sliced bread.
    Thanks. You've helped me decide against the NC. Although it really is innovative, it's not the bike I want to be seen in front of starbucks on.
    Cheers
  4. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    That is not an opinion, it is a judgement. It would be an opinion had you said that YOU would get bored with it. I have over 500,000 miles and 45 years on motorcycles and I am not bored by the bike. So, your judgement (masquerading as an opinion) is incorrect.

    Everyone ain't the same, ole long dude. We don't all fit in one box.
  5. gkgeiger

    gkgeiger Every ride is an ADV

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    Well said Bemmer. I have hundreds of thousands of miles under my belt also. I have owned over 50 bikes (must say many were off road machines) in 55 years of riding and at this point in my life I am LOVING the NC. We are in FL. for the winter and it is ridden every day for just about all my transportation needs.
  6. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    Wise words there :deal
  7. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Somehow I knew you didn't really want to discuss how owners solve how to strap a dry bag across the seat.
  8. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    Sure riders can deal with it. Nevertheless Honda did make a silly mistake hiding the gas cap under the seat, rather than positioning on the right side. Don't you think?
  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Probably cheaper to do this way.
  10. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    I've said it multiple times here before, and I'll say it again. I've always looked forward to stretching my legs a bit when I stop for gas. If, (BIG IF), it was a big deal to unstrap the bag for a few minutes, I'd enjoy the extra few minutes to stretch my legs when stopping for gas. But as others have mentioned, any luggage strapped to the top could be strapped TO the seat, not around the bike. This would allow the bag to stay strapped to the seat, and reduce time at stops if those couple of extra minutes were that important.
  11. reed523

    reed523 To pedal or not to pedal

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    I first learned of the NC only last week as I was looking for a smaller alternative to my ST1300. Having previously owned a wee, I was leaning back in that direction. Traded for the NC yesterday. Exactly what a motorcycle should be if you are me :1drink.
  12. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    My bike is the white KLR. The Honda belongs to one of my employees. The Honda is his first bike, he is now using it to commute, saving a ton of money in gas as his other vehicle is a 4 wheel drive P/U.
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  13. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Honda designed the tank to meet their own standard of crashworthiness which required metal construction instead of plastic and a secure cap with the entire tank inside of the frame. Similar under seat plastic tanks have sponsons that protrude outside of the perimeter of the frame and have plastic gas fills that are the first thing to take a hit in a crash or a fall on that side. This design did not meet Honda's standard. It is what it is. No bike is perfect.

    Speaking of silly mistakes manufacturers make ...... what do you think of the plastic quick disconnects for the fuel lines on your GS? Nothing like a $20,000 bike filling your boot with gas while riding down the road. Replace yours yet?
  14. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    I thought I wouldn't like the tank under the seat, but now I like it a lot. No one has access to my tank unless they have a key.
  15. JustKip

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    Um...No. that was a serious question. At the show in Long Beach there were quite a few people who wanted to see under the seat, but no key available.
    I'm wondering; Did you "know" this in the same way you know about "a fussy gas filler on the GS"? I ride up to the pump, take the key from the ignition and put it in the tank lock and turn. Then take the card from my sleeve pocket and slide it, and pump gas, unless I dismount, start the pump and walk into the minimart. Doesn't everybody on a modern bike do it that way? Oh! That's right. You have to get off the bike and take it apart. :huh Sorry.

    Um...most modern bikes have a locking tank. I don't think hiding the filler cap under the seat was a good idea at all, but it's the ideal location for centralizing mass. It makes the bike feel lighter and helps it corner better. I just struggle with the idea of digging for it. Is that pillion seat required to protect anything from the weather, or can you "loose it"?
  16. ridewv

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    Honda for crashworthinness is now insisting all their gas tanks will now be made from metal and located inside a frame? Are you sure about that? Their all new 2013 CRF250L doesn’t.

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    Thanks for the heads up (I’m serious). I didn’t realize my 2009 GS1200 had plastic quick disconnects that are problematic? I’ve not had any leaks, but I’ll look in to it.
  17. oldenuf

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    I think if you find something you really don't like about the NC700X almost all of the owners think that is fine. To try and convince owners to agree with you just doesn't make sense. There is a forum of owners that you can google and look through to get some ideas about the issues they are having with the NC. Typically the big grips are the usual, seat, wind protection, just like every machine. Some think it buzzes and vibrates to much.

    Art
  18. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    I did not say that at all. I said for the NC700 Honda designed the tank for crashworthiness.
  19. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    I know it because my closest riding partner has a 2005 GS like yours. We have ridden many miles on many trips together. The fill or neck of the tank is such that fuel bubbles or spills out if you don't hold the nozzle at the right angle with the correct velocity of fill. You don't just open the fill and pump - that would be too easy. I have waited for him enough times to know. I am also a member of a BMWMOA club with 300+ members and have ridden thousands of miles with fellow BMW owners. We talk like all owners do.
  20. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    I have an 07 Suzuki C50 which has quick disconnects for the big gas tank, and I love them. Trying to hold up that rhino gas tank and trying to loosen gas lines would be a PITA. By the way, the bike has 58,000+ miles on it (bought new with 1 mile on the odo) with 0 problems from the quick disconnects.