New 2012 Honda NC700X 700cc Parallel Twin!

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

  1. gqelements

    gqelements Been here awhile

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    .... so has anyone figured how to put a set of solid USD forks on this bike yet, or are we all busy deflecting complaints about gas caps and 'weenie bike' insults?

    Really hoping someone figures the fork swap over the winter so I could pick up one of these for the '13 riding season....
  2. ridewv

    ridewv Been here awhile

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    You're right, a PIA it was. If I'm recalling correctly it is a plastic "restrictor" at the neck in the opening that if you remove makes it much easier to fill. It's probably there to keep the tank from being overfilled on US spec'd bikes with the charcoal evap canister.
  3. rowbear2

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    not only do have watch the quick disconnects . the plastic plate that
    holds the fuel pump in the tanks also leak . how do i know had both
    break and leaked on my r1200r . you need to watch the bmw forums
    closer .
  4. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Look here, I don't like the direction I took this thread and I don't feel good about it. Please accept my apology for any snide insults I sent your way. I hope you find the right bikes for your South America trip and we should all be so lucky to have a girlfriend or wife that rides and has such an interest in wheeled conveyances in general.

    If I can, let me show you what the tank fill looks like. The seat is hinged at the rear and has a prop rod that falls into place when the seat is unlocked and lifted. I don't judge the hinge and rod to be strong enough to leave my dry bag strapped to it and still lift and prop the seat. By having the entire tank between the subframe tubes the haunches of the bike are very slim. The F and G series BMW's are not at all bulky in this area but with the two bikes side by side the size difference is very apparent.

    For someone that wanted to do it would not be a stretch to fabricate another fill off to the side or something and build a flat rack in place of the seat. The area under the seat is not waterproofed by the seat itself but the pillion seat does provide some weather protection. About 2500 of my 8000+ miles on the NC on what I call regional tours where I ride one day about 400-450 miles to get to the mountains three states away so the dry bag is on the seat just for the ride up and back. About two gas stops is all. All the rest of the time there is no reason to have anything on the seat.

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  5. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    so....you make less then your employees? :D or you just like to spend less!
  6. Bugz

    Bugz Been here awhile

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    :rofl

    Wealth is defined by what you need, not wat you have isn't it?
  7. flatboarder

    flatboarder Been here awhile

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  8. Fidl2n

    Fidl2n Adventurer

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    That's pretty cool looking. Wonder what something like that would cost (though obviously not here in US).


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  9. Mike Cash

    Mike Cash Been here awhile

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  10. flatboarder

    flatboarder Been here awhile

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    Guess they were removed along with tail assembly for foto session.
    I will not change my stock assembly at all, but will be looking for a perfect and professional paintjob which should be crucial for this kind of project. Other than this, I will not change my basic bodywork, but only those black parts, side panels, complete front part and sub-engine panels. No offensive grafics, no fist. Already contacted Lucas Design for details about their work, the cost of it and the options I have.
    I specially like their wheel styling:
    http://www.lucasdesign.de/ourwork/2_bikes/6_specials/88_nc_700_se_2012/09.jpg

    My favourite view: http://www.lucasdesign.de/ourwork/2_bikes/6_specials/88_nc_700_se_2012/03.jpg
  11. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    I have to make a decision next year, when I have a little more scratch, about buying something without a clutch. I had surgery in my left hand in early August for Dupuytren's Contracture. I have lost some strength in that hand and operating the clutch on my Tiger 800 Roadie is causing me pain after about 20 minutes of riding. One of my choices is the XC DCT. Another is the electronic shifting FJR, and BMW's new 650 scooter. I am not completely comfortable with the cv belt drive on the Beamer and not sure about the whole scooter thing either. Anyone have a feel for the difference in gas mileage between the two XCs?
  12. showkey

    showkey Long timer

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    The Cycle World challenge ran the bikes against each other.........but it does involve small a rider technique variable:

    http://www.cycleworld.com/nc700xadventurechallenge/
  13. fredz43

    fredz43 Been here awhile

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    I assume that you are referring to the NC DCT, as in NC700X, rather than XC? If so, this video of the Cycle world Adventure Challenge's mileage portion may be of interest to you.

    http://www.cycleworld.com/videos/honda_nc700x_challenge/honda_nc700x_challenge__1/
  14. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    Thanks for the correction, yes I meant the NC700X standard or DCT versions.
  15. andoulli

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    What I conclude from that video is that the difference is insignificant, to me. I prefer a range to empty of at least 220 and it seems either NC is well above that.
  16. gkgeiger

    gkgeiger Every ride is an ADV

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    I don't know what your affliction is but I have the same symptoms. I sold my Tiger 800 and My R12RT for this reason. I love my NCX DCT. I also owned a Burgman but just didn't like the scooter feel.
  17. andoulli

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    Another choice I have is the Mana, and I have a dealer in Baton Rouge. In some ways it is similar to the NC. I believe it accomplishes auto shifting in a different way but can't speak to the differences in how they work. I'm pretty sure the Mana puts out around 10 more hp with a significant mileage penality, possibly as much as 15 to 20 mpg. Somehow I trust Honda's DCT technology more, not sure why. Possibly because it has been used in the DN 01 and the VFR with not a lot of complaints.
  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Well you're just all over the place!
    :evil

    Mana should be a lot faster, and it has an electronic CVT, much like the
    Burgman 650 scooter. Unlike "normal" scooters with their mechanical
    CVTs, this one can be "adjusted" on the fly for lower cruising revs OR
    higher cruising revs for better performance.

    The Mana has a sport mode which will (again, much like on a Burgman)
    get the revs up near the peak power spot.

    That's probably the only down-side to the normal CVT systems, you
    can't have both, but you can tune the hell out of it (just not while riding).

    One common thing among owners of both of these.. you'll try the manual
    model once or twice and forget about it. There's no real benefits to it.

    I believe DN01 has some sort of CVT too, not the DCT (which in essence
    is a manual transmission that can operate in an automatic way) that's
    available on VFR and NC700S/X/Integra.

    The Mana, just like a proper Aprilia should.. has some quality issues.
    More on that - AF1 Aprilia Forums.

    You're right about fuel consumption.
    It's about 50% worse.

    I'd say DCT was the way to go for anyone more biased to manual
    shifting.. but I think many owners will find themselves riding in
    full auto modes, and never admitting it.
    :deal
  19. africa twin

    africa twin Been here awhile

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    I agree personally I don't like the sound and feel of the CVT transmissions. The DCT transmission sounds and feels a lot more like a manual transmission even when in auto mode
  20. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    It's like using a quickshifter/shifting without using the clutch.
    Not like - the same.

    A lot of people will never try it because of prejudice.. but.. it's the way to go.