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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Two Plugs, Sep 27, 2011.
Wanna buy a 2002 XRL?
I saw this review, which has brought me back to Advrider after almost a year. I'm interested in the capabilities of this bike, and I love how Wes will write articles like this one when other motojournalists seem to ignore the most basic questions we have about certain bikes. Every article I've read about the Honda parrots the next article with same drivel, but at least Wes reviews a bike with a different lens.
The article was a unique perspective on the many different ways we use our motorcycles. I enjoyed the view and other than the big sand have chased up and down the hills with my NC. Granted not perfect, but I didn't fall and found it very comfortable.
I agree with your review of most reviews. I think in due time, as people farkle these bikes as DS machines, it will spark some interest in other moto-journalists to probe the DS issue more deeply.
I bought an NC two weeks ago and have been really impressed so far. I truly believe this bike will appeal to many as both a street bike and a DS that will compete well with a Wee if farkled properly.
I've done about 50 miles of dirt road with street tires and I liked it more than my 08 KLR with knobbies. The low rpm tourque works well while chugging along at a slower pace. Also, the lower C of G helps handling.
What I learned from the article was that not only is Honda not dropping the NC series after one year, they're using the engine and chassis for even more models of bikes, expanding the lineup.
Thought this may be of interest.
The Honda NC700X Cycle World Adventure Challenge series of videos were fun to watch. Now, if I could only find the missing Episode 3.
HFL has repeatedly accused the 360 lb CBR250R as being 'lightweight'. :huh They've called the hefty CRF250L 'lightweight' also and had this to say, " We’ll make this simple: the Honda CRF250L is 100 percent as capable as the Yamaha WR250R..."
Yes. They do see things through a different lens.
Here it is:
(I'm the guy on the train.)
Thanks, JC. I'm a bit OCD, I guess, and it just didn't feel right to have watched episodes 1, 2, and 4, but not 3. Man, it looks like you guys had a lot of fun that week.
We did. It was a great time. I got to meet some terrific people.
I really like the NC700X. If I was shopping for a new bike in this price range I would buy one. After seeing the Hell for Leather dirt ride, I like the bike even more.
Not real sure where you're going with this...
HFL is a horrible source for motorcycle news because they have an opinion? Evidently an opinion different from your own.
Hi jcbrandon "J"
looks like you guys sure had a lot of fun putting those films together...
I had a test ride when they fist came out; thoughts were, great engine, ride, looks, but imo as an ADV bike it needs spokes and 19" front at least. I don't supose you have any inside info if that may come about...please say yes
BTW, was it me or did the presenter seriously get up and walk out at the end?
Sadly, I don't have any inside information about Honda's plans. I agree that the bike could benefit from a different choice of wheels. But Wes Siler seemed to do just fine on it in the dirt as equipped.
In the last scene of the last episode of the Cycle World Adventure Challenge, Bill LeVasseur did get up and walk off camera. Then he came back and we all sat around the fire for another couple of hours without a video crew watching. It was a great time.
Yep... another NC700x thread but I have some questions about luggage. I like the bike with the factory side bags but I am interested in also using a luggage rack. I often carry camera gear (camera bag, tripod and light kit) and the top box isn't ideal for that.
Has anyone done the OEM saddlebags with an after market luggage rack? I saw the Ventura rack but the brackets look like they would interfere with the factory saddle bags. Thanks for the input, photos and whatnot.
Scott in Shoreview
'79 Suzuki GS550
After further review, opting for the OEM rear carrier and saddlebag mounts would be my best option. That would do the trick.
Thanks for all the feedback!
Scott in Shoreview
'79 Suzuki GS550
Thanks J....I hope they do make an more ADV inspiring model but it's anyone's guess really if they will.
All the best and ride safe.
This is probly an old question but does anyone know where I can get dirt tires for the NC in canada and the size. Like TKC 80 s
Because the NC700 comes with a 17" front wheel I think TKC 80's are the only fitment at this time. Front is 120/70-17 rear is 160/70-17.
Don't you have to put a TKC rear on the front anyways.
Why couldn't you do the same with any other 17 rear?