New 2012 Honda NC700X 700cc Parallel Twin!

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

  1. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    I traded in my Vstrom ( 1000 ) for the NCX !!.


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  2. bryantjt

    bryantjt Long timer

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    Again, to be fair, I have 8 year old suspension with 22,000 miles so it may be getting a bit tired compared to the NCX with 160 miles.

    I would like to see how the 2012 Wee compares to the 2006 but not for their current pricing, I'll just continue rolling on my 06.

    I also have the stock "flip up" Wee screen and it sucks, with my Madstad bracket it sucks less but its still turbulent. I prefer open air but the Wee was actually worse with no screen so I need somewhere in the middle.

    I only rode the NCX for a total of 10 miles and the ergonomics were great for that short stint. I'm 5'-6", 30" inseam, 200# and preferred the somewhat forward lean on the NCX over the Wee. The seat angle and bar sweep on the Wee pulls my left shoulder out (loose tendons or some such, it pops and grates all the time) and is uncomfortable unless I make a conscious effort to lean forward and put weight on it. The NCX just plain fit well. And the bar angle was good for me as well. I have to use my throttle lock on the Wee in order to ride for more than 10 miles or my right hand goes numb.


    Most of what I liked about the NCX over the Wee could be remedied through the aftermarket but I just haven't gotten around to it.
  3. gkgeiger

    gkgeiger Every ride is an ADV

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    I am completely opposite on this issue. I can ride this bike on the steering stops. I feel more controlled at slow speeds on my NCX then any other bike I've owned.
  4. Roll_n

    Roll_n 2WheelsDown

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    Just did my 600 mile oil change, and agree with this- electric feel to the power, it is a bit slower outright, but deceptively quick and fun to drive because there's always a good amount of torque available without stirring around for rpm's.

    And the fuel economy is pretty good for daily driving
    -> first 3 fillups: 70, 67, & 71.5 mpg. I'll take that!

    Dv
  5. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    I own a X,,,am I the only owner who simply hates instrument cluster,,it just looks so naff and cheapo,,,,the reason I mention this is because I happened to see a really nice after market cluster by Ace well,,check out the pic .If I could get it to work and it fitted,,it would be a pleasure to hand over the dosh....http://www.acewell.co.uk/ [​IMG]
  6. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Which of these Ace clusters were you looking at?

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  7. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    I think that you are SOL with this. The instrument cluster on the NC contains "other stuff" than instruments. I believe it contains the ECU/PCU for the bike. I cannot find any other "black boxes" on the bike and everything seems to harness up to what they call the "combination meter".
  8. syntec4

    syntec4 Long timer

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    Still enjoying mine. Not had a chance to try a different screen yet but I'll get round to it. Average is 80mpg (UK). Nearly 2k miles on it now.
    So far I have the Givi engine bars, Givi trekker topcase and rack. Heated grips, centre stand and fender extender. Mine is the manual, they all have ABS here in the UK I think. Odd that you only get the ABS with the DCT? I've never actually felt the abs cut in, despite the crappy weather that we normally ride in over here.
    Went for a ride this evening and the weather is fantastic here at the moment for a change.

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  9. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    I love that red. I am going to have to win the lottery cus i cannot decide on ONE bike.
  10. High Hope

    High Hope World's Best Dog

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    Great photo! Extra kudos for artfully capturing the RtW compass rose patch. I just finished installing hand guards on mine, the final step will be the Seat Concepts seat which the upholsterer is doing this Friday.
  11. lipsee

    lipsee Been here awhile

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    Agggggggggggggggrh surly not,,there must be other black boxs hidden somewhere<,,,RATS I,v gone glum!!!!
  12. quasigentrified

    quasigentrified Trumpet Strumpet

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    http://www.ridemotorsports.com (Woodinville WA) and http://www.lakecitypowersports.com (Seattle WA) seem to get regular DCT deliveries.
  13. jeffjcalweb

    jeffjcalweb Adventurer

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    Ok I thought I was set and dialed in to pull the plug on the NC700X, even to the point of visiting a local dealer and seeing one in person, etc.

    Then...then.... THEN last night I stumble across the CTX700 and have to say visually it draws me right to it over the NC. I understand the riding styles are different and I think the NC with its 'trunk' is still one of the cooler things I've seen while researching.

    Just wondering, did any of you ride and compare the CT before buying the NC? I'm considering the DCT/ABS version of both, and intend most of my riding to be solo with some short trips possible with a passenger.

    Any thoughts here?
  14. syntec4

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    Thanks.. I'll be looking at Handguards this summer in preparation for next winter. It's one of the things I miss about my old Vstrom. I have heated grips but they don't help much at just above freezing due to windchill. I'm not sure which ones to get as yet.
  15. dman

    dman Been here awhile

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    I don't usually follow this thread as I don't own and probably won't buy an NC700X, but thought this story might be of interest:
    http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ca...ming-new-nimble-motorcycle?source=most_viewed

    I think some of the facts are questionable (120dB noise for the Harley @ 2000 rpm? $15K for the NC700 ... maybe for both?) but I think this will be a great city cop bike. My town, which neighbors Capitola, uses HD's and at least one BMW F650, and the Harley's are indeed loud.

    Here's an older story from another Honda forum that I found with Google.
    http://www.st-owners.com/forums/showthread.php?124948-New-NC700x-Police-Bike-Test

    -dman
  16. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    They seem to imply that one Honda will cost 15K. :huh Maybe with the modifications it needs to become a police bike? Storage, radio, lights etc??
  17. jeffjcalweb

    jeffjcalweb Adventurer

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    Hi - i've read quite a number of owner posts/reviews, along with just about every "professional" review, including video.

    but i have yet to see/hear:

    are any of you choosing to 'paddle' shift the bike to still control shift points? or am i not understanding the point of the ability to still shift up/down using controls? also, not that this is a performance bike, i'm just curious, if using the paddle/manual provides anything superior in terms of performance (or fun/excitement, choose your adjective) that just riding around in the "S" mode wouldn't do?

    i'm not trying to race the dang thing, i think i'm just trying to break a mental image that's been created with so many "its a scooter" type comments.

    hope those questions made some sense!
  18. Mobiker

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    I've never ridden a dct so I can't answer from experience, but anybody who says its a scooter is ignorant, unkowledgeable, and a flaming noob, including moto journalist who could ride me into the ground if they were on a scooter :D Its just a dumb thing to say. Its a motorcyle with an automatic transmission. Did people call the guzzi auto a scooter? No, of course not. The concept's been around a long time. Lack of demand and technology is why it hasn't become popular. Times change. Demand changes. Technology improves. Maybe the auto motorcycle's time has come. The market will determine that.

    I'd like to ride one. I've never ridden an automatic bike. I have ridden the manual NC and liked it pretty good. For about 15 years all I ever owned was standard trans cages. Now all I own are automatics and in a cage I've decided I like them, although I still like to drive sticks.

    The purpose of the paddle shifters is simply to give the rider an option and more control. In the twisties maybe the auto won't always be in exactly the gear you want - with the paddles you can shift it if want. If you just want to shift gears because you like it, you still can. You just don't have to if you don't want too. I think it makes the bike adjustable to your mood and the road.

    See if you can get a test ride and report back.
  19. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Agreed--I equate it to the "sport" shifting that's available on a lot of auto-trans cages that are on the market today. You can leave it in D and drive all day long, but occasionally, you might want to down-shift for more power to meet a certain situation. I owned a scooter before I bought the NCX, and honestly I miss the "auto" trans--just gas and go...so simple. I'm still kicking myself for not getting the DCT NCX even though I've never ridden one. I just assume it would be one less thing to worry about like it was when I was on my scooter.
  20. watrboy

    watrboy Been here awhile

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    I have a small desire to at least drive one. Not locally available yet here. I like mine just fine with the manual, but curious.

    One comment from another inmate was the need to ride the rear brake in the slow two track work with the DCT. Since I seem to be doing almost half my riding on gravel and two track, feathering the clutch habit works pretty well.

    Still curious how it feels:wink: