New 2012 Honda NC700X 700cc Parallel Twin!

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

  1. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    I still have the foam and the vinyl. The hole isn't going to change the comfort of the seat (well, it might improve it). I had removed the seat and made a prototype rack but I didn't like the height it had to be to be level. Also, I like having something covering up the hole left after removing the seat. But, you do what you want with yours. I'm not trying to sway anyone's opinion just telling folks what I've done. For my needs it works for now.

    I will try to post pics this weekend.
    Mike
  2. Maytag Repairman

    Maytag Repairman Been here awhile

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    It's all good. Somewhere in here it sounds like a business opportunity for somebody.
  3. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    I think you are correct.

    Here is a picture of my prototype just to see if it could be done. Made from light aluminum and a cutting board.
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    Here it is fully loaded. I took a 400 mile trip and the rack worked fine but long term it wouldn't hold up. If someone could weld up a rack with a more robust mounting system it would be great.

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    Mike
  4. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Looks awesome! Also what seat cover is that?

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  5. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    Rowdy,
    That is a $20 Coleman ATV seat cover from WallyWorld that has been cut to size. It helps a bunch and it has two straps under the seat so it doesn't move a bit.
    Mike
  6. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Great job...
  7. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    I've made a few changes to my 2012 silver NC. I Plasti Dipped the silver to make it red and sprayed the light bar with satin black.

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    Here is a close-up of the pillion seat pan used as a rack.
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    The seat pan has a dish to it which cradles my tent and Kermit chair very well while still allowing access to the fuel filler without taking those two things off of the seat. Not for everyone but it works for me.
    Mike
  8. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Here's some pics of the X from our 6,000+ mile trip to the North Slope of Alaska that we are still on.Fully loaded and over 800 miles of dirt ( so far ) I'm averaging about 68mpg.
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  9. scooterspirit

    scooterspirit maxi-pad

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    Wow, totally awesome! Thanks for the pics, I guess those tires worked out. Seen any bears, I'd have to have a shotty with me, those things spook me.
  10. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    These are now my " Go To " tires,I will probably continue to run this combo year round.
    We have seen 5 bears ( all in BC ) 2 Dall Sheep,about 6-7 moose,100's of Bison,1 Caribo,a fox and a family of what we think were Beavers crossing the road.


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  11. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    That's awesome...never thought about plasti-dipping! I really like that red that you ended up with.
  12. blake716

    blake716 nine toes

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    Okay, I'm just about to be in the market for another bike. A little background - I've been riding bikes since I was 10 years old. Been riding for 27 years, racing enduros and some MX for over half of those years. I've owned LOTS of different dirt bikes and had my fair share of street bikes, but never any "adventure" style bikes.

    I'm about to sell my bike (07 KTM 525EXC) because I just don't get enough riding time. The best place that we have for dual sport riding (more off road than on) is 2 1/2 hours away from my house. Every time I want to ride, I have to load my bike up into the truck and drive there, because there's just no way I'm going to ride a 525 for 2 1/2 hours, ride trails for 6-8 hours, then ride 2 1/2 hours back home. I can barely sit on that seat for 20 minutes without having to stand.

    I've been looking at everything from SV650's & DL650 to KTM 990 super enduros & crotch rockets. (I know, I'm all over the spectrum)
    I want to be able to ride more often, so I need something more streetable. I'd rather stay with a bike that I can go off road with.
    Not hard, technical trails, like where I ride my 525, but more dirt/gravel roads and fire lanes.

    I've skimmed through this thread, but 300+ pages is hard to take all in.
    This NC700 has really got my attention. I know it isn't high performance, but it looks like it'll do what I want.
    And it looks like it'll do it cheap. I can make a 600 mile trip (one way) for less than $40 in gas. :lol3
    I just think I'm getting to the point where I just want to do more traveling than blasting through the woods.

    I guess my question to the NC owners is, how do you like it? I don't mean "can you ride a wheelie on it" (can you :evil).....
    I mean the quality of the bike, the comfort, etc. Will it stand up to typical "adventure" type riding?
    Would you buy this bike again, or would you go with something different?
  13. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Go over to the NC forum,more info than you can believe!!.


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  14. dduelin

    dduelin Be Thou My Vision, Oh Lord Of My Heart

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    After 17,000 miles I like it a lot and would buy it again.
  15. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    If mine disappeared today, I would be replacing it with another NCX within a week. For what I actually use a bike for, it does what I need very well.
    I only have a tad over 11,000 mile on mine though and need more farkles to achieve bliss.600 miles would cost me less than $26.00 in my neck of the woods on this bike. ($23.00 on my best day)
    I found my happy spot with this bike. Will it be yours? That only you can answer.
  16. jdn

    jdn Adventurer

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    Man I love this picture! It destroyed all doubts I had about the NC being able to do serious trips and get dirty. :rofl
  17. watrboy

    watrboy Been here awhile

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    +1, I am amazed how well the NC700X does that type of trip and cleans up for more.
  18. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    It can get REAL dirty.
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  19. watrboy

    watrboy Been here awhile

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    Looking good.

    How many miles on that rear tire now?
  20. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    5,000 miles on the tire right now..
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    The front TKC at the same milage.
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    This is the tire combo I'm going to run full time I think.They work good on pavement,good in the rain,AWSOME offroad and last a long time.The rear is about $180-$200 and the front is around $120.


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