New Honda NC700X Anyone ride one of these yet???

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by JoeWannaB, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Mobiker

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    A good beginner's bike is one that is easy to ride, i.e. not too heavy, easy to balance, good low down torque so the clutch doesn't have to be slipped or the engine revved up to take off from a stop, etc.

    Doesn't mean that its bad for an experienced rider, or that you're going to outgrow it real soon.
  2. Tman66

    Tman66 Shawn's bro

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    +1

    I agree with you 100%

    The CRV will start everytime.

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  3. Greg Wildwood

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    Thanks for your comments, Mobiker. I traded the VTX 1300 for a 2012 Nc700 on Saturday. I love twisties and will provide comments to the forum after I log some miles.

    Best
  4. andoulli

    andoulli CAJUN

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    I saw my first 700 at my local Baton Rouge dealer today. Price tag read $6399, no additional fees added. It looks very well put together. I have been thinking of adding it to my stable of one, a 2011 Tiger 800 roadie. I didn't see anything to dissuade me in terms of looks. This thing is beautiful.
  5. edgey999

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    Hi

    I have an NC700X (UK) and have put 5k miles on it.

    Average fuel consumption is 78.5mpg (UK) and it has never gone wrong. Very cheap to run (rear tyre half worn, chain adjusted once), good handling and quick enough in the real world. Storage is ace and its pretty comfortable.

    My fuely figures are here http://www.fuelly.com/driver/edgey/nc700x
  6. wickerman

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  7. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    I am going to be looking at this bike at the Progressive show this coming weekend. I am trying to feel out current owners on whether or not this bike is comfortable enough to do one up long term (3 months) touring with camping gear? Most seem to be labeling it a "commuter" bike. Thanks in advance for any input.
  8. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    It's a great commuting bike. (Just rode home after work with the temp @ 9*F.)
    Long range touring requires a few aftermarket mods. RDL and a Larger screen for me. The stock seat is a pain in my butt! YMMV.
  9. FirstPath

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    This feedback is awesome. I'm seriously considering this bike since it will be a commuter and an occasional dirt roader. Just exploring and not serious two track. I usually carry camera gear so having the extra storage would be nice.

    Also... if you can share, how was your experience with the challenge?? :wink:

    Scott in Shoreview
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  10. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    I have 9300 miles on a 6 speed manual model so what do you expect me to say? The bike ticks a lot of boxes for me. Saturday morning ride bike, long weekend regional tourer, hard pack dirt road explorer. It's cheap to acquire, cheap to insure, cheap to maintain, and cheap on gas. It is amazingly smooth for a parallel twin and is easy to live with for hours in the saddle. I easily did a 1000 mile day on it - stock seat is fine for me - and several 1000 to 1500 mile 3 day weekends. I pack light so the not-a-tank storage compartment of 21 liters and a 46 liter top box has been sufficient locking watertight storage for these mild mannered adventures. For camping I strapped my dry bag across the rear seat. Lots of owners have gone with panniers and top boxes and the bike can carry just as much gear as any other similarly equipped bike.

    Now, comfort is extremely subjective. Another bike in my quiver is a Honda ST1300 that is seriously comfortable for long miles and is 110 hp fun in the mountains at the end of 500 mile days. The NC has nowhere near the wind/weather protection it has and some of my friends have questioned me riding the NC to places hundreds of miles away when I have the ST for this. Well, I enjoy different flavors of bikes and the low powered NC is just as fun but in a different way. It represents a new direction for Honda and I appreciate the effort and originality in it. It plows a different furrow in a sea of middleweights. The low revving low horsepower motor isn't for everyone but it works for me.
  11. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Thanks Dave. I currently have an 1150GS. It has plenty of power, but not so much wind protection. It is a fairly heavy bike and has a high saddle for me. I enjoy it a lot, but have gotten myself in situations when touring solo where I have told myself that I need a lighter bike and lower seat. I am one that appreciates innovation and an attempt to make a fuel efficient bike. My biggest criticism of the NC is it's looks. I am sure I will get over that-I initially had the same problem with the GS. I hope this year the manual ABS model is available in the USA. ABS is a must for me.
  12. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Did you ever buy the Nc700? You never mentions the seat confort? I sat on one yesterday ice/snow every where!!! It's smaller in person, the wheels and motor make it look low to ground. I have had a bunch of bikes and always looking to try somthing new...I may buy the DCT model...its not like a auto scooter it's like an automatic trans in car...I was told technology from F1 racing! Wow thats cool. Look at u-tube of this transmission...it's pretty neat. So any more inputs from people who have this bike...even the DCT Model.
    Hap
  13. Murphy Slaw

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    This thread needs more PICTURES........

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  14. ultrarnr

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    I have read a lot of articles comparing the NC700X to bikes like the V-Strom and Versys but have yet to see anyone compare it to the one bike that is really the most like the NC700X DCT and that is the Aprilia 850 Mana GT. Both the Mana GT and the NC700DCT have a form of automatic transmission, both have manual shift features. Both have front storage and under seat fuel tanks. I would like to see how the Aprilia's computer controlled CVT compares to Honda's DCT in both auto mode and manual shifting. The front storage on the Mana has the hinge in front, the Honda has it in the rear. Maybe someday.
  15. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    You can find Mana reviews online and form your own conclusions. Google Mana 850 review and you will be able to find 3 or 4 in-depth reviews. Subjectively the Mana costs a good deal more - about $2000 in similar spec and did not deliver very good mileage for a mildly tuned 850, low forties compared to mid sixties. The core idea of the NC is the low revving engine designed for efficiency rather than high specific power output per displacement. Conceptually I think that is the biggest difference between the two bikes.
  16. hapbob

    hapbob Been here awhile

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    Since we have 10 inches of snow on ground today what better to do than read Adventure!!!!!
    Am I missing a thread on here about people active with this bike..Riding, Mods, Updates, Wish they did or didn't?
    I am going to buy this bike or CB500X in next few weeks...Can't test rid em...Not even sure if dealer will let me when snow is gone? Going to have to probably rely on you peole for inputs on either bike...those who have riding weather!!!!

    Craving info on these bikes!! Help
    Hap
  17. Merlin III

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    I was in the same boat. My local Honda dealers are missing it. They don't even want you to sit on their bikes let alone test ride them. I liked both of the above bikes a lot. I went to the Progressive MC show to sit on them and ask questions only to find I knew more about those two models than the salesmen at the show. Out of frustration mostly, I just bought a late model F650GS from a BMW dealer that lets you test ride the bikes.
  18. Triumpher

    Triumpher n00b

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    Well it appears that Honda feels the 670 parralell twin in manual and DCT is going to be part of the US landscape. The 2013 lineup shows new CTX700N touring version in a very nice cool candy red and the NC700x now avialable in standard honda red and the silver.
    This new version does appear to address two up comfort, seat height and weather protection. I welcome the expanded use of this platform and direction honda is going. But I have the NC700 sleeping in the shed so my bias is positive.:clap
    BigE
  19. Garp

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    I guess this proves that the DN01 was ahead of it's time. Either that or Honda hasn't learned from it's past

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  20. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Looks pretty good to me.