Owners Chat (with pics!): Honda NC700X

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by swiss-happy, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    I'll post the same here as I did in another thread...I welcome a few extra minutes when I stop for gas...gives me a chance to stretch my legs, etc. Having to undo a few straps, IF it was necessary wouldn't be a deterrent for me...which is why I didn't hesitate to buy one a couple weeks ago. I plan on getting a top case, and possible side bags/panniers. These combined w/ the front storage, I don't see the rear fuel tank filling ever being a real issue...but time will tell for owners as more of us do some long distance touring/trips.
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  2. beemerphile

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    I wish it had a F650GS gas inlet, however ROK straps make removing a camping load a 10 second operation. It is easy to get hung up on the 3.7 gallon tank, but the range of over 200 miles is still adequate most places. My BMW holds 10 gallons of gas and I subscribe to the old fighter pilot adage that you can't have too much gas unless you are on fire. A gas tank for the cubby would be a cute trick, but most places south of the Yukon you can get by on this bike's range with maybe a 1 gallon Roto-pax if you are headed across Labrador or something equally remote.

    As far as "higher speeds" , I don't see steady cruising on this bike over about 75mph. It would probably do it, but that isn't what I intend to do with it, and I don't think it would be good at it. If you are going to cruise all day packed down at 85 mph, I think this is the wrong bike. I plan to put it on some long (over 5,000 mile) trips, but the mission profile will be unhurried back roads and a moderate pack load.
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  3. showkey

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    YUP ^^^^^^^^^^....":thumb
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  4. shailu

    shailu Adventurer

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    did any one buy the Honda rear trunk and saddlebags set if so how much did you pay or how much did the dealer quote.
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  5. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Don't have exact #'s, but I seem to remember them being over $1k. My dealer is willing to give a 10% discount on parts orders--wouldn't hurt to ask if yours would do the same. One thing to take note...the Honda rear rack that's required for the Honda top case DOES require some cutting. There are several aftermarket options that do NOT require any cutting...and that's the route I'm going to take, once I figure out what brand of top case I want...decisions decisions...
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  6. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    Same thing it was doing to me. Changing it to a 750 something or another. I would have just kept it, but when it kept changing the VIN I didn't have a warm and fuzzy when she drops it eventually. Looking forward to riding it and farkling it for her.
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  7. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Honda retail prices on the luggage rack and saddlebag mount is $250. The top box was quoted to me at $400. The saddlebag mount is required even if you do not mount saddlebags - it's all part of the luggage rack/top box mount. It does require a slight alteration to the plastic side covers below the passenger grab rails.

    FWIW, I went the Givi route, a straight bolt-up of semi-custom fittings for the bike. The NC700X requires the 1111FZ Monorack arms and a base plate to fit the top box of your choice. I have an E460 top case so I needed an M5 base plate which I am waiting on to arrive. The Monorack arms and the base plate ran about $170. I do not plan of adding saddlebags but I could later if desired.
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  8. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Mind sharing where you bought for that price? My Honda dealer also sells Givi and gave me 10% off on the wind screen...wondering if they'd do the same on the luggage and rack...

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  9. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    On long rides I have already found out I can open the storage compartment to drink some water or grab a snack while riding. The air flow around the bike does not lift open the door when left unlatched but I still did not want to leave it this way. If the door flies open when riding the windblast would probably damage the tether or hinge. There are also times when stopped that I'll want to access the storage compartment or open the gas filler compartment without having to turn off the bike and use the ignition key. I made a key with a knob for this and the key can stay in the lock when I am riding or the bike is out in my garage. This key is not long enough to start the bike.

    I started by getting a spare key made. The blank is an Ilco x265, also known as an HD109. This blank is not long enough to turn the ignition switch so a thief could not start the bike. The knob is a standard black plastic cap used on many cleaner or chemical products. When I leave the bike out of sight this key drops into the compartment and is locked away or slips in my jacket with the ignition key.

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    I cut the key blank down so the completed key knob would fit close to the top of the compartment.

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    I mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and poured it into the cap and set the key upright.

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    The key in place. The color of the knob blends in with the cover around the lock.

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  10. armskhatri

    armskhatri n00b

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    Man i loved ur bike!!!!! Ride it safe man!!! :d
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  11. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    I ordered the 1111FZ from my Honda dealer. He ordered it direct from Givi. I still was not sure about the base plate so I walked away without ordering a base until I was sure which one fit the E460. On my ST it takes a different base plate. After checking with Givi I ordered the M5 from Twisted Throttle.
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  12. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    Will that 1111FZ work with any Givi luggage/top case? My only luggage experience in the past was the Givi knockoff from JC Whitney

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  13. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    The 1111FZ is just the arms as seen here. In the 1111FZ kit are 4 metal tabs that fit under the 4 bolts that attach the passenger grab rails to the subframe under the seat. The arms bolt to the tabs. It all fits really well together and looks good.

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    There are Monokey cases and Monorack cases. Monokey cases are made for motorcycles and Monorack cases are usually smaller and made lighter for use on scooters although the Monorack Blade is a nice looking big case that would look good on the NC. Monorack bases are not as strong as Monokey bases though.

    To answer your question ...... I don't know. The 1111FZ is required to fit any Givi top case and a base is required to mount between the FZ and the top case. The base bolts to those flat pieces then the case snaps and locks down on the base. I know the M5 base fits on the FZ arms and I think the M5 fits all current Givi Monokey top cases.
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  14. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    PM sent, check your inbox.
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  15. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    I saw online yesterday... somewhere... a NC700 with a set of black powdercoated TRAX metal panniers. Damn, sweet look and the matte black PC matched the bike perfectly. Think I am gonna go that route. Thoughts? I run TT panniers on my F800GS. Never used Trax, look nice thou? :ear
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  16. beemerphile

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    I may add that to mine. I don't like top boxes, so I ordered mine with just the bag adapters, but I do like a flat luggage rack for camping gear. That bracket looks like it could support a flat luggage rack like a Top-of-the-line or similar.
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  17. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    +1. I am going to do the same. The top box will rarely be on my bike - I just need a flat rack surface back there.
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  18. rowdymoose

    rowdymoose Carpe Diem-seize the carp

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    See I'm just the opposite...I know adding a ton of weight that far back up top isn't ideal, but I prefer a top case vs side panniers for two reasons--1) wife won't get on the bike without something behind her (think she's afraid she's going to fall off), and 2) like to keep the bike as slim as possible for lane splitting out here in Cali.
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  19. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    the thing with the key is brilliant.
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  20. Mobiker

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    What percent ethanol is allowable according to the owner's manual?

    Note I do not want to start a digression into the merits or lack therof of ethanol, I'm just curious how much Honda says is allowable in this particular bike.

    thanks.
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