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 haven't noticed it so much in my riding (mostly 20-30 minute commutes), but the seat is definitely a place they took some cost saving measures. But then again...I don't think I've ever noticed anyone who loved a bike's seat right from the dealer
  2. dduelin

    dduelin Amazing grace how sweet the sound....

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    Paucity of aluminum in the frame, swing arm, handlebars, etc.. Non adjustable levers, non adjustable suspension.
  3. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    +1 on the suspension, add non-hydraulic clutch, simple instruments, no centerstand, chain drive vs. belt drive (debatable I guess) engine design based off a car engine. Chassis design flexible for other models.
  4. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    Well, the seat is a major disappointment. I always throw away the stock seat but I would have liked to throw away something better than what they provided.
  5. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    I got a cable clutch, but non-hydraulic brakes?

    BTW, the cable clutch is quite satisfactory.
  6. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

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    Owners, how does your new Honda compare to the
    second generation Suzuki SV650 Naked you owned?

    Less vibration?
    Quieter?
    More supple suspension?
    Healthier engine performance at less than drag-racing efforts?
    Is the handling close enough?
    It sounds like the brakes have to be better.
    Anything else notable?

    Thank you.
  7. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    The NC seat is literately a pain in the ass! But that will be cured with a Day Long seat in time.
    The postage stamp shield could have been, well more!
  8. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Adventurer

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    Just join the ranks of NC700X owners! Just purchased mine from Honda World in Salt Lake. I hopped on the thing, went for a test ride, and fell in love! I'm looking forward to seeing what you all do with yours. Seat and engine guards are probably #1 for me for now.
  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    This is comedy gold right here. :lol3:lol3
  10. AdvSplash

    AdvSplash Find the world

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    Hi All,

    A few pics of mine. I traded in my CBR250R for this lovely machine. I purchased it on 8th June 2012 and currently just coming up to 8,000 miles on it.

    I ride mostly one up however, on the weekends it's my and my other half. We both love this bike for its practicality.

    I've currently added the Givi Pannier rack and topbox rack of which I have placed the Givi E52 Maxia and E45 Panniers.

    The next few things are ohlins rear shock, GPS set up and a seat change. But other than that it's a real work horse. Hope you enjoy my pics.

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  11. rmunro13

    rmunro13 zealot righteous

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    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Hello a question from a newbie...[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]I've been lurking here for a while and have reviewed many of the threads but now I have finally a question that needs some opinion.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]I am looking at buying a NC700S to do a 8 week trip around Australia and as my regular ride is a 29 year old Yamaha XJ750RL and despite all good intentions I'm not going to risk 20,000 km on such an old dear as the XJ.[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]I was looking at a Suzuki DL650 ABS Wee Strom but the Honda NC700 has caught my eye – more like my wallet, as the difference is a cool $2400 AUD or damn near $ 2500 USD (That I’ll buy a few extra beers plus farkels ~ I bet).[/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]So the big question I have is...how does the NC700S (We don't have the X here in Oz) go when you are faced with a truck road train and you have to overtake a good 60 feet plus on the open road? [/FONT]
    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]I guess you'll be cruising along at 120km/hr then the need for acceleration becomes apparent.[/FONT]


    [FONT=Tahoma, sans-serif]Thanks ~ Bert Munro – And yes I am a Kiwi and probably related somewhere.[/FONT]
  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'm gonna bet no one here ever had to do an overtake like that one.
    :D

    There isn't much acceleration above 120km/h, and I felt it went fast
    enough up to 120. The trucks are riding that fast?

    It's a rather heavy under 50hp bike, don't expect miracles.
    It'll go better then you expect when you rely on torque to overtake in
    3-5th gear, but at 120km/h you'll be bouncing a couple of gears off the
    limiter to accelerate fast enough.

    The Vstrom (or Versys) would be a lot faster here, but I'd still take the
    700X.
  13. ferrix

    ferrix Been here awhile

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    No one here has to, either! You can always just slow down instead, you know. Let him go ahead and clear the roo's off the road for you... Save the cash, buy the Honda and take it easy on your trip.
  14. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Good advice.
  15. rmunro13

    rmunro13 zealot righteous

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    These are the wee lorry's that frequent my roads. These guy's are true professional road users but it's the others coming the other way that are the issue, so you need a bit grunt to get by them safely and quickly.
    They generally rumble along at 100 to 110 km/h so not all that fast but that last trailer generally has a mind of it's own wobbling all over the place and kicking up dust and crap, so it's best passed at warp speed scotty.
    It's the $ 2.5K question for me.
    Bert
  16. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    With those trucks, you should call him on the radio and ask what the weather is like at the front before you pass.
  17. rmunro13

    rmunro13 zealot righteous

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    Yeah, that's the idea but they are in a different time zone up front.
    Bert
  18. turbodieseli4i6

    turbodieseli4i6 Been here awhile

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    I know there are a lot of DR650,KLR650 type bikes in Australia. What do they do? Everyone can't be riding ZX14's.
    I would bet the NC would do the job, as long as you could see. The most I have passed in the states on a two lane was 3 cars and one tractor trailer. They were traveling about 10 under the limit and no one wanted to pass.
    Its always kind of scary passing that many, too many things can happen!
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Straight open roads help too, and that's what he's got.
  20. Crilly

    Crilly Been here awhile

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    :norton You are aloud to pass one car at a time. The Nc700x excelerates from 55 Mph to 80 in 4th gear really nice.