The NC700x.......

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by jut8, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. wingysataday

    wingysataday Been here awhile

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    Love my NC. It took some getting used to, I had a 950 super endure, FZ6, xr650.... I really like the NC other than the suspension is terrible for off road. I'm working on that currently(race tech emulators gold for front forks). Rear shock I can deal with for now. I have already taken my bike where most will never, when suspension is done I will go even further.
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  2. Mattbastard

    Mattbastard Lazy ass

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    I've said this before, if my NC had 20 more ft-lbs of torque I'd still have it. Pulling away from stops was strong, as was gassing it for passing below 60 mph, but once you're on the interstate there's very little stank left to make a move quickly. Got a 14 DL1000 now, no more torque issues.
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  3. Snakehips

    Snakehips Been here awhile

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    I had one of the first NC700X's (manual) and did 10,000 miles commuting on it in the first 12 months of ownership, the 74mpg (UK MPG) was great and I miss the no-tank storage on my GSA.

    The NC was fine as a commuter but it's not a bike that I'd want to ride for enjoyment.
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  4. watrboy

    watrboy Been here awhile

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    I had a 2012 and put 10,000 miles on it in 2 years. Was comfortable and economical. I sold it and bought a 2014 S10ES for the extra power, cruise control, shaft drive and after 2 years and another 10,000 I still love the S10 and don't regret moving on from the NC700X. Would only consider an AT now as a replacement. Maybe next year :-).
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  5. mkn

    mkn Been here awhile

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    WP_20160405_12_17_00_Raw.jpg WP_20160405_12_18_18_Rich.jpg I have a 2012 NC manual I bought new. I also have a Africa twin I could not bring myself to trade or sell it I like it to much. I won't sell my NCX because I know I will miss it. I have taken it on long road trips, offroad and I commute on it its a fantastic motorcycle but like others have stated you have to know what it is and what it isn't. For me it checks more marks than my Africa twin. So far I have about 24,000 miles on it... all mine of course.
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  6. Righty65

    Righty65 Wet behind the ears

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    Need windscreen advice for 5'7" Rider please, on a 2015 NC

    Anyone running the Cee Bailey?

    Or the Madstad?

    Are those two compatible?

    R65
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  7. dduelin

    dduelin Prone To Wander, Lord, I Feel It

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    I'm your height and a 20" Madstad is the best for me.
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  8. jut8

    jut8 Adventurer

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    Well it looks like I found one! Going to pickup a 2012 on Saturday, very excited. I really like your setup MKN, i want to add some fog lights like you have, and are those highway pegs on the front? Whats that all about?
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  9. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    I LOVE my NC700x.
    LOVE it.
    I have owned, 900rr's, 929rrs, 954rrs, R1's, GSXRs, Vstar 1300, Magna 750, Harley, and the NC700X is my favorite bike I have ever owned.
    I have it all Farkeled out and am finally adding Trekker Panniers next week, and I can say this is also the most useful bike I have ever owned.

    The power is fine for highway cruising. The storage and usability of the motor and gas milage is awesome. I have commuted almost everyday since March 15, and I live in Ohio. Rode that sucker in 31 deg weather all the way up to today when it was 81.

    The power is fine and I really like the low revving motor. It's fast enough to get you to speed, but you probably won't be dealing with Johnny Law much. My sport bikes were 1st gear, 2nds gear, 3rds gear.... 150mph... ticket. Or 1st gear, 2nd gear WHEELIE... ticket. The NC is not that, it's more about pure motorcycling. It can handle the turns, handle a highway, is comfortable (2" risers rule and a proper seat) and it loves dirt roads and back roads.

    I find that even after 300+ miles commuting each week, I still wanna go for a 150 miler+ ride on Sunday.

    Basically the NC is a bike you either get or you don't.

    I know the 20 year old me would have kicked my ass for owning the bike but the 46 year old me loves it.
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  10. jut8

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    Thats really cool to hear man, that was the case with me. I bought a Tuono a 2 years after having a bunch of sports bikes and stuff, I loved it, but like you said for me, i could not just "enjoy" riding that bike like i did others, it was sitting the garage, or it was going faster than I should at my age. I love how practical it seems. I got a chance to demo one at the local honda dealer, it was the dct model which I hated at first, but after 40 miles on it, i enjoyed the last 20 miles of the ride on it, but the one I am getting is a manual, after the riding the dct, I would honestly buy whichever one i got the better deal on, I didnt not like, but I also didnt need to have it, the ABS was nice, but I have never had ABS on any of my bikes, so I didnt need to have it either, but would be nice to have on there.

    Like you said, the 20 year old me would have been calling me a bunch of names for buy this bike (my wife is like that thought, I own a roadstar warrior also, and she let me know that she will not be seen on the back of the NC....only the warrior when we go out riding, lol) but I dont care, I know what it is, I like the way it looks, and it will be super practical for commuting and long travels solo. Gas mileage and range is very appealing, and I get the motor, its not rev, its to have fun with. Thats what I found out on the demo ride, the bike does move very well, and its pretty quick once you understand it, it handles well and corners great, just dont over rev it, i like riding low in the torque these days anyways, and I dont need to have big wiener competition with anyone, i just want to ride, and ride a lot.

    The "frunk" up front will be great, and I have a set of Ogio saddle bags to throw on until I save my pennies for some nice hard bags. I plan on using the bike a lot to haul my mountain bike to trail heads with my 2x2 cycles rack. So I have to find a nice rear rack setup to mount it on to. They guys at 2x2 said they have used the GIVI arms to mount the racks to without issues, so i might go that route.

    As with all of us, I already have my dream farkle list in the works. If anyone can toss in some info on possibly what brands to buy on this stuff, or certain ones to look for, let me know, order right now is just random, i gotta figure out which is most needed first:

    -Handguards for blocking wind (Givi or Barkbusters?)

    -Front Light bar and aux lights (OEM honda bar, or the cheaper Denali Light mount?)

    -Rear Rack to mount 2x2 cycles rack (givi arms or oem honda rack?)

    -Seat Concepts Seat cover/foam

    -Center Stand

    -IXIL slip on (not for performance, but these are pretty quiet, just for people to hear it on the road)

    -Engine guard/bar (Or will the honda light bar be about the same protection?)

    Thanks in advance, these last 2 days of the work week are dragging, i cant wait to pick her up!
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  11. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    Check out motostorm.it for bags, hard cases, racks and such. They are a Givi and Kappa outlet. It takes about 7 days to get from Italy to US, but you can save a TON of dough.
    I saved almost $325 on my Trekker Top case, and Trekker Side cases... best deals I have found, even against used stuff. And shipping was insanely cheap.. like $28 for the top case, and like $39 for both side cases!
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  12. Oilhed

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    That's one bike I always wanted. Looks great!
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  13. jut8

    jut8 Adventurer

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    Thanks for the motostorm website! That place rocks with the prices! I am trying to stay on a budget and looking at either the Givi E22 cases or the Kappa K33n cases. I am totally new to the side case world. Can any mount/brace work with any side case, or do I need to buy certain ones for certain bags? I was going to hold onto my soft ogio side bags for a while, but with those prices, its hard not to get the ball rolling.
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  14. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc I have a Moto Boner!

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    With Givi just pay attention to "monokey" and "Monolock" they are different. And the side case description should tell you which one to use. They make a monokey and monolock side rack for the NC so no matter which bags you like they have you covered. Also motostorm, they are on it. I accidentally ordered the wrong rack, they held my order for a day, emailed me and said "You need this rack with those bags and it's cheaper, so we will refund the difference and ship that rack with your approval". I said "Yes please" and it was shipped 24 hours later and the refund hit the next day. Totally solid company.
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  15. jut8

    jut8 Adventurer

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    That sounds great! Here is my setup that I am thinking about, let me know what you think: I am going to use the GIVI top mount rack for the 2x2 cycles rack

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  16. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile

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    There are also 3 different types of monokey for side panniers too.

    The standard Trekker boxes (TRK33N/B or TRK46N/B) and most others use the standard monokey racks with code PL* - for a NC700 or 750 X or S up to 2015 that's PL1111.


    For the V35 side case, you need a special v35 monokey rack PLX1111.

    For the metal Trekker "Outback" boxes you'll need the Monokey Cam-Side Rack which is PL1111CAM.

    The standard monokey PL1111 and a monokey top box plate is a good combination as these are interchangeable.
    You can then have the big top box and smaller side panniers. If one day you feel you just need one small box, you can fit the side pannier onto the top box plate.

    The TRK46 side cases are big and square and give significant air resistance. You'll slow down quickly when you back off the throttle, and on the NC, you may feel it in the acceleration, cruising speed and fuel economy.
    I had the 52 litre top box and a 46 + 33 side case combo on my V-strom (asymmetrical rack, due to the high exhaust) I never managed to fill them all for trips, even when camping, but they came in handy for a full week's worth of grocery shopping.

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  18. cabanza

    cabanza Smooth Operator

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    I bought a 2016 NC700X a few days ago. I'm loving it! I would like to add some wind protection. I've read before the Madstad is pretty good. Are there other windshields that would fit the 2016 model?
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  19. nocalbruin

    nocalbruin No matter where you go, there you are

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    A silver 2013 manual transmission followed me home from Salem, OR a couple of weeks ago and I've been waiting on some mods before putting serious miles on it. I've owned a few bikes and the main problem has always been seat height. As a vertically challenged rider with short in-seam, the bikes that catch my eye rarely fit my legs. I really wanted a NC, but the 32"+ seat height is a problem. I found this used bike already fitted with Koubalinks that dropped it 1-3/8", then shaved the seat-foam to lower it another 1" or so. I rode it a couple of times but was still on tip-toes at stoplights. This week, my shop put on Soupy links, dropped it another 1", fitted the Soupy sidestand, and raised the forks in the triple clamps. Perfect! The ride home was fantastic! Smooth and relaxed, but most importantly, confident. In summer of 2019 I'm planning to take the bike to Alaska and will probably raise the height back up a bit to get better clearance, but for now, I am very happy with the ride. Planning to add a rear rack, adjustable shorty levers, wider footpegs, and gear shift lever with more bend.
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  20. mkn

    mkn Been here awhile

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    sorry a little late to respond Yes those are foldable highway pegs they are great and make long trips much more tolerable. The knee bend is a little extreme for me and these help stretch me out and happen to be the perfect stretch for my legs.
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