The NC700x.......

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

  1. vwhammer

    vwhammer Adventurer

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    I am running the Vee Rubber VRM163 in a 120/90R17 front and a 140/80R17 rear.
    So far I really like this tire set up.
    I have experienced no ill handling on anything that I have done thus far.

    You will not be able to run the stock fender in the stock location with a tire that size.
    I also have the front lifted 3/4" with some fork extenders because the front hits the plastic fairing where it goes up and over the exhaust output.

    I am having parts made now for a new fork brace that will clear the tire and have tabs to mount a new custom front fender.
    If you have an aftermarket skid plate the lift might not be necessary to clear the tire.
    but you would have to raise the stock fender and it may start hitting things.
    This is why I am building a new front fender.

    In case you have not seen it yet here is the link to my build thread that covers everything I have done in more detail.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/nother-nc700x-thread-but-this-time-an-adv-build.1215824/
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  2. misterk

    misterk Been here awhile

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    I enjoy my nc with dct. this thing is tough as nails. I took it on the Continental Divide Ride on some single track and no track trails. Beat the snot out of the dash plate, rode over baby heads, many water crossing. A friend of mine on a KTM 1290 said my bike reminded him of a mountain horse. I can do 1000 mile day on the NC just as easy if not easier than my goldwing when the temp is above 80 degrees.

    Been thinking about the Africa Twin and a GSA. The only thing is I love the DCT. I already have a budget of about $4k to add to the twin if I decide to go that route. The only reason for me to go from the NC to a Twin is the 17" front wheel (#2 reason) and the suspension (#1 reason). The rocks in Colorado beat me pretty good. I had to stand way back to help get the front end up a little.
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  3. CrStep

    CrStep Been here awhile

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    The DCT Africa twin is a lot of fun, not that I'm pushing you to change bikes.
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  4. taranaki

    taranaki Gaucho Marx

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    Been on the hunt for a new '17 DCT. A Woodinville, WA dealer has one but they want $850 shipping and setup. Too steep?. Looks like it's gonna be an '18...
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  5. taranaki

    taranaki Gaucho Marx

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    I embraced defeat and picked up a leftover '16 DCT. Only about 700 miles clocked so far but I think it's a keeper. Puig touring screen, Seat Concepts, Rox risers, SHAD side cases, Honda hot grips so far. I'll ride it home to Pahrump from central Oregon in a few days.

    The DCT has exceeded the high expectations I had coming in. Lovely motorbike overall.
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  6. kpinvt

    kpinvt OLDnSLO

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    Good luck with the new bike. I love my 2014 DCT.
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  7. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure

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    I just bought a used 2012 NC700X with 10,750 miles........in good shape but needs a good "detailing", and chain cleaning. I have only ridden it twice......about 20 miles total. Man, this thing is "geared" for highway cruising, not puttin around town (stop and go traffic). First mod/farkle I plan on making is changing the rear sprocket from the OEM 43T to either a 44T or 45T. I believe it will produce a more comfortable ride for the type of conditions I use the bike for. (NOTE: I already have a CB500X, also 1-2 teeth up on the sprocket, and absolutely love that little bike.......feels like a Motard to me....I don't do dirt). Two styling areas I would like to change is the taillight appendige hanging out back and those FootPeg Brackets.....I hate the way they look......too Buck Rogers for me. I know there are tail-tidy kits out there, but I want to somehow move the OEM taillight assembly forward if possible. I don't care for the CB500X FootPeg Brackets either (same reason) and installed 2016 CB500F Brackets....which look much better, IMO. I am hoping some outfit in Taiwan/China/Hong Kong will put out a Rearset Kit that I can install and/or "massage" if need be. The right side assembly is the problem child.....the OEM bracket supports the muffler as well as supplying brackets for the rear brake M/C and Tailight Brake Switch. (I don't ride two-up, so don't need the buddy pegs).
    While I am rambling, I thought the design of the exhaust header pipe at the head was unusual....one pipe for two cylinders?? I assume the exhaust ports in the head are siamesed together somehow to form one discharge point?? AliExpress.com has 10 pages of cheapo parts/farkles/bling for the NC700X, and I hope to add some of them to mine (clear sprocket cover, maybe an exhaust pipe, fork brace, and others).
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  8. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure

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    Wondering if anyone knows what is inside the Cat/Muffler portion just past the exhaust flange at the head?? On might could open it up (i.e. cut-open) the muffler portion, gut it out, then re-weld it back up. Is it Catalytic materials inside (like Honeycomb or pellets), or baffles (like in a muffler)???
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  9. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile

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    Why would you want to do that?
    Are you hoping to get a small performance increase by improving your exhaust gas flow from (what's probably) the most sensible and efficient engine ever fitted to a motorcycle?
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  10. Drumbrakes

    Drumbrakes Been here awhile

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    I believe you are right about the two exhaust ports joining within the head.
    This saves a little weight and may improve gas flow out of the cylinders. It will also cost less in both parts and manufacturing as there is only one pipe to be fitted, and it's a much simpler part to make within the tolerances required.
    It doesn't sound much, but this engine is based on car technology, and they do love to make things easy to build.
    Obviously that's all forgotten when it comes to the 2016/17 body work which was based on the Rubik's cube technology.

    The single exhaust port design also allows the cat to be fitted closer to the engine so it gets up to the required working temperature very quickly.
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  11. Moto-Kafe

    Moto-Kafe Gnarly Entre-manure

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    Prezactly.........:D
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  12. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc Schlub

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    Changed out white fogs for more visable yellow LED's...

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  13. kpinvt

    kpinvt OLDnSLO

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    Where did you get them?
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