Last fall, Honda announced a significant overhaul for the NC750X, and now it’s confirmed that machine is coming to North America.
There are several changes to the NC750X’s liquid-cooled parallel twin, adding power and reducing its emissions. The engine gets updates to its top end, which allow for a redline that’s now 600 rpm higher. Honda also updated the gearbox, tightening the ratios in first, second, and third gears. There’s also a new exhaust, and Honda added a throttle-by-wire system. This allowed Honda to also program in traction control, and three riding modes. An auto-shifting DCT-equipped version is still available, too.
This is the biggest update the NC series has received since it first hit the market in the early 2010s. It’s always been a low-revving, torque-friendly machine with weirdly wimpy rev limit, but maybe the updates will make the bike more enjoyable to ride. More power is always welcome, for sure, and the bike’s excellent fuel economy and general practicality make it an underrated tourer.
There’s more! The NC750X also gets a new frame, a lower seat, and Honda says the “storage hatch,” which sits in the space usually occupied by a gas tank, is larger. The windscreen is larger, and the bike now has LED lighting. Honda says after all the changes are added up, it managed to cut about 13 pounds off the machine. All in all, a very decent set of upgrades, and it’s weird Honda isn’t making a bigger deal of this generational update.
Other lineup updates
Honda also confirmed the CB1000R will return for 2021, with updated 5-inch TFT display, a new headlight, new wheels, and underseat USB charger. Quickshifter, windscreen and pillion pad cover come standard, and the bike is now wearing a “Black Edition” label, because that’s a cheap and affordable way to make people think you’re badass. ‘Muricans pay $12,199 for the 2021 model, and hosers in Canuckistan will have to cough up a $15,799 MSRP before taxes and other fees. Better get ready to sell your shares in the toque factory.
And then, there’s the ADV 150. No changes to this cheerful “adventure scooter” for 2021, except for a new “Candy Rose Red” paint scheme, but Honda does say it’s coming back to the US. MSRP is $4,299. Sorry, Canadians, you can’t buy one, because Honda Canada is scared of the scooter market.