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Old June 20th, 2018, 07:38 AM   #1
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Honda NC700X opinions?

My wife is looking to trade in her V-Star 650 for the NC700X.
Sheís got a fused ankle and shifting gears has become too difficult for her to manage anymore and the DCT transmission seems ideal as a solution to her problems.

Anyone here have any opinions or experience with this bike?

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Old June 20th, 2018, 07:44 AM   #2
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My friend owned one for about 20,000 miles. I rode it on several occasions on all sorts of roads - highway, twisties, city.

To me it seems like the ultimate utility motorcycle. Great gas mileage, a frunk, easy for anyone to ride, incredibly reliable. However to go along with that is that it's by far the most boring bike I've ever ridden. The engine redlines at 6000RPM. The torque curve is completely flat. It sounds uninspiring. It's basically half of a car engine they stuck in a motorcycle.

I will say, they handle INCREDIBLY well. My friend did some kind of shock swap from some 2000-era sport bike, and stiffened the fork springs. It has such a low CG that he could take anyone in the corners. It feels like you have unlimited grip. I still can't believe how well that bike handled. He eventually sold it and bought a VStrom 650 and likes it more. It's bigger than the NC but has a bit more character from the engine.
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Old June 20th, 2018, 08:04 AM   #3
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I owned the non-DCT model for a couple of years. As mentioned, thereís nothing spectacular about the bike, but it was a good all around bike. The low center of gravity made it a fun bike on the twisties. Managed to scape the foot pegs a few times and was not even trying.

The low redline with a very harsh limiter was the reason I sold it. It caught me while trying to pass on a short broken yellow. Scary.


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Old June 20th, 2018, 08:24 AM   #4
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I think boring and low revs won’t be an issue for her coming off the V-Star.
That bike has a terrible rev limiter and is the most boring cruiser I’ve ever ridden.
It’s handling is slow and it’s so low you’re constantly scraping the pegs.

She’s going to appreciate a better handling bike that much I know.

Are there any costly maintenance gotchas on the NC we should know about?

And how about the DCT tranny, and special needs regarding its maintenance?
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Old June 20th, 2018, 08:36 AM   #5
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I joined a local NC group while I had the bike. There was a good number of DCT bikes in the mix. I did not hear any bitching about the DCT performance or reliability. Seemed to do what it was supposed to do.

The bike overall was quite dependable. Normal maintenance and oil changes. Itís a Honda after all.

One thing I loved about the bike was having the storage space where the gas tank should be. Thatís also the thing I hated. Having to open the passenger seat to fill up.

Check out https://www.nc700-forum.com/forum/search.php



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Old June 20th, 2018, 08:50 AM   #6
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Good to know!
The storage is a big plus. The V-Star has saddlebags but they’re too small to hold much. Certainly don’t fit a helmet.

Thanks for the link, I’ll go snoop around over there.
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Old June 20th, 2018, 03:14 PM   #7
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Check out MC Commute's review, good video and pretty positive all around:
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Old June 20th, 2018, 05:19 PM   #8
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I think boring and low revs wonít be an issue for her coming off the V-Star.
That bike has a terrible rev limiter and is the most boring cruiser Iíve ever ridden.
Itís handling is slow and itís so low youíre constantly scraping the pegs.

Sheís going to appreciate a better handling bike that much I know.

Are there any costly maintenance gotchas on the NC we should know about?

And how about the DCT tranny, and special needs regarding its maintenance?
Probably one of the cheapest bikes to own. Super reliable. Tappet valves. It's a Honda!
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Old June 21st, 2018, 07:59 AM   #9
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Probably one of the cheapest bikes to own. Super reliable. Tappet valves. It's a Honda!
Cheap is good. That will be a nice contrast to my HS

We're going to give the bike a look over and test ride later today.

Thanks for posting that review @m00se
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Old June 21st, 2018, 09:26 AM   #10
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Mike, love your contribution to the site.

Ignoring it's your wife (not a dis, just assuming she's not dragging knee's and doing stoppies at red lights), I really struck gold when I was very honest with myself and didn't compromise on what I wanted in a bike. Performance, Versatility, Style, Value, in that order. I took a leap with the Strada, ordering the Gen 1. Motard was very popular and the new engine was promising (I would not have bought any size of the previous generation motor). I don't care about looking cool, wearing my leathers at the cafe and carrying my helmet around, so the bags were a must. I grew up without ABS and traction control, so those were a bonus and I recommend to all amateur riders they at the very least get ABS...locking up the front was the source of many spills for me when I was young and dumb.

I had a martini and this got kinda long. Oh, for the "Honda Reliability" remark, I did have a Honda Pilot transmission blow up at 100K miles. No one is infallible.
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