I’m no longer crossing the NC-X off my shortlist, whether DCT+ABS or manual. It will likely come down to what “used” deal I come across that’s not 2/3rds of the way across the US from me. In the winter... in the snowy parts of the country.
Also remaining on the shortlist are the newly improved 2019 Honda CB500X and the BMW F700GS. It’ll be unlikely to see the former for sale “used” any time soon and the latter with low miles and a decent amount of farkles can actually be found for about the price of the new 2019 CB500X ABS out-the-door. Downside is that most F700GS bikes I’ve seen advertised have lowered suspension and/or seat, which I do not want at all.
(Disclaimer: I am a former BMW motorcycle owner—R90/6—so I have a serious soft spot for them that defies rationality. That, in the end, might tip the scales, everything else about a deal being roughly equal.)
We’ll see how the chips fall.