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    Uffda! New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

    Greetings!

    I resurrected an '82 GL500 last summer. My neighbor put it in his garage when his 14 year old daughter was born and hadn't ridden it since then. She only has 7,500 miles on her. She started right up with a jump battery after I put Mystery Oil in the cylinders and cranked it with the plugs out and sat overnite.

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    I want to put a sidecar on it so my Akita Dog can ride with me and also so I can ride all winter. That has me looking for something to tour with. I thought of keeping my eye open for a GL650 but I've also been looking at other Hondas. Including the NC700/750X. The CX500forum.com has been extremely helpful with my GL500.

    I've seen new 2016 CTX700s on sale in neighboring Wisconsin for under $4,000, which is less than used ones are going for on CL or Marketplace. Price is a big draw, even if they are discontinued.

    Have also been researching PC800s (driveshaft) and Royal Enfields. One of the things that draws me to the NCX/CTX is the high MPG. My only wish is that the CTX/NCX had a driveshaft and not a chain.
    A GL650 appeals to me too. My GL500 is pretty good for my needs so I measure everything against it.

    I won't be buying until next year. I turn 66 in December and this is how I will celebrate. My daughter lives in Grayling Michigan and I'd like to take trips there riding through northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    So I am here to learn as much as possible.

    Thanks,

    Lee

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    Senior Member Uffda!  New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA davidc83's Avatar
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    Super Moderator Uffda!  New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA 670cc's Avatar
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    Welcome to the forum. We have a fairly friendly bunch here. I hope we can help out!
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    Thanks for the welcome everyone! Two questions:

    Do the manual and DCT versions get equal MPG?
    Where do I find the place to make my .sig?

    Thanks again,
    Lee

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    Super Moderator Uffda!  New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA 670cc's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeInMpls View Post
    Thanks for the welcome everyone! Two questions:

    Do the manual and DCT versions get equal MPG?
    Where do I find the place to make my .sig?

    Thanks again,
    Lee
    Nothing in the transmission designs inherently affects gas mileage. The DCT version does weigh a few pounds more, but the efficiency of power transfer through the transmissions is essentially the same. How you ride the bikes, meaning what you do with your throttle and brakes, will make more difference to the MPG than the transmission type.

    Fuel economies seem to average anywhere from the 50s (MPG) to the 80s, depending on the various owners’ riding style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    Nothing in the transmission designs inherently affects gas mileage. The DCT version does weigh a few pounds more, but the efficiency of power transfer through the transmissions is essentially the same. How you ride the bikes, meaning what you do with your throttle and brakes, will make more difference to the MPG than the transmission type.

    Fuel economies seem to average anywhere from the 50s (MPG) to the 80s, depending on the various owners’ riding style.

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    Thanks! Watching Youtube reviews, folks comment on the fact that the DCT shifts up the gears faster than you might choose manually and they sometimes say they think it is what helps keep the MPG high. What I have learned so far, I think I'd like to go with the DCT. One reason I am looking at midsized is because I want to keep MPG above 50.
    Lee in Minneapols, Minnesota '82 GL500

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    Super Moderator Uffda!  New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA 670cc's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeInMpls View Post
    Thanks! Watching Youtube reviews, folks comment on the fact that the DCT shifts up the gears faster than you might choose manually and they sometimes say they think it is what helps keep the MPG high. What I have learned so far, I think I'd like to go with the DCT. One reason I am looking at midsized is because I want to keep MPG above 50.
    It’s probably impossible to ride the NC700X so aggressively that the mileage could even drop to 50 MPG. Averages across a large group, according to Fuelly, are around 65 MPG. Frugal riders can average around 80 MPG, but it takes a disciplined riding style to get there, which many riders have little desire to do.

    Getting good fuel mileage from the NC is not so much just a perk; it’s more of a necessity because the the fuel tank capacity is puny at only 3.7 gallons. If you ride aggressively, or into a strong headwind and drive the gas mileage down too low, the range of the fuel tank becomes pathetically short.

    Again, get a DCT or a manual because that’s what you want. Don’t focus on the transmission type when it comes to MPG; it really is a non-factor. I’m in the camp that gets above average mileage. I’ll bet I could ride a DCT more efficiently than most people ride a manual, and I could also ride a manual more efficiently than most people ride a DCT. Putting side bags and/or a large windscreen on the NC will make a big negative impact on the MPG. But mainly, how you ride is the key to efficiency.
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    Senior Member Uffda!  New Member In Minneapolis, Minnesota USA ld_rider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeInMpls View Post
    I want to keep MPG above 50.
    Say you ride 10,000 miles year (that is about twice the avg/year).

    Bike A gets 45 mpg and Bike B gets 60 mpg

    Yearly difference in fuel costs would only be about $160

    If you want a middleweight shaft drive, 50mpg tourer check out a Honda NT700V. You can pick up a 2010-2011 w/ABS, saddle bags, fairing (all factory OEM) for about $2,500-$3,500. A nice little twin but a bit heavier than the NC and (obviously) an older design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ld_rider View Post
    Say you ride 10,000 miles year (that is about twice the avg/year).

    Bike A gets 45 mpg and Bike B gets 60 mpg

    Yearly difference in fuel costs would only be about $160
    That's at today's prices. When subsidies are removed, gasoline will go to over $15.00 a gallon. I guess, for me, it is more about Carbon Footprint than $$$s.
    I'm looking at an electric or plug-in car next year for travel. The less I pay to the oil companies, the happier I am.

    This is my e-Bike (I charge it with solar panels) I have studded snow tires on it now:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ld_rider View Post
    If you want a middleweight shaft drive, 50mpg tourer check out a Honda NT700V. You can pick up a 2010-2011 w/ABS, saddle bags, fairing (all factory OEM) for about $2,500-$3,500. A nice]
    I like the looks of the NT700V better than the CTX700 or the NC750x. Thanks! I like everything about the NC750X except the styling. I guess part of the look is what bags you have on the bike. I am leaning toward one or a GL650 but I will research the NT700V too. Right now, the edge goes to the NCX for MPG and the DCT.
    Last edited by LeeInMpls; 17th November 2019 at 12:56.
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