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    2016 Honda NC700X Long-Term Review

    A long term review of the NC700X.

    2016 Honda NC700X Long-Term Review
    Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, and foolish planning? Just do it. Shut the frunk up and Ride !!!!!!!!!!

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    My experience with other riders is 1 in 20 knows what it is, but they all like how it looks.

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    I am constantly asked what it is, being black it doesn't look like the silver or red ones but I do get the "I've heard of those" from even Harley riders.

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    I thought the review was good.
    The NC seems to be a bike that you either really like or not really at all.
    It is a very unique engine/torque/HP/trunk situation and people have to get used to it.
    The nice thing is reviews do spit this out and so buyers should know pretty much what they have before it becomes part of their corral.
    It is not a high speed, take off like a rocket machine.
    I really like mine as the closest thing to an all around bike you will get.
    And I love reading the comments on these articles to see how others think.

    But, really, the only way to really get an understanding of any bike is to go out and ride it.
    And if I recall correctly, the OP of this thread was once a bike dealer, meaning he has tried out a number of bikes most of us will never get to.
    And so, if OCR rates this bike high, I am listening!!

    So often in reviews previous riding has an effect on one's final decision.
    The other MC journalist preferred the Versys 650 over the NC but he has had one for years it sounds.
    Maybe a comparo should be done by people who do not own or who is not a regular rider of one of the bikes in the the study.
    Besides, my opinion has the Kawasaki and the NC as two totally different style of bikes and should not really be compared to each other.
    The Versys is more of a sport bike in an adventure bike look while the NC is more of a cruiser/commuter/mild-off-roader in an adventure bike look.
    Meaning the Versys is more of a sport bike and the NC more true adventure bike.

    My thoughts.

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    It is nice to see the NC700X mature into a bike with it's own place in the crowded middle weight class. When it first came out it was constantly reviewed in 2012 and 2013 with the Versys and Suzuki DL650 and because it gives up so much power to these bikes it was always in last place though it's handling and comfortable egos sometimes received higher marks. Honda designed this bike with other goals in mind besides power output per displacement and most reviews and comparisons did not give this reason for it's existence much due other than a passing comment. General interest forums 3 & 4 years back pummeled the NC700X and the DCT came in for particularly harsh treatment. Things are different now with passage of a few years and the positive press reviews of the Africa Twin DCT. Like it or dislike it the bike has done well for Honda. As the 700 or 750 it's been Honda's top selling motorcycle in Europe for 4 years and often still in the top three models of all brands sold month over month. Some US dealers can't sell them while others have a couple on the floor all the time and find it sells steadily.

    Honda gave out a lot of information to the press at the release of the New Concept platform and for some months afterward. Notoriously, the one spoken comment about "starting out by cutting a Jazz engine in half" has moved into urban legend but there was a lot of published technical data along with the overarching design view of the engineering team. Honda knew they were plowing a different field with this bike and it seems to have paid off. The late Kevin Ash published a circumspect review at the time as did the British magazine BIKE. I'm sure there were others but I can't recall them now.

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    i only have a few months but quite a few long-days miles on my NC. fortunately due to being a fairly new rider i'm not preconditioned to expect 130 mph and drag racing acceleration. it was easy to love what my machine does in a lot of real-world traffic and highway conditions riding with other riders on other machines. whatever it is not, what the NC is, is pretty incredible and fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dduelin View Post
    It is nice to see the NC700X mature into a bike with it's own place in the crowded middle weight class. When it first came out it was constantly reviewed in 2012 and 2013 with the Versys and Suzuki DL650 and because it gives up so much power to these bikes it was always in last place though it's handling and comfortable egos sometimes received higher marks. Honda designed this bike with other goals in mind besides power output per displacement and most reviews and comparisons did not give this reason for it's existence much due other than a passing comment. General interest forums 3 & 4 years back pummeled the NC700X and the DCT came in for particularly harsh treatment. Things are different now with passage of a few years and the positive press reviews of the Africa Twin DCT. Like it or dislike it the bike has done well for Honda. As the 700 or 750 it's been Honda's top selling motorcycle in Europe for 4 years and often still in the top three models of all brands sold month over month. Some US dealers can't sell them while others have a couple on the floor all the time and find it sells steadily.

    Honda gave out a lot of information to the press at the release of the New Concept platform and for some months afterward. Notoriously, the one spoken comment about "starting out by cutting a Jazz engine in half" has moved into urban legend but there was a lot of published technical data along with the overarching design view of the engineering team. Honda knew they were plowing a different field with this bike and it seems to have paid off. The late Kevin Ash published a circumspect review at the time as did the British magazine BIKE. I'm sure there were others but I can't recall them now.

    Honda NC700X | Ash On Bikes
    My opinion which don't mean much is: FRUNK all the sport bike editors and sports bike writers who do not understand the real reason for the Honda frunk motorcycle!
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    I'm not entirely sure what convinced me to buy the NC700X. It was first on my list a long time ago, then I saw that there was a 750 version that may or may not come to the USA, I didn't want the inferior model so I dismissed it outright.

    For the longest time, and being from Wisconsin, I thought a cruiser is what I wanted. Went to a Harley Davidson dealership to sit on the new Street 500 'Captain America' model and Sportster 883 -- not for me. I went to the 'other dealer' and sat on a Kawasaki Vulcan S, I felt cramped.

    Honda CTX700, less cramped but didn't like the feet forward. I told the sales guy that I didn't like the low, feet forward seating position of cruisers and wanted to see 'above' cars if I could, so we moved to the Versys 650 -- it felt very top heavy to me and I could not flat foot it which was scary.

    Sat on a 2014 NC700X manual and out of the half a dozen bikes I've sat on that was the one that fit my ergos the best. I remembered it from back when I was doing research and read a few more reviews, and found out that there wasn't much difference between the 700 and 750. The price was right and the DCT and trunk was just a bonus. A year later I got the 2016 and haven't regretted it. It is a joy to ride and my favorite thing to do with it is to go get a box of donuts with it at 2am, but I also use it to commute to work so it saves me gas money and wear and tear on my aging car.

    A lot of reviews tend to lament that this engine is gutless ('Half A Fit etc...') and so on, and a lot of first time riders/car drivers are going to take that to heart and think this bike is some sort of Prius. What's not real evident to the beginner reading these reviews is that it is still a motorcycle and in power-to-weight class of its own against cars, able to beat most of them off the line, break any posted speed limit, and challenge anyone's riding skills in the twisties.

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