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    Back Surgery

    I have asked this question on several forums and no one has suggested this bike and would like to know why the NC 700 does not get recommended for people that have back issues? I have sat on one but the dealership was on a very busy street and it was rush hour and I was leery to try a bike I have never rode during that time. I would like to know how it compares to the vstorm and 650 versey? I was thinking of trying the DCT version because I have arthritis in my hand and think it may be better, not afraid to stick with manual if it is better. I do not plan on buying another bike unless I get to crippled then I will switch to a trike so I need something that will last years I am only 46.
    I will not be taking this off road, just dirt roads sometimes freshly graded, I live in a rural area and lots of back roads through the amish country. I may do some highway but 90% of my driving will be 2 lane roads where I can ride my way. I seldom group ride most of time it is me and maybe one other person and then we have an agreement go as fast as you want but wait before you turn down another road so I do not get lost because I follow.
    How hard is it to get used to riding on a bike that is as tall as adventure bikes are? I ride single and will not be riding 2 up, so I do not think that I will need more horse power, as long as it can do 70 if I do decide to travel on the interstate once in awhile and it has to be able to pass if need to but like I said I stick to speed limits. I believe it should handle curves like the versey and vstorm. How is it as far as semi passing you does it through you like it does on other small bikes. I am coming from a 600 honda shadow?
    Can you persuade me to buy this bike over the other two that I have listed? Would a honda cb500x be better? I am 5'7 if that helps/

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    In my experience, bikes with upright riding postures, like the NC700X and the CB500X, are much better on the back. Even though I don't have a bad back, just looking at the 600 Shadow makes my back hurt because of the forward foot peg position on that bike.

    I'm 5'8" with 32" inseam and I can flat foot the NC with boots on. The CB500X is even easier to reach the ground. Inseam is a more important number that overall height.

    You can always add handlebar risers to get the bars farther back and put you in a more upright position and help your back. You can also lower the bike's suspension a little if short legs are an issue.

    I own and ride NC700s because I like the engine, but I do think the CB500X is more comfortable. The reach to the bars is closer on the 500, and the stock seat is more comfortable.

    No offense, but my memory of riding experiences in rural New York was that the roads are quite rough. Getting your foot position more underneath you, as opposed to a cruiser position, and also maybe improving the suspension, should make it easier on the back.
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    I agrer...upright seating is the best. The foot position seemed a little cramped when I first got mine, but I got used to it.
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    Arkridia...I just traded in my V-strom for the NC with DCT. Keep in mind I've had my CTX700 for over 2 years now so I know these bikes. I LOVE the V-strom but it will sit taller for you. I am 5'10" and I could just barely flatfoot the V-strom. (You can always lower it.) I won't get into the performance differences other than to say I think the V-strom has the edge for going off-road.
    But as for your comfort question...that's a tough one to answer. I think it depends on the individual. Take the CTX, for example. I believe Honda made that bike specifically for me!!! At the same time, the very first mod I suggest for any shape/size/height/weight is to get a new seat because that CTX stock seat is rough!
    I've only had my NC for a week but I've put it through the motions. It's a comfortable bike with the stock seat but you do start to feel that stiffness after an hour or so of sitting on that stock seat that I have. Also, the footpegs, IMO, are way behind you whereas the V-strom's are more right underneath you. Unless you modify with highway pegs somehow you're stuck with your feet tucked in and behind.
    In the end, you can modify just about any bike. Things to think about in your case are the seat, bar position and windscreen.
    Good luck with your decision and keep us posted!

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    Unfortunately the NC700X doesn't get much publicity. Mainly because its just a street bike, and most people hate it because they want it to be something else. Its the best commuter bike I've ever ridden. Good gas mileage. Upright position, comfortable for both long and short rides although the stock seat sucks. Best of all is the DCT. No trying to find neutral at a stop light. Just twist and go. The fact that it has a frunk (Front Trunk) and has to be fueled up under the seat, makes it unique in the bike world. Plus the price tag is lower most other bikes of the same class.

    Although touted as an Adventure bike, that is a misnomer. It CAN go off-road but you'd have to farkle it to death after changing out the tires. The bike rides tall, which I think is why its classified as an Adventure bike. I'm 6'0" even with a long inseam, so I can't ride most bikes comfortably. Meaning tiny a "crotch-rocket" will always be totally out of the question. Not the speediest cat in the jungle, it can hold its own with faster bikes. The stock windscreen is too small so I recommend changing that also. The stock muffler and horn are a bit quiet but if you're not trying to wake the neighbors, they do just fine. H-D marketing has people convinced that a louder bike is better. Realistically if you live around people and don't want issues, quieter is better. Plus unlike an H-D this bike doesn't require a ton of maintenance. One mechanic told me that he had H-Ds in his shop all the time, where he rarely sees a Honda. So you can save money on maintenance.

    Personally, I ride to/from work daily. The NC700X starts fast, is quiet and nimble enough to get me through rush hour traffic where a car would leave me stuck in the stop-and-go rat race. I just turned 50 and have back problems too. So, I can honestly say that this bike is better for a bad back than most others. No bike is good for the back but if want a bike that's not going to cause you pain in your back and wallet every time your get on it, get this one.

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    It is a road-adventure bike

    Totally agree with the truth above

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    If one has a bad back then the basic suspension of an NC can hurt on bumpier roads. That was my only issue with mine when I had one. Otherwise the ergonomics are good and on decent roads I was able to stay in the saddle for up to 800kms in one day.
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    For me, the upright (standard) riding position is best. I feel I have more control of the bike, more able to use my legs as shock absorbers. I really don't like cruiser ergos (forward controls). I'll go sport-bike ergos before cruiser ergos -- any day. I don't know but I would think that cruiser ergos would be harder on someone with a bad back than the upright (standard) position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsfan View Post
    Arkridia...I just traded in my V-strom for the NC with DCT. Keep in mind I've had my CTX700 for over 2 years now so I know these bikes. I LOVE the V-strom but it will sit taller for you. I am 5'10" and I could just barely flatfoot the V-strom. (You can always lower it.) I won't get into the performance differences other than to say I think the V-strom has the edge for going off-road.
    But as for your comfort question...that's a tough one to answer. I think it depends on the individual. Take the CTX, for example. I believe Honda made that bike specifically for me!!! At the same time, the very first mod I suggest for any shape/size/height/weight is to get a new seat because that CTX stock seat is rough!
    I've only had my NC for a week but I've put it through the motions. It's a comfortable bike with the stock seat but you do start to feel that stiffness after an hour or so of sitting on that stock seat that I have. Also, the footpegs, IMO, are way behind you whereas the V-strom's are more right underneath you. Unless you modify with highway pegs somehow you're stuck with your feet tucked in and behind.
    In the end, you can modify just about any bike. Things to think about in your case are the seat, bar position and windscreen.
    Good luck with your decision and keep us posted!
    You can do the highway pegs easily if you use these engine guards from Kijima. Found on WeBike.com.
    Only downside to them is that when you adjust the valves every 16,000 miles you have to remove the right U-bolt mount when you adjust the valves. It is no big deal if you put anti-seize on the bolt. They are stainless and will gall when you tighten the nuts and they will not come off and you will twist off the nut and bolt if you don't use anti-seize. I found some steel U-bolts at fastenal. All good now. Also you can make covers that snap on these for wind protection too.
    Sent some pics high lighting close ups and some from a distance so you can see how they look from a distance. Easy to install and they keep the bike off of you in case of a tip over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1wiseguy2 View Post
    You can do the highway pegs easily if you use these engine guards from Kijima. Found on WeBike.com.
    Only downside to them is that when you adjust the valves every 16,000 miles you have to remove the right U-bolt mount when you adjust the valves. It is no big deal if you put anti-seize on the bolt. They are stainless and will gall when you tighten the nuts and they will not come off and you will twist off the nut and bolt if you don't use anti-seize. I found some steel U-bolts at fastenal. All good now. Also you can make covers that snap on these for wind protection too.
    Sent some pics high lighting close ups and some from a distance so you can see how they look from a distance. Easy to install and they keep the bike off of you in case of a tip over.

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
    Those engine guards can be found on ebay under a different brand cheaper because of free shipping.

    Mutazu Black 2 piece Engine Guard Highway Crash Bar for Honda NC700S NC700X | eBay

    In your pics what kind of auxiliary lights do you have? And are they mounted on the Denali mount?

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