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    Member TarsTarkas's Avatar
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    First ride -- first imopressions.

    Went for a 50-mile ride on the back roads so I never rode real fast -- averaged about 50 MPH. I got her up to 80 MPH once or twice. It was real windy/blustery but the bike felt solid, even with gusty head- and side-winds. With my full helmet and the wind I rarely heard the engine and had to depend on the tach to know what was going on. The upright ergos and the longer-travel suspension make for a good ride on the not-so-good streets around here. Anyhow, it's not the most exciting bike I ever rode -- but that's good. Plenty of power, considering the smallish (by today's standards) 700cc twin engine. I would have preferred a temp gauge instead of only a light so I could see if a problem was developing before the problem arrives.
    2013 Honda NC700X

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    Senior Member First ride -- first imopressions. dduelin's Avatar
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    It's a Honda. Heating problems don't arrive

    Glad you enjoyed the maiden ride. I too find the NC very stable on the highway and yet very nimble when the road tightens up.
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    Tars...sounds good so far. Don't be afraid to post up some of the cons. I'm still getting used to mine, along with the DCT.

    So far I am really enjoying the way it rides. Handling, more like a sports bike to me. And the foot pegs are not in the greatest position, IMO. Other than that I'm riding on a stock seat still and not feeling any major back or butt pain.

    As for the DCT - still not totally sold. It's fun but I'm not getting used to the shifting times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsfan View Post
    As for the DCT - still not totally sold. It's fun but I'm not getting used to the shifting times.
    Try S-Mode and supplement with override shifts with the "+ & -" paddles. Your experiences should improve noticeably.
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    Senior Member Brillot2000's Avatar
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    Sounds like your first ride went rather well. Do not be afraid to be candid with your negative experiences or dislikes with the bike. Many of us might have a suggestion that might help.

    There are a variety of aftermarket coolant temperature gauges available that you can install on the bike.

    Koso Water Temperature Meter with Adapter
    Bruce B.
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    Tars, I once had a really, really fast Ducati. It was quite an exciting bike. Lucky for me I lived long enough to sell it. Exciting is highly overrated. Come to think of it, I also once had a 1959 Triumph Tiger Cub. Character is overrated too.

    Dependable, slow and steady gets you home. On forums, that's underrated.

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    Honda quality at its best. Sure they could have done something different with the seat or what-have-you , but , there's options here and abroad. Good choice of motorcycle. When I look at the mpg I'm getting AND having fun , now that's exciting.

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    I bought a red 2013 strictly for the DCT. It is butt ugly IMO with the black wheels and cheap looking can.
    I added many upgrades to it and will transfer most if not all to a red 2017 DCT that IMHO is good looking with the silver wheels and much pricier looking (and throatier) can.
    The new gen GWDCT with paralever style front end may give the K16 some competition.

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    I like the colors of the 17 much better. Reminds me of my old nighthawk.
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    I bought a 2017 NC700x last November. Most of my riding has been commuting, but I have managed some back road corner carving as well. So far I am very pleased. My previous bike (and only other bike) was a year 2000 Suzuki Bandit 1200. The NC700x engine is smoother, the handling is even quicker and I really like the red/silver color scheme. The power is not overwhelming, but is more than enough for street use. On my Bandit, in over 17 years of riding, I never twisted the throttle all the way to the stop, so I never used all the power anyway. The suspension is a bit harsh over sharp edged bumps, but the Bandit was not known for its smooth ride either. The stock seat is not the best, but I had an old airhawk seat cushion that makes the seat more comfortable, gives me some more leg room, and lifts me up to the level of the pillion seat so I can shift around more wile riding. I added SW Motech engine guards and a Ventura topcase, and think I have a bike that is the ultimate commuter but can handle canyon rides and touring as well. It is really hard to argue with 70 mpg (versus 40 on the Bandit) and 200 miles to reserve (versus 160 on the Bandit). If the Honda can match my Suzuki's 17 years and 120,00+ trouble free miles, I will be extremely happy.

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