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    Lightbulb Building a NC700X into a "Communter Bike"

    The subject of “Building a NC700X Commuter Bike” has come up several times on this forum and it has not been compounded into a single post for all to find quickly or easily. The following information is supplied as a “REFERENCE” for all that has been inquiring about building their NC700X into a “Commuter Bike”. Please review my recommendations separated into “Levels”. Each level will require a significant level of financial investment as you go up the levels.

    Level 1 (Basic):

    • Extended Windshield (e.g. Cee Baileys 20” Shield)
    • Extra Storage or Cargo Capacity ( e.g. Package Rack, Side Bags, or Rear Trunk)
    • Hand Guards (e.g. Barkbusters)
    • Basic Accessory Electrical (e.g. 12V Accessory Port)
    • Loud Horn (e.g. PIAA Sports Horn)

    Level 2 (Intermediate)

    • Heated Grips (e.g. Honda 08T71-MSG-A30)
    • Advanced Accessory Electrical to Support Additional Accessories.
    • Light Bar for Driving Lights (e.g. Honda 08P70-MSG-A30)
    • LED Driving Light (e.g. X-Vision)
    • Light Bar Mounts (e.g. PIAA)
    • Rear Wheel Hugger (e.g. Skidmarx)
    • Front Fender Extender (e.g. Pyramid)

    Level 3 (Advanced)

    • Fairing Deflectors (e.g. Honda 08R70-MSG-A30)
    • Lower Wind Deflectors (Honda# Varies for Trans. Type)
    • Throttle Rocker II (Velcro Version)
    • Touring Front Seat (e.g. Corbin)

    It is recommended to use all of Honda’s products for all electrical connections for all accessories.
    You will need the following items:

    • Sub-Harness – Honda 08A71-MSG-D30
    • Relay Kit – Honda 08A70-MSG-D30
    • 12V Accessory Socket – Honda 08V71-MSG-D30
    • Heated Grips Attachment Kit – Honda 08T71-MSG-D30, if using the Honda Heated Grips.

    If you are planning to use the Honda Rear Trunk or Side Bags, you will need the following items:

    • Rear Trunk, 45 Liters – Honda 08L55-EWL-100E
    • Saddlebag Set, 29 Liters – Honda 08L76-MGS-A50
    • Rear Carrier – Honda 08A71-MJJ-A30
    • Bracket Set – Honda 08A74-MGS-J30

    Outfit your bike to fit into your riding style and budget. It’s alright to “Mix n Match” any of these items listed above.

    Building a NC700X into a "Communter Bike"-img_2418-jpg

    Happy Motoring!!!
    Bruce B.
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    You'd need the $200 list 08L73-MGS-A30 saddle bag support brackets to hang the bags.
    Building a NC700X into a "Communter Bike"-08l73-mgs-a30-1-jpg

    "Significant level of financial investment" is true. List price of the complete Honda luggage set with hardware and cowl/saddle bag trim panels is $1580. If you buy all the accessories that Honda offers specifically for the NC700X, you're at $2600 list.
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    Why would I need any of that stuff to ride four miles to work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    Why would I need any of that stuff to ride four miles to work?
    Only reason I can see is it would support your Honda dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    Why would I need any of that stuff to ride four miles to work?
    To out farkle your neighbors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Cash View Post
    Why would I need any of that stuff to ride four miles to work?
    Who said that anyone was driving only 4 miles to work?

    Commuters have different "Needs" than just "Casual Riders". You need a place to put all your lunch in the morning and put all your cold weather gear you wore in the morning to ride in.

    At least where I'm at, it's 50 degrees the mornings and 80 in the afternoon when I leave, mostly year round. I have to put all my gear that I wore in the morning and the lunchbox somewhere, don't I?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 670cc View Post
    You'd need the $200 list 08L73-MGS-A30 saddle bag support brackets to hang the bags.
    Building a NC700X into a "Communter Bike"-08l73-mgs-a30-1-jpg

    "Significant level of financial investment" is true. List price of the complete Honda luggage set with hardware and cowl/saddle bag trim panels is $1580. If you buy all the accessories that Honda offers specifically for the NC700X, you're at $2600 list.

    Thanks for advising us of my overlook!!!


    I do not have these, so it was easy for me to forget about them.

    I only paid $1,300 for 13 Honda Accessories when I bought the bike. They wanted over $1,500, but the Costco Program "Forced" them to honor the 15% off all accessories.

    I tried to help someone to get the same deal here on this forum, but that dealer was not playing by the Costco rules that were set forth to be a "Costco Approved Dealer".
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    I would add, depending on where you live, handlebar muffs. They made a huge difference for me this winter in the 10-30 degree range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brillot2000 View Post
    [SIZE=3]Who said that anyone was driving only 4 miles to work?

    I think Mike Cash said his commute was only 4 miles... Though he could have also been talking about my commute...

    I probably won't be commuting to work on the bike until next week, weather is nice enough (morning lows in the 30's and highs for the ride home nearing 60!) but it's still too dark to avoid the fresh potholes consistently (not an issue in the fall when the potholes have been patched, but even in car some of those potholes from this winter are monsters.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brillot2000 View Post
    I only paid $1,300 for 13 Honda Accessories when I bought the bike. They wanted over $1,500, but the Costco Program "Forced" them to honor the 15% off all accessories.

    I tried to help someone to get the same deal here on this forum, but that dealer was not playing by the Costco rules that were set forth to be a "Costco Approved Dealer".
    Well I'd say that guy lucked out if he lost out on the 15% off Costco deal since 25-30% off accessories is more the norm. You can buy ALL the Honda luggage, brackets, and the bag and side cowl panels for $1068, which is 32% off list. I'm just trying to say 15% off is not a deal, although dealers and Costco would have you believe so. But to each his/her own.
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