Here are more details about the new models, particularly the CB500X, from the man in Chattanooga:
ALL-NEW 2019 Honda Motorcycles Released! | Lineup Update #4 - EICMA
My biggest gripe is the size of the fuel tank. It should be larger, by at least 1 gallon.
A more 'adventure' oriented suspension would be nice too, but I can live with what they have or buy some aftermarket.
Not a commuter bike for me. I actually like the concept of a tame adventure style bike that can be easily adapted to travel, is nice and maneuverable for riding locally but has easy road manners and is comfortable on highways.
Let kids have loud bikes and let the accountants and dentists in their mid-life crisis periods buy H-Ds. I'll take a practical bike with good manners and a quiet muffler.
I suspect it may be offered for sale in the USA for as long as it is popular in Europe and other parts of the world. As long as production numbers are high enough globally there will be some version of the NC700x/750x offered.
As I say, NC is the motorcycle of real people and the motorcycle of the economical crisis...
At Greece with gasoline prices from $1.76 / L or $7.621 / U.S. gal the NC and all of the other taxes, mid to low end bikes are here to stay. The majority can’t afford expensive (and unreliable) and they sell well.
In E.U. we also have a very different geography, terrain. Having more turns than straights more HP is really useless. We need more skills than HP...
IMHO, NC doesn’t fit well the U.S. but it’s perfect for other markets.
Also see the last Honda annual report. The U.S. & European motorcycle market seems insignificant, obsolete...
I guess from a financial point their focus is mostly on Asia.
Good to see the 19" wheel on the 500. Pity they wouldn't do the same for the NCX.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
What do you feel you gain in advantage going from a 17 to 19 inch wheel?
A common mod for the CB500X is a Rally Raid kit that make the bike more adventure ready. That kit included a 19 inch front. Maybe Honda is just trying to lean the bike more toward the adventure side.