2020: What did you do to/with your NC700 today?

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Nice hugger, smokey! That looks like the same shape as mine, but mine is made of fiberglass, and I had to paint it to get it to be textured black instead of gloss. Is your hugger just made of plastic and is that the finish it came with? Do you have a link to the seller?

They went up on their price a bit since I bought mine. I paid less than $100 for mine and they did not charge me any shipping. But, like I said it took about 6 weeks or so to get here.
 

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Met up with WildCat4F today for a ride, our first one together this year. We rode up the Cd'A River Rd part ways and then returned. great time riding and hanging out for a few hours. We stopped off for a quick snack and a photo shoot with Smokey.

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It’s an excellent time of year for riding here in the central highlands of Arizona – cool mornings and warmish afternoons and still a goodly amount of daylight too. So ... 2 days, 2 rides.

Day 1 was a day-long ride up onto the Colorado Plateau and into the nation’s (& therefore the world’s) largest Ponderosa forest, and then along the plateau’s southern edge. And, BTW, when I say “edge”, I’m talking a major cliff here, an escarpment that drops from what’s called the Mogollon Rim at roughly 7600 ft elevation to around 5400 ft at the valley floor below. The views from the Rim are outstanding if it’s clear. Unfortunately, smoke from the tragic wildfires in California are making things really hazy here so between that and dead camera batteries, here’s a picture from a previous ride.

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I rode east on the Rim Road (Fr 300), a well-maintained gravel road that runs about 30 miles right along the edge of the Mogollon Rim. It eventually intersects a highway that runs to the west and down the face of the rim to the bottom of the escarpment. Once down at the bottom of the escarpment, I picked up the Control Road, another well-maintained gravel road that runs 20 odd miles west along the bottom of the Mogollon Rim to intersect another highway that allowed me to close the loop and head on home. Here’s what the Rim looks like from below – a crappy cell phone shot (sorry, dead camera battery, remember?) – I was riding along the top of that cliff edge in the background just an hour or so before this shot.

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Day 1 summary: 240 miles ridden (60+ on gravel); elevation range: 3100 ft to 7600 ft.; temperature range: 66*F to 94*F, clear skies. This is a ride I try to do at least once a year.

Day 2: Over the Mingus Mountains and thru the old mining towns of Jerome and Clarkdale to the Verde River valley and Tuzigoot Nat’l Monument (which is a 600-900 year-old 100+ room pueblo ruin originally built by the Sinagua people)

Here’s a shot looking back at the Mingus Mtns from near Tuzigoot – you can see Jerome to the left and about half-way up the mountain, right below the “J”. If you look to the right along the mountain ridge, you can see a “notch” just above the top edge of the NC’s windshield – that’s where I’m headed next.

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So back up to Jerome and then north through the Mingus Mtns on Perkinsville Rd, another well-maintained gravel road. A significant portion of the Perkinsville Rd is on an old railroad roadbed that was used to haul ore from the mines around Jerome. Here’s what the Verde Valley looks like looking back from that “notch” in the pix above; Jerome is just above the NC’s right mirror.

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Riding on to the north, the views open up again after a bit … here you can see the red rocks west of Sedona in the middle distance and, in the far distance, the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff (about 50 miles away).

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After about 40 miles of riding, Perkinsville Road dumps me back onto pavement at the town of Chino Valley and it’s slab back to the house and close out the loop.

Day 2 summary: 108 miles ridden (40 gravel); elevation range: 3400 ft to 6300 ft.; temperature range: 67*F to 84*F, partly cloudy to mostly clear skies.
 

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It’s an excellent time of year for riding here in the central highlands of Arizona – cool mornings and warmish afternoons and still a goodly amount of daylight too. So ... 2 days, 2 rides.

Day 1 was a day-long ride up onto the Colorado Plateau and into the nation’s (& therefore the world’s) largest Ponderosa forest, and then along the plateau’s southern edge. And, BTW, when I say “edge”, I’m talking a major cliff here, an escarpment that drops from what’s called the Mogollon Rim at roughly 7600 ft elevation to around 5400 ft at the valley floor below. The views from the Rim are outstanding if it’s clear. Unfortunately, smoke from the tragic wildfires in California are making things really hazy here so between that and dead camera batteries, here’s a picture from a previous ride.

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I rode east on the Rim Road (Fr 300), a well-maintained gravel road that runs about 30 miles right along the edge of the Mogollon Rim. It eventually intersects a highway that runs to the west and down the face of the rim to the bottom of the escarpment. Once down at the bottom of the escarpment, I picked up the Control Road, another well-maintained gravel road that runs 20 odd miles west along the bottom of the Mogollon Rim to intersect another highway that allowed me to close the loop and head on home. Here’s what the Rim looks like from below – a crappy cell phone shot (sorry, dead camera battery, remember?) – I was riding along the top of that cliff edge in the background just an hour or so before this shot.

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Day 1 summary: 240 miles ridden (60+ on gravel); elevation range: 3100 ft to 7600 ft.; temperature range: 66*F to 94*F, clear skies. This is a ride I try to do at least once a year.

Day 2: Over the Mingus Mountains and thru the old mining towns of Jerome and Clarkdale to the Verde River valley and Tuzigoot Nat’l Monument (which is a 600-900 year-old 100+ room pueblo ruin originally built by the Sinagua people)

Here’s a shot looking back at the Mingus Mtns from near Tuzigoot – you can see Jerome to the left and about half-way up the mountain, right below the “J”. If you look to the right along the mountain ridge, you can see a “notch” just above the top edge of the NC’s windshield – that’s where I’m headed next.

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So back up to Jerome and then north through the Mingus Mtns on Perkinsville Rd, another well-maintained gravel road. A significant portion of the Perkinsville Rd is on an old railroad roadbed that was used to haul ore from the mines around Jerome. Here’s what the Verde Valley looks like looking back from that “notch” in the pix above; Jerome is just above the NC’s right mirror.

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Riding on to the north, the views open up again after a bit … here you can see the red rocks west of Sedona in the middle distance and, in the far distance, the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff (about 50 miles away).

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After about 40 miles of riding, Perkinsville Road dumps me back onto pavement at the town of Chino Valley and it’s slab back to the house and close out the loop.

Day 2 summary: 108 miles ridden (40 gravel); elevation range: 3400 ft to 6300 ft.; temperature range: 67*F to 84*F, partly cloudy to mostly clear skies.
CapeMan that looks like a wicked adventure. Thanks for including the photos
 

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Today there was a short break in the weather, it had been raining since yesterday. It was just a short ride around town for about 2 hours and came back home just before it hit again. :{)
 

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I've been commuting on my GL650 that I picked up this spring so the GL500 hasn't had much riding time. I rode the 500 today. The GL650 is said to have a stiffer suspension for handling and it was obvious today. The GL500 ride is much cushier. One of the early reviews of the GL500 was that it was like riding a Fleetwood Cadillac down the road. You don't need high displacement for a nice ride. But I also noticed the power and torque difference. The 650 is actually higher displacement than the NX700x, at 647cc and puts out 65hp. The 500 puts out 50hp.
 

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We’ve had great weather but that changes today. Most of my rides have been errand runs to get stuff done but our adult daughter decided to take a work break and babysit our foster baby so the wife and I suited up and rode 2 counties west to a small town with a nice bakery. Parked by the Kankakee river in a peaceful spot to eat some treats, brought the rest home. Thunderstorms forecast today.
 

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I've been commuting on my GL650 that I picked up this spring so the GL500 hasn't had much riding time. I rode the 500 today. The GL650 is said to have a stiffer suspension for handling and it was obvious today. The GL500 ride is much cushier. One of the early reviews of the GL500 was that it was like riding a Fleetwood Cadillac down the road. You don't need high displacement for a nice ride. But I also noticed the power and torque difference. The 650 is actually higher displacement than the NX700x, at 647cc and puts out 65hp. The 500 puts out 50hp.

I’m not understanding your statement that the (GL) “650 is actually higher displacement than the NX700x (sic), at 647cc”. The NC700X engine displacement is 670cc.
 
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I’m not understanding your statement that the (GL) “650 is actually higher displacement than the NX700x (sic), at 647cc”. The NC700X engine displacement is 670cc.
Sorry, Typo. The GL650 is 673cc, 65hp and 45.7 torque. I am not sure why they rounded down in that instance when today, they tend to round up. I know at the time, imported bikes over 700cc were taxed to rescue Harley

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Here is something that caught my eye looking at NC750 stats. I lived in Japan for 10 years.
 

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Ooops. The page won't let me correct above. So here is the seat height data:

Here is something that caught my eye looking at NC750 stats. I lived in Japan for 10 years. I wondered how the shorter Japanese dealt with the high seating on the NC750x. The domestic Japanese version is 2" shorter. Same height as the NC750s. So, I am assuming the kit that makes the NC750 seat height the same as the S does not hamper performance.

Seat height

790 mm (31 in) (S)
830 mm (33 in) (X)
800 mm (31 in) (X Type LD - JDM )
 

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I had spent a lot of time on the Goldwing and the dual sport lately, but this past weekend it was the NC that took me on a 500 mile, overnight camping trip. The fall weather was beautiful and the NC performed the trip flawlessly.

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Cool pics you guys are posting! I got out and rode with a buddy Friday night some, but it's been raining ever since. Cleared out today, supposed to be perfect weather the next whole week, so maybe I can get out and go for a ride!
 

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The lovely wife and I are planning to ride to lunch today. There is a farm with a couple restaurants a couple counties over from us, they have adapted to Covid so we are looking to take a ride out one route and a a different route back. Its about an hour each way if we ride in a car on the interstate but we plan to take considerably longer to get there and get home via 2 lane farm roads and rural highways.

We had plans for a camping trip this weekend. Riding the bikes out to one of our state parks. Temps are going to be in the 30's peaking at about 50 in the afternoon. We don't have heated gear so the plans appear to be changing and we'll likely go out there in a pick up trucks.
 

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The lovely wife and I are planning to ride to lunch today. There is a farm with a couple restaurants a couple counties over from us, they have adapted to Covid so we are looking to take a ride out one route and a a different route back. Its about an hour each way if we ride in a car on the interstate but we plan to take considerably longer to get there and get home via 2 lane farm roads and rural highways.

We had plans for a camping trip this weekend. Riding the bikes out to one of our state parks. Temps are going to be in the 30's peaking at about 50 in the afternoon. We don't have heated gear so the plans appear to be changing and we'll likely go out there in a pick up trucks.
Which farm and restaurant you riding to?
 

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Changed my front tyre. The shoulders of the old tyre were quite worn and that was resulting in the bike tending to drop into bends rather than turning in smoothly. Michelin Road 5 of course.
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That is an interesting rim design on the X-ADV. I don’t know that my tyre changing machine’s tools would work on that rim. Do you change your tyres yourself?
 
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