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Cool! I live near Fort Payne AL about an hour south of Chattanooga.

Crazy seeing knee down with jeans on lol.
 

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What's also crazy is seeing someone else getting a knee down on an NC. And a DCT at that. You ridden the 750 yet Tacoma? In 6 speed form it is a completely different bike from the 700. Not as great a difference in DCT trim. The power difference and extra revs make it a more natural back roader and the suspension update that seems ho hum is actually quite good for street use.

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What's also crazy is seeing someone else getting a knee down on an NC. And a DCT at that. You ridden the 750 yet Tacoma? In 6 speed form it is a completely different bike from the 700. Not as great a difference in DCT trim. The power difference and extra revs make it a more natural back roader and the suspension update that seems ho hum is actually quite good for street use.

KEB
Refresh my memory. What was the suspension update on the 750?
 

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Refresh my memory. What was the suspension update on the 750?
Great question 670cc. The press release indicated the U.S. was getting the DBV Showa front forks but we only received updated fork internals (springs, preload collar and damper rod based on part number comparisons). To ride the two it is a noticeable change. The added firmness may not be to everyone's taste but I believe anyone would notice the improved reduction in harshness. The rear shock is a new part number that is listed as update to the original NC700 models so hard to judge if anything was actually changed by Showa. The fact the pricing never changed makes it unlikely much was changed.

There is always the chance that my first NC had a defective suspension I suppose but I do read the odd review from owners/riders of both models that mentions the same things I feel.

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I'd like to have a 750X, especially the new 2020 black one, but it's hard for me to justify $9500 otd for one compared to what I could buy a used low mile 700X for. I have been looking at picking up another one so I could have one always prepped for street riding and one prepped for track riding and just alternate my worn out track tires onto the one for street. Only reason I ride an NC is bc I am a left leg below knee amputee and can't bend that knee past 90 degrees, hence the highway peg in one of those pics I posted. The NC works well for my particular situation, so having 2 of them for both types of riding would be great.
 

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Exactly $8,590 OTD (all taxes, fees and ext warranty included) The 3 year warranty extension added $340 to the OTD cost so without warranty I could have paid $8,250. My normal MO is new bike OTD under MSRP (I broke my rule) or I buy low mile, late model used. I did a similar deal on my 13 NC700 when I bought that bike. There is something about the NC that represents extraordinary value to me. I am retirement age so I still remember the bikes from the 60's and 70's and reliability, durability, serviceability and running costs always weigh in the decision.

Don't look now but we are almost back on topic.

My 700 was an extremely satifying machine to own and ride in the playground of mountains I live within. The 750 has all of the 700's attributes (if it is as reliable) with a very noticeable improvement in power and refinement. The difference is most noticeable in the 6 speed manual version. The original 700 twin really shines with the DCT. The extra revs of the 750 makes it easier to keep the motor near peak output when you're hanging with the motards in the mountains.
 
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NC saddle will also push you forward. There are lots of fixes on this site. I did a Seat Concepts saddle recover. easy peasy. I also did a Madstad adventure windscreen. I've learned that every motorcycle takes some customization from the owner. Thats half the fun.
That Madstad is worth every penny. I love mine.
 

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Okay all, hello first off, I'm brand spanking new as in I joined 1 minute ago. I come to you as a last resort because I have no other options. I am currently motorcycle-less an unacceptable state of being as many of you would probably agree.

I am looking at the NC750X manual. I found a great deal on a new left over 2018 out of state but scared to buy it because of all the reviews I have read and watched about it being a boring dog to ride. Some riders even going to far as to say it sucked the joy out of riding. Pretty extreme wordage there! Here is my conundrum. I can't find a local NC750x to test ride. I'm in Las Cruces, NM and our crap dealership will allow me to buy the motorcycle and return it if I don't like it after, now get this, 5 miles. Yes, I have to buy it and return it after 5 pathetic miles. Neighboring El Paso doesn't have a single NC750X anywhere and there are no used ones unless I want to drive hours to Phoenix.

As you can imagine I am reluctant to drop money on a bike that seems to be either a love it or hate product. I am going to test a 2015 Versys 650 tomorrow. Now about my back ground. I come from the cruiser world and just want to try something different. 1st bike was the Honda shadow Sabre which was the 1100cc version with short gears for increased torque. Loved the power, hated the mileage, the high revs at freeway, the crap mileage at freeway and short distance due to the bad mileage. 2nd bike was the Kawasaki Vulcan classic 900. Once I switched out the rear sprocket for an extra 2 teeth, I thought it was a great all around bike. Good for around town, maybe a bit bland on power, adequate for freeway speeds, good gas mileage and distance between fill ups. Like i said after increasing the rear sprocket by 2 teeth it got the revs at freeway speed down to where you didn't feel you were beating up the motorcycle. With the 900's low seat height I still recommend it to new, returning and budget riders. 3rd bike was the 1700cc Kawasaki Vulcan vaquero. Loved the bike. Hard side bags, cruise control! radio! frame mounted fairing! lots of power! not the best, most enjoyable around town and the excessive plastic wasn't my fav but really a nice bike. Had to sell it to help pay for a semester of medical school (still in medical school btw but a scholarship has made like so much better)

So that's my history. I want a do it all bike because being in school I can only afford 1. Good mileage aka 50mpg on freeway, good commuter to school, and something I can travel on. Should I just buy a used Versys 650 (but 650cc seems so small to me, but so does 750cc's) or coming from the V-twin world will the NC750X manual not feel sluggish to me? I love how the NC seems so practical, efficient and I find it more aesthetically pleasing than the used 2015 Versys in my area. Though I must admit at $5000 with only 5000 miles, hard side bags and a top case the Versys seems like a good deal.

Input from anyone who transitioned from cruisers to parallel twins thinks I'll find these bikes and any input on the difference between the Versys and NC750 would be greatly appreciated.

Many Thanks in advance

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If you are absolutely determined to buy a manual transmission bike then buy a Suzuki V Strom 650 or a BMW 750 The MAJOR attraction to an NC750x is the DCT. I have owned three DCT bikes and like them all. I still have an Africa Twin and an NC 750x and both have DCT. Like the American Express credit card slogan says: "don't leave home without it."
 

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I own a VFR1200X, which I love, that I purchased after selling the NC. Few regrets in life, but I do regret selling the NC. I needed room in the garage was the only reason. The bike was tame but fun. Not one problem with it. I used it around town and on 500 mile trips. Seat sucked. Suspension was just barely tolerable. All that said, I'll be adding a 750 to the stable as my daughters are out of the house now and I have the room. Super easy to work on too if that is your thing.
 

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I have 750X for 3 years, have done 50k KM and it has never missed a beat. When I tour, France, Belgium and Ireland, I ride with 1200 gs's, and an FJR1300. The bike has no problem running all day with these machines and does so using a lot less fuel. The bike averages between 75 and 80 MPG that gives a range of around 200 miles. I've done 500+ miles in a day with no issues and i'm now pushing into my mid 50's. It has all the carrying capacity you really need.
I do take the bike off the road at times and it has proved competent and rugged.
The bike rides well, turns well and stops well and I do not find it at all boring.
I can't think of any bike that does everything so well.

PS...it's a manual not a DCT
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