Kinda think the NC700 should be considered the Toyota Corolla of motorcycles. Not especially fun to ride, but economical and easy to get along with, especially in the DCT (automatic) version, which makes redlines irrelevant. Probably a nearly ideal bike for a newb who doesn't know any better, isn't looking for sport performance, has economy as a priority, and doesn't really want to learn much about bikes. About one step up from a mega-scooter (and a short step, at that). If I was a cager in my 40's or 50's who'd never driven a stick, didn't know how to work a clutch, but thought a bike might be fun, I'd have my checkbook out for one of these. So maybe Honda is developing a new market segment of riders. I sure don't see how someone who'd been riding for a while would find one attractive, unless the fuel economy was paramount.