This is long winded and off topic at first, but will loop back around to the NC 700x.
I have been riding with my wife for the past three years. I had last ridden back in the 80's when I had a GS 1000L that I rode back and forth to Lejeune every weekend I had off. A GT500 before that one. Fast forward twenty years, retirement on the horizon and I longed for those days of riding again. Then I found out about the Transamerica trail, started reading ride reports and decided I was doing it. Bought a XR650L, started farkling it. Wife chimed in she was going to go with me and got her a DR 650. We started taking trips, Blue Ridge Parkway, The Outer Banks, and local camping trips. Testing out gear, learning how to use Garmans 60csx GPS units etc. Fun, but then it dawned on me that we will probably, at worst, ride some gravel or dirt roads. That was ok, the rides were great, but I never did gel with the XR. To tall, to uncomfortable at highway speeds. A pretty good street legal trailbike, but just not that great for long road rides. Started looking around but kept coming back to the Honda Transalp.
You can still find low mileage bikes here and there, even test rode one. Decided that these would be the bikes we needed. 600cc, not great, but enough and known for their longevity. But then I got to thinking did I really want to get two twenty year old bikes? Parts are available, but not all that easy to find. So, I started sending in emails, phone calls to Corporate Honda. They were still making the Transalp 700, but only sold overseas. How about boxing two of them up and sending here. What was the freaking problem? In 2010 I probably still could have gotten them titled in NC. Had several of my phone calls returned by a guy from Honda marketing. He told me he couldn't go into specifics, but to look for something in the near future. I hoped that they would do a run of Transalp 700's here, but we got the NC700X instead.
Then I found out about the Vee Strom. When I went bike shopping I wanted to ride the NC700X, V Strom Adventure and Triumph Tiger 800. Rode the Triumph, great bike, fantastic motor, confidence inspiring handling. Really liked it. But a leftover 2011 model, naked, was still a couple thousand more than the Adventure. Found a NC 700x and a V Strom Adventure. Test rode the Adventure and really liked it. The same salesman actually steered me away from the NC 700x, said he found it gutless and parked it after a block.
So we ended up with a pair of Wee's.
The Wee Strom, for me is the updated Transalp. V Motor, all out reliable, capable of getting off the road, but also comfortable touring it. I think if Honda would have updated the 700 Transalp and kitted it out for Adventure
they would have had a contender with the Wee, the Triumph 800 and BMW Adventure bikes. The NC 700x may find a market, the gas mileage is great, probably a good learner bike, but the Adventure market is the growing bike market right now. I think Honda swung and missed.