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Old 03-13-2012, 11:38 AM
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Default honda nc700x ride - no thanks

just got back from having a test ride on one of these new honda nc700x . got a letter from my local honda dealer saying come and take one out so why not ... i went with an open mind and soon made my mind up ...its horrible .. it weighs in at 218kg and only has 47bhp ..and it shows open the throttle and nothing happens your sat waiting for it to go , then at 6k revs the rev limiter kicks in ...honda say its got lots of low down power ..where ?.. i couldnt find it ...on the plus side honda claim it will do 78mpg going steady, it handled well and the brakes were good , but thats it ? .it is by far ..thee dullest motorcycle i have ever rode .. sorry honda putting half a jazz car engine in a bike dosent work .. i came home and patted the seat of my new wee thinking what a good choice i made ..
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:48 AM
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It's definitely aimed at the practicality/fuel economy market, where it excels. As an enthusiast ride, not so much.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:00 PM
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yea but you would fall too sleep on your way to work
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It's definitely aimed at the practicality/fuel economy market, where it excels. As an enthusiast ride, not so much.
Yeah, I saw it at the NY International Motorcycle Show in January and really liked the looks and ergos of the bike. I was amazed at the price and the helmet storage where the fuel tank would be on a traditional bike. With the fuel mileage figures they gave it seemed like the ideal commuter bike. I wondered about the power though for the touring pretentions it had.

And yet even from a practical standpoint it was lacking. I asked the sales rep where the fuel tank was. It's under the seat. OK, so where's the fuel door located? It's under the pillion seat, which pops up and forward to reveal the gas cap.

Wait... But this bike is supposed to be able to be fitted with a top case and side cases. Even as an in-city commuter rider I use my top case extensively; even if there is helmet storage I will use the top case all the time for pants, jacket, groceries, etc., etc. And in looking at the way the pillion seat popped up to reveal the gap cap, it looked like a top case would interfere. So I asked: to fill the fuel tank, I would have to remove the top case every time?!

The answer: yes. "But with that kind of fuel mileage, you won't be filling up very often!"

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did you ride the auto or manual? the auto bikes are gonna be dogs no matter what.
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it was the manual model , the auto one is even heavier and has got be even slower ..
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it was the manual model , the auto one is even heavier and has got be even slower ..
It is a shame they couldn't find away to squeeze 15 or so more hp from that engine... Yes, it would affect the full consumption and tank size, but surely Honda could keep the same price point... I would buy it in that form.... Why does Honda keep missing the boat?
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on the plus side honda claim it will do 78mpg going steady, it handled well and the brakes were good , but thats it ? ..
Since your in the UK, I guess that is imperial mpg.

Going steady on my strom, cruising on 60-80kph roads with no traffic, I get 3.3L/100km = 85.6mpg IMP = 71.3mpg US.

Riding to and from work in the city at the moment (again 60-80kph roads), I am getting 3.8L/100km = 74.3mpg IMP = 61.9mpg US.

So the Honda claim isn't that exciting to me. I do better on my Vstrom.

If your really worried about fuel economy, you'd buy a 250 over the Honda.
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Before I bought my Strom I saw one at a dealer. It really caught my eye from across the showroom so had a closer look. I thought it was pretty cool. Like a smaller ST1300. But I was already set on a Strom/ADV type bike. Since it was brand new & inside on the floor a test ride was out of the question. One thing I did not like was the side bags. They are not removeable & are part of the actual bodywork. When you open one side you can reach thru a fairly large hole to the other compartment. I guess this may serve some purpose. I don't think they are selling very well. A buddy at work (new rider) saw one at a dealer about a year ago while bike shopping & really liked it. After showing some interest in it they knocked quite a bit off the price (don't know how much) on the spot but he wasn't ready to buy. He ended up buying one recently but after only having it a few weeks he wrecked it in a parking lot while practicing & getting used to the bike & riding (yes he took the MC Safety course). Even though I have no particular interest in owning one I do want to take a closer look when he gets it back on the road.
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No surprise really, after all, it's a big scooter "platform" jazzed up with a GS "beak" and some ADV motorcycle styling cues. And it will be a great bike for some...maybe a kid schlepping 50 miles to University every day, or delivering pizzas. It's NOT aimed at experienced motorcyclists.
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