Honda NC700X Review

Honda motorcycles offer bikers hassle-free riding with fuss-free transmissions, linear power delivery, and a fun chassis. For outright speed, a Honda motorcycle is as good as you’re going to get, but in recent years some would argue that this has come at the cost of rider involvement. Honda is well aware of this, of course, and so they launched the NC700X, a seven-grand bike that they hope is as close to perfect for rider involvement as you’re going to get for the money. So what’s it like?

Very good, if we may say so. It’s available with a traditional clutch or Honda’s clever DCT transmission which does not have a clutch pedal and it’s the latter we recommend. You simply press the Drive (D) or Sport (S) buttons to get going, and the DCT proves that having a bike that takes care of gears for you can, sometimes, be of benefit.

Ride high in the gears, and you’ll quickly find your miles per gallon rising. The NC700X can be driven hard and it’ll still never drop below 50 mpg. The best we’ve achieved was 69 mpg on a combined cycle, which is as close to the 73 mpg claimed we think we’re going to get. Grantham Honda‚Äôs selection of Honda Motorcycles includes bikes with fantastic real-world fuel economy like the NC700X.

On paper, the bike has 120 bhp. This is produced by the 1.5-litre inline-four engine found within some Honda cars, minus two cylinders. Power is smooth and progressive, and the sharp throttle response between 1000 and 4000 rpm helps to make the bike feel sprightly. The DCT transmission works seamlessly with the engine and accessing this bikes full potential is easy – just twist the throttle and away you go!

Straight line performance is good, but not exhilarating. We recorded an average time of 5.4 seconds with the quarter mile covered in 14.3 seconds. Because of the DCT transmission, in everyday situations, it has more than enough speed to excite though.

Style is another thing that the Honda NC700X has going for it; quite simply, it looks like an adventure bike, only in miniature. I’m 5 ft 6 and my feet touch the floor comfortably on this bike, so it’s ideal for shorter riders. The seat is also comfortable, and the trunk is where the fuel tank usually is.

Ultimately, the Honda NC700X is going to turn many heads in the showroom. It isn’t atypical in style and it looks like an adventure bike only in miniature. We think Honda is definitely on to something by focusing on a cheap initial price for the machine and due to the bikes size, it’s as close to perfect for riders who are under 5 ft 7. Downsides? Well, it isn’t the fastest machine in a straight line, but then again is doesn’t aim to be. Overall, the DCT NC700X is a bike that’s good at many things. This could be your new daily rider.

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