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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’s 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.

Honda motorbikes established the Japanese market and revolutionized the industry

Soichiro Honda was a visionary and manufacturing genius who established the Japanese motorbike market and helped revolutionize the international motorbike industry to the point Honda now is the world’s best-selling brand.

The Super Cub was Honda’s first success with Honda Motorcycles available at Grantham Honda. The motorbike first was available in 1956 and used a four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that ranged from 50ccs to 100ccs and became a popular commuter bike. Early models initially sold for about £200 for the 50cc model.

“You meet the nicest people on a Honda” was the marketing line used in 1963 to sell the Super Cub, which resembles a modern scooter, sold more than 60 million units worldwide and remains in production. Its sales volume makes it the world’s most successful motorbike. The bike opened up markets in Europe and the United States to Honda and established the Japanese manufacturer as an industry force.

The CB500 twin was another great success for Honda. An older brother to the four-cylinder CB500 built from 1972 to 1974, the CB500 twin was built from 1993 to 2003 and had a 499cc parallel twin-cylinder engine with a solid reputation for reliability and long life. Production resumed in 2013 after meeting Euro 2 emissions standards and sells for about £3,800.

Introduced in 1969 for less than £1,100, the Honda CB750 is the best motorbike the manufacturer ever produced. It revolutionized the motorbike industry in Europe as well as the United States and was the first truly “universal Japanese motorbike.” For the first time, a rider and could top off the petrol tank and ride for days with only refills needed while using it as a touring bike.

Considered by many to be the world’s first “superbike,” owners also could ride it to the racetrack, remove lights and mirrors and compete with the best bikes of the day. It also worked very well as an everyday commuter. Its 736cc transverse straight-four engine was powerful and reliable, and it had electronics that would not fail. It also was one of the first production bikes to use a hydraulic disc brake up front.

The motorbike proved much more durable than many of its competitors, including the Harley-Davidson Sportster, the Triumph Bonneville, Norton Commando and the BSA Lightning. Riders didn’t have to be expert mechanics to ensure it would travel across Great Britain, Europe or the United States. And with aftermarket fairings and panniers, it was a very capable long-distance touring machine.

The CB750 Honda Bike available at Grantham Honda Bikes is one of the most revered motorbikes ever built in Japan and was produced from 1969 through 2003 and again in 2007. The bike is featured in the UK National Motor Museum.