2013 Honda NC700X Review RideApart

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2013 Honda NC700X

Since its launch in August, ridden the Honda NC700X on street and track and come impressed with its jack-of-all-trades At just $7,499 and averaging 64 it’s one of the most practical, bikes there is. Not bad for something shares its chassis and motor a scooter. But, is the adventure-style capable of getting dirty?

We spent two days on it in the Nevada at AltRider’s Taste of Dakar and the is a definitive yes.

What’s New :

The is one iteration of Honda’s new modular that also sees the maxi scooter, … and even the new CTX700 cruisers the same steel tube and 48 bhp, 44lb.-ft. 670cc They also all use the same, suspension, wheels and brakes.

All are available with Honda’s dual-clutch transmission, but the model riding here is the base sans DCT and ABS. Along the CTX700, the NC700X is the only model available in the U.S.

The NC’s specification is very Forks are non-adjustable and right-way-up; only one, sliding, caliper on the single front disc; the aluminum swingarm is a box-section affair supported by a with only preload

Things get a little more in the engine department. The parallel-twin is half a Honda Fit motor, its (longer … and narrower is the opposite of most performance engines) bore and … internal friction, but also to a redline of just 6,500 around half that of other bikes of similar That engine’s cylinders, forward at 62 degrees, lay nearly combining with the underseat tank to drastically lower the of gravity.

None of this terribly adventuresome. Most intended to carry you a long way nowhere are overbuilt exercises in huge engines powering the intimidating German machines WWII’s Panzers. A friend emailed the phrase “adventure when he heard I’d been the NC off road. Jimmy Lewis. a Dakar racer who performed the feat of being American and on the podium in that race it “the silver porpoise.”

Organized by Jimmy and aftermarket parts company AltRider. the of Dakar” is an epic two-day intended to give riders that. It’s predominantly speed off-road riding the loose rock and deep of the Nevada desert, culminating in a around “Big Dune,” is also exactly that.

this kind of riding most adventure riders about, but also the hardest of their bikes. Any surface both loose and deep real problems for heavy like these. Add speed to weight and you get a lot of momentum. If that starts going the wrong you have a crash.

In the Nevada that’s likely onto rocks or into a ravine or the slope of a big dune.

There’s also climbs and and other technical obstacles need to be negotiated at very low Think walking pace. doing so is very hard on a heavy bike, requiring control and minute balance.

believe me on the difficulty or the danger? An rider shattered his femur in places while practicing the front wheel at 0mph. The head fell on his leg and he got a ride to Medical Center in a helicopter.

of its bodywork, the NC700X reveals how low and centralized all its mechanical components

What’s Good :

Strip the off the NC and you can see just how low and centralized its mass is. looks like a big trials right? Well, it feels one too. While practicing control alongside other on everything from single-cylinder bikes to the big KTMs and BMWs, the little Honda drew stares.

Balance is so good and so easy, on it, both legs up, at 0mph, comes naturally.

The engine’s character — most torque is above idle, there’s no to revving it out to the redline — also it simply drive over any you can throw at it. Even very walking pace climbs can be in 2nd or 3rd gear; the NC will just right up whatever you ask it to. It helps, that the fueling is completely and hiccup free.

You can get off the clutch as as you pull away, then control everything with the throttle until you decide to to a … stop.

That that sounds so basic 5.4 inches of travel front and 5.9 actually ends up being damped. I was able to … in the sand and gravel at speed instead of bottoming out, the just floated over the In fact, I didn’t find the stops once all weekend.

Neither did I drag the low, sump.

Those basic too, are strong, reassuring and They deliver enough that I was able to lock the wheel on command, with and ease. Or, just come to a stop by keeping them on the of locking.

By rotating the stock forwards, the NC also achieves ergonomics for standing. At 6’ 2”, I was able to fully upright and comfortably. was helped by the SW-Motech pegs by Twisted Throttle; they much more secure and footing than the stock, items.

The NC achieves that without erring towards on tall seat. At just 31 the Honda’s seat height accessible to the vast majority of The exact opposite of virtually other adventure bike.

The fuel economy and practicality helped on the trip. Even the range from the 3.7 gallon remained in excess of 200 miles and the cubby between your where the tank normally was perfect for hauling an extra jerry can, plus equipment. That extra was needed for the other bikes on the ride, which sometimes to top 60 miles between refills.

We even worried the extra may not be enough and planned to siphon from the Honda if so.


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