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2014 Honda NC700X Review | Long Term Bike Test

2014 NC700X Motorcycle Review | Term Street Bike

The 2014 Honda NC700X may styling nods to adventure but don’t let that mislead The NC700X is a pure street that is most at home in the jungle, yet configurable for some duty sport touring.

hard not to love Honda’s NC700X—once you get used to the ultra low rpm redline. It’s rev limiter early and it hits hard; not the sort of thing you want to out about when making a on the freeway, so pay attention to your

Otherwise, this upright bike is an absolutely great motorcycle that can be enjoyed by and entry-level riders alike. I almost daily, and the Honda makes a strong argument it is the best commuting motorcycle on the

Ergonomically, the NC700X fits me a glove. While I am not flat-footed on the high seat at 5’ 6”, the bike is to maneuver in parking lots and slow speed situations due to the low-end torque, light and low center of gravity (the are canted forward 62 degrees). dispels any unease that come from handling a high-strung bike from than a planted position.

Around town the NC700X is a fun and ride. The upright seating an excellent vantage and it’s enough to slide through and take you to the front of the traffic. shifting will move you off the at stops, so there’s no reason to back and get swallowed up by the four-wheeled

On the other hand, when not in any hurry, the NC700X is quite at a leisurely pace. The unflappable twin moves along requiring little attention, the rider free to keep an eye on traffic and interesting scenery.

As a lane splitter, the bike excels. Although the steady-at-all-legal-speeds don’t find the sweet between car and truck mirrors sit taller than car mirrors, but the height of SUV and truck mirrors – the is relatively narrow and can carve the between lanes well.

the abundant torque from to redline means you won’t be your left foot navigating the ever changing there’s ample pull to you through momentary gaps, and off the throttle taps the beefy braking.

When you’re not battling you’ll find the NC700X is a credible ride at full speeds. The 670cc parallel may not be a fast-revving powerplant, but all that allows you to hold your own aggressive drivers. You won’t up with a sport bike but the NC700X can make its way through moving flow with results.

With the early and muscular power range, gear almost seems an overdrive. Unless the road was open and I was riding above the speed limit, I found forgetting to shift up from 5th another side effect of the operating in a lower rev range.

The windscreen doesn’t deflect of the windblast, though Honda accessories will set you with a wider screen for $170. the wind hitting hard, be glad that the NC700X is to grip with your even though it’s in that area. Thanks to a seating position, you can very lock in a secure, at-one-with-the-bike against what looks the tank, but is actually a 5.5-gallon compartment.

It’s amazing how quickly one can get to having a place to stow a of clothes, groceries, take-out, you it, without having to have on your bike. The wide-mouth-access is large enough to hold an full-face helmet – a great

Surprisingly, the NC700X has a single in the front. While this seem a bit stingy in stopping it provides drama-free braking, without ABS. The action at the lever is smooth and predictable, so no one is to get in trouble with a too-quick

This is especially welcome for riders.

Suspension on the NC700X is dialed with nearly six of travel front and rear – a bit of a nod to the styling. It’s not plush or (or damping-adjustable), but it soaks up the everyday flaws well, and is firm to hold its line when you it into the hills on the weekend.

you can have fun on this commuter – adventure – bike in the paved Credit that flat curve, yet again, as it makes it to enjoy an energetic romp getting into trouble less-than-precise throttle and front control.

While it’s not a true bike, the NC700X does you to take on dirt roads in with confidence. There’s plastic to protect the engine debris flying off the front It’s not a dirt bike by any but smooth unpaved roads are within the capabilities of the Bridgestone BT023 Sport Touring

Speaking of sport touring, Genuine Accessories will get you They offer hard bags, a top box, taller and a centerstand. Set up like this, you can to your heart’s content, and use the off-pavement capabilities to enhance touring experience – just an adventure bike.

Handling on the bike is relatively nimble. at slow speeds is easy, and certainly nothing nervous the NC700X. The 3.7-gallon underseat moves weight lower and and the engine configuration further weight distribution.

It’s easy to fill – just in the nozzle like a car and you can walk

It’s worth mentioning Honda offers a version of the with the fully automatic transmission and Combined ABS. two features add $1000 to the price of the but I would consider them for a new rider. Experienced riders can to the short shifting and manage the brakes without difficulty.

We put of miles on our long-term test Being a Honda, and the fact it was a new bike, you won’t be surprised it required virtually no maintenance and was The only trouble we had was with the keyed ignition, which got fast. We had the same problem the various CB500s.

Honda a new supplier for that part.

the long-term test truly me to grasp just how great the NC700X is as a commuter bike. The low redline threw me off, as did the styling. After some I adapted to the extraordinarily short-shifting and I let go of the adventure promise the styling and focused on its superior urban skills.

This is a bike you don’t want to let fool you on the floor.

The 2014 Honda NC700X is an practical, reliable, and fun bike will satisfy a broad of the riding population. Good-natured for novice riders, but with power and torque to satisfy a interested in practicality over performance.

Photography by Don Williams


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