2012 Honda NC700X Review

Engine

The SOHC 670cc parallel twin is suspiciously close to half a Honda Jazz motor. Its dimensions and radical (for a bike) head design mean that it delivers torque and impressive fuel economy figures at low revs – much like a car. The configuration also means the engine is compact, and as it’s angled at 62-degrees, this leaves plenty of scope for the chassis engineers. Two specs of engines are available – 38.1 and 35kW versions (the later for 2013’s A2 license restrictions). Engine parts have been reduced in number, so there is only one throttle body for two cylinders, the camshaft also drives the water pump and the balancer shaft drives the oil pump. The catalyser is close to the exhaust headers to reach temperature quicker. There is a Dual Clutch option.

Chassis

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The NC platform (another car term) uses common components throughout the three bike range. A compact diamond steel trellis frame holds the motor low for good CoG figures, and allows the big storage facility under the dummy tank. Suspension is unadjustable, but features 153.5/150mm travel front and rear. Cast wheels fit 120/70 and 160/60 sized Metzeler rubber. Honda’s C-ABS system works well and is a good feature on a bike at this price point. There’s a wide range of accessories to match the bike’s touring-type style. A 14.1 litre fuel tank is said to be good for 250 miles.

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Specifications

Engine: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, parallel twin

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Capacity: 670cc

Bore x Stroke: 73 x 80mm

Compression Ratio: 10.7:1

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Fuelling: PGM-FI EFI

Claimed Power: 51bhp @ 6,250

Claimed Torque: 60Nm @ 4,750rpm

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Frame: Diamond steel trellis

Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork, unadjustable

Rear Suspension: Monoshock damper, unadjustable

Front Brakes: Two-piston caliper, 320mm wavy disc, C-ABS

Rear Brakes: Single piston, 240mm disc

Wheelbase: 1,540mm

Seat Height: 830mm

Weight: 218kg

Fuel Capacity: 14.1 litres

Price: £5,850 (+ £700 Dual Clutch)

Contact: Honda UK honda.co.uk

0845 200 8000

 

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2 comments

  1. You ask two key questions here:

    Is this the future of biking? – probably yes for the majority of bikers who really would love the exotica but whose bank accounts and marital status suggest this as the only alternative

    What about those ‘fuck it moments’? – they are few and far between in this country where the state of the roads and the likelihood of licence loss mean that only the terminally befuddled would attempt them with any regularity. Personally I would rather see many, many more bikers on the road than in court.
    Thank you for a good honest report 🙂
    Peter (Cog) Clark

  2. An excellent report however, more effort from Honda please.

    Here we have a mid sized engine, designed for economy, but only reaching some 78mpg. We are now in the 21st century, where design from economy is paramount, and not a new concept. I have had over 50MPG from my Bandit 1250, and my new Versys 650 brings 55mpg. I admit, I am tight with the throttle and should I want a shot at the 10%, I would be looking at a good old RGV250 or even maybe the RD500LC. Regardless.

    Lets take a look at our 4 wheeled counterparts in this market place. The triple 1 litre from Toyota, 55mpg and thats pulling a car!. The 800cc from the Smart car….thats much more than 55mpg….much more. We have the might of Honda, creating a new solution for the fruggle rider, which brings at best, 78mpg. This is not good enough. The programme manager for the build should have stippulated high expectations. I would be looking for 120mpg…and this is not out of reach where Honda could really offer its customer, new, current, and up an coming, a true option to economical transportation. That said, if the same machine could do 120mpg, I guess the OTR price would be much more than the current NC700X, and probably out of reach of the economy driven motorist (I say motorist as this machine is trying to tease car drivens onto two wheels…..which is a great thing).

    This reminds me of my days at school……..Honda, a good try but you could do so much better. I will seriously be considering this bike as a replacement for my Versys in a couple of years.

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