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.
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.
Engine: Liquid cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve, parallel twin
Bore x Stroke: 73 x 80mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuelling: PGM-FI EFI
Claimed Power: 51bhp @ 6,250
Claimed Torque: 60Nm @ 4,750rpm
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
Seat Height: 830mm
Fuel Capacity: 14.1 litres
Price: £5,850 (+ £700 Dual Clutch)
Contact: Honda UK honda.co.uk
0845 200 8000
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