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2014 Honda NC700X Review
2014 Honda NC700X on Totalmotorcycle.com
Honda’s new NC700X is a real breath of fresh air in today’s world of specialized motorcycles, a new concept in streetbikes, and one that puts the FUN in Functional. During the week it’s an awesome commuter. On the weekend it lets you go exploring in the country, or carve up a twisty canyon road. Light, nimble, and with an engine that offers a generous helping of useable torque, it’s all wrapped up in a package that’s big enough for longer rides, but not a handful in tight traffic or in a parking lot. And to sweeten the deal, it’s even available in two versions: one model features a conventional six-speed, manual-clutch transmission, while a second version is available with the latest generation of Honda’s exclusive automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Plus, the DCT version comes with Honda’s revolutionary Combined ABS!
Your Power Partner.
The NC700X’s 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine produces tons of torque and enough power for easy two-up cruising. But it’s thrifty, too—the standard transmission version gets an estimated 64 MPG. (Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.)
The NC700X crossover offers the long-travel suspension, agility and commanding riding position of an off-road bike in an overall package with high standards of stability, braking and engine performance. It promises a fun, engaging riding experience together with the practicality and ease of use that make it a machine eminently suitable for daily commuting.
At the heart of the NC700X is a purpose-built engine and transmission package. The liquid-cooled, in-line 2-cylinder 670cc engine is a lightweight and compact unit with a low centre of gravity. It offers a very usable power delivery with strong levels of torque at low to medium rpm combined with low exhaust gas emissions and outstanding fuel economy (78.8mpg WMTC mode. Tested in D-Mode). On the NC700X there is the option to enjoy this new engine with the second generation of Honda’s innovative Dual Clutch Transmission, offering both manual gear shifting and fully automatic functionality – a suitably advanced and versatile core for an innovative new motorcycle.
The NC700X has been designed with a secure internal storage space large enough to accommodate a full-face helmet, located where you would typically find the fuel tanks. It is also offered with Honda’s Combined Anti-Lock Braking System (C-ABS) as an option. It offers the practicality of a commuter with easy handling in a crossover styling
Upright Seating Position.
Comfortable over a wide range of speeds, the NC700X’s upright seating position gives you a great view in traffic and is a huge contributor to this bike’s overall capability. Sit on it in the showroom, and you’ll instantly know it just plain makes sense.
Integrated Storage Compartment.
In the real world, we need to carry more than just a cell phone and a credit card. That’s why the NC700X offers a 21-liter utility compartment big enough to hold an XL-sized full-face helmet. Safe, secure and convenient, you’ll use it every time you ride.
Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT).
Want to know more details about Honda’s Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT)? Here’s a page that offers riding reviews, product overviews and a DCT Q&A.
2014 Honda NC700X Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
2.1 Innovative two-cylinder engine
Developed to provide responsive power and strong torque in a compact package, the new 670cc inline two-cylinder engine also meets the demands of today’s environmental concerns by being highly fuel-efficient (78.8mpg) for a tank range of nearly 250 miles.
2.2 Versatility and practicality
With its internal storage compartment, protective fairing and windscreen and commanding riding position, the NC700X is ready for anything, whether city or long distance riding.
2.3 Joyous and intuitive handling
Light in weight, pure and swift in its handling responses, the NC700X is fun and easy to handle.
Using the same rigid and compact steel diamond frame as the NC700S, the NC700X uses its own unique suspension package to deliver a supremely adaptable chassis.
2.4 Crossover styling
The NC700X has a rugged adaptable styling suggestive of its limitless usability.
2.5 Optional Dual Clutch Transmission
The NC700X is available with either a conventional manual 6-speed transmission or the second generation of Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission. The system uses two hydraulic controlled clutches to deliver swift and very smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes. Manual (MT) allows the rider to shift gears using buttons, while automatic mode (AT) offers two settings: S for sporty riding and D for everyday use.
2.6 Secure C-ABS braking
Combined Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) is offered as standard on the NC700X.
2014 Honda NC700X Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Designed for purpose
Early in the development of the NC700X, new research yielded some key data regarding the typical engine use of a rider commuting on a mid-capacity machine. It was determined that 90% of riding involved speeds of 140km/h (87mph) or less and engine speeds of 6000rpm or less. The NC700X demanded a new engine ideally suited to this kind of usage, with strong torque characteristics across the rpm range typically used providing ease of use, thanks to its flexibility and outstanding fuel efficiency.
All-new twin-cylinder engine
The liquid-cooled SOHC 670cc twin-cylinder engine has been designed to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is smooth, clean, fuel efficient and compact, but it is also fun to use, with a strong low-rpm power delivery thanks to its relatively long-stroke SOHC architecture and specially shaped combustion chambers. Further enhancing this satisfying feeling of effortless torque is the crankshaft, which has been designed with high levels of inertial mass.
The NC700X will be produced with two different specifications of engine. One produces a peak power output of 38.1kW at 6,250rpm and 62Nm of torque at 4,750rpm; the other, specifically offered with the 2013 A2 European licensing regulations in mind, produces 35.0kW at 6,250rpm and 60Nm of torque at 4,750rpm.
Practical, efficient and reliable
The in-line two-cylinder configuration is both practical and efficient in terms of space layout, freeing up space within the body of the motorcycle. By reducing the number of parts to a minimum the engine is lighter, more efficient and more reliable. For example there is just one throttle body and one exhaust, despite the two cylinders. Where possible, components are made to do more than one job too. The camshaft also drives the water pump for the cooling system, while the balancer shaft, which ensures smooth, comfortable running, also drives the oil pump.
To further reduce fuel consumption, the engine was developed using stoichiometric analysis. By analysing combustion in this way, the engine has been developed to deliver exactly the fuel/air ratio required for a complete, clean burn at all idle engine rpm. An efficiency target of 76.2mpg per litre was accomplished thanks to these technology developments. Such low fuel consumption target is attractive given the sense of responsibility we all feel towards our environment. It also makes the NC700X more practical on a day-to-day basis, since a fuel-efficient vehicle is cheaper to run and requires fewer fuel stops over a given week of commuter travel.
Clean exhaust emissions
Thanks to the same stoichiometric analysis, used to reduce fuel consumption, the engine also burns extremely cleanly, minimising the emission of harmful exhaust gases. The PGM-FI fuel injection system supplies the optimum amount of fuel and is fully EURO-3 compliant thanks to an oxygen sensor in the exhaust. Finally the high-absorption catalyser has been located close to the engine. As a result the catalyst reaches operating temperature more quickly after a cold start, reducing harmful emissions over a typical journey.
Versatility and practicality
The NC700X redefines the multi-role motorcycle by uniting a strong, fuel-efficient engine with a comfortable riding position and a versatile chassis. Ideally suited to commuting during the working week, the bike also inspires an adventurous spirit at the weekend. A long tour, a leisurely ride into the countryside or a trip into the city with a passenger to meet friends – the NC700X is ready for anything.
Practicality and convenience
The NC700X features an internal storage space large enough to hold a full-face helmet, a waterproof suit or a bag. Together with the fuel filler cap, this space is accessed using a key to unlock and flip-up the seat. The fuel tank holds 14.1 litres – enough for an impressive range of nearly 400km (250 miles) between fill-ups. Since this range is due to engine efficiency, not a large fuel tank, it comes without the penalty of additional weight or bulk, and also ensures low running costs.
The NC700X features a protective windscreen to provide comfortable running even at highway speeds.
Commanding riding position
The NC700X has a relaxed and comfortable upright riding position with a higher viewpoint for enhanced hazard perception. Another advantage of this off-road inspired riding position is great low-speed control. Combined with the machine’s low centre of gravity and generous steering lock, the result is exceptional low-speed handling and agility. In busy traffic and on twisting roads the NC700X is a confidence-inspiring ally. Thanks to its carefully shaped fairing the machine is equally comfortable when cruising at speed. The windscreen and bodywork divert wind around the rider, minimising fatigue.
Advanced multi-function instrument display
The NC700X reassures the rider by communicating all the important running information at a glance. The clear and easy-to-read instrument display features a digital speedometer, digital bar-type tachometer, clock, bar-type fuel meter and two trip meters.
3.3 Joyous and Intuitive handling
Highly adaptable crossover chassis
Using the same rigid and compact steel diamond frame as the NC700S, the NC700X uses its own unique crossover wheel and suspension package to deliver a supremely adaptable chassis.
Steel diamond frame
A rugged steel diamond frame offers agile, responsive handling. This type of frame is ideal where space within the machine is at a premium, since it takes up very little volume but offers superb riding dynamics.
Suspension travel on the NC700X is set to ensure smooth ride on ever changing surfaces. (153.5mm at the front and 150mm at the rear). Spring and damping rates – optimised for the suspension travel – ensure good control and feedback. The off-road inspired riding position and 35° of steering lock also help with reassuring stability, even loaded with hard luggage.
Cast aluminium wheels
Reflecting the machine’s multi-purpose remit, the NC700X combines lightweight 17″ cast aluminium wheels for excellent traction and control on all types of road surfaces. To absorb shocks the wheel spokes have been designed with a Y-shaped cross section, contributing to the ride quality. Tyre sizes are 120/70 at the front and a broad 160/60 at the rear.
Strong, inspiring styling
The NC700X is a multi-purpose machine designed to excel in a wide range of tough riding conditions. To inspire a sense of adventure, the machine has been designed with a rugged look; at home in a wealth of urban and out-of-city environments. The NC700X makes clear its willingness to take on any ride, however demanding.
Optional Dual Clutch Transmission
Optional second generation Dual Clutch Transmission
Honda’s Dual Clutch transmission takes ease of use to new heights in the NC700X, offering either manual shifts at the push of a button or fully automatic functionality – just twist and go. As the name implies, the system uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears; and another for 2nd, 4th and 6th. By pre-selecting the next gear using the clutch not currently in use, the system hydraulically controls each clutch as required, delivering swift, smooth and seamless gearshifts. This smoothness is particularly beneficial when carrying a passenger.
Three modes of operation are available for outstanding flexibility. MT mode gives full manual control, allowing the rider to shift gears with the handlebar controls. Two fully automatic shift modes are also available. D mode is ideal for city and highway riding. In sporty S mode the transmission lets the engine rev a little higher before shifting up, giving greater performance, and also shifts down sooner when decelerating, offering useful additional engine braking.
In either D or S mode the Dual Clutch Transmission also offers immediate manual intervention if required. The rider simply selects the required gear using the MT mode shift buttons, after which the system will continue to act as an automatic transmission. This is particularly useful when preparing to overtake or when approaching a tight corner on a twisty hill road. To ensure the optimum shifting schedule in D and S modes, extensive testing was conducted on all kinds of European roads.
Designed to offer convenience and low running costs, the engine and transmission require the bare minimum of maintenance. The optional Dual Clutch Transmission uses heavy duty large-diameter clutches to comfortably deal with the rigours of daily use in stop/start city traffic. After purchase, a first service to check valve clearances is commonplace on commuter motorcycles but the engine requires no such attention. Service intervals are every 8,000 miles, and the engine’s highly efficient iridium sparkplugs only require replacement at 32,000 miles. The result is convenient and efficient personal transport with no hassle and low running costs.
3.6 Secure C-ABS braking
Secure C-ABS braking
Honda is committed to improving motorcycle safety and is proud to offer a Combined Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) as standard on the NC700X. The system dramatically improves braking performance in an emergency situation. The front and rear braking systems on two-wheeled vehicles are usually independent. This means the rider must use just the right amount of front and rear brake, a skill that comes only with experience. C-ABS links the two systems and works to optimise the pressure acting on each brake. The result is strong and safe deceleration. Additionally, C-ABS has full antilock functionality. Should the system detect either wheel is about to lock up and skid, C-ABS momentarily reduces the hydraulic pressure being applied to the relevant brake, ensuring powerful and secure braking in all conditions.
The 2012 NC700X will be launched in four colours.
– Darkness Black Metallic
– Digital Silver Metallic
– Pearl Sunbeam White
– Magna Red
The versatility of the NC700X can be further enhanced with a range of genuine Honda accessories.
35L top box
45L top box on/off
29L pannier kit
Pannier kit decoration panel
Top box 35L inner bag
Top box 45L inner bag
Pannier inner bag set
Front side cowl panel
Leg deflector kit
Foot deflector kit
LED fog lamp Kit
Grip heater kit
12V DC socket kit
2014 Honda NC700X – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $7,799 USD
670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore And Stroke
73mm x 80mm
PGM-FI, 36mm throttle body
Digital transistorized with electronic advance
SOHC; four valves per cylinder
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
41mm fork, 5.4 inches travel
Pro-Link® single shock; 5.9 inches travel
Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper
Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper
110.0mm (4.3 inches)
472 pounds. Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride
Miles Per Gallon
64 MPG – Honda’s fuel economy estimates are based on EPA exhaust emission measurement test procedures and are intended for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
FACTORY WARRANTY INFORMATION
Transferable, Unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
2014 Honda NC700X – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
Canadian MSRP Price: $NA CDN
See 2014 Honda NC700XA
2014 Honda NC700X – Totalmotorcycle.com UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
European MSRP Price: Standard £5,999; DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) £6,899** GBP
Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
Bore x Stroke 73 x 80mm
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Max. Power Output 38.1kW/6,250min-1 (95/1/EC)
Max. Torque *60Nm/4750min-1 (95/1/EC)
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Throttle Bore 36 mm
Air-cleaner 5.8 Litres
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.1 litres
Fuel Consumption MT 27.7 km/l (78.2mpg)
(WMTC of 35kW machine) DCT 27.9 km/l (78.8mpg)
Fuel Consumption MT 27.9 km/l (78.8mpg)
(WMTC of 38.1kW machine) DCT 27.9 km/l (78.8mpg)
Ignition System Computer-controlled digital transistorised with electronic advance
Ignition Timing 12° BTDC (idle) ~ 20° BTDC (6,600min-1)
Sparkplug Type IFR6G-11K
Battery Capacity 12V-11AH
Headlights 12V; 60W 1 (High) / 55W 1 (Low)
Clutch Wet, multiplate
* Wet multiplate, hydraulic 2-clutch
Clutch Operation Manual
* D mode/S mode/Manual mode
Transmission Type 6-speed
Primary Reduction 1.731?DCT 1.921
Gear Ratios 1 2.812 – DCT 2.666
2 1.894 – DCT 1.904
3 1.454 – DCT 1.454
4 1.200 – DCT 1.200
5 1.033 – DCT 1.033
6 0.837 – DCT 0.837
Final Reduction 2.687? DCT 2.437
Final Drive Chain
Type Diamond; steel pipe
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2210mm x 830mm x 1285mm
Caster Angle 27°
Turning Radius 3.0m
Seat Height 830mm
Ground Clearance 165mm
Kerb Weight 218kg
Max Carrying Capacity 209kg
Type Front 41mm telescopic fork, 153.5mm travel
Rear Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 150mm travel
Type Front multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rear multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.50
Rear 17M/C XMT 4.50
Tyre Size Front 120/70-ZR17M/C?58W?
Tyre Pressure Front 250KPa
Type Front 320mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 2-piston (* 3-piston) caliper and sintered metal pads
Rear 240 single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.