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2015 Honda NC750XA Review
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Honda NC750X – go your own way round…
You may not be a movie star or a grizzled survivalist, but you still like to get out there and take the road less travelled. With a number of great features including a 75 cc jump in displacement, the NC750X may be the perfect travel companion. Taller gearing extracts maximum performance from the new engine’s horsepower and torque increase, while retaining the NC’s relaxed power delivery and outstanding fuel economy. And to make sure the larger engine retains the uncanny smoothness and unique feel of its predecessor, a second balance shaft and a new muffler have been added. More aggressive dual-sport tires help when the road less travelled isn’t paved and more comprehensive instrumentation helps put your mind at rest by keeping you informed when you’re miles from anywhere. Of course, the 750 version retains many of the attributes and features that made the NC700X so popular – long travel suspension, generous ground clearance, ABS brakes, upright seating position and the cavernous storage area where the fuel tank would normally sit. So wherever your adventure takes you, go your own way, go on a Honda NC750X.
The NC750X is the next evolution – a bike designed to offer more of what every rider liked about the original NC700X, with a larger 745cc engine design ensuring a punchy performance in the low-to-mid range. With more power and torque, positioning this model in the new A-license category, as well as twin balancer shafts, new exhaust muffler and taller gearing, ABS as standard; the NC750X is one of the most cost-effective and all-round useful motorcycles available.
Launched as a Fun Crossover Commuter concept, loaded with a great deal of fresh thinking and new technologies, its sheer all-round competence with convenient details like helmet storage space where the fuel tank would normally be, make it a truly useful motorcycle both for day-to-day living and weekend touring.
Available as an option on the NC750X, Hondas second-generation DCT gearbox offers a unique combination of direct riding feel and ease of use. A world first for motorcycles when launched in 2010, it delivers consistent, seamless gear changes, and very quickly becomes second nature in use.
2015 Honda NC750XA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
•Designed to be light and compact, extremely stingy on fuel and to conserve resources during manufacturing, the liquid-cooled, inline-twin engine used in the NC750X incorporates numerous advanced and patented technologies. An extra 75 cc capacity has been added thanks to a 4 mm bore increase to 77 mm. Stroke remains at 80 mm, as does compression ratio of 10.7:1. As a result, both power and torque curves are considerably stronger throughout the entire rev-range.
•The six-speed manual transmission complements the powerband by using wide gear ratios – no need to be constantly shifting up and down to maintain strong performance.
•The engine’s efficient use of fuel enables the use of a smaller-volume, more-compact fuel tank that still allows ample riding range while giving engineers extra freedom to re-think the optimal placement of other components.
•Like the engine, the chassis is all about creating a ride that’s fun and user-friendly. The seating position is comfortably upright and relaxed, and the chassis geometry allows the NC750X to manoeuvre nimbly through the city or on winding cottage roads.
2015 Honda NC750XA www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Designed to be light and compact, extremely stingy on fuel and to conserve resources during manufacturing, the liquid-cooled, inline-twin engine used in the NC750X incorporates numerous advanced and patented technologies. An extra 75 cc capacity has been added thanks to a 4 mm bore increase to 77 mm. Stroke remains at 80 mm, as does compression ratio of 10.7:1. As a result, both power and torque curves are considerably stronger throughout the entire rev-range..
To ensure strong acceleration, ease-of-use in the city and a relaxed character on the highway, the engine delivers exceptionally strong low-rpm performance. The unique design creates a muscular, easy-to-use powerband not unlike that of a big-bore cruiser..
To give the engine a satisfying and distinctive sound and feel, engineers thought way outside the box. For 2014, an extra balancer shaft has been added to inject the engine with just the right amount of ‘good’ vibration. The effect of the twin balancers is to counteract vibration from higher rpm inertia, making the engine feel more refined, yet still with the distinct “throb” delivered by its 270° firing order. The intake-port layout inside the cylinder head was carefully designed to create an intentional interference between adjacent ports, which results in subtle combustion variations. In addition, the timing for the opening and closing of the intake valves was set differently for each cylinder. The result? An engine that always lets you know what it’s doing..
Overall gearing is now 6% taller, giving an extra 12 km/h top speed and more relaxed highway cruising; another effect of the taller gearing is to broaden the usable rpm range relative to road speed and the rev-limiter features a softer cut point at 6,400 rpm..
The six-speed manual transmission complements the powerband by using wide gear ratios – no need to be constantly shifting up and down to maintain strong performance..
The engine’s inline cylinders are canted forward by 62 degrees to help create a low overall centre of gravity for nimble, confidence-inspiring handling, and also to create room for a convenient central storage area where the cylinders and fuel tank would typically be..
Through the use of friction-reducing technologies, integrated components (such as running the water pump off the camshaft), precise PGM-FI electronic fuel-injection and efficient combustion, the NC750X engine delivers exceptional fuel economy..
The engine’s efficient use of fuel enables the use of a smaller-volume, more-compact fuel tank that still allows ample riding range while giving engineers extra freedom to re-think the optimal placement of other components..
The exhaust catalytic converter sits directly beneath the exhaust ports and is activated early when the engine starts. This design lets the combustion gas pass through the catalyst while it is at its hottest, thereby maximizing purification efficiency..
Muffler design with heavily revised internals to regulate backpressure due to the capacity increase further adds to the riding experience, with a more inspiring beat and exhaust note..
Although lightweight, the diamond-shaped steel-tube frame was carefully designed to be very sturdy while also allowing just enough flexibility to respond smoothly to changing road surfaces. This ‘tuned flexibility’ produces a smooth ride while also letting you feel what the bike is doing. The result? Comfort when you’re just cruising, and a sporty, fun ride when you’re on your favourite twisty backroad..
Like the engine, the chassis is all about creating a ride that’s fun and user-friendly. The seating position is comfortably upright and relaxed, and the chassis geometry allows the NC750X to manoeuvre nimbly through the city or on winding cottage roads..
Seat height is 830 mm and the seat now features a new cover for improved grip. The riding position is upright and neutral, with a high viewpoint for enhanced hazard perception; the addition of a 6-position span-adjustable brake lever for 2014 adds adaptability. Another advantage of this adventure-style riding position is great low-speed control – combined with the low centre of gravity and generous steering lock the result is exceptional low-speed handling and balance..
Cast aluminium front and rear wheels wear new Pirelli Scorpion Trail tyres, 120/70 ZR17 and 160/60 ZR17, with a more aggressive off-road style tread pattern..
Honda’s Combined Braking System with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) provides added confidence during sudden stops or when the road is wet or slippery..
Specially designed wave-style brake rotors not only keep unsprung weight low, they also require less energy and use less material during production because the rear rotor fits precisely inside the front rotor, allowing them to be stamped out of a single sheet of stainless steel at once..
Thanks to a carefully shaped fairing, the NC750X is comfortable when cruising at speed with the windscreen and bodywork diverting wind around the rider, minimising fatigue..
The 14.1-litre fuel tank is accessed beneath the seat at the rear of the bike, with the fuel stored beneath the rider. The tail cowl has been cut short to bring the mass forward, and handy grips have been integrated into the tail section for passenger security..
Where the fuel tank would be on most bikes, the NC750X instead has a large-capacity (21 litres), lockable utility compartment that’s big enough to hold an XL-size helmet. Don’t want to carry all your gear when you arrive at your destination? This handy compartment allows you to quickly stash your helmet, gloves and more out of sight..
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. Updates for 2014 include a gear position indicator, ‘instant’, ‘average’ and ‘range remaining’ fuel indication plus coolant temperature and ambient air temperature..
2015 Honda NC750XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2015 Honda NC750XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Bore & Stroke
77 mm x 80 mm
Chain-driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
#520 O-ring-sealed chain
Single shock, Pro-Link swingarm; 154 mm (6 in.) travel
120/70ZR – 17 radial front; 160/60ZR – 17 radial rear
Front 320 mm wave disc with twin-piston caliper; rear 240 mm wave disc with single-piston caliper. ABS
830 mm (32.7 in.)
1,540 mm (60.6 in.)
219 kg (483 lb) including required fluids and full tank of gas – ready to ride
12 months, unlimited mileage, freely transferable warranty; extended coverage available with Honda Plus
2015 Honda NC750XA – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European/UK Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £6299 (On The Road).
Max. Power Output 40.3kW @ 6,250rpm (95/1/EC)
Fuel Tank Capacity 14.1 litres
Oil Capacity 3.7L (DCT: 4.1L)
ACG Output 420W/5000rpm (DCT : 450W/5000rpm)
Bore Ãƒ- Stroke 77mm x 80mm
Battery Capacity 12V/11.2AH
Engine Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder
Max. Torque 68Nm @ 4,750rpm (95/1/EC)
Fuel Consumption 81.6mpg
Engine Displacement 745cc
Compression Ratio 10.7 : 1
Carburation PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Transmission Type 6-speed Manual Transmission (DCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission)
Final Drive Chain
Clutch Wet multiplate hydraulic clutch (DCT:Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2210mm x 840mm x 1285mm
Caster Angle 27Ã‚°
Frame type Diamond; steel pipe
Ground Clearance 165mm (minimum)
Kerb Weight 219kg (DCT: 229kg)
Seat Height 830mm
Wheels, Suspension and Brakes
Tyres Size Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W)
Suspension Rear Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 150mm travel
ABS System Type 2-channel ABS
Brakes Front 320mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
Wheels Front Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Rear 17M/C x MT4.50
Wheels Rear Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Tyres Rear 160/60-ZR17M/C (69W)
Brakes Rear 240mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and resin mold pads
Rim Size Front 17M/C x MT3.50
Suspension Front 41mm telescopic fork, 153.5mm stroke
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
# Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may 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.