Tuesday, November 08, 2011
2012 Honda NC700S, NC700X: Motorcycling dullness redefined
Honda have released the first official pics of the new NC700S and NC700X, which are due to be shown at the EICMA motorcycle show this week. Pitched as fun and affordable mid-sized machines, the NC700S and NC700X offer easy handling and are suitable for commuting and/or weekend use.
‘Right from the beginning, the NC700S had to be fun to ride. Handling is key to this and the NC700S offers a direct, intuitive, confidence-inspiring ride for all levels of experience. The low seat position adds to the accessibility of the machine, and the engine appeals to all kinds of rider, with its smooth, responsive power and a strong feeling of low-rpm torque,’ says a press note from Honda.
Apart from being fun and easy to use, the NC700S is also practical – it has a secure internal storage space large enough to accommodate a full-face helmet, and is available with Honda's Combined Antilock Braking System (C-ABS), and either a conventional six-speed manual transmission or Honda’s second-generation Dual Clutch Transmission. With two electronically operated clutches for quick, smooth gearshifts, DCT can be operated in fully automatic mode and offers the option of shifting gears manually, by simply pushing a button and without having to use a manual clutch.
The NC700S is fitted with a liquid-cooled 670cc parallel-twin which produces 47 horsepower and 60Nm of torque, and averages up to 27km per litre of fuel. The bike rides on 17-inch cast aluminium wheels and suspension components – 41mm telescopic fork and Pro-Link monoshock – are simple but effective. Brakes – single 320mm disc with two-piston calliper (front) and single 240mm disc with single-piston calliper (rear) handle stopping duties. The Honda NC700S is also available with a host of accessories – top box, pannier kit, windscreen, grip heater kit etc.
The 2012 Honda NC700X is fitted with the same 670cc twin-cylinder engine as the 700S, but gets ‘crossover’ styling cues and some off-road capabilities. ‘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,’ says a press note from Honda.
We could go on about the NC700 duo for another paragraph or three, but, honestly, we find both the bikes far too boring for that. No, really, we think the NC700S and NC700X are both deathly dull, so we'll stop right here.
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