Honda have updated the NC750S for 2016, with extensive tweaks to its parallel-twin engine to make it Euro4 compliant. The bike also gets a new LCD instrument panel, LED lighting, software updates to its automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT, with an M mode for manual clutchless gearshifts and S for automatic shifting) and a new exhaust system. The bike’s ‘fuel tank’ is actually a 21-litre storage compartment that can accommodate a full-face helmet, and this feature remains useful as ever.
The DCT used on the 2016 NC750S now features ‘Adaptive Clutch Capability Control,’ which manages the amount of clutch torque transmitted. This adds a natural ‘feathered’ clutch feel when opening or shutting off the throttle, for a smoother ride. Further refinements include faster operation of the N-D switch on turning on the ignition and a control system in AT mode for gauging the angle of ascent or descent, and adapting the shift pattern accordingly. Very smart and, indeed, very Honda.
The NC750S’s liquid-cooled, SOHC, 8-valve 745cc parallel-twin produces 54bhp and 68Nm of torque, and with Honda’s advanced PGM-FI system, is able to return 28.6kpl in terms of fuel efficiency. With its 14.1-litre underseat fuel tank, the bike has a range of 400km. Colour options for the 2016 Honda NC750S include black, white and red. There’s also two special edition options – a graphite black, with LED headlamp, additional red stripes, two-tone seat and red wheels, and a special edition matt gray metallic with LED headlamp, additional stripes, two-tone seat and silver frame.
The bike’s diamond-type steel tube chassis remains unchanged, while suspension duties on the NC750S are handled by a 41mm telescopic fork at front and Honda’s Pro-Link monoshock at the back. A single 320mm brake disc at the front, with 2-piston calliper, and single 240mm disc at the back provide adequate stopping power, while 2-channel ABS is standard. The bike rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 160/60 (rear) ZR-rated tyres. Kerb weight for the NC is 217kg and 227kg with the optional DCT.
Honda are offering a range of accessories for the new NC750S, including a rear rack, 35-litre top box, 29-litre panniers, inner bags, centre-stand, 5-stage heated grips, U-lock and AC charging socket.
Like the NC750S, the 2016 Honda NC750X also gets a mild styling update, Euro4 compliance for its 745cc parallel-twin, LED lights, updated software for its (optional) DCT, LCD instrumentation and a new exhaust system. The 750X also gets revised front suspension settings on its Showa fork, an bigger storage compartment, a bigger windscreen for better wind protection, a lighter clutch (on the non-DCT version), and preload-adjustable rear monoshock.
The Honda NC750X, which is styled to look like a dual-purpose, on/off-road adventure tourer, is actually purely a street bike, with no real off-road capability at all. The bike even rides on 17-inch wheel (front & rear) and is shod with street rubber. Still, the adventure bike styling cues are appreciated by many, and we like the 750X better than its 750S sibling. The NC750X is a tiny bit heavier than the 750S, with a kerb weight of 220kg for the standard model and 230kg for the DCT-equipped version.