Having previously been overall winner of the motorcycle economy event, it was surprising to ride the latest Honda NC 750 X and see for my self how it stands up to the older model.
Designed as a medium class Adventure motorcycle that is very capable both as a day today machine and a weekend thrill seeker. Used daily as a commuter returned remarkable consumption ability of 3.28lt/100km. Not forgetting that initially it was peak traffic conditions most days.
Riding a combination of secondary tar and farm roads allowed the testing of the HSTC (Honda Selectable Torque Control) in effect a two-level unit. Position 1 allows limited rear wheel traction. Position 2 a more experienced rider to play more aggressively. This HSTC unit is also relevant when riding daily in adverse wet conditions. A great safety addition. Can be easily disconnected if required. Tyre pressures were lowered slightly to maximize traction when on the gravel road. There are a various tyre combinations which a rider could select, depending on the route decision. Servicing and maintenance is cost effective to keep the bike performance within the required specification parameters.
The Riding position allows great control even when at walking pace in heavy traffic. Testing the ABS was very controlled and reassuring even on wet tar. Stability and feed back via the handle bars inspires confidence. The 745cc twin engine delivers 40.3Kw/68NmTorque is enough to propel the motorcycle safely when traffic conditions allow higher speed travel. Fuel tank capacity of 14.1 lt gives you 400km depending how aggressively you use the throttle. Front and rear suspension are no challenged by adverse road conditions experienced during commuting. Lighting during night riding are great. Especially in unlit areas. The Instrument cluster is easily adjusted and visible, supplying information selected by you.
The windscreen and front faring design are comfortable as its copes well with both wind and rain. The saddle and ride height are great even for lady riders. Riding two up gives the passenger a comfortable seat position with hand rails easy to reach.
A superb all-round motorcycle with remarkable ability and running costs.
Priced at R 109.000. at your Honda Motorcycle Dealer nearest you