Long-term bike: Honda NC750X
CAN the Tourer hold its own in town? The Honda has surpassed its halfway mark on mileage, the bulk of which was accumulated on the open road. Lately, however, the wings of the Tourer have been clipped and it had to join the rat race … and it excelled. Bulky vehicles, especially large SUVS, are great on family getaways but are akin to steering an oil tanker when you use them in urban areas. The Civic doesn’t present similar problems.
The heated seats are a boon in cold, winter months, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Although I opted for the manual-gearbox version, the clutch is light to use and the short-throw gearshift action makes it bearable in stop-start traffic conditions.
The vehicle is no more difficult to place on the road or in a parking bay than a regular Civic. Best is to sneak into that elusive parking space before a bakkie-based SUV can execute a six-point turn.
An irritation that cropped up this month is that the fuel-flap release is positioned way down on the dash close to your right leg’s calf muscle, which makes it difficult to reach and too close to the bonnet release.
With the seats folded down, the loading space is immense. It managed to swallow two bicycles, roof racks and a rear bike rack during a recent fueleconomy test to calculate aerodynamic drag (see Why bicycles are a drag in August 2015). On one trip, I even managed to fit in a shower door...