At first glance the NC seems strange what with its half-a-car engine and fuel tank storage. But impressive economy figures and massive carrying capacity make sense…
Honda's NC700/750X. A little odd, very frugal, overlooked... oh, and an absolute steal as a pre-loved do-it-all workhorse.
IN A WORD, sensible. True 75mpg on the motorway, combined with a cavernous helmet-gobbling storage area where the tank should be. That’s sensible. A 2012 asking price of £5850? A sensible investment. The decision to cut a Honda Jazz engine in half to power the NC? That does sound a little ludicrous at first, but its car-like low-down shunt beat competitors away from the lights. Turns out in town that’s pretty sensible too. The original NC700 was A2 licence legal, producing 47bhp (tested at 42bhp). Even these early models came with an optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). Once the licencefriendly CB500 range was launched a year later, the NC was upgraded to a 750 for 2014. A 4mm-larger bore increased torque from 44lb. ft to 50lb.ft and a second balancer shaft cut vibration in half, making for a more responsive and smoother ride. The NC outsold the Fireblade in the United Kingdom in its first year and a used NC is now the most efficient, comfy, practical and best value used bike on the market.