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.

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