Honda NC750X

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A set of two aero dy­nam­i­callyshaped panniers (29 litres) de­signed to look fully in­te­grated on the bike costs £610 in­clud­ing fit­ting kit and locks. A top box is an ex­tra £260. Fit­ting the kit will take a dealer two hours but should be pos­si­ble for a com­pe­tent DIYER.

In prepa­ra­tion for a trip to Hol­land, I fit­ted some panniers as I didn’t fancy fit­ting six days’ worth of stuff into a ruck­sack and the NC’S stor­age com­part­ment.

It’s amaz­ing how use­ful you find that ex­tra stor­age space. All of a sud­den you don’t need to carry a back­pack for your day-to-day rid­ing as any­thing you’d take with you will com­fort­ably fit in the tank unit – shoes and clothes to change into once you get out of your rid­ing gear, some­thing from the shops, what­ever you want re­ally.

Honda say you can fit a full-face hel­met in, but I’m not en­tirely con­vinced. My medium-sized X-lite X661 cer­tainly doesn’t fit and is still sport­ing the bat­tle scars from when I tried to squeeze it in. How­ever, I’m not go­ing to com­plain as it’s stor­age space that wouldn’t be there if the fuel tank was.

While Honda’s panniers are a lit­tle on the small side, I was able to pack six days’ worth of stuff into them, plus the tank-stor­age-area and a ruck­sack, which broke while I was in Assen and con­ve­niently al­lowed me to test how eas­ily you can strap things to the bike, which turned out to be very easy!

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