‘I can see into the fu­ture with brighter NC’

It’s amaz­ing how you of­ten don’t no­tice things un­til you’ve had a bike a while...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage - oli.rushby@mo­tor­cy­cle­news.com

Be­fore the win­ter months, I hadn’t re­ally rid­den the NC750X in the dark. I had no need to, plus if I’m be­ing hon­est I’ve never re­ally liked rid­ing at night as I al­ways feel that lit­tle bit more vul­ner­a­ble – some road users have enough trou­ble see­ing us in the light. How­ever, as the clocks turned back I had no choice – it was dark when I’d get up and dark when I’d leave the of­fice at night.

The NC was given a makeover for 2016, which in­cluded LED head and tail­lights. If I’m com­pletely hon­est I hadn’t paid much at­ten­tion to th­ese un­til I started rid­ing in the dark.

It’s a sim­ple, unas­sum­ing change, but it makes a huge dif­fer­ence when rid­ing in the dark. When you’re on an un­lit road with no other ve­hi­cles around, the light is clearer and il­lu­mi­nates much fur­ther into the dis­tance than the bikes I’ve rid­den with con­ven­tional head­lamps. On th­ese I al­ways find my­self wish­ing they were brighter.

You’ve also got to think that as the LEDS emit a brighter, more solid light, this doesn’t just mean you can see fur­ther ahead, but it also helps in mak­ing you more vis­i­ble to road users – which can only be a pos­i­tive.

On top of the LEDS both help­ing you see more clearly and be seen in the dark, the clear white light looks much cooler and more mod­ern than the yel­lowed glow of a con­ven­tional head­lamp.

‘I don’t much like rid­ing in the dark, but as the clocks went back I didn’t have much choice’

Cool, clean and more pow­er­ful, the NC’S new LED lights make a big dif­fer­ence 4900 MILES

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