What we think of the new Honda NC750
When Honda launched the original NC700, we loved it! It's an amazing machine at an unbelievably good price. With ABS as standard, very impressive economy with 80mpg easily achievable in real world riding situations and storage for a full face helmet in the 'dummy tank'; what's not to like?
The Honda 2014 NC750X
The Honda 2014 NC750S
For 2014, Honda has made this incredible bike even better by adding 50cc - the NC750 is born.
The Honda NC750 is essentially the same as the original NC700, but benefits from an additional 5bhp. This may not sound like much, but gives the bike just that little bit extra which is a welcome addition. Although the power delivery of the NC700 always seemed adequate - this additional 5bhp really does make a difference. Weight has also increased by 10lbs, but as all the weight has been kept low (due to Honda's superb idea to tilt the engine forwards) this does not seem to affect the superb handling whatsoever.
As with the NC 700, the new for 2014 NC750 comes in 2 versions - the NC750X and the NC750S. Both models come in both standard and DCT transmission options. The DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) version is as you would expect a little more expensive, but is a joy to ride. The automatic mode can be switched between drive and sport - with the sport mode allowing the bike to rev higher between gear changes. Economy will fall slightly using this mode when ridden hard, but you'll still achieve incredible miles per gallon - hitting figures you'd normally only achieve with a much smaller bike. As you can't leave the automatic in gear when parking on a hill, Honda has fitted the NC750 DCT with a useful handlebar mounted hand brake - which is a welcome feature.
The NC750 uses the same concept of having 'half a Honda Jazz engine'. It's this technology that enables the bike to be incredibly fuel efficient. The bike is also very low revving, and even at motorway speeds is incredibly quiet and smooth. The NC750X does benefit from better wind protection, and if dual carriageway riding is a large part of what you do then this is probably the model for you. If you're not bothered too much about wind protection, then it really comes down to your personal preference of which bike you like the look of best. The NC750X has an adventure bike style, while the NC750S has a more 'sporty street bike' feel.
At this moment in time, we can't think of a better commuter bike than the NC750. With ABS, storage for a full face helmet and amazing fuel economy you'll be hard pressed to beat it for the money.