We say: If ever a bike was misunderstood by motorcyclists, the NC750 range would be it. Derived from a completely fresh take on what a practical motorcycle should be, and do, the NC750 range is a ground-breaking range of motorcycles.
We use them in our rider training school for direct access training, where they never miss a beat and routinely get over 85 miles per gallon.
Honda says: Honda’s ultimate commuting motorcycle was made more adventurous and even more practical for 2016 with a tough new look, LED lighting, revised front fork damping, expanded storage compartment plus LCD instruments with personalised colour options. The Dual Clutch Transmission machine received 3-level S mode, plus further software upgrades in both MT and AT riding modes. The frugal 750cc parallel twin gained EURO4 compliance and a revised exhaust muffler adding a much deeper tone. For 2017, the NC750X will be available in a new Candy Prominence Red.
2 Model overview
3 Key features
4 Technical specifications
Since its introduction in 2012* the NC750X has enjoyed consistent popularity throughout Europe, making it a permanent fixture in the ranks of Europe’s top ten bestselling motorcycles.
Reasons for its success are several: its ground-breaking, torque-laden twin-cylinder engine, which sips fuel while punching the bike forward in the low-to-mid rpm ranges, the relaxed, roomy riding position, wide handlebars and comfortable seat and riding position, the compliant, long-travel suspension and distinctive adventure styling all play their part.
The storage compartment (where the fuel tank would normally be) capable of holding a full-face helmet and Honda’s unique DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) that over a third of customers choose are further features that set the NC750X apart.
As a total package, the NC750X’s qualities combine to create a motorcycle which functions superbly. For all types of riding - commuting, touring and simply riding for pleasure - it is a motorcycle with compelling all-round appeal. In 2016, both form and function were enhanced further, building on the NC750X’s innovative DNA and making it feel – and work – even better again.
*As the NC700X.
2. Model Overview
The 2016 evolution of the NC750X updated the styling, giving the bike a more adventure-oriented edge while improving comfort for rider and pillion.
A larger windscreen gave greater wind protection and more room was created in the storage compartment, which also had a utility rail built onto its lid. The LED headlight and taillight added class and new instruments were also added – with variable colour display – which can be personalised and present a premium image to the rider.
DCT was matured even further, with software upgrades for a more natural ‘feathered’ clutch feel around an on/off throttle. For even sportier riding, the 2016 model featured 3 levels of S mode for gear changes in AT mode, and raised rpm upper limit for downshifts in MT mode. Further software upgrades also improved DCT’s performance in a variety of situations.
A spring preload adjustment system was added to the rear shock absorber while new Showa Dual Bending Valves (SDBV) front forks were fitted up front. A new exhaust muffler saved weight as well as generating a pleasing exhaust ‘pulse’ and the manual six-speed gearbox option was given a lighter clutch.
For 2017, the NC750X will be available in a new Candy Prominence Red.
3. Key Features
3.1 Styling & Equipment
A lot of the experience of riding a motorcycle comes down to feeling, and guiding the NC750X’s redesign was the phrase ‘Sensual Performance.’ From the front the machine was given a bolder, more adventurous identity in 2016 with an LED headlight and running lights forming a unique impression.
The screen was made 70mm taller, improving airflow around the rider’s upper body and a central duct equalises pressure. Slits on the upper left and right side reduce wind noise.
The side cowls were filled out and the side covers reduced in size, creating muscular lines. A svelte seat unit and clear-smoke LED taillight were underlined by the new exhaust muffler to create a minimal look, further emphasizing the mass-forward stance.
The storage area was increased in size by 1L to 22L and the lid exterior was given rugged external rails – useful for mounting a tank bag. The lid’s interior has four hooks to allow rubber straps to assist in organising luggage and make best use of all of the space.
Brand new instruments used a negative LCD display. Information includes odometer, trip meter, gear position, fuel efficiency and consumption gauges, (optional) heated grip temperature plus 3-stage S mode for the DCT model.
The colour of the rev-counter bar display can also be changed by the rider; a total of 9 options are available. It is also possible to have colours change according to gear selected, rpm range or (for the DCT version) riding mode.
ECO and SHIFT mode are further options when riding with the display set to a single colour or (on the DCT machine) the mode-dependent setting. ECO mode turns the display to light blue if riding with good fuel efficiency, and green if riding even more economically. SHIFT mode sees the colour change to orange if engine rpm exceeds a level pre-set by the rider.
A ‘wave’ key features the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS). If the ID chip embedded in the key and the ID in the Engine Control Unit (ECU) do not match, the engine will not start.
The 2017 NC750X will be available in 5 colour options:
Candy Prominence Red
Matt Gunpowder Metallic
Glint Wave Blue Metallic
The range of genuine Honda Accessories include a specifically-designed new rear rack and knuckle guards to add integrated function and tough adventure style; 35L and 45L top boxes; 29L panniers; inner bags; centre stand; fog lights and fairing bars; 5-stage heated grips; U-lock and AC charging socket.
3.2 Dual Clutch Transmission
Honda’s DCT technology is now in its seventh year of production and gaining popularity year on year on all of the machines that feature it as an option. DCT uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging. Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit.
The DCT system features two automatic plus the MT mode for manual gear changes. The standard automatic D mode is for general or highway riding and maximum fuel economy. S mode – which shifts up and down at higher rpm than D mode for a sportier ride – has now been expanded to give three levels of sports performance. Some riders prefer to ride higher gears, some lower and the three modes make it possible to tailor gearbox response to riding style. The selected level is stored, and acts as the default S Mode for subsequent rides. It is also displayed on the dash.
The DCT used by the NC750X now features “Adaptive Clutch Capability Control” that manages the amount of clutch torque transmitted. This adds a natural ‘feathered’ clutch feel when opening or shutting off the throttle for a smoother ride. Further refinements include faster operation of the N-D switch on turning on the ignition and a control system in AT mode for gauging the angle of ascent or descent and adapting shift pattern accordingly.
The NC750X’s rugged steel diamond frame delivers the high levels of rigidity required for agile, responsive handling in a variety of conditions. It’s also ideal where space is at a premium, since it takes up very little volume but offers superb riding dynamics.
Rake is set at 27° with trail of 110mm, wheelbase of 1,535mm and front/rear weight distribution of 48/52. Kerb weight is 220kg (230kg DCT). Seat height is 830mm
The riding position is upright and neutral, with a higher viewpoint for enhanced hazard perception. Another advantage of this adventure-style riding position is great low-speed control – combined with the low centre of gravity and generous steering lock the result is exceptional low-speed handling and balance.
41mm telescopic forks feature 153.5mm travel and for 2016 use Showa dual-bending valves, with ratios optimised for both compression and rebound damping. This allows the generation of damping force in precise proportion to piston speed – from the low speed range – improving ride quality and comfort. Increased compression damping provides more progressive firmer suspension response and helps reduce dive under heavy braking. Grey Alumite caps add a finishing touch.
The rear monoshock gains a spring preload adjuster system and has 150mm travel. It operates through Pro-Link that offers an optimised balance of a soft initial stroke, for dealing with low-speed bumps, together with excellent control.
Up front the 320mm wavy disc and revised two-piston brake caliper deliver plenty of easy-to-modulate stopping power, complemented by the rear 240mm wavy disc and single-piston caliper. Lightweight two-channel ABS provides powerful and confident braking even on slippery or wet road surfaces.
Cast aluminium front and rear wheels – sizes 17 x 3.50-inch and 17 x 4.50-inch – wear 120/70 ZR17 and 160/60 ZR17 tyres. New forged aluminium L-shaped rim valves make checking and adjusting air pressure easier.
The design of the NC750X’s liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine ensures punchy performance in the low-to-mid range. Its relatively long-stroke architecture and specially shaped combustion chambers combine with the high-inertial mass crankshaft to produce large amounts of effortless torque from very low rpm. Peak power is 40.3kW @ 6,250rpm with maximum torque of 68Nm @ 4,750rpm.
PGM-FI always injects the exact fuel/air ratio required for a complete and clean burn at all rpm in any riding situation. The engine is EURO4 compliant with CO2 emissions of 81g/km and fuel consumption of 81mpg (WMTC mode) provides a 249m plus range from the 14.1-litre underseat fuel tank.
Twin balancers counteract vibration from higher rpm inertia, refining the engine yet still allowing the distinct ‘throb’ delivered by its 270° firing order. Bore and stroke is set at 80 x 77mm. By keeping the number of parts to a minimum, the engine is kept light, efficient and reliable. For 2016 the manual transmission engine receives revised clutch lever ratio – and new dogleg lever – make easier work of frequent gear changes.
There is just one 36mm throttle body and where possible components are made to do more than one job; the camshaft drives the water pump, while one of the balancer shafts drives the oil pump.
A new lightweight pentagon-shaped muffler is smaller than the previous design and uses two chambers joined by a hole-punched link pipe, which works with a final resonator chamber to create a deeper, more distinctive sound and exhaust pulse. The built-in catalyser has a two-layer structure for cleaner emissions.
4. Technical Specifications
Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve, SOHC parallel 2-cylinder. EURO4 compliant.
Bore & Stroke
77mm x 80mm
10.7 : 1
Max. Power Output
40.3kW @ 6,250rpm (95/1/EC)
68Nm @ 4,750rpm (95/1/EC)
MT : 3.7L
DCT : 4.1L
PGM-FI electronic fuel injection
Fuel Tank Capacity
MT: 81mpg (WMTC mode)
DCT: 28.6km/l (WMTC mode-Tested in D-Mode)
MT : 420W/5000rpm
DCT : 450W/5000rpm
MT：Wet multiplate clutch
DCT: Wet multiplate hydraulic 2-clutch
MT: 6-speed Manual Transmission
DCT: 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission
Diamond; steel pipe
2230mm x 845mm x 1350mm
41mm telescopic fork, 153.5mm stroke
Monoshock damper, Pro-Link swingarm, 150mm travel
Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Multi-spoke cast aluminium
Rim Size Front
17M/C x MT3.50
Rim Size Rear
17M/C x MT4.50
ABS System Type
320mm single wavy hydraulic disc with 2-piston caliper and sintered metal pads
240mm single wavy hydraulic disc with single-piston caliper and resin mold pads
INSTRUMENTS & ELECTRICS
Digital speedometer, digital bar-type tachometer, clock, bar-type fuel meter, two trip meters, gear position indicator,
‘instant’ and ‘average’ fuel consumption and coolant temperaturewarning light.
All specifications are provisional and subject to change without notice.
** Please note that the figures provided are results obtained by Honda under standardised testing conditions prescribed by WMTC. Tests are conducted on a rolling road using a standard version of the vehicle with only one rider and no additional optional equipment. Actual fuel consumption may vary depending on how you ride, how you maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, installation of accessories, cargo, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.
|Monthly payment||£ 99.00|
|Customer deposit||£ 1,263.13|
|Amount of credit||£ 5,615.87|
|Number of monthly payments||36|
|Optional final payment (GFV)||£ 2,928.24|
|Total amount payable||£ 7,765.37|
|Representative APR||6.9 %|
|Option to Purchase Fee||£ 10.00|
|Promotion end date||31 Sept|
|Annual contracted mileage||4000|
|Excess Mileage Fee (pence)||3p|
Representative Example, provided for illustration purposes only.
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