2012 Honda NC700X | First Ride

New Concepts in a Broad-Band Beginner Bike

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

EVOLUTION
A clean-sheet design using an engine with Honda Fit bones.

RIVALS
Kawasaki Ninja 650 and Versys, Suzuki V-Strom 650




TECH SPEC 
Price6999
Engine typel-c parallel twin
Valve trainSOHC, 8v
Displacement670cc
Bore x stroke73.0 x 80.0mm
Compression10.7:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Transmission6-speed, DCT automated manual optional
Claimed horsepowerna
Claimed torquena
FrameTubular-steel twin-spar
Front suspensionShowa 41mm fork
Rear suspensionShowa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeNissin two-piston caliper (three-piston caliper ABS), 320mm disc
Rear brakeNissin one-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire120/70ZR-17 Metzeler Z-8
Rear tire160/60ZR-17 Metzeler Z-8
Rake/trail27.0°/4.3 in.
Seat height32.7 in.
Wheelbase60.6 in.
Fuel capacity3.7 gal.
Claimed curb weight472 lbs.
ColorsLight Silver Metallic
AvailableNow
Warranty12 mo., unlimited mi.
ContactAmerican Honda Motor Co. Inc.
PO Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509
866.784.1870
www.powersports.honda.com
VERDICT4 out of 5 stars
Soft-spoken sweetie for the starter set.

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