Honda NC750X

Donk

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Honda seems to know how to get a lot of fun out of not a lot of rpm! Dirt Dad's GoldWind redlines at 6000rpm, the NC750X at 7500. Funny it seems like it rolls on forever in each gear. Not as in high revs but the motor makes rpm so slow and steady. Something to be said for slow revving torquey engines. Pretty sure the S10 falls into that category too. The NC seems really happy between 4000-6000rpnm. I find myself hanging down a gear to keep the revs at 4000 although it's just as happy if I shift it up. The motor absolutely purrs. With a solid 25-30mph headwind I was clipping along happily at 80 with plenty left so it's not lacking power. You guys are going to have to bare with me a bit, I am just impressed with this bike.
 

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My wife has a 21 nc750x with the dct. She absolutely loves it. I haven't ridden it yet so I'm glad to see others with good reviews as well :)
 

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My wife has a 21 nc750x with the dct. She absolutely loves it. I haven't ridden it yet so I'm glad to see others with good reviews as well :)
You need to ride it. If it's the DCT put it in sport mode. Find someplace with twisty roads, the bike will surprise you. In a good way!
 

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Houston we have a problem.

Seems every time I head out to the shop I am gravitating to this bike. Not to say I'm loving the 890 Adventure any less just the NC seems to be the bike of choice. Something about the character of the engine combined with the way it is geared makes for a very enjoyable ride. Not to say it's slow, it's going faster than the 890 in any given gear at equal rpm. 890 is still quicker, as it should be with a bigger higher revving engine.
I have a hard time accepting the thought of the NC replacing the 890 as the bike of choice. It could happen.
 

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I have my ST, an H-D, and the NC750X automatic. I record all my back roads rides. Surprisingly to me, I ride the quickest average speed on the NC. I'm sure it's due to the automatic transmission.
 

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I spent my life working with horses. It was always interesting how one horse could be working so hard going fast and another horse could be galloping along with an easy stride going so much faster. The NC is certainly a bike that looks to be slow but runs fast and easy.
 

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I sold my 890 Adventure today and I'm all in on the NC750X! Not saying it's the end all be all but it's a damn pleasant bike to put miles on!
I have a buddy that bought an NC a couple months ago and he absolutely loves it.
 

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The little NC750X is packed and we're headed to New England tomorrow. Going to see how it goes with a frunk, a top box, and 750cc.:cool:
My buddy just rode his from Texas to Deals Gap and back including an 800 mile day. The OEM rear tire that came on the bike was bald with less than 3K miles on it and had to be replaced while he was on the road.
 

Kiyoti

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...looking at a 2023 DCT as a possibility.
...anyone done a Russell seat on them...???
...and if touring on one....any real "headache" about the gas filler under the rear seat [with bags strapped on]...???
 

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I have the OEM rack and top box. Not a fan of top boxes in general but its convenient and holds a lot. The OEM rack has holes I believe for mounting panniers. Wouldn't take much to sort soft bag strap not to go over seat. SW Motech? makes soft bags with a removable mount that attaches to the passenger peg. I saw a set, very clean design. I've gotten used to filler under back seat so don't think about it any more
 

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Back from a 2400 mile "test ride" on the NC750X. Day 1 was 902 miles in 14hours 35 minutes from WI to Cobleskill NY. Day 2 was mountain backroads through the Catskills and the Berkshires in the morning then back on the highway to Cape Cod. Days 3 and 4 were spent doing a little local riding on the Cape then it was time to head home. Day 5 was an easy ride to Ashtabula OH and day 6 was thunderstorms, heavy crosswind, Chicago traffic and high humidity. The bike did it all well. Highway speeds were 78-81 mph and at those speeds my mileage dropped down to 55mpg. The bike had plenty of go left when cruising at 80 and could easily pull away from any bothersome traffic. The stock seat is adequate, not the best certainly not the worst. I've got say I am sure that the word "Interstate" was nowhere in Honda's design brief for the bike yet it does it quite well and reasonably comfortably. Wind and weather protection are very good since the addition of the Givi windshield, almost too good in the heat and humidity. The uber smooth and easy going nature of the engine make for a relaxing ride on the highway. Riding the mountain backroads the bike is really in it's element. This is no Superbike so there is some flex to the front end and frame, when you're riding bumpy back roads the bike is incredibly forgiving of being ridden too hard for the conditions. It does not have the suspension travel of an S10 or Adv bike so you are more aware of bumps but the bike stays planted and secure on the road. I wish the bike had cruise control but the Throttlemeister bar ends did help and at speed I was only 160 miles before reserve. When riding in 30+ mph crosswinds on I80 in Ohio I was reminded it's only a 750 and while never intimidating it did require constant attention. It did piss me off when a guy on a new model GoldWing blew by me with 1 hand on the bars! Those are pretty minor complaints for a budget bike used in a way I don't think Honda ever intended.
I am not saying this is the best bike ever or that it is the end all be all. What I am saying is if a guy wants a lighter bike that can do it all it's a pretty good choice. Even better it does it on regular gas and doesn't cost a lot of money to buy or own.
 

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Put another 900+ miles on the little NC going up to the Soo Locks and back. Rode up Sunday afternoon home Monday morning. If I'm going to continue using the bike like this the seat could stand some improvement. Not the first motorcycle that has been said about nor am I the first person to think it so not a big knock on the bike. Getting to trust the fuel gauge a little more and a better idea of the reserve so I'm now running 175-180 miles out of every tank. I love that it uses regular gas! Put a new DID chain on at 10k the factory one was shot. I cannot believe how much better the bike feels, the OEM chain must have had Lycra in it. And the little NC keeps amusing me.
 
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