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Polite, mild mannered, and unpretentious, the Honda NC750X is the unsung hero of British biking.
An instant success all over Europe when launched as a 700 back in 2012 (even here in the big bike-loving UK), the NC’s unrivalled blend of usability, efficiency and value for money has made it the go-to option for riders after a true all-round workhorse – but one that’s enjoyable away from the daily grind, too.
Gentle updates over the last nine years have kept the modest adventurer up to date, with the latest bevy of small but important upgrades arriving for the 2021 model year. Designed to keep the 745cc twin nose-to-nose with rivals and maintain its solid sales position, the NC has more tech, greater performance and better storage than ever.
And it all helps make a great bike even greater. I already really liked the NC750X, but the refresh has given it even more appeal. No, it hasn’t got power in reserve, won’t playfully leap of yumps and would be lost on a trackday.
The NC doesn’t have a TFT dash, heated bits or self-tweaking suspension either. And I don’t care.
The Honda is a genuine UJM; the sort of machine you’ll use for everything from commuting and running errands, to two-up weekends away, to sunny summer sunset rides just for the hell of it. Yes, it’s still more workhorse than passionate purchase – but it’s so damn usable you’ll ride more than ever before.
Crucially the Honda is still great value too. The original NC700X was a very attractive £5850 when launched in 2012, which is around £7100 in today’s money. This means the latest bike complete with modes, traction control, more power, better suspension, greater practicality and the same price-defying finish is only £400 more.
Ride quality & brakes
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Looks like all the NC frames before it, but the steel structure is pretty much new. With revised wall thickness it’s 1.8kg lighter than the frame of earlier 750s and with grams shaved in other places, including the engine, the NC weighs six kilos fewer than previously – about two house bricks or one portly cat.
Perhaps realising nobody sees the 750 as a real adventure bike, the Showa 'dual bending valve' forks and preload-adjustable monoshock on the 2021-on model feature reduced wheel travel.
This makes the already breezy handling of the agile, low-slung, well-balanced 750 even easier, and with revised damping it is more accurate too. The trade-off is a ride that’s a bit firmer than older NCs; not uncomfortably so, but enough that you notice large bumps a bit more.
A perfectly weighted riding position and first-class ergonomics make it a doddle to exploit the Honda’s brilliant low-speed agility. Comfort is very good too.
The seat heigh is 30mm lower than before (the amount the suspension’s travel was reduced, funnily enough) so it’s simple to hop aboard and easier for less confident riders to drop a hoof. The screen’s still a modest fixed affair but provides far more protection than its size suggests.
The brakes are entirely unmemorable, which suggest they’re not all that. But equally it means the simple set-up must work without issue.
Next up: Reliability
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It’s the low-revving, easy-access 745cc parallel twin that’s been in the NC since 2016, and which is used in the chunky X-ADVscooter and city-slicking Forza 750.
Tweaked to meet Euro5 emission rules and with ride-by-wire throttle, there’s additional torque for this version with almost a whole foot-pound of extra grunt. Maximum shunt is 50.9 lb.ft at a modest 4750rpm, in turn creating four more horses for a peak of 57.8bhp at 6750rpm – the highest peak-power engine speed of any NC to date.
With a rumbling 270˚ crank and different valve timing for each cylinder the Honda has plenty of feel. The first three gear ratios are lowered for sharper acceleration helping it to be the peppiest NC750X so far, feeling brisker than its modest numbers and limited rev range suggest.
It retains the frugality that the model is famous for too: averaging 70mpg is easy, and steady use pops economy into the 80s.
Reliability & build quality
Next up: Value
5 out of 5 (5/5)
Buy an NC750X and you can expect faultless dependability. Previous incarnations have developed an enviable reputation for reliability and there are lots of massive-mile workhorses that slog on tirelessly without a niggle. Their owners love 'em, and there’s no reason why the 2021-on model should be any different.
Build quality on the Japan-made 750 is impressive; from the paint and fit of parts, to switchgear that will survive millions of prods.
- Related:Read 2014-2021 Honda NC750X owners' reviews here
As with any bike you’ll need a squirt of anti-corrosion fluid splashed on the brake banjo bolts and some fasteners to prevent them cultivating fur in the salty depths of winter. There are a few clips, bolts and brackets that’ll rust, too.
The suspension on well-used older variants gets a tad saggy at 30,000-odd miles, though the better-quality items on this model may well stay in shape for longer. Overall, the Honda has a finish that’s as good as anything else at its price point. Or better. Buy with confidence.
Value vs rivals
Next up: Equipment
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Attractively priced? Indeed. The Honda is £7495 on the road and so is cheaper than the humdrum BMW F750GS, cheaper-feeling Kawasaki Versys 650 and less practical Yamaha Tracer 7. Suzuki’s evergreen V-Strom 650 is about the same sort of cash as the NC750X but just not as refined, agile or frugal.
Having a Honda badge and a solid reputation should mean pleasing residuals too. You could buy, say, a perfectly capable CFMOTO 650GT and save £1500, but the NC will do a grander job of holding onto its value. Same is true compared to the more mainstream opposition above.
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For a seven-grand bike the Honda NC750X has a decent quantity of accessories. It has a more sophisticated three-level traction control system than previous versions, linked to four riding modes – Rain, Standard, Sport, plus self-defined User. Each has a dedicated power output.
Go for the excellent Honda NC750X DCT option (dual clutch transmission, an extra £830) and you get automatic gearshifts. Or you can change gear using games console-style buttons on the left switchgear.
In auto the shift points adjust to suit the riding mode, with Sport noticeably hanging onto ratios for longer and giving keen autoblipped downshifts. It’s a super-posh quickshifter. It takes a while to get used to not having a clutch lever, but DCT makes the 750 super-smooth and is great with a pillion.
The Honda also has a little lamp on its LCD dash that can be set to show different colours for things like gear position, gearshift points and so on. I find turning it off is the best way to avoid continual annoyance.
What really makes the NC750X stand out is nothing to do with superficial electronics, though. Fuel isn’t carried in the conventional place but instead sloshes about in a tank within the seat unit, with the filler under a neat pop-up pillion perch.
And what looks like the fuel tank is a handy locking storage area designed to swallow a crash helmet. It’s always been a feature of the NC but unfortunately lids with fins or peaks wouldn’t always fit in earlier bikes.
For this model it’s increased in size to 23-litres and reshaped to accept an adventure-style helmet. This also means room for an extra portion of garlic chilli chicken and a side order of saag aloo when collecting a generous family-size takeaway.
Model history & versions
2014: Honda release a new platform around a super-efficient 670cc, 51bhp parallel-twin engine and that’s staggeringly easy to ride. There are three variants: the adventure-styled NC700X and naked NC700S with built-in storage, and the scooter-esque Integra which manages to blend the worst bits of a motorbike and step-thru’.
2016: Update turns the 700 into the NC750X, with more grunt and even smoother running from an enlarged 745cc twin thrumming out 54bhp. There’s a styling improvement, larger screen and lower seat, better colours, a larger storage compartment, plus improved front forks, enhanced modes and a better-function DCT option.
2019: Small tweaks, including the arrival of adjustable traction control.
2021: New NC750X releasedwith ride-by-wire, improved electronics, a slight styling update, LED lights and a larger, better-shaped stashing area. Agility and roadholding both improve thanks to shorter-travel road-biased suspension. This also means a 30mm reduction is seat height.
Watch MCN's first-generation Honda NC750X video review here:
There used to be a naked version called the NC750S, but it was dropped because everyone bought this far superior X model. The platform is also used for the Forza 750 step-thru’ device and the wonderfully alternative X-ADV adventure scooter.
The tank holds just 14.1 litres and while at a claimed 67+ mpg, this implies a range of just over 200 miles, real life riding is not quite as frugal, especially at motorway speeds where consumption figures in the low 60's mpg are more the norm.How fast is the 2021 Honda NC750X? ›
The motor has plenty of beans, and is happy to cruise along all day at 80 mph.What is the MPG on a Honda NC750X? ›
Ever since 2021, the NC750X has managed to wring an eyebrow-raising 67 mpg out of its 3.7 gallon tank, giving it a range of 248 miles. Honda's 2022 motorcycle lineup has plenty of bigger and more powerful bikes on it—but that doesn't always mean everything.Is Honda DCT any good? ›
The Honda NC750X DCT delivers excellent fuel mileage and good performance to go with its convenient and cavernous keyed storage compartment and excellent automatic transmission. And it still stickers well under $10K. It's one of the better deals in motorcycling, and it absolutely shouldn't be overlooked.Is the NC750X slow? ›
It's kind of heavy and fairly slow, plus it isn't expensive or exotic, but mostly it has a system meant to take away the rider's ability to shift when they see fit. That's exactly the kind of control we motorcyclists love to have.Is a Honda NC 750 reliable? ›
Reliability is what you would expect from Honda – bullet proof. Fuel consumption is this bike's best feature. I'm getting well over 60m to the gallon and if you take it easy on the throttle, you'll get a lot more. The 'frunc' is amazing and after 3 years with the bike I still forget that tank is under the seat!Where are Honda NC750X made? ›
Still affordable to buy and run – and still made in Japan – the NC750X offers high build quality and the option of Honda's unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) six-speed gearbox.What is the difference between Honda NC750S and NC750X? ›
While the NC750X offers the feeling of an adventure tourer, the NC750S represents a new genre in naked sports bikes. Both have large luggage boxes that make it possible to pack quickly when going out for a long ride. Both are designed with an emphasis on space utility and feature the Dual Clutch Transmission.Is the NC750X a good beginner bike? ›
The NC700X/NC750X is a home run as an urban commuter, with occasional stints as a long-distance touring machine. Thanks to clever engineering, Honda has delivered a motorcycle that is very versatile. New riders and experienced riders find the riding position very comfortable and ideally suited to city riding.What motorcycle gets 60 mpg? ›
Designed for longer trips, the Versys-X 300 has a parallel twin 296cc engine that delivers 60 MPG.
Honda has released pricing for the new 2023 CR-V, which is available in both hybrid and nonhybrid forms. The EX is now the base trim, and it starts at $32,355—a whopping $4310 more than last year's LX. EPA ratings for the hybrid are out, and it gets up to 40 mpg combined.Which Honda model is most fuel-efficient? ›
2022 Honda Fuel Economy Ratings
The 2022 Insight, which can earn up to 55 city, 49 highway and 52 combined mpg,1 is the most fuel-efficient Honda on the market, but that's just one of many eco-friendly vehicles we have for sale at Legends Honda.
The dual-clutch system is a robust, smooth and efficient transmission. If used properly, it should last 10 years without a problem, even with hard driving.What is high mileage for a 750 motorcycle? ›
For small sports bikes, 20,000 to 30,000 is on the high side. For larger bikes, 50,000 miles and up is considered high motorcycle mileage.Does the Honda NC750X have a slipper clutch? ›
The NC750X's slipper clutch reduces lever load by 20% and helps to manage rear-wheel lockup under fast downshifts.What does DCT mean on Honda motorcycle? ›
Honda's Automatic Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) is a breakthrough feature that makes riding easier and more fun.Is Honda a Chinese bike? ›
Honda Motor Company, Ltd., Japanese Honda Giken Kōgyō KK, leading Japanese manufacturer of motorcycles and a major producer of automobiles for the world market. Headquarters are in Tokyo.Are Honda bikes made in China? ›
Some Hondas have been built in the UK since the 1980s, as are many Nissans, but both brands remain resolutely Japanese. Hondas are also made in the USA, China, Pakistan, Brazil, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Turkey, Argentina, Taiwan, the Philippines and Mexico.When did the NC750X come out? ›
NC750S and NC750X
DCT models, also got updated DCT software with 3 level S mode. For 2018 model year, NC750X variant gets traction control as a standard equipment. The NC750X was introduced to the US for the 2018 Model Year, available in DCT and conventional transmission.
DISC BRAKES WITH COMBINED ABS
Now standard on all NC750X models, you'll get ABS brakes that are linked rear-to-front for added stopping power, even under challenging conditions.
For beginner motorcycle riders, the recommended engine is 500cc to 600cc. The lower the cc figure, the easier the bike will handle, and the more forgiving it will be to the inevitable mistakes that new riders make. Just because a bike has a smaller engine doesn't mean you can't still ride fast.What CC should I get as a beginner? ›
A good standard size for a beginner is 500cc to 700cc, depending on your physical size. But that engine size is plenty big enough to get you and a passenger across town or even across the country.What is the most reliable long lasting motorcycle? ›
“What are the most reliable motorcycle brands?” In a nutshell, Honda and Yamaha were the most-named most-reliable motorcycle brands. “Any Japanese” motorcycle was mentioned after that. That would include Honda and Yamaha, but also includes Suzuki and Kawasaki.Is premium gas better for motorcycles? ›
Good. Every engine manufacturer specifies a minimum octane rating requirement for fuel. The majority of motorcycle engines, including all current Harley-Davidson engines, require 91 octane or higher (Premium) fuel, thanks to high compression ratios.What Honda gets 70 mpg? ›
The Insight earned an EPA fuel economy estimate of 70 mpg‑US (3.4 L/100 km; 84 mpg‑imp) in highway driving, 61 mpg‑US (3.9 L/100 km; 73 mpg‑imp) city.What car has 70 mpg? ›
The Trident Iceni Grand Tourer is purported to offer top-of-the-line performance and amazing fuel efficiency.Which SUV is better Honda or Toyota? ›
Toyota: What Brand to Buy? Toyota wins with higher overall ratings and a more versatile lineup. However, Honda vehicles have their strengths too, especially in the SUV segment. Both Honda and Toyota are nearly equal in the plug-in and hybrid vehicle categories.Which Honda bike is best in average? ›
The highest mileage bike of Honda is Honda Activa 125 (60 Kmpl).Which is better on gas Toyota or Honda? ›
Their respective base engines match up at an EPA estimated 38 MPG combined. However, the Civic falls short in the end because the Corolla offers a hybrid version that delivers a whopping 52 mpg combined – way ahead of the 36 mpg cap of the Civic models.Is DCT more reliable than automatic? ›
Automatic transmission cars are generally reliable cars and both DCT automatic and CVT automatic cars are similar in terms of reliability and maintenance costs. However, both DCT and CVT automatic gearboxes will require a complete replacement of the gearbox in case of damage.
A smooth and light input will result in good efficiency and in most cases comes very close to the efficiency numbers you can achieve from a manual gearbox-equipped car. Thus a DCT is the best all-around package, especially if your driving scenario isn't limited to just city or highway driving.Which transmission is best DCT or at? ›
A smooth and light input will result in good efficiency and in most cases comes very close to the efficiency numbers you can achieve from a manual gearbox equipped car. Thus a DCT is the best all around package, especially if your driving scenario isn't limited to just city or highway driving.Is DCT covered under warranty? ›
The quoted article/owner feedback summarizes precisely this - if an issue occurs in the DCT electronics, it SHALL be fixed under warranty.Why is DCT so fast? ›
Since the DCT can pre-select an odd gear while the vehicle is being propelled in an even gear (or vice versa), DCTs can shift several times faster than is possible with a manual transmission.What is considered high mileage for a used motorcycle? ›
What's “good” mileage for a used motorcycle, and what is considered “high” used motorcycle mileage? Used motorcycle mileage above 20,000 to 30,000 is considered high for smaller sports bikes, while larger touring motorcycles are usually labeled “high-mileage” after the 50,000-mile marker.Is 3000 miles a lot on a motorcycle? ›
Generally, high mileage on a motorcycle is anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 miles. For sport bikes, the high mileage number will be on the low end (usually around 25,000), while cruisers and touring bikes typically become high mileage in the 40,000- to the 50,000-mile range.Do you need to change motorcycle oil every year? ›
Your user manual will provide the recommended service intervals, but as a general rule: Mineral oil should be replaced every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, or at least once a year. Some experts may recommend a minimum of twice a year. Synthetic oil should be replaced every 7,000 to 10,000 miles, or at least once a year.What is good mpg for a motorcycle? ›
The average motorcycle gets just over 55 miles per gallon, although this number can vary by age and design. Semi-automatic bikes get up to 87 miles per gallon and some manual touring bikes get only 35 miles per gallon.Does mileage matter when buying a motorcycle? ›
Mileage doesn't matter
And on late-model bikes, mileage does matter — for value. Most people asking about high mileage aren't worried about book value, though. Instead, longevity is their concern. Longevity is determined by a number of factors.
In a very general sense, you can expect a decent used motorcycle values to be anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. Some suitable options are even available for a lot cheaper if you grab them at the right time of year and from a more affordable region.
If we're looking for exact figures, the average motorcycle engine can last a good 10 to 15 years, any major breakdowns or accidents notwithstanding. In terms of mileage, those figures translate to roughly 100,000 to 160,000 km.How many miles do Honda motorcycles last? ›
A well-maintained Honda bike can last for well over 100,000 miles, the average being 150,000 miles. Touring models like the Gold Wing can last even longer — 300,000 miles in some cases.How many miles can you ride a motorcycle per day? ›
For most motorcycle enthusiasts, riding 1,000 miles in 24 hours or even 1,500 miles in 36 hours isn't too tough of a challenge, but if you've never ridden further than 400-500 miles in a day, then two consecutive days of 500 mile trips could really put you over the edge.What is high mileage for a cruiser motorcycle? ›
Highest mileage by type
Typically, sport bikes are considered high mileage at around 25,000 miles, while cruisers and touring bikes are well used at 45,000 miles, and as mileage increases, the motor wears out and the motorcycle loses value.
The majority of riders will cover their 1,000 miles in about 18 to 20 hours (including all stops). For every hour you are on a major highway riding, you put approximately 20 minutes of "off" time in your time bank that can be used for resting.