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Honda's rugged soft-roader

2011-12-14 08:47

Don’t let the rugged off-road inspired looks of the new Honda NC700X fool you, this model is squarely aimed at urban commuters unlikely to ever venture off tar roads.

Simply put, it's the motorcycling equivalent of an SUV.

If it is a genuine dual-purpose bike in the midweight category you’re after, then you will be better served by the BMW F800GS or Triumph Tiger. If you fancy the comfortable upright riding position and edgy styling of those bikes but spend most of your time on city roads, the NC700X will more than fulfil your riding needs.

Power comes courtesy of the same twin engine as the Honda Integra maxi-scooter. As a result, the fuel economy of this new model is what will catch the attention of most riders – an impressive 4.4-litres.

Honda NC700x

URBAN COMMUTER: Honda hasn’t yet revealed how much the new model will weigh, but we expect it to be in line with the Integra which pushes the scales to 238kg.

The 670cc parallel-twin engine isn’t the most thrilling powertrain we've come across, but it certainly is sensible. Power peaks at 38kW and torque maxes out at 62Nm.

The bike also shares its underpinnings with the Integra, which means there is space for you to store a full-face helmet under the seat, a unique feature for an adventure-style motorcycle.  

In line with its commuter appeal the NC700X rides on 17-inch wheels and boasts combined ABS. The brake pedal on the right operates both the front and rear brakes, while the handlebar level only operates the front brake.

Honda hasn’t yet revealed how much the new model will weigh, but we expect it to be in line with the Integra which pushes the scales to 238kg.