Honda NC750X Review

Split Personality

The man from Honda said “the more you ride it, the more you’ll like it” and by Jove he was right.  He didn’t know it but his comments were surely based on the fact that the NC750X is essentially two bikes in one – and I’m not referring to it looking like a CBF at the rear and a BMW GS at the front. Nor am I referring to the manual or auto (DCT – Dual Clutch transmission) option. I was riding the manual one by the way.

Bike Social ride Honda's 2014 NC750X

If you‘re looking for your first ‘big bike’ or are getting back into it after a long break then this ticks every box with its offering as an easy-going, economical, smooth, commuter bike. This will be everybody’s initial analysis when you pull away but get her warm, give her some beans and she’ll respond by providing a reassuring automotive embrace.

However, if you’re looking for a larger capacity machine which is easy on the fuel gauge and can store a full-face helmet without the requirement of a top box then you add the NC750X to your shortlist. Being a Honda, it does everything well and although there’ll never be any surprises or craziness, the more you ride this bike the more you’ll end up enjoying it.  Trust me.

The 2014 version is equipped with a 745cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 8-valve SOHC parallel twin-cylinder engine providing 54bhp (or 40.3kW in new money) which is 75cc and 6bhp more than the two-year old NC700X on which the new one is based.  The power band is low but very smooth with a red-line of 6,500rpm which rather than sneaking up on you giving a gentle warning, attacks you leaving you a little embarrassed should anyone be watching/listening.  Not that they would hear you because the exhaust note matches that of a car, hardly surprising when you know that the NC’s engine is in theory half of that from the four-wheeled Honda Jazz.

The high riding position is both good for you to see and equally be seen.  The engine is positioned low in the chassis as is the fuel tank, which is accessed from beneath the pillion seat, and this combination offers a noticeable low centre of gravity which in turn is ideal for low speed manoeuvring.  Where the fuel tank is traditionally placed is a very convenient helmet (or shopping) storage area which was big enough for my full face Shark Race R-Pro.

The NC750X combines the benefits of a larger capacity scooter with a geared bike and is sure to be a hit with those who own larger adventure bikes who realise that they don’t need an off-road bike when they even avoid puddles. It’s narrow enough to make a fine filtering commuter bike and through all-weather at that.  ABS is standard and links the front and back brakes which certainly errs on the side of super safety although I didn’t find the brakes as effective as I’d like but this is probably down to the single disc on the front.

The NC750X with DCT will set you back a very reasonable £6,899 OTR or without the clever gearbox you can pick up a manual version from £6,299. Travel and touring packs are also available and Honda are already offering 0% APR at some dealers.

The bike hasn’t been designed to blow your socks off but I take my hat off to the Honda man who was quite right.

The bike is available in four colours: Sword Silver Metallic, Candy Arcadian Red, Graphite Black and Matt Pearl Glare White.

+ points: gets better all the time, economy, storage

-  points: 750cc + 54hp is not a radical combination

2014 Honda NC750X

Engine: 745cc parallel twin, 4-stroke, 8 valve

Power: 54hp @ 6,250rpm

Torque: 50lb ft@ 4,750rpm

Weight: 219kg (kerb). (229kg DCT)

MPG: 81mpg

Fuel capacity: 14.1 litres

Licence required: A

Price: from £6,299

Read our review of the popular Honda NC700X.


Helmet: Shark Race R-Pro

Gloves: Knox Techstyle Scaphoid Protector

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