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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

An economical little work horse that can just about cut it out of town when you fancy going a little faster. Stability, comfort, cheap price and a large storage space make the NC700S a very appealing bike. Overall the NC700S is a surprisingly endearing utility bike. You’d buy it with your head…but it would soon find a place in your heart.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Despite only making a claimed 47bhp, the Honda never seems to lack grunt. Out of town the Honda works OK once you get the hang of the limiter and short shift to suit – just ride it like you would drive a diesel car and you soon get the hang of it. It's likable and incredibly easy to get on with from the off because of the way it pulls cleanly and strongly thanks largely to its long stroke.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Typical Honda and a doddle to ride fast or slow: it’s relatively light and flickable, just keep the throttle pinned and as soon as is starts to deck out you know you’re near the limit. In short: the chassis and brakes way out-perform the NC700S’s engine. In town, the NC700S makes a lot of sense. The low centre of gravity and centralised mass mean that it never feels anything less than glued to the road, and combined with the firm suspension and positive front end it’s a very well balanced bike and very much at home in the city.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Honda's excellent Combined Anto-Lock Braking system (C-ABS) comes as standard and you get a nice big storage space where the tank should be which can easily swallow a full face helmet.

Honda NC700S (2012-2013)

Detail Value
New price £5,499
Dealer used prices
£4,280 (2012) - £5,150 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,660 (2012) - £4,630 (2013)
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Engine size 670 cc
Power 47 bhp
Top speed 115 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Despite its price tag, theNC700S feels incredibly well built. Paint is impressively thick and all fittings and panels fit extremely well. It's a Honda so you know it'll take a

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

If there was ever a bike for these tough economic times, it would be the NC700. Under £6000 and capable of 80mpg is hard to ignore. If you use your bike for commuting it's a no-brainer.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2012: Model introduced

Other Versions

Honda NC700X

Specifications

Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 14.1 litres
Average fuel consumption 68 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 670 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, 670cc (73 x 80mm) 8v, SOHC, four-stroke, parallel twin, fuel injection, 6 gears, chain drive.
Frame Steel diamond type
Front suspension adjustment Single 320mm wavy disc, 3-piston caliper
Rear suspension adjustment Pro-link single rear shock with preload adjust
Front brakes 41mm telescopic forks, no adjust.
Rear brake 240mm disc with single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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£3,950

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£3,600

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£3,995

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£3,500

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£5,495

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(2 reviews)

  • Better than spec sheet suggests!

    sj_edinburgh

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've only owned this bike for a week now, but it's turning out to be the best I've owned for quite while. The spec sheet suggests this bike should be slow and boring, but the reality is quite different. Sure there's now top end rush and not a lot of performance above the legal maximum but this bike really excels up to 70mph. Very smooth power delivery and one of the few bikes I've owned happy to run a half throttle. It doesn't constantly encourage you to ride faster, like many bikes these days, quite happy and fun to ride at 60mph and gets there very quickly and with little fuss - there's a lot of pull at lower revs. My previous bike was a V-strom 650 and the NC is smoother, as powerful lowdown, has a much better gearbox and the brakes are great too. Comfortwise it could be better, the seat is pretty hard, slippery and slopes forward too much. The bike lacks any wind protection obviously, so this is no long distance tourer. Build quality looks good and fuel consumption is amazing (70mpg+ thrashed). The NC hadnles very well too, no problems at any speed, although the rear shock seems a bit budget when pushed. I went for the S model, being tall I found the X just too upright for me and the seat/peg distance is about the same on both models. The S is also £500 cheaper and to me at least a lot better looking than the X (don't like the beak). Allround very happy!

    18 September 2012

  • just bought today

    gareth evans

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    For my type of riding this bike is as perfect as you can get just traded my cbr in which was a bit of wrench but everything about this bike mpg torque storage is made for someone who sits at 80 to 85 mph and does around 20000 miles per year. Fed up seeing petrol go up daily now not so much of a concern. Not a bike for speed freaks and adreline junkies though. brilliant brilliant bike the future

    25 August 2012

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