HONDA NC700S (2012-2013) Review

Published: 27 July 2012

Overall the NC700S is a surprisingly endearing utility bike

HONDA NC700S  (2012-2013)

Overall the NC700S is a surprisingly endearing utility bike

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 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

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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 group: 11 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their HONDA NC700S (2012-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your HONDA NC700S (2012-2013)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

08 December 2015 by usabikes

Bought 2nd hand wih 6,000 km on it. I've now done 27,000 in 18 months. I've found I really love the bike. It replaced early 80's Kawasaki 750 which in turn replaced an old Norton twin. I found I didn't usually rev the Kwak past 1/3 of its revs and... Read more the NC suited my style much better - change gears @ 3000RPM or 4500 if in a hurry, more than adequate. Excellent on fuel, averaged 78MPG & travel mostly around 65-70MPH.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Back brake is limp, I suppose so that the rider doesn't lock the wheel in a panic. Front is great although I don't often use it hard as I rely on anticipation & engine braking. The front disc went out of round and was replaced under warranty by Honda. Able to put in long days of 8 hours or more pretty well once I fitted aftermarket seat. Easy bend for the knees which is good at my age. Pillion reports 1/2 hour is about it for comfort. Bike is at its best on the windy roads gobbling miles - 400 miles of 60MPH curve roads, it just provides endless pleasure all day. Having ridden other bikes I keep coming back to how glad I am to have this, its a great all rounder: low centre of gravity, good on shingle roads, excellent on corners up to 75 MPH (peg on deck I mean). Suspension is pretty good at normal speeds but if you push it hard at speed it will complain. Really an excellent machine for me.
Engine
5 out of 5
Good torque. Many complain its gutless but don't understand how to ride it - just keep changing up and get it to pull. Frankly reminiscent of SV1000 up to the 6300 redline which is high praise. If it kept revving & making the same power gains for another 5000 it would be a SV1000. Sounds exactly like one with aftermarket Leo Vince Carbon fibre silencer - gorgeous. Some vibes hit around 4000 RPM (around 75MPH) but just enough to let you know you have an engine under you. Low maintenance, Honda specify 12,000 km valve clearance intervals but increased this to 24,000 on the later 750 so can do the same on the 700. Oil and filter once a year. Hardly need to touch the thing.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
As I've only done 27,000 km I would expect flawless service and that's what I've had. Not too happy about corrosion resistance so have made sure bare metal is coated with a wipe of oil. It apprecates a clean sooner rather than later after riding on dirty roads.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very low maintenance requirements & most of that I can do myself. Not at all happy that these days Honda seem to have forgotten how to put in an oil drain screw for the fork oil changes or grease nipples for prolink & steering head bearings though. Trying to ensure dealers get my money for a job I could do myself?
Equipment
4 out of 5
Storage compartment is really great. I pack enough stuff for a long weekend away in it so don't need a bag. Also good for bread & milk on the way home after work. I fitted and recommend the following items: Front guard extension; centre stand; a good hugger; Tutoro oiler (adjust chain maybe once between changes of rear tyres); plug for battery tender; OEM heated Honda grips are very expensive but good although heated gloves may be even better; Top Block crash bungs - a slide up the road can write the bike off when the frame downtubes meet the asphalt, could save a lot of grief; replaced the downpipe with a Leo Vince Decat (unexpectedly cleaned up low speed mixture beautifully) and the silencer with carbon fibre LV can; Evotech radiator guard; LED position lights; hand guards; Triumph Bonneville fork gaiters; Ventura pack rack and bags work well; heartily recommend Michelin Pilot Road 4 tyres, they are supposed to be the best in the wet (all I really care about these days), but they also wear very well and inspire confidence at all angles I can manage.
2 out of 5

29 October 2015 by Choina

Boring Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
This actually does well.
Engine
2 out of 5
47 bhp from 700cc?? After how many years of a motorcycle manufacturing history?? I got this bike as a courtosy bike when my zzr600 got crashed. Comparing it to 17 year old 600cc bike, i wonder what was the idea behing releasing this bike into the market? What did designers do over that time? Rev limiter kicks in at 6500 rpm. It is really like driving a diesel car... If you want any emotions riding a bike - stay away from this one..
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
2 year old and paint flaking of a swing arm already.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
Speedo, dreadfull rev counter, and two trip meters. Basic fuel gauge. Is hyosung not offering more with their copy of sv650? My 24 year old zephyr offers better quality analog clocks..
5 out of 5

Better than spec sheet suggests!

18 September 2012 by sj_edinburgh

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

just bought today

25 August 2012 by mercymercyred

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... Read more 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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £5,499
Used price £3,000 to £5,500
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 11 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 68 mpg
Tank range 210 miles
Specification
Engine size 670cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 670cc (73 x 80mm) 8v, SOHC, four-stroke, parallel twin, fuel injection, 6 gears, chain drive.
Frame type Steel diamond type
Fuel capacity 14.1 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 211kg
Front suspension Single 320mm wavy disc, 3-piston caliper
Rear suspension Pro-link single rear shock with preload adjust
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2012: Model introduced

Other versions

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