As with the engine, the handling feels effortless. The engine is carried low in the frame and there's an empty space for yor helmet/shopping where the tank should be, giving the bike a low centre of gravity. Suspension is budget but the forks are damped strongly enough to give feel and hold the bike under heavy braking. Honda makes a big deal about the NC's slim build and how it aids city riding and, yes, it helps make it easy to throw around, so much so that the daunting wet weight of 218kg doesn't come into it.
As motorcycle engines go it's not an exciting one. It does the job it's meant to do perfectly and offers a terrific amount of grunt between 1000 and 4000rpm, which makes commuting and motorway cruising a breeze. It's likable from the off because of the way it pulls cleanly and strongly thanks largely to its long stroke. More experienced riders WILL hit the rev limiter several times until they get used to it, but think of it as a diesel car and you'll soon settle into a more relaxed style of riding. The DCT in fully automatic mode stops this.
The NC700X comes with the high level of quality you expect from a Honda - everything feels like it will last forever, the paint's deep. It feels a lot more expensive than the cheap price tag would suggest.
At under £6000 the NC700X is hard to ignore, for that you get a bike that'll do everything you could ask of it with relative ease (apart from a track day in the fast group, perhaps). In these cash-strapped times a cheap, real world motorcycle such as this is a breath of fresh air.
For £5850 you get a lot of bang for your buck. Honda's brilliant Combined Anti-Lock braking system (C-ABS) comes as standard. The screen, although small, offers plenty of protection from the elements and makes 80mph+ cruising a doddle. Perhaps the best part is the storage space, where the tank would be on conventional bikes. The 'boot' can easily hold a full face helmt and makes quick trips to the supermarket a doddle.