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.
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.
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
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.
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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.