HONDA NC750X (2014 - on) Review
- Comfortable, laid back, easy to ride
- Optional DSG automatic gearbox
- Dependable and reliable workhorse
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£210|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Riding the Honda NC750X for any length of time reveals a bike that handles sweetly, brakes more than adequately, is comfortable, tackles scabby back roads well and, with the addition of the optional DCT gearbox, is easy to ride and super economical in terms of fuel use.
There’s a lot to like. If, however, you want a bike that will be the sort of machine you will always give a second glance to as you walk away, or spend time looking at and aching to ride, then the NC is not going to be the one for you. The Honda NC750X's specs lend it more towards being a workhorse.
The NC750X replaced the NC700 in 2014. It became one of the top 10 best-selling bikes in the UK in its first year on sale.
The NC750S is the more street-styled option and is identical to the X aside from a 3kg weight reduction, lower 790mm seat, shorter bars and lack of front fairing.
Honda NC750X major facelift in 2016
In 2016 the NC750X was given a thorough makeover. Key changes to the suspension, the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), front brakes, exhaust internals and silencer along with the styling all added up to a comprehensively improved bike that remained easy to ride yet quite a lot more fun. It’s also better looking and fits in nicely with the rest of the Honda adventure bike range.
Honda NC750X updated again in 2018
The NC750X was given a mild facelift in 2018, adding Honda's latest traction control system (HSTC) along with minor tweaks such as a 900rpm-raised rev limit and very slightly altered styling.
Honda NC750X long-term test
During late 2016 and early 2017 we ran an NC750X as a long-term test bike, riding it all over Europe and giving it a thorough going over. We found it practical, likeable and fun, but a little too grown up in some ways. We also didn't like the new screen on post-facelift models.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The NC is as friendly and non-threatening as a motorcycle can possibly be, despite the adventure bike-esque styling. There is plenty of room on board and the low 830mm seat height makes touching the floor very easy, which is ideal for less confident riders.
The ABS is reassuring when the road’s surface is wet or badly damaged and the NC’s handling is stable and comfortable and turns sweetly into corners. It’s unlikely to throw up any nasty surprises, making it perfect for newer riders. The Honda NC750X DCT adds to the over-all feeling of control and is a worthy addition.
Facelift in 2016
For the update in 2016, changes to the DCT see the same D mode which never feels that nice to ride as the bike instantly changes up the highest possible ratio to conserve fuel, but there are now three S modes too. S1 is mildly more sporty than D and is good around town. S2 is sportier still and suits a good cross country pace, holding onto the revs longer and downchanging earlier too. S3 is only really good for when you are pressing on and makes life very easy. It all works a lot better than the outgoing DCT set-up. The clutch set-up has now been changed to give a smoother take off from a standing start.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Thanks to a 4mm bigger bore, the NC700 becomes the NC750 for 2014. Peak power is increased 54bhp and the torque is boosted to 50lbft while the engine also gains a second balancer shaft which, Honda claims, halves the amount of mechanical vibration.
It’s instantly noticeable how much better the low end of the NC750 is and the parallel twin is also considerably smoother than before.
Honda NC750X: is DCT worth it?
Honda’s dual clutch makes sense on some bikes but not others and it is well suited to the NC’s relaxed outlook on life. It only adds £639 to the price (or £10 a month on PCP) and is ideal for commuting. Overtaking is still a bit irritating as even in the highest of the three Sport mode levels it is slow to kick down the gears to give you the boost of acceleration you demand, but you can always manually override it. The initial pick-up isn’t too brutal from a standing start and it does make the ride less strenuous.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality is superb and the NC range has a reputation for reliability.
Honda NC750X owners' reviews on MCN
We've got 35 Honda NC750X owners' reviews on the site at this time, with an overall score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. That's an incredibly high score in its own right, with value and running costs, and build quality and reliability, both achieving a higher mark. It isn't an exciting machine, but it sure is a pleasing one to own.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
NC750X or NC700X?
If you have an older NC700 then the improvements the 750 engine makes to the bike are significant, so it is worth considering an update.
ABS comes as standard and the dummy tank has a storage area.
Honda NC750X accessories
There were many optional extras on offer to further enhance your NC750X, including top boxes, paniers, engine protection bars, deflectors for legs or feet, a centre stand, a taller touring windscreen, heated grips and front LED fog lights.
The facelift in 2016 introduced key changes to the bike, including a new and larger windscreen, extra room in the front storage compartment (which was already capacious enough to store a full-face crash helmet), LED lights front and rear, new full-colour dashboard and software changes to the optional Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin|
|Frame type||Steel backbone|
|Fuel capacity||14.1 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm forks, non-adjustable|
|Front brake||1x320mm discs. Two-piston caliper ABS|
|Rear brake||1x240mm disc, Single-piston caliper ABS|
|Front tyre size||120/70ZR17|
|Rear tyre size||160/60ZR17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||70 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£210|
|Used price||£3,200 - £6,300|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||54 bhp|
|Max torque||50 ft-lb|
|Top speed||125 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||210 miles|
Model history & versions
- The NC700 was launched in 2012 in S, X and Integra format.
- In 2014 engine upgraded to NC750X.
- Major facelift in 2016.
- Minor update in 2018.
Adding Honda’s duel clutch costs £600 while the Integra scooter is £7799.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA NC750X (2014 - on)
39 owners have reviewed their HONDA NC750X (2014 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£210|
Version: Dct version
Annual servicing cost: £120
A superb motorcycle by any standards. Combines the smoothness of a car engine with an excellent motorcycle frame. Must be the simplest bike to ride ever invented and this benefits both the new rider and the experienced. Badly neglected by the motorcycle press, which recently has concentrated on the new Yamahas which are inferior to the NC750.
Low centre of gravity makes for great maneoverability. The brakes are no more than adequate.
Low BHP but plenty of torque.
Honda quality and reliability.
Mine returns over 80mpg.
Exceptional carrying capacity with the false tank which will take a full size helmet.
Buying experience: Private buy from Honda dealer.
Version: S Manual
Annual servicing cost: £189
The NC750 series have the potential to be all things to all men IF you can get past the spec sheet and it's inherent short comings. It requires some work to get it up to its absolute best but once you get there I am confident there's virtually no better middleweight bike for practicality as well as fun when required. The S version I have is better for shorties - I am 5ft 5 and owned a 2017 X DCT prior to this one before swapping, the S definitely fits my frame better. However the changes otherwise are relatively minimal and so you can go with your heart so to speak. Fuel economy is incredible, insurance rates are rock bottom and deals, especially on the S model, are frequently available.
The suspension is perhaps the weakest spot, it is a touch basic and you do feel bumps and imperfections in the road. This is exacerbated by the poor OEM seat so I would factor in a gel insert or an aftermarket seat. SHADs are popular (and what I went with!) Otherwise the bike handles pretty well. It's very heavy for its size and power at 210/220kg approx but the weight is carried very low in the frame so it never feels that big. It's quite entertaining to thread it through the twisties. It's true strength IMO is its unflappable stability, especially the S model. That short, squat weightiness means even with a fully loaded pannier/top box kit the bike is virtually immovable by cross winds on the motorway. I have a Puig touring screen fitted which does just as good a job of deflecting wind as the fairing on the X I had before. This is a genuinely capable long distance touring ride, especially at 60/70mph motorways. It's far more capable than any naked bike I've ever ridden before and economy rarely drips below 70mpg even at constant speed limit speeds.
Excellent companion in the real world. Yes it only has 54hp where its competitors top that by 20 or even 40hp but it doesn't matter - it produces torque in huge great big glumps meaning it can romp away from the lights with the best of them. Overtakes do generally require a gear drop or two but they are dispensed with fairly well. Think of it like a lazy, torquey 500 and you're probably about right in performance terms - more than enough for almost anyones real riding. If you want imperious power then you wont be buying an NC! It makes a fairly pleasing noise as well, which is improved greatly by an aftermarket exhaust.
Excellent quality. It's a Honda, and one that's still manufactured in Japan (though that should make little difference, these bikes are built to last. Mine has lived outside largely uncovered and there's virtually no marks upon it. With appropriate polishing and protection this bike will go on forever. The engine is very very loosely related to the 1.5 petrol in the previous generation Honda Jazz - designed for 100,000 or more with minimal effort. It's low rev ceiling and relatively simple mechanics lend it well to longevity. This is probably a close as you can get to the spiritual successor to the Deauville in terms of long term durability.
My Honda dealer is on the higher end in terms of servicing however they charge flat rate - £189 no matter whether its a minor or a major. Therefore I think this probably balances out - you could of course go independent as the bike is mechanically simple and should provide no difficulties for a good mechanic. Insurance is rock bottom, similar to a 300cc maxi scooter for a 26 year old with 6 years NCB, and fuel economy is this bikes real party piece. With a long steady 50mph stretch such as the currently speed limited M27 this bike can achieve around 100mpg and even in my usual riding I am averaging approximately 83mpg according to fuel receipts. This is a mix of motorway mileage and countryside plodding. Tax is relatively high as its in the highest tax bracket but overall its still a very affordable bike to own. Look out for new and used bargains! Especially with manuals, this bike tends to draw more automatic fans and so manuals can be had for dirty cheap prices.
Honda is a touch sparse with the basic equipment but that also means there's not a lot that can go wrong. EFi, HISS ignition immobilization, manual rear shock adjustment, digital dashboard with gear indicator. That's about it really - but you do get what owners often refer to as the "frunk". Where the fuel tank normally is a helmet sized storage compartment - the 11L fuel tank is instead underneat the seat. This storage section may be enough for a day or twos tour on its own and certainly fits several full face helmets. My helmet has a peak and so does not fit but no matter - its still a useful space for shopping or packing. Hondas range of accessories is large - a must have is a center stand for chain maintenance. Otherwise you can spec to your hearts content. I would recommend aftermarket in many cases, especially luggage and heated grips, as they are much much cheaper.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer. Center stand, Oxford heated grips added as extras and the total price was discounted by £700 from list price. Mine is a black/brown model which seem to be exceedingly rare so I suspect it was a "discount to get out the shop" deal but I do not mind. Was delivered to Southampton from Manchester free of charge too(!). Relatively painless and my local dealer has treated me fine when servicing.
Annual servicing cost: £168
Good for commuting, it is surprising how much more observant you can be when you don't have to think about gears. It is also much more relaxing touring. I would definitely say a good bike but not for all riders,has they have their owe styles of riding, value for money it is certainly well worth recommending my best fuel economy was 113 mpg but usually get 89 mpg.
The seat is a bit hard so have brought a air hawk which certainly makes a difference
Can be a bit sluggish on hills if you keep it in dct otherwise just knock it down manually and it's ok
This is a new bike only 6000 miles on the clock. Build quality from Honda is renowned to be very good but this can probably be said for most other bikes and there is probably not much to judge between any bike nowadays.
First service 600 miles Oil Engine Oil filters DCT Oil Filter Sump Copper washer Next service isn't until 8000 miles
Best feature is definitely the dct gearbox A front fender extender is definitely a must. I purchased a centre stand which helps with chain maintenance. I also bought a radiator guard but probably not essential. I also fitted a alarm.
Buying experience: I purchased the bike new and Honda had a deal on at the time as it turned out to be the very last of the 2018 model before they change the colour of the fairings and the wheels so I got it a couple of Grand cheaper than the list price.
Annual servicing cost: £35
Usual rubbish Honda paintwork
Brakes are very poor. Tried 2 different makes of pad, but still very poor.
Surprisingly quick. Not top end though. But not designed for that. Acceleration from standing start is very very good.
Corrosion problems on engine casings, radiator, swingarm and exhaust silencer..... Pretty normal for Honda unfortunately
But, surprisingly good handling, so is used for general rides out too instead of my Triumph.
Don't know what standard tyres were, but came with cheap Pirelli rubber and still handled well. Now fitted with Michelin Road 5's and has enough corner grip to scrape pegs in the wet
Buying experience: Bought from dealer last year. 600 mile round trip to get it, but price was worth it dueto it having "high mileage " lol. 17k? Nah. Just nicely run in. Paid 4,300. Examples up here in Scotland were over a grand more for same year.. due to low mileage. A bike with miles on is my kind of bike. Has been used and ridden. And not STORED, drying out seals and metals
Annual servicing cost: £100
Best :economical and sweet handling.The worst is image because of power (lack of)
After 3hrs riding seat feels hard
Obviously not very powerful but enough for road riding . Very economical and smooth power
Own servicing easy even valve checks
Puig touring screen make's a big difference . Honda pannier and top box not so good Givi are better. Avon trail rider tyres have been very good.
Buying experience: Had to haggle. list price £6745 Honda full touring extra pack £1995 +£300 fitting equals £9040 I paid £8400 minus £2300 part exchange equals £6100
Annual servicing cost: £300
Worst , front suspension. Best , comfort , reliability, front storage , MPG , Value for money . Recommend , yes .
Good all rounder . Tank full to empty , 2 & 1/2 to 6 hours .
Low down torque no vibration very smooth .
No problems or corrosion.
70 to 80 mpg , can get 100 mpg .
Front storage . Add premium sport touring tyres , hand guards , heated grips , small top box , fender extender , rear hugger .
Buying experience: Privately , two months old 1,400 miles . Now 47.000 miles
Annual servicing cost: £200
Superb motorcycle, a Rolls Royce at a modest price.
Brakes could be better but they are adequate.
Hondas rarely go wrong
A truly frugal motorcycle.
Needs a USB socket.
Buying experience: From a Honda dealer. Price as advertised.
Annual servicing cost: £250
For me, it is a very good allround bike. It is the most comfortable bike to drive, especially for my very bad back.
front brake is very good, the rear brake could do better
in 4 years, it never let me down. Nothing ever broke, it's a very reliable motorbike
Buying experience: Bought it new from my dealer (I live in Belgium). New price was 8000 euro
Slightly too heavy; slioghtly too tall for me
Could do with more power.
Buying experience: Easy buying experience from a dealer.
Version: Xa manual, blue with comfort pack
Annual servicing cost: £200
This is my first big bike after passing my test so didn't want to something with break neck acceleration, i wanted exactly what this bike has, comfy riding position, you sit high and forward so good visibility, it corners and handles really well and is nicely building up my confidence. The combination of the traction control and abs also add to confidence, love the frunk, when I go shopping I can fit my load in there without carrying a bag, I've had my boots, chain, disc locks, helmet in there. Love this bike! Great learner and i hear a lot of older guys have moved to it with the dct when body parts wear out as well and appreciate the friendly torque and smooth hear changes.
I only ride mine for a max of a few hours at a time at which point my backside is sore but i guess i could replace the seat with an air model, the only other criticism is the foot pegs are quite high so your legs tuck up beneath you which if you have long legs aches after a while but we're not talking sports bike Territory so it's liveable. Brakes have plenty of power and have a nice light progressive touch and the abs has worked well on the wet roads or when I skimmed a drain cover on a corner, I also noticed the traction control kicking in at that point which made me feel relaxed about it.
Good solid engine, don't expect any problems from it, honda added a lextek carbon muffler on to mine for me and it adds a sweet deep sound to it, but you can really hear that lovely parallel twin kicking off when you accelerate and it sounds like a machine gun kicking back, love it!! It's great at low speeds and the gears have a nice reassuring clunk to them so you know your in and the clutch is very forgiving, whereas when I test rode the cb650r i kept stalling it.
It's a honda, built for reliability!
The fuel economy on this bike is incredible, i get between 70-75mpg depending on how hard I'm riding. Only needs it's servicing, the first year insurance cost was high which seems excessive, it's like it's been graded as a 750 sports bike rather than a commuter.
I added the comfort pack which for me was essential and includes heated grips, hand guards, 12v socket, centre stand. Love the lcd screen, wish it had the windshield from the cb500x which can be lifted up.
Buying experience: I bought a lease deal from Maidstone honda in kent, i booked an afternoon for test rides, they're not far from the a228 and m20 so great position and plenty of country lanes nearby for balance. Staff knew exactly what they were talking about and gave me all the options and deals available.
uninspiring bikes are supposed to put a grin on your face this bike certainly doesn't if you want to go from a to b with constant monotony this is the bike for you. oh the cubby space where the fuel tank would normally be is very useful.
found this bike ok for about an hours riding then had to stop.
If you don't like any noise from your engine and a low revving humdrum this is the bike for you.
I had several major faults with this motorcycle
You cant beat the great fuel efficiency of this bike till you compare it to most other middleweights yes it has better figures but not that much better. good service interval of 8000 miles
reasonable equipment from honda if a bit low end but plenty of aftermarket choice
Buying experience: bought from fowlers in Bristol easy to buy and good dealership
Version: DCT ABS
Annual servicing cost: £200
The perfect commuter bike; Honda made this for a certain demographic - those who ride daily and want a solid bike that does everything exeptionally well, and have no need or desire to rev to the moon and pull dank whoolies. Mechanically simple but with the right amount of tech (multi-level traction control that can be disabled with a switch; econo, sport and manual ride modes, ABS linked brakes). Miserly on gas and low cost of ownership (SOHC with locking screw valve adjusters with easy access to the forward-titled heads). DCT shifts like a dream. I've ridden everything from 80CC scooters to 1.8l goldwings; this is the perfect everyday bike for me.
Seat is pretty good but tilts forward a bit too much for my tastes. Not a deal-breaker.
It is a low-revving smooth 750CC counterbalanced twin, I love it.
It's a honda.
Easily self-serviced; valve checks should be inexpensive due to the SOHC setup (if you choose to have a shop perform them)
Annual servicing cost: £400
Very easy to like. Riding position, handling and brakes all inspire confidence. Once you get used to the low revving nature of the engine you can easily make good progress. Only the seat lets it down.
Only the seat lets it down. I found it uncomfortable after a few hours. The brakes and handling were sweet enough to hustle through the twisties in a way that it shouldn't given the weight.
Very easy to use.
Used as an instructor bike as part of the schools fleet so very well maintained.
Loved the dash and the screen but still make the occasional beep on the horn rather than hitting the indicator switch.
This is the best bike I've ever had, it's utterly superb. It's extremely stable yet has great handling. It's comfortable and easy to ride, with great road presence. The engine has character, lots of torque and as a bonus is super economical. DCT is utterly brilliant with different modes to suit your mood, needs, traffic or roads. As a bonus it makes the bike safer as you begin to realise you have more time to concentrate on traffic, braking, corners or when it's safe to do so, more time to take in the view. Whilst I don't like the name 'frunk' you quickly forgive it because it's so damn useful. Whilst not everyone will like this bike, if you do you'll probably love it.
5 out of 5 if considering its price point.
I'd give it 6 out of 5 if I could.
This is an utterly superb motorcycle, which I accept won't be for everyone. Don't reject it as an option until you've tried one.
Annual servicing cost: £300
After returning to biking after 28 years, I needed a commuter as the M25 and A1M are a joke and I often spent 2 hours travelling 42 miles! I test rode the manual NC750 and found it fun but as a young man I broke both legs on the Honda 400-F and found my left hip started aching along with my ankle, so I opted for the DCT - it makes such a difference to my riding comfort! The best thing I like is the twist and go, with flappy paddles to give you some control over the ride, it makes life easier for me. I would recommend this bike to someone who is new to riding or like me getting back on a bike after a long time away as it will not accelerate faster than you can think or blink, with it being a DCT you can concentrate on riding and filtering through lines of cars and lorries and take more time to enjoy your surroundings and the ride.
The brakes and the ride quality is very good, the bike handles very well and is forgiving if you do something wrong. My commute takes me anywhere from 40 - 70 minutes and my bum starts getting numb and my coccyx is also sore when off the bike, this isn't confined to the NC though, it is common on most bikes (or so I have read).
One of the scariest things about this bike is the DCT itself, I have on a few occasions started going round bends or roundabouts and just as I am into the the corner the gearbox changes up leaving you drifting towards the bank or roundabout edge, not the best feeling I've ever had when cornering. I broke my legs after the kill switch malfunctioned on a corner and the engine cut out stopping the drive on the rear wheel sending me feet first into a wall. To overcome this I am using the flappy paddles going into the corner and or putting it into sports mode - that way I am in control. On the motorway or a straight road the DCT gearbox is great.
I've only had it 2 weeks, covered 460 miles and found it to be reliable and the quality seems to be good for a very cheap bike.
My commute takes me into Uxbridge from Hertfordshire - a commute of around 84 - 100 miles round trip per day, I own a 2L diesel.
Why no centre stand? Why no 12V auxiliary socket? This is meant to be a touring bike but it costs more money if you want either so not great, everything else is there as far as I am concerned. I have Bridgestone tyres and they seem to hold the road very well, my last bike tyres were TT100s and they were average, these seem better but technology has moved on since 1990.
Buying experience: I got a great deal on this so my buying experience was good - the guys in Honda in Letchworth did me proud with a brand new pre-registered 0 miles NC DCT 2017 model for £2k less than the one I was going to opt for - the 2018 DCT.
Version: 6 speed manual
Great bike, would definitely recommend for the urban commuter. very comfortable bike and a very practical bike. lots of torque down low where you need it most for road riding. I tested this back to back with the cb500x, I found the little cb underpowered and you would need to wring its neck to get the best out of it. well for a commute into central London on A roads this is no good. I then tested the 750x, the salesman said it's like marmite, well I loved it. It felt assured very stable and planted and has torque low down which is what I like and find most useful on the road. it has more presence than the 500 as well and contrary to the MCN review the cb500 is not in the same league Go out and test ride one and see for yourself, I've seen so many people riding these for years in London and there's many good reasons for it. save your favourite sportsbike or naked for those nice dry days, let this bike get you too & from work and to the shops etc. you would be surprised what its capable of in the right hands. Get a top box on it and if like me you ride through the winter chuck some hand guards and heated grips and you have the ultimate commuter for less than a zone 1-4 travelcard let alone rail ticket costs! Its a great bike for what it is, a genuine commuter bike, comfortable, cheap to run, great fuel economy etc etc as practical and useful as any scooter with more power and less desirable to thiefs.
Brakes are adequate obviously they cant compare to brembo m50s but you are nor propelling a fireblade either so its all relative. loads of room for a pillion, comfortable for both seat is quite comfortable.
it's nice and smooth, really smooth for a twin with good torque. There's no top end, all power is delivered low down which for road riding is fine. I also have a cbr 600F and as all its power is up high where you rarely get to use on the street especially on a commute. Try it out and see if it works for you
Well put together bike, feels well made and solid. (reliability) So far so good but i'm early in my ownership. haven't seen many complaints from other owners., at the end of the day its a Honda & they're well built, I heard from a Honda mechanic the 750 is a big improvement on the 700 so if buying used buy a 750 instead.
Great fuel economy, serving is easy and reasonably priced. servicing is every 8k or 12 months compare that to the Versys 650 which was 4k or 12months
I would mark the oem tyres down, they are not the best, particularly in the wet. Put a decent pair on asap makes a huge difference
I have owned the bike since June and covered 5,000 miles in 6 months. I commute 120 miles a day, mostly motorway, alternating between car and bike. The NC has performed faultlessly in its intended role. if you want sports bike performance, buy a sportsbike but if you want cheap, reliable transport, buy an NC750
Low C of G gives good handling. Suspension fine for the job, if a little firm. Air Hawk seat cover a must for longer journeys.
No corrosion so far. I may fit a hugger and front mudguard extender for the Winter, however.
If you are happy using Drive mode and sticking to the speed limit the bike will easily achieve 80mpg. Using Sport 2 mode and riding hard will see the fuel consumption drop to 65 or so. still pretty good for a 750!
Battle Wing tyres are not the best. I have just swapped mine out at 5,000 miles for Pilot 4s. Big improvement on cold Winter roads. £500 for fog lights?!!! Centre stand extra?!!! All done to keep the base price lower, I'm sure, but honestly!
Buying experience: Bought from Honda main agent on 0% 3 year PCP. Great service.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Hard to fault. Storage in "tank" is great with 12v accessory socket secure and waterproof location to charge phone/camera/sat nav. Standard tyres are awful. Replace them with Micheln Road Pilot 4 and the bike is transformed. Suspension is a little hard for an "adventure" style bike, not that you would take it off-road! Could do with a larger petrol tank to increase the range. Commuting, Touring, Pillion with luggage - Does everything you need it to.
Suspension a little harsh. Single front disk is surprisingly effective. Several 200+ mile rides with a pillion and both of us happy.
OK, it's not that powerful and there is no point revving it. Change your riding style. Use the torque and it will surprise you.
7,000 miles in 6 months. No faults to date.
Only had the first service which was OK, but looking ahead the 1 year not too bad however the 2 year looks to be very expensive. 70+ mpg easily achievable.
Had the hot grips and accessory loom fitted. Easy to add more connections for clothing, sat-nav etc.. Centre stand essential for chain lube. Secure storage in "tank" has to be the most useful feature.
Buying experience: Helpful dealer. Fair trade-in on my Yamaha XT1200Z.
Annual servicing cost: £250
So brilliantly designed , characterful, torquey, smooth and relaxing with unbelievable economy.
The front fork lacks small bump compliance, can result in chatter on crap uk roads, but the brakes are surprisingly stunning.
A real gentle peach with lovely understated character and good throaty sound profile.
Feels brilliantly put together, minimal servicing every 8000 miles, reminds me of my cx500.
Honda have pushed the boat out, the dealer is super helpful and will really go out of his way on customer service.
Great tankboot, so useful. Clocks and controls are simple but good quality and ergonomics.
Buying experience: Honda dealer was upbeat and helpful, offering all my comprehensive Givi accessories at best prices.
Annual servicing cost: £300
I own a number of collectible bikes and I bought this bike new to use for a 75 mile round trip commute through South London to Westminster. In every respect this bike does everything I ask of it. The tires have a dodgy reputation, but as I ride more sedately than most I have not had a problem, though they are a bit hard in the sidewalls. The only real worry I have is that after the first 300 miles the bike has developed a worrying tendency to jump out of gear (3 times so far). This was under half power acceleration (on a bike that produces a lot less power than my ZX-12). As I intend to ride this bike for the next 3 years, covering a lot of miles, this is a major concern and I am speaking to Honda about it.
The bike rides really well through town traffic (filtering) and motorway cruising is fine up 90, though I tend to stick to 70-75. The turbulence over the screen is an issue, particularly when following high vehicles. The brakes are pretty good, and the ABS in the rain can be a life saver, particularly when some divvi pulls out suddenly.
Aside from the gearbox concerns, the engine delivers what is was designed to do. A useful plodder.
The finish on the wheels looks a bit ropey, otherwise very good. Too early to tell on long term issues.
150 quid for a first service to change oil and filter and a quick look over?... come on, you must be joking!
I never thought I would see the day when Honda would regard a center-stand as an accessory, and a need to offer a replacement screen (for £140) to replace one that is clearly inadequate for most people!...
Buying experience: I bought this bike from Hunts of Manchester, the purchase and delivery was fine. It was when I got pulled by an ANPR unit in London that things got ugly. I was suspected of stealing a bike and using false plates. It turns out that when Hunts originally confirmed the index number to me, I arranged the insurance, the contract papers with Honda were all finalised - all on the the wrong number plate, hence the reason I was pulled. The reg number actually belonged to a Honda 125cc bike. I only noticed when I re-checked the V5 (it was one letter out). I was effectively riding a bike without insurance. Hunts gave a me a one line e-mail apology and a plate in the post - which arrived too late as I needed to satisfy the Police to stave off prosecution. Buy from Hunts again?.. not likely...
I’ve been riding bikes for some 50 years now. All sorts, from a C50 to a super sports GSXR and most in between. I did the ego trip e.g. ‘my bike is faster than yours’ and went faster than some and not as fast as others. I did the daily commute, the long distance commute, the weekend trip and the tour. Me and bikes have a history. I love bikes, love biking, if it has two wheels and an engine, I want a go. My last bike, a Triumph Sprint ST, was great fun to own, fast, great handling and touring comfort, but I found myself mostly riding it at about legal speeds on the road, even on tour – not Europe, I’m now in NZ – and spent most of my riding holding it back. Though it was a really good bike, it didn’t somehow fit with me – there I was with a quick bike which actually, unless I went on a track day, had a potential I would never use… So, taken by a sudden inspiration of practicality, I bought a bike which would fit the environment I rode in, an NC750X. Yes I know all the journalists opinions, that this is a bike you wouldn’t take seriously, after all, it only has 54hp. True, but it produces the hp at much lower rev/min than virtually all other bikes, so has a decent gob full of torque. If the rider can tune their ears to not associate screaming engine noise with rapid progress, but to relate throttle position to progress on the road, then this bike is well capable of touring – apart from autobahns of course – commuting and if you wish, of licence threatening speeds. If you continuously hit the rev limiter, you’re missing the point of this bike. It’s handing is ok, it doesn’t turn in sweetly, you need to look further ahead and adjust accordingly, but once you have that sorted, you can scrub the edges from your tyres. It’s not super sports, but it’s fun, getting the most from your bike. The suspension as standard is good, hit bumps in mid corner and there’s no problem, no wallowing, it copes admirably. I don’t quite believe I’m going to write this, but it does what it says on the tin. If you want an all-rounder bike which is economic, durable, reliable and one you can ride anywhere you want to go, even gravel roads, get a Honda NC750X. Done a couple of thousand k’s on it now and find I ride it much more than I did the Sprint. I think I may own this bike for some time.
The seat is a plank - buy an aftermarket one.
Heavy slowcoach made for the low in testoserone.
Way too heavy - try and push that mother ! Sure the weight is low-too low Ive never owned a bike with such strange handling. the weight is all low down - handles differently to any motorcycle i have owned. May suit a car driver
Must be the worst motorcycle engine ever made.Will prob last for 5 decades as it makes no power. This is the most unfun bike ever! BIkes need to rev for fun. No revs =no fun. Take the engine out and use it for an anchor and put in a engine that goes zoom zoom and revs to at least 8000 rpm and makes power from 4 to 8K. If doing lots of km per litre turns you on then this is the machine for you. Switch the engine off and coast down hill -it will do even more km per litre.
Probably last forever as few will actually ride it much.
too early to say
Best feature is that it looks pretty damn good (apart from the beak) so just leave it parked on your drive but don't bother riding it. Beak should be removable for riders with good taste .
Buying experience: The dealer was happy to take my cash.
forks need re valving
lovely low reving torqey motor
Buying experience: top bananna
Great commuter bike.
Brakes are adequate but not great, handling is brilliant as the weight is low down in the bike, suspension is budget quality you can feel most of the dumps in the road.
Not powerful, very forgiving sport bike, but it's spot on for commuting can overtake if you drop it down a peg or two, very low revving bike took me a couple of weeks to get used to, red line at 6200 rpm I change up between 2-3k unless I want to ride more spirited, 6th gear is more like a overdrive gear.
Change the Dunlop tyres as soon as possible, they generate too much noise, changed my ones at 1200 miles for pr4 have only needed to adjust the chain once in 6000 mile but I clean and lobe it every week. (200miles)
Getting 75mpg, bike is used for commuting to work only
Could do with a air temp gauge but at this price what it has is good enough, the fake petrol storage tank is brilliant, it can carry all my stuff for work and means I don't need a top box and rack so I save about £300. Change the screen std one does nothing it keep wind off.
Buying experience: J S Geages Honda in Pevensey bay (unashamed plug) help me sort the finance, got a fair deal on my trade in and an excellent deal on aftermarket parts I wanted on the bike with free fitting, get new boots, trousers, neck tube and Honda hooded for next to nothing.
Would recommend to anyone who loves to just ride for the sake of riding, best features are in my opinion the engine, abs, storage & economy, and let's not forget the fantastic exhaust note from the Akrapovic with the baffle removed, this thing just rides itself, i just sit there with a grin from ear to ear, the only downside are the forks as they struggle to absorb small undulations, will be getting them re valved, the rear abs is so svelte, the thing backs into corners on damp or wet roads with such predictable control, (found that out by mistake) & we all make mistakes, but got the feel for it now, "famous last words" aaaa-crunch, but hope not. complements my cbr300r perfectly.
Have done 140 miles non stop so far & was ready for a rest, may get gel insert in seat but not a complaint, the most expensive tourers become a pain in the backside after 150 miles non stop, can't really say when it's at it's best, i think it kicks ass round town, also love it on the country lanes which will improve when i get forks re valved, it's also great to travel on.
All torque & no action, drives out of corners lovely, there's more to motorcycling than 190bhp @ 12000rpm & 0 - 190mph & back to standstill faster than you can get the coffin lid screwed on. Getting 69 - 84 mpg so far, not revved it past 4000rpm yet apart from little tiny bursts her & there, don't want them bores glazing, won't be giving it the full berries until way past 1000 miles.
Have given top marks here but have to admit i've only had the bike 3 weeks, but in my experience it's a honda & i only buy honda, have owned well over 100 bikes in the last 35 yrs & out of all the different brands honda has the edge over everything else out there when it comes to build quality, attention to detail & paint finish & lasting durability.
Next service due at 1 yr or 8k whichever comes first, valve check not due until 16k so should be a cheap bike to live with.
Love the dummy tank storage, have fitted a front fenda extenda, rad guard & hugger to follow, when i can find the brands that look right, do buy the titanium road legal Akrapovic & remove the baffle (still stays road legal) but the tone is much much deeper, standard can sucks,
Buying experience: Dealer, traded my mint 99 CBR1000FX that had only 10000 miles on it, loved the old CBR apart from dreadful linked brakes & the fact it was a boring bike to ride unless you were doing 120 plus, dealer gave me £1500 for it against the nc, got it on 0%pcp with a £200 fuel card thrown in, couldn't resist, got a centre stand & Akrapovic at a fantastic price.
Annual servicing cost: £300
Pros: handles very well. very easy to ride. although the bike is heavy (~240kg) the weight is very low and for this reason I find it lighter than my previous Honda Hornet 600cc (~170kg). I love the very smooth DCT gear box and the selection of Drive, Sport and Manual modes. Cons: I wish there were 10-20bhp more. I would definitely recommend it, unless you need something very powerful, in which case you should get a different bike. The reason I changed from Honda Hornet to NC was that Hornet had 100bhp and 13k rpms that I never used. NC is also more economical. I do get around 70mpg out of town and 50-60mpg in the city.
Breaks are great. ride quality quite comfortable. I prefer sitting position on NC rather than laying position on other bikes. Because of my lower back problem I can only ride for about an hour before I feel any discomfort, but with my Airhawk seat I can do extra hour or two without break. It is a very decent all-round bike except heavy traffic in the centre of London. Sometimes it's too wide to squeeze through small gaps between cars (something that scooters do).
I like the low end torque and power delivered (even for such a heavy bike) although extra 10 or 20 bhp would be nice. 3rd and 4th gears are the best. DCT gearbox is very smooth although in slow heavy traffic I use Manual mode when filtering as bike tend to do too many bear changes between 1 and 2.
I've had it for 2 years now. No corrosion so far. Build quality is great. It has never let me down so far. Within 17k miles done so far I've only replaced tires (once) and chain and sprockets.
Honda servicing always tend to be higher then other makes. 500miles and 8k miles services were about £200 each. My last 16k miles service was £350, but I did look at other non-Honda garages that quoted between £300-500 for the same job. non-dct is a bit cheaper as there is 1 filter less to change. In the end I did use Honda in Romford (great service, I would recommend) as Honda in Ruislip and Chiswick were more expensive and reviews not that great. Other than servicing and extra mods I have not replaced anything. MOT is a bit high. 600cc and less are much cheaper. insurance is fine. not too expensive but not very cheap either. This year it cost me ~£350.
I really like the helmet storage, which I tend to use for all other stuff (tools, waterproof clothes, gloves, etc) as I do also have a top box used for my helmet. I also like the ABS as standard.
Buying experience: bought new from chiswick Honda. 0% interest. I did get heated grips free of charge.
Best features: easy to drive, amazing fuel efficiency, good looking, comfy, practical luggage compartment, perfect low-rev behavior. Worst features: plastic covers are annoying. There is no "window' for monitoring the oil level which makes the oil check painful, rev-limiter is brutal
Quite comfy for short and medium length rides. My single ride is usually about 70km and I feel good and relaxed on it. Maybe the side-stand could be more sturdy. Breaks are perfectly adequate.
Extreme fuel economy, quite, really excellent low-rev manners. The bike feels at home at low revs.
The overall built quality seems to be quite satisfactory. Except for the plastic covers which are... well... too plastic. The windshield is mostly useless but is sexy :-) No signs of rust so far, no oil consumption, breakdowns, etc. As a whole a reliable machine (1.5 years, 6K on the clock).
Excellent fuel economy! Almost unbelievable. My average fuel consumption in the countryside is about 3.3l/100km.
The "fake" tank is a great idea. Although at gas stations I usually always spill over some gasoline upon the bike due to the inconvenient tank cap location. Has 2 trip meters, average and total fuel consumption, clock, the monitor is very well lit up. ABS as a standard, immobilizer (HISS), etc.Nothing is missing for the average user.
I was riding the Honda ST1100 for about 15 years before switching to the NC750X. Both bikes are hard to fault; but I welcome the change to a lighter machine. Before, I had to set my Garmin Zumo to avoid unpaved roads, now with the NC I had disabled that avoidance feature on my GPS.
Less weight . Bigger fuel tank .
Do you use your bike, primarily, or pose on it? If the former, this is the bike for you. Supreme utility, both in traffic and on the open road. Economical, powerful enough (I rarely miss the once-a-month licence-threatening blast of power from my previous super bike), comfortable and effortless to ride.
Took a month or two to finally accept that the bike was actually happy chugging along at such slow revs
Buying experience: How hard can it be to include an air temperature gauge?
Annual servicing cost: £5
excellent build, easy and comfortable ride and very fuel efficient. I find the "fake fuel tank" vey useful, an excellent idea since I not a great fan of panniers. I would recommend this bike to any rider apart from a speed freak, although I am more than pleased with speeds I have attained with plenty to spare.
A decent all round bike. I recently went for 60 miles without a break and I have had knee replacement surgery
The bike does everything I ask of it. Easy to ride, comfortable and being a "cobby " bike handles corners well and has good balance.
The bike is a typical Honda, well built, to date it has not let me down once.
Fuel running costs are very low and I am very pleased with that. My insurance costs are for comprehensive insurance are £88 per annum
I like the choice of either a manual or automatic gearbox. It has a comfortable riding position and the "fake petrol tank" is an excellent idea. I am not a fan of panniers.
Buying experience: I purchased the bike from Colwyn Bay Motorcycles who are Honda dealers. I am glad that I did because I had some trepidation about thee automatic gearbox. The dealers were very professional and put me at ease, they took considerable trouble in ensuring that I was happy with riding the bike before letting me loose on the road. This added to the enjoyment of the bike. As part of the deal they added free of charge very useful hand warmers, centre stand and reduced the seat height for me. I paid slightly less than the advertised price, which was an added bonus. The ladies that dealt with my purchase were very knowledgeable, and pleasant- and oh yes very pretty which is always a bonus!!
A nice middleweight bike. Feels good quality, and it's nice to ride. Not super-powerful but quick enough for the real world. Very practical for commuting etc but probably not exciting enough for everyone. It has an undeserved reputation for being a bit dull - it holds its own against the comparable bikes from the competition (e.g. Versys 650). On the whole I am very pleased.
I find the seat a bit uncomfortable on longer journeys and the screen could do with being a bit bigger. There is quite a big gap between fifth and sixth gears - in my mind the engine never really feels entirely comfortable in sixth gear - it feels as though it struggles to pull a bit. Brakes are effective but nothing to write home about but the bike comes with ABS which is nice to have. The seat is a reasonable height.
A decent turn of speed. Not super quick but quick enough in the real world especially 0-60. It runs out of puff a bit beyond say 75mph. If the rev-limiter kicks in it can take you by surprise however - you feel an instant loss of power which is very unwelcome. The vibration from the engine is very well damped for a twin - much better than the Versys 650 which I test rode. The engine doesn't sound particularly meaty however.
Nothing gone wrong so far but it's early days. It had a recall for a potential problem with the lock on the storage compartment. A little plastic grommet thingy that was supposed to keep the little compartment closed at the bottom of the storage compartment has given up the ghost but it isn't a big issue. It seems well built generally and there is no sign of corrosion so far.
I'm not riding especially efficiently - mostly I ride 7 miles to work and back through traffic so I doubt the engine has much chance to warm up. Even so I am getting just under 15 miles per litre. That has got to be worth something in the running cost stakes for a bike with a 750cc engine.
There's the well known storage space in the fake petrol tank which is very handy - you can get a full face helmet in there or a full carrier bag of shopping. It's got a gear indicator, clock and fuel gauge but it doesn't come loaded with goodies - but that's not surprising at this price point. There are plenty of after market accessories available. The fuel tank could do with being a couple of litres bigger - you need to fill up after about 140 miles (it goes onto the last bar on the fuel gauge by then) - with a couple of extra litres capacity you could go an extra 30 miles or so before having to fill up.
Would definitely recommend. I was a newer rider so bought this as frequently described as ideal for the less experienced, but having now tried (and owned) a few more bikes, I don't think it should be limited to the novice audience, it holds it own in many fields. Mine is the standard manual, not DCT, and I've got nothing but praise. It's economical even when ridden flat out and has not had any reliability issues whatsoever. The storage 'frunk' is a fantastic feature meaning I can take my locks, gloves, balaclava anywhere without thinking and am always prepared if the weather changes. Plus I can do a fairly decent-sized grocery shop on the way home without needing a bag or spoiling the look with a top box. I use it daily to commute 66 miles each way and it's comfortable, cheap, and forgiving in all conditions. I've also gone touring and found it genuinely superb for this purpose. I've not given 5/5 overall as I think it should come with a better screen, I changed it for a better one fairly easily though. And perhaps I've got to accept it's not the most exciting bike in the world, it doesn't rev high (you will hit the limiter now and again) and is a bit sluggish but in reality, who needs to do >100mph? Maybe you could call it a Volvo estate of bikes: reliable, easy to drive/ride, more storage than others and kind on the wallet. But also sensible. What I've done is use this as my daily rider and bought a second hand CBR for weekend fun.
Pillion rider has no complaints either.
At this price range, it's got all you need. And the storage tank is brilliant.
A bike that does everything well, you can ride this at full tilt without worrying about having a massive high speed accident/loss of license. A quality bike, capable handling in all weathers, good build quality and amazingly economical - 90+ mpg is easily achievable. Good service intervals at 8,000 miles but Honda dealer servicing is a bit pricy.
Suspension is cheap and can be choppy at speed over bad roads, but it's never too bad. Brakes are good although ABS on the rear cuts in often as the back brake feels a bit wooden.
Smooth, lazy and relaxing. Even if you want to press on and rev it to the limiter it never feels stressed. It can be a bit snatchy below 2,000 revs but this is true of most twins. Mirrors, pegs and bars remain vibration free at all revs.
In over 28,000 miles in the first year nothing has failed or stopped working, not even a bulb! Oil consumption is nil, all you ever need to do is get on it and go. It does show a few signs of wear, with some rust on disks and bolts but having been used throughout the winter and living outside, what would you expect? Paintwork and chrome still looks good.
After 28,000 miles in the first year it's still on the original chain/sprockets and brake pads. Tyres last 10-12,000 miles (rear) and 12-14,000 miles on the front. Honda servicing is expensive, but it does keep the warranty up should you ever need it. Best economy achieved has been 104mpg, worst 54mpg but normal consumption is 85-90mpg on my normal commute to work.
Love the tank under the pillion seat, which gives a big storage space where the tank usually is. I've got a centre stand, Givi tall screen, heated grips, Bark-buster Hand Guards, hugger and fender extender fitted which add to the bikes practicality.
Buying experience: Bought new from a main dealer on PCP offer that Honda do. £1300 deposit,£99 a month for 3 years and a £1500 final payment makes it an affordable package.
Had this bike since the middle of March. Only done about 1000 miles so far because I have another bike (Harley Fat Bob). I had a 700X-DCT which was good, but this one has noticable improvements. Twist and go simplicity, D mode for economy and S mode for more speed, there is a manual mode too which I never bother to use. In town it is king with a good vantage point and is off the line before others get their gears and clutch sorted. The seat was not to my taste so got an aftermarket one (Sargent). The only thing I would like to be changed is selector button on the bars instead of having to push the button on the dash. It's not a race bike but is quick enough for everything I need it for. The handling is sweet and confident, easy at low speeds. I get in the low 70's to the gallon. With plenty of luggage options available this bike makes an excellent mid sized tourer or shopping bike. I change my bikes regularly but this one is a keeper because it is just so easy to ride. The service intervals are 8000 miles and with the good mpg it is a cheap bike to keep.
I have just taken delivery of my "S" version. Would have loved the "X" but too vertically challenged! This bike is fun and no hassle. I've got the DCT version and in Auto or Manual it's a joy to ride. It's never going to win a traffic lights drag race but who cares; it'll win everything else. Honda got this just right :)
If you want to ride easy and sweetly, you should have Honda NC750X DCT. it is nimble in order to ride in speedway and city.but if you want to go the speed limit the NC 750 X is not for you.