I’m now 900 miles in to life with Honda’s NC750X and over the last week or so I’ve had a bit of a revelation. I actually quite like it.
It couldn’t be more different to the CB500F I had while waiting for the 2016-model NC to be ready and, while it might not be as fun to ride, it’s not as dull as I first feared. A lot of people had warned me the NC may be monotonous and even a bit boring, and there’s no doubt about it, it is an incredibly sensible bike but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bike you can’t enjoy riding.
In my earlier update, I wrote about how I was forever hitting the limiter due to the measly 6500rpm red line, but I’m already over that. Once you become accustomed to changing gear a little more than you might on any other bike it’s no longer a problem.
My new-found love for the NC blossomed last week when I found myself needing to be in two places at once. Due to bad scheduling on my part, I had to spread my time between a British Superbike test at Cadwell Park and joining Honda BSB star Dan Linfoot on track at the Ron Haslam race school at Donington.
I ended up going from Cadwell to Donington and then back to Cadwell from Donington the next day. It’s not too far of a journey, about 80 miles each way, but I ended up riding through rush hour each time!
The NC was a joy to ride. The wide bars and high seating position made getting around traffic a breeze. Out on the twisties in the Lincolnshire wolds it was much more fun than I first thought. It might not have bags of power, but the NC is quite torquey and it’s not slow either.
With most of its weight to the bottom of the bike thanks to the under-seat fuel tank, the NC’s low centre of gravity makes it a sweet-handling machine despite weighing in at a relatively heavy 220kg.
My biggest worry about the NC was that it was a one-trick, commuting pony, but it’s not. I enjoyed my two day’s riding so much that I even took the long route home back home through the wolds!
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