Think of it as a turbodiesel bike
Another riding instructor here, replacing another aging gs500. This bike is used 7 days a week as my main mode of transport with the occasional student learning on it too.
-Extremely good roadholding. Stable, quirk-free handling right to the edge of the tyre. Reminds me of my old bandit 1200. Low center of gravity makes it feel unintimidating between your knees.
-Takes big bike tyres so you get a wide range of high quality replacement options to suit your riding style.
-Solid build quality in every way - reliable, sturdy, the finish...
Fantastic all rounder, wish I'd bought one years ago
Great fuel economy between 3.2 - 3.7 litres per 100km, cheap and easy to service, tank storage is super handy, torquey engine, steers, accelerates and stops well, have used for commuting, leisure and long distance trips. Different riding style required compared to big bore high revving sports bikes but easy to get used to.
Only minor gripes are access for replacement air filter, requires removal of tank side panels etc which takes time, care and attention; Horn and indicator switches different to other bikes; Front fork legs could use fork guards as standard to protect fork seal surface area however a pair of plastic triumph guards can be had for about $15 and easily fitted.
Most underrated bike around
Bought one because my father in law had one in the UK , and all the road tests here in australia weren't that favourable. But this is because they didn't take the time to understand the bike.
This bike has the same torque of a CBR600 at real world rpm, and short shifting is rewarded with plenty of go.
add features like ABS, 40km per litre fuel economy and low centre of gravity this bike is a gem.
Better than it has any right to be
I hired this bike to tour NZ for 10 days. I ride a FZ1 in Australia. Initially I was underwhelmed and thought this was going to be a big mistake. However, the more the KMs clocked over the more I liked and understood it. The linked brakes were a revelation. Entering a corner I counter initiatively used the rear first which had the effect of 'squatting' the bike, making it very stable. This than allowed me to modulate the front brake to make for a very fast and smooth entry and exit. The more I used them in this style the more enjoyable th...e corners became and there was an awful lot of them! I even got used to the relaxed power delivery which incidentally totally suits the bikes other characteristics. It is every bit a Honda, well made, functional, comfortable, well mannered and totally 'safe' and confidence inspiring. Very practical (thinking trunk where gas tank should be) and well thought out. It fits it's design philosophy to a Tee. I love the exhaust note, very V-twin like and talk about economical - nothing else gets close! Would I buy one - in a heart beat.
Prior to buying this as an urban commuter to work bike, I was riding a CBR1100xx.
The indicator and horn switches are back to front in comparison and the redline sits a roughly 6000rpm (compared to 11000rpm on the CBR1100xx). As a 2 cylinder, it also vibrates unlike the 4 cylinder CBR which is much smoother.
It's those three things that take a little getting used to.
I've had it now for 6 months and have done about 10,000km on it.
I also now take it out on weekends for long rides (500km+). I do not get sore on this bike, but I also ride...
Low speed urban riding burnt out the clutch
Pros: good fuel economy (but not magnificent), torquey motor, carry space is great
Cons: low speed work (ie, peak hour riding) has burnt out the clutch in under 8500kms - apparently a common issue with this bike (http://www.nc700.co.uk/index.php?/topic/7441-clutch-problem/page-3). Unable to get this repaired under warranty
Recommendation: stay away from this model if you're looking for an urban commuter.
Beautiful bike. Love the ride and look. Shithouse service ffom local dealer. Well resolved by Honda. Local dealer ddid not k.ow how yo tune the bike anx took ages to fix leaking tires.
Internet site helped with diy tuning and since has been great. Would recommend the bike but not my dealer. Now go to Yamaha dealer.
Good, Cheap, Easy to Ride Bike
I am a riding instructor & needed to update my R class bike when LAMS was brought in, here in WA, in 2012. The old, reliable GS500 had to be pensioned off.
Then, along came the Honda NC700SA
$9,000 brand new, with fuel injection, water cooling, & ABS brakes
The great, torquey, relaxed engine, is also very frugal. The 270deg, off beat firing order helps here
As noted by the other reviewers, the seat is initially a bit firm. After a few months though, I find it quite comfortable
The only real issues I found were the lack of ground clearance....
Great Bike, bad comfort
I've had my NC700SA for two months now, clocking up 2000 kms. It is my second bike and I've been riding bikes for 30 years. I'm 6ft and about 100 kg. The best aspects of this bike are the engine, storage and mileage. I find the engine wonderful, like a torquey Harley, it's really great around town and has a lot of zip. People used to power bikes won't think this as they ride it the wrong way, trying to wring it out rather then go with the pulse flow of the torque. Needles to say I can drag off most other bikes at the lights! Very surprising, bu...t this is not why I like it. In town gear changes are minimal and there is heaps of low down torque to get out of any issues. Storage is great. No need to buy a rack, although you could easily, just put everything in where the fuel tank should normally be. This is just so handy for taking your kit to work or popping into the shops. A great bike. Fuel economy!!!??? My worst figure is 27km to the litre, and this was thrashing it a vibrant ride. My best figure is 32km to the litre. Pretty impressive. Bad points now. Ergonomics....put simply these are a pain in the [censored word removed]. Your bottom will be very sore with this thing. For some reason the seat is high and the seat is hard. There is no getting over it. I love the character of this bike but the harsh seat and the harsh suspension (bad point number 2) means I am looking elsewhere as my daily commute is 170kms round trip. This bike is a great little bike but after a few days of these lengthy commute I quickly switch back to my main bike. I would really like to try the X version, the adventure style type of this machine. This is available overseas but not in Australia. I don't believe we are going to get it anytime soon, if ever though. Apart from the ergonomics and the harsh suspension the bike has a lot of good points. The main ones I stated but too, it has a great instrument cluster, great range (over 340kms comfortably, more if you push it), is light and nimble and can really carve traffic. It also has a great grab rail at the back which my pillion likes, but who also complains of a harsh seat. All in all, I like this bike but the ride character isn't to my liking. Other people however may not have an issue with this. Great engine, great storage, very good range, wonderful through traffic, A little harsh in the comfort stakes.
NC 700 mixed bag
I've just turned over 6000 kms on the NC but the ride (2500kms) out to Eromanga has confirmed that this is a bike that is better suited to a semi urban environment.
Wonderful torquey motor that will see off most things at the lights. If you think this bike is underpowered, then you're fundamentally buying the wrong sort of bike.
Brakes are superb and the linked ABS system is magnificent.
Fuel econonomy outstanding. I got 30kms per litre at best and generally about 28-29.
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