Honda’s fuel consumption hero
The Honda NC750X ticks all the right boxes
The Honda NC750X continues to be a popular model in the Honda motorcycles offering due to it’s attractive styling, practical nature and most importantly the way it delivers exceptional fuel consumption figures across a variety of usage requirements. A generous storage compartment where the fuel tank is normally located as well as the option of a unique dual clutch transmission also set the NC750X apart.
In addition a torquey two-cylinder engine and a relaxed riding position with wide handlebars and a comfortable seat ensure that the NC750X is comfortable to ride in all conditions, whether navigating traffic at walking speed or blasting down the highway.
In 2021 the NC750X received its most recent update, which improved on the core strengths of practicality, do-it-all comfort and handling composure. Engine performance was improved and the addition of electronic riding modes completed the polished package. Throttle by wire brings with it adjustable engine character via three rider modes as well as a customisable user mode. Honda Selectable Torque Control now has a finer level of input over three levels and the dual clutch transmission option features automatic shifting schedules that integrate with the riding modes as well as user control.
A sharper, more minimalist edge to the bodywork as well as a modern LED headlight, taillight and rear indicators give it a sleek, sporty look. Wind and weather protection includes a recently updated screen design.
Powerful yet frugal engine
The liquid-cooled SOHC eight-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine ensures punchy performance in the low to mid range. A long-stroke and specially shaped combustion chamber combine with high-inertial mass crankshaft to produce large amounts of effortless torque from low down in the rev range. Peak power is rated at 43.1kW and maximum torque at 69Nm. One of the NC750Xs biggest advantages is that is sips fuel, using as little as 3,5 litres per 100km. The result is a range of 400km from the 14.1-litre under seat fuel tank.
What makes it unique?
Honda’s unique for motorcycles DCT technology is now in its eleventh year of production. This transmission delivers consistent, seamless gear changes. Additional benefits include durability, impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue and a lighter workload for the driver. The NC750X is also available with a six-speed manual gearbox, catering for all preferences.
The storage area, where the fuel tank is normally located, measures 23 litres and is able to house an adventure style helmet with ease while featuring a USB-C socket. The exterior lid features rugged external rails that are useful for mounting a tank bag.
A full colour LCD dash offers wide variety of information in an easy to read format and allows for the management of riding modes through the selection switch on the left handlebar.
41mm telescopic forks employ 120mm travel and use Showa dual bending valves, with ratios optimised for both compression and rebound damping. The rear monoshock features a spring preload adjuster system with 120mm travel and operates through Pro-Link that offers optimised balance of a soft initial stroke together with excellent control.
Upfront a 320mm disc and dual-piston brake caliper complimented by a 240mm rear disc deliver sufficient stopping power. Lightweight two-channel ABS provides powerful and confident braking in all conditions.
A low total cost of ownership
A competitive purchase price, low running costs and frugal fuel consumption result in a motorcycle that offers a wide range of usage characteristics while being easy on the pocket.