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Commuter gets more grunt


THE Honda NC700X was launched two years ago as a part of a three-bike platform. It has been a sales success,which can be attributed to the usability of the machine on a day-to-day basis as well as its phenomenal fuel efficiency.The Crossover Commuter has been enhanced for 2014, receiving a new name and a bit more power.

For starters, the larger 745cc engine capacity gives the NC750X more power and torque throughout the rev range. The 75cc added to the twin-cylinder motor means that power is now 40kW and torque 68Nm. Most of the power is said to be available from low-to mid-range thanks to the high internal mass crankshaft, specially shaped combustion chamber as well the fairly long-stroke architecture.

There are also twin-balancer shafts, which are said to provide more ‘good’ vibrations as well as a new exhaust muffler with revised internals to regulate backpressure. Other improvements over the previous model include off-road pattern tyres, a span-adjustable brake lever, a seat height of 830mm, new seat cover for improved grip and additional instrumentation in the form of an average consumption meter as well as a gear-position indicator.

The gearing is now 6% taller, butacceleration and top speed have both improved. There is now the option of the second-generation double-clutch transmission (DCT), which also features 6% taller gearing from first tofifth, with the figure dropping to 3% in sixth gear. The gearbox works by using one clutch for thefirst, third and fifth gears and another for second, fourth and sixth. Each clutch is independently controlled by an electro-hydraulic circuit so that when a gear change takes place, the system selects the next gear using the clutch that is not in use.

For those who opt for the DCT, there will be several riding modes, namely an automatic ‘D’ mode, the sportier ‘S’ mode andthe option of both D and S to be manually operated. DCT customers will also have a two-channel ABS braking system as standard.

Fuel consumption is impressive, with a claimed figure of 3.4 litres/100km, which means that its 14.1-litre tank gives the bike a range of over 400km. The weight differs slightly according to the transmission chosen - the manual bike weighs 219kg and the DCT 229kg.

The fairing has been designed to provide rider comfort, as has the windscreen and bodywork which divert wind around the rider. The front end features 41mm telescopic forks with a stroke of 153.5mm.At the rear,the monoshock has 150mm travel and operates through Pro-Link, which offers an optimised balance of a soft initial stroke for dealing with low-speed bumps.

The NC750X will be available in Sword Silver Metallic, Graphite Black, Matt Pearl, Glare White and Candy Arcadian Red and is now available in South Africa.

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