NC750 to replace NC700 in 2014

Extra 50cc for NC700 in 2014

Posted: 1 July 2013
by Visordown News

Honda's NC ... Soon to be out of the A2 category

HONDA are expected to update the NC700 with an extra 50cc, pushing it out of the A2 category.

A larger capacity NC seems like an odd move on the face of it, as new riders won't be able to ride one, but Honda does have its reasons for the move. According to our well-trusted source, the NC700 sits as a slightly awkward sibling to Honda's new 'perfect for A2' range of 500s, making the sell of their 500 range not as simple as they'd hoped.

However the NC700 is actually 670cc, not 700cc, so the addition of 50cc would only make the bike 720cc. As to whether Honda will rename it NC750 or stick to NC700 is as yet unknown.

Honda's NC700 is selling well but the majority of buyers aren't A2 licence holders and are more likely to be seasoned riders, so the addition of 50cc for a bit more performance could be just what the 'likely' NC700 owner is after.

Those who were sat on the fence when it came to the CB500F and NC700S will have a clearer distinction between the two.

Expect to see the new NC750S and NC750X unveiled at the Intermot show in the last quarter of 2013.

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This does actually make sense, I'd wondered how a dealer would sell you one over the other. Presumably there will be a 35kW restrictor available anyway, so they're not going to lose any A2 licensees who really want one.

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 19:00

Buy as KTM 390 and remember why we got into biking in the first place - to enjoy ourselves, not to travel from one place to the other as efficiently as possible.

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 20:17

if you do a direct access course when turned 19 do you still have to restrict your bike?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 20:23

"Remember why we got into biking in the first place - to enjoy ourselves, not to travel from one place to the other as efficiently as possible."

Can't your motorcycle do both? Mine can.

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 21:05

best first bike somethin like a fz600 or somethin like a drz or husaberg? Opinions.

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 22:18

If it ain't broke don't fix it! Honda tried to do this same thing when they increased the engine size in their highly popular VFR 750 to an 800. It had been awarded among the 10 best bikes of the year 10 times....
It has never gotten a 10 best bike award since it was made an 800.

You'd think Honda would learn....

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 08:59

Here is a link to the most popular NC700 forum. You can see what they are saying about this here:

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 09:04

Sorry the best NC700 forum by far is the the UK focused one which has lots of international folk on it as well. If Honda or anyone else could make a more sporty looking bike which can do great MPG I would be first in line.I have a NC700S and its a brilliant bike

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 07:27

I second the UK forum being best. In the U.S. forum there is a real dick named Beemerphile who is a tyrant on the board. It's either his opinion or no ones, comments on every single thing, and he's on 24/7 with no life. Just like Glen on the KLR forum board.

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 14:45

Unfortunately (for you?), Direct Access can only be taken over 24 years as of this year. There is no way now to jump restrictions before that age just options for how you choose to progress. It's a shame and ridiculous given you can marry, vote, drive a ferrari, own a gun, be an MP/ Policeman/ Driving instructor FFS! but apparently cant be trusted to ride a 600cc motorbike.

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 15:27

The displacement increase is only 50 / 670, i.e., only 7.5%. That in itself doesn't seem to be enough to make much of a difference.

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 21:02

As Visordown says the NC bikes are to be 'relaunched' in 2014 in order to leave the 'A2' market clear for the cb500 range.Its capacity could be 745cc and not 720, as an NC is already being made of this size by Honda for the japanese learner market albeit with with five speed gearbox & 36bhp.
Lets hope with a larger fuel tank along with other 'improvements' the NC745x is a real eyeopener!

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 18:18

I'm looking to change my CBF500 for something else next year, and the NC700 was one of the bikes I was looking at. Ideal for the commute, occasional ride-out, and instructing. A few more horses and moving it to the 'A' class would seal the deal for me.

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 21:13

honestly 50cc is irrelevant marketing nonsense to me.
Having just opted for 500x instead of the 700x myself, the main reasons i went for the 500 were:
It was lighter and with a lower seat, the main factor though was the experience of riding the two bikes back to back.
The 700x both manual and DCT are ridiculously boring, i utterly hate the engine characteristic and whilst its totally utilitarian nature provides better MPG throughout the range and the dct mean no worries about gears in heavy inner city traffic, it did nothing for me on an emotional sense.
the 500x for me is much pleasurable riding experience for my 1000 miles a month.

MPG is 79 on the 500x for me (inaccurate MPG reader states 64.4 avg) but i have to try for it where as the nc700 just gives it without trying. More aggressive riding will see this drop to 60. The NC's strange space is also an advantage.

ultimately i don't see what 50cc will do to improve sales on an uninspiring ride

Posted: 08/08/2013 at 07:54

An extra 50cc can make quite a bit of difference. If you consider the 650 Dullville was given an extra 30cc bringing and then called the NT700. This gave an extra 9bhp and more torque. So an extra 50cc can make difference.
Dukie, I don't agree with your assessment on the NC at all. Most owners love'em. On a personal level, the extra torque is far more desirable than revs. I've ridden a CBR500 and although it was quicker than I was expecting I found it quite vibey in the upper rev range. Whether it was down to this particular machine I don't know.At the end of the day each to their own.

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 09:43

The New NC750s are virtually confirmed as the ABI list has the following models listed:-

NC750XA, NC750XD, NC750SA, NC750AD and NC750D which I believe is the Integra.

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 23:57

This makes sense with the cheaper Honda CBR500 aimed for the max 35kW A2 license.
If they do increase the engine capacity if would be the bore size as the stroke is allready very long on the NC700 (undersquare "car" engine at 73mm bore and 80mm stroke).
For a 750cc twin keeping the same stroke the bore would have to be increased to 77.3mm. If they increased the compression ratio slightly it would porbably make a few more horses getting further away from the 471cc twin.
The dyno of the NC700X shows that it has more horses than the cbr500 (48,4 vs 43.7).

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:14

Yep I agree with you totally Anders. Though really Honda should have known that the NC and the new CB500s would compete with each other..

Posted: 28/08/2013 at 13:55


Posted: 16/10/2013 at 10:33

I own a NC700S , its a brilliant bike and although the x won bike of the year last year in Bike Magazine the S is the same. Its a fantastic bike the torque is excellent ,economy brilliant, and by the very nature of it being a motorbike its not boring.

Posted: 16/10/2013 at 10:36 + 5 hp + 10 lbs - Maybe ?

Posted: 02/11/2013 at 10:15

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