HONDA'S NC range gets an extra 75cc for 2014, boosting capacity to 745cc and power to 54bhp.
The adventure-styled NC700X becomes the NC750X and the naked NC700S the NC750S. The third machine in the range, the Integra maxi scooter, is still the Integra, but its full model designation has changed from NC700D to NC750D.
All three machines continue to share the same frame and parallel-twin engine.
The extra power is a boost of 3bhp for the Integra and seven for its two siblings. It takes the X and S outside the 47bhp power limit for A2 licence holders. Honda says there is presently no plan to offer restricted versions, suggesting the firm wants to position the NCs more for experienced riders and steer A2 licence holders towards it CB500 range.
Visordown predicted the NCs would become 750s and move out of the A2 category in July. http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-new-bikes/nc750-to-replace-nc70...
Possibly more significant than the power increase is a boost in torque to 50.1lbft, up from 45.7 for the Integra and 44.2 for the other two.
Honda says the changes have actually improved the models’ already impressive fuel economy, taking theNC700S from 78.2mpg to 81.6mpg.
Honda’s six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission system, with twist-and-go and semi-automatic modes, remains standard on the Integra and an option on the other two. All three models have been given taller gearing.
All three also now come with ABS as standard and get twin balancer shafts to damped vibration at high revs.
The X and S have been given a new silencer and span-adjustable brake lever. The X gets off-road pattern tyres and ‘revised seat material’.
The Integra gets an aluminium swing-arm, replacing the old box-section steel one, along with styling tweaks which Honda says make it more ‘bike-like’ and bigger storage compartment. The existing Integra has one of the smallest under-seat compartments in the maxi scooter class.
All the NCs have broad, car-like power curve, red-lining at just over 6,000rpm. That seams unchanged, with all three models making peak power at 6,250rpm and maximum torque at 4,750rpm.
All three come in black white or red. The Integra and NC700X also come in silver. Prices have no been announced.
The bikes will make their UK debut at the Motorcycle Live show at Birmingham’s NEC on November 23.