Honda NC700X: the CR-V of motorcycles

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Dig the comfortable ergos and rugged styling of ADV bikes, but do most of your riding in town where comfort, affordability and fuel economy count the most? The Honda NC700X shares its powertrain and frame with the Integra maxi-scoot and Honda NC700S naked, but looks like it could ride around the world.

Now put down those torches, adventure touring fanatics, this isn’t supposed to be next bike that Ewan and Charlie ride around the world on, lighting farts in far away lands. It’s supposed to be a practical, accessible, do-it-all bike, just one that benefits from the comfort and style of adventure.

Sharing its underpinnings with a scooter isn’t all-bad either. Name another ADV or ADV-style bike that can fit a full-face helmet under its seat. You can’t.

The 670cc parallel-twin shared with that scoot and the new NC700S naked bike develops and identical 51bhp, 46lb/ft of torque and returns 65mpg. It doesn’t sound like a terribly exciting engine, but it should be a useful one. In Europe, where these bikes will be big sellers, it’ll help with insurance prices too.

The ADV version of this platform makes DCT optional. Check that box and you’ll be able to ride in full auto or full manual modes while two clutches operating alternate gears make shifts incredibly quick and smooth.

Befitting its practical commuter status, the NC700X comes with 17-inch wheels and standard combined-ABS. Honda’s not quoting a weight, but the mechanically identical Integra weighs 525lbs (wet).

  • AaronT

    A little less plastic and you have a true modern UJM standard, praise his possibly non-existent deity!

    Edit: Looks like the nc700s is just that.

    • Chris Davis

      They did some great surfacing work on this bike, but yeah they could have scaled them down for a better proportioned bike.

  • Thom

    This one ……… errrr……. might just be a winner for the Urban Warrior Adventure Wanna Be crowd .


    • Miles Prower [690 Duke, MTS 1200]

      Because it’s so practical.

  • Mr.Furious

    This seems like a two-wheeled version of the new Civic.

    Uninteresting. Uninspired. Undesirable.

  • markbvt

    That thing looks like it weighs a ton. So much for the rumored Africa Twin replacement.

    Oh well, who cares, I’m sure they’re not going to bring it to the US anyway.

  • Ryan

    I’m really excited this bike’s practicality, and the new Ducati doesn’t do anything for me.

    Something may be wrong with me.

  • Gene

    No pics of the “S” model yet? And what’s up with the useless vestigial sidebags? Do those even fit a laptop?

    Hopefully my SV-650 lasts a long time and I’m not reduced to buying something like this.

  • Ben NYC

    It would be great if it was more metal and less plastic. It seems a perfect city bike, but it doesn’t look like it would handle being knocked over very well.

  • Albert

    hey if it succeeds into getting yuppies buying motorcycles again to pick the market up, so be it! And yes CR-V of motorcycles it is indeed, couldnt have phrased it better.

  • robotribe

    This reminds me of when film productions dress up OEM production vehicles with lots of plastic and show bits to make them look “more” than what they really are; as seen in the MEGAFORCE, ROBOCOP or DEATH RACE movies. The thing is, they never show the things sitting still long enough for us to notice the flaws and awkward angles and we forgive it when they’re busting through a wall or riding through flames.

    This thing looks like one of those movie props; the “clothes” don’t fit and it looks, for lack of a better term, kind of “fake”.


  • Ed

    I own a 1997 Honda CRV with 240,000 miles on it. It never quits, never complains and cannot be killed. It has been through a flood. It has driven hundreds of miles through a blizzard with nothing but half-bald all season tires. I’ve driven it across open fields, up logging roads and on the beach. It hauls kids as well as rescue gear. It has a built-in picnic table and a plastic well for keeping beer on ice. It may be a “soft ute” but I’ve learned to NEVER underestimate its abilities. If this is Honda’s two-wheel version of that … sign me up.

  • Charlie

    Conceptually, this has merit. But then you could actually get a Dorsoduro 750 really cheap. Maybe not quite as comfortable, but you get a little adventure genre and some fun too

    • Russ Gunn

      Maybe the Aprilia would not be as reliable either.

  • longtravel

    If the VFR1200 is Shamu that must make this guy Flipper, especially the Grey/Silver version.

    Any word on if this is coming to the states?

  • ike6116

    This is the only one of the new Hondas I dig. What does that mean?

    • jp182

      when you find out tell me because im confused too


    Anybody who balks at a bike with built-in storage obviously doesn’t commute on one.

  • Campisi

    But how does it compare with the Aprilia Mana?

  • R.Sallee (Ninja 250)

    I feel I’d have a hard time picking out a Crosstour/Crossrunner/NC700X from one another.