Honda’s NC750X updated
Frugal, do it all Honda NC750X receives a number of updates for 2021
Honda have recently updated one of their most popular models, the NC750X, with more power, a higher redline and revised gearbox ratios, throttle by wire management, three riding modes and refined Honda Selectable Torque Control.
The NC750X is now 6kg lighter. A redesigned frame is wrapped in sharper bodywork, while the up-front storage compartment is usefully larger at 23 litres and seat height 30mm lower. A new screen, the addition of LED lighting and an LCD dash round off the updates.
The Dual Clutch Transmission variant continues to offer technology that is unique to Honda. The DCT gearbox delivers consistent, seamless gear changes when accelerating or decelerating. Extra benefits include durability, impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding and reduced rider fatigue.
The 745cc engine now boasts an extra 3kW, increasing power to 43.1kW at 6750rpm and 69Nm at 4 750rpm plus a redline that has been increased by 600rpm to 7000rpm. Shorter gear ratios in the lower gears smarten response while a slipper clutch ensures a smooth ride during rapid downshifts. At the top end of the gearbox, fourth, fifth and sixth are slightly taller, for maximum fuel efficiency.
The addition of Throttle By Wire allows for adjustable engine characteristics via three rider modes, Rain, Standard and Sport plus a customisable User mode. The Honda Selectable Torque Control now has a finer level of input over three levels, while the Dual Clutch Transmission shifting pattern integrates with the riding modes.
The NC750X is well known for how little fuel it uses and that has been maintained, with Honda claiming that it will use just 3.5 litres per 100km.
The riding position remains upright and neutral with a high viewpoint for navigating traffic while also offering great low-speed control. The NC750X’s qualities combine to create a motorcycle that suits a variety of riding, including commuting, touring or just for fun.
Dependable running gear
Suspension travel has been slightly reduced in order to lower the seat height, the Showa forks now offering 120mm of travel. The rear monoshock operates through a Pro-Link system and now also features 120mm of travel.
Stopping the 17-inch cast aluminium wheels is a 320mm disc and two-piston calliper upfront and a 240mm disc at the rear. Two-channel ABS provides powerful and confident braking even on slippery or wet surfaces.
Honda NC750X DCT
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