2021 Honda NC750X First Look

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By John Burns

Dang, it sounds like Honda has given one of my personal favorites a little more of everything that makes it a favorite: More power, more rpm, outstanding fuel efficiency (up to 66 mpg), 13 fewer pounds of weight, a bigger storage compartment, lower seat height, sharper styling, ride modes, a slipper clutch for the 6-speed version – and the automatic Dual Clutch Trans is still an option, which gives the NC really all the best features of a motorcycle and a scooter. Which makes it interesting that Honda categorizes it as an Adventure motorcycle (where the current NC’s price is $8,099 in the US).

Never a big seller in the US, Honda says the NC750X has enjoyed consistent popularity throughout Europe since its 2012 introduction (as NC700X). Its “ground-breaking, torque-laden, fuel-sipping twin-cylinder engine, a relaxed, roomy riding position with wide handlebars and comfortable seat, compliant suspension and distinctive adventure styling are all part of its success,” says Honda. Also, the storage compartment (where the fuel tank would normally be), capable of holding a full-face helmet and Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which over half of European customers chose in 2019.

For 2014, the NC gained 75cc, going from 670 to 745cc; for 2016 a new more adventurous aesthetic, new instruments, DCT upgrades and LED lighting were added; for 2018 two-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and a more powerful, 47-horsepower version was introduced.

Now for 2021, Honda says it’s building on the NC’s core strengths of practicality, do-it-all comfort and handling composure, improving all three.

Honda Press Release:

Two kW more peak power (2.7 hp) for the NC750X’s EURO5-spec engine, plus an extra 600r pm to the redline are the headline changes, thanks to work on valve timing and intake/exhaust efficiency. Shorter ratios for first, second and third gears …read more

Source:: 2021 Honda NC750X First Look


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