Welcome to the brave new world. “New” because the motorcycle you see here, Honda’s innovative NC700X, is a distinct, almost 180-degree change in direction from where motorcycles have been heading for many years. And “brave” because Honda has rolled the dice with this all-new-from-the-ground-up machine, gambling that there are legions of current, past and would-be riders out there who want practicality, efficiency and affordability much more than they crave 190 horsepower, 9-second quarter-miles and five-digit price tags.
Honda’s goals with the NC700X were simple in concept but difficult in execution. It wanted to target new and re-entry buyers with an affordable but fun machine that was extremely easy to ride and delivered exceptional fuel efficiency. These same qualities would also make the bike attractive as a commuter for established riders.