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Monday
Aug272012

A look at the Honda NC700X DCT Motorcycle

Quite a few people asked me to make a video about my new motorcycle, so here it is. This was a very complicated video to make, production was spread over a couple of months using numerous cameras and there was a lot of unused footage from false starts. In the end it didn't really turn out how I planned, but then again, I didn't have a plan, so that might be the problem. Nevertheless, there are some nice on-board camera shots in the video, so there is definitely some enjoyment to be had.

I suppose the biggest problem I encountered when making the video is that I absolutely love this bike, it feels like it was custom made for me, so it's very hard to be impartial and find fault with it. That's not a bad problem to have really. 

Making Of - 

The Sony HX100V shot the exterior shots of the bike. The footage taken of me on the bike chasing after the camera was the Xdreme, but it was heavily zoomed in, making it rather low def. The onboard footage was broken down as follows. The Sony MHS-TS20 shot the dashboard, the Ego took the footage from the front left of the bike where the shock absorber is in shot and everything else was done with the wired bullet cam HD-VC93. I did try to do some commentary whilst I was driving, but the sound was a bit overblown, peaky, and rambling, so I chose not to use it. 

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Reader Comments (48)

@Techmoan,

You'll never get a job on Top Gear...

Thank goodness! I'm not into cars or motorbike but I watched your review anyway because your style is always no-nonsense and to the point in an entertaining way. I can't speak for petrolheads but if I were looking at buying my first motorbike, yours is the sort of review I would appreciate, not that of an overpaid, over-opinionated presenter on an over-rated motoring program (Hear that mad fluttering noise? That's the feline well and truly amongst the feral avians!)

Happy biking, and watched out for us human-powered two-wheelers. No stopping in the ASL though, that's for us only! ;-p

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlasdair

Alasdair. I remember back in the 80s when topgear reviewed cars rather than played with them....there was a nice old chap with a grey beard who did the odd motorcycle review. I say old, he was probably about my current age. I understand how difficult it must be for TV shows to keep their audience entertained, with the short attention spans that people have nowadays. I think this is where things like YouTube fill a gap, rather than trying to entertain everyone, you can make something for a very small but engaged audience instead.

August 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

The guy's name is Chris Goffey I remember him well, Top Gear was a bit stuffy in those days but I never missed it all the same.

Techmoan,

Great review of the new NC700 I really enjoyed it...so Honda have a VW type DSG gearbox in bikes now I wonder how long until the Fireblade and CBR600RR get one then launch control will appear on road bikes...0-60 in 2.5 sec anyone.

I had a seat on one a few months back in my local Honda dealers, very comfy its the modern day CB500 ( I recently just sold mine after four years I miss it already ) the salesman told me something quite interesting he said the engine is basically half of a Honda Jazz car engine not the usual bike engine as it has quite a low rev limit.

Have fun on your new bike...

Klippie.

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

As a Honda Pan European owner I found your review very interesting, especially using the transmission. I might have to buy one before my knees give out from paddling my heavyweight Pan ST1100 around the supermarket car parks.

But what I really want to know is what cameras you used? I fancy filming some of my biking antics.

I'm interested particularly in the Mini 1080p HD wired "bullet" camera you tested a while back. You mentioned that you would use it in this review.

How does it compare with the Xdreme and Ego cameras that you've tried since, and maybe even the Keyfob 808#16 now that there's a Mk2 version with wide angle lens. Did you manage to get decent sound/voice recordings while on the moving bike?

Perhaps you could list what cameras you used to the scenes/timeline in the review of your luvverly new bike - and yeah, I think I'm a bit jealous of it.

Sorry to hijack the bike comments section. Anyway, I'm just up the road from you in Morecambe so I'll give you a nod when I'm passing on my metallic blue flying Pan.

I enjoy your work, so keep it up and I'm sure it will lead to greater things some day.

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Pan

Hi! Nice review and nice bike. Enjoy it!

Matt, I use a 808 #16 (lens D) to record my bike rides... When I got the type A lens the video lacked the... 'punch' or 'speed factor' wide angle lens show. But it was pretty sharp.

The Type D lens is pretty nice, it shows a lot of scenary, it gives you a better look of the speed you are riding at... But everything gets a little softer, maybe too much for my liking.

I'd also like to know which cameras where used for the onboard shots.

Sorry for the OT.

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCalvinH

In the end I kept it pretty simple with the cameras. I used five different cameras to shoot the video footage. The Sony HX100V shot the exterior shots of the bike. The footage taken of me on the bike chasing after the camera was the Xdreme, but it was heavily zoomed in from the original frame, making it rather low def. The onboard footage was broken down as follows. The Sony MHS-TS20 shot the dashboard, the Ego took the footage from the front left of the bike where the shock absorber is in shot and everything else was the wired bullet cam. I did try to do some commentary whilst I was driving on the bullet, but the sound was a bit overblown and peaky (and rambling), so I decided not to use it. It's easy to talk too loud when you can't hear yourself.

August 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Oh tosh! I typed a lengthy comment and it's vanished into the ether.

In short, what camera would you recommend for use on a bike? I'll buy you a burger if we ever meet at Rivington Barn.

Hmm, I'm having trouble with the text editor on this page... last post missing and this one doesn't like backspacing?

August 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Pan

Techmoan,
How funny that this review showed up in my iGoogle this week. I follow you for your excellent and entertaining tech reviews, but oddly enough I was wondering about this very bike and the features of the DCT. I was searching the web and all the reviews tested the manual version and only mentioned the DCT without further details.
I'm not interested in the bike as much as I was curious about how the DCT works. I recently acquired a Yamaha FJR 1300 AE (1300AS on your side of the pond), which works more like a manual transmission with a little person hiding inside operating the clutch.

Once again thanks for another excellent and timely review,
Kirk

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKirk

This site has a lot of technical issues...none of which I understand. When it comes to choosing a camera, there are a few things to consider. The main two are budget and mounting location. Cheapest is the ACT20, for helmet mounting I'd go for the Wired Bullet Cam, and for best quality (if you can find a way to mount it) the Ego.

August 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank you very much for this nice review.
I'm interested on your owner's point of view, and the very clear explanations about how the automatic dual cluch transmission works on the road.
Usually I don't find all the answers to my interogations in the motorcycle or car specialists reviews. Yours is a very usefull complement.
Now I know that this bike and that transmission fit my needs.
I'm going to order my NC700 ABS+DCT this weekend. Probably the S model (lower seat and a little bit cheaper than X model).

Keep up the good work!
Daniel, France

August 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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