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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 (46)

That's quite a unique helmet, thanx for the tips, i guess i'll have to try some on then.

This is a bit unrelated, but which is your favorite camera for bike use from the ones you tested ? i'd like something Full HD with a reasonable battery life or one that you can charge and record at the same time
also what would be the best place to mount one (from a stability point of view) ? chest mounted or helmet or something else ?

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoeGP

@JoeGP,

Have you considered "modular" helmets such as the Schubert C3 or the BMW System 5/6 ?

Here in France, where we drive on the right side of the road ^_^ , these modular helmets have equipped the law-enforcement bikers for a decade. Maybe that is the case in UK too ?

I personnally own two of them -BMW System 5- since 2005 and they are fantastic for my needs: in city/summer/sun I use them in open position, in highways/rain/winter I close them effortelessly in full-closed position.
The best of both worlds, with the collateral inconvenience of extra-weight which I quickly forgot noticing vs. the benefits.

You can find some very decent deals online for the BMW System 5 (BMW helmets are outsourced to Schubert btw, unless it changed recently) for Eur 350 or GBP 280.

Best regards,

Eric

December 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNestorius

Hi Techmoan,
Thank you very much for your excellent review of this bike. I saw your review at least a few times and must say, it was instrumental in my choice to purchasing this motorcycle. I haven't got a chance to ride the bike yet, as it is still too chilly here in Canada, but I am pretty sure I will love it.
I do not know if you have been to the NC700-forum ? There are a lot of people (I believe mostly owners/to-be-owners) from around the world there. Since I found this review so helpful, I also shared your review on that forum. If you are a member there, please let me know.
Thanks again,
Bobby.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMSAB

The NC700X has just been named Bike of the Year 2012 by the UK "Bike" Magazine. There is a four page spread about it in this months issue.

January 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

FYI, I just wanted to share with you the fact that NC700X together with NC700S and Integra, collectively known as the New Mid Concept Series Honda NC700S/INTEGRA/NC700X, has been awarded the "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2012." See the web page, in English, http://www.g-mark.org/award/describe/39023?token=8gqftKmsD0 About the GDA, see this page http://www.g-mark.org/about/g21.html
Kakip, Japan (An owner of NC700X DCT TypeLD)

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKakip

FYI, I just wanted to share with you the fact that NC700X together with NC700S and Integra, collectively known as the New Mid Concept Series Honda NC700S/INTEGRA/NC700X, has been awarded the "GOOD DESIGN AWARD 2012." See the web page, in English, http://www.g-mark.org/award/describe/39023?token=8gqftKmsD0 About the GDA, see this page http://www.g-mark.org/about/g21.html
Kakip, Japan (An owner of NC700X DCT TypeLD)

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKakip

I'm very impressed with how you put the review together. The commentary was concise and informative. The pictures were excellent. Great job.

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkeithy

Keithy

Thanks, the video didn't turn out quite how I wanted and faded out a bit towards the end. I wanted to do some pieces to camera whilst riding, but I didn't have the technology to do this at the time and weather and health issues delayed filming a lot last year. Hopefully this year i'll just be able to get out on it and enjoy myself.

January 30, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hello Mat,
I don't know how serious your health issues are but (don't laugh) have you considered Traditional Chinese Medicine? I suffered from swollen/itchy toes for 6 months; tried all sorts of ointments with no success. Then I did some research on TCM and tried one particular herbal medicine - now the toes are feeling fine. In the UK, it looks like you can only obtain herbal medicine from official TCM practitioners so I actually bought mine's from the US.
All the best,
Keithy

July 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkeithy

Great review, I may have even bought one myself if I'd read it before I bought my Fazer8 especially with 70+ mpg. Not that the Fazer is a bad bike, it's a great all rounder and my only criticism is that the gears are too close together so the revs are a bit high at 70. Anyway I digress, What I really want to ask you is about action camera's. I commute/filter to work every day down the M61 and onto the east lancs road into Manchester so I'm looking for a reasonably priced camera with good resolution and decent battery life or powered by the bike battery. What I was looking for was a bullet style camera that I could mount permanently behind the fairing where there is a little Yamaha badge and maybe a remote storage card/monitor on the handlebars. Not sure if there is anything like this available but any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks again for your excellent reviews.

Brian.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

There isn't anything like that yet...but take a look at the Innovv C3 which is due out soon.

August 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat. Thanks for the quick reply, looks interesting I'll have to keep an eye out for that when it is available.

Brian

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I wonder if you ever dared open the secret compartment at the bottom of the frunk / 'not-the- tank'? In fact it's designed to contain the service and user manuals for the bike, so I find it rather strange that Honda chose to close it with a fastener, rather than a more intuitive opener that says "I'm for opening" rather than "Are you taking your bike apart". I just removed the fastener and let the lid remain openable as a flap, and store other documents in there as A4 folded into 4 (bike insurance, map etc) as well as the manuals.

March 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMikeBike

I noticed in this video the bike does not have forward controls/footpegs.

I would love that. How was that done?

December 30, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBrian in Thailand

Enjoy watching so many of your posts! Well done mate! On this topic, saw this one on the Honda NC700 late, but good comments. I went from a 2008 Triumph Bonneville to a 2014 Honda CTX700 DCT and LOVE IT! Been riding for years but can't express how much I love this bike! Low center of gravity makes it very nimble. I ride it every day here in sunny Florida, USA! Wish I had this bike when I lived in London..! Cheers mate, keep the YouTube posts coming!

September 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I still ride mine whenever I can, which unfortunately is only a handful of times a year now, however when I do get the chance I wouldn’t want to ride anything else.

September 24, 2017 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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