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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)

Another great review. The automatic gearbox should make it much more comfortable to drive - especially in traffic or around town where you usually have to shift a lot. For the same reason I prefer cars with automatic gearboxes to the ones with manual gearboxes. Lets be honest - manual gearboxes are yesterdays news. Noone voluntarily kickstarts his motorcycle any more - why would you want to shift?

This motorcycle will also be a great solution for people who have problems with their left leg. There are quite a view people out there who cant drive regular motorcycles because they are handicapped (injury, diesease, whatever). These people usually have to pay lots of money to have their bikes modified. And even then or because of that - these modified bikes are hard to drive and noone else (without handicap) would want to use them. So - a modified bike is also unsaleable - making it a dead investment.

The Honda NC700X DCT will be a game changer. It lags a hydraulic stand though. A hydraulic stand would make it perfect.

August 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwillydilly

I left a long comment few days ago, but it seems that it has never appeared.
Anyway, thank you very much for this very nice review.
Your owner's point of view is very useful, in complement of TV and magazines road tests.
I'm convinced that it's a very clever bike.
So mine has been ordered (NC700S ABS-DCT grey). Delivery expected 1rst week of October.

Daniel, France

September 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Dan, Sorry about that, my website seems to be categorising non-spam as spam and putting comments into a naughty folder. Good luck with the bike.

September 1, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

@WillyDilly, you'd be surprised, truly, there are numerous folks out there that still prefer the 'old school' way of things, Classic bikes, (kickstart only) are more popular than ever and lots of people, having seen the transition have realised how much they miss a kickstarter, (nothing more annoying than prodding your starter button to get a feeble chug and stop) One of my bikes is an Enfield Bullet, right foot gearchange and kickstart, I wouldn't have it any other way, theres a charm and elegance to machines like this that no modern bike has. The honda is innovative, but it won't completely replace manual transmission just like auto trans cars haven't replaced manuals, (in the UK, there is a tiny percentage of auto to manual cars).
Techmoan, I remember too when top gear used to be a good review program, rather than a means of allowing three grown men to play silly buggers with expensive cars and expensive locations, (lucky sods), it's good for mindless entertainment but certainly no longer a TV magazine, I miss the good old format with William Woolard, Chris Goffey, (beardy guy), Tony something, forget the surname but he did rally coverage then a little later we had Tiff doing the flash fast stuff, Vicki Butler henderson doing allsorts and Steve berry, (who sounded like one of your kinsmen), doing some very entertaining bike reviews.
Then Clarkson arrived, hmmmmmmmmm.

September 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Regarding the old bike chap that I remembered from Top Gear. It was in the William Wollard, Chris Goffey era...pre Steve Berry and I'm pretty sure it was Frank Page. I have a memory of him with his grey beard and black leathers riding a bike, and I thought he was a pretty cool old gent because of it. The only clips of him on YouTube show him reviewing terrible old cars, so it must be something he did dry occasionally, perhaps once or twice a season.

September 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

hi i loved your review on your bike, its a nice machine, what camera did you use to film it? i want to get a camera for when i go out on my bike, do you have any recommendations on which one to get?

September 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnny

Have a look at one of the earlier comments where I gave a breakdown of what cameras were used for each part of the video.

September 25, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for a really informative and detailed review, you've got just the right balance of technical info and real-world user experience. Well done and I hope the bike serves you very well.

One small thing you maybe interested in, Honda have had an issue with a few of the chains fitted to this new design because of a supplier problem. It appears they'll be contacting effected owners pretty soon, but take a look and if your chain is stamped "RK" rather than "RK Japan" or "DID Japan" you may want to call your dealer.

September 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoldark

Thanks for the info. I've just had my 1000km service today and I'm sure they checked it...but I'd seen this info on the forums and checked myself before I left and luckily it's a DID chain.

September 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

I enjoyed reading your review! I am waiting for my "NC700X DCT TypeLD" to be delivered in mid October. I placed my order in August. I just wanted to drop a note in relation to the note by Daniel, France, who wrote "... the S model (lower seat ... than X model)." The TypeLD (meaning "low down") of X has exactly the same dimension as S including the height of seat. This model is assembled once your order is received, requiring at least two months before delivery here. Kakip, Japan

September 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKakip

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