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Honda NC700S

Honda announces the all-new NC700S motorcycle that combines the practicality of a commuter together with the thrilling handling and distinct style of a naked motorcycle.
The NC700S encompasses Honda’s fundamental goal of encouraging the fun of mobility as well as focusing on intuitive handling and versatility for all types of riding.
At the heart of the machine is an all-new purpose-built engine. The liquid-cooled, in-line 2-cylinder 670cc engine is a lightweight and compact unit with a low centre of gravity. It offers very usable power delivery with excellent torque at low to medium engine rpm, combined with low exhaust gas emissions and a truly outstanding level of fuel efficiency.

Light in weight, pure and swift in its handling responses, the NC700S is fun and easy to handle thanks to the combination of the steel diamond frame, cast aluminium 17" wheels, and geometry setup. Only by making the riding experience as direct and engaging as possible could the NC700S hope to be both a commuter machine and one that owners will ride purely for pleasure.

The NC700S uses a riding position similar to that of traditional naked motorcycles, which is ideal for almost every kind of environment. Key to the machine’s ease of use is its low seat position and the accessible width of the handlebars which combine to offer excellent control at low and high speeds. Feeling balanced and manageable the NC700S also ensures passengers are comfortable, with twin grab handles for comfort and security.

The option of Honda’s Dual Clutch transmission takes ease of use to new heights in the NC700S, offering either manual shifts at the push of a button or fully automatic functionality. The system uses two electronically controlled clutches to deliver swift and very smooth gear changes in a choice of three modes.

To ensure powerful braking performance, the NC700S uses hydraulic disc brakes front and rear. A Combined Antilock Braking System (C-ABS) is also offered as an option on the NC700S which dramatically improves braking performance in an emergency situation the NC700S fuses striking, futuristic design with a true naked look. With minimal styling to emphasise its urban usability, there is also a secure internal storage space large enough to accommodate a full-face helmet which is an unusually practical feature on a naked motorcycle. The NC700S will be available in Australia in two sleek colour options; Magna Red and Pearl Sunbeam White.

It’s a Honda and the NC700S is the product of a simple requirement: to deliver a motorcycle that is fun to ride and user-friendly at a reasonable price. More details regarding arrival date and price will follow early next year, at this stage the new model is due for release in mid 2012.

November 14, 2011