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Honda NC750X 2014-2017: The Perfect Adventure Bike Upgrade

Honda NC750X 2014-2017: The Perfect Adventure Bike Upgrade


The Honda NC750X 2014-2017 is an upgraded version of the popular NC700X, featuring a larger engine capacity of 745cc. This adventure bike offers a range of enhancements and improvements that make it the perfect choice for riders looking for a reliable and versatile machine. In this blog post, we will delve into the key features and benefits of the Honda NC750X (2014-2017), exploring its performance, design, and practicality.

For 2014, the NC750X is the next evolution – a bike designed to offer more of what every rider liked about the original NC700X, with the addition of an extra 75cc. With more power and torque, which require a full A license, as well as twin balancer shafts, a new exhaust muffler, and taller gearing, optional DCT gearbox – plus a host of detail upgrades including ABS now fitted as standard – the 2014 NC750X is one of the most cost-effective and all-round useful motorcycles available.

Enhanced Engine Capacity

The main highlight of the Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is its increased engine capacity of 745cc. This upgrade from the previous model provides riders with more power and torque, resulting in improved performance across various riding conditions. With a maximum power output of 54 horsepower and 68 Nm of torque, the NC750X offers an exhilarating ride on both highways and off-road trails.

Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

One of the standout features of the Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is its Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) option. This innovative technology allows riders to effortlessly switch between automatic mode or manual mode with paddle shifters. The DCT provides smooth and precise gear changes, enhancing the overall riding experience and making it accessible to both seasoned riders and beginners.

Honda NC750X (2014-2017): Price

The price of the base, non-DCT NC750X in 2014 was a temptingly affordable £6,299 new with the DCT version £600 more at £6,899. The bike’s popularity and durability mean used prices are strong. Even the cheapest examples available aren’t much under £4,000, even though the model has been updated a number of times since. Its commuter appeal also means some accessories, particularly genuine Honda ones such as a top box, centre stand and heated grips, can also add value. A clean, well-equipped, low mileage late 2015 example can fetch over £4,500 but for that money we’d recommend the later, face-lifted model.

Power and Torque

The original 2011 NC700X produced just 48bhp which was generally considered a little too much on the ‘soft’ side – hence this 2014 performance boost. The enlarged engine now puts out 54bhp (or 40.3kW in new money) which is 75cc and 6bhp more than the NC700X on which the new one is based. The power band is low but very smooth with a red-line of 6,500rpm which rather than sneaking up on you giving a gentle warning, attacks you leaving you a little embarrassed should anyone be watching/listening.

Engine, Gearbox and Exhaust

In broad terms, the NC family’s engine is derived from that of a car, specifically being half that of the Honda Jazz, which helps explain it’s unusual, canted forward cylinder block and impressive, low revving mpg figures. It’s a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, eight-valve, SOHC parallel twin which for 2014, thanks to a 4mm larger bore, is now 745cc. It’s also gained a second balancer shaft which, Honda claims, halves the mechanical vibration.

More significant still is its DCT transmission option. Although the X and S are both offered with conventional, six-speed manual gearboxes, DCT gives both a clutch lever-less full automatic option, turning the NC into a more hi-tech, ‘twist ‘n’ go’ scooter-style machine, plus also a semi-automatic option where you go up and down through the gears via two switches on the left bar. Unusual at first, it makes riding the NC easier still and turns it into a half-bike, half-scooter. On the downside the exhaust note, due to the low-revving engine, is a bit car-like, too.

Honda NC750X (2014-2017): Economy

Although enlarged and more powerful, the new 745cc version of the NC750X’s parallel twin remains as impressively economical as ever. During our first ride it returned over 80mpg enough for a theoretical range of over 250 miles from its 14.1-litre under-seat fuel tank (the ‘tank’ behind the handlebars is a scooter-style storage compartment) and even around town in full DCT mode, well in excess of 60mpg should be easily possible.

Handling, suspension, chassis and weight

The engine is not only canted low, it’s also positioned low in the chassis as is the fuel tank, (which is accessed from beneath the pillion seat), and this combination offers a noticeable low centre of gravity which in turn is ideal for low speed manoeuvring, helping make it very novice-friendly. Although the suspension is fairly basic to keep prices low and the forks are non-adjustable, the front and rear units do a good enough job, especially considering the gentle demands likely to be placed on them and the ride is plush. Overall the chassis is adequate rather than inspiring while, being a slim, fairly simply twin means its all-up weight is unintimidating and easily

manageable, too, at 218kg, although the DCT option is a not insignificant 10kg heavier.

Honda NC750X (2014-2017): Brakes

Again, being a budget-orientated commuter, the NC750X has nothing much to shout about in the braking department but they do the job. There are single discs front and rear, linked via a clever three-piston caliper system and all also with linked ABS. There’s no sportsbike style power, admittedly, but are more than sufficient and have a pleasing amount of feel from the lever.

The Honda NC750X model produced from 2014 to 2017 is equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which is correct. The ABS system prevents wheel lock-up during sudden braking, enhancing road grip and reducing the risk of losing control.

ABS is an important safety technology in motorcycles as it improves braking performance and reduces the risk of accidents in situations such as sliding, skidding, and collisions. When the rider applies hard brakes, the ABS system keeps the wheels from locking up, allowing the rider to maintain control over the direction of the motorcycle while still ensuring optimal braking effectiveness.

The integration of the ABS system is a notable advancement in motorcycle technology and has become a safety standard in many motorcycle models, including the Honda NC750X.

Comfort over distance and touring

The high, upright riding position is both good for you to see and equally be seen. The small screen of the X gives some protection from the elements with a taller version available as an optional extra. The seat is broad and more than adequate and there’s a reasonable amount of pillion space. Overall, it’s more commuter/tourer than a full-size adventure machine but it makes a good all-rounder.

Rider aids and extra equipment / accessories

DCT option and useful, helmet-sized storage compartment in the fake ‘tank’ aside, the NC750X is a fairly basic, straightforward commuter with no electronic rider aids or modes (ABS aside) and a fairly basic spec. A centre-stand, for example, is an extra-cost accessory. That said, it has all the basics you need. However, if buying used it’s worth considering any accessories that may come with it. A centre-stand, top box, tall screen, heated grips etc are all popular and worthwhile.

Honda NC750X (2014-2017): verdict

The NC750X combines the benefits of a larger capacity scooter with a geared bike and has proven itself to be a hit with those who own larger adventure bikes who realise that they don’t need an off-road bike when they even avoid puddles. It’s narrow enough to make a fine filtering commuter bike and through all-weather at that.

If you‘re looking for your first ‘big bike’ or are getting back into it after a long break then it ticks every box as an easy-going, economical, smooth, commuter bike. However, if you’re looking for a larger capacity machine which is easy on the fuel gauge and can store a full-face helmet without the requirement of a top box then you can also add the NC750X to your shortlist. Being a Honda, it does everything well, build quality is excellent and the NC range has a reputation for reliability. It’s also unintimidating, easy and comfortable to ride, very practical and the performance improvements the enlarged engine bring are worth having.

Versatile Design for Adventure Riding

The Honda NC750X (2014-2017) boasts a versatile design that is perfectly suited for adventure riding. It features a comfortable upright seating position, allowing for long hours in the saddle without fatigue. The bike’s suspension system has also been improved to handle rough terrains and provide a smooth ride, whether you’re exploring off-road trails or cruising on the highway.

Storage Capacity

Practicality is a key aspect of the Honda NC750X (2014-2017), and it shines through in its storage capacity. The bike comes equipped with a large storage compartment where the fuel tank is traditionally located. This compartment can easily accommodate a full-face helmet, adding convenience and versatility to your riding experience. Whether you’re commuting to work or embarking on a weekend adventure, the NC750X offers ample space for your belongings.

Fuel Efficiency

The Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is known for its exceptional fuel efficiency, thanks to its advanced engine technology. With a fuel consumption rate of approximately 27 km/liter, this adventure bike allows riders to go the extra mile without worrying about frequent fuel stops. The increased fuel tank capacity of 14.1 liters also adds to its long-distance riding capabilities, making it an ideal choice for riders who enjoy exploring the open road.

Advanced Safety Features

Safety is a top priority for Honda, and the NC750X (2014-2017) is equipped with advanced safety features to ensure rider confidence on every journey. The bike features Honda’s Combined Anti-lock Braking System (C-ABS), which provides enhanced braking performance and stability, especially during emergency stops or slippery road conditions. Additionally, the NC750X is equipped with LED headlights, improving visibility and making you more visible to other road users.

Ergonomics and Comfort

Comfort is paramount when it comes to long rides, and the Honda NC750X (2014-2017) excels in this aspect. The bike features adjustable windscreen height, allowing riders to customize their riding experience based on their preference and weather conditions. The ergonomically designed seat provides optimum support and comfort, even during extended rides. With well-positioned handlebars and footpegs, the NC750X ensures a comfortable riding position for riders of all sizes.

Technology and Connectivity

The Honda NC750X (2014-2017) embraces modern technology with its LCD instrument panel, providing riders with clear and easy-to-read information at a glance. The panel displays essential data such as speed, fuel level, gear position, and trip information. Additionally, the bike offers optional accessories such as a 12V socket for charging electronic devices, further enhancing its practicality for riders who rely on technology during their adventures.

Pricing and Availability

The Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is a popular choice among adventure bike enthusiasts. Its competitive pricing, considering its features and capabilities, makes it an attractive option for riders looking for a reliable and versatile machine. While the bike is no longer in production, it can still be found in the used market, allowing riders to enjoy the benefits of this upgraded version of the NC700X without breaking the bank.

Type:Four-stroke, Parallel Twin, liquid cooled
Displacement:745 cm3
Bore X Stroke:3.0×3.1 in OR 76 mm
Compression Ratio:10.7:1
Horsepower:55/6250 KW(hp)/RPM
Torque:50/4750 lb-ft/RPM OR 68/4750 Nm/RPM
Fuel System:Electronic injection PGM-FI
Gearbox:6-speed, Dual Clutch Transmission
Clutch:Wet Multi-Plate
Primary Drive:
Final Drive:Chain
Frame:Rigid tube steel diamond
Front Suspension:Telescopic fork 41 mm
Rear Suspension:Single monoshock damper
Front Brake:Single Hydraulic disc 320 mm
Rear Brake:Single Hydraulic disc 240 mm
Overall Length:87 in OR 2210 mm
Overall Width:33.1 in OR 841 mm
Seat Height:32.7 in OR 831 mm
Weelbase:60.6 in OR 1539 mm
Ground Clearance:6.5 in OR 165 mm
Weight:503 lbs OR 228 kg
Fuel Capacity:1.1 gallons OR 4.2 L


The Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is an adventure bike that offers an array of enhancements and improvements over its predecessor. With its increased engine capacity, versatile design, practical storage capacity, fuel efficiency, advanced safety features, and rider comfort, it is a top choice for riders seeking adventure and reliability. Whether you’re embarking on long-distance journeys or exploring off-road trails, the Honda NC750X (2014-2017) is ready to take you on your next unforgettable adventure.





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