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Honda NC700S and NC700X Coming to Canada – US Availability Still Uncertain
American Honda has not included the recently revealed NC700S and NC700X models in its 2012 list of offerings, but it looks like the two motorcycles will be available in Canada.
Honda Canada has not made an official announcement but a dealership in Kelowna, B.C., has published a press release that appears to have come directly from Honda Canada saying the two models will be available in Canada in the summer of 2012.
(EDIT: Honda Canada has confirmed the NC700 models will be at the Toronto Motorcycle Show Dec. 9-11 for what will be the North American debut for the two models.)
Honda unveiled NC700S standard and NC700X adventure bike debuted earlier this month at the 2011 EICMA show in Milan, but were absent from a list of 2012 models announced by American Honda. That doesn’t mean they won’t still be announced at a later date however.
Both models share the same 670cc parallel Twin engine and chassis as the Honda Integra scooter/motorcycle crossover. In other markets, Honda is offering the NC700S and NC700X with the company’s second-generation dual clutch transmission system as an option but it appears Honda Canada will only offer the six-speed manual transmission versions of the two models. The Integra however does not appear to be coming to Canada.
The all-new engine was designed to be highly efficient, with Honda claiming fuel economy of 63.5 mpg and a range of nearly 250 miles from a full 3.7 gallon tank. Speaking of the fuel tank, gas is stored under the seat and the space where a conventional fuel tank is positioned is actually a storage area large enough for a full-face helmet.
Both models will be equipped with Honda’s combined ABS with the right side pedal operating both front and rear brakes and the handlebar lever operating just the front brake.
The NC700S offers a low seat position and a neutral seating position while the NC700X with its longer suspension will have a higher seat height.
The NC700X will be offered in Darkness Black Metallic while the NC700S will come in Seal Silver Metallic with Thunder Yellow highlights.
Canadian pricing will likely be announced at the Toronto Motorcycle Show in early December. MCN reports from the NC700X’s launch event the adventure model will be priced at a surprisingly low 5,850 British Pounds (CN$9,520/US$9,078), making the NC700X on of Honda U.K.’s least expensive models, and the lowest MSRP for a Honda streetbike larger than 250cc. For comparison purposes, the NC700X is priced well below the 6,405 British Pound half-faired CBF600S which Honda Canada currently offers at a manufacturer-discounted price of CN$9,199.
[Source: Kelowna Honda Powerhouse]