There are no plans yet to bring either model to the U.S., but Honda is bringing its new NC700S and NC700X models to Canada for the summer of 2012. American Honda will however, likely be keeping a close eye on how the new models do with its northern neighbor (or perhaps “neighbour”) before deciding whether to import the NC700 models stateside.

Making their North American debuts at the 2011 Toronto Motorcycle Show, the naked standard NC700S and the more adventure-touring styled NC700X represent a new product family for Honda, sharing the same frame and 670cc parallel Twin engine with each other and the Honda Integra scooter-motorcycle crossover (speaking of which, there are no plans for the Integra to come to either the U.S. or Canada yet). Canadian pricing is still to be determined, but Honda tells us they are aiming for a sub-$9000 (Canadian) MSRP.

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The NC700 models represent a bit of a paradigm shift from Honda which will impact how the two models will do on the sales floor. The key selling point for the two models will not be based on high horsepower figures or racetrack performance, but instead fuel economy and practicality. As for the target audience, Honda is aiming at customers moving up from their first entry-level bike and looking for a practical every-day commuter.

Final North American specs are still to be determined, but the European-spec NC700S and NC700X top out under 47 hp, though Canadian models might get more power without the horsepower caps for European licensing restrictions. The digital tachometer shows a redline at 6500rpm and a rev-limit around 8000rpm, remarkably low revs for a modern 670cc Twin. Peak horsepower and torque will come at lower rpms than other motorcycles however, and gear shifting will likely come more frequently.

Speaking of gear shifting, Honda Canada says they will only offer the standard, six-speed manual transmission version of the NC700 models, and not the optional second-generation dual clutch transmission available in other markets. Honda tells me the decision was made to keep the prices lower.

Canadian customers will see some more savings at the fuel pumps with the NC700 models. Honda claims the NC700 models will get up to 63.5 mpg but early testers in Europe say they might get as high as 80 mpg, depending on riding style.

One neat feature is the storage space, something it inherits from the Integra’s scooter DNA. Where a traditional fuel tank is expected is a storage compartment should be large enough to hold an XL full-face helmet or perhaps a large bag of groceries. The compartment opens using the motorcycle’s key, either just behind the headstock on the NC700X or on the left side on the NC700S. The same lock can also be used to open the compartment under the passenger seat to reveal the fuel cap to the 14.1 l (3.7 gallon) tank.

The front storage compartment was made possible by the design of the NC700 models’ frames and the position of the engine with the cylinders leaning 62 degrees forward from vertical. The engine placement and fuel tank position also help provide for a lower center of gravity.

The Honda NC700X will be offered in black while the NC700S will be available in gray with yellow highlights. Expect pricing to be announced in the new year.

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EICMA 2011: Honda NC700S Breaks Cover
EICMA 2011: Honda NC700X Unveiled

  • Phil

    Just another boring bike made for people who think “Miles Per Gallon” first when choosing a bike as a cheaper option for their daily commute. Yawn.!!

  • And for those people, this might fit the bill. If you’re looking for a performance machine, this obviously isn’t for you; Honda has other models for that. But not everybody wants a bike for the same reasons.

  • Gear Driven

    Under $9000 Canadian?!? Surely this is a joke. Hmmm. If they mean $2000 under $9000, I think Honda will have a real winner here. Otherwise, I’m not sure what the draw would be to purchase this bike. Who would want to buy an expensive ($9000), low horsepower (51 hp), low redline (6500RPM) and overweight (481 lbs wet) bike that merely promises better than average fuel economy (58 mpg U.S.). A Yamaha FZ6R sells for $7999 in Canada. And an FZ8 at $9499 would only be $500 more. These bikes will likely do everything better than the NC700 siblings too (with the exception of fuel economy, and the faux fuel-tank storage bin). Heck, why buy this over a Ninja 650R which sells for $8299 in Canada? If Honda put the NC700s/x on a diet that allowed it to lose 100lbs for a total weight of 381 lbs wet, this bike would get even BETTER fuel economy, handle better, and accelerate much better. Now that would be an interesting bike. I’d pay $9000 for that kind of ride Honda.

  • Gear Driven your comment is appreciable.this is pricy

  • its awesome..this kind of bike is really good.price,looks..and the fuel efficiency the most..great..gonna give 5 star on this model..hope it will reach the philippine market so thatb= i can have one of this..thumbs-up HONDA…

  • LT

    It will be a great bike for me, wind protection, upright position,Honda quality and best of all, great fuel economy!!

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