Honda have announced updates to its adventure-styled NC for 2018, bringing the new NC750X to US markets next summer. This bike has been making the rounds in Europe since the 2014 model-year, however riders in the States have had to settle for the smaller, 670cc NC700X so far. Pricing in the UK last year for the bike was just over $8800, so we won’t be surprised to see MSRP in that ballpark. But specifics have yet to be provided on the suggested retail price.
“We’re pleased to be able to offer the NC750X to our customers, especially with these new, performance-oriented updates,” said Lee Edmunds, American Honda’s Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications in a company statement. “Customers will continue to appreciate this model’s practical benefits, while a displacement increase, HSTC, and DCT improvements give it a more vibrant character as well.”
The primary change from last year’s European model is the addition of two-level Honda Selectable Traction Control, which can also be switched off if desired. Level 1 allows for a certain amount of wheel spin, tailored for use on gravel and dirt roads, while Level 2 is geared for maximum traction in slick conditions. Hold the HSTC button down and the system will be disabled.
The powerplant carries over from the existing overseas model. It’s a liquid-cooled, 745cc, eight-valve Parallel Twin available with either six-speed manual transmission or six-speed Dual Clutch Transmission. The DCT comes with two automatic modes, either Drive or Sport, along with a manual mode. The DCT redline is increased to 7500rpm also to let riders rev the engine out a bit more than before.
The mill is housed within a diamond-type steel frame, suspended by a Showa Dual Bending Valve fork and Pro-Link rear shock. Euro specs indicate 6-inches of front wheel travel and 5.9 inches out back.
A single 320mm wave disc and dual-piston caliper provides front end braking with a 240mm single wave disc and single piston caliper at the rear. Two-channel ABS is included also.
One of the unique, convenient features of the NC remains, and that’s the 5.8 gallon storage space inside the faux fuel tank. The 3.72-gallon tank remains situated underneath the seat.
Seat height remains unchanged at 32.7 inches, however curb weight increases slightly to 485 pounds ready to ride with the manual transmission option, up 11 pounds over the outgoing 700. The DCT tips the scales at 507 pounds, an increase of seven pounds versus the 2017 NC700X DCT.
Honda provides a generous-sized windscreen on the NC750X and a number of upgrades its accessory catalog.