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One Year In .. a summary

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It was one year ago today 6-22-2021 that I picked up my 21 NC 750X DCT. Traded in my 2018 FJR on it when my wife quit riding, figuring at 71 (now 72) I no longer needed a two up touring machine that weighed 650 pounds and had 145 hp.

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Since that time, I have ridden it in all 12 months of the year, summer, fall, winter, spring, in all conditions, sun, heat, rain, wind and snow., from 9 degrees F to 108 degrees F.

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14,563 miles as of today's ride.

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Almost exclusively daily rides except for one week long trip to Kentucky/ Tennessee last fall, on a ride we call our "Men's Fall Trip" (14th annual this year) with male members of the family.

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It has held up well. Some oxidation on various brackets, but overall it looks much like it did the day I brought it home. Nothing has failed or broken. I guess my warranty runs out today. I did not have the stalling issue and have not had the safety recall done (maybe this winter)

I had originally planned to put a centerstand, a luggage rack, some heated grips, a tank bag and a fender extender on it. None of that has happened except the center stand. I do have the Oxford heated grips upstairs and before next winter I will get them on. No tank bag due to the redesign of panels on frunk on the 21 model. Never got around to a fender extender and guess at this point I won't. Honda wanted $400 for a luggage rack and I thought that was ridiculous , so no rack. I did put a Helmet Guardian on the rear lic plate bracket, a battery tender pigtail which resides in the frunk for keeping the battery topped up and powering my electric jacket liner, some reflective tape on the rear fender, and I run either a cut down shorty shield in the summer or a Givi touring shield in the winter. Oh and I made a frunk key knob. Those are my only additions. Stock seat, no risers, stock footpegs.

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At 7,130 miles the stock Metzler Tourance Next tires got replaced with some Michelin Road 5's. Now have 7,433 miles on those and they still have some life in them, but not a lot. They have been excellent tires. Not sure what I will replace them with next.

Oil and filter was changed at 851 miles. Oil and both filters were changed at 7978 miles. Will be due for another oil and double filter change at 16.000 miles per Honda's maintenance schedule which I am trying to adhere to. Honda filters and GN4 10W30 Oil

Still running stock chain, front and rear brake pads, air cleaner, and spark plugs.

Ergos suit me fine. Mirrors give me a good view of what's behind me.

I am getting used to the meager 58 hp and the 270 degree throb of the engine. It's doing everything I ask of it so I really shouldn't complain. FOR ME it could have another 25 horses. 10 FT LBs of torque and be smoother. It is what it is.

I also wish the front brake was a little stronger. It's pretty good if you squeeze it hard enough, but takes more lever pressure than it should to get decent stopping.

I do enjoy the light weight feeling (it's not really that light but feels like it).

The frunk is nice and I use it often, but still would have preferred a tank bag lol.

The bike handles excellently on the country curvy roads I ride daily.

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I love the summer economy of mid 70's on gas mileage (it goes down to mid 60's in winter which is only 6 or 7 mpg more than my CB 1100 4 cyl with 85 hp and 65 ft lbs of torque)

The DCT transmission is nothing short of brilliant. I ride in standard mode most of the time, overriding Honda's algorithm by using the paddle shifters as I deem necessary, like for passing or hills. Most of the time it's in the same gear my manual shift CB 1100 is when riding, without the fuss of me having to manually shift the gears with my left hand and foot or rotate my right wrist on and off for every gear. You give it gas to take off and just hold the throttle steady while it shifts up and down as needed. Like I said I find it brilliant.

Taking my CB 1100 to North Dakota next week to pick up the last state I need in my quest to ride in all of the lower 48 states (plus have ridden in 2 provinces of Canada and 5 countries in Europe) Then a few weeks after I get home from ND, the NC is going on the annual Fall Men's Trip to ride Ohio's Windy 9 this year


Looking forward to the next year!

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Thanks for the excellent summary write up of your NC’s first year. You covered it in detail. Your annual miles ridden total is very impressive. I hope the NCX continues to serve you for many more years.

On the maintenance schedule, did Honda go back to recommending oil filter changes every 8000 miles, or is it still a 16,000 mile interval?
Regarding spark plug changes, I know what Honda says but my originals are at 61,000 miles now and I’m thinking of running them to 100,000 miles like most cars do. I’ll be the pioneer and see if that works out.
 

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I think it is 8,000 on the oil and 16, 000 on the filters? I know Im due for the whole shebang at 16,000. Lol I would normally have gone 4000 on oil and filters.
 
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What a great and complete review. I feel like a pedestrian now. I am only 4 months in on my 2022 though so maybe I can get more miles on therre.
 

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Excellent write up. I don’t know of many motorcycles that have strong appeal for both incoming riders and seasoned riders alike.
 

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Nice write up Mick.. I haven't been on here for a long time and lo an behold first post i see is yours!!! good job..
I still have my nc700x. I don't ride it. just sits.. ride mostly the ST. I only go riding when there's major miles to put down. Too hot out for me as of now.
 

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It was one year ago today 6-22-2021 that I picked up my 21 NC 750X DCT. Traded in my 2018 FJR on it when my wife quit riding, figuring at 71 (now 72) I no longer needed a two up touring machine that weighed 650 pounds and had 145 hp.

Fvyfy9Qh.jpg


Since that time, I have ridden it in all 12 months of the year, summer, fall, winter, spring, in all conditions, sun, heat, rain, wind and snow., from 9 degrees F to today's heat index of 104.

kq5oUoOh.jpg


hLzOuSNh.jpg


g7ElQQth.jpg


14,563 miles as of today's ride.

uJUtjprh.jpg


Almost exclusively daily rides except for one week long trip to Kentucky/ Tennessee last fall, on a ride we call our "Men's Fall Trip" (14th annual this year) with male members of the family.

at4bYtsh.jpg


2wzpPPah.jpg


3JIKXuOh.jpg


n8ctHVEh.jpg


It has held up well. Some oxidation on various brackets, but overall it looks much like it did the day I brought it home. Nothing has failed or broken. I guess my warranty runs out today. I did not have the stalling issue and have not had the safety recall done (maybe this winter)

I had originally planned to put a centerstand, a luggage rack, some heated grips, a tank bag and a fender extender on it. None of that has happened except the center stand. I do have the Oxford heated grips upstairs and before next winter I will get them on. No tank bag due to the redesign of panels on frunk on the 21 model. Never got around to a fender extender and guess at this point I won't. Honda wanted $400 for a luggage rack and I thought that was ridiculous , so no rack. I did put a Helmet Guardian on the rear lic plate bracket, a battery tender pigtail which resides in the frunk for keeping the battery topped up and powering my electric jacket liner, some reflective tape on the rear fender, and I run either a cut down shorty shield in the summer or a Givi touring shield in the winter. Oh and I made a frunk key knob. Those are my only additions. Stock seat, no risers, stock footpegs.

sb2eIGJh.jpg


At 7,130 miles the stock Metzler Tourance Next tires got replaced with some Michelin Road 5's. Now have 7,433 miles on those and they still have some life in them, but not a lot. They have been excellent tires. Not sure what I will replace them with next.

Oil and filter was changed at 851 miles. Oil and both filters were changed at 7978 miles. Will be due for another oil and double filter change at 16.000 miles per Honda's maintenance schedule which I am trying to adhere to. Honda filters and GN4 10W30 Oil

Still running stock chain, front and rear brake pads, air cleaner, and spark plugs.

Ergos suit me fine. Mirrors give me a good view of what's behind me.

I am getting used to the meager 58 hp and the 270 degree throb of the engine. It's doing everything I ask of it so I really shouldn't complain. FOR ME it could have another 25 horses. 10 FT LBs of torque and be smoother. It is what it is.

I also wish the front brake was a little stronger. It's pretty good if you squeeze it hard enough, but takes more lever pressure than it should to get decent stopping.

I do enjoy the light weight feeling (it's not really that light but feels like it).

The frunk is nice and I use it often, but still would have preferred a tank bag lol.

The bike handles excellently on the country curvy roads I ride daily.

l7Ul0p1h.jpg


I love the summer economy of mid 70's on gas mileage (it goes down to mid 60's in winter which is only 6 or 7 mpg more than my CB 1100 4 cyl with 85 hp and 65 ft lbs of torque)

The DCT transmission is nothing short of brilliant. I ride in standard mode most of the time, overriding Honda's algorithm by using the paddle shifters as I deem necessary, like for passing or hills. Most of the time it's in the same gear my manual shift CB 1100 is when riding, without the fuss of me having to manually shift the gears with my left hand and foot or rotate my right wrist on and off for every gear. You give it gas to take off and just hold the throttle steady while it shifts up and down as needed. Like I said I find it brilliant.

Taking my CB 1100 to North Dakota next week to pick up the last state I need in my quest to ride in all of the lower 48 states (plus have ridden in 2 provinces of Canada and 5 countries in Europe) Then a few weeks after I get home from ND, the NC is going on the annual Fall Men's Trip to ride Ohio's Windy 9 this year


Looking forward to the next year!

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Where in Ohio are you based?
 

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It was one year ago today 6-22-2021 that I picked up my 21 NC 750X DCT. Traded in my 2018 FJR on it when my wife quit riding, figuring at 71 (now 72) I no longer needed a two up touring machine that weighed 650 pounds and had 145 hp.

Fvyfy9Qh.jpg


Since that time, I have ridden it in all 12 months of the year, summer, fall, winter, spring, in all conditions, sun, heat, rain, wind and snow., from 9 degrees F to today's heat index of 104.

kq5oUoOh.jpg


hLzOuSNh.jpg


g7ElQQth.jpg


14,563 miles as of today's ride.

uJUtjprh.jpg


Almost exclusively daily rides except for one week long trip to Kentucky/ Tennessee last fall, on a ride we call our "Men's Fall Trip" (14th annual this year) with male members of the family.

at4bYtsh.jpg


2wzpPPah.jpg


3JIKXuOh.jpg


n8ctHVEh.jpg


It has held up well. Some oxidation on various brackets, but overall it looks much like it did the day I brought it home. Nothing has failed or broken. I guess my warranty runs out today. I did not have the stalling issue and have not had the safety recall done (maybe this winter)

I had originally planned to put a centerstand, a luggage rack, some heated grips, a tank bag and a fender extender on it. None of that has happened except the center stand. I do have the Oxford heated grips upstairs and before next winter I will get them on. No tank bag due to the redesign of panels on frunk on the 21 model. Never got around to a fender extender and guess at this point I won't. Honda wanted $400 for a luggage rack and I thought that was ridiculous , so no rack. I did put a Helmet Guardian on the rear lic plate bracket, a battery tender pigtail which resides in the frunk for keeping the battery topped up and powering my electric jacket liner, some reflective tape on the rear fender, and I run either a cut down shorty shield in the summer or a Givi touring shield in the winter. Oh and I made a frunk key knob. Those are my only additions. Stock seat, no risers, stock footpegs.

sb2eIGJh.jpg


At 7,130 miles the stock Metzler Tourance Next tires got replaced with some Michelin Road 5's. Now have 7,433 miles on those and they still have some life in them, but not a lot. They have been excellent tires. Not sure what I will replace them with next.

Oil and filter was changed at 851 miles. Oil and both filters were changed at 7978 miles. Will be due for another oil and double filter change at 16.000 miles per Honda's maintenance schedule which I am trying to adhere to. Honda filters and GN4 10W30 Oil

Still running stock chain, front and rear brake pads, air cleaner, and spark plugs.

Ergos suit me fine. Mirrors give me a good view of what's behind me.

I am getting used to the meager 58 hp and the 270 degree throb of the engine. It's doing everything I ask of it so I really shouldn't complain. FOR ME it could have another 25 horses. 10 FT LBs of torque and be smoother. It is what it is.

I also wish the front brake was a little stronger. It's pretty good if you squeeze it hard enough, but takes more lever pressure than it should to get decent stopping.

I do enjoy the light weight feeling (it's not really that light but feels like it).

The frunk is nice and I use it often, but still would have preferred a tank bag lol.

The bike handles excellently on the country curvy roads I ride daily.

l7Ul0p1h.jpg


I love the summer economy of mid 70's on gas mileage (it goes down to mid 60's in winter which is only 6 or 7 mpg more than my CB 1100 4 cyl with 85 hp and 65 ft lbs of torque)

The DCT transmission is nothing short of brilliant. I ride in standard mode most of the time, overriding Honda's algorithm by using the paddle shifters as I deem necessary, like for passing or hills. Most of the time it's in the same gear my manual shift CB 1100 is when riding, without the fuss of me having to manually shift the gears with my left hand and foot or rotate my right wrist on and off for every gear. You give it gas to take off and just hold the throttle steady while it shifts up and down as needed. Like I said I find it brilliant.

Taking my CB 1100 to North Dakota next week to pick up the last state I need in my quest to ride in all of the lower 48 states (plus have ridden in 2 provinces of Canada and 5 countries in Europe) Then a few weeks after I get home from ND, the NC is going on the annual Fall Men's Trip to ride Ohio's Windy 9 this year


Looking forward to the next year!

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Really a great write up! Thanks a million for sharing and being a fantastic ambassador to the sport!
 

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Nice write up Mick.. I haven't been on here for a long time and lo an behold first post i see is yours!!! good job..
I still have my nc700x. I don't ride it. just sits.. ride mostly the ST. I only go riding when there's major miles to put down. Too hot out for me as of now.

Hey Doug good to see you here. Yea its been hot the last week, thats for sure. I sure miss my ST and taking the big mile trips
 

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From your rural highway pictures here and in other posts, Ferret, it appears that you state and/or local highway departments maintain the roads reasonably well. I envy that, and I’m sure I would ride more if I had your road opportunities. I generally need to ride or trailer the bike(s) at least several hours away to find good roads.
 

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From your rural highway pictures here and in other posts, Ferret, it appears that you state and/or local highway departments maintain the roads reasonably well. I envy that, and I’m sure I would ride more if I had your road opportunities. I generally need to ride or trailer the bike(s) at least several hours away to find good roads.
I believe they do a real good job in our state of maintaining the roads, at least the lower half, I don't ride in northern Ohio, Right now they are laying new blacktop everywhere and the roads are smooth as a baby's butt. So nice!

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I believe they do a real good job in our state of maintaining the roads, at least the lower half, I don't ride in northern Ohio, Right now they are laying new blacktop everywhere and the roads are smooth as a baby's butt. So nice!

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Yes, very, very nice. Within 40 miles of my house I know of only one short section of two lane state highway that was resurfaced in the last 10 years. I can’t think of any local two lane US highway that was paved in the last 10 years. They are all in bad shape.

I like to visit Tennessee and North Carolina because their roads are nice. I’m sure yours are too, from the looks of it.
 

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I like to visit Tennessee and North Carolina because their roads are nice. I’m sure yours are too, from the looks of it.
Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT come north into Manitoba if you're looking for smooth roads to drive on.
Most of our city streets and highways make Kandahar's roads look like airport runways.
The guy from Alberta who bought my bike commented on how rough and bumpy even our Trans-Canada highway is.
Chalk it up to the long cold wet Spring, with too much freeze-thaw action, and our government's lack of financial commitment to the Highways Dep't.
 

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Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT come north into Manitoba if you're looking for smooth roads to drive on.
Most of our city streets and highways make Kandahar's roads look like airport runways.
The guy from Alberta who bought my bike commented on how rough and bumpy even our Trans-Canada highway is.
Chalk it up to the long cold wet Spring, with too much freeze-thaw action, and our government's lack of financial commitment to the Highways Dep't.
Thanks for the warning, but actually I was hoping to get to Manitoba in the next year or so. I have been to all 50 USA states and all of the Canada provinces except Manitoba. So I hope to visit Manitoba soon to complete my list. I will be prepared for rough roads.
 

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Thanks for the warning, but actually I was hoping to get to Manitoba in the next year or so. I have been to all 50 USA states and all of the Canada provinces except Manitoba. So I hope to visit Manitoba soon to complete my list. I will be prepared for rough roads.
If you do come up, I would be glad to offer my suggestions on where to ride, camp, eat, drink, and enjoy our wonderful province.
We are really just like our licence plate motto says: "Friendly Manitoba".
 
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