Honda NC700X Concept

Honda NC700X Concept Honda have released the first official pics of the new NC700S and NC700X, which are due to be shown at the EICMA motorcycle show this week. Pitched as fun and affordable mid-sized machines, the NC700S and NC700X offer easy handling and are suitable for commuting and/or weekend use.

These three bikes also share the same 47 hp 643cc engine and the 17″ wheels, fitted with a 120 tyre on the front and a 160 on the rear. The NC700X also boasts a storage space for the helmet in place of the fuel tank, which has been positioned under the saddle. Here are the first pics taken live at the 2011 EICMA, check them out.

The NT700X which I rode is one of three machines to debut the parallel twin engine, the other two being the more conventionally road-styled NC700S and the Integra scooter. It’s not just the power unit which they share, but the rolling chassis too, or as Honda calls it, the platform.

The 2012 Honda NC700X is fitted with the same 670cc twin-cylinder engine as the 700S, but gets ‘crossover’ styling cues and some off-road capabilities. ‘The NC700X crossover offers the long-travel suspension, agility and commanding riding position of an off-road bike in an overall package with high standards of stability, braking and engine performance. It promises a fun, engaging riding experience together with the practicality and ease of use that make it a machine eminently suitable for daily commuting,’ says a press note from honda