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Old 06-05-2013, 12:05 PM   #4501
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Interesting. After I rode the DCT, I rode a 2012 DL650. I bought the Suzuki.

I thought the suspension was much better than the Honda's, and I didn't like the seat or foot peg location on the Honda. The V-Strom was just more comfortable for me. I sure wish it had DCT though. I owned a DL1000 for a while. I have to say so far I think the DL-650 with the "adventure" screen does a much better job of handling airflow than the old style. I wouldn't say the airflow is smoother than the Honda, but it blocks a lot more of it.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:51 PM   #4502
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I'm still looking for a new light-to-medium off-road twin. Looks like I should wait for the 2014 offerings. Meanwhile an older DR650 will work.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:54 PM   #4503
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Interesting. After I rode the DCT, I rode a 2012 DL650. I bought the Suzuki.

I thought the suspension was much better than the Honda's, and I didn't like the seat or foot peg location on the Honda. The V-Strom was just more comfortable for me. I sure wish it had DCT though. I owned a DL1000 for a while. I have to say so far I think the DL-650 with the "adventure" screen does a much better job of handling airflow than the old style. I wouldn't say the airflow is smoother than the Honda, but it blocks a lot more of it.
I traded in my Vstrom ( 1000 ) for the NCX !!.


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Old 06-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #4504
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Again, to be fair, I have 8 year old suspension with 22,000 miles so it may be getting a bit tired compared to the NCX with 160 miles.

I would like to see how the 2012 Wee compares to the 2006 but not for their current pricing, I'll just continue rolling on my 06.

I also have the stock "flip up" Wee screen and it sucks, with my Madstad bracket it sucks less but its still turbulent. I prefer open air but the Wee was actually worse with no screen so I need somewhere in the middle.

I only rode the NCX for a total of 10 miles and the ergonomics were great for that short stint. I'm 5'-6", 30" inseam, 200# and preferred the somewhat forward lean on the NCX over the Wee. The seat angle and bar sweep on the Wee pulls my left shoulder out (loose tendons or some such, it pops and grates all the time) and is uncomfortable unless I make a conscious effort to lean forward and put weight on it. The NCX just plain fit well. And the bar angle was good for me as well. I have to use my throttle lock on the Wee in order to ride for more than 10 miles or my right hand goes numb.


Most of what I liked about the NCX over the Wee could be remedied through the aftermarket but I just haven't gotten around to it.
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:06 PM   #4505
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The only thing I didn't care too much for was very slow speed handling, parking lot type maneuvers. I had a difficult time being comfortable without being able to slip the clutch to regulate my speed in the under 10 mph range. It seemed to work well if I throttled up with the rear brake on and then continued to slightly drag the brake. It sounded as though it was slipping the clutch a bit since the revs were up and it was smooth. If I didn't work against the brake it was a lumpy ride from the power pulses, as if the clutch were fully engaged, similar to letting the Wee idle along in first gear.
I am completely opposite on this issue. I can ride this bike on the steering stops. I feel more controlled at slow speeds on my NCX then any other bike I've owned.
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:28 AM   #4506
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Probably already been covered but here's a non-owner's view (me):

That being said, I did find it to be a little slower than the Wee both solo and 2-up but all in all its an outstanding ride. On the flip side though, it is deceptively quick being so smooth and not having to work the gearbox you get up to speed sooner than you think and the exhaust and motor are quiet enough that 70+ can sneak up on you if you get on it hard from a stop.

Just did my 600 mile oil change, and agree with this- electric feel to the power, it is a bit slower outright, but deceptively quick and fun to drive because there's always a good amount of torque available without stirring around for rpm's.

And the fuel economy is pretty good for daily driving
-> first 3 fillups: 70, 67, & 71.5 mpg. I'll take that!

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Old 06-08-2013, 12:27 PM   #4507
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I wonder if anyone agrees

I own a X,,,am I the only owner who simply hates instrument cluster,,it just looks so naff and cheapo,,,,the reason I mention this is because I happened to see a really nice after market cluster by Ace well,,check out the pic .If I could get it to work and it fitted,,it would be a pleasure to hand over the dosh....http://www.acewell.co.uk/
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #4508
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I own a X,,,am I the only owner who simply hates instrument cluster,,it just looks so naff and cheapo,,,,the reason I mention this is because I happened to see a really nice after market cluster by Ace well,,check out the pic .If I could get it to work and it fitted,,it would be a pleasure to hand over the dosh....http://www.acewell.co.uk/
Which of these Ace clusters were you looking at?

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Old 06-08-2013, 01:19 PM   #4509
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I own a X,,,am I the only owner who simply hates instrument cluster,,it just looks so naff and cheapo,,,,the reason I mention this is because I happened to see a really nice after market cluster by Ace well,,check out the pic .If I could get it to work and it fitted,,it would be a pleasure to hand over the dosh....
I think that you are SOL with this. The instrument cluster on the NC contains "other stuff" than instruments. I believe it contains the ECU/PCU for the bike. I cannot find any other "black boxes" on the bike and everything seems to harness up to what they call the "combination meter".
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:21 PM   #4510
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Still enjoying mine. Not had a chance to try a different screen yet but I'll get round to it. Average is 80mpg (UK). Nearly 2k miles on it now.
So far I have the Givi engine bars, Givi trekker topcase and rack. Heated grips, centre stand and fender extender. Mine is the manual, they all have ABS here in the UK I think. Odd that you only get the ABS with the DCT? I've never actually felt the abs cut in, despite the crappy weather that we normally ride in over here.
Went for a ride this evening and the weather is fantastic here at the moment for a change.

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Old 06-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #4511
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:33 AM   #4512
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Still enjoying mine. Not had a chance to try a different screen yet but I'll get round to it. Average is 80mpg (UK). Nearly 2k miles on it now.
So far I have the Givi engine bars, Givi trekker topcase and rack. Heated grips, centre stand and fender extender. Mine is the manual, they all have ABS here in the UK I think. Odd that you only get the ABS with the DCT? I've never actually felt the abs cut in, despite the crappy weather that we normally ride in over here.
Went for a ride this evening and the weather is fantastic here at the moment for a change.

Great photo! Extra kudos for artfully capturing the RtW compass rose patch. I just finished installing hand guards on mine, the final step will be the Seat Concepts seat which the upholsterer is doing this Friday.
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:35 PM   #4513
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I think that you are SOL with this. The instrument cluster on the NC contains "other stuff" than instruments. I believe it contains the ECU/PCU for the bike. I cannot find any other "black boxes" on the bike and everything seems to harness up to what they call the "combination meter".
Agggggggggggggggrh surly not,,there must be other black boxs hidden somewhere<,,,RATS I,v gone glum!!!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 04:41 PM   #4514
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I know a guy who has been trying to buy a DCT version for 4 months from the local dealer here in Boise. He's standing there with the money in hand. They keep telling him it has shipped, he goes out there, no bike. I wanted to buy one this week. They told me they had two in stock. I go out there and they have one non-DCT NC700X and one of those cruiser style ones. The dealer doesn't even know the difference between these bikes. Does anyone on here know of any DCTs at a dealer they like in WA, OR, UT, or NV? I've given up on the local dealer.
http://www.ridemotorsports.com (Woodinville WA) and http://www.lakecitypowersports.com (Seattle WA) seem to get regular DCT deliveries.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:10 PM   #4515
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so what about the CTX700?

Ok I thought I was set and dialed in to pull the plug on the NC700X, even to the point of visiting a local dealer and seeing one in person, etc.

Then...then.... THEN last night I stumble across the CTX700 and have to say visually it draws me right to it over the NC. I understand the riding styles are different and I think the NC with its 'trunk' is still one of the cooler things I've seen while researching.

Just wondering, did any of you ride and compare the CT before buying the NC? I'm considering the DCT/ABS version of both, and intend most of my riding to be solo with some short trips possible with a passenger.

Any thoughts here?
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