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Old 02-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #4141
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Oh man...I miss my scooter! Not miss it more than my NC700X, but I do miss it. Riding my scooter is what made me love the NC700X--I wanted built in storage, and I almost got the DCT version just because of riding the auto trans scooter was so much fun, and relaxing in city driving (95% of my driving).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a scooter hater based on any silly macho thing or snobbery or anything, they just feel wrong to me. I lovingly own and commute on a CBR125R, so that kinda shows I don't have small cc two wheeler issues

Most "normal" motorcycle riders scoff at the 125R worse than any scooter...
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:02 PM   #4142
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Entertaining but yes but it missed the mark.

For most, urban mobility is an easy ride bike/scoot that deals with stop & go traffic (read here auto is easier. plus for most no lane splitting so you are also stop and go) and has storage for food and gear to take to & from work (read either the 700 or the bmw).

Urban mobility has nothing to do with canyon carving with a pizza for lunch.
Most urban dwellers have nothing but straight roads and stop lights and bad weather to deal with at times.

They picked the fun bike to ride outside of the city as the winner???
Cost not in the factor I would have picked the BMW as it does it all well enough plus has great weather protection.

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I thought it was a rather pointless and silly "comparison"

All they really compared were each others one liners and lame comedic quips.

So basically, speed was their #1 criteria for this test. The rest of the comparo was a farce for the sake of filling in the remaining blank airtime.

"Oh ya, I'll just put this pizza in my backpack and scream up this windy canyon road to the top for lunch."

If you're not smart enough to carry a bungy or a cargo net in the bike to at least strap your pizza filled pack horizontally to the rear seat, I don't think I'm going to be in awe of your opinions on other stuff, lol

Other dumb guy could have bent the pizza box in the middle, or folded the four corners inward and stuffed the thing in the trunk easy.

They put the old guy on the DCT rather than boy racer wannabe stunter Versys dood. Anyone really surprised by the "Oh look, I can corner faster than you can" scenario?

Drag racing? Seriously? Fer sure that's why I bought my Scooter/auto shifting economy motorbike, and mostly use it for.

You couldn't pay me to own/ride a scooter*. Sorry, no offense, I just don't like them. Given a choice between a Versys and an NC700X, I pick the Honda. (I really did, as I now own one and am ecstatically happy with it) I have no desire to drag race $10,000 dollar BMW scooters with it, or fill the trunk with zip loc baggies full of pizza.


*I say this tongue in cheek, as I was paid to ride a scooter for years as a delivery driver, and no thanks, never again.
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Old 02-13-2013, 04:35 PM   #4143
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So instead of discussing the bikes/scooter in the video as competition for the NC700, we're going to talk about the presenters' opinions on each other?

It's a reality though that you're going to get condescension on a scooter or a littler/slower motorcycle, but they show you that you can enjoy a bike for what it is not for purely how big its engine is. We're missing the point of the video I think.

Anyway, I like the Honda and I think I'd pick it as the winner. It's the halfway point between a versatile motorcycle and a dedicated sports scooter that leaves you with a very functional and fun bike - that gets awesome mileage.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:06 PM   #4144
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good video, thanks for posting. I would take the versys too, maybe that's why. I thought it was entertaining, but then I think Top Gear is entertaining too and it's the exact same 3-friends-constantly-picking-at-each-other formula

no flies on the NC700X, I tend to think it'd edge out the Versys for strictly city riding.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:24 PM   #4145
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This month's Bike has articles by several types of riders and their impression of living with the NC700X. One is a high mileage all weather rider logging 900 - 1000 miles a week in the UK, one is a rider living with the bike on slick-streeted traffic-clogged Rome, one is a former director of HRC and Honda product developer in the 70's and 80's, the other is the semi God John McGuiness. Interesting reading from the most diverse viewpoints I have ever seen in one place.
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #4146
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ampp...0981B98726601A


City Bike Shootout! BMW C600 Sport vs Honda NC700X vs Kawasaki Versys - On Two Wheels Episode 26

Pretty good little review/comparison. I'd take the NC700 tbh.
I really enjoyed that. thanks for posting it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:39 AM   #4147
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This month's Bike has articles by several types of riders and their impression of living with the NC700X. One is a high mileage all weather rider logging 900 - 1000 miles a week in the UK, one is a rider living with the bike on slick-streeted traffic-clogged Rome, one is a former director of HRC and Honda product developer in the 70's and 80's, the other is the semi God John McGuiness. Interesting reading from the most diverse viewpoints I have ever seen in one place.
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:47 AM   #4148
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All 3 Bikes are good.

I saw the video and think it's pretty well done. All humor in it was good ribbing. The BMW scooter did very well IMHO. The NC 700 is a great bike though. As a grown man, I can't understand all the bad feelings over this video. I found it a good view. peace
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:20 AM   #4149
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Each rider really loved the bike.
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:56 AM   #4150
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Each rider really loved the bike.
No big surprise to me
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:18 AM   #4151
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:21 AM   #4152
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:56 AM   #4153
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Yeah but the bag 'o pizza made my drab little day

It wasn't bad, nobody held a gun (registered or not) to my head to watch. I like living in America, but I don't like pizza, I would have tossed it in the garbage can, no problem how it turned out.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:12 AM   #4154
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yeah the pizza thing - if I knew I had to carry my lunch in the NC700X's cubby, I wouldn't buy a pizza in a 12" box. Dumb. But I guess the BMW guy got to choose, and he wanted to show it could be carried on the BMW and not so easily on the Honda. The plastic bags and the Versys rider's backpack indicate it was all planned ahead of time. These guys should get an oscar.

Best city bike is the Versys? because it's fastest in the twisties? They are obviously catering to a younger than me crowd, that values speed above all else. For me, the clutch is a real handicap in city riding. I would love to have the DCT!

Also I was a bit surprised they went with the "sport" version of the BMW, and not the GT, which offers even more storage space and wind protection.

I was also a bit surprised at the performance difference between the Versys and the other two. I got the impression the V rider could run away and hide any time he wanted to, while the Honda could not pass the BMW on the straights, but carried a faster cornering speed. I have to admit that was a bit of a disappointment. Maybe we need a NC900X?
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:24 AM   #4155
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Do I want a modern Honda twin dual spot? YES!
Do I want 77mpg? YES!
Do I want a modern Africa Twin? HELL YES!!

Do I think it is gonna happen...let alone happen here in the US?.... nope

Prove me wrong Honda. Prove me wrong.
It is modern, it will go off road, sorta dual sport, will get 77 mpg, it is a twin................Compromise....YES......................good as it gets for now................or wait for the 500x and mod that to fit ones needs..................

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