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Old 05-14-2013, 02:05 PM   #4381
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I hated the stock screen in both positions so the first mod was the tall screen.I like the way the tall screen mounts and I wanted to mount my GPS and 12v plug on it.





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Old 05-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #4382
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Red ...

Hey Dv ...

The RED looks great ...

Seat -- not too many have said that the seat "breaks in to them" ....

But you are in luck --- you have until 5/18/13 to sign up for the great "Group buy" on the Seat Concepts new foam & cover kit over on the NC forum ...

http://nc700-forum.com/forum/group-p...group-buy.html


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I sold my XR650L on Sat and the project GL500I the week before, so I was looking for a new bike; couldn't stand being bike-less for more than a day...

Had narrowed it down to the Versys, WeeStrom, and the NC700X. I had ridden a 'new' 2011 Versys, and liked the bike, good power and nice suspension, and they had it marked down; however, shifting was a bit clunky and I wasn't excited to buy a 2-yr old demo (probably a lot of hard riding on a cold engine from people like me test riding it ). Was headed to the Suzy dealer to see if they had a Wee for a test ride, got kinda lost, and noticed a Honda dealer (it was actually across a big intersection from the dealer I was looking for, but I didn't know that at the time).

It was a small shop that only dealt Hondas, and it was a bit after 9 on Mon morning. The owner was there and let me test ride a red NC, I've been very interested in it but hadn't ridden one. I really like Hondas, especially red ones. Long story short, I liked how it felt, he gave me a fair deal (no 'talking w/ the manager bs') and I bought it. I guess I had that itch, if the Kawi dealer had been open on Monday, I might be joining the Versys thread...



But here I am and very happy with the bike. First 100 miles impressions:
- much less buzz than my XR650 (duh), but a little twin throbbing is there in a good way
- love the low end & midrange pull, power is always available without revving.
- I haven't hit the rev limiter, trying to be nice for the first few hundred miles
- I don't mind giving up the top end power for better fuel mileage
- low COG gives great balance, felt good on the dirt roads on the 'long way' into work this morning
- handy trunk is handy
- I like that it's a practical, economical ride that is quick and fun
- smooth & stable at 75+
- saddle is a slide, hoping my bony butt will tamp it down a bit in the back, gonna wait and see, might do the raise-the-front mod

Heated grips are on the way (I do live in MN). Looking for some Givi saddlebags for more capacity...

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Old 05-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #4383
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Hey Dv ...

The RED looks great ...

Seat -- not too many have said that the seat "breaks in to them" ....

But you are in luck --- you have until 5/18/13 to sign up for the great "Group buy" on the Seat Concepts new foam & cover kit over on the NC forum ...

http://nc700-forum.com/forum/group-p...group-buy.html

I was really happy they included a red version for '13. Matches my jacket

Thanks for the tip on the forum (awaiting acceptance) and the seat. Dunno if I can do the seat now, though it does look really nice. I ride bicycles quite a bit, so I'm used to small, hard seats- it's the sliding forward part that is most annoying so far and maybe raising the front a tad will fix it for me.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:46 PM   #4384
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I was really happy they included a red version for '13. Matches my jacket

Thanks for the tip on the forum (awaiting acceptance) and the seat. Dunno if I can do the seat now, though it does look really nice. I ride bicycles quite a bit, so I'm used to small, hard seats- it's the sliding forward part that is most annoying so far and maybe raising the front a tad will fix it for me.
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Look up the " Seat slope mod" on the NC forum..


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Old 05-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #4385
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Dang that bike looks good in red.

Congratulations Roll_n!
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #4386
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Look up the " Seat slope mod" on the NC forum..


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Thanks guys. I joined the NC forum, but I'm not 'approved' yet so I can't see the pics of the seat mod. There is a bit of slop in the front of the seat, I can see how that would facilitate raising the front 1cm or so.

Nice Givi's on there, where is a good place to get some of those? What's the difference between the E36's & the V35's?

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Old 05-14-2013, 08:27 PM   #4387
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I am intrigued by this bike and hope to test ride one soon. I am curious why Honda didn't make this a belt drive. Seems like a belt matches the design imperatives better no?
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #4388
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Thanks guys. I joined the NC forum, but I'm not 'approved' yet so I can't see the pics of the seat mod. There is a bit of slop in the front of the seat, I can see how that would facilitate raising the front 1cm or so.

Nice Givi's on there, where is a good place to get some of those? What's the difference between the E36's & the V35's?

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GiviUSA.com to view the various Monokey side and top cases.

The E36's are discontinued and as dealer stock is sold out they are going to be unavailable. The 36s are an old school rounded-off rectangular box design that Givi made a long time. With a slightly taller lid they become E45s which are still made by Givi and are still available. The V35's are a newer design that are more rounded and do not have a flat backside so they can be mounted a little closer to the motorcycle. V35s can be equipped with color matched panels to match certain motorcycle colors.

I have E36s on my 700X. I bought them3 months ago from Competition Accessories when they had 5 left.





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Old 05-14-2013, 08:50 PM   #4389
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I am intrigued by this bike and hope to test ride one soon. I am curious why Honda didn't make this a belt drive. Seems like a belt matches the design imperatives better no?
Part of the design brief is low selling price. A belt system would have been more expensive to design and manufacture.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:20 PM   #4390
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I am intrigued by this bike and hope to test ride one soon. I am curious why Honda didn't make this a belt drive. Seems like a belt matches the design imperatives better no?
Ask those owners with belt drives about service.........extreme $$$ for belt and pulleys........

Not mention belts and any off road use are not a great mix..........BMW guys can address pulley wear and tear and $$$$$
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Old 05-15-2013, 03:00 AM   #4391
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Dang that bike looks good in red.

Congratulations Roll_n!
Yep, I might have to sell some stuff and head on down to Honda...
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:06 AM   #4392
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Hi- Joined the NC700 forum a few days ago, but have yet to be approved by administrators so I can't post or look at pics.

I assume the admins are folks doing this out of the graciousness of their hearts, so I can't complain, but would appreciate it if someone might give them a nudge so I can participate over there.

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Old 05-16-2013, 06:22 AM   #4393
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Hi- Joined the NC700 forum a few days ago, but have yet to be approved by administrators so I can't post or look at pics.

I assume the admins are folks doing this out of the graciousness of their hearts, so I can't complain, but would appreciate it if someone might give them a nudge so I can participate over there.

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There are a couple of NC Forums. I am a Mod at NC700-forum but I don't get involved in new member approvals. If you can tell me by PM what name and email you signed up under, I will give admin a shout. Sorry for the trouble, but yes, the forum is a part-time volunteer effort.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:16 AM   #4394
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I took my brand new bike to Twisted Throttle here in RI on Friday. It is a great business, they were prepping for a big open house Saturday but Jim, the master technician, had agreed to install my parts.

First up, MFW Vario pegs. I need more room and the pegs give me about an inch. Jim also adjusted the brake lever downwards to its max. The set-up is very nice:

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Next, the radiator looks too exposed and would be first in line for a hole-punch from road debris and gravel. So, on went an R&G guard. It is beautifully made, as are all the parts from Twisted Throttle:

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I opted for SW Motech racks. It was a toss-up between these and Givi, but the mounts on the Motechs are amazingly strong. While not difficult it was an incredibly complicated assembly involving more spacers, widgets and nubbins than the gas grille I once assembled. And that was a lot! They look good:

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An MRA Vario touring screen was next. I was spending money like a drunken sailor and enjoying it immensely! The new screen is a vast improvement over the thumbnail original. Interestingly, it provides a quiet zone with no buffeting at my head, but there is a strong blast of air at my chest. I'll play with settings some more:

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Finally, some Bags Connection AERO ABS side-cases finished up the work. I picked these because of their forgiving semi-soft construction. I can be pretty hard on bags and have broken one every now and then. These look like they'll absorb minor hits. That, and they were cheap; I was running out of money! So, here's the finished bike:

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So far I'm really enjoying this bike. In all the excitement, however, I somehow managed to lose both the clutch lever and the shift lever. Look closely and you'll see they are missing. Miraculously I was still able to ride home anyway!
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:43 AM   #4395
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My Givi racks took all of 1/2 hour to install and no messin about with them.What was so complicated with the SW racks ??.


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