At the last month’s EICMA motorcycle show held at Milan, Italy, Honda showed off two of its latest motorcycles that will be positioned as solid commuters that could deliver a dash of fun, the Honda NC700C and the Honda NC700X. While the NC700S is a streetbike that looks like an out and out commuter motorcycle, the NC700X has some muscularity ingrained into its styling, and perhaps functionality as this motorcycle could double up as a good dual purpose motorcycle. This aside, both these motorcycles haven’t really been the talk of the town as they have been dismissed to be boring commuter machines by most of the developed world’s motorcyclists.
Both these motorcycles are powered by 670cc, parallel twin engines, which produce a peak power of 48 Bhp at 6,250 rpm for the S while it will produce 51 Bhp for the X variant, and a peak torque of 60 Nm at 4,750 rpm. This engine will be mated to a six speed manual transmission while Honda will also offer a dual clutch automatic gearbox as an option. The hallmark of this engine is said to be its fuel economy, which at a claimed 27 Kmpl seems quite impressive considering that the engine displaces 670cc on a motorcycle weighing over 220 kilos, and is said to be a downsized unit from the Honda Jazz hatchback.
What is interesting about both these motorcycles is the fact that the tank will hold a helmet instead of fuel, which will be stored someplace else. With the Indian performance motorcycle market growing by leaps and bounds, we are wondering if these motorcycles could be suitable upgrades to CBR250R owners who have been bitten by the touring bug. Maybe, Honda can start building these motorcycles in India and start selling them for a competitive price of under 3 Lakh, a price at which these motorcycles will be good value, plain vanilla be damned!