A new frame allowed designers to shave 11 pounds from the total weight. (Honda/)
Honda updates its NC750X and NC750X DCT for 2021, giving its kind-hearted commuter a revised engine, new tech, and increased carrying capacity. Both versions will be available in dealerships this May, with the manual transmission NC750X pricing at $8,199 and its automatic DCT sibling pricing at $8,999.
Editor’s note: We test rode Honda’s commuter-friendly streetbike during the 2020 Honda NC750X DCT ABS MC Commute Review.
The essential architecture of the 745cc parallel-twin engine remains unchanged, but Honda raised the redline by 600 rpm and increased horsepower (though there’s no mention of exactly how much). Ride-by-wire is now standard, making it possible to offer Standard, Road, Rain, and Custom engine power settings. Honda Selectable Traction Control is available on the DCT version while a new slipper clutch and revised first, second, and third gear ratios are equipped on the manual edition.
Updates to the NC750X include ride-by-wire, a higher redline, and new engine output settings. (Honda/)
Both models pack a larger 23-liter-capacity storage compartment in the faux fuel tank, a hallmark feature of the über-convenient NC750X.
A larger LCD instrument display is standard on both the manual and DCT versions. (Honda/)
Both editions also lose some weight thanks to a new steel truss frame, which helps shave 11 pounds from last year’s models. The package will be suspended by a 41mm Showa fork with 4.7 inches of travel available while out back a Pro-Link Honda Multi-Action System shock offers 5.9 inches of travel. Both models will be equipped with a linked, rear-to-front, ABS braking package.
The manual edition gets a new slipper clutch. (Honda/)
The revised frame allowed designers to lower seat height by more than an inch and fit a new cowl and bodywork. The seat is revised also with an updated shape for enhanced comfort. The LCD instrument panel is larger than before, and a complete range of adventure accessories will be available including saddlebags, heated grips, taller windscreens, and cowl guards among numerous other items.
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The new engine promises to produce more power than last year’s model. (Honda/)
Both the manual and DCT editions will be dressed in Grand Prix Red colorways.
Honda increased the storage capacity on the NC750X for 2021. (Honda/)
2021 Honda NC750X and NC750X DCT Technical Specifications and Price
|Engine:||745cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin; 4 valves/cyl.|
|Bore x Stroke:||77.0 x 80.0mm|
|Fuel Delivery:||PGM-FI w/ ride-by-wire|
|Clutch:||Wet, multiplate slipper|
|Transmission/Final Drive:||6-speed manual (automatic DCT)/chain|
|Front Suspension:||Showa 41mm fork; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Pro-Link Showa shock; 5.9 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||Hydraulic caliper, 320mm disc w/ 2-channel ABS|
|Rear Brake:||Hydraulic caliper, 240mm disc w/ 2-channel ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Cast aluminum; 17 in. / 17 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||120/70-17 / 160/60-17|
|Seat Height:||31.6 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||3.8 gal.|
|Claimed Curb Weight:||472 lb./493 lb. (DCT)|
|Warranty:||12-month, transferable, unlimited-mileage limited warranty|