Honda is at the 2012 Motor Bike Expo in Verona with most of the models showcased at the 2011 EICMA, dispatching its massive fleet of motorcycles and scooters in one of the biggest stands at the event. Obviously, the brand new Crosstourer, Integra and the twins NC700S and NC700X are the ones which drawn the most attention, but the crowd in Verona seemed to enjoy all models as well as Honda’s own clothing line and gadgets. Honda did not forget to pay tribute to the late Mika Ahola, the 5 times Enduro World Champion who died about a week ago back, honoured in a special area of the stand.
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Honda released a minute-long promo video featuring the new NC700 range for the year 2012, namely Honda NC700S and NC700X. The two bikes have been recently introduced to the public at the 2011 EICMA and have been developed on the same platform, sharing the same 47 hp in-line 2-cylinder 643cc engine and the 17″ wheels, but each one boasts its own distinct personality.
The NC700S, is basically a small naked commuter, with low seat position and accessible width of the handlebars that ensures passengers’ comfort and security with twin grab handles. Honda NC700X is a crossover model with unique styling, more upright riding position, taller seat height and slightly longer suspension travel.
The same platform that generated these two machines is also shared by Honda Integra maxi-scooter. Both models will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox and an optional dual clutch transmission.
Honda is trying to make motorcycling history by using the same platform to develop different kinds of bikes, just like many carmakers do. Three models should be built with it, and one of them is the NC700S, currently on display at the 2011 EICMA. This bike is basically a small naked equipped with the same 48 hp 670 cc parallel twin engine we have already seen on the Integra model, which was designed to provide excellent fuel mileage and strong low-end torque.
The quite peculiar positioning of the engine within the steel trellis frame made it possible to fit a helmet comparrtment in place of the fuel tank as the petrol now goes under the saddle, like in a scooter. The bike also uses a Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), 17″ wheels and 320mm single front disc brake. Check out the pictures taken live t the 2011 EICMA by clicking on the following link.
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