Judged on engine performance alone, then, the NC700X might seem a bit vanilla; but thanks in large part to its chassis, the Honda is a really fun bike to ride. There is nothing special or high-tech about the frame or suspension, yet the NC offers excellent handling, whether in a straight line or through backroad twisties. The engine’s forward-canted cylinders contribute to a low center of gravity, which also makes the bike feel lighter than its 451-pound dry weight suggests. So, despite having a longish 60.5-in. wheelbase, the 700X is surprisingly agile. It flicks into corners with a light push or pull on the grips, arcs through on the chosen line without protest, doesn’t drag anything until you’ve reached an impressive lean angle and gives off nary a wiggle along the way. The engine might not be wailing like a 600 repli-racer on boil, but the NC’s attainable speed through corners is amazingly high.