The 2020 Honda NC750X is part of Big Red’s five-model “adventure” line of streetbikes, but this twin-cylinder machine is really best suited to exploring asphalt, not rough-and-tumble off-road single-track. With the optional $800 dual-clutch transmission, which includes Honda Selectable Traction Control and combined antilock braking, the NC750X is at home commuting to the workplace and running errands around town. The 745cc engine combines good low-to-midrange torque with outstanding fuel economy, and the nonadjustable 41mm fork, 17-inch wheels, and Bridgestone Battlewing tires deliver a smooth ride. A lockable integrated 22-liter storage compartment located where the gas tank—call it a “frunk”—would normally reside greatly enhances user convenience.
With its moderate wind protection, neutral ergonomics, and low mass centralization thanks to an underseat fuel tank, the NC750X and NC750X DCT ABS are aimed at riders who want solid, predictable on-road performance at a reasonable price. Offered in one color, Graphite Black, the current model is mechanically unchanged from the last major upgrade in 2018 when displacement was increased from 670cc to 745cc, HSTC was added to the DCT model, and other features, like an upgraded instrument display and LED lighting, were fitted.