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Offline JourneySA

Commuting - small or big bike?
« on: October 26, 2019, 09:44:35 am »
Hi!

I have a daily commute of 120km - open road, highway traffic, lane splitting & a bit of city traffic.

Currently running a NC700X(non abs) , but I'm wondering if a bigger bike might be a better idea from a comfort & safety point of view?

I'm seeing a massive amount of GS's on the road - would you say it's worth the extra cost etc?

My setup is not likely to change in the future, so I'll probably be commuting for many years to come..

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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2019, 09:56:29 am »
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2019, 10:19:39 am »
Stay with your current bike , the NC's are among the best commuters on the market
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2019, 10:28:17 am »
Doing the same distance every day. Also on an NC.
No need to replace. NC is built for doing exactly this.

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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2019, 12:35:24 pm »
that bike is a good commuter, but from a safety perspective, I would have preferred ABS
 
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2019, 01:10:59 pm »
That is a great commuter, designed for commuting. I prefer not to abs, but youve got the "gs looks good itch"..... :imaposer:
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 04:01:16 pm »
Nc for the win
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2019, 04:02:55 pm »
Ok I see the problem now... get an NC750
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2019, 11:38:06 pm »
Ek’t meer as 10 jaar lank daagliks in Jhb Pta omgewing gecommute. Ek voel sterk oor ABS in stadsverkeer. ABS het my sonder twyfel ‘n hele paar keer gered. Kondisies is soms nie ideaal nie, en dis waar ABS goud werd is - diesel op pad, gladde nat strepe, daardie oomblik na ‘n lang dag wat jy nie konsentreer nie en iemand voor jou indraai, wilde diere op pad, noem dit.

My opinie is dat as ABS jou bacon een keer gered het, dit reeds vir homself betaal het.
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2019, 08:14:48 am »
NC for your commute, MAYBE trade up to ABS version as soon as/when circumstances allow?
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2019, 08:34:44 am »
NC for your commute, MAYBE trade up to ABS version as soon as/when circumstances allow?

Zactly....
I reckon if you are in the market to spend GS money, save a load and get the NC750 with ABS and keep a whole lot in the bank...
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2019, 08:45:18 am »
And hells bells, they do not have resale value anymore.....the GSA 1200 now.
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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2019, 08:46:12 am »
Hi!

I have a daily commute of 120km - open road, highway traffic, lane splitting & a bit of city traffic.

Currently running a NC700X(non abs) , but I'm wondering if a bigger bike might be a better idea from a comfort & safety point of view?

I'm seeing a massive amount of GS's on the road - would you say it's worth the extra cost etc?

My setup is not likely to change in the future, so I'll probably be commuting for many years to come..

Thanks!

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Have you tried the NC750? maybe just the slight upgrade, he way the bikes rev is quite different, plus 45cc etc more, there are quite a few improvements

My personal opinion though is not really how big the bike is.. you want that 6th gear and with the 750 you have 6% longer gearing for the 1st 5 gears and 3% more on the top gear.. if you take the standard sprocket with these improvements into account you are still getting some pretty fantastic fuel economy and for that reason i would stay with the Honda over the BMW and fuel economy has to be right up there as important if you doing 120km a day.

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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2019, 08:50:46 am »
all true... mostly itching I think....

I've been on the Nc700x for almost a year now, it is a near perfect commuter.

On paper it doesn't make sense to spend thousands more pm, but it's very easy to "outgrow" the 700 - maybe, like you say, the 750 is a bit more engaging, while retaining all of the NC advantages...

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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #14 on: October 28, 2019, 10:54:41 am »
Strange to consider "going bigger" when already on an NC700??? I commute very comfortably on my thumper (thumper probably not ideal, but hey, its what I have) and the max size I would consider is an NC. Bigger means more fuel. NC is about as economical as it comes. Bigger means struggling more through tight gaps. Scooters are much better at this. If you don;t have a long stretch on you commute where you have to have high speeds to keep up with free flowing vehicles, then smaller is actually the way to go.
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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2019, 11:05:51 am »
There's an NC with an Akro pipe running around by me, fuuk, that thing sounds nice. At first thought it was a KTM, but saw it in the flesh, couldn't believe its an NC....
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« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2019, 11:06:37 am »
Also agree, smaller the  better. All you need is enough power to get away from the cars..
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« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2019, 11:15:10 am »
NC for your commute, MAYBE trade up to ABS version as soon as/when circumstances allow?

Yeah NC750X is awesome for commuting. Enough power to be nice on the highway, nice and slim still nimble, good on fuel and has ABS. the frunk is epic. Missed that thing on every bike since. make sure you don't go for the 700. it's amazing what a difference that extra 50CC and slightly higher RPM limit makes.

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Re: Commuting - small or big bike?
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2019, 11:21:08 am »
NC for your commute, MAYBE trade up to ABS version as soon as/when circumstances allow?

Yeah NC750X is awesome for commuting. Enough power to be nice on the highway, nice and slim still nimble, good on fuel and has ABS. the frunk is epic. Missed that thing on every bike since. make sure you don't go for the 700. it's amazing what a difference that extra 50CC and slightly higher RPM limit makes.

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 :laughing4: did you read his post and what he is currently riding  :peepwall:. you are right about the rev limit, it was also changed by the different gearing as the 700 hit the rev limit a bit quickly
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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2019, 11:23:53 am »
all true... mostly itching I think....

I've been on the Nc700x for almost a year now, it is a near perfect commuter.

On paper it doesn't make sense to spend thousands more pm, but it's very easy to "outgrow" the 700 - maybe, like you say, the 750 is a bit more engaging, while retaining all of the NC advantages...

choices choices..

Is the NC your only bike? Do you ride for fun as well or commuting only? If you only commute and you don't ride for fun, buy what will make you smile on your commute. Otherwise keep the NC as the commuter and run it into the ground and add a second bike for recreational riding
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