2021 Honda NC750X Preview

Honda updates its NC750X for 2021 with new tech, an updated engine, and more storage capacity.

2021 Honda NC750X Preview

A new frame allowed designers to shave 11 pounds from the total weight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 increased the storage capacity on the NC750X for 2021. (Honda/)

2021 Honda NC750X and NC750X DCT Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $8,199/$8,999 (DCT)
Engine: 745cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled parallel-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 77.0 x 80.0mm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Delivery: PGM-FI w/ ride-by-wire
Clutch: Wet, multiplate slipper
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed manual (automatic DCT)/chain
Frame: Steel truss
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
Rake/Trail: 27.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 60.1 in.
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
Available: May 2021

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