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Honda's new naked commuter bike will be hitting Big Red's national dealer network in the next few weeks, but only in traditional form: no dual clutch version will be available

Honda's motorcycle range is set to expand with the imminent arrival of its new naked commuter bike, the NC700SA. The model is due to go on sale at Honda dealerships around the country by the end of May. 

The model sports an innovative parallel-twin engine, the 670cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected unit already found in Honda's Integra scooter and actually a distant derivative of Honda's four-cylinder Jazz car engine. Honda's engineers have placed an emphasis on fuel-economy, low emissions and a broad spread of useable torque. The powerplant is wrapped in a steel diamond frame, while Honda claims a manageable kerb weight for the bike of 211kg.

An upright ride position affords easy handling and control, while the low 790mm seat height will appeal to a broad spectrum of riders. The model comes with Honda's C-ABS (Combined Anti-lock Braking System) as standand, and because the 14.1lt fuel tank is positioned underneath the seat, the 'traditional' tank is in fact a storage compartment -- Honda says it's big enough to fit a full-face helmet. 

While Honda's marketing for the new model is focusing on the bike's commuter/all-rounder role, on paper at least it also appears like the NC700SA would serve as an excellent entry-level machine. Sadly for novice riders, however, the model's 670cc engine capacity exceeds the maximum permitted capacity for LAMS (Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme) eligibility by just 10cc. Honda doesn't quote any power and torque figures for the model, but they'll be modest in comparison with today's more sporting fare.

Honda Australia has confirmed that the model's sibling, the NC700X, won't be making it to our shores, nor will the dual-clutch version of the NC700SA.

The NC700SA will be available in Magna Red and Peal Sunbeam White, and it will retail for $8490. Visit www.hondamotorcycles.com.au for more information.

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Published : Friday, 4 May 2012
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