NCX: 16,000 Miles & 9 Months on…



This is going to be nice and brief so you can get back to work, you probably shouldn’t be on this anyway! Tell the boss I said ‘Hi’!

So, I picked the bike up from Blade Honda, Swindon on the 8th June 2012 – I’ve owned it for just over 16,000 miles, 9 months and yeah I love it, I love all things with two wheels, though, you probably wouldn’t think that if you met me!

I have recently replaced the chain and sprockets, managed to get 15,275 miles out of them, but I have replaced them with a slightly bigger, 525 pitch D.I.D GOLD XRING, and W.O.W, what an improvement!

The difference I have noticed is smoother power delivery, better acceleration in terms of again, smoothness and comfort pulling from a standing start and generally an overall smoother bike! I love it.

It handles well, even with shoddy unchecked tyre pressures because to be frank you couldn’t be arsed to check (I’m anal and check them twice a week, Wednesday and Sunday), but then it is no performance motorcycle, more a donkey with a little extra kick & twist – I’m sure we can agree on that. It looks dopey but suddenly comes alive more than you expect when you pull on the throttle to accelerate, through the twisties and back down to 30mph because a cop is waiting for you in the lay-by with his toy laser gun, however the engine breaking, well it’s not there so you feel like you are constantly on the brakes after having a little fun!

It’s practical, if you have one, and you use the storage trunk, pretend it’s not there for a week and let me know how you didn’t cope because you rely on it so heavily now for the daily commute, for the dash to the shops to pick up some milk and eggs or into town and ‘quickly’ pop your helmet away as others watch in disbelief, trying to figure out why you are putting your helmet in the fuel tank… no love, it’s a storage compartment – honestly.

Fuel consumption – amazing. I said it would be brief, the past 16,000 miles have cost me around £1,423.58 in fuel based on £1.369 per litre of fuel and 70mpg on average, I’m a very laid bike rider… at times… 😉

So, to the important bits below:

Cost of Ownership – Official Honda Mechanical Services:

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First Service: 600 Miles

Date: 14/06/2012 – 6 days after picking it up 😉

Cost: £130.69

Where: Blade, Swindon

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Second Service: 8,000 Miles

Date: 15/09/2012

Cost: £189.49

Where: Blade, Swindon

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Third Service: 16,000 Miles 

Date: 16/03/2013

Cost: £224.48

Where: Blade, Swindon

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Cost of Ownership – Non official services:

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Other Service: Rear Tyre Change (Replacement BT023R)

Old Tyre retired at: 7,454 Miles

Date: 31/08/2012

Cost: £131.00 Fitted

Where: Independent Mechanic

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Other Service: Brake Pad Change (Rear Single Caliper Only)

Old Pads retired at: 11,537 Miles

Date: 11/10/2012

Cost: £37.86 Fitted

Where: Independent Mechanic

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Other Service: Tyres (New BT023 Set) & Chain & Sprocket (D.I.D Gold XRING 525 Pitch not the original 520)

Old Tyres & original Chain & Sprockets retired at: 15,275 Miles

Date: 15/02/2013

Cost: £355.00 Fitted

Where: Independent Mechanic

Notes; The second rear tyre got 7,821 Miles until retirement. The front was original so that got 15,275 miles of use, that’s pretty good going!

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Total Servicing Costs to date: £1,068.62

Total Fuel Costs to date: £1,423.58

 ** Overall: £2,492.10 ** 


7 thoughts on “NCX: 16,000 Miles & 9 Months on…

  1. Useful, thanks. i am currently just below 3000. My dealer (blade Abingdon) have quoted £240 for the 8000 service

    • No Problem!

      3,000? Wow… I’m 50 miles shy of 21,000 now… not long and I would have owned it for a year! £240.00 is probably where it should be now, supposedly it’s taking longer to do the services than Honda have advised… that’s at the Blade Swindon Branch anyway!

      I have had an electrical loom replaced under warranty also, so have other NC700 owners due to water ingress so please get that checked, it’s located on the left hand side of the bike ‘as if you were sat on it’ – sorry that’s all I know, other than it’s the ‘main’ loom!!

      I have been thinking about doing my own servicing however I doubt I will have the bike for more than another year so will just keep it with any Honda Dealer.

      Call around on prices, though it needs to be somewhere local as the valve’s need to be checked cold, as per usual.


      • Why do you think you will only have it another Year? What do you plan to replace it with?

      • Hi gboswellsac,

        Well I don’t think I will, I have no intentions on getting rid of this beautiful bike right now, purely because I don’t need to! It does EVERYTHING you could ask of it. I’m in love, with a bike?
        I keep thinking about a Ducati Multistrada 1200 and I’m in a position to buy, but why? So I can look like a cool 1200 adventure kid? I think not… there’s no need for me to sell my NCX now, she’s perfect.

        She currently has 27K + miles on her and I’m thoroughly looking forward to every mile to come!



      • I only have 8043 mile and just finished a 2353 4 day run to CO. and back for a Horizions Unlimited get together. After doing a 22 hour 1080 mile day I’m going to keep her for a long time. Still have to work out the chain oiling as I do nightly when I stop and i worry about that part but looking in to auto oilers but think the daily on the road check is better. Thanks for the inspiration and the wonderful detailed reports.

  2. Hi Ash

    How many miles have you done now?

    I’ve just past 45,000 miles on my NC700x and its been more or less faultless. It’s nice to see other high milers out there

    It’s been ridden in all weathers too and the finish is even holding up pretty well. Surprised you managed to get 11k miles from the pads, I can bearly get 9k out of mine

    Good to hear other people’s opinion of ownership 🙂

    • Hi FMB,

      Thanks for the comment firstly,

      Congratulations on the 45,000 Miles, that’s incredible on your part and both with the bike too, considering it’s a first generation model I’m very surprised it’s had so few problems but then again with technology we have maybe that’s how it should be. The only real problem I’ve had with the bike was the fuel pump which died after 16,000 miles! This was however replaced under warranty but I think it’s gone again as it sounds very different now! 😦

      I use mine too in all weather though this year in particular (2014) me and her have only covered around 4,000 miles but now it has over 30,000 miles on the clock! but a good year behind you to catch up!

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