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 **