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KTM RC 8CRolling out of pit lane and directly onto the starting grid, the KTM RC 8C is a limited production track-only motorcycle built to satisfy the apex-slaying needs of orange-bleeding track warriors. Dedicated to putting in fast lap times with unmatched hyper-focused precision, the KTM RC 8C is undeniably, READY TO RACE!

The KTM RC 8C is a purpose-built, lightweight racing prototype which uses the familiar LC8c engine from the KTM 890 DUKE R in a bespoke, track-ready chassis, bristling with high-end racing componentry. In essence, the KTM RC 8C allows customers the opportunity to own a machine that is as close to a Factory race bike as possible – without the drawbacks of needing a specialist race team to maintain it.KTM RC 8C 1
Engineered to be 100% ready for the track, the KTM RC 8C is a completely hand-built machine, powered by a high-torque production engine to allow for easy maintenance.

Under the lightweight, KTM RC16-inspired carbon Kevlar reinforced GRP bodywork lies a 128 Hp, 889 cc LC8c, DOHC, 8 valve parallel twin, bolted into a dedicated 25CrMo4 steel tubular frame, augmented by a selection of WP Pro Components at either end.KTM RC 8C 7Upfront, a hand built 43 mm WP APEX PRO 7543 closed cartridge fork made from high quality, lightweight material is used. Developed with the experience gained from KTM Factory Racing efforts across a number of international championships, the suspension is assembled in the same department which builds and maintains the suspension of the KTM RC16, it guarantees the best performance for race-oriented motorcyclists and professional racers. The fork also boasts zero hydraulic stroke limitation, meaning riders can continually control the damping properties.KTM RC 8C 9A WP APEX PRO 7746 shock with preload adjuster takes charge of matter at the rear, and can be easily adjusted to suit all riders, and almost any situation by means of separate high and low-speed compression and rebound settings.

Being a focused track-only motorcycle, every detail is dedicated to race craft. From the quick-release tank and body panels, to the lightweight Dymag wheels and Pirelli SC1 race slicks, the KTM RC 8C makes its intentions known.

Maximum braking performance is taken care of by Brembo race-spec equipment, with Brembo Stylema front brake calipers grabbing 290 mm fully floating brake disks with aluminum rotors fastened by titanium screws, and for the rear a Brembo two piston caliper with a 230 mm fully floating disk mounted directly on the hub.

The KTM RC 8C is also fitted with a Brembo 19RCS CORSA CORTA radial master cylinder, which features a host of innovations, with many of the technical solutions adopted drawn directly from the master cylinders used in MotoGP™. The most significant being that riders are able to tailor the “bite point” exactly where they want it, with an easily accessible selector on the top of the master cylinder itself.KTM RC 8C 2Ensuring data is collected and collated, the KTM RC 8C makes use of the AIM MXS 1.2 RACE dashboard and data logger with integrated GPS function. All information is displayed via a 5“ TFT display with integrated data recording, which is continually logged and can be analyzed in AIM Race Studio.

In summary:
// Limited to only 100 units worldwide
// Hand built exclusively for track use
// 128 Hp, 140 kg dry weight, near 1:1 power/weight ratio
// Dedicated racing exhaust with Akrapovič titanium muffler
// Dedicated air box and racing air filter
// Bespoke frame made with 25CrMo4 steel tubular
// WP APEX PRO components fork and rear shock
// Race-spec Brembo brake components
// Ultra-light aluminum Dymag wheelsKTM RC 8C 4

The exclusive KTM RC 8C will be available for pre-order from the 22 July at 16:00 CEST.

Alongside the KTM RC 8C itself, customers also have the opportunity to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing test team at a once-off customer event. Limited to only 25 customers, the exclusive event will give you a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride with the likes of Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio, as they give you tips during a full day at Circuito de Jerez. All those opting for the KTM RC 8C race track experience, will additionally receive the KTM RC 8C race track package.

This package includes:
// Extra set of Dymag wheels (Front and Rear)
// Extras set of front and rear brake discs
// Front and rear paddock stands
// Tire warmers
// KTM Race carpetKTM RC 8C 6end bike test


WP logoWP Suspension is pleased to announce the launch of the new WP XACT PRO 7548 Fork and XACT PRO 8950 Shock. The updated and improved suspension components for Kawasaki Motocross bikes shine with unparalleled motorsport derived damping performance and offer that one last push to get all the way to the top.000

001XACT PRO 7548 Fork

With the new XACT PRO 7548 Fork, the track no longer holds unwanted surprises for you. Due to the installed WP CONE VALVE Technology and a variety of adjustment options, your machine is perfectly adapted to you and your needs. Combined with the WP CLOSED CARTRIDGE Technology, established in professional motorsport by the most successful racing teams in the world, the result is a unique riding experience with a significant increase in comfort without having to give up direct feedback and dynamic manoeuvres.

  • • Improved feedback from the track in every riding situation
  • • Pressurized System reduces cavitation risk - no damping loss
  • • Extreme longevity due to the use of only high-quality materials
  • • All settings can be adjusted externally and flexibly
  • • Specially handcrafted with the highest care

002 XACT PRO 8950 Shock

The XACT PRO 8950 Shock not only gives leading motocross factory teams a decisive advantage to the podium. Thanks to WP SUPERTRAX Technology, your rear wheel is back in the dirt faster, and you overcome any obstacle with more power, traction and control over your bike. And if the terrain suddenly demands a little more sensitivity, the rebound damping can be perfectly adjusted to suit any rider via the built-in TXN adjuster. To round off this OFFROAD Performance Package, the XACT PRO 8950 Shock's LINKED DAMPING SYSTEM provides the necessary breakthrough reserves through a significantly optimized progression of the shock absorber.

  • • Improved rebound damping adjustability thanks to TXN adjustment mechanism
  • • More traction and grip on the rear wheel and thus improved acceleration and driving stability
  • • Less physical strain on the rider due to reduced "Buckle Down."
  • • Extreme durability due to the use of high-tech materials

The XACT PRO 7548 Fork (AP01C101U403220) will be available for the following motorcycles:

Kawasaki: KX 250-F from MY21; KX 450-F from MY20

The XACT PRO 8950 Shock ( AP01C401U411220) will be available for the following motorcycles:

Kawasaki: KX 250-F from MY21; KX 450-F from MY20

For more detailed information, visit your nearest WP AUTHORIZED CENTER or go to www.wp-suspension.comend bike test


THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEKFrom Chile’s Carretera Austral to the Ukrainian Carpathians and from the Canadian Prairies to Europe’s riding hotspots, the global motorcycling community has warmly embraced the very first edition of THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK powered by KTM and RISER. Some impressive riding stats include:

// 1.5 million kilometres ridden
// 25,000 riding hours in total
// 4,770 m, the highest altitude ridden
// 735 group rides completed
// 74 countries where rides took place

With the majority of riders registered actively participating in each one of the seven unique daily challenges, the campaign saw a total of 1,005 motorcyclists on any bike successfully completing more than 1,000 km of riding in seven days.

All participants who completed 1,000 km or more during the week and effectively made it through at least four of the seven daily challenges entered a final draw for the big prize. The battle was heated and the rider who will ride away on a brand new KTM ADVENTURE machine is Glenn V. from Norway.KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE SThroughout THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK, participants were given a series of challenges, from simply covering kilometres or checking in at a KTM dealer to basic altitude challenges. Seven true adventurers from around the world were selected to be the daily winners and will be receiving their prizes in the coming days. A full list of the daily prizes and the respective daily winners is available on

Following its successful inaugural edition, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is set to become a highly anticipated community event that will remain open to absolutely any motorcycle rider, anywhere around the world.

Check out the interactive social media wall and the list of top finalists here: theworldadventureweek.comend bike test



WP Suspension is pleased to announce the launch of the new WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR. This progressive and highly functional clothing line was developed for all riders. On the trackside or at the paddock. For all members of the team, working together aiming towards a common goal and for everyone else that feels the urge to stay in control.WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR 1With the demands of every motorsport enthusiast in mind, the WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR was designed with the knowledge and experience of decades of being part of the#1MOTORSPORTCOMMUNITY.WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR 9The WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR consists of:















TRAVEL BAG 9800WP REPLICA TEAM WEAR 7The REPLICA TEAM WEAR will be available from July 5th 2021 at all participating WP AUTHORIZED CENTERS, KTM Dealers, HUSQVARNA Dealers and GASGAS Dealers.

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vinalesYamaha and Maverick Viñales have mutually decided to terminate their current 2021-2022 agreement at the close of this season.

Following Maverick Viñales‘ request, Yamaha have agreed to put an early end to their current two-year contract. Currently in their fifth season together, they mutually decided to go their separate ways after this year.

Both parties are committed to putting in their maximum effort for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season and ending the relationship on a high note.


“This partnership has been very significant to me over the last five years, and it proved a difficult decision to part ways. In these seasons together, we experienced both great achievements and tough times. However, the underlying feeling is of mutual respect and appreciation. I am fully committed and will strive to achieve the best results for the rest of the season.”end bike test


KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE SPack your panniers, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK starts this coming Monday, July 5th. Welcoming riders on all bikes from across the world, it presents a great opportunity to fill your tank and hit the open road alongside like-minded riders. The greatest adventurers will be awarded with daily prizes and earn the chance to enter the draw for a new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S*.

A true celebration of motorcycle riding, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK begins Monday, July 5th and will run until Sunday July 11th. The main goal is to complete 1,000 km or more of riding in seven days. Upon completion, all riders will receive a personalized award by KTM.

Throughout THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK, participants will be issued a series of challenges, from simply covering kilometers each day to basic altitude challenges. On completion of these individual challenges, they will earn points which put them in the running for daily prizes, including:

Day 1 | July 5th
Challenge: Complete a ride & share it using #theworldadventureweek
Day 2 | July 6th
Challenge: Ride through an altitude of 890 m

Day 3 | July 7th
Challenge: Check in at a KTM dealer while out riding
Day 4 | July 8th
Challenge: Complete a total elevation gain of 1290 m

Day 5 | July 9th
Challenge: Get at least five rides tracked Monday to Friday

Day 6 | July 10th
Challenge: Ride 390 km start to finish

Day 7 | July 11th
Challenge: Complete a Pack Ride with at least two riding buddies
Completion of each challenge will award participants with 250 points, with an added 1000 points given to all those who clock up 1,000 km. Riders will need a minimum of 2000 points to be eligible to win a KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, which means they have to complete at least four of the seven daily challenges.

THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is set to become a highly anticipated adventure ride and is open to absolutely anyone, anywhere around the world. To be able to win the prizes, you simply need to live in a place around the world with KTM dealer infrastructure.

To get involved, check out

*Prizes are subject to availability in each participant’s country of residence.
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KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA left front MY22Built with the purpose to conquer in competition, the 2022 KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA is ready to take on the world’s toughest multi-stage rally races. Drawing on the experience of multiple victories in the rally arena - as well as input from elite racers who live to win - it remains the most READY TO RACE rally machine available on the market.

Developed using feedback from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Toby Price, Matthias Walkner and Sam Sunderland, the KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA has become synonymous with rally competition. READY TO RACE straight out of its crate, it’s designed to allow rally racers from across the globe to push their limits.KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA left MY22
In its fresh for 2022 trim, the KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA is engineered to satisfy the toughest demands of rally racing, being equally efficient at powering through sand dunes as high speed as it is at navigating hard-packed technical sections. The bike is built around a powerful, race-proven, and ultra-reliable 450 cc SOHC fuel-injection motor, which is married to a competition chassis with perfect flex characteristics.

A wide series of sophisticated parts developed through competition further emphasize the exclusivity of this machine. This includes a set of championship-winning WP XACT PRO closed cartridge forks with high-tech Cone Valve technology. All in all, the 2022 KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA showcases its commitment to delivering real race-proven engineering to racers looking to compete at the highest level. The 2022 model also retains a PANKL Racing Systems gearbox, producing a more linear gear spread, maintaining the same gear ratios as those found on the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machines.Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Toby Price Rally team 2021
// Limited edition model [80 units]
// A pure READY TO RACE machine
// Potent 450 cc SOHC fuel-injected engine
// Race-spec chassis developed in competition
// WP XACT PRO 48 mm closed cartridge forks [Cone Valve]
// WP XACT PRO fully-adjustable shock
// Premium-quality Akrapovič exhaust
// Designed for multi-stage cross-country racing

KTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA right MY22Only 80 of these exclusive machines will be made available for 2022, at a fixed price tag of EUR 25,900 (plus VAT & shipping) with availability starting from September 2021 onwards. A service and support package is also available for a limited number of riders at the upcoming Dakar Rally at an additional cost for all KTM Rally models.

For more information, please refer to your authorized KTM dealer or visit ktm.comKTM 450 RALLY FACTORY REPLICA right rear MY22
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THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE SPack your panniers, spot a point on the map and GO ADVENTURE. Calling on all adventure seekers, no matter what bike you ride, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is coming with thrilling daily challenges and the chance to enter the draw for a brand new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S*.

Seven days, seven unique challenges, plus 1,000 km to complete. KTM is calling on the global community of Adventure motorcyclists to go out and explore the tracks they’ve always wanted to during THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK that will take place on July 5 to 11, 2021.

Powered by KTM and RISER, THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK is the perfect excuse to do some mileage, no matter what motorcycle you own. To join, you simply need to download the RISER app, accept THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK challenge by filling in the registration form and then start recording your daily rides.THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S 2THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK daily challenges are:
// July 5th => Complete a ride & share it using #theworldadventureweek
// July 6th => Ride through an altitude of 890 m
// July 7th => Check in at a KTM dealer while out riding
// July 8th => Complete a total elevation gain of 1290 m
// July 9th => Get at least five rides tracked Monday to Friday
// July 10th => Ride 390 km start to finish
// July 11th => Complete a Pack Ride with at least two riding buddiesTHE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S 3Successful completion of each challenge will award you with 250 points, with an added 1000 points given to all those who clock up 1,000 km. You will need a minimum of 2000 points to enter the draw for a brand new KTM 1290 SUPER ADVENTURE S, which means you have to complete at least four of the seven daily challenges during THE WORLD ADVENTURE WEEK.

Each participant’s progress will be monitored via a live leaderboard on and within the app. All riders who successfully complete 1,000 km or more during the week will receive a personalized award by KTM.

Are you ready to GO ADVENTURE? Visit for more information on how to join, an explanation of the daily challenges and the respective Terms&Conditions.

*All prizes are subject to availabilities in each participant’s country of residence.end bike test

Ross Branch Wins Rally Kazakhstan

001Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Ross Branch has claimed a deserving victory at the opening round of the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, Rally Kazakhstan. Finishing second on the shortened final stage of the event, Branch maintained his position at the top of the overall leader board, which he’d held since the close of stage three. Joining Ross on the podium was Yamaha teammate Adrien Van Beveren in third, with Andrew Short claiming fifth overall to complete a highly successful rally for the team.

The decisive fifth stage of Rally Kazakhstan was cut short 158 kilometres into the special due to an issue with the event’s refuelling equipment, which effected all riders. Nevertheless, strong and consistent rides from Ross, Adrien and Andrew up until that point ensured their positions in the provisional overall standings were maintained, with all three finishing in the overall top five.002With a four-minute lead entering the final day of racing at Rally Kazakhstan, Ross Branch’s main objective was to deliver a consistent finish on stage five to claim the overall win. In placing second, Ross further extended his lead to just over five minutes to earn his first ever victory in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

Displaying incredible consistency throughout the rally, Adrien Van Beveren was the second Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team rider to stand on the overall podium at Rally Kazakhstan with a hard-earned third-place result. Despite much of the terrain not to the Frenchman’s liking, Van Beveren opted to focus intently on his navigation throughout the race - a fruitful strategy that has kick-started his season in fine style.

Rounding out a highly positive start to the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, Andrew Short placed fifth overall aboard his Yamaha WR450F Rally at Rally Kazakhstan. A few unfortunate mistakes during the week were minimised by consistent results from the American, who remained focused despite facing adversity on more than one occasion during the rally.003“All-in-all it’s been an amazing week here in Kazakhstan and I’m so happy to come away with the win. Before this race I really focused on working on my navigation and it certainly worked here. I opened stages and finished up front on each stage so I can’t ask for anything more. The goal today was to manage the lead that I had, and I feel like I was doing a good job up until the stage was cut short. Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the whole week. It’s great to be racing again and the team has done a fantastic job with the bike and it’s just been an awesome experience. I’m really happy to have won for myself and the team.” says an ecstatic Ross Branch.

The Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team will next be action in just a few weeks’ time at the Silk Way Rally, round two of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship from July 1-11.end bike test


2021 NC750X pic1One of Europe’s favourite all-rounders gets a well-rounded evolution: more power for the engine, plus higher redline and revised gearbox ratios, which come hand-in-hand with Throttle By Wire management, 3 riding modes and refined, expanded Honda Selectable Torque Control. Its renowned fuel efficiency is maintained, and a full 6kg has been shaved from the kerb weight. A redesigned frame is clothed in sharper-edged styling, the unique up-front storage compartment is usefully larger and seat height 30mm lower. The Dual Clutch Transmission variant continues to offer a technology unique to Honda on two wheels. A new screen, LED lighting and LCD dash round out the update.2021 NC750X pic10Since its introduction in 2012* the NC750X has enjoyed consistent popularity throughout Europe. Reasons for the success are several: a ground-breaking, torque-laden, fuel-sipping twin-cylinder engine, a relaxed, roomy riding position with wide handlebars and comfortable seat, compliant suspension and distinctive adventure styling all play their part.

The storage compartment (where the fuel tank would normally be), capable of holding a full-face helmet and Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that over half of European customers chose in 2019 are further features that set the NC750X apart.2021 NC750X pic17Viewed as a whole, the NC750X’s qualities combine to create a motorcycle which functions superbly. And for all types of riding – commuting, touring and simply for pleasure – it has proved a motorcycle with compelling all-round appeal.

Honda has taken care to continuously evolve the NC750X’s successful (and unique) formula, with several upgrades over the years. For 2014 it gained 75cc, going from 670 to 745cc; for 2016 a new more adventurous aesthetic, new instruments, DCT upgrades and LED lighting were added; for 2018 two-level Honda Selectable Torque Control and a 35kW version arrived.2021 NC750X pic66Now for 2021, Honda are building on its core strengths of practicality, do-it-all comfort and handling composure, improving all three. At the same time, there’s also more spirited engine performance, with an injection of extra torque and a boost of top-end zap, with a raised redline. The addition of electronic riding modes completes a polished package.

*As the NC700X2021 NC750X pic53Model Overview

2kW more peak power for the NC750X’s EURO5-spec engine, plus an extra 600rpm to the redline are the headline changes, thanks to work on valve timing and intake/exhaust efficiency. Shorter ratios for first, second and third gears smarten response while a slipper clutch reduces lever load and keeps the ride smooth on rapid downshifts.

Throttle By Wire (TBW) brings with it adjustable engine character through 3 default rider modes - RAIN, STANDARD and SPORT plus a customisable USER mode. Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) now has a finer level of input over 3 levels, while the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) option features Automatic shifting schedules that integrate with the riding modes, as well as USER control.2021 NC750X pic31The other attention-grabber is the 6kg weight loss, thanks to a new frame and detail improvements around the engine and bodywork. There’s also a sharper, more minimalist edge to the bodywork, with fresh style for both LED headlight, taillight and rear indicators, while the redesigned storage space grows in volume and usability. Seat height is reduced 30mm, the screen offers more wind protection and a new LCD dash is an attractive addition.

The 2021 NC750X will be available in the following colour options:

Grand Prix Red *NEW*

Mat Ballistic Black Metallic

Pearl Glare White

Glint Wave Blue Metallic

2021 NC750X pic54Key Features

3.1 Engine

Throttle By Wire and an extra 3kW peak power: 43.1kW with 69Nm torque

Shorter first three gear ratios for sportier feel, plus an extra 600rpm to the redline

Slipper clutch reduces lever load 20%, manages rear wheel on down changes

EURO5 compliant, with 28.3km/l possible (WMTC mode)

35kW A2 licence version available

The design of the NC750X’s liquid-cooled, SOHC 8-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine ensures punchy performance in the low-to-mid range. Its relatively long-stroke architecture and specially shaped combustion chamber combine with the high-inertial mass crankshaft to produce large amounts of effortless torque from very low rpm. A forward tilt brings the centre of gravity down for optimum stability. Through the course of its 2021 update it is now 1.2kg lighter than before.

Also for 2021, thanks to a finely balanced delay to valve timing (which also now differs between the two cylinders), plus addition of Throttle By Wire (TBW) and improvements to the exhaust, the engine makes more power and revs harder for longer to the new 7,000rpm redline. Alongside the power hike it holds onto an increased torque output for longer above 5,000rpm.2021 NC750X pic58Peak power is raised 3kW to 43.1kW @ 6,750rpm, with maximum torque of 69Nm @ 4,750rpm. Hand in hand with the performance hike are shorter gear ratios over first, second and third gears (for both manual and DCT) improving standing start and roll-on acceleration through each gear. From 30 km/h the NC750X will cover 20m in 1.7s and 50m in 3.2s; at 60km/h the engine is turning at just 2,500rpm. Fourth, fifth and sixth gears are now slightly taller, for maximum fuel efficiency.

Twin balancers counteract vibration from higher rpm inertia, for an engine that is not only smooth-running, but has a distinctive ‘throb’ thanks to its 270° crank and uneven firing intervals. Bore and stroke is set at 77 x 80mm. Where possible, components are made to do more than one job: the camshaft drives the water pump, while one of the balancer shafts drives the oil pump. By keeping the number of parts to a minimum in this way, the engine is kept light, efficient and reliable.

The addition of a slipper clutch for 2021 reduces lever load by 20% and manages rear-wheel lock up under fast down changes of the manual 6-speed gearbox while decelerating2021 NC750X pic16.

A lightweight pentagon-shaped muffler uses two chambers joined by a hole-punched link pipe, which works with a final resonator chamber to create a deep, distinctive sound and exhaust pulse. The built-in catalyser has a two-layer structure for cleaner emissions.

The NC750X engine sips fuel ¬– with a measured consumption of 28.3km/l (WMTC mode) providing a near 400km range from the 14.1-litre underseat fuel tank – and is now EURO5 compliant.

3.2 Engine Electronics

Throttle By Wire delivers 3 default riding modes, plus USER customisation

Honda Selectable Torque Control features much finer control, and 3 levels of intervention

With TBW now managing engine performance and character there are 3 modes for the rider to choose from for various riding conditions. Mode selection is managed between the left-hand switchgear and the LCD display.

SPORTgives more aggressive delivery of engine power and braking, with low HSTC intervention and DCT mode 4.

RAINdelivers engine power and braking least aggressively, has high HSTC intervention and Level 1 for the DCT shift pattern.

STANDARDdelivers a balanced middle point for engine power delivery, engine braking and HSTC intervention, plus mode 2 for the DCT.

USERoffers custom options of low/medium/high for delivery of engine power and engine braking, low/medium/high/off for HSTC, and four different shift patterns for DCT.2021 NC750X pic17Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) is fitted as standard on both the manual and DCT NC750X. It now offers much softer, finer control as it manages rear wheel torque thanks to TBW, over 3 levels as opposed to 2:

Level 1allows the minimum intervention for some rear wheel spin – on gravel or dirt for instance, and its level of control is reduced from the previous design.

Level 2is the default setting and provides confidence-inspiring traction for general riding conditions.

Level 3provides maximum control for slippery roads.

HSTC can also be switched OFF.

3.3 Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT)

Differing shifting schedules employed depending on riding mode selected

USER mode allows choice of 4 settings

Adaptive Clutch Capability Control gives natural feel

Having arrived on the market on the VFR1200F in 2010, Honda’s unique-in-motorcycling DCT technology is now in its eleventh year of production. Over 140,000 DCT-equipped motorcycles have been sold in Europe since introduction, and 52% of customers chose the DCT option for the NC750X in 2019.2021 NC750X pic37The ‘easy and direct’ DCT technology delivers consistent, seamless gear changes up or down and very quickly becomes second nature in use. It uses two clutches: one for start-up and 1st, 3rd and 5th gears: the other for 2nd, 4th and 6th, with the mainshaft for each clutch located inside the other for compact packaging.

Each clutch is independently controlled by its own electro-hydraulic circuit. When a gear change occurs, the system pre-selects the target gear using the clutch not currently in use. The first clutch is then electronically disengaged as, simultaneously, the second clutch engages.2021 NC750X pic32The result is a consistent, fast and seamless gear change. Furthermore, as the twin clutches transfer drive from one gear to the next with minimal interruption of the drive to the rear wheel, any gear change shock and pitching of the machine is negligible, making the change feel direct as well as smooth. Extra benefits include durability (as the gears cannot be damaged by missing a gear) impossibility of stalling, low stress urban riding, reduced rider fatigue, and extra ‘brain space’ to concentrate more on all other aspects of riding.

With the DCT gearbox, the rider may choose Manual mode, using paddle-style triggers on the left handlebar to change gear, or Automatic mode. In Automatic mode for the NC750X, 4 different shifting schedules operate, with 3 defaults: Level 1 is the most relaxed, and is used within RAIN mode; Levels 2 and 4 shift up at higher rpm and are linked with STANDARD and SPORT riding modes.

Within the USER riding mode, a fourth DCT shift pattern – between those for STANDARD and SPORT in terms of ‘aggressiveness’ can be chosen.2021 NC750X pic38Adaptive Clutch Capability Control is a feature of the NC750X’s DCT and manages the amount of clutch torque transmitted. This adds a natural ‘feathered’ clutch feel when opening or shutting off the throttle for a smoother ride.

3.4 Styling & Equipment

Sharper, more aggressively minimal styling

New LED headlight/taillight, indicators and LCD display

New screen improves wind and weather protection

Larger 23L storage space now holds an adventure-style full-face helmet

The NC750X features a sharpened identity thanks to redrawn, smaller upper and lower fairings accentuated by the muscular fuel tank. A new LED headlight and running lights form a strong frontal signature.

Improving wind and weather protection, the screen is also new. The side panels and side covers are slimmer and, along with the svelte seat unit, are underlined by the exhaust muffler, further emphasising the mass-forward stance. A redesigned LED taillight mirrors the front beam and is matched with LED indicators.

A unique NC feature – the storage area where traditionally the fuel tank sits – increases in volume by 1L to 23L and in the process saves 1kg; its revised internal shape will now hold an adventure style helmet easily. The lid exterior features rugged external rails – useful for mounting a tank bag. The lid’s interior has four hooks to allow rubber straps to assist in organising luggage and make best use of all of the space. New for 2021 is the option to mount a USB-C socket, tucked away on the upper left.2021 NC750X pic50Also new is the full-colour LCD dash, which allows management of the riding modes through the selection switch on the left handlebar. The rear indicators now have an Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) function: at a minimum speed of 53km/h, with either brake working if negative acceleration of a minimum of 6.0m/s2 is detected, the hazard lights flash to warn other road users a hard stop is in process. At the same speed the threshold is reduced with ABS in play – for wet conditions ¬– to a negative acceleration of a minimum 2.5m/s2.

The indicators also auto-cancel; rather than using a simple timer, the system compares front and rear wheel speed difference and calculates when to cancel the indication relative to the situation.

A ‘wave’ key features the Honda Ignition Security System (HISS). If the ID chip embedded in the key and the ID in the Engine Control Unit (ECU) do not match, the engine will not start.2021 NC750X pic233.5 Chassis

Revised tubular steel diamond frame saves weight and makes space

Kerb weight a full 6kg lighter

Seat height 30mm lower

Shorter travel 41mm Showa Dual Bending Valve front fork and Pro-Link rear monoshock, spring preload adjustable

For an invisible – but major – advance of the NC750X’s chassis Honda’s development engineers started with the tubular steel diamond frame and, through a careful redesign (using varying tube thicknesses and weight) not only saved 1.8kg over the previous model but also freed up more useful space for the storage compartment by relocating the battery and redesigning the airbox. Detail work in all areas of the chassis contributed 1.2kg of weight saving.

Rake remains 27° with trail of 110mm, wheelbase of 1,525mm (1,535mm DCT) and front/rear weight distribution of 48/52. Kerb weight is 214kg (224kg DCT), 6kg lighter. Seat height is also 30mm lower, at 800mm.

The riding position is upright and neutral, with a high viewpoint for enhanced hazard perception. Another advantage of this adventure-style riding position is great low-speed control – combined with the low centre of gravity and generous steering lock, the result is exceptional low-speed handling and balance.2021 NC750X pic24A lower seat height has been achieved by a slight reduction in suspension travel. The 41mm telescopic forks now employ 120mm (from 153.5mm) travel and use Showa Dual Bending Valves, with ratios optimised for both compression and rebound damping. This allows the generation of damping force in precise proportion to piston speed – from the low speed range – improving ride quality and comfort.2021 NC750X pic25The rear monoshock features a spring preload adjuster system with 120mm travel, from 150mm. It operates through Pro-Link that offers an optimised balance of a soft initial stroke, for dealing with low-speed bumps, together with excellent control.

Up front the 320mm wavy disc and two-piston brake caliper deliver plenty of easy-to-modulate stopping power, complemented by the rear 240mm wavy disc and single-piston caliper. Lightweight two-channel ABS provides powerful and confident braking even on slippery or wet road surfaces.

Cast aluminium front and rear wheels – sizes 17 x 3.50-inch and 17 x 4.50-inch – wear 120/70 ZR17 and 160/60 ZR17 tyres. Forged aluminium L-shaped rim valves make checking and adjusting air pressure easier.2021 NC750X pic73

4. Accessories

A full range of Honda Genuine Accessories are available for the NC750X and include:

USB-C charging point for the internal storage area

Resin rear rack

38L / 50L top box with aluminium/colour matched insert option

Pannier stays

Panniers – right 26L/32L, left 33L with aluminium/colour matched insert option

Tall screen

Foot deflectors

Side protector bars finished in Metallic Silver

Fog lights

Heated grips

5. Pricing

NC50XA 21YM: R126 000 including VAT

NC750X DCT: R135 500 including VATend bike test




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