We start this list with the economical, faux-adventure bike, the $7499 Honda NC700X. We like it because it’s affordable, gets great mileage, and with the addition of optional luggage, makes for a suitable companion on a long ride. Tall folks will appreciate the nearly 33-inch seat height, upright handlebars, and foot pegs placed just a touch behind the saddle. There’s still a slight forward tilt to the riding position, but it’s still worlds away from a sportbike. Cycle-Ergo.com puts the knee bend for the NC at 80 degrees, the tightest on this list.
Powered by a 670cc parallel-Twin, the NC isn’t a speed demon, and even has a rather low redline, but it’s a competent commuter and weekend warrior. Learn to keep the engine in its sweet spot and it’ll reward you with a comfortable ride. Opt for the DCT model, and shifting can be performed automatically or at the push of a button.
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