Nobody ever said a first bike is required to have a small displacement. What is necessary, though, if a friendly demeanor. The NC700X comes in two varieties. The first has your traditional manual motorcycle transmission; the other, Honda’s cool Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). When tooling around on the DCT version, riders have the choice of letting the bike choose the gear or taking control with the paddle shifter. Burns would scold me if I didn’t mention the capacious trunk where the gas tank normally resides. Yours for $7,699 ($8,299 DCT).

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