After years of begging, pleading, hoping, and praying, Honda is finally bringing the NC750X to the United States market. Not only that, but the NC750X we're getting is a hot new upgraded model with a slew of improvements.

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Like the updated Africa Twin, the NC750X that Honda is bringing over gets a number of upgrades for 2018. The 670cc parallel twin grows to 745cc, and is aimed at sportier performance while retaining the practical, utilitarian attributes for which it is known. The new NC750X will initially be offered in Europe in early 2018, with U.S. availability next summer.

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The new model adds two-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC), while mode changes to the automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) allow higher-rpm shift points. When it was originally introduced in 2012 as the NC700, the bike was noted for its crossover styling and innovative features. Now, updates result in a sportier character and a larger engine. The result is a fresh take on a highly functional machine that is more versatile than ever.

"We're pleased to be able to offer the NC750X to our customers, especially with these new, performance-oriented updates," said Lee Edmunds, American Honda's Manager of Motorcycle Marketing Communications. "Customers will continue to appreciate this model's practical benefits, while a displacement increase, HSTC, and DCT improvements give it a more vibrant character as well."

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• Bold, adventurous design identity based on the "Sensual Performance" concept, with an LED headlight, taillight, and running lights

• Liquid-cooled, 745cc, SOHC, 8-valve parallel-twin engine ensures punchy performance in the low-to-mid rpm range.

• New for 2018, the NC750X gets two-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC).

• Twin engine balancers counteract vibration at higher rpm, yet still allowing the distinct throb delivered by its 270º firing order.

• Available Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) features two automatic modes—DRIVE and SPORT—plus the manual mode. Adaptive Clutch Capability Control manages the amount of clutch torque transmitted, adding a "feathered" clutch feel when opening or closing the throttle, for a smoother ride. For 2018, the DCT rev ceiling for upshifts has been raised to 7,500 rpm to make more use of the engine's peak power.

• Faux tank includes a 22 -liter storage area (enough to hold a full-size helmet). Lid has tank-bag rails on the outside and strap hooks inside

• Upright, natural riding position, with a high viewpoint for enhanced hazard perception and great low-speed control.

• Showa Dual Bending Valve fork and single rear shock with Pro-Link configuration.

• The instruments use a negative LCD display, with information including odometer, trip meter, gear position, fuel efficiency and consumption gauges, (optional) heated-grip temperature, and three-stage SPORT mode for DCT model

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