The U.S. will finally receive the larger 745cc version of Honda’s midsize crossover adventure tourer for 2018, which gets a number of updates for the New Year including 2-level Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC, a.k.a. traction control). The 2018 NC750X will arrive in dealerships next summer with the liquid-cooled, transverse, SOHC 8-valve parallel twin punched up to 745cc and the rev ceiling on the automatic Dual Clutch Transmission version raised to 7,500 rpm so riders can take full advantage of the engine’s peak power in manual mode. The DCT also offers two automatic modes, Drive and Sport.
The 2018 NC750X features twin balancers and a 270-degree crank for smooth running with a distinctive, character-filled throb to the engine feel. The bike has an upright, natural riding position and a 22-liter “frunk,” or front trunk, where the fuel tank would normally be, large enough to hold a full-face helmet. The fuel filler is under the passenger seat. All LED lighting is complemented by a contemporary instrument panel and tall windshield for sport touring. Pricing has not yet been announced.