I must have a thing for blue. The very first motorcycle I ever bought brand new, off the showroom floor, was a 2000 Suzuki SV650…and it was blue. Twenty years later, I walked into the exact same dealership (Dreyer Honda in Indianapolis, the oldest Honda motorcycle dealer in the United States), and rode away on a new 2019 Honda NC750X — in a beautiful blue, only available for one model year.
Saying I rode it right off the showroom floor would be fairly close to accurate. It was pouring rain the day I picked it up (a Saturday, since I live and work an hour away Monday through Friday), so they rolled it into the service department and let me gear up inside where it was dry. That done, I climbed aboard and nodded. The big roll-up door clattered open to a curtain of rain, the tech guy wished me a safe ride, and I dropped my visor and pulled out for my very wet hour-long ride home.
My rides since then have been much more pleasant, needless to say.
So why an NC750X? One word: utility. This bike checks all the boxes for me. It handles well enough that I’ll be able to surprise a sportbike rider or two in the twisties. It’s got that tall, ADV-like, ready-for-anything riding position that’s perfect for seeing over traffic, standing up on gravel roads and long hours in the saddle during road trips. There’s enough power for easy passing and smooth freeway cruising. Fuel economy is stellar (making up for the puny 3.7-gallon gas tank). The price is right (MSRP: $8,099). Oh, and the most important feature of all: the frunk! I’ll probably create an entire post dedicated to all the things you can put into the NC750X’s locking storage compartment, a.k.a. the “frunk.”
But I digress. The NC is a bit of an oddball, hard to define and resistant to being shoved into a conveniently labeled box — which pretty much describes me, so I figure we’re meant to be together.
I’ve already completed the break-in mileage, and oil and a filter are currently on their way. The first oil change is an important one, not just for the bike’s mechanical well-being but also for that mother/child bonding that everyone who’s ever bought a new bike understands perfectly.
You want to see some pictures?? (Yep, proud new moto-mama.)