Upgrades to your bike aren’t always expensive or difficult to install. And just to prove the point we’ve taken our gear merchant’s 2012 Honda NC700X and decided to give it an adventure focused makeover. A great no frills utilitarian style bike, the NC700X provides a good starting point for the type of modifications we were wanting to make. Below find the videos that detail the entire bike build and make sure to check out the diverse selection of parts each of the brands we’ve chosen to highlight offer.
An Italian company with a long history of making quality, weatherproof luggage, the Givi Trekker Outback Side Cases were an easy choice to complement the NC700X. Both tough enough for off road use and able to lock easily, the panniers are perfect for short and multiday rides alike. Givi doesn’t just offer aluminum panniers, soft cases, top cases, skid plates and windshields are also available to suit your unique riding needs.
Yoshimura is known for their longstanding involvement in superbike racing but they’re also one of the few companies that make an exhaust for the NC700X. The venerable R-77 line provides a weight savings over stock, noticeably quicker throttle response and an exhaust note that is now worthy of the bike itself. And besides making exhaust for just about every bike out there, Yosh has plenty of cool little accessories that are both functional and look super trick.
A name more commonly associated with motocross, Renthal also makes a good selection of bars for street bikes and when it comes to making a bike more touring capable, a good set of bars is at the top of the list. The Renthal 7/8” Street Handlebars are a great addition to the NC700X and let us find just the right bend to make the transition from sitting to standing an easy one. And along with the custom bend, Renthal’s expertise with aluminum make their products plenty strong enough to handle tough use.
Just about every Dakar winning bike for the past 15 years has sported Acerbis handguards, so as far as adventure worthy hand protection goes, the Italian company is definitely at the top of their game. But along with providing the NC700X with crash and weather protection, the Vision Handguards come with multidirectional lights perfect for late night backcountry exploring. Universal in application, Acerbis handguards can fit almost any style of bike.
This page is all about easy upgrades and embodying this better than anything else are the Continental TKC 80 tires. Long proven as Conti’s large displacement adventure tire of choice, the TKC 80 drastically opens up the possibilities of where the NC700X can be ridden. Good for both off road conditions and high mileage, these are tires that let the Honda truly maximize its touring potential. And even if you really load up the panniers, the TKCs have a construction that can bear the weight.