All Comparisons – The Honda NC700S challenges the Kawasaki ER-6n and Suzuki Gladius – Entry level in 2012

Honda NC700S challenges Kawasaki ER-6n and Suzuki Gladius

All Comparisons - The Honda NC700S challenges the Kawasaki ER-6n and Suzuki Gladius - Entry level in 2012

In 2012, Honda intends to shake up the basic motorcycle segment with its economical roadster, the NC700S. Site opposed the novelty of the winged crest to its twin-cylinder compatriots: the acclaimed Kawasaki ER-6n and the Suzuki Gladius. Comparative test.

Entry level in 2012

Before this spring 2012 in, the new permits or motorcyclists "looking for a cheap but nice little motorbike to do a bit of everything"were automatically directed to the CBF600N (" naked "version of the CBF600S, read our).

During their quest, these same customers were offered in an XJ6, in a Gladius, and in an Er-6n … But most of the time (this did not escape the groupies of our Market Reports Site , read our example), the customers ended up doing their shopping at the Reds’ competitors !

To correct the situation, Honda is offering a new entry-level: the NC700S, twin sister of the NC700X trail and the Integra maxi-scooter (read our and our). According to the manufacturer, the major advantage of this new small motorcycle is its engine which allows it to be very economical: cheaper to buy, it uses less fuel than the 4-cylinder of the CBF600….

The in-line twin of 669.6 cc indeed claims an average consumption of 3.6 l / 100km, against 5.1 for the small 4-legged! In addition, the NC700S is displayed in concession at 5,490 € (without ABS), or 1,100 € less than the CBF600N still in the catalog..

Here are two powerful arguments for broke djeun’s or "commuters" on a tight budget, for whom times are particularly hard. And it is precisely to help them invest in the right horse that Site has decided to pit the NC700S against these two direct rivals….

Because in terms of basic motorcycle powered by a twin cylinder, the offer is now threefold: bikers have the choice between the all new Honda NC700S, the Kawasaki ER-6n updated at the beginning of the year (read our) and the Suzuki Gladius which is entering its fourth year of marketing (read our).

Gathered on the beautiful sunny roads of southern Spain in the west of Paris, our three motorcycles of the day arouse less interest among crossed bikers than a 696, a Shiver and a Street Triple would have done … But the prices are not the same either !

On this point, the Honda wins against its two compatriots since the NC700S is displayed – excluding promotions – € 509 less expensive than the Gladius and € 1,009 less expensive than the new ER-6n. And if the ABS tempts the client, the Miss from Tokyo drives the point home.

Because for an extension of 500 euros, the winged roadster is equipped with the excellent Honda combined ABS, the same that equips the Hornet or the CBF1000F for example. At Kawa, you have to pay 100 € more (600 in all) to get the ABS while at Suz ‘, the ABS at 500 € is only delivered on the blue and white biton model. !

But motorcycles are not just a series of more or less long numbers on a checkbook … Even the most stingy – or pragmatic bikers! – take into account the look of their future companion – on two wheels -, even before having had the opportunity to judge their performance and practical aspects.

So many criteria that Site is preparing to study in detail … Forward for the MNC comparison of small Japanese roadsters !

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