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Motorcycle vs. Scooter Part II Photo Gallery
Under the skin, the two machines are surprisingly similar.
Gabe Ets-Hokin puts a Honda NC700X against a BMW C650GT to see which offers the better riding experience. See photos from the comparison in the Motorcycle vs. Scooter Part II photo gallery.
Despite the similarities of design, the Honda NC700X and BMW C650GT offer markedly different riding experiences.
The Honda NC700X uses a tube-steel frame that looks a lot like the BMW C650GT.
The BMW C650GT has simple suspension, a fuel tank beneath the seat and wide bars, just like the Honda NC700X.
Though the Honda NC700X isn't a scooter, functionally it offers a scooter-like experience with the performance of a middleweight commuter motorcycle.
The NC700X had good around-town handling and power characteristics but ran out of breath at freeway speeds.
The NC700X has a trunk where the gas tank usually sits—incredibly handy and something we could get used to.
BMW's scooter offers touring features like luggage capacity, wind protection and amenities usually only found on top-of-the line luxury-touring machines.
The BMW's trunk is gigantic, ready to gulp down two helmets.
The Honda's seating position is relaxed and comfortable for a range of riders, as is the BMW's.
The BMW C650GT comes off as a serious machine, while the Honda NC700X feels more simple and casual.
The BMW C650GT does everything well, but tends to fall short when conveying a sense of passion to the rider. The Honda NC700X falls short at the end of the powerband but is nimble and easy to operate.
The luxury amenities of the BMW C650GT set the scoot apart from others in its class while the NC700X had a bare-bones feel with budget spec'd suspension and less-than-exhilarating power delivery.
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