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Motorcycle vs. Scooter Part II Photo Gallery

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.

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Despite the similarities of design, the Honda NC700X and BMW C650GT offer markedly different riding experiences.
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The Honda NC700X uses a tube-steel frame that looks a lot like the BMW C650GT.
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The BMW C650GT has simple suspension, a fuel tank beneath the seat and wide bars, just like the Honda NC700X.
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Though the Honda NC700X isn't a scooter, functionally it offers a scooter-like experience with the performance of a middleweight commuter motorcycle.
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The NC700X had good around-town handling and power characteristics but ran out of breath at freeway speeds.
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The NC700X has a trunk where the gas tank usually sits—incredibly handy and something we could get used to.
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BMW's scooter offers touring features like luggage capacity, wind protection and amenities usually only found on top-of-the line luxury-touring machines.
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The BMW's trunk is gigantic, ready to gulp down two helmets.
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The Honda's seating position is relaxed and comfortable for a range of riders, as is the BMW's.
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The BMW C650GT comes off as a serious machine, while the Honda NC700X feels more simple and casual.
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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.
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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.