When we tested the Honda NC700X, we found it comfortable, practical and neutral handling, but lacking in excitement … particularly with regard to engine power. Honda has seen fit to address this issue in other markets (not just in Europe, but in Canada, as well), by substantially increasing engine displacement by 75cc (from 670cc to 745cc). Horsepower and torque each increase by more than 10 percent, and the entire displacement increase was achieved with bore, not stroke, so the bike might rev a bit quicker, as well.
In the US, we get an unchanged NC700X for the 2014 model year, and will forgo not only the healthier, larger engine, but other improvements to the 745cc version, such as an additional balance shaft for more “refinement”, taller gearing, redesigned muffler, adjustable brake lever, and revised instrumentation that includes a gear position indicator, ‘instant’, ‘average’ and ‘range remaining’ fuel indication plus coolant temperature and ambient air temperature.
US emissions regulations are probably to blame for our (hopefully temporary) misfortune.