This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Honda NC750X.
The Honda NC750X is Honda’s “do it all” machine. It was initially released in 2014 as an update to the earlier Honda NC700X, but since then the engine has stayed the same.
The Honda NC750X is designed for commuting and supposed to be able to satisfy both new and veteran riders with a broad range of use cases, from everyday riding to mid-distance touring.
It’s based on a 745cc parallel twin engine that’s liquid-cooled and has four valves per cylinder. It makes a peak of 40.3 kW (54 hp) at 6250 rpm, and a peak of 68 Nm (51 lb-ft) of torque at 4750 rpm. Drive is through a standard wet clutch and chain.
With the Honda NC750X there’s a focus on practicality, with huge amounts of storage, a very un-stressed engine (compression ratio of 10.7:1, tuned for low-down torque), a low centre of gravity, high fuel efficiency, and an optional automatic transmission, Honda’s DCT (dual clutch transmission) system.
This post was originally published November 27, 2020, but has since been significantly updated.
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Service intervals for the Honda NC750X
Overall, the Honda NC750X has 8000 mile / 12800 km oil change service intervals. Honda actually says you should service it twice as often — but most of the items required every 4000 miles / 6400 km are just basic checks.
Every two oil changes (16000 miles / 25600 km) is the major inspection in which you change the oil filter, inspect the spark plug, and check the valve clearances. Luckily there are only two cylinders and one cylinder head, making the valve inspection relatively easy.
The NC750X has a liquid-cooled engine, so make sure you keep the coolant fresh to avoid corrosion of the internals.
There is a slight difference in maintenance of the DCT vs non-DCT versions of the NC750X.
For the DCT version, change the DCT clutch oil filter as often as you change the engine oil filter. And inspect the brake lock operation regularly.
For the non-DCT version, just make sure the clutch works, like on any motorcycle.
What you need to service your Honda NC750X
Below are some parts and consumables you will need to service your motorcycle. Honda NC750X owners tend to often be do-it-yourselfers.
|Part||Honda NC750X spec|
|Oil||Honda recommends SAE 10W-30, JASO T 903 standard MA. Pro Honda GN4 10W-30 is good. You need 3.1-2L when changing it with the filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten the bolt to 30 Nm (22 lb-ft).|
|Oil filter||Honda’s standard part number for the oil filter is 15410-MFJ-D01 (used on many Hondas). You can also use a Hiflofiltro HF204RC for the oil filter. Use a torque wrench to tighten it to 26 Nm (19 lb-ft).|
|Air filter (OEM)||The OEM air filter part is 17210-MGS-D30. You can also use the K&N alternative air filter, whose part number is HA-7012.|
|Spark plugs||Use NGK spark plug part IFR6G-11K. Use a gapping tool to set the gap to 1.0-1.1 mm.|
|Brake fluid||You can use many brands, but Honda recommends Honda DOT 4.|
|Brake pads (front)||EBC double-hardened front brake pads have part number FA196HH.|
|Brake pads (rear)||EBC double-hardened rear brake pads have part number FA496HH.|
|Coolant||Use Honda Long-life Coolant, which is based on ethylene glycol.|
Honda NC750X Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Honda NC750X. It’s just as it was from the manual, but modified slightly to fit a web page screen.
Maintaining the NC750X is very easy. It’s a very low-maintenance motorcycle. You do have to keep the clutch clean and lubed, but apart from that it’s stress free — even the DCT system doesn’t require special attention other than inspecting the clutch system periodically.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, continue servicing it in the pattern below.
- The original manual recommends getting steering and tyres serviced by an authorised mechanic. Most other items can be done by a mechanically skilled home operator with a shop manual.
- Some items are for DCT model only, some for the clutch model. They’re demarcated below.
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||8||12||16||20||24|
|km x 1000||1||6.4||12.8||19.2||25.6||32||38.4||Every|
|Full inspection checklist (below) — Perform||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Engine oil — Replace (Pro Honda GN4 10W-30)||✓||✓||✓||✓||Year|
|Engine oil filter — Replace (HF204RC)||✓||✓|
|DCT models: Clutch oil filter — Replace (part: 15412-MGS-D21)||✓||✓|
|Spark plug — Inspect condition and gap||✓|
|Spark plug — Replace (NGK IFR6G-11K)||32000 mi (51200 km)|
|Valve clearances — Inspect||✓|
|Air cleaner — Replace (HA-7012)||✓||✓||More often when riding in dusty/wet areas|
|Radiator coolant — Replace (Pro Honda Coolant)||3 Years|
|Brake Fluid — Inspect level||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Brake fluid — Replace (Honda DOT 4)||2 years|
|Brake pads — Check wear level||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|DCT models: Brake lock operation — Inspect||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Non-DCT models: Clutch system — Inspect||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Drive chain slider — Inspect||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Crankcase breather hose (if fitted) — Clean||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Evaporative emission control system — Inspect||✓||More often when riding in rain / at full throttle|
Standard maintenance checklist
Below is the standard list of items to check at every 8000 mile / 12800 km inspection for the Honda NC750X.
|Standard maintenance checklist — Honda NC750X|
|Cooling system — Check for leaks, chafing of hoses|
|Radiator coolant — Check level and condition|
|Throttle — Check operation and free play|
|Fuel lines — Inspect condition|
|Engine Idle Speed — Inspect, adjust|
|Brake system — Check for correct operation|
|Brake light switch — Check it works (brake lights come on)|
|Headlight aim — Check, adjust|
|Side stand — Check for smooth operation. Lubricate if necessary. (Lithium soap-based grease)|
|Suspension — Check for smooth operation, no leaks|
|Steering head bearings — Check for smooth operation, no notchiness|
|Nuts, bolts, fasteners — Check for general tightness / torque|
|Wheels/tires — Check condition and alignment|
Maintaining Your Chain on the Honda NC750X
The Honda NC750X gets a wide range of duty, from everyday commuting to light touring and even maybe some off-roading. So it’s important to maintain your chain on the NC750X, as on any chain-driven motorcycle, but particularly one that sees such varied conditions.
Honda recommends you follow the following chain maintenance schedule:
|Chain maintenance item||Every|
|Check drive chain lubrication condition, lubricating if necessary||600 mi / 1000 km|
|Check drive chain slack, adjusting if necessary||600 mi / 1000 km|
- Do these items (checking/adjusting slack, and checking/applying lubrication) more often if you ride your NC750X in dusty or rainy conditions.
- Always lubricate the chain after washing the motorcycle.
Tire size and tire pressure for the Honda NC750X
The Honda NC750X has the following tire sizes and pressures standard:
|Tyre||Size||Tire pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70ZR17M/C(58W)||36 psi(250 kPa, 2.50 bar)|
|Rear||160/60ZR17M/C(69W)||42 psi (290 kPa, 2.90 bar)|
The NC750X ships with Dunlop D609F or Bridgestone BW-502 tires standard.
About the Honda NC750X
The Honda NC750X is an easy-going light adventure motorcycle for twisty roads, open highways, city centers, and rural roadways. It’s a versatile model that’s almost a maxi-scooter… except you’re definitely riding a motorcycle. The Honda X-ADV 750 is the equivalent maxi-scooter.
The Honda NC750X is part of Honda’s five-model “adventure” line of streetbikes, including the CB500X and the Africa Twin, but despite how it’s named, this bike is really best for exploring asphalt, not rough-and-tumble off-road single-track.
It’s an update of the Honda NC700X, largely keeping the same concept intact — a “do-everything” machine with a very fuel-efficient engine, comfortable riding position, loads of storage space, and a mildly offroad-capable chassis (at least, one you won’t be afraid to get dirty).
The engine is a 745cc 55-degree parallel twin that makes 40 kW (54 hp) in base trim. That might not sound like much (and it’s not), but it’s because it’s a torque-first engine. The NC750X makes quite a lot more low-end torque than its commuter siblings the Kawasaki Versys 650 and Suzuki V-Strom 650, who tend to make their torque and power a little higher up.
The Honda NC750X’s engine combines good low-to-midrange torque with outstanding fuel economy, and the 41mm fork and 17-inch wheels give a smooth ride.
The engine is quite a simple one. It has an unstressed 10.7:1 compression ratio, and a simple single overhead cam four-valve-per-cylinder design. These should make service both infrequent and easy.
One of the magic tricks of the Honda NC750X that wins lots of converts is its massive storage space. Instead of a gas tank where you’d expect it, there’s a huge 22-litre storage compartment in front of the rider, which can fit many full-face helmets. The gas is stored under the seat, giving it a low centre of gravity.
The Honda NC750X also comes with automatic transmission (DCT, Dual Clutch Transmission) as an option, making it even more accessible. For people who have difficulty with the clutch (RSI or a nerve problem), or who just aren’t really into shifting, DCT is bliss.
Everything about the Honda NC750X says “easy to ride” — approachable engine, low centre-of-gravity, lots of storage space, and optional automatic transmission. And it’s on the affordable end of the spectrum, too.
Ride gear on the Honda NC750X is also relatively basic. The suspension at the front is an unadjustable 41mm Showa conventional fork, and the shock at the rear is a simple single shock-setup. Braking is via a single 320mm disc with a 2-piston caliper. ABS is standard.
Reference — Manual for the Honda NC750X
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Honda NC750X. A screenshot of the maintenance schedule is below.
You can download it from Honda’s website here.