Easy Upgrade Project Bike – Honda NC700X | Motorcycle Superstore

I’m JC a motorcycle superstore and today I want to talk about some of the areas on your motorcycle whether it’s a street bike like this cruiser dirt bike whatever where you can make easy upgrades and talk to you a little bit about how you might do that within a budget whatever that might be we’re going to work on this Honda nc700x you obviously might have a different bike in your garage however a lot of the parts that we’re working with even if you’re not interested in them specifically those types of genres and those sections on the bike are areas that a lot of people are looking to upgrade this can be a very rewarding experience you sweat a little bit get some dirt and grease under your fingernails it increases your bond with your motorcycle however you got to be able to put yourself in that situation and not be afraid to get your hands dirty there’s no reason why you have to take your bike to a mechanic for the easy types of upgrades we’re going to talk about today so the things that we’re focusing on now are going to be the handlebars and control areas we have new bars and grips something to make us a little more comfortable adjust our seating position also the front screen as well to get better protection something else that a lot of people are looking for is additional storage on a bike like this the commuter style bike we definitely would like to make this a little more functional for day to day use also for touring applications we have some side luggage that we’re going to install also it’d be great if this thing didn’t sound quite as puny as it does an exhaust system is on the way we’re just going to do a basic slip-on they’re inexpensive and they’re very easy to put on takes a minimal amount of tools all the things that you’ll see us do today require just basic tools that you probably already have so let’s dig into this nc700x and see where it goes tires are one of the areas that are easily and most commonly upgraded there’s several reasons why you might do this first off the stuff you got on your bike is roached out if your tires need to be replaced it’s a safety object go ahead and do that also if you want to increase the performance there’s so many different levels of tires and increase by performance by features and by price to work within your budget or for the third reason and this is our style today is to change the nature of your bike entirely if you look at this 700 X it kind of looks like an adventure bike it’s got the beak on it the exposed suspension so we’d like to make it a little bit more aggressive a little more dual sport oriented obviously we’re not going to go bashing around we won’t be putting crash bars on it or skid plates even though we could however we just want it to look a little bit better and realistically this thing is a commuter we’re going to most of our time going down the highway but the owner of this bike wants to be able to hit the occasional dirt road so what we’re going to do is put this set of continental tkc ATS on there the twin duro is a great tire it’s going to give you the gnarly look that you need it’s also going to give us a little bit more performance in the dirt however honestly we’re not dragging our knees on this on this thing on the street so we’re not really concerned about ultimate street performance this is going to suit us very very well they’re available in lots of different sizes however I want to make a note I fibbed to you a little bit earlier about saying we’re gonna do all the work ourselves this is one area particularly with street bikes that you’ll probably want to take to a shop if you would like to save some money you can pull your wheels off you have to find somewhere to support your bike but pull your wheels off and take those and the tires down to a shop it’ll probably save you a little bit in terms of Labor cost however let’s get these things installed we’ll take a look at how they set up on the bike I’m sure that we’ll get the performance gains we’re looking for we’ve got our wheels back and tell me if that thing doesn’t look a thousand times better already I don’t even think I have to do anything more to it but we will so next up we’re going to talk about our exhaust systems the stock exhaust system is pretty plain and boring honestly you can’t even hear it at times in traffic so what we’re going to do is install this Yoshimura system it’s an AR 77 and the thing about this is that it’s got one the full carbon fiber canister system with stainless steel on the front end but this is part of their street lineup so what that means is it meets carbon EPA emissions it’s also going to be an improvement in performance weight and sound so let’s see what this thing looks like as we put it on making this exhaust swap is about as simple as it gets two bolts that’s all you have to worry about it only takes three tools now I mentioned before about getting your hands dirty if you don’t want to do that you might be a pansy but you can also just wear gloves as well and with something like this that might not be a bad idea exhaust systems tend to be warm if you just pull it in your garage or whatever make sure the thing is cooled down before you start working on it I’ve got my 12 millimeters and an 11 millimeter to get the new pipe put on so this is all it takes we’re going to start with this bolt up top we’re gonna get this thing loosened up once that’s out the only thing left is this pinch bolt up here that connects the mid pipe to the tailpipe fortunately it uses the same 12 millimeter is very easy to do once that’s loose we can pull the whole thing off before we do that pay attention to where this bracket is located you’ll notice it’s on the backside of this mouth not the front side we’re going to match that up when we go ahead and install the yoke system there she is in order to slip this on we have to get the clamps in place you notice I slipped this one over the main canister I want to make a note about this it’s got this rubber guard on the inside to protect the carbon fiber from this piece of metal be careful with that because once it gets off track and falls off it’s kind of a pain in the butt to get back on there but get this roughly into position you need also we’re going to

slip this one over the front end make sure that the bolt is or there not rather on it is going to be facing out that way we can actually access it so as we slip this thing over the top this is one of the main differences this uses an 11 millimeter a little bit different than the 12 we were using however we’re going to reuse the bolt on the upper mount so make sure you hung onto this and with the nut for the back side one thing to note with the r77 is that it uses this trapezoid shape so the bracket fits it very specifically the bracket needs to be rotated into the proper position on the backside of this mounting point so when you’re doing this if you want it to look like a factory job these Springs should be in line with each other the muffler and the tailpipe will rotate independently so before you start tightening these down rotate them as one single unit that way these things will be lined up you can start tightening down your bolts also one more thing to remember is before you tighten this front pinch bolt my recommendation is to push it down a little bit that way you don’t have to worry about the back end of this thing sticking out and potentially catching on your foot or causing you problems down the road now all we have to do tighten them down throw this last bolt in and basically now let’s tighten down the first thing we want to do is fire it up and see what it sounds like however before we do we need to clean it up make sure to wipe down the stainless component and the carbon fiber as well with some rubbing alcohol that will remove the oils that are left over from you handling it and if you don’t there is a possibility that we’ll leave staining it’s really a bigger idea or a bigger problem rather with titanium pipes however it is a concern so make sure you wipe this thing down before you rip it up also keep in mind there is no heat shield on this aftermarket pipe compared to the stock unit so when you’re writing it be aware of that so you don’t burn off your heels let’s button up the ass end of this thing with a set of Givi luggage these are the side cases we’ve elected to use they’re made by GV it’s an Italian company high-end stuff and this is the Outback series it’s their newest and essentially the best for adventure touring purposes there are several products in their lineup that really go more for street bikes but this one is designed for extremely hardcore adventure touring use definitely more hardcore than what we’re going to do with this bike however we know that they’ll stand up to anything that we can put this thing through so the real key here is the aluminum construction it’s been reinforced for the extra abuse it’s going to take we also really like the mono key design that means there’s one key which unlatches the top mechanism it is a top open design it’s the same exact key that’s going to allow you to remove the piece on the back or actually remove the entire bag from the mounting hardware which we’ll show you in a second so it’s really easy to live with once you invest in these things this makes it very nice you carry one key with you it’s very simplistic now the key here is the mounting hardware the boxes are going to run you about a thousand bucks they’re not cheap with the mounting hardware that’s sold separately so this is going to be specific obviously to your motorcycle and when you order the mounting hardware it will come with the specific kit to mount this to your bike so for this nc700x we have a kit that has a special set of brackets designed specifically for this now the handful of hardware that comes with it obviously the nuts and bolts are all designed to work in conjunction as well but essentially this is what it looks like it attaches the fast passenger foot pegs the passenger hand grabs and there will be a bar that connects the two pieces together once this thing is in place installing the cases is very simple you simply snap them on so let’s go ahead and get this thing bolted up this is where the mechanical stuff comes into play but really it’s not too much work the nice thing about it is it only takes really two tools it takes a number six hex head or an allen key rather and it also takes a pair of scissors because we need to put some sticky sided tape on some of the brackets let’s get into it first thing we need to do is get access to the Pasteur handhold bolts there’s two on each side it’s pretty easy to do as we pop this seat one of the things you’ll note on this 700x is that it has this little lever that holds it in place now once we remove this it wants to fall down so what we’re actually going to do is pull this side off prop it in place and use it as a lever to keep this thing held up and then we’ll pull the other side off another thing worth noting the hardware kit for this machine it requires us it gives us four new bolts for this position but it does not give us the washers it requires that we reuse the washer for these positions it gives us some extra washers to use elsewhere so make sure you read the directions and pay attention to what it’s requiring you to keep a hold of so you don’t throw those things away you now once those are removed which time to install the brackets and if you pay

attention to the instructions we need to make sure that these bracket legs are pointing towards the rear of the bike they’re not really labeled so you have to do a little bit of figuring out which way it’s supposed to go fortunately in this case it’s actually very simple these are in the proper position however I need to put some sticky sided tape on one of these the front component is going to rest on some bodywork panels here so nice enough from GV they’ve given us the sticky sided tape it’s just basically a foam piece it’s going to help protect that insulate you won’t get rattling it also won’t Mar up the finish on your plastic piece so this is the component that goes up front the directions actually have a little spacer on there that shows you exactly how far to cut I’ve already made a mark here so it’s very easy to do we’ll snip this thing in half and lay it in place [Applause] now the Papes on we’re going to install this but the bracket has to go between you passenger handhold and the bodywork here so we’re going to hold this in place reposition this and then drop the bolt all the way through both pieces [Applause] another bracket kid is loosely in place we’re going to move on to the actual side racks these are going to use a 13 millimeter socket to get in place the hardware is a simple two bolts up top and two bolts down low one of the things to note on this is the bracket itself or the side pannier here actually has the welded nut on the backside which means these brackets will sit across the front side of it this is where having them loose really comes in handy as you can see I need to move this thing around a little bit to get these holes to line up on the passenger foot now once these are in place everything is located and I must say GV actually did a pretty good job at getting the tolerance was close it’s very easy to line up now we can actually cinch these things down we’ll go through them tighten them up same thing goes for the backside as well now I haven’t attached the other side I haven’t attached the retainer bar that goes across the back as well but since we’ve got one in place let’s see if this box actually lines up that looks awesome now that the bags fit properly and we’re sure of it we have one more thing to do we’ll yank these off and install that last piece of bracket bar across the back end to give these bags a little bit more support in a lateral manner after that make sure everything’s tight with one more check over and now we can move to the front of the bike and start working on the controls up there on the front of the bike we have several components we’re dealing with including rent all handlebars and grips we have a chair bee’s hand guards and we have a new windscreen but the windscreen is bigger and taller I don’t really want that cluttering up my workspace so we’ll save that for last want to start things with the handlebars a few things to remember here first off we’re going to be installing the hand guards which mount from the end of the handlebars which means we won’t be able to reuse these anti-vibration inserts so we don’t have to worry about pulling those off however the rest of the componentry does have to come off so the first thing I want to do is remove those and we’re doing that before we unclamp it from the center clamp that makes it a lot easier it holds the bar in place and we can work on it here’s a little tip for you this goes for the handlebars really any other project as well it’s handy to sometimes take a photo of these things with your cell phone if you wind up using them later it’s really great if you don’t it’s no big deal but having that visual reference allows you to tell exactly where your cables were routed how things were mounted up sometimes it’s just nice to have that little piece of memory in your back pocket so before we do this we’ll take a few photos and then we’ll start getting these things unbolted standard zip ties are a one-time thing once you set your down you got to cut them off however on the handle bar side of things the little ties that come from the OE ends are going to be actually removable and replaceable so there’s a little pull tab here you can pop this off and actually get these things unclipped which means don’t snip them off in the first place and also make sure you hang on to em so you can reuse them obviously if you don’t if you lose it whatever you can always use a standard zip tie but those things are really cool it makes manipulating these things a lot easier as you’re doing regular maintenance switching to our lunar handlebar is going to save a little weight but the real advantage is in the ergonomics that’s why people are swapping out their bars really there’s three measurements that you’re concerned with the overall width the rise and the sweep this is going to change the way the bike feels however before we get everything bolted on since we’re changing things up I’m going to put this handlebar in place and clamp it down and I’m going to move it through the entire range of motion I want to make sure that it’s not going to hit anywhere on the faring when you’re changing things up

you want to do that first before you do all the extra work so once we do that if everything lines up properly then we’ll start reinstalling all the rest of the components once you put the new bars in place if we discovered a little bit of a snag here the mounting hardware for the throttle the right side switch gear and the left side switch gear all have locating pins put into them so basically we have two different options we can either grind these pins off or we can drill a hole in the new bars so that they’ll match up like they did on the stock handlebar something to pay attention to there are certain motorcycles out there where this pin acts as the ground for your switch gear in that case you would not want to grind it off these are painted they’re not going to be a ground however what we’re going to do here is drill the handlebar anyway just to keep it clean keep it like it was with the stock unit and in order to do that we have to take a few measurements but fortunately it’s not too difficult all we’re going to do here is slide the throttle housing or the entire throttle tube into position and once we get this thing in place we’ll take a small pencil mark where the pins going to go and then I can drill that and locate this and clamp it in place after that the switchgear can go on because it’s mated to this and once the switch gear is in place we’ll mark that one do the same thing there on the left side it’s a little bit different we don’t necessarily have a grip in place so the grip that we know we’re going to install I’ll slide this one on line it up the way it will be once we’re all finished so the end is flush at that point we can put the switchgear here on the left side mark it do the same procedure over here now it’s a little bit tricky it adds an extra step we weren’t necessarily accounting for however it still doesn’t take a whole lot of specialty tools just to drill what you’ll want to do is take your existing bars if you are going to drill and not grind it down and match that up find a drill bit that matches that hole in this case it’s a 5/16 we happen to have one so we’ll get this thing drilled up and see if we can’t get these installed as they were on the stocking well that added a couple extra minutes to our job here but a couple of things I noted along the way you want to make sure you’re doing this with your handlebars in their finished position so get on the bike get this thing in the position you know you’re going to want then cinch down that clamp in the center after that point you’re going to need to make sure all your controls are right where they’re needing to be otherwise if you start drilling these holes you’re going to wind up with these things out of order love either too high too low so take special care also I was able to mark one of these with the pencil I was not on the other two so what I did is I found some sort of a substance in this case it was a little RTV gasket maker this would work a dab of grease a paint in whatever it is mark the end of that locating pin inside the housings hold it in place right where it needs to be and then slide that thing on it’ll leave a little bit of that grease or whatever it is on the bar itself then you can take it apart you have that mark and you can drill them out now that we have these things done bolt it up and ready to go we are moving on to the grips I have an entire video on how to install grips you can see the link for that here however this is essentially the same concept so we’ll glue these things in place get them fixed down and then we’ll move on to the hand guards our bars and grips are done I wanted to point out one thing though since we ran into a little surprise this little flange on the end of the throttle tube we trimmed it off we got a grip on there it’s no big deal now we can move on to the hand guards and that’s going to be one better for protection but also better for our vision before we delve into the hand guards too much there’s a few things to think about notably how are you going to route the wire systems that need to be connected into the switch where is that switch going to be mounted on your handlebars now the first thing that a cherubs wants you to do is to cut the wires to length before you install the guards which in my mind is a pretty bad set of directions you need to get these things put on first that way you can figure out where exactly your wires are going to go and in this case I would like it to look pretty clean we’re going to try to route the wires along existing cables so that they look factory we also have picked up an extra bit of wire we’ve matched it up it’s going to be black so that the colors don’t stand out and actually we’re going to mount the switch over here on the left-hand side which is right next to the normal high low beams so you can handle your standard lights and your auxiliary lights with the same motion now one of the things to note on the vision is that it does not come with the extra wire that’s something you have to have laying around or get from a hardware store however that piece are the pieces you’ll be using four that are going to route to your battery and on this bike the battery is located here underneath this cowling up front most of them will be located further back so you’re going to need to consider how much wire you need also the route that you’re going to take for those pieces of wire as well now that we have that sort of laid out we’ll go ahead and get these things finalized and then start connecting the wires it’s time for the moment of truth when we actually cut the wires coming out of the hand guards now here’s the deal basically what we have is a switch mechanism here that we’ve located on the left-hand side of the bar but really

inside of here inside this junction box there’s not a lot of space so what I’m going to do is I’m going to run the power wires which are the red wires from both hand guards those will come into it as well as the main power wire which comes from the battery up into the box as well so that’s three wires going in and that’s going to be a tight fit there’s no way I could really manage the negative wires in there as well so I’m going to have to split those off run them down the handle bars away and create another Junction what that means is in terms of this left side bar I cannot cut it short I’m going to give myself a little extra space so that this can actually run down and I will trim my power wire a little bit shorter here and make that fit properly it takes a little bit of planning before we start snipping things to make sure you give yourself enough time and enough thought double check your work before you go ahead and cut these things off so we finally have the hand guards on as you can see they do work the switch is where we want it to be there’s a couple things about this that make it a little more technical than the rest of the install that we’ve done today the wiring is really a little bit more difficult you have to make sure that they’re going to the right spot you’re hooking them into the battery but the things you really need to pay attention to is the proper positioning of the hand guards you don’t want to cut anything too short like we mentioned earlier get these things sort of loose fit as you can see they’re still loose once you get them there then you can route your cables really pay attention to where they’re at and then tie them in very well to the battery system itself once that’s all done it’s just a matter of running the zip ties cleaning things up I’ll cinch these things down and we’re off and running one final bit of adjustment here as well these actually move left to right so the nice thing about that is you can control just where you’re getting your spread of light however we’re gonna have to get this thing out on the road at 9:00 tight conditions to really find out what works best but once that’s the case we’ll tighten them down these things will be locked in solid all that’s left now is the GV windscreen so let’s get to it our final step is to install the GV windscreen this is their spoiler windscreen they’re going to fit all number of different bikes so the one for your machine might look a little different but check this thing out much wider much taller the protection that we will be getting from this is significant so now in the winter seasons or in the colder months we have hand protection here from the elements greater protection here it’s really going to make this thing a lot nicer to ride year round four little bolts looks like a number five or six Allen here and we’ll get this thing swapped out installation on this windscreen doesn’t get any easier the four bolts are in and out straightforward however remember that these are rubber mounted systems it’s anti-vibration that’s the whole purpose but the threaded inserts are fairly small don’t over tighten them or you can strip them out also the bolts probably have like in this case a plastic washer maybe a rubber washer to help with that anti-vibration don’t lose those keep those in place so it’s a nice solid fix another thing to note it’s an aftermarket part so when you start mixing and matching aftermarket parts you might have clearance issues in this case we actually have to trim a little bit because these hand guards are going to run into it not a huge deal but don’t be surprised if that’s the case once you start mixing and matching different product brands that wraps it up for our project bike and hopefully you can see that doing some of the modifications yourself doing aftermarket add-ons is really one a rewarding experience for you as a mechanic and a rider but also it provides a motorcycle that meets your specific needs much better let me know what you think about our little project build leave me some comments on this video and be sure to check out our parts and accessories pages so you can get busy in your own garage