Recall: 2012 Honda NC700X for Chain Failure

09/27/2012 @ 4:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler8 COMMENTS

Honda is recalling 1,542 units of its 2012 Honda NC700X motorcycles for  faulty outer drive plates on the bike chain drive, which was improperly heat-treated and could fracture during use. If a outer drive plates fracture, the NC700X could unexpectedly lose propulsion, which increases the risk of a crash and rider injury.

Honda will notify affected owners, and Honda dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the drive chain free of charge. This recall is expected to begin on October 8, 2012. Concerned Honda NC700X owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-866-784-1870, and reference Honda recall campaign number S54. As always the NHTSA is available at 1-888-327-4236 and

Source: NHTSA

  • Paul McM

    I would like to see toothed belt drives offered on main-stream Japanese motorcycles. For a “standard” streetbike, it seems like a belt makes the most sense, given the fact that Americans are too fashion-conscious to accept an enclosed chain. Harley owners give high marks to their belts.

    And yes I do understand why off-road bikes and high-output racer replicas would want to stick with a high-quality chain. But for something like the NC700X, with about 45 HP at the rear wheel, a belt makes sense, IHMO.

  • Sloan

    With as many shaft-dive models that Honda makes, it seems like it would have been simple to put one on here too. They’re likely to stay on the pavement more than 80% of the time anyway.

  • Westward

    @ Paul MCM

    I agree whole heartedly, even the Buell’s had a belt drive on their bikes, and those bikes seem like they are practically maintenance free…

  • Paul McM

    With regular, intelligent maintenance, a good chain will last a long time. However, I’d estimate that half the chain-drive bikes I see have rusty or filthy chains, with a good percentage not adjusted properly (and many dealers adjust chains too tight!). Given the fact that only a small % of bikes come with center stands these days, making chain adjustment more difficult, that’s all the more reason to go with belts. But for some reason the Japanese makers have resisted this, as they have ignored the need for reasonable seats, and comfortable riding position on most bikes, even standards. I guess Honda can say “Hey we did make a ‘rationale’ street bike with good storage, good ergos, and a great seat — the PC800 — but nobody bought it.”

  • Westward

    I can’t remember if it was a documentary I watched or an article I read, however, it was about the riding position of motorcycles and it’s relationship to equestrianism.

    The Japanese sport bikes or sport bikes in general follow the seating posture of a horse racing jockey. The European bikes closely resemble the up-right style of equestrian sport riding. The American bikes, the laid back riding style of cowboys on the range…

  • Damo

    @Paul McM

    That is because the PC800 looked like a turd, even by 1980’s standards. Everyone probably thinks it is a police special at first glance.

  • Tom

    With Halloween approaching, its times like these that I especially wished that I had artistic talent to draw a cartoon of the nc700 as a zombie saying, “Chains…..I need chains…..”

  • Damo

    I wonder what brand chain they were using that such a lower power output lump could snap it? Kind of suspect.