Tim O'Brien | May 3, 2012

Crikey, we're now seeing a lot of bigger bikes landing here in the sub-$10k price category.

Newest to plug itself into that part of the market, and to hit Australian Honda showrooms later this month, is Honda's all-new NC700SA 'naked'.

Upright, with a low-set seat, and free of unnecessary faring and dress-ups, Honda's new naked will retail for $8,490 (plus on roads and delivery charges).

The lightweight and compact NC700SA promises healthy power and torque from low to medium rpm courtesy of an all-new, liquid-cooled, 670cc engine.

With a low centre of gravity, and comparatively light weight, Honda claims its new naked commuter is "pure and swift in its handling responses... (and) fun and easy to handle thanks to the combination of the steel diamond frame, cast aluminium 17-inch wheels, and geometry setup".

Adding to its safety credentials, the NC700SA also comes standard with C-ABS (Combined Antilock Braking System).

Honda also claims "excellent control at low and high speeds" thanks to the traditional low-seat riding and handlebars position.

Pillion passengers get twin grab-handles, there's also an internal storage space large enough to hold a full-face helmet.

In Honda showrooms from later in May, the NC700SA will be available in Australia in just two colour options, Magna Red and Pearl Sunbeam White.

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