Perfectly targeting the more than half of us on the planet who now live in cities, the new Honda NC700X aims squarely at both the open road and the urban commute. Built around a 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine, with choice manual or automatic transmission, the NC700 is compact, quick and agile, powerful enough for open road cruising, and easy to handle in stop-and-go traffic and tight spots. The upright seating position is comfortable for the city. A spacious 21 liter storage compartment where the gas tank usually is, is big enough to conveniently stow a helmet. And it can be easily outfitted for touring from the extensive line of accessories. “It’s really the best of all worlds,” says Honda. Benefiting from sharing technology with the Honda Fit car engine, the starting sticker price was kept tight: $6,999.