2010 Honda NT700V: Deauville comes stateside

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Oops, we completely forgot to write up the 2010 Honda NT700V along with the other new Hondas yesterday. That’s probably indicative of the forgettable nature of the Deauville as it’s officially called in Europe, or even more so of its nickname, the “Dullville.” All kidding aside, the NT700V’s innocuous styling and unexciting spec sheet belie a truly practical, affordable, worthy medium-capacity tourer or commuter bike.
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At this point you’re probably wondering why, with all of Europe’s
forbidden fruit to choose from, American Honda chose to bring over the
Deauville instead of the CB1300 torque monster, the tasty CB1000R or
the adventurous Transalp. Well, with the imminent arrival of the Honda
VFR1200
and the likely arrival of the Honda ST1200, the company appears
to have found itself without an affordable, unintimidating touring
bike, a slot that the outgoing VFR800 partially filled.

The NT700V starts at $9,999, while adding ABS will cost a further
grand. Power comes from a 680cc, 52°, liquid-cooled v-twin that’s
connected to the rear wheel by a maintenance-free shaft drive. It’s a
proven, reliable engine that’s capable of putting in high mileage, but
it’s not an exciting performer. 65bhp arrives at 8,000rpm, 49lb/ft of
torque at 6,500rpm and the redline sits at 8,500rpm. The curb weight,
which inclused a full 5.2-gallon tank, is a relatively heavy 566lbs.

Locking panniers capable of accepting full-face helmets are standard on
the NT700V and feature a neat little pass-through compartment at the
rear which facilitates the carrying of long, but skinny items like a
cardboard tube or a camera tripod. Continuing the practical, well
thought-out theme are a 31.6″ seat height, a remote rear preload
adjuster and a skinny (read cheap) 150/70-17 rear tire. It’s not the
kind of bike that’ll get your heart racing, but it is the kind that
could serve as a faithful companion for many, many miles.

Honda

  • http://www.motoflash.ro Paul

    You also forgot about the new Shadow Phantom :) http://powersports.honda.com/2010/shadow-phantom.aspx

    • http://Http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nah, we just don’t care about it.

  • s0crates82

    The PC800 returns, now with less tupperware!

  • Oscar

    No better than a Versys or V-Strom 650, yet costs thousands more. No thanks.

  • jconli1

    Sweet. Now I can cash out some of my Pets.com and Worldcom stock and make it happen!

  • ZeitgeistXIII

    Its the NT650 all growed up. The old Hawk GT with a shaft drive was aound for years in Europe as the Revire. It was more of a work mule than the cult bike status the the the NT650 has here. Probably due to the shaft drive.

    Is this boring? I dont know if but a cheap sport tourer that you could commute and still have some decent comfort and protection from the elements might be just what some people want. The speed4, the 748 are both fun bikes for me but the other half is not comfortable on the Triumph so as an additional bike for the two of us without alot of cash maybe I give it a go and try one out.
    Of course if its gutless then the same $$ could go for a used FJR. lol

  • Steve F

    A 10k 680cc bike? Is a shaft drive worth it?

  • DoctorNine

    It’s the perfect bike for a middle-aged guy looking for a competent commuter, to get back into cycling after a few years on the couch. Socrates is right, it’s a lot like the PC800, which had a pretty loyal following for many years. For those who see cycles for their utility and not just their style, this one has shaft drive, a water cooled twin, and that legendary Honda reliability which will mean lots of miles without a lot of headaches. In my opinion, this is a better bike to bring to the US than the Fury, but heck, even that is selling pretty well.

  • Telekom

    My 1998 Deauville 650 may not be the fastest or best looking bike, but it took me from Scotland to Norway and back and then from Scotland to Spain and back. I’ve taken it all over Scotland too, it’s done 18,000 miles in under 2 years and only had minor technical hitches in that time. I always remind myself of these facts when watching a power ranger on a GSXR/ZXR/whatever, who rides 75 miles, eats some chips and goes home. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I got my bike to go places, not to go fast. (Obviously!) :)

  • geonerd

    Beats the piss out of the Gladius and the Fury, both of which received inordinate amounts of attention on HFL.

  • NL7U

    Not capable of 150 mph? No problem.
    Doesn’t weigh 900 lbs? No problem.
    Won’t WOW the crotch rocket set? No problem.
    Skinny tires? No problem.
    Replaces the PC800? No problem (I had one and loved it)

    At age 65 and over 40 ownerships of bikes, I am looking for something exactly like this. I just took my KLR650 to Prudhoe Bay and back and will welcome a twin cyl. bike again. Bring it on, Honda!

    • Stew

      Greeting from GA,

      I’m 67 and your comments caught my eye. I’ve gone thru the 900, 1500, Venture and Gold Wings, can I be satisfied with a 680CC? Will it pass a car doing 65 within 3-5 seconds? I’m not looking for a cross country bike but would like to do an occasional 350 miler to the N. GA mountain. More commuting to coffee shoppe and grocery store. I assume the MPG is good to great. At 6’1″ will the windshield adjust high enough for eye level?

      Lots of questions, thanks for any and all comments,

      Gary
      Senoia, GA

    • W Brunskill

      I could not agree with you more. 70 years old, 7 Gold Wings and many other types in 50 years. Finally something for us older types. Should have kept my PC800, but I think this is as good or better.

  • Mike

    well said, goenerd!

    It is sad to see a V-twin weigh in at 566 pounds. At that porky weight, you’d be better off with a VFR800, which is a superior motorcycle by every measure. When the NT700V gets below 400 pounds, then maybe it’d be worth a look.

  • Fred Harper

    Any chance they could slip the VFR800 into the Deauville frame. An update on the VF750S. That would be tryly tastey.

  • Md Jamil Hak

    I rode Deauville 650 for more than 8 years and exceed 100,000km! Regret? No way man, it was a workhorse that never failed me. Now I decide to replace it with NT700V for sure! My age now? 56 and still riding!

  • Bosshart19

    I started riding with a BSA Thunderbolt in ’64 and spent the next 20 years on English twins (Trumpets and Nortons) before cashing it in on a family. Took it up again 3 years ago on a Suzuki M50 and have loved every minute of the last 32k miles. However, my daughter is now with child and I would like to visit as often as possible over the 300 freeway miles separating us … but on the M50? No way. Will this machine do the highway miles comfortably? I’ve been assured it will please around town and the nightly and weekend 150 odd mile country road jaunts, but I already have that covered. The money’s right … any comments on the longer distance versatility and comfort?

    • Shippers

      I have an M50 too but need a winter bike to replace an ageing GS500F. Knee joints and knuckles are seeking a tad more protection and the Dullville fits the bill perfectly. It’s as sexy as bland scambled eggs, as fast as a child sprinter and heavy as a lorry driver. It offers stability , comfort and economical , protected commuting and touring at a reasonable price. Shame there are not alternatives to bring the price further down.

      Test ride showed the seating to be as every bot as good as my old CX500 from a ‘few’ years back and was a leisurly ride without any frightners. Any ride is as boring as you make it.
      Just waiting for the delivery .

  • Gavin Hogg

    My impressions of the Deauville after just over a years ownership are… It was always going to be a hard act to follow my 1800 Wing but i reckoned this could do all i need from it and more, yes its comfortable enough for 200 mile jaunts, the windscreen adjust to pretty much a cover all height, plenty of grunt from her as you whistle along at 60 to 80mph with good torque for accelerating left at that, MPG is not as good as i had hoped for a smallish V twin and have difficuly getting over 200 miles to the tank , bikes really should be achieving better mpg than this these days, light and easy to handle, thin tyres show there limitations though when chucking her thru bends. All in all though a good package that should last for years and always acheive a good resale. One glitch though is low down transmission snatch, woeful and unacceptable that you cannot use the low down grunt that the v twin wants to give but the transmission does not want to deliver, so you have to stir the gears at low speeds.

    Gavin, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

  • jodyrd

    Having owned many machines since 1968,from fj1200-rz350-several rds-cb400f-guzzis-z1-cb750-tz250-venture royale-bmw k1200lt-and too many trials and trail machines to mention. having appx 400,000 miles on 2 wheels,and 2 road racing national championships, I feel that i am slighty qualified to say,that the honda pacific coast is probably the best machine in the entire history of the universe for overall day in and day out use-rain or shine.. i am on my 2nd pacific coast,the first one was totalled with me on it at a stop sign. when i have to carry a 30 pack-or it is raining- or i am going into the city- i leave the bmw k1200lt and the guzzi v11 sport at home… If i had to cut the budget to the bare minimum,and just go it with just one machine (heaven forbid) I would have to go with the pacific coast..UNTILL NOW…Now honda has me anxiously awaiting this new deauville.. my pacific coast is 800cc and has about 50 hp. i am suprised to hear that the deauville has 67 hp. being a guzzi owner too,i am adicted to torque,not hp. we all think we want HP,but what we really want is torque-wind and weather protection-a place carry everything else…
    cant wait honda!!!

  • Pinchvalve

    I am apparently the guy that this bike is aimed at! I am 40, have been riding for a few years, and am ready for my first new bike. I like the reliability that my current Honda provides, but want to upgrade to EFI and rear disc brakes. The engine is a step up from my current 500cc, and 200 miles per tank would double my current range. I ride mostly 2-up and I use the bike for errands as well, so some storage is important. I don’t ride off-road or drag a knee on the bends, so I don’t need anything any sportier or beefier. As for looks, I ride a CC500 so this is a step in the right direction. For me, this is the perfect bike. Will they sell more than one? Who knows, but I want one.

  • Nighthawk 750

    I have had 2 NH750s and loved both of them. I want a sport tourer but, don’t need 150 hp. This looks like a perfect cross betweena Nighthawk and a PC800. I want one. I want one for about 7 grand. Guess I will wait a couple years and get a used one.

  • Stan

    Well, there are a few nice demo videos on YouTube for you to watch if you are considering purchasing the NT700V.

    I like the concept. I think it’s about $2k overpriced, but fit and finish on Honda are superior to the other jap bikes. I’ve owned them all.

    I own a 2006 VFR800 Interceptor with hard cases and pretty much love it. The NT700V is a bit more streamline (thinner, aerodynamic) than my VFR, more upright, and shaft drive is a blessing for those of us that put the miles on.

    Thinner tires? Who frigin’ cares?! Cheaper to buy when the time comes! I have a 1982 Yamaha Seca 650 Turbo. Same profile as this NT700V. Narrow, nimble, shaft drive, thin tires, etc. Believe me, I’ve leaned those thin tires over enough to scrape the pegs easily and lost no traction or scared myself doing so.

    I think though that I am going to wait a year or so and see how sales go for the NT700V. It pays to wait people. I can get a brand new 2007 ST1300 for $11,000 OTD, if I am so inclined, right now at my local dealership. It may not be the bike’s fault. Popularity of a first year model are going to be offset by this poor economy. Will that kill the Deauville before it has a chance here in the US? It killed my Seca Turbo in two years, and that was a really bad mistake. It’s the bike I take on long hauls. Comfy all day. So let’s see if the NT has a decent run in the US or if it’s a turd that won’t flush. I’m betting on the economy killing sales, and then I’ll pick up a new NT a year or two old sitting brand new on the showroom floor, and get it for the price that I want to pay.

    Here’s the Yotube vids I thought were the best.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsGX9Aj5gQE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSR9JFtWESw

    Enjoy… :-)

  • Stan

    Oh, I forgot…

    I am not much on the fact that the bags are integrated to the point of not being removable. I hope that Honda sells bag liners for them as they did for the bags on my VFR. That way what you pack can be taken indoors. I think it’s called luggage.

    One thing I do like is the fact that heated grips is an option on the NT.

    The windscreen is almost a direct copy of a Vstrom I used to own, as is the upper bodywork. It’s gonna be prone to side winds, trust me. Also, I would opt for an aftermarket windscreen, or perhaps a Laminar Lip as a few of the European vids on YouTube show. The more you raise that stock windscreen, the flatter it gets and almost upright. It’s not aerodynamic at all like that and causes bobble which will tax your wrists on a long ride. I call it a snow plow. Again, TRUST me!

  • Stan

    One more nice, short YouTube vid… The main reason I post this one is that it shows the availability of aftermarket, or maybe that’s even Honda accessory, lower cowling bodywork!!! Sweet… it won’t look like a VStrom so much!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWlPjJUwnSU&feature=related

  • http://theartofeinstein.typepad.com arthur Einstein

    I wasn’t aware of this bike as the European Deuville. But it knocked me cold at the MC show last weekend. Seems perfect for me. I’m 77 yrs old and riding an R1200RT which I like a lot but its a heavy sucker and gets more challenging all the time at stop signs pointing up hill. I flirted with an SV 650 but never pulled the trigger. The light weight, seat height, touring ability are absolutely in the sweet spot for an older rider who enjoys the road and will pack it in when a trike becomes necessary.

  • timgray

    Cute bike but it misses the mark hard. For having a small engine it get’s horrible gas mileage. I ride a Yamaha XVZ12 Monster that weighs 900 pounds and has a 1200cc engine fed by 4 thirsty carbs and I get 40mpg regularly. IF a bike that is 1/2 of my old inefficient monster cant get 80mpg then something is wrong. Then we have the price. $10,000 for a bike that is going to compete on the showroom with last years unsold ST1200′s that are selling for the same price. That’s gonna be a hard sell. I just bought a 2008 zero mile FJR1300 off the showroom locally that had ABS and all options for $10,000.00 from a DEALER, this little econo tourer has no chance of selling with dealers having last years and even 2 years ago models still on the showroom floor selling for the same price or even less.

    Honda needs to sell them starting at $7500.00 to really get people’s attention and to compete with the huge numbers of new but unsold bikes all over the country that are bargain basement priced. I think a bike like this is needed in the USA. It’s a perfect touring bike for my wife, and I’d buy a base model right now for $7500.00. for $9,000, I can get her a new bike at a better deal by buying something else and taking advantage of the desperate dealers. Heck I can get her a Harley right now for that price with panners. Even Harley shops are desperate to get sales.

  • Stan

    I’ve changed my mind about this bike. If you sell it as a light weight touring bike, then heated grips should be standard. Also to not that the article is wrong about the side luggage. It is NOT wide enough to hold a full face helmet!!! You can’t get it in the USA, but if you want, you can order wider lids for the bags. THEN it will accomodate a full face helmet!

  • James

    Having a good look at this bike. Bit concerned about Fuel consumption, but the bike seems to come very close to winning the “jack of all trades” prize. Great to pop into town, or do a long weekend trip. Pitty paniers aren’t removable. I like the shaft drive, and having a centre stand as standard, factory fitted, which is getting rare these days and makes many maintainance tasks so much easier!

  • Mike

    I just bought one, replacing my Yamaha VSTAR 1100 and I must say I’ve been nothing short of impressed so far after roughly 750 miles.
    The center stand and ease of maintenance were a HUGE plus for me and the power, although a little underwhelming, is completely adequate. It’s not a crotch rocket or a Gold Wing, but it is perfect for it’s intended purpose in the market. Mine’s a keeper! Also, I’m getting 52 to 57 mpg depending on how much throttle I apply so I don’t know what the guy who wrote this article was doing. I’m sure it had something to do with riding two up, fully laden, and getting on the throttle quite a bit for him to average such a low mpg…