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.
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.