Honda NT650V Deauville Review
|✓||Loads of storage space|
|×||Limited power for touring|
What Is It?
The 1998 Honda NT650V Deauville is a touring style bike with shaft drive and was replaced by the NT700V in 2006.
Engine: 647 cc V-Twin, 55 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 190 miles
Seat Height: 814 mm
Wet Weight: 243 kg
What Is It Like?
2005 Honda NT650V Review
Gday all. I own a Honda NT650V, a bike I purchased second hand a couple of years ago, and have gained a generally positive impression of. I say "generally" because there are a few niggling little things which take the gloss off what would otherwise be an excellent commuter and a reasonably good, though under powered, tourer. Perhaps some pros and cons would illustrate my point:
- Reliability - This bike being out of the Honda stable, you know you are going to get reliability. I have a 40km round trip to work which I use the bike for regularly and have never had a major issue. I turn the key, hit the starter, and go. Simple as that.
- Storage - Built in panniers, glove compartments (one lockable) and a gear rack with bag mean I can carry pretty much whatever I will need to carry. Gear for work, lunch, change of clothes.......no problem, it all fits.
- Comfort - This bike is comfortable, upright riding position, comfy seat for my ageing behind all add up to an easy ride.
- Lack of power - For a bike marketed as a tourer, it is slightly lacking in power. Not a problem in my case, as it is a more than capable commuter. But as a tourer...........perhaps not.
- Lack of a fuel gauge - So you are cruising down the highway for a weekend away and wonder "How is the fuel situation?" Well, unless you are monitoring your kms, you will have to guess I am afraid. Another odd thing on a bike marketed as a "Tourer".
- Buffeting - The windscreen on my bike does very little to screen me from the wind, in fact it makes the issue worse than if I was on a naked bike. I am a shade under 6 foot tall, and I get a lot of buffeting from neck up. I can live with it as I am only commuting with this bike, but if I was touring an after market screen would be essential.
So there you go, my thoughts on what could have been a great bike, but unfortunately has a few niggling issues. It would not stop me from buying one, and I would recommend people consider one, but do your homework. If I was to rate out of ten.........Six. It's kind of like going to the pub for a pint and a bowl of chips.....you know what to expect, you enjoy it, but you wouldn't pay $30 for it! Hope you liked the review, check out my video below and ride safe!
- Andy, 2017