Honda NT650V Deauville Review
“ This bike is comfortable with an upright riding position and is easy to ride. I turn the key, hit the starter, and go. Simple as that. ”
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
Range: 190 miles
Seat Height: 814 mm
What Is It Like?
I own a 2005 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:
This bike being out of the Honda stable, you know you are going to get with reliability. I have a 25 mile 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.
Built in panniers, glove compartments (one lockable) and a gear rack with bag mean I can carry pretty much whatever I will need to. Gear for work, lunch, change of clothes.......no problem, it all fits.
This bike is comfortable with an upright riding position and a comfy seat for my ageing behind, which all adds 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.
No 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 mileage, you will have to guess I am afraid. Another odd thing on a bike marketed as a "Tourer".
The windscreen on my bike does very little to protect 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 the 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.
To Sum Up
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 £25 for it!
- Andy, 2017
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