Looking at the deauville you can first see it is small for a tourer, i quite like its looks and althought it no prize winner it still looks good, especially in deep green. It doesnt feel tacky at all considering its a budget tourer, and you can see everything has been thought out well, from little storage panels to qwerks like the digital clock. looking at the instruments presents a nice well laid out easy to understand set of clocks and indication lights. the buttons are all easy to access even with thicker gloves on.
Once you have managed to get the key in the key hole (wich is quite a faff on) and start the engine you will immediately notice how quiet the engine is (and exhaust). There is something really reasurring about the quiet burble coming from the engine as it ticks over with no vibration or deviation from 1100RPM.
Sitting on the bike gives a comfortable position that keeps you up right with arms relaxed on the bars, straight away you know its going to be comfy, with the big seat cushoning your bum. im 6'1" and i can place my feet flat on the floor when stationary so this gives added stability and reasurrance.
Although the bikes heavy at 220KG it hides its weight well both stationary and on the move. It certainly doesnt strain when pulling away as the torque is phenominal for a 650 and its certainly improved by the fact it has shaft drive which has no slogger. Putting it into first gives a reasurring (and rather loud) clunk and slowly releasing the clutch lets you apply the right amount of torque really well! you can leave it in first and let it tickover at 1200RPM and the bikes moves at walking pace with out any chugging or jolting.
Its unbelievable how smooth the bike is, and crazy to think its a V twin, there is no vibration or choppy power at all. Now maybe its just me being used to badly vibing ducs, but i dont think so, it has to be felt. its a strange feeling listening to the V twin as it delivers power more like a parrallel. Honda have really made an engine for exactly what its intedned to do.
Getting it on the road you start to aprreciate niceties like tall screens, hand protectors, high bars, comfy seats and a strange authoritive feeling thats comes with sitting so 'royaly' in your 'chair'. The bikes pulls like crazy from tickover but peak torque is around 3-5000rpm, this is the best place to hold the revs for the type of bike it is, it keeps it smooth and composed. Thats another great thing about that shaft drive, each and every gear change is excactly the same.....sweet and positive. no banging or backlash of chains, you do need to make sure you are in the right rev range though because that slogger free shaft will also lock up if you downshift to quick, but for a V twin the bike has very very little engine braking wich adds to making it an even smoother ride for rider and passenger. once your in 5th tou can cruise at 70mph doing about 6000RPM, the red line is at 8500RPM so im guessing it will do about 120mph? Maybe its lacking a gear though, maybe a nice big 6th would be good for the long term high speed. but then again that wobble that starts to come in at about 85mph can be a little dishartening and the vibrations get a little intrusive at that point too.
The wind catches the bike like a ship too, especially on the windy days we have had. this is made worse at higher speeds, however thats the price you pay for have lots of luggage capacity and top boxes, big screens ect.
On the luggage front the panniers are modest but will hold enough for a long weekend (for men) or about 3 hours (for women) but with the added top box and tank bag which the big tank holds well, this could easily turn into a week long trip...... (for men) lol
Thats about it for now, im loving the bike, cant fault it yet, will get back to you when i've had bigger miles out of it or been abroad.....