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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

If the idea of whipping briskly across continents in the blink of an eye holds less appeal than comfortable cruising, excellent economy, unflappable reliability and ease of use, then step right up and meet the new-for-2006 Honda Deauville – a friendly V-twin, mid-size tourer that’s ready for anything.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Honda Deauville's SOHC V-twin produces brisk acceleration, with enough mid-range urge to capably dispense with motorway overtakes. It’s also flexible enough to let you hang on to a higher gear through slower corners, but with a dry weight of 236kg and just 64bhp to propel you don’t expect miracles from the Honda Deauville. Steady away now.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Rather than stick on a fat tyre for aesthetic purposes Honda wisely stuck to a sensible 150-section tyre on the Honda Deauville, that combines well with a competent chassis for a surprisingly agile ride. The Honda Deauville doesn’t lose its sense of balance even when fully-loaded and two-up, either.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda Deauville comes with colour-coded hard panniers, with a total of over 54 litres carrying capacity. There’s an ABS option to complement the Honda Deauville's standard equipment, Combined Braking System (CBS), a stereo system and a sat-nav system to boot.

Honda Deauville (1998-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,885
Dealer used prices
£3,970 (2006) - £7,450 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,420 (2007) - £6,700 (2013)
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Engine size 680 cc
Power 64 bhp
Top speed 125 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

With its shaft-drive and famed build quality the Honda Deauville should run and run. The motor has been in service, almost unchanged, with Honda since 1988 and is capable of truly huge mileage; well into six figures from many Honda Deauvilles.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Read any Honda Deauville review and you'll read that the Honda Deauville's service costs are low, insurance premiums are on the floor, it’s frugal and residual prices are very stable. In other words the Honda Deauville is a bargain tourer - a cut-price Pan-European if you like. Find a Honda Deauville for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

1998: Original Honda Deauville launched with 647cc motor and different bodywork to current Honda Deauville.
1999: Honda Deauville gains HISS ignition-based immobiliser
2006: Honda Deauville relaunched with larger capacity engine, bigger panniers, revised bodywork and CBS brakes.

Other Versions

NT650V Honda Deauville.

2011:
NT700V Honda Deauville [£7,885]
NT700VA Honda Deauville [£8,275]

Specifications

Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.2 secs
Max power 64 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Weight 236 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 19.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 240 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 680 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin 5 gears
Frame Twin steel spar
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 276mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(41 reviews)

  • Does what it says on the tin!

    wilsonjo

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've now had my '06 plate NT700 for four years. During that time, I've clocked up 45K miles. I've had to replace tyres, plugs, bulbs, brake pads ... everything you'd expect to have to replace on a regular basis, but nothing else! I use the bike for commuting - a 50 mile round trip daily in all weathers - I do draw the line at snow though! The salt on the roads has taken it's toll with almost all the exposed alloy showing either flaking paint or pitting. I don't have a garage, so it's open to the elements all the time. I regularly get 58mpg and insurance is cheap. I can get around 8K miles to a set of tyres. This is my second Deauville - the first was the original NT650 which had done a similar mileage when the '700 was released and, despite looking at Pans, BMWs FJR1300s and others, if I had to buy a new bike tomorrow, the Deauville would be a very strong contender ... shame Honda keeps bumping up the price.

    29 April 2010

  • Almost 3 years old

    Fly by night

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I don't know why it says anonymous but there is my review again. Ok the bike is still going strong it is coming up to being 3 years old now and the only thing that has needed a change have been the tyres and one brake light bulb. At one stage the battery started to play up (around 26 months old), and would not hold a charge properly when charging from the bike, I noted that the battery is laid on its side while in the bike so took the battery out and stood it upright and charged it for a whole day then left it a day tested it then recharged it again two more times with layaway periods and standing over a period of approximately a week, this brought the battery back to life and seemed to correct the charging problem the battery exhibited. I then replaced the twin tail light bulbs with low power consuming LED bulbs later on and have since had no trouble with the battery at all, and remember this is the original battery supplied with the bike so is now coming up to 3 years old the same age as the bike. Cosmetics: the wheels corrode and the only way I managed to stop them from doing this is by coating them with a metal protection fluid, the right hand engine cover will also corrode on the front side, the foot rest painted plate, the paint blisters a little near the top and scratches easy, obtaining the right colour paint is virtually impossible. The exhaust centre rubber mounted clamp, the rubber always seems to split and the tool strap which is rubber also cracks. The new style tyres are much better than the old style tyres of the same make and type that ships with the bike which makes for better handling. The ABS modulator seems to be exposed to getting wet which makes it go rusty on the outer casing rather quick, likewise the bracket that holds it in place. Rear brake on new bikes; The brake stopper bolt needs to be removed cleaned and greased else it will seize as mine did and is a common known issue, if not done you will struggle to displace the calipper to remove the wheel. Over all a good bike still very reliable, but personally I would not leave the servicing at such long intervals as recommended in the servicing manual and would be more inclined to knock as much as 4000 miles off a recommended service of 9000 miles, however that is mainly for oil changes. This has been a personal experience review of my bike up to date which is near the 3 year mark I hope this helps anyone thinking of buying said bike. Just a quick note on this bike, I suspect this bike would be much better for the type of bike it is and the people that ride these types of bikes were it a diesel not only would it provide a much cheaper ride but a much longer distance between fill ups, performance wise I suspect could be made similar to that as it is now, as a town bike it drinks like a fish on a run its good but could be so much better were it diesel. I would buy a deauville diesel.

    12 April 2010

  • Almost 3 years old

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ok the bike is still going strong it is coming up to being 3 years old now and the only thing that has needed a change have been the tyres and one brake light bulb. At one stage the battery started to play up (around 26 months old), and would not hold a charge properly when charging from the bike, I noted that the battery is laid on its side while in the bike so took the battery out and stood it upright and charged it for a whole day then left it a day tested it then recharged it again two more times with layaway periods and standing over a period of approximately a week, this brought the battery back to life and seemed to correct the charging problem the battery exhibited. I then replaced the twin tail light bulbs with low power consuming LED bulbs later on and have since had no trouble with the battery at all, and remember this is the original battery supplied with the bike so is now coming up to 3 years old the same age as the bike. Cosmetics: the wheels corrode and the only way I managed to stop them from doing this is by coating them with a metal protection fluid, the right hand engine cover will also corrode on the front side, the foot rest painted plate, the paint blisters a little near the top and scratches easy, obtaining the right colour paint is virtually impossible. The exhaust centre rubber mounted clamp, the rubber always seems to split and the tool strap which is rubber also cracks. The new style tyres are much better than the old style tyres of the same make and type that ships with the bike which makes for better handling. The ABS modulator seems to be exposed to getting wet which makes it go rusty on the outer casing rather quick, likewise the bracket that holds it in place. Rear brake on new bikes; The brake stopper bolt needs to be removed cleaned and greased else it will seize as mine did and is a common known issue, if not done you will struggle to displace the calipper to remove the wheel. Over all a good bike still very reliable, but personally I would not leave the servicing at such long intervals as recommended in the servicing manual and would be more inclined to knock as much as 4000 miles off a recommended service of 9000 miles, however that is mainly for oil changes. This has been a personal experience review of my bike up to date which is near the 3 year mark I hope this helps anyone thinking of buying said bike. Just a quick note on this bike, I suspect this bike would be much better for the type of bike it is and the people that ride these types of bikes were it a diesel not only would it provide a much cheaper ride but a much longer distance between fill ups, performance wise I suspect could be made similar to that as it is now, as a town bike it drinks like a fish on a run its good but could be so much better were it diesel. I would buy a deauville diesel.

    12 April 2010

  • I have the 650

    JohnPierre

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.....

    29 March 2010

  • fuel consumption

    rhylman

    Average rating rating is 4

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    having bought the bike jan 2008 with 1,800 miles on the clock on a 57 plate and have now covered 6,800miles,the bike has been fantastic have read all the reports of people complaining of the consumption but i take mine out a couple of times a week for a run of about 40 miles plus use it a couple of times again to town of 5 to 6 miles and the bike is excellent on fuel averaging 58mpg.when I take it with me to France on a trailer I covered last summer 1,400 miles with me and the wife on it and the shopping most times and was still doing 50+,solo I did a long run in the south of france and got the best mpg to date of 62 mpg.this is actual mpg not what the computer is saying.It has been superb up to now and the wife who does not really like bikes loves it as it is so confortable

    03 November 2009

  • Deauville

    tweezle

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Bought my Deauville new on a 58'plate & use it for occasional commuting & leasure riding. Like- torquey V twin, big fuel tank, soft ride, riding position, reliability, good headlight, good weather protection, easy adjustable screen, maintenance free shaft drive, good pillion comfort, get a white bash hat & look like a cop. Dislike- rubbish ground clearance compared to chassis ability, top heavy & weighs as much as a narrow boat, chrome finish.. sorry, rust finish on gear lever, alloy wheels blow bubbles, engine unuseable below 2000 rpm due to rattles, badly needs a sixth gear.

    21 September 2009

  • Great all-rounder!

    DermotBreen

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought an NT700 with ABS in September 08 and have since clocked up 12k kms. I/m back on bikes for the first time in xx years!! And enjoying it. I use the bike mainly for commuting to work (80k round trip daily) on motorway and dual-carriage way - so I have square tyres!! I ride in all weather and the protection is second to none. Got rear-ended in January while stopped at a red-light (driver had dropped mobile phone!!). I survived and the Deauville is back on the road. Would eventually like to move up to the ST but for now, I can't recommend the Deauville hight enough. Sure there are more powerful, quicker bikes out there. The Deauville is a bit of a compromise but trust me - you won't regret it!

    11 June 2009

  • a friendly bike

    blackmagic

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I decided to go back to a Deauville, but this time get the NT700 with ABS. In between Deauvilles I had CBF1000, which is also a good bike. I got this Deauville last October 2008 and have since clocked up over 5K miles. I just think its brilliant and so stable. I use it all the year round, in country side, urban locations and the occasional 300 mile round trip. I highly recommend this bike as a commuter bike for weekend use too. Great for nervous pillions too.

    09 June 2009

  • Deauville No.2

    andromeda

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Got my first 700abs in 07 and completed 22,000 miles in 12 months throughout the winter. Competent communter/tourer. Runs well on Michelin P2s 8k miles back tyre double that front mixed roads. MPG improves after about 15k miles averaging 60+. Slight buzz in the bars particularly the accelerator at about cruising speed 60 mph - numb hand after an hour or so. Panniers a pain as they're fixed to the bike and often the release mechanism fails - removalable boxes would be great. A variable height screen would be nice too. This bike written off as I was rear-ended by a volvo. Got a GTR1400 but after 5 months too expensive to run on tyres 3k only and points just too easy to accumulate - autobahn cruiser really. Got No. 2 a couple of weeks ago and realised I missed the old one so, much lighter to filter in the traffic and the GTR only did 35 mpg tops and a bugger to handle around town, so easy to drop. The 700 was kicked over once and only the plastic cover of the crash bar needed replaced at £6. I heard of a GTR owner having to pay over £1200 to repair his bike having lost his footing! Keep an eye on the alloy and chrome, does not stand up well over the winter months. Overall though, a grand bike for what it is.

    14 May 2009

  • NT700A 4K Miles in 6 Months

    edgey999

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Owned my 08 NT700A Deauville for 7 months now. Covered 4K miles in all weather without any problem. Used almost exclusively for a 50 mile round trip commute, 90% of which is on the Motorway. The motorway i use is one of the busiest in europe and is regularly congested. The Deauville is excellent in heavy traffic. Slim enough to get in and out of traffic without problem. Cruises at an indicated 85 - 90mph without any problem and still returns approx 50mpg. Insurance this year £95 comp (with 9 points on my licence). It is very comfortable and has excellent weather protection. Came with a Honda winter kit (heated grips, top box and big panniers) which is good as it is used all year round. Only minus is handling can get a little flighty at high speed (probably the top box) but not to the point of feeling problematical. If you NEED a bike for work that is comfortable, economical, cheap to insure, with no chain to lube and has great weather protection this is the one. If you just want something to go fast on a sunday and look good parked on the pub car park this aint for you. Horses for courses i suppose.

    12 November 2008

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great bike

My dad has a 03 650 and he has done two euro tours (one of which I joined him) and the bike is comfy, the panniers are good and fitted with a givi e45 mono lock top box, fully laden with two riders and a weeks worth of kit, it still gets to speed. The ride is comfy, it handles nicely and the CBS system is brilliant. The normal things that should be changed get changed as and when they are needed but my dads one, the valve stems have gone, meaning it smokes as it pulls away, but this is an easy fix and my dad loves it despite its nickname from the biking community, the Dullsville. Putting a v-twin engine gives it that oumph it needs and can keep up with bandits, sv's and intruders. I'm considering buying one myself and the instructor whom me and my dad both did our cbts with owns one and he loves it

15 December 2012 01:30

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NT700V Build Quality

As vannvanner writes, the build quality of the NT700V is not up to Honda standards in some areas (at least compared to my 2006 CBR600F4i and 2010 Elite aka Lead, not to mention my 2005 Civic). The locks/latches, glove compartment covers, and pannier lids in particular could be of better quality. Some additional vibration damping would not be amiss.

And yes, the bike is a pain to service, with even replacing a headlight bulb being a major operation.

But all is forgiven when riding long distances on 2-lane roads, as the Deauville eats up bad pavement, has enough power for passing, and the brakes and handling to deal with the unexpected.
 

28 March 2012 04:31

vannvanner

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Almost great

I have a 12 year old 650 which still has relatively low miles. Now, I really like it but I'm not convinced that it's a "true" Honda as there are some inherent faults with these bikes which just take the shine off for me.

But first, the good points. This is a great middle-weight tourer which is perfect for my 5'9" frame. The bike doesn't fell too big and has perfect balance so I never worry about getting my feet down, or slow turns. The weather protection is very good and I never really bother with the forecast anymore. The luggage set-up and storage pockets are great for touring (albeit I have the wide pannier lids) and it feels very comfortable sitting at 75mph with very little wind noise (once you know how to adapt the screen). I love the shaft drive which gives me a sense of security when travelling long distance.The seat is super comfortable and the handling is precise. I find that the bike sits well when it's windy - ok, some side to side movement, but the weight of the bike means no nasty surprises. Brakes are good and the suspension is a happy balance between comfort and handling. Acceleration is fine (I do have sports bikes for my thrills though) and fuel economy is around 55mpg (UK gallons). It's a little heavy to push around but you soon get used to the weight of any bike - just don't be afraid to drop it as it will survive quite well! Not a bad looking bike either and new ones come in at a (relatively) reasonable price, considering the huge rises in recent years for all two wheelers. I really find that it's a "no issues" machine which i just jump on and ride.

What I dislike, and there are a few, is the somewhat patchy build quality. The finishes require quite a bit of attention as the engine casings and wheels degrade quickly if not looked after. Very un-Honda like and maybe has something to do with being built outside Japan, or maybe just a symptom of recent build practices. The engine/transmission can also be a bit lumpy at low speed although I have two other V Twins and they do need a bit of clutch control from time to time. One of my main bugbears is the difficulty in carrying out simple servicing, especially as the fairings have to be removed for jobs like valve clearances, air filter, coolant change, carb balancing etc. For example, it took me almost 1 1/2 hours today to balance the carbs. The bike also has some "known" issues such as steering bearings going notchy (usually a simple, if not lengthy fix), rectifiers fail (cheap on the 650 but expensive on the 700) fuel pumps go on many bikes at 30,000 miles (points replacement may be all that's needed) brake discs warp on some years, rear caliper mounting bolts seize, rocker cover bolts are made of cheese and some bikes are quite vibey (and yet others are not).

But, overall, the engines can last for big six figure mileages and most of the problems are inexpensive to sort, if you know how to hold a spanner. And remember, all bikes have issues, so the Deau is probably better than most and I still remain a very happy owner.

17 November 2011 21:08

Piglet2010

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NT700V Deauville

Not sure why some are getting such poor mileage.  I have had my 2010 model* for about 1 month-800 miles and have been getting between 58-62 mpg, despite the "green" engine and our 10% ethanol fuel (we grow lots of maize here in Iowa).  I expect 60+ after full break-in, and even better with the use of non-oxygenated fuel.

It is also windy here, but as long as I relax and let the bike find its own way, the wind is not a problem.

*Purchased new, since most motorcycle riders here want an anti-social cruiser with straight-pipe to annoy people while they pretend to be 1%er bikers, and practical bikes don't sell.  Here in the US, the NT700V (Deauville moniker is not used) is an exotic Euro sport-tourer, that gets a lot of "what is that?" questions.

19 October 2011 07:53

Fly by night

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Air cleaner

From day one of owning the deauville I found the bike feeling as though it was choking, well to my surprise it was choking the air cleaner was black after only a few miles.

If anyone has one of these and feels it is choking change the air cleaner a new air cleaner should be a nice pink colour from new with a light oil that comes already applied so don’t add any more to it.

I suspect that as these bikes are made in Spain it is quite possibly due to a dusty location of construction that causes such a high build of contaminants on the air cleaner even on a brand new bike.

Since changing the air cleaner the bike performs so much better I get less vibration and much better low end riding performance ie it feels ok in the lower gears at low speeds in traffic now.

So if it feels like it’s choking it probably is even if the bike is new check the air cleaner.
 

 

04 October 2009 15:31

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