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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
£4,050 (2006) - £7,600 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,460 (2007) - £6,840 (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)

  • Two up to France

    trickypol

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Honda have produced a real touring machine. Having got the ABS model in March 2008 from a very short list of bikes you know built in lougage, shaft drive, big enough and powerful enough for two, low running costs and from a name you can trust and o yes I wanted all this for under £7000. So the Deauville was the only one on the list. In June took the Bike over the pond to France and fell in love with the bike all over again. I Knew I had got the right Bike for me and the Mrs but France just blew me away. 385 miles in one day and did not even feel it. The overall trip covered 2000 miles at an average of 60 mpg. Thats fully loaded TWO UP at a constant 60 to 80 mph (130 KPH) perfectly leagal on the French Motorways. It was not all sunshine we had some very heavy showers and wind but the Deauville just tok it all in its stride. As for power 3rd gear power range is from 30 to 70 when you reach max torch. This gives rapid mid range acceleration for overtaking on A roads. Also where I live is surrounded by some well know hills which the Deauville just laughs at and again TWO UP. The only thing better than the Deauville is proberbly its big brother The Pan or may be the BMW R1200RT however are they £6000 better than the Deauville is the question I would ask.

    08 July 2008

  • Not good in wind

    Andy949494

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    I am a novice (having come back to bikes recently after some X years) and had a 650 Deauville (04) for a few months that I used on my daily 60 mile each way commute. The commute includes A roads (some dual carriageway), B roads and filtering through traffic. On paper the bike seemed perfect but I had some difficulties with this machine: 1. It was not good in the 20-25mph winds which are very common around Cambridge. In stronger winds it really didn't feel safe. 2. It is rather tall, heavy and wide. You don't notice until you are either riding around roundabouts or filtering in traffic at slow speed. 3. I found it quite buzzy. Even at 60mph there was quite a buzz through the bars . 4. A petrol gauge would have been useful and I found it hard to believe that the machine didn't have fuel injection (The 700 now has this I believe). On the positive side the construction is excellent, I was getting about 55-60mpg (not thrashing it but keeping up with the traffic), the seat is really comfy, the shaft drive is really useful and at 40-70 mph it is easy to ride all day (in still conditions). For reference I have replaced it with an ER6F and this is much better in areas 1-3 - see seperate comments.

    14 February 2008

  • Mixed Bag

    Paul Cummings

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    4200 miles in 7 months. Overall I am very happy with my decision to swap my Hornet for the Deauville. On long journeys it is excellent - fast, comfy, great handling and carries loads of kit (for when I take it to North Wales mountaineering). But on my 12 mile daily commute to London it is average. Size is not a problem, but a fuel consumption (38mpg) and 1st and 2nd gear are. The first two gears are too high meaning slipping the clutch on low speed riding (walking pace / stationary traffic filtering) and either revving hard in 1st or bogging problems in 2nd at 20-25mph. I didn't really notice this until a courier (and ex-DV650 rider asked me about 2nd gear - which he said was poor on the 650). The panniers worried me before I got the bike - would they be too wide for commuting? - but the front is the wide part. Get that through a gap and the rear will follow. I have a top box too and it gives me loads of luggage space. I can't understand why everyone one doesn't need a top box (if you actually use the bike rather than keep it for the occasional ride). Fuel consumption is really poor - I got 46 mpg from my Hornet on the same runs. I think that 38 mpg is really poor when Honda boasted the DV700 was really good on fuel. On a run to Wales I get aroun 60-65 mpg when taking it easy or 55 if I am in a hurry. Both 5-10mpg worse than my Hornet - though the pain in the rear (litterally) on the Hornet trip makes the DV much better. What I like - tank range of 140 miles commuting or 200 miles touring is good. Comfort is wonderful - I am getting older and my knees are not great. I love the twin engine feel too - I don't like the sewing machine feel of a straight four (V4s are great too though). The screen is great (though 10 minutes to change position is stupid). Up it gives great weather protection, down the bike looks like a sports tourer not a tourer (so I have it up in winter and down in summer). Handling is very good for a bike of this weight and size, especially when the bends flow rather than are really tight. I bought the DV in preference to a BMW F80ST, which I guess says how highly I rate it (I tested both for two hours on the same day, so this was not a whim). I really wanted to buy the BMW before I started, but the DV was much the better all round bike.

    05 January 2008

  • very gassy

    Fly by night

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Duaville 2007 model around 2 months old. I’ve had my duaville for less than a thousand miles now (aprx 900 miles) and find it extremely gassy I only get around town between 120 miles to 140 miles to a full tank of fuel. On a run it is a bit better at around 170, over all I’m very disappointed with the bikes fuel consumption. I’m not a hard rider and the bike has only ever been above 4 thousand revs about 3 times. The engine pulls perfect and sounds good as it should for a new bike but for some reason it seems to use way more fuel than the MCN review suggests these bikes use, in fact this is the most fuel inefficient bike I have ever ridden and my first fuel injected bike. I bought this bike based on the reports I had read about how good they are on fuel and how reliable they were. I also note that the 2007 model has the main lights permanently fixed in the on position which I’m sure will nock out the electrics in no time at all. On top of this I have noted that some people that have bought the 2007 version don’t seem to keep them to long, I wonder could the reason be the high fuel consumption or is my bike unique? If anyone could offer any ideas as to why the 2007 duaville uses so much fuel it would be much appreciated as I say the bike runs perfect but drinks like a fish.

    24 September 2007

  • Deauville first bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Followed up on a personal goal and got a full bike license last year. Why did I choose NT700 as my first bike? I was encouraged by what I heard of its reliability and now find it good on cost, comfort, economy and practicality. I'm not going to slam bike magazine reviews too much, but unless you've got flaming tatoos up your forearms and a liking for unsafe velocities, anything other than an ICBM on wheels between your legs isn't going to satisfy your needs. I tried those bikes... forget it. At 6k brand new, with honda reliability, Deauville is bargain. I got a matching top to go with the panniers and got grip heaters for year round riding and now use the bike for everything: daily ride to work; fill it with the weekly shopping; weekend trip; or 500 miles in a day to visit the family in Scotland. Yes, it's heavy, but that's why we've got balance. There's plenty of power for cruising, climbing, riding fast with sport bikes, or sticking it to Joe Cool in his sport convertible. Seat's so comfy that I don't ride it in a rush and I get rewarded with superb mpg (60-80 on the gauge, verified) on long motorway trips. Handling is benign and the breaks are full proof (so far). Any weaknesses? Just three: 1. like other owners say the transmission rattles a bit at low revs (< 2000 - 2500) in low power situations - just change down a gear; 2. The front fender doesn't stop the muck - make a pretty diy extension 3. The windshield only has two positions and doesn't go quite high enough to stop a bit of buffeting on the helmet but, at 6ft, I find that all the rain and spray goes over my head keeping my visor clear so it's ok.

    09 September 2007

  • Meet other DVers

    RobertJFlook

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Why not have a look at www.deauvilleuk.org ? A group of riders of (mostly) Deauvilles of every age (bike & rider). Loads of technical advice, ride outs, and lots more besides - a great forum for a great bike

    20 April 2007

  • 6 months on a deauville

    kmwkevo

    Kidderminster

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Having riden sports bikes in the past. I find the deauville a more virsatile bike. It is a good all rounder.

    08 April 2007

  • 3 months on a Deauville

    boro1

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Purchased 2006 model with 1500 on the clock. 3000 miles over the last 3 months, mainly 70 to 200 mile jouneys (a ride out once a week through the winter). Not ridden for 23 years (400 superdream) so it felt a big bike at first. A few rides and found it very comfortable, easy to handle wet or dry. Pulls reasonably well with two up. Don't really notice the pillion passenger in terms of handling. Averaged about 57 to the gallon which is better than the previous 400! Acceleration is fine for me, keeping up with 2 wheels and pulls away from most 4 wheelers. Tried high and low windscreen - high, no feeling of wind, engine sounds like a bag of nails at times, too short to see over windscreen so as soon as it gets dirty or wet visibility is lost, lower mpg, pillion rider gets a lot of buffeting, ok for winter protection : low, some wind noise but feels a lot better to ride, more economical and will keep for 9 months a year - shame there isn't a third position! Wide, low seat, very comfortable, including pillion. A little vibration through the seat above 5000 rpm but not a lot to worry about (not noticed handlebar vibration). Gearbox clunky, particularly into second. Doesn't like to run below 3000rpm. Seems well built for a 'poor mans' pan european. Doen't use any oil (never had a bilke like that before!). Most of the quirks are avoidable and a real pleasure to ride.

    17 March 2007

  • A great all rounder for people who live on a bike all year round

    karoobex

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    With the new Deauville, Honda have obviously put a great deal of thought into what high milage bikers want from their machine. There is no question about the differences between the old deaville and the new. Firstly it is quick. Whilst a Deaville rider is not going to burn a turbo Haybusa off the lights, it gets to 70 on the motorway quick enough to ensure that you can keep up with most other riders and way ahead of all but the fastest on 4 wheels and with 220 miles on the tank (confirmed last week, at 230 miles the tank refils 17.8 litres) you will probably pass the fast bikes when they stop to fuel up. The best part is the luggage. With a Honda Top Box and inner bags, I am able to load up for a weeks worth of staying away from home, together with carrying all the papers/ lap top etc that come with the job. Finally, it is still a town bike. What lets down most of the touring classes is lumpenness in town. The Deauville is a heavy bike, but is still nimble in town. Strengths: Versatility, It munches the autobahn at 130mph (confirmed on gps) whilst being nimble enough to get through towns, and fast enough to blip past long traffic queues. Weaknesses: Some of the build quality could be better, there is a rather temporary feel to the pan covers and some of the fairing is very wobbly. It could do with a 6th gear.

    16 October 2006

  • Replaced old model, 65k in 2.5yrs. New one's done 1500mls in 8 days!

    logboy

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Collected bike new and have covered 1500mls in 8 days, my old divvy had covered 65000mls in 2.5 yrs with routine serving and no problems. The new one looks very nice in anchor grey and has far better mid range performance, other than that, sorry but its a pile of cr*p. Sounds like a tractor below 3000rpm (someone had the cheek to ask if it was a diesel !).Noiser at all other speeds although a bit more comfortable. Thank god I do not have to ride a lot in town as there is an annoying surge at 3200rpm, Honda said this is due to fuel emmissions from lean to rich. My advice would be buy a clean late old model and spend your savings on some goodies.Thank god this is a company purchase. Strengths: Mid range pull in top gear over old Divvy. Weaknesses: Every thing as old bike and some more.

    30 September 2006

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z1ppy2010

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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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