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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)

  • Practical middle-weight tourer with real-world performance for people with 9 points on their licence

    daveglover

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Perhaps it was the onset of middle-age but, when I sat on the revamped Deauville at the NEC show last year, I found myself being seriously tempted. A comfy seat, relaxed riding position, shaft drive, built-in panniers all seemed like a good idea at the time, but could I take the shame and ridicule of owning a ?Dullsville?? I managed to get a test ride in April and was pleasantly surprised. Having never ridden a V-twin before, I was enjoying the mild culture shock from the low down (but slightly agricultural) grunt, so different to the smooth revvy fours I had ridden for the last 25 years. All power had gone by 8000 revs though, at which point my previous bikes had just started to take off. Half an hour later, I was impressed enough to put in an order for a metallic black bike (the least hideous colour in the brochure) complete with matching Honda top-box. So, after 3 months of ownership, here are my impressions. Firstly, the engine is a bit of a mixed bag. It pulls nicely from low revs, but we?re not talking arm-dislocating acceleration here. Apparently, it has 10bhp more than the old model, which must have been mind-numbingly slow. Ideally, it could do with yet another 10bhp. The bike will chug along happily for ever at about 4000?5000 revs making a friendly purring sound, however either side of this rev range there are problems. Lengthy motorway cruising at around 80?85mph produces hand numbing vibes through the bars which is slightly annoying as I bought the bike mainly for touring. At the other end of the rev range, it is almost impossible to hold the bike at a steady speed below 3000 revs without the engine lurching and making an awful clanking noise like a bag of spanners. I think this is due to the shaft drive, but it does make you wince a bit. On the whole, the riding experience is rather pleasant. The seat is roomy, wide and comfortable and, according to my wife, the pillion seat is even more so. The bars and footpegs are in exactly the right place for me, and the fairing is very effective. I have the screen set in the upper of the two positions which keeps off most of the wind blast, but does cause some helmet buffeting. I am six feet tall and look over the top of the screen when riding. A 5 foot 10 inch friend recently tried out my bike and said that the top of the screen was exactly in his line of sight which drove him nuts as it constantly wobbles at speed. The instruments are fine ? very car-like ? and I couldn?t want for anything more, except for perhaps a gear indicator if pushed. The fuel gauge is a touch pessimistic, though, reading completely empty with 3 litres remaining in the tank. The two glove boxes in the fairing (one is lockable) are surprisingly handy and I don?t know how I ever coped without them. The built-in panniers are good, but not detachable. This means that when you open the lids, the contents fall out. I have invested in a pannier inner bag set (approx £50 from Honda) which improves the situation. The ?baguette hole? is handy for stashing rolled up waterproofs. The genuine Honda top-box is expensive (£200) but superb quality and comes complete with a fitting kit/rack. It also has a pillion back rest and a removable soft rubber ?tray? in the bottom. It easily swallows two full-face helmets and I think the bike actually looks better when it is attached. The brakes are adequate, but it?s a heavy bike (especially when loaded up) so don?t expect to pull up in a hurry. My bike has ABS fitted but I haven?t actually managed to get it to cut in yet. The CBS combined braking system is fine for gentle braking if you?re feeling lazy but, for serious stopping power, you really need to use your right hand as well. Handling is also adequate but a bit soft and wallowy, but then what do you expect? The bike is built for comfort not speed. In conclusion I would say that the bike is well thought out and a very practical and useable tool with a few minor faults. So far, I am very happy that I bought it. It still doesn't stop my mates taking the piss, though.
    Strengths: So easy to live with. Shaft drive saves a fortune in chain lube. Comfort for both rider and pillion. 200 mile tank range. Cubby holes. Weaknesses: Vibes through the bars at high revs. 'Clanky' engine at low revs. Could do with another 10 bhp. Ability to attract ridicule from fellow bikers.

    11 August 2006

  • Ultra-reliable, comfortable and smooth mini-tourer/commuter that delivers satisfaction with ease.

    Bluediver

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    With ease of handling and manoeuvrability that should apppeal to everyone, the Deauville has enough power for all but the motorcycle-press-influenced racing wannabees. It'll get you from A-B or even Z in comfort, economically and with enough protection from the elements to allow you to grin in the face of most weather conditions. Build quality is up to Honda's usual high standards. Strengths:
    Price, reliability, ease of handling, build quality, fuel economy, ABS, storage capacity, accessory range, all the instruments and gizmos that you'll ever need. Weaknesses: If you ride a Deauville be prepared to be judged by a sportsbike biased press as being a little dull. Other than that, no weaknesses.

    16 July 2006

  • Brought new to commute 100 miles every day. Now have 5500 miles on the clock.

    RichardHayes

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Honda Deauville NT700V ABS I have now owned and ridden the new 2006 Deauville for 3 months and put some 5500 miles on the clock so feel well informed about the bike to comment. My purchase was driven by a house move that resulted in a need to commute just over 100 miles a day. I own a nice bike and did not want to wreck that. I was deliberating and torn between the usual type of bike I buy, as a second machine, and the sensible approach that I should take to keep the cost down. Also being fully aware that I will be doing this in all winds and weathers as the wife?s 2 year old Audi was not to be used for that journey to work! After many hours on the net and kicking my heels in show rooms I decided to test ride the new Deauville. Admittedly in the past I had never given a bike like this type of bike a second glance. This was mainly due to comments from some that high mileage users often use them such as curriers. One storey was that a currier who trots between the home counties. Strengths: Light and nimble. 200 miles from a full tank. Excellent breaks.
    Weaknesses: Shaft drive sounds like a second world war lorry below 30mph. Have to twist the handle bars to get at storage pockets. Nightmare to get to the air filter.

    15 July 2006

  • Ticks a lot of boxes for me

    sageandonion

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Smooth, effortless, reliable. Got enough power for me. Love the sound of the v-twin, the dashboard conveys all the information and the weather protection is great. Strengths: Reliability, shaft drive, storage capacity, weather protection, cheap insurance, fuel economy, looks, ABS brakes. Weaknesses: Be careful in strong side winds - can catch you out passing gateways.

    21 May 2006

  • This is a step forward for the Deauville. I have just bought one and it replaced a BMW R1100RT.

    paulcraven

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It has everything and more than the Beemer had but is lighter to handle and with similar performance, a real delight. It has ample go and is less thirsty, lighter and half the price. Quality seems close to BMW levels although time will tell. Vibration is low and V twin in character, ie.not intrusive. Strengths: Fully equipped, luggage, fully instrumented, Euro3 catalyser, ABS ,hazard warning switch, ample real world performance, easy to ride, light controls and slick gearchange. Economical. Weaknesses: Belly pan should be standard, not an extra.

    19 April 2006

  • Very Honda

    johnsul

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I had the Demo for a day whilst my cbf600 was having a service. I'm not old enough yet. This is a very nice machine in all but urge. Strengths: Excellent road manners. Weaknesses: Short of oomph.

    16 April 2006

  • Good around tourer

    Daniel Maxwell

    Average rating rating is 4

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    My dad had bought the bike in March 2005 (x police) and done the usual to get it to a normal Deauville. Toured Scotland for 10 days with no problems. I now have got it after the Summer and as 17 and just passed the test have it restricted. I do a 30 mile commute rain or shine each day to college. And a few longer ones for the road races all over the show. Has really no problems with it only to get it to netural can take some finding. Strengths: The wind and weather protection as I have the hand guards and feet plastics on and high screen also had hand warmer but found them to much for even winter with the hand guards. Weaknesses: Being restricted means you can really get much oomph out of it but still nice to ride. Two up is a bit cramped as I am 6ft4. Can be a bit noisy on the buffering as of high screen, but getting small one for summer so hope will be better.

    01 January 2006

  • Good intro to touring bikes before moving on to a Pan.

    pcjelly

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I wanted a Pan after passing my test last year but thought that it would be too big and heavy for a beginner so I opted for the Deauville, mine had 86,000 on the clock last September and now has about 95,000, I took a chance on this bike as it was so cheap and didn't come with any service history! Apart from the odd consumable it has only had a new rectifier & fuel pump. Mileage would no longer put me off of any Honda because they appear to be bulletproof. I have added an MRA Vario screen which is superb and lets me do 100MPH before I get any buffeting, also added leg fairings and heated grips (a must).Also have a 45 litre top box which is indespensable for commuting. I only get 150 miles to the tank but I put this down to its age. Because of its tame power the tyres tend to last quite a while (done about 9,000 on the rear, and there's still plenty left). Am now considering the new 680 instead of a Pan. Good bike even if snobby sports bike riders do look down their nose at you. Strengths: Reliable and Cheap to run, excellent for commuting and the odd short weekend away. Superb for winter riding as it has good protection once you upgrade the fairing. Weaknesses: Bad styling to the front end, excessive vibration, possibly due to its age.

    25 November 2005

  • My Review

    hewittm1

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Does what it says on the tin. Daily commute from Brentwood area to Westend (NW1/W1) & Several 300 mile + trips. Good weather protection. Easy to ride, and comfortable. Not ideal for high speed long journeys, a bit "buzzy" and underpowered especially when two up, (second bike being sought). Gearbox appears to have come from an old van, first gear selection awful. That said for a daily round trip of 65 miles commuting on lanes, A roads, M'way and through City traffic hard to better.

    27 September 2002

  • My Review

    st1100sgx

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    Pros - handling, breaking, city commuter, cheaper insurance & road tax. Cons - less power, original wind screen too low, no fuel gauge, no temperature gauge, unable to notice signal indicator during sunny day. *I just down grade from ST1100 to Deauville.


    12 July 2002

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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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