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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
£4,010 (2006) - £7,640 (2013)
Private used prices
£3,420 (2007) - £6,880 (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)

  • My Review

    jpst

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
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    Value
    Engine

    Excellent all round bike, shame the image has been knocked by the media... I have been riding for over 12 years and owned all types of bikes from Blades, Triumph 900's, VFR's and XV yams but have never been quite so content with everything, yes the acceleration might be slightly lacking and the style a tad slippers n pipes, but overall for everyday and weekend riding you cant beat it...

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    10 June 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

Piglet2010

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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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Fly by nightsays

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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