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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)

  • Not dull!

    bikerpete51

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I've not long bought the 650, a low mileage bike with fitted radio. My previous bike was a Fireblade, but I couldn't live with the uncomfortable riding position. I was also fed up with oiling the messy chain and trying to use any of the blades performance on our car-choked roads is an excercise in futility. The Deauvilles not got a great name with our performance oriented motorcycling press but it is a good bike nevertheless. I'm only a shorty, but the seat and suspension squash down quite a long way. The balance of the bike is good, so I never have a problem moving it around or at slow speeds. Once on the move the bike is a joy to ride, well balanced with enough power to cruise at 75-85 on the motorway. It's comfortable too, with it's upright riding position, and weather protection is good. The Brembo brakes on mine are also excellent and the bike steers well, although there is some harshness over bad surfaces. The engine needs winding up if you want to get some performance, or you can just let it chug away in its own time, and make use of the excellent mpg (personal best of 74.2mpg, average in the high 60s). On todays' traffic clogged roads I can't think of another bike I'd sooner be riding. Says it all really.

    31 August 2013

  • Dependable

    agfoxx

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The title says it all really. I use mine for commuting (86 miles there and back). It's got great MPG, good weather protection, great stability, and it feels composed and confident. Reliability has been OK, but not as stellar as the reviews would have you believe. In the 14 months I've owned it, I've had to replace the exhaust (it rotted away), the fuel pump (it died), the alternator, front brake discs (potholes...) and the headrace bearings. So, about GBP800 all up! I'm now looking to trade up for something with a bit more oomph. Trouble is, there aren't many shaft drive bikes around for the sort of budget that I have!

    16 February 2013

  • Left Pond NT700V

    Piglet2010

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Love riding the NT700V on the open road, where the comfort, ride quality, stability and wind protection are really appreciated. Brakes and grip from the Battlax BT020 tires are very good. However, the bike is relatively tall and top heavy, which requires considerable attention during lower speed maneuvering. Ride is plush enough that I only bother to stand over the worst railroad crossings and frost heaves. I can sit through a full tank (about 250 miles) in comfort, which is important here in the US since I live hundreds of miles from civilization in the corn belt. My lower rating on equipment reflects that only about a third of the options available in Europe are offered by Honda in the US, e.g. no over-size pannier lids, stereo, or GPS as dealer options. Build quality and fit and finish are generally good, however the pannier covers feel flimsy and a bit sloppy when closing. Had one replaced under warranty when the rivets came loose. The locks for the panniers and left glove-box are sticky, and the cover on the ignition lock is loose (rotates separately from the lock cylinder. The list price in the US is high due to the weak dollar, however very good deals can be had as dealers look to move inventory (my bike was built in October 2009 and purchased new with 0.6 miles on the clock in September 2011). Insurance is much less than for a 650cc "road sport" (e.g. Kawasaki Ninja 650) despite the NT700V being a couple of thousand dollars more expensive. Fuel economy is very good for such a heavy bike with shaft drive. Drive-line lash is acceptable, and fueling is generally good, which helps when riding in the rain or on gravel (we have lots of gravel roads here in Iowa). Only transmission issue is an occasional false neutral on the 2-3 up-shift. Engine flexibility is very good, with no lugging as long as one keeps revs over 2000 rpm, and decent power when revved above 5000 rpm. A sixth gear would be nice to reduce vibration at higher road speeds, however. Nice exhaust note, while quiet enough at idle and low speeds that I can go through residential neighborhoods at night without disturbing people. Only regret in purchasing is not getting ABS, dues to availability in my geographic location (i.e. middle of nowhere).

    04 November 2011

  • Up date on thirst issue

    Fly by night

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ok long had problem with the thirst of this bike, which I have mentioned before, problem solved. To improve on the bikes performance and fuel consumption two things,firstly check the rear brake pistons as they get dirty very quick and cause the brake pads to touch a little on the disc, so clean this with care ensureing that the pistons are clean where it touches the pads as you will get rear wheel power lag. Secondly, the air filter from new is drenched in oil, I mean they soak that sucker something cronic, I found in my case by simply washing the filter off of most of the oil the bike performs much better, the breathing improves and the bike performs more like it should. If you live near a sandy or dusty location this is not a good idea to do and you will need to either change or clean the filter more regularly, but if you don't then you will notice a much better breathing machine. Oh and the air filters are made of a sturdy material good enough to be washed out. These bikes are so reliable but you do need to do regular maintenance such as servicing, and change that oil much sooner than recomended. One last thing, battery needs to be turned right side up from time to time and charged via a wall socket, but i'm still on original battery over 4 years this is a first.

    27 October 2011

  • A bit more on my bike

    Fly by night

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ok now had the bike for coming on 46 months now and in that time all I’ve had to do is general maintenance ie servicing. A few criticisms on the bike though it is a great machine it could do with an extra gear, there is a 6 gear version if you are thinking of buying one of these bikes you would be better off going for the 6 gear one. Also the handle bars are simply too low, the simple solution to this is to buy handle bar risers, I have been unable to find the correct shape risers for the 700 but the 650 ones will do just as good even though they don’t look as good as they should, a little bit of imagination could solve the look of the risers. To be perfectly honest the ride position of the bike using the risers has changed my bike into the bike I was looking for in the first place, the 25 mm risers make a huge difference to the handling of the bike in so much as to say it is so much better with them on while cruising along. Of course there is always a trade off for raising your bars; you feel the wind a little bit more, unless you raise the screen. But handling improves, where as with the bars in the old position you would get shoulder ache and arms aching, this simple solution seems to have solved this problem for me. Oh and because all the cables are long you don’t need to change anything, all parts remain standard and unchanged, but you do need to adjust the brake hose guide clip that connects to the top yoke, which is very easy to do. Another issue is the right hand pannier box which seems to become difficult to open unless regularly oiled and used, in order to gain access to it you have to take off the seat and release it under the seat then oil it up else it simply won’t open again, don’t force it else you might break the lever. Oh and the brake stopper bolt if you don’t ensure it is greased up, when you want to change your pads you will find it has rusted in tight which may be a problem. Other than these little issues a very good bike.

    06 April 2011

  • Solid cut price commuter

    Andy949494

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The Deau is a great long distance A road commuter. Quite large physically so less good in town where it is a little to wide sometimes to filter with ease. Engine and gearbox are well matched to its role although slightly thirsty compared to other 600s (think 5 mpg down so I get about 56mpg when I would get 63+ out of an ER6). Doesn't complain doing the same job day after day in the worst weather and when the mood takes you it can be hustled along quite quick and give you a grin. Finish is generally good (much better than my ER6) except for the gearlever which looks scruffy after only a few months! There is nothing to compare it too. Was thinking of buying a BMW R1200RT but they cost at least twice as much and although better will do the same job...

    14 January 2011

  • Numb hands but clean exhaust

    Fly by night

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ok MCN web site did it again and made my posting anonymous so I have posted it again. Not much new to report on this bike as it is still going strong with no major problems. Just one comfort issue with the bike, the throttle hand goes numb, you have to keep shaking out your hand to get the feeling back into your right hand, it is worse on a run but even with padded gloves on and riding gently I find my right hand keeps going numb. Now I have tried a few different things including riding as forward as possible but I keep getting the same problem. Apparently I’m not the only one as this has been reported on another web site about the Duauville making the rider’s hands go numb. It’s not vibration causing it; it feels more like the riding position. On the deauville you are sitting slightly leaning forward which makes you put quite a lot of your weight on to your arms, it’s never quite to the point of complete comfort, so the hands go numb. I suspect one solution would be for handle bars perhaps a little higher thus making it so you are not leaning and putting your weight on to your hands, I note you can purchase handle bar risers which enable you to affect a higher bar position than standard. Other than that the bike is still going strong, sailed through the MOT no problems at all. Oh I noted that my suggestion on keeping your down pipes clean lacked info so this is what I use to keep them sparkling clean. I mix ACF50 metal protection fluid with a chain lube and my down pipes never go that horrid dirty colour they are always shiny, if you use just one on its own it does not work but if you mix a little chain lube in with the acf 50 it works a treat, I use a silicon chain lube. Simply take the top cap off squirt some acf 50 into the cap then roughly the same amount of chain lube into the same cap and mix them together then just wipe them onto a cold exhaust pipe with a rag nice and thick, then wipe it off don’t polish it off just wipe it off, warm up the exhaust (it will smoke) then you are set, they will remain clean for a good two or more months. Either one on its own does not provide the best results the mixture works wonders, but be careful of splashes near your brakes as this stuff is really hard to get off, and if you get it on your brakes you will need lots of brake cleaner to get it off.

    09 September 2010

  • Numb hands but clean exhaust

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Not much new to report on this bike as it is still going strong with no major problems. Just one comfort issue with the bike, the throttle hand goes numb, you have to keep shaking out your hand to get the feeling back into your right hand, it is worse on a run but even with padded gloves on and riding gently I find my right hand keeps going numb. Now I have tried a few different things including riding as forward as possible but I keep getting the same problem. Apparently I’m not the only one as this has been reported on another web site about the Duauville making the rider’s hands go numb. It’s not vibration causing it; it feels more like the riding position. On the deauville you are sitting slightly leaning forward which makes you put quite a lot of your weight on to your arms, it’s never quite to the point of complete comfort, so the hands go numb. I suspect one solution would be for handle bars perhaps a little higher thus making it so you are not leaning and putting your weight on to your hands, I note you can purchase handle bar risers which enable you to affect a higher bar position than standard. Other than that the bike is still going strong, sailed through the MOT no problems at all. Oh I noted that my suggestion on keeping your down pipes clean lacked info so this is what I use to keep them sparkling clean. I mix ACF50 metal protection fluid with a chain lube and my down pipes never go that horrid dirty colour they are always shiny, if you use just one on its own it does not work but if you mix a little chain lube in with the acf 50 it works a treat, I use a silicon chain lube. Simply take the top cap off squirt some acf 50 into the cap then roughly the same amount of chain lube into the same cap and mix them together then just wipe them onto a cold exhaust pipe with a rag nice and thick, then wipe it off don’t polish it off just wipe it off, warm up the exhaust (it will smoke) then you are set, they will remain clean for a good two or more months. Either one on its own does not provide the best results the mixture works wonders, but be careful of splashes near your brakes as this stuff is really hard to get off, and if you get it on your brakes you will need lots of brake cleaner to get it off.

    09 September 2010

  • UPDATE

    joeguvnor

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've done 13K miles now and the bike has opened up and is running very smoothly. The buzzing at high speeds has gone and I'm getting 250 miles a tank, the weather protection is second to none and if you wanted to you could change gears(up)without the clutch. I can't really find a fault with this bike.

    13 August 2010

  • SECOND BEST TOURER

    joeguvnor

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had a 2010 model(company bike)since the end of March and done 6k miles so far. In my opinion up to 65mph you can't fault it, it's not just a motorcycle, it's a proper vehicle but if you like cruising at 75-85mph it definitely needs another 10-20cc and a 6th gear then it'll be right behind bmw r12rt which is the best tourer on the market.

    06 June 2010

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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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