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).