HONDA NT700V DEAUVILLE (1998-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Comfortable cruising, excellent economy, unflappable reliability and ease of use"

Honda Deauville motorcycle review - Riding

"Comfortable cruising, excellent economy, unflappable reliability and ease of use"

  • At a glance
  • 680cc  -  64 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  240 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £7,885

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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 & Running Costs 5 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

41 owners have reviewed their HONDA NT700V DEAUVILLE (1998-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.9 out of 5
Engine 3.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4.1 out of 5
4 out of 5

Not dull!

31 August 2013 by bikerpete51

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Dependable

16 February 2013 by agfoxx

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... Read more 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!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Left Pond NT700V

04 November 2011 by Piglet2010

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... Read more 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).

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Up date on thirst issue

27 October 2011 by Fly by night

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

A bit more on my bike

06 April 2011 by Fly by night

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Solid cut price commuter

14 January 2011 by Andy949494

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... Read more 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...

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Numb hands but clean exhaust

09 September 2010 by Fly by night

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,... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Numb hands but clean exhaust

09 September 2010 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

UPDATE

13 August 2010 by joeguvnor

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... Read more clutch. I can't really find a fault with this bike.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

SECOND BEST TOURER

06 June 2010 by joeguvnor

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... Read more 10-20cc and a 6th gear then it'll be right behind bmw r12rt which is the best tourer on the market.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued -
New price £7,885
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 64 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.2 secs
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 240 miles
Specification
Engine size 680cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin 5 gears
Frame type Twin steel spar
Fuel capacity 19.5 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 236kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 296mm discs
Rear brake 276mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

History & Versions

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]

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