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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Honda NTV650 isn’t just about frugal motoring, a quality build and endless reliability. Because somehow Honda segued in a cheeky charm and a handling package that has to be ridden to be believed. Most Honda NTV650s will be a little tired after a decade or more on the streets but at the right price they’re simply superb motorcycles.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The SOHC, V-twin motor in the Honda NTV650 could be the perfect cross-town device. The Honda NTV650 is torquey, smooth and superbly flexible. The only drawback is the gearbox, which is one of the stiffest and least precise ever fitted to a mass-produced motorcycle.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Honda NTV650's chassis and suspension package is almost perfect; not only can it turn on a sixpence and handle everything the city can throw at it, when the road opens up the Honda NTV650 can really reward its rider. The huge front disc and quality stoppers mean that the Honda NTV650 won’t be out of place on a trackday, despite its dowdy appearance.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

Honda NTV650s have a comprehensive set of clocks including a tacho, good mirrors and a decent headlight. But…there’s a cottage industry dedicated to tuning Honda NTV650s, with everything from big bore kits to brake upgrades. Start with a screen, though.

Honda NTV600/650 (1988-1997)

Detail Value
Engine size 647 cc
Power 57 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 8 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There are a few issues with the Honda NTV650 – the rear discs warp (probably due to the extra stresses of the shaft drive), the radiator fan gets filled with crud and seizes, the steel frame binds to the bolts over time if unchecked so periodically remove and grease. Other than that the Honda NTV650 is a beauty  - as reliable as death and taxes.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Sadly most Honda NTV650s will, by now, be a little tired. Many will have been pressed into use as courier hacks (only believe mileages given on MoTs, as Honda NTV650s are easily clocked), but with some TLC they can still give many more years of faithful service. The motor is in a very soft state of tune and should be good for 100,000+ miles. The closest thing to them is a Honda CB500, but the Honda NTV650 is actually the better motorcycle. Find a Honda NTV650 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 8 of 17

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Model History

1988: Honda NTV600 Revere: Precursor to the Honda NTV650 introduced; a naked roadster with 583cc. Discontinued in 1992.
1993: Honda NTV650 introduced.                                                                    1997: Honda NTV650 discontinued.       

 

Other Versions

Honda NT400V and NT650V BROS/Hawk GT: Grey imports only. Similar to the Honda NTV650, easily distinguished by chain drive and alloy beam frame. 

Specifications

Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14.4 secs
Max power 57 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Weight 188 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Tank range 250 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 8 of 17
Engine size 647 cc
Engine specification 6v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 316mm disc
Rear brake 276mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 18

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • Don't Let The Mileage Put You Off!

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    As the title suggests, if you see an NTV with high mileage don't be put off! I recently bought my neighbours old bike off him and it has 151,000 YES 151,000 miles. Considering most of these are commuter/courier bikes and thus are a source someones income although weathered on the outside they are probably well looked after. I brought mine as a hack to work and back as upcoming roadworks/traffic and fuel costs tempted me to buy it. As other reviews have stated 50+mpg is easy on one of these. In real money that mean £18 will get you 200ish miles before you flick to reserve. As for the ride, although a little tired everything is still there and if it aint been replaced once its been replaced twice. Very good brakes although the front on mine is a little week, a gearbox from a Combine Harvester requires technique to shift quickly but as MCN stated its built to last! its begging for a 6th gear as 80mph = 5,000rpm in 5th. The Engine is rock solid with smooth power right up to the r'line and has a little induction roar to boot too! For Commuting and filtering its superb, its far easier then my 1998 Firestorm. So to wrap it up... the NTV will never be able to step to a Bandit6 or Hornet in terms of out-an-out ability, (i had a Bandit6 as my first bike). However New to biking...want a V Twin... can't yet afford an SV, try one you'll be suprised. Insurance is cheap too i'm 22 and pay £250 with euro cover + breakdown + ride any bike. But most importantly it will take anything you can throw at it + you don't see many on the hard shoulder awaitng the revoery men! Safe biking!

    24 June 2010

  • Some of Honda's best-ever bikes

    charlesq_70

    Average rating rating is 4

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    The NTV650 is part of a bike family that includes the Revere, the Bros 650/400, and the US Hawk GT (essentially the Bros 650; very popular in the US as a base for modifications). They're some of the best-handling, best-made bikes ever to come out of the Honda stable; probably neglected a little at the time because they weren't cheap, but then quality isn't -- single-sided swingarm, beautiful cast wheels, twin-spark, 3-valve cylinders, lovely stainless exhaust system (especially the 'stubby' one on the Broses), and a chassis that has a lot in common with Honda's 1980s two-stroke racers. Find any of these bikes in good nick, keep on top of maintenance (though to be honest it's easy) and you'll have a bike that'll make you very happy for a long time.

    11 July 2009

  • Just pure reliabile

    mal2909

    Average rating rating is 4

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    my ntv is a 1996 with 73000 on the clock i use it every day,starts first time and runs lovely,i get about 210 miles before i have to swich on reserve,if i get another bike it will have to be a ntv650 01-05.i buy my bike on ebay for £551,just pure luck.

    01 November 2008

  • auNTy V

    jonsan44

    Average rating rating is 3

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    A reliable dependable Honda with "character" complete with shaft drive housed in a single sided swinging arm which makes rear wheel removal easy. "character" = good engine sound; just enough engine vibration for you to notice; gearbox design by Honda's agricultural machinery division; decent sized fuel tank and fuel economy to give a good range; 57bhp & a "flat" 38ftlbs torque output, OK off the mark but runs out of steam and gears too soon. Can Honda san design me a modern styled 1000cc version using a tuned for touring/economy/torquey VTR motor, and a similar single sided shaft drive rear? NOT the latest derivative automatic 700cc plastic fantastic Honda DNA!

    29 October 2008

  • great NTV

    ntvalan

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    great fun to ride, power when needed, great as my hack & touring bike

    29 October 2008

  • This review is for the Honda Bros 650

    Humbug66

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've ridden a couple of NTV650s, but prefer my smaller, alloy framed, chain driven version. Plus points: amazing reliability (I've completed 119,000 km on it since 1996, and have replaced: Fuel Pump, front and rear discs (the front's are very large and eventually warp, either standard or EBC). Currently running ABE front disc. Oh, and the petrol tank rusted through on the right hand side, which I repaired with putty. Rear fairing has cracks in it, which don't appear to be getting worse. Minus points: the chain is out of line with the swing arm which makes adjusting slightly tricky, and requires a special tool. Some of the nuts and bolts are rusting a bit, but this bike is 20 years old and lives on the street. Goes onto reserve wit little warning, which can cause the occasional stall at traffic lights. Equipment a bit spartan; have added Daytona heated grips which are ace. Handling is very good (not quite on par with my old NC30), but very precise and forgiving. The motor is fun, and breathes through K&Ns, dynojet and Supertrapp exhaust, which gives it a rorty note and enables the bike to fire away from junctions faster than almost any other bike on my daily commute. As a pillion bike it's a little cramped, though we made it out to the Czech republic two up in 1996. Overall, fun bike to own, and I look forward to clocking up 100,000 miles in a couple of years. Humbug

    04 June 2008

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GuzziBMW

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Inaccurate info

" Frame      Aluminium twin spar"

B****y funny aluminium - mine is going rusty !

 
 
 

20 April 2014 19:51

BenMills

BenMillssays

ntv 650

a great bike - it's just lots of fun - easy to maintain and what more do you want - oh and 60 mpg

18 January 2012 21:25

ntvalan

ntvalansays

NTV650

update from below mileage now on 109,000 & still running strong..........

03 September 2011 18:47

ntvalan

ntvalansays

i ride a 1993 NTV 650P 78'000 on clock & still going strong

next bike will be a newer NTV or an NT650V

 

29 October 2008 17:20

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