2010 Honda NT700V Touring First Look

September 4, 2009
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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2010 Honda NT700V
The Honda NT700V is an all-new 2010 light-duty touring model from the Japanese marque.

Honda Motorcycles extends its street bike touring line with the release of the all-new NT700V. A mid-sized V-Twin, Honda pitches the new mount as “a light touring machine that’s fun, easy to ride and ready to carry you to work and play seven days a week.”

A liquid-cooled 52-degree V-Twin powers the new NT700V. The 680cc Twin sports an 81mm bore and 66mm stroke, with 10:1 compression ratio. A single overhead cam operates the four-valve cylinder heads. Like all Honda street bikes, the NT will source Honda’s programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI).

Steering geometry combines a 26-degree rake with 4.5 inches of trail. Wheelbase is 58.1 inches and the NT700V rolls on 17-inch hoops, with a 120/70 tire up front and a 150/70 rear. The reach to the ground is 31.7 inches from the NT’s seat.

2010 Honda NT700V
Powering the NT700V is a 680cc 52-degree V-Twin.

Honda’s linked combined braking system (CBS) brings the new design to a halt. The three-disc arrangement places dual 296mm rotors in the front, pinched by three-piston calipers, with a single 276mm disc and three-piston caliper in the rear. The braking can be upgraded to Honda’s full ABS system.

The chassis features a front 41mm fork with 4.5 inches of travel and a rear shock with 4.8 inches travel. Only the shock is listed as being adjustable, with a remote preload adjustment nob dialing in settings for the extra lbs a touring bike needs to carry. Honda’s claimed curb weight for the NT700V is 566 lbs for the standard models and 571 lbs for the ABS unit.

Bolstering its motorcycle touring creds, integrated luggage saddlebags come standard on the NT700V.  The bags feature a “pass-through” space between both bags for longer items, which sounds interesting and potentially

2010 Honda NT700V
The Honda NT700V luggage features integrated saddlebags, which have a pass-through area for wider items. An accessory top case is also available.

quite handy. A fairing blocks wind and weather from riders, along with the five-position adjustable windscreen. Ultimate range will depend on observed fuel economy, but the 5.2-gallon fuel tank should yield at least a 200 miles between fillings (an important threshold for any bike with touring aspirations – at least in our book…). Listed accessories will enhance touring abilities and include the pictured top box (left) and other add-ons like heated grips.

Style-wise, the NT700V looks to us like the forbidden love-child of the ST1300 and Kawasaki Versys. Which really would be a Romeo and Juliet romance if it were true…

Anyhow, the NT700V will be available in either Metallic Red or Metallic Silver, with the ABS version only available in Silver. No MSRP is yet listed for either model.

Model: NT700V / NT700VA ABS

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Capable of solo jaunts or two-up travel, now there is another touring option from the folks at Honda – the NT700V.

Engine Type: 680cc liquid-cooled 52° V-Twin
Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 66mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 40mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission: Five-speed
Suspension Front: 41mm telescopic fork; 4.5 inches travel
Rear: Single shock with spring preload adjustability; 4.8 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; Optional ABS
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR17 radial
Rear: 150/70 ZR17 radial
Wheelbase: 58.1 inches
Rake: 26 degrees
Trail: 115mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height: 31.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 5.2 gallons, including 0.9-gallon reserve
Colors: NT700V: Metallic Red, Metallic Silver
NT700VA ABS: Metallic Silver
Curb Weight*: 566 pounds (NT700V) / 571 pounds (NT700VA ABS)

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