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2010 Honda NT700V Touring First Look

Friday, September 4, 2009
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
2010 Honda NT700V2010 Honda NT700V
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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Piglet2010   March 17, 2013 10:24 AM
Heat - even on 100°F days, no noticeable engine heat when waiting at intersections. Power - adequate (and it will lift the front wheel in 1st gear). Could use a 6th gear for rural freeway riding, however. Fuel economy - better than 50 mpg average for the first 8,000 miles. Quality - no issues other than the poor latching system on the panniers (by far the worst feature of the bike). Comfort - very good, even in below freezing weather with the optional heated grips and wind deflectors. Handling - good at sane street riding speeds, but the under-damped fork rewards smoothness (and the rear shock needs *less* damping). Too bad the US market is image-poisoned, where functionally poor bikes sell well - seems only adolescents (with the need for an ego boost) in the bodies of adults ride motorcycles in the US. If you are an emotionally secure adult who rides to go places, grab one of the remaining new 2011 models or a lightly used NT700V, and enjoy the trip.
Piglet2010   March 17, 2013 09:48 AM
"A Lexus or Accord would run you down to get the kid to her dance lessons or pick up groceries...". Yeah right, tell that to the kid in the new BMW M3 convertible that thought he would out-drag and cut in front of me at a stop-light (road ahead narrowed from two lanes to one) - he was a good 50-100 feet behind me when his lane ended. 55-RWHP is plenty for real world riding, even on a bike that will push 580 pounds with a few accessories added.
PBenac   July 15, 2012 01:30 PM
I have owned my NT 700 for about six months now. Previously, I have owned a Triumph Trophy 1200, and a few sport bikes. After not having a bike for three years, the moto-lust was more than I could bear. My original desire was to get a bike that I could tour on, use for work, or take a ride on. The NT700 was a good choice especially given the range (200 plus miles per tank) and the low cost as compared to a larger bike. Recently, I took a trip from Chicago to Boston, Atlanta, and back over two weeks. The bike handled the trip well, outfitted with an optional rear luggage trunk and additional tank and soft bag on the rear seat, I carried everything I needed for two weeks on the road. Additionally, one one take I was able to go 263 miles before fueling, but the norm was around 220 or so. As others have noted, the bike isn't "fast," and was not designed to be fast. However, it easily cruised at speeds up to 80 MPH. Yes, a little more power would have been nice in the mountains, but e price paid at the pump over 3000 plus miles was well worth it-then again I am in my late 40's and not 20 years old. The only ding I have against the bike is that the locking mechanism Honda used for the bags is truly second-rate. Even after the aftermarket remod it is less than rugged and prone to failure if the bags are even slightly overloaded (hence the additional soft bags). On the up side, the bike is fun, handles well, shifting is sound, and most folks like the look of it. It is what it is and I would buy another. The only other bike that would desire would be a Conny, but the lower gas milage and higher price tag just wouldn't be worth it for the additional power.
seinfeld   September 6, 2011 04:14 PM
I bought my 2011 NT700VA in July 2011. I'm not what you'd call a recent experienced rider, my last ride was a 1979 Suzuki GS550, back in the 80's, riding regularly in Northern California, the Santa Cruz mountains of California and running around San Francisco. This bike has everything a new or experienced rider needs to get out on the road for a short day trip, a commute, a short/long haul, or a fast ride through the twisties. The 3/4 fairing is a great shield from almost all the wind you feel at 70 mph, and the fairing makes the miles fly by without the expense of buffeting from the wind. Yes, it's not a monster 1000 cc engine, it's a mere 680 cc, but it goes from A to B like a champ. Going from $60 a tank to $15 a tank when I transitioned from a VAN to a motorcycle was a great(HUGE) change. Going from 21 mpg to 50+ mpg was an even better change. I don't know of any riders that I ride with that get 50+ mpg, even when they ride easy on the throttle. In fact, comparing the NT to other "mid-sized" STs, there are very few that can boast 50+ mpg AND the reliability of this bike. Let's compare some major components... the 680cc engine on the NT is the same engine they've been using for 20 or so years(proven reliability). Add the wonderful EFI, provides the most optimum gas usage at almost every speed/RPM. Then look at the shaft drive, no stretching chains every couple thou miles, and replacement of the shaft drive is once every ... HOW MANY MILES???? not as often as chain adjustments and replacements... I've put over 2000 miles on mine, in just over 3 months, and using it as much as possible to commute to work, as well as "play". I can carry just about everything I need for work in it, both rain gear and a bike cover. I will admit that this bike cannot run with the big dogs and their jetted carbs, reprogrammed ECU's, custom intakes, REALLY loud mufflers, etc, but on a couple of 90-100 mile rides with some buddy's on a variety of bikes, no one left me in the dust, and after these rides, I didn't have to stop at the gas station immediately after the ride was done to fill up from bone dry, nor did I have to un-kink my back afterwards. It rides the straights as comfy as can be, and it hugs curves and corners with minimal effort, all without tiring out the rider. Unfortunately, it appears that Honda will not be selling many of these stateside, due to both the economy and the lackluster sales it's had in '10-'11, so far at least. All I know, and this is IMHO, this bike is a great bike for commuting, short runs to buy ice cream, mid distance rides(100-200 mi), and a decent bike for long hauls too. All with good gas mileage, reliability, and a place to stow a change of clothes if you're going from the bike to the beach, or hiking, or to work... get my drift?
oops102557   August 31, 2011 10:30 AM
I have had mine for about 2 months, and 6,000 miles. I use it to comute to and from work and run about 120 a day on it. I like the gas milage, I am running right at 52 mpg. I only have two real gripes with the ride. There is too much vibration in the grips, and no tie down on the back rack. Why have a back rack you can't use? Other than that, it handles the highway very well. It's nimble and quick in heavy traffic. I traded a wing for it, and have not regretted it.
Mohpossum -NT700V  January 21, 2011 02:43 PM
I've looked long and hard at the NT, and believe it is Honda's best replacement for the Pacific Coast I have seen yet. My two biggest problems, which may be discounted over time, are 1)Cable-operated clutch instead of hydraulic, and 2) Shim-in-bucket valve actuation instead of, again, hydraulic. These two features along with shaft drive have given Honda many bikes capable of 200,000+ miles, with minimal maintenance. For the List Price, I would be much less likely to quibble if those were included. Otherwise, I think it is a good looking, sensible, all-rounder.
Mohpossum -NT700V  January 21, 2011 02:42 PM
I've looked long and hard at the NT, and believe it is Honda's best replacement for the Pacific Coast I have seen yet. My two biggest problems, which may be discounted over time, are 1)Cable-operated clutch instead of hydraulic, and 2) Shim-in-bucket valve actuation instead of, again, hydraulic. These two features along with shaft drive have given Honda many bikes capable of 200,000+ miles, with minimal maintenance. For the List Price, I would be much less likely to quibble if those were included. Otherwise, I think it is a good looking, sensible, all-rounder.
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Cajun -NT700V  October 27, 2010 07:10 AM
Hello. I purchaced my Honda NT700V 3 months ago here in Lafayette LA. The Dealer said I was only the 2nd person around to buy one. for 10.000 dollare and only 700cc. you can buy a much larger bike for less. I wanted something fun and light enough to handle in town. I like the storage. The power ai fine. I dont peel out , so its all I need. I have the red bike. I like the color and so dose the ladies. The ride is smooth and great for a rider. Shop for insurance before you buy. some companys see the bike as a sport bike and will try to charge you more for that. I have Statefarm and they rate based on the 700cc engine size. Not the Sport! Anouther thing you need to ask before you buy one, get som type of deal on your first time matnience. They charged me 265 dollars to adjust all the factory and shop adjustmenst and oil change. After they said if I had talked to the salesman I could have recieved a voucher to save upto 50% on the cost. Im getting 65mpg now. Its Quiet, Smooth, and no one around has one. So its like having an Original bike. It stands out and everyone is always asking about it. I love it , its been 3 months and now Im very happy with it. I think Its perfect for me. Im 46yrs old and 5'11" and fits me great.
Upstate Traveler -The NT700V is the bike that is needed NOW  October 23, 2010 10:25 PM
Some skeezy little comments about the looks and style of the new NT700V. Well you don't fling those remarks at the adventure BMW series, do you? So how come when I swing next to one of the GS line, the owners accuse me (and Honda) of stealing their stuff. The point is that these machines designed for a similar purpose tend to look somewhat alike. And that look is a GREAT look. The look determines the function -- sport setting below -- touring position above. This bike and its BMW cousins are direct descendants of true sports cars -- vehicles that could tour on a parkway and then take advantage of the parkway when the older section broke out into turns and cutbacks with reverse camber. The NT700V set up is high and moderately short, with half fairings. This allows the machine to break out of its straight line cruising mode to tear through the turns when they present themselves, Then back to cruising, with all of its amenities. Any strictly specialized bike would do its one thing and go home, Boring.
Q Alderman -qdawg  September 4, 2010 07:01 PM
Have had my NT700v about a month now and am very pleased. As far as the price tag complaints,,I would never pay sticker for a bike or car,so I made an offer and road out for $9400.00. Im 41 and tired of sore knees,back aches and pains. This is a great bike for the rider with a matured ego.
cj -human  August 25, 2010 03:01 PM
The Honda looks nice...the muffler is an artistic disaster that detracts from what is well designed aesthetics.
Steve -Facebook page for NT700  August 15, 2010 11:07 PM
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Honda-NT700V-Motorcycle/133835746651708?v=wall&ref=ts
NT700V -Owner  July 27, 2010 02:48 PM
All, if you're too short for the NT700V then look at buying a KLR 650 or something of that variety, or go with a small cruiser. The NT700V is NOT for everyone. Come to think of it, no bike is! I love this bike, the ease with which one can do their own maintenance with no training at all is awesome! Pluse you get the added dimension of it being a Honda which in my mind makes it a no brainer for the commuter or light tourer like myself. Is it a bike to ride across the contry, probably not. If that's what you're looking for get an ST1300 or a GoldWing, but lay off this bike. If it's not for you because you're too short or you want more power, then buy something else and stop complaining about this bike that you DON'T OWN and probably never will.
brixtoncat -NT700  July 26, 2010 01:38 PM
I bought my European NT700 2006 in spring 2009 with 6500 miles on it, getting a discount of nearly 35 % after some haggling with my Honda dealer. I had many bikes like but in general, for daily purpose, the NT beats them all. The built-in panniers ( I have the small ones) fit perfect for the daily stuff, the shaft drive is superb and wind protection is really good. I added the grip-heaters, the additional grip-spoilers on the fairing and the knee-protection, and the more I ride it, the more I love it. I also lowered the seat by nearly an inch as the standard seat is a little bit too high for my size (5.5 feets). With all the speed limits and way too much traffic, there is no need for much power - and if you know how to drive this bike, it can be quick enough to scare some others. Sure it's heavy, but when you ride it, it feels light. Sometimes the 6th gear is missing, but I think it wouldn't pull any more. I tried bigger bikes where the 6th gear was so long that it was pretty useless or just made for highway crusing and not on 2nd class roads. I changed the tyres from Bridgestone BT20 to Pirelli Diablo with whom I did more than 5000 miles, now I'm using Dunlop Roadsmart which I really like as the bike runs more firm and stable. And yes, the bike is really economical and cheap to run and rock-solid. It's not that emotional, an ST1300 looks better, a Guzzi Norge might be more special, but for daily rides and long tripes, the bike is much better than it looks like. I did 1000 miles in 3 days, mostly in the Swiss mountains where you can really check how the bike performs by accelerating and heavy braking, then passing lake Como in nothern Italy and going up to the Black Forests in South Germany for a high-speed spin, doing more than 110 mph. Verdict: Honda did really a great job with this bike. I don't need a Guzzi Le Mans any more as I got 40+ now - I prefer a reliable and comfy bike which is safe and cheap to run. I I want to have fun, I still have my cafe racer (single) for the weekend spin. And yes, I'm keen to keep my licence, so with the NT cruising style, that's going to be that way. Somehow rational, but with speed cams anywhere now, I don't need 150+ hp - less is more in these days. Pros: Shaft drive, CBS-braking system, built-in panniers, economy, reliability, Honda service dealership, comfy & handy, great to run in the city and countryside. BMW F 800 ST may have more power but in my opinion, is not that comfy to ride - my back did hurt after 2 hours and the engine heat of the twin in the city was enormous - so in this point, the NT is better. Cons: Service periods are a pain (4000 miles)!, outside temperature indicator is missing, big tourers are better for long distance touring and loaded with 2 persons but also much also more expensive to buy and to run. PS: I did a ride on an HD E-Glide Ultra recently and enjoyed to cruise with 70 mph on the highway and listen to the 103 cu big twin. So speed is relative - and yes, the NT twin could sound a little more. But listen to the sound if you close the throttle by 5500 revs, still good sound for a relative small twin :-).
Mike -new ower of ST700v  July 24, 2010 09:24 PM
All, I bought one and I love it. It has plenty of power for me, and I stepped down from a Yamaha V Star 1100cc bike. Commuting to work or my weekend getaways have all been good! A lot of what some are saying has no merit whatsoever because they haven't, and probably never will ride one. Please remember a good rule of thumb and that is "don't knock it until you've tried it"... Is it Kawasaki Ninja! NO! But what some here fail to realize is that it's not supposed to be. It's supposed to be an economical Sport Touring/Commuter bike and for that, this bike fits the bill!! I love mine! Bravo Honda!!
Mike -MSE  July 19, 2010 08:03 PM
I'm looking to get one not for the power, or lack thereof as some would attest, but for a reliable commuter bike for my 50+ r/t daily commute. I'm doing that now on my VSTAR 1100 but it sucks down gas at about 42 mph. The 50+ mph is attractive to me as is the easily adjustable windshield. Plus I checked on out up close in the show room and the integrated saddlebags are awesome. They're a lot like the Police bikes you see here in Hawaii and over in Europe, except with a smaller engine. I like the VT700 for the reasons above and I also think it's pretty sharp. It was sitting right next to a VERSYS and it wasn't even close. The VERSUS is ugly. Period. This bike, especially when you see it up close, is a good looking bike.
Karl in High Point NC -ow ner of a Honda Nighthawk - looking at the 700V  July 16, 2010 04:37 PM
I've been mulling over the NT700V 2010. Good comments that make me think. I'm currently riding a 1984 Honda Nighthawk 650 I bought three months ago for $1,000 after a 32-year layoff from the m-cycle world. I'm 61. This might be a good bike for me. But I'm in agreement with the price. It should be priced at $8K or a bit less. I like the shaft-drive. I just don't want to get the shaft.
Steve -GL1000  June 27, 2010 01:30 PM
Looks like a great bike. Bigger and faster and louder has gone too far. This bike looks just right.
NT700VAowner -This is not a bike for everybody  June 9, 2010 04:45 PM
As an satisfied owner of NT700VA for over 2 years i can say:
This is not a bike for fast riders- it was not ment to be. Comparing let's say NTV to VFR is as stupid and meaningless as comparing Porsche and Rolls Royce.
Writing such things as " yyyyy, it should have 23 and 1/3 HP more" is also stupid. If You want powerfull cruiser go for ST.
NT700VA is a bike of it's kind. Not fast, but really comfortable everyday commuter with minimal maintenance. Thats why it is a king among bike couriers in Europe.
Of course it is not perfect but really reliable and safe.
Smitty -N700V  April 28, 2010 03:27 PM
I like just about everything about it but I heard 5th gear is too low for real long distance runs.
Paul -Have we met ?  April 12, 2010 11:10 PM
Hey Steve, are you the same guy that I talked to at that truck stop in Segovia/Junction, Texas on Thursday, 3/25, who had just picked up his NT700 in Baton Rouge ? If so, I'm the guy who had my son's Vulcan 500 in back of his truck. Guess you've got a few miles on her by now, so how's that new NT700 treating you ?
HUNTER -Congratulations!  April 3, 2010 03:51 AM
Congrats to those who have recently bought themselves an NT. The more I ride mine, the more I love it. And yes, it's nice to be on something a little different - but that's changing because they are becoming popular. May you always keep the rubber down, and that smile beaming!
dennis -just an old guy  April 2, 2010 09:02 PM
hunter you said it well, i just bought my nt700 today, my first bike in 30 years, all i had to buy extra was jacket and helmet, rode home 70 miles away
went inside and back out the door in 30 min and road around town for a couple hours, i will be using this to ride to work 140 mile round trip, and take the wife out on some weekends, at my age i dont need to go 165 miles per hour, but then ( my wife was driving car home) i coyuld not help to blow past her at 100 miles per hour, ( damm so much for break in), it comes ready to go and i will love my time with this bike, is it perfect ? nothing is ever perfect, but i love my nt700, If i need to go really fast i just go to work ( pilot ) and fly really fast lol, chill out guys
dr duck -nt700 owner  March 28, 2010 03:05 PM
i also own a 93 st1100 and i have always liked it. but it is way to heavy for me. this nt700 is just right.
Robert Burton -Honda NT700V  March 27, 2010 06:26 PM
This bike -I believe has some good looks-Still over priced-can get a connie now for this same price-needs to sell for less-if future updates are added this bike will get very expensive for what it is and peoples heads will turn to other manufactures.
Stromfan -Yeesh, give it a break  March 20, 2010 10:31 PM
The NT700V looks to be a great bike. Too bad so many Amers don't understand anything other than overpower. As for the styling - IT IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER!! My V-Strom was blasted for being ungly too - I just dig anything that isn't the ordinary.
steve reddy -rider  March 18, 2010 04:32 PM
Road an '10 today.I am 51,not looking for balls out speed.Before you diss this bike you should ride it.By the way,I am picking it up for keeps on Wednesday!!
Dave -Not Bad At All!  March 13, 2010 10:58 AM
I have been riding for 35 years and after 17 bikes, this may very well be my favorite. I am 50 years old and have lost the need for speed, cramped riding positions, heaviness, poor fuel economy and high cost of maintenance. I was torn between a V Strom 650 and the NT and chose the NT (glad I did). I'm not saying that the V Strom 650 is a bad bike (I actually do think it is very nice) but here is how I see my decision with going to the NT700V;

Susuki 650 V Strom @ $7,500.00. Add a shaft drive (if it was possible – I would estimate an additional cost of $1,000.00) add color matched hard luggage (approx. $800.00 I'm guessing) add integrated brakes (an easy $500.00) and lets not forget that that the center stand on the Suzuki is optional @ $270.00 and what do you know??? Suzuki $10,070.00 / Honda $9,999.00. Once you suit them up the same, the comparison equals out substantially. I got my NT700V delivered to my garage for $10,300.00

For the same dollar I found the fit and finish of the Honda to be a little nicer. The fairing is larger and the color options are more attractive (in my opinion). As far as some folks claiming that the Honda is dated technology, yes… I agree, but this same dated technology has proven to be very reliable for a decade now and I chose to go with the “tried and true”.

Overall, it is a nice little bike! Comfortable, handles great, steers light, brakes are outstanding, comfortable as can be, fuel mileage is great and the bike has nice amenities. The only negative thing I have to say is that it is a tall mans bike. It is what it is (nothing more, nothing less) and if this sort of thing is your coup of tea… I would recommend taking a closer look.

James Riley -Retired  March 8, 2010 04:12 PM
I want to let anyone know who is an adventure rider or serious cross country rider that I just stopped by a dealer in the northwest that really gets it. There is a Honda dealership in a mid sized town called The Dalles that has dualsport and adventure riding pegged. The reason I am posting this here is that the owner of the shop is equipping the NT700 as an adventure bike. Yup. He is building an off-road package so he can ride one to Alaska this summer. Way cool! I asked him why not the V-strom and he indicated that they are not available and the NT will fit the bill perfectly. I don't want to make this sound like an add, but these folks are riders and they are there for us. That's refreshing and what they are doing to an NT is way neat.
Eric Nye -NT 700V  March 7, 2010 08:02 PM
I'm thinking seriously about buying the NT700V. I am attracted by the bike's mid-size displacement, shaft drive, ABS brakes, fairing, touring accessories, and good reputation for reliablility. As an alternative to the Honda, I would consider buying the 800cc BMW sport-tourer; but the nearest BMW dealer is an hour from here. With a Honda, I can drop the bike off at the local dealer's for maintenance and walk home. Size matters——I want a mid-size touring bike. And convenience matters——I want tech support that's local and accessible. The Honda fits the bill.
HUNTER -IT IS WHAT IT IS!  February 12, 2010 04:44 PM
Red Ninja - why are you and so many others focused on what the NT IS NOT, rather than what it IS. Having an opinion is great, as long as it is made with an open mind. To answer some of your comments: 1) The fairing is ugly. THAT'S SUBJECTIVE. PLENTY OF PEOPLE DON'T LIKE THE STYLING OF THE 650R, AND REAL NINJA RIDERS ARE HORRIFIED IT WEARS THE NINJA BADGE, BECAUSE IN COMPARISON - IT'S JUST A TINY TWIN. I'M SURE YOU BOUGHT IT FOR GOOD REASONS THOUGH. 2) It is not a full fairing. NO ONE SAID IT WAS! It needs a cowl. IN YOUR OPINION! AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE AFTERMARKET. BTW, even my Ninja 650R would protect my boots better from cold wind and rain than this fairing. BUY BETTER BOOTS! EVERYTHING IN THOSE INTEGRATED PANNIERS WOULD BE DRY THOUGH! 3) Why so heavy? HONDA OVER-BUILT STRENGTH AND QUALITY. I think it needs 80-85 horses at the rear wheel (150 cc) for this amount of weight. WE'VE ESTABLISHED IT AINT A SPORTS BIKE - IF YOU WANT LIGHTNESS, FAIRINGS AND POWER, BUY SOMETHING ELSE. BUT THEN DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT UNRELIABILITY, SERVICE COSTS, POOR RANGE, GREASING CHAINS, AFTERMARKET LUGGAGE ... AND GENERALLY, MORE POWER MEANS MORE FUEL. (ON MY LAST COUNTRY RUN, I LOGGED 285 MILES BETWEEN FUEL STOPS. NOT MANY SPORTS BIKES CAN ACHIEVE THAT ON LESS THAN 5 GALLONS! OFTEN QUITE FUNNY REALLY WHEN I PASS THE KNOBS WHO SCREAM PAST ME IN THE TWISTIES WHILE THEY ARE FUELING UP!) 4) How much juice does the alternator put out? Can it run 30 amps of heated riding gear plus heated grips and the bike? HEATED GRIPS ARE A FACTORY OPTION SO NO PROBS THERE. UPPER FAIRING AND SCREEN PROVIDE EXCELLENT PROTECTION, SO HAD YOU BOUGHT A PRACTICAL NT INSTEAD OF A SHOW PONY, YOU WOULDN'T NEED HEATED GEAR! Seriously, there are dozens of different types and styles of bikes in various sizes and shapes from a range of brands. Why is that I wonder? Perhaps because different people have different tastes, different needs and different uses for their bikes. Just because you don't like it, for whatever reason, doesn't make it a bad bike. And thankfully, you have other options. There are plenty of bikes I would never own, but I can still appreciate them for what they are, and respect the people who ride them.
Red Ninja -NT700V  February 10, 2010 02:30 PM
My comments:

1) The fairing is ugly.

2) It is not a full fairing. It needs a cowl. BTW, even my Ninja 650R would protect my boots better from cold wind and rain than this fairing.

3) Why so heavy? I think it needs 80-85 horses at the rear wheel (150 cc) for this amount of weight.

4) How much juice does the alternator put out? Can it run 30 amps of heated riding gear plus heated grips and the bike?

HUNTER -WHAT?  January 20, 2010 09:44 PM
I'm sure that is "FJR"??? Back to comparing apples with apples, not something with twice the capacity and price. The NT is a LIGHT TOURER, not an inter-continental missile SPORTS TOURER. Sure, the FJR and ST are great bikes, but in a completely different category. And just to prove that point, Honda Australia offered the NT, then the Blackbird, then the ST, so they are 2 classes removed from each other. Fact is, ridden legally, they both get you there in roughly the same time - the NT a little slower on climbs and acceleration, but using way less fuel and with cheaper servicing.
fjrmonster -NT700 V  January 17, 2010 08:39 PM
want power and comfort, great on the twisties all while buring any ST1300 - try the FRJ. Sorry NT700V.
Icetrooper -Wow.  January 15, 2010 08:27 AM
You "Phenomenal" guys just like to complain about everything. If the engine size is a issue for you, buy an ST or a Goldwing. Maybe if Honda made it in 10 different engine sizes and added a barometer you would be happy. If honda did bring the Transalp over you would bitch about the price.

Zman -Retro?  January 6, 2010 09:12 AM
Great concept Honda, nobody else has thought of a sport-tourer complete with late 80's design, parts and weight.

There's probably a good reason why too!
Old time two wheeler -Why?  January 6, 2010 09:08 AM
Finally, a bike with bags almost the size I was hoping for (800 cc).
But tell me Honda: WHY IS THE FRONT END SO DAMN UGLY!

Did you guys at big H loose the mold for the lower fairing or what?

So close yet so far away!


Old man -Do everything  December 29, 2009 01:29 AM
I live in Europe and the first owner of a Deauville NT650V 2002. Last year, I did a 60th BD 1949 Tour de France, exact route, with this bike. It's a do every thing bike. Boring but faithful,sans problem. Cheap to keep. Fill up the tank and travel. Very comfortable for long ride. Excellent brake. Too heavy for an old man like me. If I move back to the USA, I'd get a SH150...
Mr. Bruce -more models for the US.  December 17, 2009 01:36 PM
Well, Honda doesn,t seem yet to get it..They have several other more meaningful bikes..Take the Transalp...the past Africa Twin..The NX 650..Bring them over..with,,are we listening,,LOWER SEAT HEIGHTS so EVERYONE can enjoy them..Bring over more UNIQUE Models..Yamaha has the NEW 660 Tenere..All these bikes have comfortable positions, better insurance rates..all do all rides..Think about it,,most started on old enduro bikes..And Honda,,also needs to have more different colors also on the bikes..Brng two tones, and go alittle off color so the bikes are a form of art..By the way my trusty Transalp has 170,000 plus miles and going still..got to run!!!!!
Mr. Bruce -more models for the US.  December 17, 2009 01:36 PM
Well, Honda doesn,t seem yet to get it..They have several other more meaningful bikes..Take the Transalp...the past Africa Twin..The NX 650..Bring them over..with,,are we listening,,LOWER SEAT HEIGHTS so EVERYONE can enjoy them..Bring over more UNIQUE Models..Yamaha has the NEW 660 Tenere..All these bikes have comfortable positions, better insurance rates..all do all rides..Think about it,,most started on old enduro bikes..And Honda,,also needs to have more different colors also on the bikes..Brng two tones, and go alittle off color so the bikes are a form of art..By the way my trusty Transalp has 170,000 plus miles and going still..got to run!!!!!
Red grips -accept it for what it is because you don't have to buy it  December 17, 2009 09:46 AM
I sense some frustration when I read the comments here and feel some of you are unfair to the Deauville- I bought a 2006 NT700A last week even though I have not riden one before but the few chances I have had to ride the 650 version were always very satisfying- the 700 can only be better. I keep sport bikes at home but my daily driver for the last 10 years has been the brilliant Hawk 650, capable enough riding passes in the alps or high speed autobahn where I live in Germany. A daily driver needs to function like a car: change oil and filters regularly and drive. I have Bought the Deauville for my weekly commute- but will surely use it for most of my riding because of it's care free style. Bonuses over the Hawk are obvious and I will be changing over my hot grips and adding a top case and maybe knuckle guards. The Deauville 650 is capable of much more than most people can imagine- it's quite happy at full throttle with my wife on the back all the way to the dolomites as well as just pootleing around town; slim enough to filter and take gaps in traffic, the Deauville is just right. As for the design: I don't worry about anyone stealing it.
KarenShort -NT700V  December 16, 2009 04:47 PM
Disapointed. It's not the little brother to the ST1300 but the weaker brother. Little would imply the bike would be on a smaller scale for smaller individuals. The seat height is .6 inches higher than the ST1300. Honda has excluded a large buying market. I have a VTX 1300 with the seat height of 27.5, this encompassses a larger market. Taller individuals can ride shorter bikes, shorter individuals cannot ride taller bikes.
Dano -NT700V  December 15, 2009 12:56 PM
Bought mine two weeks ago, haven't riden much yet. Going on a ride Thursday, probably get a better feel then. It's a lot different riding style than my old V-Star 1100 Silverado. Not as much bottom end grunt, but it seems a lot smoother and a lot better on the mountain roads.
HUNTER -BARGAIN  December 15, 2009 01:41 AM
Struth Stephen! That's almost reason enough to move to the UK!!! Optioned with larger pannier lids and genuine top box would see a ticket price of around AUD$18000 down here (about UK10000)!!! Guess it's a sign of how greedy our government is and how much Honda can get away with! In fact, you bought a new one with accessories for about what I paid for a good, standard second hand one. Mine is black. 400kms (almost 250 miles) on it today and still about 1/4 tank left! Not super fast through the hills, but fast enough and really comfortable - although I'm thinking of a sheepskin (or similar) to compensate for my lack of built-in padding! I have also ordered an MRA screen, as on the older model, I find the high position too high (no breeze and ugly) and low too low (better looking but not effective enough.) The latest update has better adjustability. Well bought - you'll love it!
Stephen -NTV700 - Comfort, reliability and low-cost touring  December 13, 2009 03:48 AM
A practical bike with a superb reputation for longevity without problems. As good as a Pan European (ST1100-1300)? it's not the same. If you want to go long distance or pop to the shops, this is the bike....and with shaft drive!

Getting a new one on Wednesday with wide & small panniers, large Honda Top Box, in black. Cost (UK£6,000 US$9,600)...so haggle.

Roll on the Summer, the South of France and Italy beckon!!

Yeah, I'm 60.......It's fine for me....
Southern Rocker -Just do the right thing  December 10, 2009 05:36 AM
I say buy a new Triumph Bonneville, put Hepco Becker hard bags and a Parabellum fairing on it and do it all for under $10000.00. You will have on of the most reliable, good looking bikes out there. The Bonnie is one of the most underated tourers out there today. Simple, undersated, and nothing sounds sweeter. I will gladly ride with you coast to coast any time.
Francis Moore -Almost perfect but no sale  November 29, 2009 08:12 PM
Almost everything I dream of except the ugly 'Pacific Coast' style non-removable bags and a FIVE speed tranny. I could even live with the five speed, but the old man bags are just disgusting.
Wild1banana -NT700V First Impressions  November 29, 2009 12:33 PM
Finally the big three Japanese Motorcycle makers are bringing mid sized full featured bikes to america that are fuel efficient and easy to maintain. I dreaded the loss of the Pacific Coast model and I was relieved that Honda will ignore the Motorcycle Magazine editors who crave speed screaming race bikes at the expense of practical transportation. The styling is really good I cannot wait to buy one. I hope the other bike makers come up with competitive models. Full fairing good weather protection freeway capable high mpg bikes.
stratfan -nt700v  November 27, 2009 10:13 AM
Looks like a decent bike to me. as far as price,probably can buy one for a fair amount under list,which with not having to buy extras like optional or aftermarket hard bags,which on most bikes stick out waaaay to far,shaft drive,centerstand(a pricey option on some models) and according to some an electric windshield not that bad price-wise.Looks comfortable to ride.Very practical and utilitarian,which is exactly what some riders (though not large numbers)are looking for.I'd say it does what it's designed to do very well and will consider buying one.
laser -Suzuki GSX650F  November 20, 2009 08:56 AM
Hey topakski I have a 2008 Suzuki GSX650F with less than 2000 miles
on the clock, a Sargent seat and Suzuki center stand installed
that I will sale for $6000.00.
Charles mcarthuer -How much longer????  November 18, 2009 04:01 PM
What is take so long to get a NT700V into my local shop? Why are the motorcycle rags, no doing some road test?
HUNTER -APPLES WITH APPLES...  November 16, 2009 09:14 PM
Zig - you certainly can't compare new with used. How much for a new Ninja 650 + all the touring essentials??? And unless your 2006 Ninja was different from ours (in Oz it was called an ER6-F) it didn't even get a fuel gauge! The NT comes ready to tour - just add a top box (boot) really. No chain and sprockets to clean, oil and replace, great instrumentation, good wind protection, centre stand, better range ... and unless I am mistaken (haven't reached that point yet on mine) DIY "screw and nut" valve adjustment. And certainly down under, retained values for the NT are amazing. Second hand examples are fairly rare and appear over-priced, until you consider the VALUE, not the out-right COST. Cost examples (all around 30000 miles) - 2004 NT650 (previous carburetted model) - approx $7500AUD - 2004 Suzuki SV650 - approx $7000AUD - 2001 Honda VFR800 (Interceptor) - approx $8000AUD - 2005 Suzuki GSX750F (Katana) - $6500AUD I paid $9000AUD for my 2006 NT with 3000 miles. RRP new is around $15000AUD. Currently on sale and can be ridden away for $13000AUD. Considering our dollar vs yours at the moment, you guys are getting a great deal at $10000USD. That should make them around $11000AUD here! No argument, there are plenty of sportier, faster, more powerful, better looking, better handling bikes out there that are cheaper - at least initially. Start paying for accessories, fuel, servicing, chains etc. and over time (and comfortable distance) the NT will reveal its true worth.
BCH -Let's compare apples to apples  November 16, 2009 04:59 PM
Let's consider one of the great values for the all-rounder (V-Strom 650) and compare it to the NT700V.
The V-Strom is $7500 for chain drive, no luggage and an upper fairing only. This is a super value but you need to add luggage, better windshield and mess around with the chain.
For an additional $2,500, the NT700V gives you shaft drive, integrated luggage and a nice fairing. I would say that this is worth $1,000 to $1,500. Take into account Honda reliability, quality and IMO - this brings the relative values into the same "ball park".
Zig -Won't last  November 16, 2009 03:04 PM
I've owned the '83 CX650C, Great bike, great motor. I bought that for $500.00 and sold it 4 years later for $1500.00 Had '88 k75 BMW which is probably as close to this new Honda, as a bike will get, bought that for $3200, rode it 2 YEARS 18,000 miles Later, sold it for $2700. With that $4200 bought a new 2006 Ninja 650R, with 1400 miles on it, (Gee, broken in too!). Dropped the driver pegs 1.5 inches, put on a touring windshield, some large Nelson-Rigg Soft saddlebags,fog lights and I Have a commuter/touring all arounder, that will beat pants of the Deauville, for $5800 less. Why buy when the dollar sucks. Does'nt make sense.
Twinstar -Finally in the US, but not Canada?  November 13, 2009 09:38 PM
I ride an '82 GL500I Silverwing Interstate, which is just about the perfect bike for me; I believe Honda got it right with the '83 GL650I, then promptly stopped making them! The PC800 a bit later was its successor, then the Deauville, which was never available in NA until now. It's great to see Honda bringing some of their European-market standards to North America. I've sat on them at European shows, and bemoaned the fact that most bikes available in US and Canada were either crotch-rockets or choppers, neither being suitable for a lot of travelling. I intend to get a Deauville when I move to Europe. No doubt the Deauville has better performance, but it probably doesn't beat the old Silverwing for comfort and practicality. Even the GL500I fully laden for touring and(1-up...) can handle trucks at 80mph on the Interstates, so the NT700V should do fine. Until now, there was nothing like the old GL500/650/PC800s available. You can dress up a soft enduro like the Versys , V-Strom, Varadero and F-800 but that's still not a purpose-built built-like-a-tank light tourer.
HUNTER -NT700V  November 12, 2009 04:51 AM
Hey all! The Deauville has graced the roads "down under" for a while now. Having lashed out and bought one recently, I can say that: - It looks much better with the screen lowered. Looks are subjective, it's growing on me, and it receives generous comments from a lot of people - none from speed freaks! - The economy is awesome. Cruising at 65-70mph it gets about 70mpg. That drops with luggage and hills, but is still impressive. - No surging. - More vibration than I expected, but either I am getting used to it or the bike is loosening up and running smoother. - Very comfortable. - One of the clearest and most comprehensive dash / instrument panels on offer. - Handles surprisingly well. - Heavy, but feels light once underway. - Oozes quality. No salt on roads here to cause corrosion. Chrome pipes do discolour though. - Panniers are part of the bike - they stay! Would make a tyre change more awkward. - Headlight is brilliant. - Have the dealer throw in 90 degree valve stems - access is tight. - It is a tourer - nothing sporty about it. My mate on a CBR1000F leaves me for dead at the lights (and on the straights but he aint riding at legal speeds) but I'm soon up his exhaust pipes in the twisties. It will never lift the front wheel, and it might not catch the babe, but it gets you from A to B (legally) almost as quickly as anything else, using less fuel and in greater comfort. It is more expensive than the competition, but in reality, it has no competition. It does what it was designed to do brilliantly. A few more horses would be nice, but then you add weight and use more fuel ... For fun, and to enjoy the road, I ride an old GSX750F (Katana) and thrash the pants off it. I ride the Honda to enjoy the ride!
LongRanger -NT700V and the almighty US dollar  November 11, 2009 09:44 PM
Great comments about the NT700. Personally, I like it, but I think the BMW F800ST might be a better value as a mid-range sport tourer considering it weighs about 100 lbs. less and makes more torque and horsepower. But 680cc's for $10,000? Yep, get used to it. The US dollar isn't what it used to be, so be prepared to pay higher prices on a lot of stuff we import. Too bad we can't find a way to make bikes like this in the U.S.

Dean Bennett -NT700V  November 7, 2009 07:51 PM
I have been a motorcyclist for 42 years. Have been a BMW rider since college. My present bikes are a 2000 R1100R and a 1984 R65,but alas in the past ten years everything BMW has built falls into these flawed designs: 1. Ungodly riding position. 2.Nose bleed saddle position. 3.Belt or even worse chain drive. Also your hard earned dollars gets you a dealer network few and far away. Also three thousand dollar in accesories just to get an already overprice bike tour ready. NT700V Honda. Shaft drive, civilized riding position,saddlebags, dealers in almost every large town, ABS brakes all for eleven grand. I'll own one by next monsoon season in Florida.
JeremyZ -For mature, intelligent riders  November 6, 2009 06:46 PM
So many guys are bashing it, and it hasn't even arrived. I've noticed that Honda is marketing it as a touring bike, and not a *sport* touring bike. What that means is that it is slower than the ST13. Here's the thing though. Many of us mature people are ready for a bike that is reliable, low-maintenance, comfortable, and quicker than most cars. Oh, and one that won't roast us in the summer. (which rules out the ST13, FJR, and Concours14) This is it guys. It has integrated hard luggage, shaft drive that only needs greased splines every rear tire change, ABS and LBS that will save your a$$ when a deer hops out in front of you, and the famous Honda reliability. Right now, I'm riding a Kawasaki KLR650 and a Suzuki Burgman 400. Thinking about trading them both in on a Deauville or DL650. I don't ride offroad and the KLR engine is a piece of shit design. (burns oil, breaks doohickey springs) The Burgman is reliable and handles well, but boooooring.
spokexx -missing link  November 5, 2009 06:05 AM
is this a test bed for the Transalp coming to America? Listen up Honda, youre missing out on the growing adventure class.
tjr28602 -high end  November 3, 2009 05:32 PM
I'm surprised at the amount of hating from Versys and Vstrom fans. Let's face it, the Versys and Vstrom are definately poor when it comes to fit and finish. As a matter of fact I was shocked at the cheaply painted plastic parts and overall low end look of the Versys. This on the otherhand will have a top notch finish without a chain drive. This is a ride with an accent on quality for those wishing to part with an extra $2500.
Poppasarus -GL650I vs NT700  November 1, 2009 01:43 PM
Like Tom T above, I too bought a new GL650I in '83 and put 85000 miles on the ODO. I "upgraded" (not) to a R1100RT BMW and then to a Honda ST1300. I still wish I had kept the Silverwing. Can't wait to try the NT700, just wish it had the longitudinal engine layout.
Ray -PC800 Replacement  October 18, 2009 08:31 AM
I purchased a low mileage Honda PC800 two years ago when the oil barons lost their minds and demanded their customers stay addicted to oil but eat the high prices. My 25 mile commute was fun on the Pacific Coast but it did have trouble with the weight (600 lbs.) to horsepower (less than 50). The trunk on the Pacific Coast and weather protection was the best features. It looks like the NT700V will be the perfect replacement. I am older than 50 so I do not need a crotch rocket and I am not a bad boy Harley wannabe. I guess we all mature with time.
Leslie -Too bad it is only a 700cc!  October 17, 2009 07:04 AM
I own a 2008 Honda CBF1000ABS...this new bike looks awesome but I think Honda should have just revamped the CBF into something like this and made the CBF into a touring bike. Also, they should sell all their models in both the US and Canada. In Canada you can buy a new CBF for a little over $12000 CDN. In line 4, 1000cc's and some fairing. Add panniers and a top box from Givi for about $1200 and you have a touring bike. As for this design...and I really like how the ST looks...I sure would love this in a larger engine bike. Honda always seems to reinvent the wheel too much by adding new models that have some of the things we want...but for a 700 cc bike...I really think their msrp is way off the mark....too too high!
rexbaum -NT700V  October 16, 2009 11:59 AM
I have owned 12 Honda (CB360T thru Goldwing) and four Harley Davidsons. I enjoy taking the bike whether it be around town knocking around and very much enjoy the long trips. This bike has caught my attention! When the dealers get them in, I will go and take one for a ride. Only after putting a few miles on one will any of us know if this is for us. In the mean time, I am glad that they are bringing it the the USA!
Tom T. -NT700V vs GL650I  October 10, 2009 06:06 PM
My 1983 GL650I has 248,000 miles on the engine. I'm the original owner. The valves were replaced once. The final drive twice. What a great bike. With the fairing "lowers" screwed on, the only wind felt is on the ankles and forehead. One of the reasons I think the engine has lasted so longer is that I bypassed the sensor that turned the cooling fan on. I placed an on/off switch on the fairing. This allowed me to keep the engine temperature low when idling at traffic signals - San Diego.

I've been in the market to replace my bike for 5 years. The NT700V might be it, however, the windshield looks low even at its highest point. I'll just have to ride it.

The GL650I is built so the rider can sit up straight and the foot pegs are directly under the knees. I hope the NT700V is close to this design.

I'm not sure why Honda waited so long to built a mid-size bike with a stock fairing and bags. Why not build the GL650I again but with fuel injection, zerk fitting to grease the suspension, a slighty lower seat, and a better generator connector.
mdjamilhak -beauty to the eye of beholder  October 10, 2009 02:57 AM
With regards of all the negative opinion, I have ridng NT650V (known as Deauville in europe)for almost 9 solid years! This bike was solid workhorse and weekend short touring. Maintenance as simple as it can be, normal DIY oil/plugs/filters change. Mechanic will definitely hate this bike cause the rider less frequent to visit them. Anyway, due to interest in 'adventure' bike I trade-in with V-strom 650 about a year. Somehow I still preferred previous bike and thinking to exchange it when NT700V landed in my country, Singapore. All the best!
RockvilleRich -NT700V  October 7, 2009 08:57 AM
Thank you Honda. This is the first new bike out in years that I'd even bother to test ride. If someone wants a large heavy touring bike for two up riding there are tons of options, so I'm really glad to see an actual touring bike that's downsized enough to be FUN to ride, and manageable in parking lots, gas stations, and campgrounds after riding most of the day. I'm sorry to agree with another comment...the NT700V will probably not sell well in the U.S., and would be discontinued. That, in my opinion, is only because U.S. riders are influenced more by hype than actual riding experience. Time will tell.
Randy -Love this bike  October 4, 2009 01:38 AM
Two weeks ago I sold my DL1000 V-Strom after putting 25k on it. Loved it but was looking for a change. Pulled out all the old cycle mags and was exploring what to get as I love buying gently used. Pounced on a 2003 FZ1 with 1800 miles for $4,500 and spent another $500 for top case and larger windshield. I love it, but the heat that comes off this 135hp engine will kill me next June (live in AZ and ride all year). I just spotted the NT700V being released and I know it will be part of my future. I've lusted after the European version for years. I went on my honeymoon in 1980 on a CB550 and later owned a CX500. Prior to those I owned a 1977 CB750F1 (google it) but thought it a tad large. It isn't going to be my only bike, but the NT700V has a space cleared in my garage. And no, don't tell me to look at the DL650, I never wished for less motor on my DL1000.
sproffitt -NT700V  October 1, 2009 02:22 PM
As an older bike rider in my late 50's the NT looks like what I have been hoping Honda would put on the market. I am the owner of two 1982 GL500I's, (bought one new in '83) one CX500 turbo, one V'star, one Vulcan Nomad 1500 and just for giggles and grins one 1972 honda CB100. I do know a little about how the bikes compare and run, the old silverwings are an excellant bike. My wife and I have rode 2 up many miles and weekend trips on the little wings. we are not large people, I am about 175 and she is 130 lbs. these bikes have 50 h.p. and get along fine locked and loaded. lets face it, most harleys and cruisers arn't pumping much past 60. The torque is there but speed is nothing to write home about. I think the NT at 65 h.p. is going to be good for most applications. It won't be for everyone but when the 1300 is two much and the goldwing is way overboard for everyday riding, the NT may fit the bill.
By the way, I can take one of the '82 silverwings, keep it on the power curve (redline is 9700), and embarass a lot of large V twins.
So yes, I will wait and see but if the New NT preforms 15 h.p. better than the little "Wings" it may be the right bike for me and a lot others that handling 850 plus lbs is just not in the cards. $9,999 for the reliability and peace of mind is not a high price to pay.
auger6890 -NT700V  September 30, 2009 06:03 PM
a baby ST1300,i will keep my wee-strom though.
topakski -NT700V vs. Suzuki GSX 650F  September 28, 2009 11:33 PM
I've been saving to for the 2008/2009 Suzuki 650F which is going to cost between $5K (2008) & $7,500 (2009). I chose this bike for it's comfortable touring ride and short ride comfort and best of all it's price. The NT700V looks good for me, but for $10K, I don't know. A little bit more money, and I can get the BMW F800ST w/c is also one of my choices.
I'll stick with saving up for the Suzuki for now.
Allen -I wish they would just make it naked.  September 28, 2009 09:39 AM
I wish they would just make a naked standard mid-size, and let the buyer decide if they want bags/fairings. Not everyone wants a uncomfortable crotch rocket, sluggish cruiser, or a two wheeled lazy boy tourer, which is all you can buy from Honda.
Bigpat -Bring back the NIghthawk  September 28, 2009 07:49 AM
This is a waste of time and money. Underpowered,overweight,overpriced, a no win bike for sure. I love my 1992 CB750 Nighthawk--Idiotproof,rock solid dependable,simple maintennance and would destroy this bike in a heartbeat.Not the ideal touring bike, but classic Honda fun and value at its best. How about a new CB???
RJ -NT700V  September 22, 2009 01:46 PM
I kind of dig the styling and the concept just not certain I'd drop the coin on this bike. At 6'2" the pegs on the ST even feel a bit close so I couldn't imagine throwing a leg over this bike. I also understand the old timers 'less is more' philosophy and see it in the many comparisons in the comments below where they can seem to accept the lesser CC's comparing to models from days gone past, however, as a rider in this decade I also feel if you cannot outpace modern highway traffic you are road kill or an accident waiting to happen. Blame it on getting used to the modern 'oversized' motorcycles or supercharged automotive boom but to consider a v-twin under 1K cc's I feel is life threatening but perhaps that is only regional to my state. A Lexus or Accord would run you down to get the kid to her dance lessons or pick up groceries and all you'd get is a pathetic apology, "sorry I ran your ass over and your kid no longer has a parent." Now if it was pushing a 4 cylinder power plant that would be another story but also not as cost efficient for maintenance costs so I get the reasoning behind it. Also as others have stated either more options like cruise control, heated seats and grips, or reduce the cost. This is another bike for smaller riders or newbies and the cost alone prohibits us bigger folks from considering it as a second bike for cost efficient commuting. Honda won't win me over on this one...
919Rider -NT700V  September 21, 2009 07:21 AM
CBJ7748 gets it right. The exact bike I want at a price I won't pay. I spent 12 months trying to find a light-weight touring bike (in the mode of the old (1983) Honda Silverwing) finally gave up. Now Honda brings the bike I want to the states at $2000 too much. I guess I'll just continue to ride my 919 and wait until these hit the used market.

Looks like the exchange rate with Europe bites US again.
jeremy -Honda just cant please anyone  September 21, 2009 06:09 AM
Holy crap! Honda cant do anything to please you guys. It's not the kind of bike I'm in the market for but I can plainly see the utility, practicality, ease of usability (low maintenance) aspect of this. It looks like dare I say a Honda CRV kinda bike. In markets where motorcycles tend to be practical everyday means of transportation (which as time goes by and most of the comments here express) the U.S market repeatedly displays that it is not the place for manufacturers to enlighten and experiment with, yet we'll constantly b!tch and gripe that we dont get enough choices here. And what's all the screaming for a V-4? Here's the fact, a V-4 is coming but listen out for the belly aching to follow (why not larger displacement to compete with "fill in the blank", and "where is my replacement for my beloved blackbird"). Have you considered the maintenance costs of a v-4 compared to a parallel twin for example? Belly ache long enough and maybe Honda will wise up and simply supply updated versions of the basic models we have here... Comments like these are why we will likely not see great bikes like the CB-1000r on these shores anytime soon.
cbj7748 -NT700V  September 20, 2009 10:01 AM
Once again Honda comes out with a great bike, but due to pricing, it won't sell. Like the 599, it will only be available for a couple of years. After that, Honda will pull it from the American market due to poor sales. This will influence Honda's marketing strategy to "midsize bikes don't sell". However, the truth is OVERPIRCED midsized bikes don't sell. C'mon Honda, check out your competition. They are offering mid-sized bikes that the public are buying - and doing it for thousands less.
Eric -nahhh  September 18, 2009 04:27 AM
Well I suppose it does not have to be pretty, since all it has to beat is the V-Strom and those butt ugly BMW's.
love at first sight -NT700V  September 14, 2009 06:40 PM
I have been looking for a smaller sized ST1300 for three years. I guess it is now time to for me to take the class, buy a helmet, get my motorcycle endorsement, and make a dream a reality. Thank you Honda for building my first mootorcycle. Someday, I will sell it and buy a ST1300.
Jon Jon -Grow some balls Honda of America  September 14, 2009 05:41 PM
And fire the current staff at American Honda. I work at a dealer and talk with the reps and can't believe how many from Honda do NOT ride a motorcycle so they have no clue of what American riders want. Stop making excuses about the economy and marketing. People bought out the Vmax. Ducati is selling well. BMW is selling all their GS and have now a waiting list for 2010 models. Hire some people who actually ride a motorcycle. All the other reps from manufacturers show up on their products. Honda reps show up in a rental car and don't even have a clue of license regulation of the state.
Bp -Very interested  September 13, 2009 02:58 PM
I like this bike! A Goldwing and even an ST are just too big for my frame. This bike will fit me fine - I'll only have to add the trunk and heated grips and I'll be good to go. As for the price, I can live with $9999. From what I've read, it's a reliable, user friendly bike with overall low cost of ownership. The only question I have - are the valves self-adjusting?
Hard Spot -NT700V  September 12, 2009 12:31 PM
I have been looking for a replacement for my GL500I (1982) for a long time. They finally made it. Nit picking, but I could use elec. cruise.
Matt -Nothing wrong with this bike!  September 11, 2009 06:43 PM
This bike has it all from what I can see. Looks like a great all around street bike for city riding as well as touring. How is 65hp not enough? Should cruise all day long without a problem. I imagine the weight difference between this and the v-strom has a lot to do with the shaft drive system. Shaft drive is far better then screwin with a chain, I'd rather be riding. The bags being so integrated makes removing them unnecessary. I see nothing wrong with the looks, must be a small dingy that makes people dislike it. Maybe the spend too much time speeding with their 1300cc's to remember there are actual speed limits on most roads. The guy talking praises about a PC800... yeah a whole 45hp for a 585lb bike! How is that better then 65hp and 566lbs. I would really like to try this nt700v out for sure.
Matt -NV  September 11, 2009 02:23 PM
I'm disappointed in Honda. This is a fine motorcycle no doubt. But, I had my fingers crossed for a bigger sport tourer, not fatter and slower. I know touring isn't about speed, but power is nice to have when you have someone sitting behind you. Too bad Honda didn't bring out the new VFR/ST like I heard they were supposed to. But, the economny being what it is, I'm not surprised they took an already existing model from Europe and got it legal for the U.S. Though, I can see the appeal of this bike for someone who doesn't ride two up that often.

Maybe Suzuki will step up and get a 1300ST Haybusa to compete with the Kawasaki ZX14 Concourse?
Deauville Rider - Chris -I OWN IT ~ I LOVE IT!  September 10, 2009 01:17 PM
I am with the Navy in Italy and I ride a 2002 NT650V ~ the exact same bike with a slightly smaller powerplant. The bike is rock-solid, easy to drive, low maintenance, and easily cruises at 80+ on the Autostrada. It brings a smile to my face as I commute it on it every day, rain or shine. I was wishing I could bring it back with me to America and now I won't have to!
rbomb -new honda  September 10, 2009 09:23 AM
I like it, it seems a bit overpriced though. I hope Honda brings more european models to U.S. I think there is a huge market for smaller and mid sized bikes in U.S.
Chris -A letdown  September 9, 2009 04:41 PM
I think smaller/cheaper sport touring bikes are a great idea, just not this one, primarily because this bike is neither small (570 lbs) nor cheap ($10,000). My first bike was an sv650, which I loved, and while that bike has the same amount of power as this Honda, it weighs about 175 pounds less. I can't imagine riding this Honda 2-up, with luggage, up a hill with all of about 65 horsepower. So this is why I'll probably buy the Suzuki Bandit 1250s with luggage and still save money.
Sumanster -Good Effort  September 9, 2009 02:27 PM
I like the styling and was kind of interested when I first saw the teaser in MC-USA's newsletter, but this bike seems about 100 lbs. overweight. My '86 Intruder 700 has shaft drive and an aftermarket flyscreen and hardbags (great for the many long trips I take on it), but only weighs about 450 lbs. with a GVWR of about 950 lbs., meaning it can carry 500 lbs. of rider/passenger/cargo. Riding solo, it's fairly agile and flickable (for a cruiser), which are traits that I suspect might not be as applicable to the NT700V. I am curious to see full tests and reviews of it though.
midnitelamp -nv700  September 8, 2009 10:42 PM
speaking of DN-01s has anybody ridden one?

my dealer says it stand for DoNot-Order1
Vern -NT700V  September 8, 2009 06:35 PM
So Thats what Happens when a PC800 Rearends A TransAlp.
Yep the Versys is 10X better looking. Honda makes bikes that are too Girlie,,,, I really like MY ST1300, only for how well it works not because of its Curb appeal.

LAter Vern

WestSide -5 speed?  September 8, 2009 05:34 PM
What's with the 5 speed gearbox?
PdxRider -Nice Bike Honda  September 8, 2009 05:32 PM
The bike looks good and should sell reasonably well. The posers won't buy it but everyday riders will give it serious consideration. If in fact the price is 10K that is a bit stiff-more units would be sold if the bike is priced closer to 8K or 8.5K w/ABS. Other than the alleged price-nice job Honda.
milwakee mike -NT700V  September 8, 2009 08:54 AM
Let's get this straight; the DN-01, the Furby, and now the NT700V.
It sure seems that honda is trying very hard to get out of the motorcycle bussiness.
ShiSU -NT700V  September 8, 2009 07:43 AM
Interesting to see them get into the standard/smaller ST class. I doubt it has the fun factor of the Versys, though. 10,000 miles on mine and no complaints: it keeps up easily with much bigger bikes on the highway, handles turns beautifully, passes a lot of gas stations, and that funky headlight lights up the road like a car. I don't get "ugly" vs "sexy" in bikes, though, especially in sport bikes and standards. Handsome is as handsome does, IMO, so to me the Versys is beautiful, while Honda has yet to prove the look of this bike. Not sure I care for the shaft drive, adds weight but not much else, and I don't get why Honda always seems to have one gear less than everybody else.
Instructorpilot -NT700  September 8, 2009 06:37 AM
Honda already makes a real touring bike, it's called a Gold Wing. I have owned all of the "Sport touring" bikes and they are good in their own right. This bike will have a following. That is who the marketing is directed at. Those of you that don't like it, well that's fine. Obvioulsy the marketing is not directed at you. But remember, even two up it will still out perform most cars and get better fuel milage. I like the way it looks and I intend on buying one when they are available. Just try to maintain am an open mind. Young engineers, new ideas, etc
STRider -Nt700v  September 7, 2009 08:51 AM
Overweight and underpowered. Consider the BMW F800ST. It is a true sport touring bike and much better looking. A loaded ST can be bought used fully loaded for $9,000 to $10,000 and with low miles. The V-Storm 750 or 1000 would also be a much better choice. I think this bike is way overpriced when you consider the competition.
themountain -fuuugly  September 7, 2009 08:16 AM
OOOH BOY...I miss my old Africa Twin!!
BloodSmear -Time for sanity  September 7, 2009 07:08 AM
Not much for the styling, but it's very functional looking, and I've owned a 1982 GL500, a Yamaha 550 Vision and DL650 V-Strom along with my wilder bikes, so I'm used to odd looking bikes. However, for 2-up riding I think a 750+ size motor is essential for long rides unless both riders are lighter. My V-Strom 650 has the best small motor I've used, but 2-up it's strained, while 1-up, it's a brilliant. Though I prefer more sport in my sport-tourer, it's great to see full-fledged touring bikes getting smaller, rational engines -- good balance of performance and handling, weight and fuel-mileage. BMW's F800ST is much sexier (it's really a sport-tourer), but at 14k with all the options, Honda may come in well under that. I know Aprilia's also coming out with a sport-touring derivative of it's 750 Shiver, so competition is heating up if you included larger displacement SprintSTs, VFRs, FZ1s, even Bandit 1250s'. Now if Suzuki would just make an SV-750ST or SV-800ST sport-tourer with good ergos, because the V-Strom is feeling old and is too tall for most.
wingridermg -deauville  September 7, 2009 06:00 AM
Finally,something to compare my GL650 to.
cbj7748 -Honda NT700V  September 6, 2009 09:00 PM
This would be my perfect bike if it wasn't overpriced by about $2500. You can get a V-Strom 1000 or a Bandit 1250S for less. C'mon Honda, 680cc's for $10000 is crazy.
TJB -NT700V  September 6, 2009 03:29 PM
I'm interested in this motorcycle. I'm 47 years old, got my first mc for Christmas in 1972, a honda CT70. I want something lighter, more economical, and more practical for every day use than a Goldwing. I owned a 1988 Goldwing and loved it for long trips but found I didn't ride it often due to bulk for every day use. But I want to be able to take that occaisional long multi day trip through country that the Goldwing excells at. I tried a V-Strom 650 and it was nice but thought I gave up a little to much in the long haul comfort and convenience areas.

I've been looking for a comfortable mc that is great around town, can hop over a curb if necessary, has good storage capacity and wind protection, and will cruise smoothely two up at 78 mph all day long. I also want low maintenance features like shaft drive, self adjusting or long intervals between adjustments on valves.

And the motorcycle needs to get around 60 miles per gallon. Economy is what brought many of us to motorcycling back in the 1970's and the fun factor kept us there. I'm willing to give up super acceleration and top speed. Acceleration times from 0 to 60 in eight seconds and top speeds around 100 mph are more than enough for me.

I don't know that the NT700V is what I'm looking for but I've been eyeing the Deauville on the internet in Europe for a few years and would like to check it out. I'm keeping hope alive for that one motorcyle that will do everything.
normalc -nt700vf  September 6, 2009 08:38 AM
Add a 700cc or 800cc v-four, drop 50 pounds, keep the shaft drive and you'll have the perfect replacement for my '96 Magna
larrylarry75 -No Guts, No Glory from the Land of Little People  September 6, 2009 08:16 AM
As one of those guys who's interested in a smaller shaft drive touring bike I'd hoped this puppy might be the one. Not! What we don't need is another bloated underpowered commuter; that's why they make scooters isn't it? C'mon manufacturers, wake up to the untapped market for small touring bikes.
vfrfan -bike eval  September 6, 2009 03:23 AM
you are better off buying a used 800 series VFR. lighter weight, more power, better gas mileage, takes givi bags, handles better.
Switchback -Overweight Transalp?  September 5, 2009 08:34 PM
Looks like a Transalp with extra bodywork and luggage. Keep this one Honda and give us the real thing.
Dave -NT700V / NT700VA ABS  September 5, 2009 08:29 PM
I think its a nice looking bike! I been waiting for Honda to produce a bike like this. I ride a 98 ST1100. I hope to see this bike at the dealer. I will consider buying one. The PC800 was a very functional and well liked bike. I wish they would bring more bikes like this back to market at a price people can aford.
zipizap -nt700v  September 5, 2009 04:10 PM
I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder... this bike looks great to me from any angle (especially in red.) As for the power, well, I think we've become so fascinated by power bikes, we've forgotten that for much of the world the motorcylce is practical everyday transport. I especially like the sleek integrated panniers, as I am a photographer and would love to be able to lock a good tripod and my gear out of sight, and out of the weather. I'm eager to try one of the 2010 models.
DbqFan -NT700V  September 5, 2009 12:42 PM
Not very good looking and very under powered and whats with the 1 year warranty? Too heavy for a 700cc bike. And as usual, the japs claim it is a touring bike but where are the standard items one would want on a touring motorcycle such as cruise control, heated seat, decent windscreen etc. Maybe Honda will redo the ST1300 into a real "Touring Motorcycle".
PeeCeeRyder -Doughville  September 5, 2009 10:12 AM
Rode one and it totally stinkkkks, so heavy most folks will drop it a few times. Lock was hard to get key in and turn, bag on my rental fell open. It's like an underpowered Pacific Coast which is around on the used market for 1/3 the price but twice the bike. If your in the marked for a VT700 then check out the PC800. A much much better bike that I see selling for around 3500. I have a PC and love it and it's going strong for over 20 years with zero issues or maintains needed. The Deauville IMHO su (c) K S , hope that got around censor programs save your money. If you want a new ride I guess the 750 Shadow is a choice if you wanna stay Honda. I say another amen to the 1200 VFR with shaft drive, yeah buddy, bring that to the showroom floor and I'm there.
Been there - done that -All good cruising  September 5, 2009 07:58 AM
I have had the pleasure to ride this bike and it is amazing to say the least. The tires it come factory fitted are not as good as some,biggest problem is you really have to push the bike into the corners,but put a nice set of tires on and this bike is perfect. And cornering is so very comfortable with zero effort, weight and balance is great. Fuel economy is also a nice surprise. If you are a larger person and two up I recommend you think about the ST1300
V-Strom rider -NT700V  September 5, 2009 07:16 AM
It looks like a great bike for its intended buyer.Shaft drive, good mileage and range, low maintenance, hard bags and even ABS if desired. If the 650 V-Strom didn't exist, I would strongly consider it. I wish I had shaft drive! Good job American Honda. Now please bring us the classically styled CB1100F and all is forgotten! (http://www.cexut.com/2009-honda-cb1100f)
Harry -NT700V  September 5, 2009 04:50 AM
Great looking but seriously heavy and underpowered. My Trumpy weighs less than that and has a more powerful motor.
gh -Non-alcoholic  September 4, 2009 09:59 PM
It has the right gear for sport touring, but it doesn't have a "kick" to it. It has about half the horsepower of the Honda 1300 and three quarters of the weight, not a good combination for two-up riding. European testers have commented on the lack of power. A mid-sized sport touring bike is the right concept, now I wish Honda would right size the horsepower.
Frank -GL500I  September 4, 2009 08:58 PM
I love my 27 year old Silverwing Interstate but it is time for something new. This may be it for me. If this thing holds up as well as the GL500I , I'll be in my 80's be for it wears out! Me or the bike or both.
PC Rider -Bring It On!!!  September 4, 2009 05:51 PM
I have had the experience of living in Europe for 6 years and the first thing I noticed (being a cyclist) was the difference in motorcycle riding. You don’t see the helmet-less boulevard cruiser, the bar parked chopper, or shirtless surfer dude sitting on his Hyabusa telling the chicks his bike can pull 200mph. What you do see are folks who “ride”. I have seen guys who have the older generation Honda Deauville who are approaching 300k miles with minimal maintenance (now THAT is a Honda)!
DJW -About Time!  September 4, 2009 05:25 PM
If this thing hits the American market (which I doubt), I would buy one tomorrow! Finally… a sensible and practical mid-size motorcycle for those of us who own a bike for transportation instead of a statement.
nw -zzzzzzzzz  September 4, 2009 05:09 PM
Welcome to 1989 Honda.
CX Turbo Rider -Finally, a light weight shaft driven V-twin.  September 4, 2009 04:52 PM
As a CX series owner/rider, I generally prefer my shaft driven V-twins to be longitudinally mounted, but this bike is the right size, weight, and power to weight ratio to be a modern contender to a classic Honda series. It has nice lines, the curb weight is about the same as a 1983 GL650I Silverwing, but has modern suspension, tire sizes, and admittedly, this engine design gets the stator out of the oil bath, so its reliability should effortlessly be in the 100k mile range. It's about damned time.
chawar -nt700v  September 4, 2009 03:09 PM
Come on Honda! Were is the 1200cc VFR. We don't need this under powered european junk.
wllrjstn -correction  September 4, 2009 02:32 PM
IS UGLY not us ugly. That thing IS ugly.
wllrjstn -ugly  September 4, 2009 02:30 PM
Man, that thing us just UGLY. I don't suppose Honda will be selling many of those things. A Versys looks down right sexy next to that Honda.
clb3 -NT700V  September 4, 2009 01:49 PM
Finally! America gets the Deauville!
Superlight -NV  September 4, 2009 12:28 PM
Boy, it looks like those saddlebags really are integrated, to the point where the bike would look like it had something missing without them. A great idea to take the integration to the next step by interconnecting them for larger items.