Honda Deauville NTV700

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Honda Deauville NTV700

While not a brand new model, the 2010 Deauville still manages to hide its age and look remarkably fresh.  Indeed I was quite surprised to learn that this version of the Honda was originally launched back in 2006.  Initial impressions are good, the lines of the bodywork are strong and as per usual from Honda the bike looks well designed and assembled.

The previous model was a 647cc V-Twin. This one is the same configuration but the capacity is increased to 680cc and is badged as a 700. Its new engine also has an all new four valve head which allows the motor to breath easier.

 A new fuel injection system creates a smoother throttle response and less emissions.  All this works well in increasing the engines performance, while there is an increase in horse power, the more interesting fact is that the torque figure has increased by 15% making the bike more usable.

The Deauville has a long and fine heritage.  The NTV and Bros bikes of the eighties and nineties were its predecessors and many of them can still be seen in reasonably good condition on Irish roads today.  Having such a fine family tree can’t be a bad thing.

The Deauville is often maligned for being underpowered and uninteresting.  While it is true that its never going to be a sports bike it has to be commended for its practicality and usability.  I recently met a motorcyclist who has a five year old 650cc version with 150,000 miles on the clock and its still going strong.

 How many Gixxer 1000 owners, I wonder, can say the same?

Because of it’s power to weight ratio the Deauville remains learner legal, regardless of how the ratio is measured.  It has an unintimidating low seat height, easy to read clocks and thanks to its engine configuration, a low centre of gravity.  All this makes it a good beginner bike, but also makes it easy to use as a city bike.

 Because the bike is hides its weight the main stand is easy to lift the bike onto and take down, it also makes loading the bike with a weeks shopping a lot easier.

The Deauville comes with a combined braking system and the bike on test was fitted with ABS. The screen is unobtrusive and all the switch gear is where it is supposed to be. The Panniers have got bigger since the 650 and open with a neat little button which is cleverly hidden in the bodywork.

Its also got a glove box built into the fairing, ideal for keeping bits and pieces that are awkward to remove from bike gear jackets, just don’t leave valuables in them when the bike is unattended.

If you need to double park in the middle of rush hour traffic as you nip into Spar for a pint of milk, you can excuse yourself by using the ‘ever on’ hazard lights.  You can switch them on and leave them flashing with the bike fully locked.  Other road users will, of course, be more than understanding.

 Especially the ones in Dublin.

Speaking of Dublin the Deauville is fitted with the latest generation of Hondas’ Ignition security System, a clever device that means the bike cannot be started without the key.  If the keys are lost they cannot be replaced without proving ownership of the bike.

The options list is huge. Fog lights, bigger pannier lids, colour matched topboxes, liners for the luggage, tank bags and even a speaker kit and a compact digital amp so that you can listen to Rage Against the Machine as you commute to work.

The list goes on. There is GPS system, hand guards, heated grips, fairing protectors where the riders knees touch the bike, a lower fairing and a mudguard extension to protect from inclement weather.

Honda Deauville 700

There is also an electrical socket so you can keep your iPhone charged.  There is after all nothing as bad as the battery dying in the middle of ACDCs’ Highway to Hell. There you are splitting traffic on a rainy M50 morning, master of all you survey when suddenly you loose your sound track. That kind of thing can ruin an otherwise pleasant trip to the office.

 But with a Deauville that never needs to happen.

There is also an alarm and a bike cover all of which are available from your friendly Honda dealer.  There is even a branded Honda lock which fits perfectly under the seat.

The Deauville is currently used by the Garda Traffic Corps who use it for everything from basic training to operational duties. The Irish Army use it in the Calvary regiment to escort our presidents motorcade.  They are also used by paramedics in the HSE and the Automobile Association use them as part of their fleet of rescue vehicles.

Often cited as reasons for its popularity are its maintenance free shaft drive and low centre of gravity combined with its workhorse like ability to carry heavy loads.

Other options in the marked would include the Suzuki SV 650, Hondas own TransAlp which is a similar bike, but with off road capabilities as well as BMWs F650GS.  Also worth considering is the Kawasaki ER6.  Whatever you do don’t buy a scooter.

 Scooters are wrong and you know that they are.

The bike on test is a Deauville 700 and is available fro Honda Ireland in Dublins Ballymount from €10,399.  Thanks to Paul and all the team at Honda for the use of their demo.

Last modified on Wednesday, 11 April 2012 17:29

Honda Deauville 700
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