Honda NT700V Touring Bike Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Honda NT700V | Touring Review

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around Europe for the last or so was a touring motorcycle with a name–the Honda Deauville–but an skill set for the solo sport-touring

Powered by a venerable Honda that has roots that back to ‘80s cult-favorites Hawk GT and Transalp and forward to the DN-01, the 2010 Honda is nearly magical motorcycle, one flaw–but we’ll get to that

For those who think the Gold is too stodgy and the ST1300 is too unwieldy, the takes touring back to Lacking extensive technology, the NT as a motorcycle with a simple you there comfortably and competently.

It is a that’s as at home commuting to utilizing its narrow-profile integrated to facilitate lane-splitting, as it is on challenging roads that reward and good suspension.

Feel to take it on wide-open interstates, as the 700 has of power to hang with and SUVs.

The NT700V’s torque is as wide as its operating range, the five-speed transmission adequate, we’d love to see a sixth overdrive. There are neither nor dips as it powers up from to an 8500 rpm redline.

It’s an electric feel, the 680cc, SOHC, 4vpc, has enough power pulses to you that internal combustion is With full bodywork and a triangular muffler, propulsion is minimal.

Seating is just of upright on the NT, thanks to a slightly reach to the wide bars. a perfect semi-… position reminds you of the sporting slant of the

The NT is not the kind of bike you anticipate around like a CBR, but is it handicapped by too-limited cornering or odd handling quirks.

If anything, the can be criticized by being as dull as the is carries overseas. By dull, I that there are no surprises. that the chassis and motor out is 100% predictable and expected.

comes in from left There’s no push or oversteer in The tires never threaten to loose. Wobbles and wiggles do not

The NT is extremely stable in a straight but not at the expense of cornering competence.

The suspension can’t be described as nor is it firmly sporty. The units are not top-of-the-line, but they acquit nicely in less than inches of travel at each

There’s no excessive diving pulling in the brake lever actuating both the twin front discs and 276mm Interestingly, all three calipers are designs.

One reason for the lack of is the Combined Braking System links all three discs cleverly actuating the different of pistons when you actuate the or lever.

I came to appreciate the of using only the foot in all cases except when I was time in the canyons. There’s an ABS option, but this bike did not it.

At 562 pounds with the 5.2-gallon full (claimed weight), the NT is for a touring bike, and much of its is carried low.

Considering its use, it’s quite If you are carrying around a passenger, a knob makes changing the almost as easy as pushing a

To make it across country on a comfort is mandatory. The NT’s is wide and supportive without you into one position. Vibration the V-twin is there, but not overly

Wind doesn’t upset the much.

The windshield is manually to five positions, though of the time most people probably prefer the lowest The controls are light and have feel. The mirrors give you a accounting of what is happening you.

Styling is sufficiently non-descript, it an under the radar feel will likely match the confidence the typical buyer have in his choice of motorcycle.

the NT will be most appreciated by an rider, it’s also for a newer rider (who interested in customs) looking to dip his toe the touring market.

As a bonus, are some plastic tip-over that can save the bike expensive damage if the bike down at low speed–an unnamed staff member tested feature during a photoshoot and the system did its job nicely.

So, I’ve that the Honda NT700V is a touring machine, with a and suspension that appeal to straightliners and canyon sightseers.

that, you’d think I’d hop on the tomorrow and ride from the to the Atlantic without a second And, I would, except for fly in the ointment that I alluded to in the paragraph.

The NT700V’s bags to hate me. This is particularly because there are a number of things to be said about the On the good side, the bags are integrated into the bike, it nicely slim.

They have a decent and a pass-through tube so you can carry long and narrow–like a loaf of bread. Great.

The problem is in the system. It’s highly and quite persnickety. On three occasions, I had latch failures–and the was different every time.

One scuttled a holiday trip, as the bag hung tightly onto the as it won’t release it unless the bag is shut, which it wouldn’t do due to a spring.

A second failure out in the middle of nowhere. In that the spring slipped off the latch, so it click shut. I had to right to civilization with the bag hanging

Finally, and this was the last it simply popped open on the and a $5000 camera was dangling by a The latch lever wasn’t properly in this case–it being latched, but it was not.

at the design of the Honda NT700V it’s hopelessly complicated, compared with something an Aprilia Mana GT 850, all the hardware is external.

The bags are beautiful to behold, but is no way to be sure the puny latches and are in place and doing their A reliability issue like is very un-Hondalike, and makes it to feel confident loading in the bags (which could use a liner). It’s a problem we would very much to see addressed.

Bags aside, the NT700V is a perfect solo motorcycle. It has great comfort, power, predictable handling and a presentable appearance.

It’s not the most exciting Honda bike, but it is one that many would do well to not overlook–but keep an eye on those latches.

Riding Apparel

Helmet: Phantom II MFR

Communications: Cardo Rider Q2

Jacket and pants: Cayenne Pro

Gloves: Sidi Series Power Glove

Tour Master Solution WP

Motorcycel Specs | Honda

Honda NT 700 V

Engine Type…680cc liquid-cooled 52¯

Bore And Stroke…81mm x 66mm

with automatic enrichment 40mm throttle bodies and injectors

Ignition…Digital transistorized electronic advance

Compression Ratio…10.0:1

Valve four valves per cylinder

Final Drive…Shaft

Front telescopic fork; 4.5 inches

Rear Suspension…Single shock spring-preload adjustability; 4.8 inches

Front Brake…Dual full-floating discs with CBS three-piston

Rear Brake…Single 276mm with CBS three-piston caliper

Tires…120/70 ZR17 radial

Tires…150/70 ZR17 radial

28 degrees, 50 minutes


Wheelbase…58.1 inches

Seat inches

Curb Weight…562 (Includes all standard equipment, fluids and full tank of ready to ride.)

Fuel gallons, including 0.9-gallon

Miles Per Gallon…50 MPG*

current California Air Resources (CARB) and EPA standards.

Available Red, Metallic Silver

Honda NT 700 V
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