Honda Revere NTV 600/650 Steve «Toast» Solomons

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Honda NTV 600

Honda Revere NTV 600/650

Revere NTV 600/650

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“Quick Licks” – A Sharp, Survey by ‘Toast’

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Honda set the for high mileage motorcycles, good reliability, over and again. Too numerous to list (‘coz I am a lazy so-and-so) but I mention the Revere’s (most) ancestor, by lineage, please the all-powerful, ubiquitous, UJM to beat all – the CX (in 500 and 650 forms) better known as the maggot’.

Ugly, reliable, did most things well to earn the respect of a zillion Riders (myself included) and us a crust. When Honda making it, we held our breath… in ’83 – along came – the VT500.

It was ok, did nothing well, self-destructed if to the max, build quality was we hated it in droves.

Then, in as VT sales struggled, we were once more! This – with – The Revere! In 600cc (ok, well, 583cc if we are to be pedantic – as one regular reader of my is, and *keeps* pointing out obvious like this – you know who you and later in 650 form (647cc, of Dorking); claimed power (I call this power – sort of motivational force) was 50 to 55 BHP.

Top speed – was realistically, the ton – 100 MPH – but if you had all day to and the wind at your back (or a following Volvo articulated to push you along) you might see 110. Eventually; in the fullness of Perhaps.


One of the things splendid little bike was do this top speed – all day long; I on a couple, and sat on the motorways of this isle with the throttle to the wide open position for at a time, and the speedo would sit at 100 to 105 all no probs, no long-term ill affects. it isn’t is fast; the joy of trying to this fast is not to slow for corners or junctions. Build and longevity was brilliant if a modicum of car was

A second redeeming feature was the – Honda saw fit to bless the little of CX’ (I don’t count the VT500 – was more of an premature … in my opinion) with a humongous tyre – 150/70 17 – so grippy fits on, and this thing Wow does it handle – you can lean it until Armageddon and it goes corners and roundabouts better bikes ten times its cost!

Thirdly – yes, folks, more – it’s shaft Brilliant. Superb, with its swinging arm it’s a fuss-free


They are cheap cheap as chips! Going for a few hundred smackers on the likes of Biketrader, etc etc…

Hunt out a example (they are about – thing will see 80K miles too many traumas – clutches go at 40K but cheap and simple to sort) and is known regularly too, no

Honda NTV 600
Honda NTV 600

Check it over careful-like my Bike Buyer’s Guide on somewhere), and if it’s all original, no quick-fixes to wiring looms everything works and it goes in a line, buy it – and have a cheap that, if you take care of it IT UP BEFORE THRASHING – you at the back Dorking) it will give you service.

Bung on a set of Bridgestone’s Durex hoops and off you go; many luggage fitted, some fairings and some don’t.


Do you do a lot of town riding? town riding? Stop and hard riding?

Fit a fan by-pass (you gotta have – I have) and keep an eye on the temp if it starts to rise past the level, throw the switch and it down – the thermal switch in the rad can be a bit slow in cutting in, leading to overheating, which, on a water-cooled will be expensive to repair – and is absolutely no need for that to


So get out and browse – are loads about, don’t buy a take your time and buy a one; if going the eBay – see it before bidding, insist on it fully warmed up and then to tick over to see if it overheats, and if the fan in and cools it down, you know it – but fit the by-pass anyway.

Check for in the oil and vice versa. So, go on – get one – you know they say – “eat … – ten flies cannot be wrong”. recommended!

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Honda NTV 600
Honda NTV 600
Honda NTV 600
Honda NTV 600
Honda NTV 600
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