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Ny NT 700 Review

When I got back into riding, I knew I wasn’t a part of the young testostrone crotch rocket crowd. I was always interested in the sport tourer but the ST 1300 was too big, so I went with a cruiser look and bought my 750 Aero. I really loved this bike but when Honda announced that they were bringing a top European seller, the NT 700 to the American market this year, I noticed.

I knew it was my bike when I sat on it at the NYC Show and discovered a long line of aging professorial types waiting their turn after me. I guess Honda knows it’s market audience.

So here’s my report on my new NT700 compared to my old Shadow 750 Aero in order of the things that made the first and biggest impression.

1. Riding Position. I like the upright seating position with my feet directly below me. The seat is about six inches higher than the Shadow which makes me feel above it all. At 6 feet, I can still flat foot and feel secure at lights. With a higher bike, I like being able to lean over more in the curves.

I’ve gently scraped the toes of my boot but not scraped the pegs yet which I did all the time on the Shadow. On our recent trip we had no trouble doing 6 hour days easier than similar trips on the Shadow. My wife appreciates the wider passenger seat and doesn’t mind sitting at the same level as me.

I worried about this because some one on this forum said his wife liked the relative higher seating for the cruiser compared to sport tourer.

2. Wind protection. The adjustable windshield keeps the head buffeting to a minimum(the same was true with my 19Memphis Shield but I had to buy this extra). When I rode my Shadow at high speeds on the super slab, I’d feel the wind buffeting my chaps and would even at times feel like my feet were being be lifted off the pegs!

The fairings eliminates all of this. Very comfortable.

3. Handling or the Twisties: I already mentioned that the NT is higher off the ground and able to lean more. It has a shorter wheel base, rake, and trail and is easier to lean over than the Shadow. I absolutely loved our four or five hour drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway twisties with little traffic. It’s even more exciting solo, but Rene likes the bike so much that it’s hard to get away to ride solo!

She even wants to buy an intercom.

4. Power. Despite it’s slightly smaller engine- 700 v. 750, the NT is more powerful because of EFI and higher compression, but it’s not all that noticeable. I read a UK forum that talked about a top speed of about 110 mph(doubt that I will experience this personally).

Although I tend to ride on the fast side, I’m not a power guy. I prefer the mileage(NT gets slightly better gas mileage) In Europe where it’s a leading seller and is called the Deauville but detractors call it the Dullesville because of its heaviness(it weighs ten pounds more than the Shadow) and modest power plant. No problem here for me.

We had all the power we needed to ride safely on the Super Slab 2up but then again I was happy with the Shadow 2 up. I weigh about 175 and my wife weighs 150. So both bikes work for us two up for us.

5. Built in luggage and Givi Top case. The built in side hard luggage are small(11L each) but with an added 46L givi top case, we had plenty of space for a 2 up 8 day trip(we did do laundry once in route). For my commuting to work, I can just throw my back pack in the top case and off I go. Very easy. I had throw over saddle bags on the Shadow that I only used for trips.

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Having permanent luggage has been convenient. I also like the two small glove compartments right under the handlebars. I keep the EZ pass in one and sun glasses and other odds and ends in another.

Again convenient.

6. Maintenance. All I have done is change the oil filter and oil. With a center stand and greater height, it was easier to do than on the Shadow. The seat can be removed in a minute by pulling on a release lever in the left pannier. There’s someone in England who has posted picture guides for all the basic maintenance operations on this bike.

I believe that I will be able to do the same basic wrench work on this bike that I did on my Shadow. Removing the fairings will be a hassle but then again, getting the valve covers off the Shadow was a real pain as well.

7. Brakes. The dual disk front brakes really bring this thing to a stop much more quickly. I had been hoping to get an ABS model but they just are not available in any numbers yet.

The linked CBS system has convinced me that I don’t need ABS. When it’s wet and you hit the rear brake(single disk), it automatically engages two pistons in the front calipers which should be gentle enough to prevent the front wheel locking. I like this system.

8. Cost to operate. I get better mileage with the same 87 octane fuel. One bigger expense is insurance.

The word Sport in the title puts it in a different category and lifted my insurance from $218 to $400.

Summary- I’m loving this bike and feel that I’ve got the perfect bike for me-a gas sipping, practical tourer with some zip and spunk.

Honda NT 700 V
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