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I have now owned my 650 Deuville for just over 4 years.The bike a W reg parallel import had only 5000ks 3200 miles on the clock and cost less than £2000.Brilliantly reliable, economical, sure footed but slightly under powered two up, our combined weight is 21 stone. I would not advise two heavyweights to buy if they want rapid acceleration.Removing the plastic for servicing is a pain but once you reach the valves they are easy to adjust.I have now done 25000 miles and they have needed adjustment only once. Tyres last 6000 miles rear 7000 front I normally use Conti Force.I have found the Honda touring screen to be a very worthwhile purchase along with a fenda extenda.The deauville is a great bike for the smaller roads of the shires but slightly under powered for fun on motorways.
I traded in a 2000 Triumph Sprint ST for a low mileage 2001 Honda NT650V Deauville which I chose in preference to the 2002 model as I didnt want the linked brakes of the newer bike. Ive added a MRA Vario Touring screen, wind deflectors and heated grips (for winter riding), a fenda extenda to the front mudguard, a 42 litre Kappa topbox for added capacity and a power socket (to recharge my mobile). The result is an easy to ride motorcycle that keeps off the worst of the weather and does everything I need of a motorbike. Handling is predictable, improved by replacing the origin Michelin tyres (at 3,500 miles) with Avons Azaros that show little sign of wear after 6,000 miles. Servicing is every 4,000 miles so I alternate between doing the work myself and having it done professionally. Like many Deauville owners I get really annoyed with the bike press who slag the Deauville for being boring and dull. It gets me from A to B in comfort and safety and at a reasonable speed with consistent fuel economy around 55mpg. Insurance is cheap at just under £100 Fully Comp, it starts on the button the just gets on and does exactly what you ask it to do, solo or two up. Plus there are active owners websites in the UK (www.deauvilleuk.org) and in Europe where every aspect of ownership is covered. What more do you want?
After a lay-off of 25 years, I decided to get a comfortable reliable bike, and the Deauville seemed to fit the picture. It was a shock to realise the power and weight of bikes nowadays, but within a few miles it felt good to be on two wheels again. Within minutes I was no longer frightened of it!
The Deauville has all the controls in ergonomically designed positions, the feet naturally find the pegs, and the riding position is truly comfy.
On the wrong side of 60 I don't want to get knees down, and the bike has a presence that portrays how safe and reliable it is.
A recent BikeSafe course showed that I was the oldest one there, with the smallest bike, but the Police remarked on how useful the bike can be, being a mini-Pan Euro.
Cheap insurance, high MPG, and a range of nearly 200 miles, and feeling fresh at the end of the journey all add up to it being a good purchase, and I'm told there are waiting lists at some dealers for used models.
It is heavy compared to older classic bikes, but it is solid. When I upgrade, it will be to the new model.
Problems...a flip-up screen gives better protection, the seat is quite high..I'm 5'8"..and carrying capacity could be better in the panniers.(Solved with the new model)
In a word...FUN.
First let me say I use my bike all year round for commuting and just for fun. I upgraded from a GPZ500s to the NT650 for two reasons. I wanted a shaft drive as I hated the messing with the chain and the mess, a chain and oil makes of the back wheel. I wanted less top end as I lose my self control when I'm in a hurry. The bike scores well for both of these. It is comfortable and has a solid feel. It has less speed than many would want but then again thats one of the reasons for buying it. Biking is not always about 100mph+ everywhere. I sometimes wish for greater acceleration but not having it means not taking the risks I used to. It will happily sit at 90mph on motorways which means it keeps up with the flow of traffic. Also looking like a Police bike many drivers move over to let you by, particularly if you have a white helmet and florecent jacket. Gears are a bit clunky but only having 5 you soon get into top and don't need to change too often, exept if you need a bit of acceleration. Very economical to run 50ish mpg average. Good riding position, though I might get a taller screen. Good built in storage. Easy to clean and keep clean. Handles well and brakes well. Recomended if you want to do lots of miles in comfort at reasonable speeds and want to carry things without a rucksack on your back.
I bought my Deauville new in july 2002. As I was under 21 when I passed my test the bike had to be restricted to 33BHP. I was worried that the bike would be effectively useless with such little power on a heavy bike that is critisized for being under powered anayway. I was pleasantly surprised. That summer I toured France two up with an excessive amount of baggage. The bike has a useful amount of baggage space with the larger panniers and top box. We had room for all our camping kit and clothes for two weeks. Even with only 33BHP we were able to cruise at 90mph, it just wasn't particularly responsive at these higher speeds. We covered 4000 miles in two weeks with a puncture being our only problem. The bike was very comfortable for rider and pillion. The bike is used to regularly commute between London and Oxford (135 miles a day). It is able to easily filter through traffic and feels well balanced. You really don't notice the bikes weight until doing very slow manouvers. The bike is well suited to motorway journeys. The touring screen is highly recommended, altongh I had done 14,000 comfortable miles without one. Honda servicing has proved rather expensive, but that may just be due to the high milage I do. Tyres lasted me 12,000 miles, which is reasonable. No problems with the bike, but look forward to having it de-restricted. I would reccomend this bike to anyone looking for a reliable, comfortable commuting/touring bike.
My pals wanted to have a whip round for a beige cardigan and slippers for me when they heard of my purchase. The last laugh is on them when we have ridden 300 miles and they are complaining of aching limbs and white fingers. I am as fresh as a daisy and begging to carry on. Ok it is no track bike, but it makes up for any shortfalls by its delightful handling (Im sure my 10 yr old son could ride it) and its total reliability. It can sit on a motorway at 90 miles an hour and comfortably eat up the miles. It will even accelerate well past this speed if you fancied gambling your license. I do occassionally have the urge to have a change... but then again ... I am quite happy with the thought of a new pair of slippers at Christmas to match my cardigan.
I've been commuting with the Deauville for an year now, plus a few days out around Britain. Never had a problem, always a smooth run, even 2 up + baggage. If you are a hi-performance freak, you are in the wrong place. This bike is made for reliability, comfort and easy going. So, if the engine is not a rocket, you've got very good brakes and aerodinamic protection, assuring pleasant mid-range journeys. The built-in storage space is great for the day to day use.