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Honda NT700V...what do you think?

2thdr
01-27-2010, 11:21 AM
I just came across this new to the U.S. model

2010 NT700V - Honda Powersports (http://powersports.honda.com/2010/nt700v.aspx)

What do you think? I really like it for an entry bike into touring. I was also thinking about trying to set up a Ninja 650R for touring like PSNinja's bike.

insolentminx
01-28-2010, 07:10 AM
It is a great bike. Smaller brother to the ST1300, it does everything it's supposed to do and very well.

Slow speed handling in traffic is supposed to be great, and evidently it can eat up the miles just as easilly on the back twisty roads as on the interstate.

They're a bit cramped for extended 2 up touring (as confirmed by my few friends who have them), but for a 1-up tourer it's supposed to be perfect.

According to my friend, the only mods he felt his needed was a top-box for increased storage, a slightly taller windscreen and hand deflectors for better wind/rain protection too.

The standard panniers are very deep and pretty much go the whole width of the bike, so although they look narrow, they're actually not.

rbentnail
01-28-2010, 08:39 AM
I've only read about it, it's gotten mostly good comments. I haven't seen one in person as I have religiously been avoiding the bike shops lately- I tend to spend way too much money in the winter when I'm not riding.

Deeppurple52
02-04-2010, 12:04 PM
Dealers have them here. Nice looking bike. It is a tall bike... taller than necessary anyway. The rear is molded one piece... i.e. the bags are an integral part of the bike, much like scooter construction. It looks nice though and we like it. We haven't ridden it yet so we will reserve opinion until we get some seat time. It has been a big hit in Europe for the past decade.

elr658
02-05-2010, 09:35 PM
Another underpowered over complicated Honda.

Ken
02-06-2010, 10:14 AM
Another bulletproof Honda so far as well...

RCW
02-06-2010, 06:31 PM
I tried one, and bought it after a half hour ride. Red, Non-ABS, trunk, heated grips, knee pads, inner trunk bag, trunk bracket, and lower trunk pad. Total was $8957, and they threw in a three year extended warranty.

The dealer also sells Kawasaki, and knew I was not happy with the latest from them. So, got a good deal.

I am getting 58 mpg with mixed riding, not bad.

Ken
02-07-2010, 06:37 AM
58 MPG? That's outstanding. Is that with regular grade fuel too? How about tire wear? Anything unusual? Sounds like maintenance cost on this one are really decent from what I've seen.

I rode an ST1300 for a few years. Nice bike. But kind of bland and bulky for what I needed and wanted at the time. This one seems like a better fit for the market. The ST1300 is really close to the Wing market - overlaps it in many ways - and frankly the C14 and the FJR are better bikes than the ST.

RCW
02-07-2010, 11:16 PM
Regular pump gas from Costco! I do add PRI-G to keep it from gumming up the injection system. No idea how the tires will last. Maybe by August I will know.

I am burned out on the ultra heavy touring bikes with short leg room, as I generally only ride maybe a couple hundred miles at a whack anymore and want to be comfortable and not bound up at the half way point.

The Harley V-Rod is OK, and really well balanced once you dump the half ton exhaust system and the fake scoops, but it needs an integrated fairing. But, they still tried to appeal to their traditional buyer crowd, when they should have broken with that sort of rider and taken the bike to a sophisticated market segment of its own with a true lightweight frame, six speed, performance wheels and tires, a decent fairing, and hard bags that do not look and perform like the leakers from the 1920's all over again.

The average V-twin large enough for cruising is too heavy for comfortable short sprints around the back roads or the hop to town.

Suzuki can make a good V-twin that really performs, but not one that sells at this price, or has a no worry drive shaft, and still gets good fuel economy. I actually toyed with buying the baby V-Strom, but really do not need another dual sport. Same for Ducati, and they do not make them to fit real people either. Plus, I really do not want to be spending hours adjusting my valves!

Who knows, maybe my preferences are not representative of the regular rider?

My 22 year old daughter tells me that I am "geezering out." Maybe so..but, so are a lot of other guys like me.

Ken
02-08-2010, 06:54 AM
My 22 year old daughter tells me that I am "geezering out." Maybe so..but, so are a lot of other guys like me.
I'm in the same boat. Maybe it's age. Maybe it's just becoming wise enough to choose function over form. :cool:

northernman
02-08-2010, 10:24 AM
I'm in the same boat. Maybe it's age. Maybe it's just becoming wise enough to choose function over form. :cool:

Making a wise choice, and a bike thats well made is not a bad thing, but a good thing.

bross
02-08-2010, 12:13 PM
I just came across this new to the U.S. model

2010 NT700V - Honda Powersports (http://powersports.honda.com/2010/nt700v.aspx)

What do you think? I really like it for an entry bike into touring. I was also thinking about trying to set up a Ninja 650R for touring like PSNinja's bike.
You mean like this...

http://grainbelt.smugmug.com/photos/642225778_cJqy2-L.jpg

not mine but a friends 650R.

Jodie didn't mind touring on her 650R, but I was along to carry most of her stuff. ;-)

http://faithcottage.smugmug.com/Travel/2006-Red-Lodge/HPIM2833/110801984_CWYQF-L.jpg

The Deuville has a cool "feature", you can load longer stuff that goes from bag to bag, through the bike. Maybe not something you'd use every day, but we have bought some weird stuff while on the bikes and it would have come in handy.
http://faithcottage.smugmug.com/Travel/2008-Trikes-Kootenay-Run/trikeskootenayrunmc2-027/325626105_vnshC-L.jpg

depends on what bike you're coming from, haven't ridden the NT700 but I would think a 650R would be peppier. The NT700 will never be fast and there's a reason it's nicknamed the Dullville. It's a 700cc twin carrying quite a bit of weight. Which isn't always a bad thing, where the 650R might be getting blown around by the wind the heavier NT700 would probably feel planted. If you're thinking of the NT700 you could also look at either V-Strom, the 650 or the 1000, both can be loaded up with hard bags and top cases, the 650 has ABS as an option. Too bad you guys still can't get the CBF, I sold my R1200RT and bought the CBF and haven't missed the RT at all. It goes from full touring to naked in 5 minutes!

http://faithcottage.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/CBF1000/cbf1000-003/529759310_RTsZD-L.jpg

http://faithcottage.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/2008-Last-Ride/LastRide-018/410762492_qpCcJ-L.jpg

good luck and if you get a ride on one let us know what it's like. :-)

NCDave
02-09-2010, 06:07 PM
I was never comfortable enough on my 650 as a touring bike. it was just a bit to cramped for a full sized guy and not enough protection. I did it, and had fun, but it wouldn't be my first choice. I think the Honda would make a good bike as long as you're not looking to race it. it's just more purpose-made for touring.

2thdr
02-11-2010, 10:55 AM
Well guys (and gals, PSNinja), I pulled the trigger and got what I've been lusting after...a sport touring kind of bike. I found a well cared for Honda VFR 800...she's a beauty with about 25k miles, 2004 model. Being delivered on Saturday! I'm stoked needless to say...

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Ken
02-11-2010, 12:14 PM
Very nice. Always loved the VFR in black or yellow. Looks great!

bross
02-11-2010, 12:18 PM
Congrats, very sharp bike! :-)

NCDave
02-11-2010, 12:19 PM
I used to have a VF750. you'll love the power, for sure!

Bubba68CS
02-11-2010, 12:54 PM
Congrats. I think you'll be REALLY happy with that bike. :biggrin:

2thdr
02-11-2010, 01:04 PM
Congrats. I think you'll be REALLY happy with that bike. :biggrin:

Thanks guys...I'm really excited to get on and learn how to handle her. Wish there was an inexpensive course available to teach a cruiser to graduate to a sporty bike. I guess all the same principles apply until taken to the next level with more aggressive cornering? I think she has Conti Road Attacks and I can still see the "Road Attack" embossed into the rear's tread, so they've got to be almost new.

Bubba68CS
02-11-2010, 01:17 PM
We covered a little bit of that transition in this thread:

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-streetbikes-sportbikes/123438-going-ninja-500r-cbr1000rr.html

As for the Road Attacks, those that have them swear by them. If the Pilot Road 2's get too expensive, I'll probably give the Conti's a try.

2thdr
02-11-2010, 02:11 PM
We covered a little bit of that transition in this thread:

https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-streetbikes-sportbikes/123438-going-ninja-500r-cbr1000rr.html

As for the Road Attacks, those that have them swear by them. If the Pilot Road 2's get too expensive, I'll probably give the Conti's a try.

Thanks...good thread for me too.

northernman
02-11-2010, 09:49 PM
Congrats.

insolentminx
02-12-2010, 06:33 AM
congrats!
that's a great looking Viffer.

you'll have a lot of fun with it.
it's not much different to riding a cruiser, you'll find the power delivery is much quicker and smoother. and your wrists might hurt a little. just use your thighs to grip the tank a little more.

countersteering is alot more fun too :D

bross
02-12-2010, 10:14 AM
congrats!
that's a great looking Viffer.

you'll have a lot of fun with it.
it's not much different to riding a cruiser, you'll find the power delivery is much quicker and smoother. and your wrists might hurt a little. just use your thighs to grip the tank a little more.

countersteering is alot more fun too :D
and you get to lean into corners now! :tongue:

insolentminx
02-12-2010, 10:35 AM
:lol:

2thdr
02-12-2010, 03:06 PM
Thanks guys! And thanks for the tips Steve. I've read some about using my legs more to hold the tank and take the pressure off the wrists. If my old man body is too uncomfortable I can always add heli bars. At first I thought it had some, but after looking at some other photos, I think I'm just looking at the OEM bars. I can't wait for it to get here tomorrow!

bross
02-12-2010, 04:20 PM
Thanks guys! And thanks for the tips Steve. I've read some about using my legs more to hold the tank and take the pressure off the wrists. If my old man body is too uncomfortable I can always add heli bars. At first I thought it had some, but after looking at some other photos, I think I'm just looking at the OEM bars. I can't wait for it to get here tomorrow!
Here's another good read, it continues onto page 2

Master Yoda's Riding Position (https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/kawasaki-cruisers/110457-sport-tourer.html#post1633832)

PSNinja
02-12-2010, 05:41 PM
Well guys (and gals, PSNinja), I pulled the trigger and got what I've been lusting after...a sport touring kind of bike. I found a well cared for Honda VFR 800...she's a beauty with about 25k miles, 2004 model. Being delivered on Saturday! I'm stoked needless to say...

34014

Excellent!!! Great choice! You should be stoked!!

(and gals, PSNinja), Thanks!!

PSNinja
02-12-2010, 05:41 PM
Thanks guys! And thanks for the tips Steve. I've read some about using my legs more to hold the tank and take the pressure off the wrists. If my old man body is too uncomfortable I can always add heli bars. At first I thought it had some, but after looking at some other photos, I think I'm just looking at the OEM bars. I can't wait for it to get here tomorrow!

What "old man body"???? Aren't we the same age?!?!!? :tongue:

PSNinja
02-12-2010, 05:59 PM
Kevin has Conti Trail Attacks on his V-Strom and says he likes the back, but that the front started wobbling after a few miles. He researched it on the net among other v-strom riders who had the same problem. Keeping it pumped up helps some, but not much.

I tried on the new Honda. Seemed to fit me really well. Had it been out when I bought my 650R, I would have given it a serious look.

2thdr
02-14-2010, 01:48 AM
Kevin has Conti Trail Attacks on his V-Strom and says he likes the back, but that the front started wobbling after a few miles. He researched it on the net among other v-strom riders who had the same problem. Keeping it pumped up helps some, but not much.

I tried on the new Honda. Seemed to fit me really well. Had it been out when I bought my 650R, I would have given it a serious look.

The guys and gals on the VFR World forum seem to love the Conti Road Attacks (and the newer sport mileage variant).

Which new Honda? I didn't think the VFR1200 was at the show?

northernman
02-15-2010, 10:04 AM
I can see this being my next bike.
Tell the wife I bought it for her, then I can ride it whenever I want. :tongue:

Honda Canada (http://honda.ca/MCPE/Motorcycle/Models/ModelOverview?L=E&Type=Adventure&Year=2009&Model=CBF1000A9)

bross
02-15-2010, 10:31 AM
I can see this being my next bike.
Tell the wife I bought it for her, then I can ride it whenever I want. :tongue:

Honda Canada (http://honda.ca/MCPE/Motorcycle/Models/ModelOverview?L=E&Type=Adventure&Year=2009&Model=CBF1000A9)
Nice bike. ;-)

northernman
02-15-2010, 10:34 AM
Nice bike. ;-)

Ya looks okay.

I just have to make sure and not get the silver one, I hear the silver ones are a girls bike..........and no real man would buy one. :biggrin:

bross
02-15-2010, 12:15 PM
Ya looks okay.

I just have to make sure and not get the silver one, I hear the silver ones are a girls bike..........and no real man would buy one. :biggrin:
I like girls and bikes! :-)

PSNinja
02-27-2010, 12:52 AM
The guys and gals on the VFR World forum seem to love the Conti Road Attacks (and the newer sport mileage variant).

Which new Honda? I didn't think the VFR1200 was at the show?

The NT700V. Saw it last Christmas in AL when visiting. Then again at Westside and the show.

skewterdewd
02-27-2010, 11:29 AM
Thanks guys...I'm really excited to get on and learn how to handle her. Wish there was an inexpensive course available to teach a cruiser to graduate to a sporty bike. I guess all the same principles apply until taken to the next level with more aggressive cornering? I think she has Conti Road Attacks and I can still see the "Road Attack" embossed into the rear's tread, so they've got to be almost new.

How much do you hate that VFR now? :wink:
jfwy-that bike is a beauty.

Here is a great book that will help you transition to a sportier mount:

Amazon.com: Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track (9781893618077): Nick Ienatsch, Kenny Roberts: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Sport-Riding-Techniques-Develop-Confidence/dp/1893618072)

great info, really well written. You'll have plenty of time to read it while the snow melts in the passes.

2thdr
02-28-2010, 02:54 PM
How much do you hate that VFR now? :wink:
jfwy-that bike is a beauty.

Here is a great book that will help you transition to a sportier mount:

Amazon.com: Sport Riding Techniques: How To Develop Real World Skills for Speed, Safety, and Confidence on the Street and Track (9781893618077): Nick Ienatsch, Kenny Roberts: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Sport-Riding-Techniques-Develop-Confidence/dp/1893618072)

great info, really well written. You'll have plenty of time to read it while the snow melts in the passes.

Thanks for the title. I'm reading Keith Code's Twisted Throttle II with the DVD. It may be a little advanced for me, but I've just started it. Will check out Sport Riding too.