It is not often that I have such a strong reaction to a motorcycle, but the Honda NT700v did that for me. Did I like it? Did I hate it? Read on to find out.
90% of the miles I log each year, about 17,000, is mostly commuting to and from work. Since most of my riding is commuting there are some things that I want from a motorcycle.
At first glance the Honda NT700v met all of these requirements. It offers good MPGs due to it’s 700 cc engine, offers shaft drive, anti lock brakes, has a full fairing, and Honda rock solid reliability. Not much flash here but a great commuter/light touring bike at a reasonable price, it starts at $9,999 in the US.
The NT700v’s most intriguing features to me were:
- Good mpg’s
- weather protection
- low maintenance
I was really interested in the Honda NT700v because it seemed to offer everything I would want in a mount to get me to and from work.
That is, until I rode one.
As I started this post I stated that 90% of my riding is commuting. That would leave 10% for pleasure. It was in this 10% that the Honda NT700v utterly and completely failed. I have only ridden one scooter in my life and it was the Honda NT700v. Right from the first twist of the throttle I knew I was not going to like this bike. Not just because it was SLOW but also because the v -twin engine offered a weird mix of refined vibration.
I used to own a Harley and I love the rumble of a v-twin and the feel of a cruiser’s engine. It provides a nice raw riding experience. The v-twin in the Honda NT700v has a v-twin, but with no character. The tone is muted, the raw feeling is gone, all you are left with is an under powered, vibrating, soul less motor. I know the HondaNT700v is not a cruiser and I was not expecting one. I was expecting a refined ride and a smooth delivery of power that I get from every other Honda I have ridden. To say that I disliked the Honda NT700v’s motor is an understatement.
The bike has a ton of potential for a rider like me, storage, reliability, etc, etc, etc. But I could not sacrifice the 10% of pleasure riding I do for the 90% of commuting this bike provides. And to be totally honest the 90% of commuting I do is also a great pleasure, and this bike does not meet that requirement either.
I am sure the HondaNT700v meets the requirements of many riders. In fact, there was one rider at the dealer who was shocked to find out that I so disliked the Honda when I returned it to the dealer. For this rider the Honda was one of the best bikes he had ridden. To each his own. I am sure there are many riders, myself not included, who love their NT700v. If you are out there leave a comment and tell me where I’m wrong.
Some things I did like:
- Integrated storage
- seating position
- comfortable seat
Things I did not like:
- Motor, Motor, Motor
- The wind screen was neither tall enough or low enough to offer a smooth ride from the wind. It is adjustable but no position seemed to offer what I expected from a rather large wind shield.
- Awkward angle of the grips, in the short ride I noticed wrist pressure from the slanted angle.
- Very limited amenities for a bike billed as a light touring mount.
- Did I mention the MOTOR?
I really wanted to like this motorcycle. On paper it seemed to offer the things I would be looking for on my next motorcycle purchase. But for me the Honda NT700v failed to live up the the expectations I had for it. However, if you want a reliable scooter that looks more like a motorcycle, the HondaNT700v may be the perfect bike for you.
See more details on the Honda NT700v at the Honda Motors web site.