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Old 12-04-2009, 04:00 PM   #226
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Let me assure you that I never ever saw Deauville lids to break off. Even in spills. They are better made than it looks. My friend went down 2 or 3 times during Norway run - at least 2 times at low speed. Not even a hitch. And his bike was overloaded way beyond limit.

As for serviceability - I hated doing it (but for my friend - I had to) but it's not worse than any plastic-wearing sporttourer. Let say it is no worse than FJR or ST and certainly better than 1200LT.
Do not try to compare it to roadsters etc. service-wise and you'll be fine.

I do not like this bike at all, it all I dislike - but I have to give it a credit.
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:03 PM   #227
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Well debate all you want. None of this changes my mind one iota. My brand new silver non ABS is finally at dealers and I get to take delivery tomorrow (Saturday, 12/05/09). I don't need no stinkin test ride. Having previously owned a Transalp and a Varadero and currently own a Wee Strom I am absolutely confident I will love this ride.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:18 PM   #228
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keep posting how you like it. I don't need one now but down the road it looks like something I would like.
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:46 PM   #229
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Well debate all you want. None of this changes my mind one iota. My brand new silver non ABS is finally at dealers and I get to take delivery tomorrow (Saturday, 12/05/09). I don't need no stinkin test ride. Having previously owned a Transalp and a Varadero and currently own a Wee Strom I am absolutely confident I will love this ride.
Ya' got till the end of the weekend to post pics and a ride review or it didn't happen.

Seriously, congrats!
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:22 AM   #230
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I just sat on one at the dealership and the fit and finish seems top notch. It feels like it carries it weight very well. I was totally digging the bike and feeling great about it ( I totally forgot about the price ) til another guy checking out the bike asked how much and then I remembered what kept me from being totally head over heals in love with it. I think they could sell these all day long at $8000-8500. But as it is right now. I'm gonna have to wait and see if these will be 919s or VFRs of the new decade. Besides it seems like every year they have a 1.9 or 0.9 apr to sweeten the deal. Time will tell.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:34 PM   #231
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Umm, where's all them pics and ride reports


No really, I want to hear about it!
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:41 PM   #232
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Umm, where's all them pics and ride reports


No really, I want to hear about it!
me too. atleast throw us a pic.
i'm interested in the silver abs model.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:47 PM   #233
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i've read in other post how when the same motor in a family of bikes clears dot, it gets quickly paperwork-only passed when another model, with the same motor, comes in.

is this true & does this bike pave the way for the transalp???
or was that accomplished by the dn-01, which also uses the same motor?
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:41 PM   #234
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No ride report yet, but last month at the Dallas International Motorcycle Show I sat on one - several times, in fact. Had my teenaged son snap a few picts.

The bike just felt "right" to me. Comfortable ergos, plenty of legroom, nice reach to the bars. Felt better than the PC800 I ride now, which cramps my legs after an hour or so. I'd be real interested in riding one, but I'd better not, I don't really have the coin for something that pricey right now.

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Old 12-05-2009, 08:07 PM   #235
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It looks like a comfortable tourer. The panniers look built in.. are they? Or are they removable?
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:21 PM   #236
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Gadgetboy,
they are built in. A small portion of them goes all the way through to the other side. Apparently deeper lids are available as an accessory.
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Old 12-05-2009, 09:34 PM   #237
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sorry didnt read the whole thread.
bike seems very cool .
a smal sport tour for women.
its a new bike here.
some arent even having a 2010 if you belive the roumers.
i applaud honda for bringing it here
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Old 12-06-2009, 01:12 AM   #238
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My wife and I have been wanting a medium sized bike for 2-up touring. We have a Concours project bike, but it might not be really what we will end up wanting.

We've sat on a couple PC800s and that was a very, very comfortable bike for the two of us (we are both 'economy sized' people).

Since I have read about the Deauville being sort of the 'heir' of the PC800 I was sadly put off as it was another "not for the US" Honda.

But now, well, we aren't in the market now, but I remain interested in trying out one of these bikes, and who knows, if we like it, by the time we are ready, maybe we can find a used one in good shape.

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Old 12-06-2009, 05:09 AM   #239
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a smal sport tour for women.
Ok, now I get it. That makes sense. Like the Miata was made to be a ladies sports car, and the Wee-Strom works well as a ladies adventure bike, this is a ladies sport tourer. Bringing more women into riding is great.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:14 AM   #240
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I have seen a wineberry one and a silver one now. I was very impressed with the looks, the fit and finish, etc. Very nice bike.
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