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Old 07-09-2011, 06:48 PM   #766
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wow I feel like this has become the PB Honda NT thread


well we got the latches and lids sorted out ... I did get the key stuck in the lid release somehow but after walking away it came right out.


as I had mentioned before this bike was bought for my wife to ride with me....... we did some test rides on my Burgman 400 knowing we would need a bigger ride if she took to it...

well today we took our maiden ride .... 80 or so miles ..... the top case comes in Monday so PB Wife will feel a little more secure







we found our first treasure on the road together




I have a had a lot of bikes over the years .... the 99 VFR was as close to "sport tourer" as I have had ...... I consider the NT a "light weight tourer" and it fills that role pretty well from what I have been able to throw at it.

The bike is stable, has good brakes, and I thnk will work well for 200 to 300 mile days and multi day trips.

so far she gets a .... will consider 4 after our first trip ...


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Old 07-09-2011, 10:02 PM   #767
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I'll try to post up a bit more but I'm up to my butt in alligators these days. I took the bike back to the dealer and had my accessories put on. I got the top box and heated grips. The top box is huge but when loaded with groceries and a full tank of gas it is a bit top heavy. I have some farkles on the way from twisted throttle, I'll post them up when they get here and I have the time to put them on. I'm up to 500 miles now. Just regular riding no trips yet. I want to go see my mom but the interstate is still under water between here and there.
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Old 07-09-2011, 10:04 PM   #768
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The crew at church gave the NT their approval.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:57 AM   #769
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nice bikes

Being the owner of an original 88 Hawk GT. It's good to read such good reviews of the NT700.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:53 AM   #770
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At first I thought the rear rack was the same as the ST1300 but now I see it's a little different. Was wondering how a Pirates Lair backrest would look. Congrats on the new ride. Issues with saddlebags? My Ducati bags were perfect. A breath of fresh air after a few BMWs!
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:55 PM   #771
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No real issues with my saddlebags yet. They do seem a bit delicate (I just came off a klr with ammo can panniers) and I sometimes close them a bit lightly and they will half catch and I have to push them shut, but they have always stayed closed so far.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:18 PM   #772
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No real issues with my saddlebags yet. They do seem a bit delicate (I just came off a klr with ammo can panniers) and I sometimes close them a bit lightly and they will half catch and I have to push them shut, but they have always stayed closed so far.
don't force them closed ..... mine suffered a broken spring the first day


but I understand once closed they stay closed.


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Old 07-12-2011, 07:49 AM   #773
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Just close the lids until they are about to latch, then push firmly on the area between the latches. No slamming. And don't try and remove the key if both lids are not latched properly. This might be why some folks are having trouble. If the key is being forced, the cable will stretch making locking more difficult.

At least this is how I remember it on my NT until my wife rode it. Haven't seen it since. But the Silverwing is nice....
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Old 07-12-2011, 01:16 PM   #774
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honda ntv 650 1988-1997

I don't think it has been imported in the USA; the Honda NTV 650, beiing made from 1988 up to 1997.
It's basically a Honda Hawk without the chain(shaft), and was intended to be a Japanese BMW and follow up for the Honda CX

Never was a really succesfull bike due tot the pricetag which was a good 12000 gulden back then(which is a good
5500 euro's, a lot of money for a 650 in those days).

But; 4 sparkplugs, adjustable backshock, 53 horsepower (originally 62, but the emissions/restrictions ..), torque all along the powerband from 2000 r/pm up to 8000 r/pm,shaftdrive, dry weight 185 kg,enough room for two up,big volume for gas; 22 liters, one sided rearmount and extremely reliable.

Here in Europe they are getting a little bit of a "wanted" status for those who don't need or want the latest hype in motorbikes.

I'm driving one for more than 5 years now, having been all over Europe, doiing more than 3000 km a week.
You can drive it full throttle for an hour and it will run at idle like it has just been started.

Just a shame Honda hasn't made a follow up in the same way : a good, shaftdriven, medium weight naked bike with perhaps a useable 70 horsepower.

Should no be that difficult, and there would be a market for such a bike.
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Old 07-12-2011, 06:31 PM   #775
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But; 4 sparkplugs, adjustable backshock, 53 horsepower (originally 62, but the emissions/restrictions ..),
I wonder how I could recoup those lost hp. That would make this a perfect bike.
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:03 PM   #776
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I wonder how I could recoup those lost hp. That would make this a perfect bike.
I think he's refering to the Honda Revere (in Europe)
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Old 07-12-2011, 07:28 PM   #777
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I think he's refering to the Honda Revere (in Europe)
I still want another 9 hp.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:14 AM   #778
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ntv 650

Yes, the first edition was called "Revere" , but in 1992 introducing a changed model it's called NTV.

The changes were minor; exhaust/colors/buddyseat/a chrome bar instead of a 2 piece cast iron one.

Those lost horsepower are due mainly to changed carburetors / exhaust.
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Old 07-13-2011, 12:28 PM   #779
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now with a factory top box




hope to get a RR in the next few weeks ....


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Old 07-13-2011, 12:45 PM   #780
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Interesting to see the NT comes with the same "tipover wings" that the ST1100 and ST1300 have.

For those of you carrying passengers on this bike, I'm very interesting in how the pillion comfort is for long days in the saddle -- say 300-400 miles.
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