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Old 11-24-2011, 01:05 PM   #826
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Sales Bulletin # 11-0507

Sent to US dealers 11/21. (It's nice to have friends in the business.)

Based on Honda's announcments at this year's EMCIA, it looks like Honda is building a new line based on a parallel twin platform - replacing the 680cc v-twin.
it will be interesting if the go after the Multistrada .... that V4 thing does not impress me much and the VFR was a HUGE disappointment .


The NT is proving to be a great mid weight tourer for us....


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Old 11-24-2011, 01:37 PM   #827
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That's old news. It's about NC series. Check Beasts forum about NC700.
It's highly de-tuned motor for now, 48 bhp and not impressive torque either.
I doubt Deauville will gain anything nice from that replacement except fuel economy.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:48 AM   #828
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Said goodbye to the NT a few weeks ago when I traded it for a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere. I had zero problems with the NT after 7500 miles, but needed a change toward a new direction... Adventure riding.

Good luck you all.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:56 PM   #829
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Granted, with only about 4 weeks and 600 miles, I'm still in the honeymoon phase but I have to say, I'm loving this bike. The ergos are exactly what I prefer in a bike - upright with just a little bit of forward lean, the weather protection is decent, the windshield is effective and doesn't induce buffeting and the handling is light years ahead of any cruiser I've owned. (I love not worrying about scraping hard parts when I turn into the Starbucks parking long.)



I do have a few complaints:
  • The suspension (especially the front) sucks. The NT has the most brake dive of any bike I've ever ridden.
  • Needs a 6th gear. At 70 mph, the handgrips start to feel like a tingly sex toy. (Hmmm.... maybe that's not such a bad thing.)
  • I'd like to see a little larger stock luggage capacity. I'm going to try and score the larger pannier lids from Honda UK but I'm betting that's not going to be cheap once you factor in shipping, etc.
I had an opportunity to buy an NT when they first started shipping to the US and I wish now I'd done that. It would've saved me a buttload of money I've spent on a couple of other bikes since then.
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Old 12-19-2011, 06:24 PM   #830
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We each took delivery of our NT's within a few days of each other, Towjam, and I have to agree with your early observations, except for the luggage capacity. Yeah, I'd like to see the larger bag lids, but mine came with the Hondaline trunk, which I find to be very roomy for me.

My suspension sucks, too. I find the rear to be too harsh. I'm hoping it may improve slightly after I raise the bike a bit - mine was lowered by the P.O., and I'm thinking the shorter travel on the shock is making it overly harsh. Maybe by removing that extra link thingie it'll be more compliant.

The ergos are pretty good, but my legs were a bit cramped (I'm 6' 0" with a 32-inseam), so I also lowered my pegs. But, with the whole bike being lower, my pegs were touching down waaay too early, so I've temporarily removed the peg lowering blocks until I can get the whole bike raised back up again.

Overall, no regrets, it was a good buy for me, and I hope to ride this puppy for a long, long time.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:28 AM   #831
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OK, I have a question for you Deauville experts. Just bought one for my wife and it didn't come with the owner's manual. Until I get it, does that big plastic cover that resembles a luggage rack come off to reveal a luggage rack? If not is there one out there. Don't really need the truck. If we travel, I have a pair of 41L touratechs on my tiger, plus bags for the panniers and a luggage rack.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:18 PM   #832
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Overall, no regrets, it was a good buy for me, and I hope to ride this puppy for a long, long time.
That has always been a strength of the deauville line - bombproof. I still a lot of late 1990s models being used in all weathers in the UK (I owned one with 83,000 on the odo, nothing went wrong with it).
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #833
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OK, I have a question for you Deauville experts. Just bought one for my wife and it didn't come with the owner's manual. Until I get it, does that big plastic cover that resembles a luggage rack come off to reveal a luggage rack? If not is there one out there. Don't really need the truck. If we travel, I have a pair of 41L touratechs on my tiger, plus bags for the panniers and a luggage rack.
Go over here: http://www.nt-owners.org

Lots of good info on the bike. Somewhere in there is a thread about the luggage rack. There's an aftermarket plate that can be attached to the rack to give all sorts of carrying capacity and tiedown capability. I forget the name, but searching the forum will turn up so much other stuff you want to know that it's worth joining even if you don't find the plate for awhile.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:00 AM   #834
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Thanks I did find the forum and how to get the seat off. Lot of good info too.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:49 AM   #835
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Not many Deauville's available.

I phoned a friendly dealer in South Dakota yesterday looking for a Deauville. He looked on his dealer locater and said none in Kansas where I live. Said none in Honda warehouse either. Hard to find.
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Old 01-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #836
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I phoned a friendly dealer in South Dakota yesterday looking for a Deauville. He looked on his dealer locater and said none in Kansas where I live. Said none in Honda warehouse either. Hard to find.
I know of a dealer here in the DFW area that has two '10 units still available - both red and silver.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:03 AM   #837
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The dealer in Lebanon has a new one and the Honda dealer in Jefferson City has one or two, and a dealer in Illinois has a couple with the Europe only accessories.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:59 PM   #838
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Granted, with only about 4 weeks and 600 miles, I'm still in the honeymoon phase but I have to say, I'm loving this bike. The ergos are exactly what I prefer in a bike - upright with just a little bit of forward lean, the weather protection is decent, the windshield is effective and doesn't induce buffeting and the handling is light years ahead of any cruiser I've owned. (I love not worrying about scraping hard parts when I turn into the Starbucks parking long.)



I do have a few complaints:
  • The suspension (especially the front) sucks. The NT has the most brake dive of any bike I've ever ridden.
  • Needs a 6th gear. At 70 mph, the handgrips start to feel like a tingly sex toy. (Hmmm.... maybe that's not such a bad thing.)
  • I'd like to see a little larger stock luggage capacity. I'm going to try and score the larger pannier lids from Honda UK but I'm betting that's not going to be cheap once you factor in shipping, etc.
I had an opportunity to buy an NT when they first started shipping to the US and I wish now I'd done that. It would've saved me a buttload of money I've spent on a couple of other bikes since then.
Hey TJ,

I would be interested in knowing what cruisers you have owned, and how they compare to the the NT as far as power is concerned. I like the NT but I am afraid it may be underpowered for my uses.

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Old 03-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #839
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Hey TJ,

I would be interested in knowing what cruisers you have owned, and how they compare to the the NT as far as power is concerned. I like the NT but I am afraid it may be underpowered for my uses.

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With the exception of a Softail, I've owned at least one or two of each HD model line - including TC88 (Dyna FXDX) and TC96 (Low Rider, FLTR, FXDF, FXDB) and one sporty - XR1200X. I've also owned a Honda VTX1300 and VTX1800.

I'll tell you up front that the NT isn't going to touch any of these when it comes to torque. And there are times where I really miss the torque during my day to day commute through D/FW's traffic jungle. That said, in every other way the NT absolutely out handles any cruiser. (Note that I didn't say outruns any cruiser.)
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:02 PM   #840
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any updates or pics, ride reports, etc....
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