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Honda NTV 650 Deauville test

Oasis of calm

It was the opposite of exciting. And that was her greatest virtue. She shone with comfort, reliability and was the best mechanical friend imaginable. The new Deauville should be even better.

It is as inconspicuous as a VW Golf, breathtaking like the start of the day and as reliable as the news. Strangely enough, driving Deauville has such a calming effect that it could almost be prescribed by health insurance as a therapy against stress. That sounds negative, do you mean? It is by no means.
Even the first contact with the motorcycle is positive thanks to the human-friendly seating position. The handlebars, bench and footrests are comfortably positioned, you immediately feel relaxed and after only a few meters of travel, the destination no longer matters. Sindelfingen or Sydney. The plastic-coated five hundredweight Deauville, which protects against the wind, tempt you to be constantly on the move. But how come?
The engine, an old friend from the first Africa Twin model and the NTV 650 Revere, is now 14 years old and has been working with its 52 degree cylinder angle and 76 degree crank pin offset since its debut in 1998 in the Deauville. For the 2002 model, it was efficiently cleaned of exhaust gases – two unregulated catalytic converters plus an SLS system ensure the jump over the Euro 2 pollution barrier – and fine-tuned. Pistons and connecting rods are around ten percent lighter than their predecessors, the clutch and transmission have been strengthened, and a total of 80 different engine components have been revised. Tea mission: minimize oscillations, eliminate vibrations, maximize long-distance comfort.
In order to perfect the latter, Honda has taken on the standard integrated case and increased the volume from 34.7 to 43.5 liters. This capacity can be increased again to a total of 65.5 liters by adding larger side covers (332 euros). Cardan drive has always been included. New to Honda’s mid-range tourer are also a larger handbrake cylinder, two three-piston brake calipers at the front and one two-piston caliper at the rear, as well as the patented CBS combination brake system, which is already used in some models . When the rear brake is actuated, one of the three forehead brake pistons is activated at the same time via a control valve.
For all inexperienced drivers and insecure brakes, the CBS represents a safety gain. The rest can live with it, the sports drivers will curse – the blocking limit of the tire is very difficult to feel. According to Honda, the system should bring advantages especially in city traffic ?? the Deauville is a popular courier bike. Although it is possible from very low speeds to brake the bike just by pressing the foot pedal, the stoppers only overcome the 250 kilograms when there is a strong pull on the front brake? the new one has put on five kilos compared to the previous year’s model. This fits in with her tranquility and the wonderful feeling of vacation that she exudes from the first few meters of the journey. And what your engine is largely responsible for.
Sure, some would describe him as phlegmatic. And certainly, compared to its predecessor, already not a child of euphoric acceleration, the engine with improved running smoothness leaves the impression that its mechanical heart is filled with viscous oil. Breathing deeply meditatively, the Deauville prepares to trot comfortably to top speed ?? 184 km / h. Everything about her seems somehow delayed. The throttle response although it is direct, the braking, although it is optimized, and the steering, although it is almost precise. Although the latter requires a little emphasis. Because the Honda demands a leg impulse due to its weight and always wants to go a larger curve than desired. On the chassis side, uncompromisingly trimmed for comfort, it gently chauffeurs its passengers over the humps of this earth. The fork could be a touch tighter? with sudden brakes it goes to block ??, but works perfectly under touring aspects.
I.Overall, Honda has recognized the signs of the times. Instead of higher, faster, further, the motto is travel instead of lawn. With the optimized Deauville, this is guaranteed to be as relaxing as in advertising. No stress, no appointments. Just slide. Life is a fast, wild river. And the Deauville an oasis of calm.

Technical data – Honda Deauville

DataMotor: Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 52-degree V-engine, crankshaft transverse, one overhead, chain-driven camshaft, three valves per cylinder, rocker arm, wet sump lubrication, Keihin constant pressure carburetor, Ø 36 mm, contactless transistor double ignition, uncontrolled catalytic converter with Secondary air system, electric starter, three-phase alternator 345 W, battery 12 V / 8 Ah.Bore x stroke 79 x 66 mm, displacement 647 cm³, compression ratio 9.2: 1, rated output 41 kW (56 PS) at 7800 rpm, max. Torque 55 Nm (5.6 kpm) at 6300 rpm Pollutant values ​​(homologation) CO 3.79 g / km, HC 0.69 g / km, NOx 0.11 g / km Power transmission: primary drive via gear wheels, mechanically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch, Five-speed gearbox, cardan. Chassis: Bridge frame made of square steel profiles, load-bearing motor, telescopic fork, stanchion diameter 41 mm, single-joint two-arm swing arm made of cast aluminum, central spring strut directly hinged, adjustable spring base, double disc brake at the front, Ø 296 mm, three-piston caliper, disc brake at the rear, Ø 276 mm, Double piston caliper, dual CBS..aluminium wheels 3.50 x 17; 4.50 x 17 tires 120/70 ZR 17; 150/70 ZR 17 tires tested Dunlop D 205 FN / N Chassis data: wheelbase 1475 mm, steering head angle 62 degrees, caster 116 mm, spring travel f / r 115/120 mm.Warranty for two years with unlimited mileage.Colors red, green, silver.Price incl. VAT 7 990 Euro additional costs approx. 153 EuroMOTORCYCLE measurements Driving performance1Maximum speed ** Solo (with pillion) 184 km / hAcceleration Solo (with pillion) 0-100 km / h 6.2 sec0-140 km / h 13.6 secDirectional solo (with pillion) 60-100 km / h 7.6 ( 9.6) sec 100-140 km / h 11.0 (14.1) sec Speedometer deviation display / effective 50/48, 100/96 km / h Fuel type Normal consumption in the test at 100 km / h 4.3 l / 100 km at 130 km / h 6.1 l / 100 km Country road 5.4 l / 100 km Theor. Range 352 kmDimensions and weightsL / W / H 2220/870/1240 mmSeat height 820 mmTurning circle 5620 mmWeight fully fueled 250 kg Permissible total weight * 440 kg Load 190 kgWheel load distribution f / h 43/57% Tank capacity / reserve * 19 / 2.5 liters1 Measurement conditions: Temperature 12 degrees, weak cross wind; Jagsdttal measuring location; 2 power on the coupling. ECE measurement: Dynojet Roller dynamometer 150. Maximum possible deviation ± 5%. * Manufacturer information ** Manufacturer information

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