2010 Honda NT700V - Placid Transit

Because 47,000 European commuters can't be wrong

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

Tech Spec

Evolution
Honda's venerable liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-twin, mounted in a steel frame covered by a full fairing and hard bags.

Rivals
Kawasaki Versys, Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, Yamaha FZ6R.

TECH
Price $9999 ($10,999 w/ABS)
Engine type l-c 52-deg. V-twin
Valve train SOHC, 8v
Displacement 680cc
Bore x stroke 81.0 x 66.0mm
Compression 10.0:1
Fuel system PGM-FI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Claimed horsepower 65 bhp @ 8000 rpm
Claimed torque 48.8 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm
Frame Steel twin-spar
Front suspension 41mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Showa shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake Dual Nissin three-piston calipers, 296mm discs
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 276mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT020
Rear tire 150/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT020
Rake/trail 28.5°/4.5 in.
Seat height 31.7 in.
Wheelbase 58.1 in.
Fuel capacity 5.2 gal.
Claimed dry weight 531 lbs. (538 lbs. w/ABS)
Color Metallic red, metallic silver
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Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact
American Honda Motor Co.1919 Torrance Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
310.783.3745
www.powersports.honda.com

Verdict 3.5 out of 5 stars
A practical but pricey do-it-all machine that foregoes excitement in favor of unparalleled utility and comfort.

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Deauville_2010
That this bike sells well in Europe, but poorly in the US, indicates that European riders are either smarter and/or more mature than their counterparts left of the pond.  Truly lovely to ride the NT700V since everything works logically and perfectly.

At least I won't see myself coming and going very often. And I just smile when cruiser riders complain about discomfort while riding. Smile
Deauville_2010
That this bike sells well in Europe, but poorly in the US, indicates that European riders are either smarter and/or more mature than their counterparts left of the pond.  Truly lovely to ride the NT700V since everything works logically and perfectly.

At least I won't see myself coming and going very often. And I just smile when cruiser riders complain about discomfort while riding. Smile
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