Honda will ship a Euro-bike and a small bobber to the United States for their 2010 line-up, but at least one of them won’t be seen in Canadian dealerships.
The NT700V is a small displacement sports touring bike powered by a liquid-cooled, single-cam, eight-valve 680 cc V-twin similar to the one that keeps the strange-looking but functional DN-01 goin’ down the road, but with a five-speed manual transmission.
With available ABS, hard bags with a pass-through for longer objects, a reasonable 257 kg weight, and a $10,000 U.S. price tag, the bike they call "Deauville" in Europe is depending on something other than excitement for sales. For U.S. buyers who want an all-around touring-commuter that’s not scary-big and won’t bust the bank, it could be the ticket.
No word yet on Canadian availability for another new Honda, the Shadow Phantom, a bobber-style bike in matte black and polished aluminum that runs on a 745 cc V-twin Shadow motor with programmed fuel injection and will sell for $8,000 in U.S. dealerships.
The Phantom’s low 652.8 mm (25.7 in) seat height and shaft drive suggest it’s aimed at riders who might be intimidated by larger bikes.
We’ll know after the Honda dealers meeting if it’s coming here.