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a picture of this

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This is my "new" bike, a 1999 Deauville 650, aka Dullville. 33k miles. Have only seen it in pictures so far, will pick it up next week. What prompted this? My brother bought this on Tuesday, and it was simply a perfect match, as were the bike molded to my very body. 

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The engine is the exact opposite of the MT07. The Honda has zero bite, zero powerband, it just revs evenly and slowly from idle to redline, never expressing a hint of urge. Lazy and boring. And ideal for pleasant meandering through the scenery. Suspension is compliant, comfort splendid, practicality excellent. 

 

BTW, I used to have a VT500FT Ascot, which engine the NT650 is based upon. And while the 650 has a bit more power and tons more torque, it doesn't feel like it. The 500 actually had a bit of character, and even managed to emit some sound; above 40 mph, all you hear on the Dullville is the wind rushing past.

 

The irony here, though, is that I've always commented on people riding identical bikes since it shows a lack of individualism. Especially if they also have the same colours, equipment and riding attire. At least ours have some different details and colours, and our gear is different - but I'm still sort of meeting myself at the door here 😳

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Beemer

I feel the same way about my old 550 Yamaha. It might not have been the greatest in any one department, by todays standards anyway, but it was very comfy. Would be a dream come true if produced with modern technology.

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robbo10

Much the same was my Yamaha TDM900.- the "tedium", except that it was not. The TDM was the beginning of the tallroader. It did everything you asked of it. Engine strong on torque, but the bike a little heavy. A parallel twin that feels like the MT-07's. It was a joy for me to ride. Enjoy your bike.

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faffi

It is part of the human nature to come up with derogatory remarks about things we don't understand or don't find attractive. Or sometimes we just want to be funny, without considering that some may feel offended by it. That could be names, performance, looks, etc. Dullville, Tedium, Blunderarse, Perversion, Farcebook, Dunflops, Bridgerocks Found On Road Dead,... you get the drift. And to make things even worse, we also judge those who make choices we would refrain from. I don't think there is a single human being completely free from judging others, but some judge little, others judge just about everybody. I'm probably somewhere in between. On the upside, I rarely get upset if I'm judged; I can stand for my choices :)

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MT27

Hawk GT's were fun little bikes. Hard to beat for  3k. I put a Muzzy s/o on mine.

It sounded great. Worst thing about the bike was the stupid looking wheels.

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robbo10

Journalists are the worst for rubbishing names of bikes and that is dangerous for manufacturers. 'Tedium', of course; Rebel ( he would never buy so named a bike, he told me); Intruder (MCN poked fun at it so I told them off. They did not mention the name in a subsequent test!);  'Gladys' (Gladius, a great name -a sword-, I thought).  No wonder Yamaha gave us the MT-07; and Suzuki now renamed the SV; few risks there.

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faffi

Some tester wrote "Tempter is a silly name. This is not a silly bike."  You also have Lemon and Viagra as nicknames. In Germany, the CX500 was - and is - called Güllepumpe. Or manure pump in plain English. We could probably go on for quite some time.

 

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faffi

I think I have mentioned how I found the Deauville very boring initially 🤓 However, after final assembly of the front end today, sporting new brake discs and pads plus new fork oil and fork spring adjusters, I went for a 3-hour ride under a completely clear sky and in total windstill. Chilly, though, with a maximum temp of 4 degrees, with frost from the night still lingering over fields left in the shadows. But whether the old dog enjoyed the sun (barely seen for 3 months) or the new brakes or the crisp air; something must have pleased it, because it ran pretty darn well today. Still no rocket, of course, but far more satisfying than the two times I've ridden it previously. 60-120 kph in top gear took 11 seconds, which is quite acceptable for a heavy 650 carrying fairly tall gearing.

Although my feet were chilled and the knees not warm, wearing many layers of clothes together with the fairing protection made the ride acceptably comfortable. I would have been bitterly cold on a naked motorcycle - standing up on the pegs, taking the wind directly on the upper body, really helped me realize how much a fairing helps when it comes to keeping warm-ish. 

Another positive was how much easier and quicker the bike now changes direction after I raised the rear shock preload from minimum to maximum, and also added more oil and more preload to the fork, making the rear sit a lot taller and the front a little taller than before. Cornering clearance is still abysmal, though; I grazed a peg going 75 kph where my CB400SF didn't touch anything doing 100 kph. Still, my Deauville gained useful clearance with the increased ride height, meaning it will no longer scrape around every corner like a cruiser.

BTW, the crazy cheap MC motopart brake discs and equally cheap Sumo brake pads provided terrific braking performance. At least so far; since I'm still running them in, I haven't tested them in earnest. But they do not grab, yet offer good stopping power with little effort on the lever and the feel is utterly progressive. Very pleased so far.

Pictures from today
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