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Review of the Honda NTV 600 Revere - By Ren Withnell

Honda NTV 600 Revere

I purchased this bike as a second bike. I already had the SLR 650 that I love, but on those occasions it needs attention it leaves me with no 2-wheeld transport. I’ve always liked the NTV range of bikes because they are known for their reliability and ease of maintenance. Initially I was looking at the much newer Deauville but the few dealers with second hand machines would not deal on the price. Searching through the biketrader I spotted this bike for £1300.

I went to look at it in the shop and it immediately struck me as a genuine bike. It had a large screen fitted, was clean but not polished, had been dropped but no serious damage and did not look like it had been “bodged” by some cowboy such as myself. A deal was struck and a few days later I rode my purchase home.

First impressions were good. Acceleration is acceptable below 6000rpm then becomes quite brisk above, running out of steam 1000rpm short of the 9500rpm redline. Handling is not fast but very solid after riding the twitchy SLR for so long. Comfort remains to be seen but the riding position is very sporty for a bike designed for hard-working long-distance couriers and other mile eaters.

Let’s start with comfort. Before I tell you about this I ask you to bear in mind I had a motorcycle accident 3 years ago which left me with a stiff left knee and hip. I am 5 feet 9 inches tall, which is considered about average for my country. The riding position has the knees quite bent and a fair lean forward across the long large tank is required. At town speed this makes getting my feet on and off the pegs a chore and my wrists can ache. The lean forward comes into its own at motorway speeds, but then my backside goes numb.

This is not a comfy long distance bike, for myself. I suspect it might be me and not the bike as countless couriers travelling millions of miles cannot be wrong. I talked about this to another biker once and he agreed, the seat is too low and the pegs too high and the bars too far away. It may suit a smaller rider. He suggested placing a cushion on the seat, I have tried this and it is a great improvement. I am now trying to work out how to lift the seat 1 inch without making the bike look silly. If you plan to use the bike for long trips, try to get a long ride in before you buy to see if the ergonomics suit you.

Handling. This is spot on for me. I don’t ride like a racer but I do press on and the bike is solid, stable and reassuring through the bends. I use Bridgestone BT45 tyres that provide good grip in both wet and dry, and should last a long time. I’ve used these tyres before on other bikes and did not like them, but they are perfectly suited to the NTV. The whole chassis inspires confidence.

Power. This comes in at 50 something bhp, not a great deal in modern motorcycling, but more than the SLR I normally ride. It is quick enough for myself, will beat general traffic and surprises the sport bikes by keeping up with them. The power is smooth but really comes in above 6000rpm. It will also run down to 1800rpm, any lower than that and the shaft starts to rattle. It’s and easy power and flexible.

Maintenance. Shaft drive, what more can I say. Use it, forget it, change a tiny bit of oil whenever you remember that it’s there then forget it again. As for the rest it’s difficult to describe really, not had to do anything to it! Removing the back wheel takes 2 minutes due to the single sided swingarm. Changing the oil and filter is a doddle as everything is easy to reach. Cleaning is easy. Even adjusting the shock is done with ease. There is a preload adjusting knob behind one of the panels and the damping adjuster screw is no problem. It’s so easy. I know from previous ownership of an NT400 Bros that any carburettor work will be a nightmare, changing the plugs will be fiddly and getting to rocker covers is challenging. But hey, it’s not a problem as they never need this kind of work…I hope. I’ll keep on changing the oil every 3 to 4 thousand miles.

Loading the bike is easy, as you can see above. It takes load like a lorry and I always worry about not having enough space, with this bike I always have spare space. The bike takes it in its stride. With this lot on the suspension was a bit soft but it took 1 minute to stiffen the shock by clicking the knob. Except at slow speeds I did not even notice a difference with the load.

Costs. If ridden hard this bike returns 45mpg. The best I have managed is 59mpg but I had to ride like an old lady. Normally fuel runs at 50 to 53mpg being used for commuting. Most people tell me this is good or at least acceptable, but I don’t like spending money. I am looking for 150mpg, haven’t found it yet. Tyres should last 8000 miles rear, god only knows how many at the front. BT45’s are cheaper than super sport tyres. Parts will be standard Honda prices, expensive. There is quite a good aftermarket choice due to the bike being popular with the couriers. No chain to replace.

Can I recommend this bike? Yes. Everyday use is a pleasure and it should last forever, mine is already 14 years old with 35,000 miles and I’ve seen these with over 100,00 miles, looking tired but still running strong. If you plan long distance riding then either try one first or be prepared to alter the riding position somehow. If you are looking for speed then look elsewhere or look at the NTV650 Bros and all the American tuning companies. Many of the tuning add-ons will fit the Revere too. It’s not a sports bike but can be made to move and handle really well.

Reader's Comments

robert said :-
thanks.great help in deciding about one i had seen.i am looking for reliability and handling before speed.thanks again
1/1/2000 UTC
chris P said :-
Loved the review, balanced and unbiased and dare I say useful too!
1/1/2000 UTC
Owen said :-
I've had mine for nearly 10 years, and as you suggest, it may be better for the smaller rider, i'm only 5'4" and i've done nearly 80,000 miles on it and i love it!

I'm only getting about 45mpg out of mine at the moment, but its due a service, and i ride like the devil is chasing me! (i'm not a courier by the way!)

1/1/2000 UTC
Hormazd said :-
I saw a Revere at the second hand shop the other day. Now I know, it will be a good buy ! Thanks for your review. It was fun and informative.
1/1/2000 UTC
Paul K said :-
I have had my revere for about a year,you are right it would be better for the shorter rider. I am over 6 foot and the riding position kills my hips. It is very reliable and has enough grunt to leave the boy racers in the dust.
1/1/2000 UTC
victor said :-
Got to agree with Owen, I'm 5'6 and have fitted a stainless steel slab of a fairing to mine. Mostly ridden two up, fully laden on the continent. She gives 40MPG and sits at 80 on the autoban.
Owned from new.

1/1/2000 UTC
Phil Gray said :-
Had a Revere for 2 years. The restrictor was removed and it had a two brothers racing muffler. I found it a bit heavy on the wrists and needs a small screen for sure. Now I just read your servicing info and want one again. I forgot how easy servicing was. It stays very clean too without the chain mess I currently have. My current bike is a nightmare of poppers and catches and screws and props just to look at the air intake.
1/1/2000 UTC
Colin said :-
Bought one from new. Did 115,000 miles on it, still got it but bought another 18 months ago done over 20,000 miles on this one. Fitted fairings, luggage and Oxford heated grips as I use them all year round. Purrs along motorways all day at 80 but a tweak on the throttle will take you to 90 with no problem if you find yourself in a knot of traffic. Get around 50 m.p.g. however I ride it, so tank range is around 200 miles. Quite narrow so it filters between lines of traffic no problem.
Perfect bike for me, little or no maintenance, just goes and goes.
1/1/2000 UTC
Arlene said :-
Had a revere some years ago worked in London and popped home to Aberdeen at weekends 535miles each way did 85,000 miles in one year I'm 5'2" and it was very comfortable saddest day of my life when it had to go. (couldn't get a baby seat on the back) Baby is growing up now and I want another one riding a CBR400 at the moment and its not a patch on the revere
1/1/2000 UTC
magne said :-
Mine is Honda NTV 650 Revere (90mod and 60HP) Had mine for 11year and it's the best allround bike ive ridden. And its great for mountain riding in vest'Norway (MC heaven)
Tryed honda cb1000rr and 600rr 08mod last year (demo bikes) But i will not trade in my pressius NTV.
A great (discre) luggage system to the bike here
Honda should make a 1000cc version of the REVERE
1/1/2000 UTC
mike said :-
have to agree with everything said , my G reg was bought, mot'd and taxed for around £500, was my first full size bike and feels like an old friend , I use for work most days ,wind rain or snow and has never faultered, could use a fairing .Recently hit about 8 inches of flooded road , just went right through no fuss ,I was soaked!I've got a 84'GSX750EF but don't think I'll ever get rid of the Honda it just does everything you need and doesn't cost a fortune to run.
1/1/2000 UTC
Gaz said :-
Loved the review on the NTV600 I've just bought a Greg K series and its a joy to ride but your right about the riding position especially in slow traffic. Maybe have the seat repaded to give more height? Just need to rebuild front forks (leaking) and give her a damn good service and as you say very easy to work on.

So far GREAT bike :-)
1/1/2000 UTC
George said :-
Now had my 1988 600 Revere for two months, travelled 2000 miles. Fitted with a Powerbronze Voyager fairing, it is as far as I'm concerned an unbeatable bike and a joy to ride. Though it had only done 2000 miles in the previous 15 years (total mileage 29000 to date) nothing has deteriorated and it appears to be extremely reliable and the performance is certainly adequate for my needs. As I'm 5ft 6ins tall the riding position is ideal, though may be rather crmped for anyone over about 5ft 10ins.
Having ridden mostly older BMW's I apreciate a shaft drive, and must say that the Revere makes my old BMW seem like a tractor!
All in all out of a possible score of 100% I would award it 101%!
1/1/2000 UTC
said :-
Very helpful review, thanks.
Now thinking about buying one!
1/1/2000 UTC
tom lyth said :-
very good review spot on im running a 600 plus squire sidecar of to spain next week rideing through france hope this might make a good toureing report.
1/1/2000 UTC
Niall said :-
Best all round bike i ever had.
1/1/2000 UTC
sly said :-
just like to add ive had my 600revere for 8years me and the misses done 2yrs european traveling on it with 500kgs of camping eqpt you do get a sore behind after 700miles in a day riding two up im 6f 3 and have strong legs im in the process of chopping it as it needs to grow height and length apart from that its a fantastic bike
1/1/2000 UTC
George said :-
Upodate on my previous Revere comments few weeks ago: Now ocovered 3000 miles and the same sentiments apply - faultless bike and a joy to use on a motorway too, in addition to being easily manoeuverable around town, though the Voyager fairing does tend to restrict the lock and gives a large turning circle. If it encourages anyone I would also mention the attractive fully comp insurance price, which for me is £78 a year!! That is not a misprint, on the other hand I am a Certain Age, but I'm not going down that road!
To those who are thinking about buying a Revere - DO IT!
Ride safe, bros.
1/1/2000 UTC
tom lyth said :-
well 3000 miles on the ntv600 & squire st sidecar not a single problem fully loded ie very heavy averaged 42mpg crused 60 80 mph could have done with a few more horses when riding through the steep mountain hills but it still coped very well people in the out of the way villages waved & cheerd my wife said she felt like the queen over all the ntv and sidecar is a good combanation no pun intended. Will we do it again Yesssss ps we traveled through France & Spain were we spent two weeks touring.
1/1/2000 UTC
tom lyth said :-
well 3000 miles on the ntv600 & squire st sidecar not a single problem fully loded ie very heavy averaged 42mpg crused 60 80 mph could have done with a few more horses when riding through the steep mountain hills but it still coped very well people in the out of the way villages waved & cheerd my wife said she felt like the queen over all the ntv and sidecar is a good combanation no pun intended. Will we do it again Yesssss ps we traveled through France & Spain were we spent two weeks touring.
1/1/2000 UTC
tom lyth said :-
as isaid in previous artical i could do with more hpower dose any body know of a larger engine to fit into the frame 700cc pluse.tomlyth1954@live.co.uk
1/1/2000 UTC
Stuart said :-
I have just got 2 of these bikes ( 1 is a trike )

and i have searched far and wide and have not see a bad word said about them. i am looking forward to going out and about, used to offroad bikes so will probably be going everywhere full throttle for a while until i get used to it :)

i would like to know what other engine options would fit the frame without too much of a modification.
1/1/2000 UTC
andy said :-
couldn't agree more had one for three transpennine m62 winters, never missed a beat. Only reason i sold was to emigrate to oz - big mistake now the buyer won't sell it back to me ! Nuf said. I am about to buy another truly brilliant friend - oops i mean bike.
1/1/2000 UTC
jp said :-
Absolutely true.
It is truly a most reliable bike.
Its got a dedicated web site at

Good ones now go for about a grand, a bit more dog eared and you could get one for under 600 pounds.

Cheap to run, easy to work on IF you don't count the front pot..hehe.
100 + easily done, 2 up cruises at 80mph no problem.

Great little bike, see one for a good price? Buy it !
You won't be disappointed.

1/1/2000 UTC
George Compton said :-
This bike never ceases to amaze me. Temperature of -8, not strated for two weeks, and it starts straight away from cold!
Interesting what Tom says about his outfit. Anyone know if chairs are easily fitted on these things?
1/1/2000 UTC
Mark said :-
I bought my 1990 Revere 600 nearly 3 years ago as a first bike after passing my test.It has proved to be pretty reliable given its age and has now covered 46000 miles. It was bought with a screen and fitted with Krauser pannier cases which are very commodious.Other than a set of rear brake linings at £20 , it required a new silencer as the original corroded through. The Motad replacement was considerably less expensive than a genuine Honda part and continues to do the job fine. Unfortunately the front downpipe is also now in need of replacement (around another £75 from the same source). The original battery only lasted 18 years (!) and has been replaced for about £60.
Front tyre replaced last year at £100 supplied and fitted (Bridgestone).
I hope that anyone considering running one of these bikes will find some of these costs informative as they are my genuine experience of running an elderly but solid and reliable machine.
I've only covered about 6000 miles but have enjoyed the performance of this small shaft drive (a feature which surprises many).
It is very economical to run ; about 57mpg is typical and the insurance is very reasonable on such a relatively inexpensive machine.
Looking forward to some improving weather soon, to continue to enjoy tinkering with and riding my Revere.
1/1/2000 UTC
Andrew P said :-
Yes, agree with all you say. Have had my NTV 650 Revere (1995 model) about 18 months now and very happy with it. It came with a PowerBronze Cobra fairing which gives a good compromise between protection and extra weight (the Voyager fairing gives more protection but looks much heavier). I don't know if it is because of the fairing but I tend to get about 60 mpg from mine, even with fairly hard motorway riding. Build quality seems better than on the Deauville's I see around - presumably Honda made the NTV in their factory in Japan.
1/1/2000 UTC
magoo said :-
sorry about that slip of the finger.
ntv 600 revere what a fantastic bike.does anybody out there have any spare parts eg fuel pump and fuel pump relay ?
1/1/2000 UTC
mike said :-
mine has just refused to start,first time ever ,fuel ok,spark ok, turns over strong just won't fire ,am i going to get rid ,nope even though I ride another bike I won't part with it,by the way cooling fans tend to sieze up and are a bit hard to come by second hand , not a problem until you get held up in towns.
1/1/2000 UTC
Geoff S said :-
I purchased a Revere 600 three years ago and have been delighted with its handling and reliability. I am a born again biker and required a safe, solid, reliable bike that would require little maintenance. The Revere fits the bill. A lnger term goal is to tour on the bike as my confidence grows and the time becomes available. I am 5 ft 7 and have had no trouble with the riding position and get 45 ish to the gallon. Great balanced review. thanks
1/1/2000 UTC
Martin said :-
Hi does anyone out there know if another front wheel will fit the Revere, Honda or not. I am asking because I would like twin discs at the front and thought someone may have already tried this. Any info gladly received. Cheers, Martin.
1/1/2000 UTC
Tim Parker said :-
Hi, read your review with interest,this is my story.My wife Helen and I have a power sharing arrangement that could be a model for any government;I make all the big decisions like whether we buy Trident, opt out of ERM, etc, and she makes all the little decisions like when we move house, etc.So when recently she announced unilaterally over dinner that we are to move (only just having completed major civil engineering works in the garden and a major refurbishment in the house)apart from blinking rapidly and having a little difficulty swallowing my tea,my only response was "where to? ( I am a boat-builder,so Bedfordshire, Middlesex, any land -locked region are non-starters for obvious reasons).Possessing more cunning than courage,I was very aquiescent, but started a campaign of insidious suggestion and manipulation to try and gain an edge of advantage for myself to offset the sheer unadulterated terror and horror that the thought of moving again filled me with.The basic tenent of my ploy was that I was deleriously happy to move(I am a dissembler of unashamedly gigantic proportions) conditional upon a sweetener to soften the impact on my natural inertia, the sweetener being that any financial arrangements to achieve the move should include a provision of funds to enable the purchase of a bike for me, as I have been without one for the unendurable period of 12 months, and I was sufferingly consequently.Initially this was parried by a very astringent directing of my attention to the parlous finacial circumstances of the current times(undisputably and demonstrably true),but a journey of a thousand miles, etc, etc, so I hunkered down prepared for a long campaign with hope more plentiful than confidence.A few weeks passed with estate agents bumph falling through the letterbox in such quantities that additional postmen were rercruited todeliver it, and I had to reinforce the floor beneath the doormat to take the additional loading of the weight of it all.At every moment I gauged to be appropriate in the deliberations over locality,size, price, etc, I mumbled and hinted obliquely about getting the bike, and had at my fingertips facts and figures germane to local dealerships and bikes available in them,but Helly was like a diminutive Kruschev (without the table banging, obviously, a man's a man,etc), and I resigned myself to a winter of discontent until a financially rosier day dawned.Nonetheless I kept at it, faint heart etc, etc.Recently, I returned home after a hard and sweaty day removing fossilised and obdurate keel bolts from a neglected craft(boat-owners should never be allowe to own a motorcycle lest they lavish the same neglect and indifference on them that they obviously bestow on their boats)and amongst the incosequential pleasantries that usually accompany most couples return from work, and our deciphering of yet more estate agents hyperbole, I snuk in another another broadside of 'gotta getta bike' grapeshot,expecting it to sink without trace, all hands lost.The very air shimmered, time and space skittered and seemed suspended,air molecules that sound waves danced and cavorted with revolved slowly and deliberately and almost visibli on an irrevocable axis into my ears, the foundations of the earth trembled and shook,and without the slightest blasphemy,I am willing to swear that despite my infinitely tiny place in the time-space continium, Gods voice resounded in my head, so that, unlike Mr.Bond's martini, I was both fundamentally shaken and viscerally stirred,and then, like waking from a dream, the moment passed and I returned to the real world
1/1/2000 UTC
Ed said :-
I have an F reg 78000 on the clock and its still going strong.

I have couriered on it, taken it from England, across france, itally, slovenia and croatia, and back again and its still thumping out the miles.

Its plain simple barn engineering with little dissapointments.

Love it.
1/1/2000 UTC
Rob P said :-
Brilliant review, I read it before buying my Revere and have found myself reading this page again somehow!

I recently fitted some sticky tyres from my cbr600 onto the bike (120/60-17 front and a 160 on the back) and it handles so much better. I went for a ride with a friend on his YZF1000 Thunderace and he couldn't keep up round the bends even on the edge of his tyre. I can't praise this bike enough!
1/1/2000 UTC
mike said :-
after sitting in the garage for best part of 12 months decided to take fuel line off the pump straight into carbs and the dear old thing burst into life as if I'd just parked it up yesterday, I think I've confirmed that the fuel pump relay has packed up, I intend just wiring the pump to a switch as the relays are real expensive ,has any one else had this problem and come up with an easy fix.
1/1/2000 UTC
john said :-
Martin, you can fit a set of forks off a deauville ( or a cbr600 f2 ) to get the twin disks that you asked about as i have done it, any one saying that the foot rests are a bit high you can fit the ones off a deauville straight on, mine is a 1989 with 24500 miles i have had it for 1 year and done 3000 miles on it, it does about 50 to the gallon, and i have rasied the handle bars about 1" far better,
1/1/2000 UTC
mike said :-
my 82,000 mile ntv 600 is now running gravity fed as couldn't get the pump to run, but seems ok,just took her in for the mot after sitting in the garage for 18 months and all she needed was a rear lamp (there are 2 behind the lens)and a rear tyre.I now ride a triumph trophy 1200 daily, I thought it would great to ride the old girl again, nostalgia is not all it's cracked up to be, it felt small,cramped,windy and slow but I think I was smiling all the way home, even after all the neglect it's soooo reliable, I start her once a week ,no choke and she just purs into life, I won't be getting ride of her any time soon
1/1/2000 UTC
happy harry said :-
allways wanted one in the 90s love the look and the engine bought one 4 years ago with 8000 miles owened by retired biker now done total 12ooo miles only . looks brand new still just hope to put some more miles on it before im to old is this the lowest miles revere for a 1992 j reg maybe you know better thanks happy harry
1/1/2000 UTC
mike said :-
have managed to find a powerbronze fairing for £40,modified brackets and fitted no problem sprayed white to match original bike ,with the original honda hard panniers fitted she's an imposing looking beast!!still havn't ridden her since last mot.
1/1/2000 UTC
Jake said :-
I had a Revere as my first bike and it was perfect. I binned at 50 MPH, giving it Billy Big Bollocks whilst omitting to see agricultural slurry on the chevrons of a winding country road. Totally my fault. I picked the bike up & rode home on it. Never made that mistake again! It's a great first bike & highly recommended.
1/1/2000 UTC
Thom said :-
Man, im like 6 foot 3 or so and I ride my Revere EVERYWHERE and plan to for the rest of my life, hopefully it'll be my main form of transport finances allowing, already done some major trips on it and it's all i could ever ask of a bike. It's not exciting but it puts a grin on my face, its an 'old faithful' type of bike, no major dramas in either a positive or negative sense, just a reliable companion and I can't wait to put some serious miles ontop of the serious miles it's done already.

If it's really cold and Im wearing jeans under my leathers it can be a faff getting my left foot up on to the peg first thing but after that it's fine and the riding position gets more comfortable after youve been sat in it for a while, but it means the rest of my body is unstressted which is great.

Love the bike to bits!

If people have trouble with foot pegs, don't get the seat raised, it whacks everything out of proportion fairly quickly, instead try lowering the foot pegs, deauville hangers are a fair bit lower and can be made to fit,
1/1/2000 UTC
Sha'ul Suhr said :-
Ive just got my first NTV600, wow am I impressed !
Ive had loads of older Jap bikes, and a BMWR65 RS, . I gotta say this compares favourably with any bike Ive owned, and is better than some.
Comparable to the BMW, but with the sure handleing of a Honda.
Motor is a bit like a CX I once had, but sounds better, and is more powerful.
Go Honda !
Great bike!
1/1/2000 UTC
Cadfael said :-
I have owned an E Reg 600J for 22 years. Bought secondhand (they were astonishingly expensive when new). 76000+ miles, ridden through all conditions including a rather unexpected blizzard which left me and the Revere looking like a mobile snow sculpture. No dramas!! Only failing is with replacement silencers. OE collector box/silencer was a thing of beauty, and delivered a most acceptable V-twin rumble. Motad replacement(s), (I've had two) last half the time of an original, but as they cost less than a third of the price of the (no longer available??)OE, you pay your money and take your chances. Anyone tried the Marving replacement? I wondered how it fits as I have never seen one actually fitted. The generic pictures I have seen only appear to have one connection (although there may be another converter not pictured on the parts websites). I cannot think of any reason not to own one of these great pieces of Honda engineering.
1/1/2000 UTC
Steve said :-
Had my Ntv 600 revere for nearly 2 months now and covered over 2000 miles on her, on a G reg and had 55000 on the clock when i bought her. utterly reliable and superebly comfortable ( i do 70 miles a day every day in all weather ) and im 6ft 4in! however i only have a restricted licence and are looking for a way to get a restrictor cheaply. all i can find is main dealer ones and yea alot of money......

I have alot of fun of her everyday have surprised quite a few sports bike off the mark and in the bends. I get about 50ish mpg lamping it up and down the m42 everyday. Probably helped by a power broze fairing.

On the subject of insurance this is my first big bike having ridden a cb250 for a year last year and only being 22 it was surprisigly cheap. Just under £300!

Phil Gray you said you had a restrictor removed do u still have it and maybe the paper work? If so would it be possible to sell it to me? cheers for any resposes guys!

Many hours happy motoring on your reveres and lots of miles with no worries!
1/1/2000 UTC
said :-
Mines a j reg .1991 model. 72,000 miles. No problem at all.
1/1/2000 UTC
John Kennedy said :-
Bought one of these back in the 80,s.Travelled from Scotland to Germany when I was in the army.The bike was excellent for me as I am 5-5. Live in Canada now and ride a Road Glide. Would jump at the chance to own a NTV again.
1/1/2000 UTC
Jimbob said :-
Sounds like its no good for me as i'm over 6ft.
Am looking to buy at mo, seems I have to have a sit on and see for myself.
Want mote than 50MPG tho' that's rubbush.
1/1/2000 UTC
Cadfael said :-
Just bought and fitted a fantastic exhaust from Fuel exhausts. Stainless steel, beautifully crafted, and easy to fit. Cheaper than the Motad mild steel/chrome silencer unit, and pretty much likely to outlast the bike. available in different lengths, shapes, styles and finishes @ http://www.fuelexhausts.com/details.cfm?ProdID=343&category_ID=3&scndctgry_ID=15

Proper quality item!!!!
1/1/2000 UTC
wayne taylor said :-
love this review of the nvt 600.always loved the look of these machines,i have many motorcycles over the years but something tells me this is going to be my best ever buy!mine is a g reg with 31,000 on the clock,so should have many years of riding enjoyment left in it.
1/1/2000 UTC
Brian said :-
A friend gave me a 25 year old revere 2 years ago, it was a bit rough but tidied it up and gave it a good service, has been totally reliable. I have used for a couple of tours and it economical and very comfortable. I must say I love this bike.
1/1/2000 UTC
stateless said :-
My Revere is worth 100.000 miles and still working properly even if it needs some works......
1/1/2000 UTC
Jim Branning said :-
One word Dependable,
Had my 600 since 1991
1/1/2000 UTC
Big Nose said :-
I bought my Revere, untested, on Ebay in August 2013. At 67 and 6'1", I should have known better. It has sat in my garage for a year because I can't operate the gear lever in such cramped conditions! Something keeps telling me I love it too much to sell. If I am to look silly on such a small bike, then who cares at my age. After a long search, I have just sourced (on Ebay) a knackered NTV seat and I am going to recover it at whatever height is needed. After all, it can only show when I dismount but I'll be the one smiling; I hope! I'll write again when it's done unless I launch myself over the 'bars!
1/1/2000 UTC
scouseviking said :-
Very interesting and informative review.
I have just bought one two days ago from Germany with 30000 on the clocks.
I rode it 400 miles home and it was a joy to ride and surprised me by cruising at 80mph easily.
As I am not too tall ,this bike fits me perfectly and I am looking forward to many miles of fun on it.
At 58 yrs of age not many things put a grin on my face but this bike ticks all the boxes for me.
1/1/2000 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
scouseviking - glad you're liking the Revere. It was definitely one of Honda's greats and the engine must have been good as it made it into so many other models too. Look after it and it will look after you.
1/1/2000 UTC
john said :-
my dad had it for 25 or more years in a garage and now I ride it works beautifully all I had to do was change the full filter and fix up the tank.Talk about family air loom
1/1/2016 12:25:13 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi John. I never would have thought of an NTV as an heirloom! But then I guess they're an old bike now so why not. Enjoy the bike and who knows one day it may become a valuable vintage heirloom.
1/1/2016 8:20:06 AM UTC
Bill said :-
Have done over 50000 miles on mine. It's over 70000 on the mileometer and feels just about run in. The gearbox on these is very clunky, but has got better over the miles. The handling seems very normal until you try anything else, then you realise the NTV is superb. Not faultlessly reliable though- mine blew an instrument bulb at 60000 miles. Considered complaining to Honda.
I've had quite a few bikes since buying mine, many newer and more powerful. I've sold them all and kept my 'Aunty'.
Please don't buy one- send them to me.

20/7/2017 8:25:56 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Hi Bill. I'm really sorry to hear about your instrument bulb and I fully understand your anger at Honda's shoddy workmanship. Motorcycles these days just ain't what they used to be.

I moved on from my NTV 600 Revere at 78,000 miles. The bike was fine I just wanted a change. Like you I never found another quite so bloody well built. That said my CBF125 now has 66,000 miles on it but I have replaced 2 instrument bulbs (and a bit more besides).

Enjoy the beastie!
21/7/2017 7:49:15 AM UTC
Alan Sutherland said :-
I've had my Revere since since 1992,and was off the road for 10 years because that's how long the doctors took to get my tablet dosage sorted to keep my absence type epilepsy at bay.Better to bide my time.My bike is totally unbelievable to look at,and has covered just 50000 miles.It looks more like 10000 miles.The bike is garaged,and kept on the trickle charger. I tend to be a dry rider only,unless I get caught out. I do quite weird things, like go from where I live,near Edinburgh,to Fort William for lunch ( Glen Coe ,and Killin) and come back home ,take the flies off the bike and give it a general polish with Pledge for wood which I find the best ,and then,I even squirt WD40 up the exhaust ,which is still original, and shiney inside.OTT,I know but Hey ! ! What else are dry days for,gardening NOT.
17/9/2017 8:16:47 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm glad to hear that you are able to use the bike now, I can only imagine how frustrating it must be to see the motorcycle in the garage and not be able to use it.

I wish I could do weird things like riding to Fort William for lunch!! Morrisons will do me fine or the little cafe in Strontian for a cake.

Thanks Alan and enjoy the ride.
17/9/2017 5:39:46 PM UTC
Frosty said :-
All the good stuff said here is so straight & true, bought my '89 600K in four c/board boxes off eBay for a 100 quid. Didnt expect much & wasnt disappointed, because I didn't get much.....Most of the standard plastic impedimenta plus Rs-end of the exhaust, H/light, all electrics, seat etc were missing, the rear-frame had been hack-sawed off just past the rear tank mounting, the r/shock was siezed solid scrap. Not a good start!...Looked at it for a week, my intention was to plant it at my 1920's Apartmento Rurale in Catalunya,Spain as my mountain hack ??.......I'm not going to spend any money on this heap of shite!, 60K on the meter, plastered in B&Q's gutter-grey slime oil paint....What to do ?....The project got hold of me..Spend no real money, throw it together on the cheap as a Rat-Bobber, spank what's left of the lil Bastard around the 1000 ft drops & sheer rock faces of El Montana Altos see who craps out first.....It wasn't the bike!.....old-fashioned, dated, retro, noisy with a modded 'slash-can', & so bloody ugly...But Chummy, a heart of Gold, a member of my Family, a Legend around Priorata del Tarragona,......Amen so absolute for one Magic Machine with Soul.

My Bitch
12/10/2018 11:35:41 AM UTC
Frosty said :-
One truly Great Site, No Issues, No Denials, No Hang-ups, No Attitude..... just a meeting of Like Minds...Felitas, El Compadre Mucho.

12/10/2018 11:50:36 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers Frosty! Never thought I'd see a sort of off road bobber scrambler NTV600 Revere. It rather appeals to my fix it up n make it work mentality.

I hope the weather is better there than it has been here today. Cheers.
13/10/2018 10:40:07 AM UTC
Chris said :-
Mine is actually a Deauville 650 with a Ducati monster seat, a load of NTV parts and all of the fairing lugs cut off. Love the bike to bits, pulls like a train, very torquey almost diesel like.

29/12/2018 8:31:05 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Wow Chris that's another beauty. There's something about that straight frame and the simple lines that lend itself to being a stripped down bike. What's the crack with the 2 sided swingarm? That must have taken some serious engineering to get in?
30/12/2018 8:21:56 AM UTC
Chris said :-
It's a Deauville, so the 2 sided swingarm is OE. Maybe to cope with the extra weight that is piled on in Deauville guise. I believe the single side and the 2 side swingarm setup are interchangeable however.

The 2 side Deauville swingarm does appear to be longer than the single side NTV one though, which I prefer as it makes the bike look longer and sleeker imo.
30/12/2018 11:07:15 AM UTC
Rod said :-
Hi Chris, You also have the massive advantage of shaft drive if I am not mistaken. Nice looking bike!
30/12/2018 12:38:55 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Aaaaah of course the Deauville. I guess the tank is from the NTV and fits straight on?
30/12/2018 4:41:44 PM UTC
Chris said :-
No, the Deauville has a 2 bolt arrangement up top on an extended mount. This needs cutting down flush with the top frame rails then a piece of plate welding in. An m6 tapped hole can then be added to accept the single bolt of the NTV tank.

The Deauville tank looks rubbish without the fairings as it is designed to mate up with them. An NTV airbox is also used to go with the NTV tank, this is a direct fit. the Deauville one is too big to go underneath.
30/12/2018 5:17:05 PM UTC
Chris said :-
Yes shaft drive is retained with the Deauville base.

30/12/2018 5:19:17 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
That sounds like real engineering Chris. Here at BAT towers we only do "bodges". Have a look around and you'll see what I mean. I think your bike looks sweet but...well...erm...where does the top box go, the saddle bags and the camping gear? Hehe - I guess it's not for touring? Maybe you have "add-ons"?
30/12/2018 6:08:42 PM UTC
Chris said :-
Just the tanklock ring (Givi tank bag) and a rucksack with this one. I use it for mainly pottering around and short trips I.e. less than 50 miles. I've got a K1200s and a VFR 800 in the shed for the longer stuff ;-)
30/12/2018 6:24:34 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Ahh I see you've rather spoilt yourself! Lucky boy.
30/12/2018 6:26:26 PM UTC
Chris said :-
The NTV is my favourite though :-) :-)
30/12/2018 6:45:48 PM UTC

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