Honda has something nice for 2010, the NT700V, a 680cc, 52 degree, SOHC 4 valve per cylinder V-twin for everyday use, commute to work during the week and take off for distant locations on the weekends. The fairing with adjustable windscreen offers excellent protection from the weather. Shaft drive gives you ease of maintenance. A very nice set of integrated saddlebags look good and carry all of the essentials for work or baggage for a weekend of touring. I hesitate to use the word “sensible” because no real rider would ever want something sensible, biggest and fastest, sure, but sensible? Never. But, then again, …
The engine is fuel injected and liquid cooled. Seat height is 31.7 inches, low enough for most riders. It carries 5.2 gallons of fuel which will keep you going non stop until you really need a break. Weight is 562 pounds with all standard equipment in place, all fluids and a full tank of gas. It’s priced at $9,999 or $10,999 with ABS.
No one needs a Gold Wing every day and an ST1300 is a lot of bike for a daily commute, both very nice bikes, to be sure, but if you can’t justify the heavy iron or you just want something a little smaller and more nimble, the NT700V could be an excellent choice.