Saturday, March 01, 2008

Honda release full specs for the DN-01

Don't want to change your own gears? You'll probably love the Honda DN-01
Pics: Motoring, Moto Caradisiac

Umm… well, it’s not really our kind of thing, but we do admire Honda for having the conviction to build something like the DN-01. And while DN-01 pics have been doing the rounds for ages, it’s only that Honda have released full specs for this 2008 machine.

Right, the important bits first – the bike is fitted with 680cc, 8-valve, SOHC, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected v-twin that makes 61bhp and 64Nm of torque. Kerb weight is 270 kilos, chassis double-cradle steel-tube, and suspension is 41mm non-adjustable fork at the front, and preload-adjustable monoshock at the back. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels, shod with 130/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) rubber. The Honda DN-01’s fully enclosed shaft-drive is likely to be low on maintenance chores and its brakes are ABS-equipped…

Of course, the DN-01’s party-piece is its ‘Human-Friendly Transmission’ (HFT), a hydro-mechanical transmission featuring a hydraulic clutch. It automatically changes drive ratios (not just belt ratios, as with regular CVT systems) and Honda claim it does that absolutely seamlessly.

In automatic mode, riders can choose between the regular D (Drive) and the hopefully more entertaining S (Sports). Those who insist on changing their own gears can still use a handlebar-mounted switch to change over from automatic to push-button manual-shift mode, where you get six ‘gears’ to choose from.

When it goes on sale later this year, the Honda DN-01 is expected to be priced at around US$16,000. We’re sure it’ll be a nice, refined commuter-bike, but really, we’d much rather take a CB1100R or the Evo6.

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Aaron Weber said...

That seems terribly expensive.

nsparker said...

Not realy. I paid close to $12,000 for my Burgman.

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