2008 Honda DN-01 motorcycle review @ Top Speed

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Honda DN-01


Radical new styling grabs attention from angle. Form-fitting comfort invites one to both sit on and to ride. response to every rider reacting with exhilarating at every twist of its throttle, no clutch! Not only that, no changer!

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With its concept bike looks, proportions, high-styled 17 wheels and V-twin engine, Honda’s new is most certainly a motorcycle. One provides all the exhilarating riding one would expect from the of its breed. But no clutch.

Instead, the introduces to motorcycling the most fully automatic transmission developed for any two-wheeled vehicle. One provides all the strong power and one associates with ‘real’ manual transmissions. One that its rider from the distracting of a manual transmission and opens the to a new world of complete motorcycle enjoyment.

When the DN-01 debuted at the 2005 Tokyo Show, many thought it to be another interesting Concept design exercise that disappear and be promptly forgotten so many others before it. Its of strong performance delivered an ‘infinitely variable HFT transmission’ like another wild like those often to describe automotive concept that never see the light of

Little did people know the DN-01’s long years of and development would soon see in a bold new production model would carry all the styling and technological advancements of its initial and still deliver on its promise of riding ease and enjoyment. As its implies, the new DN-01 is the very of a unique breed of ‘Dream motorcycles that will be blazing new trails to the future of riding ease and exhilaration anybody can enjoy.


When Honda’s team of engineers set out to create an entirely new of motorcycle, they sought to elements of swift sportbike relaxed custom cruiser comfort and the delightful operating of a big twist-and-go scooter. The plan included such modern as environmentally friendly emissions and the most up-to-date security and safety technologies for the ultimate in motorcycle performance and riding

One of the first criteria for this new of motorcycle was to create a new sense of that could be easily in its dynamic design, and experienced in its and performance. Thus, the new machine’s urbane Performance Cruiser were formulated based on the concepts of “Relaxing and Cool,” and “Sophisticated High Quality,” guided every aspect of its

Eye-catching, organically styled was drawn up to create a unique, form that exudes and makes one want to ride. The of the new machine should also emphasise all that a motorcycle can be, and only a motorcycle can offer: an sense of comfort and stability instantly appeals to riders of all of experience; a secure feeling of enhanced by its low seat and firm grip, which provides a sensation of rider/ machine and a confident feeling of responsive handing and control that to overall riding enjoyment.

Next, operation must be for all, and relaxing in every with light-handling manoeuvrability and no from the intimate pleasure of down the road and around the Central to this ultimate ease would necessarily be the of the traditional clutch and gear combination that has separated from other forms of for generations.

No more uncomfortable into gear, no missed no embarrassing stalls, no scuffed and no tired wrists from clutch lever operation. as riding moods change the landscape, the motorcycle should be able to adapt accordingly, not only smooth and easy operation, but also respond to a pace with sportier or even spontaneous manual when desired.

Central to the development goals for this new of riding machine was yet another new of motorcycle power transferthat has had under steady development for twenty years: A new, automatic transmission designed to smooth, infinitely variable conversion ratios with control, yet able to automatically to varying load conditions swift, sure response and power output to the rear maintaining breathtaking acceleration it goes. This epochmaking new made its debut in the 2005 Concept Bike under the ‘HFT’, or Human- Friendly Specially designed tofor the time everbridge the gap between operating ease and the crisp, performance associated with a motorcycle transmission, HFT gives the new breathtaking acceleration coupled remarkably smooth and easy for revolutionary riding performance to back up its next-generation styling.

The new 2008 DN-01 will on the avenues and winding roads of offering peerless performance and riding ease in a distinctly and sporty form that its riders to rediscover the profound of motorcycling on an all-new roadsteror wide appeal. The future and Honda answers with the



Unprecedented ‘Performance Custom’ design.

front cowl design dual projector headlights.

proportions for relaxed riding and luxurious riding ease.

stepped seat, back-swept and wide foot boards.

LCD instrument panel with tachometer display and large speedometer.

Wide integrated LED assembly.


Slim, fuel-injected 680cm³ V-twin

Revolutionary, infinitely variable, HFT (Human-Friendly Transmission).

HFT features Sport and 6-speed Manual for wide-ranging performance potential.

HFT ‘lock-up’ system achieves direct drive for stronger, acceleration.

Switch-selectable mechanical for easier control when at

Dual-chamber exhaust with system maintains exhaust below EURO-3 regulated

Long-and-low chassis design for riding ease.

Compliant front fork mounts 130/70 section front

Single-sided aluminium Pro-Arm integrates shaft final

Stylish wheels mount radial tyres.

Smoothly Combined-Antilock Brake System for braking control.


Unique in every way, the provocative form introduces a new concept in motorcycle styling and comfort that blends the of motorcycle and automotive design a ‘modern, organic body’ of individualistic style. Jetting from its long, shark-like nose, the DN’s curvaceous lines project a boldly and aggressively urban look heralds an exciting new future in riding enjoyment. Built on a chassis configuration that a luxuriously relaxed and comfortably riding position, as well as handling, the DN-01’s futuristic seems to envelop its rider in a shell of calm, controlled

The back-swept lines of the DN-01’s front cowl are underscored by a slim-line triplebeam headlight seems to leer forth hungry intent. Incorporating a of compact projector-type low beams a large, central multi-reflector beam, this layout both a brilliant swath of night-time riding illumination and a ultra-modern look that fails to grab attention. built into the front widely spaced rearview maximise the DN-01’s forward and predatory looks.

The lines of the massive front cowl seamlessly back into the shoulders of its sleekly styled tank, with deep providing a smooth and narrow for the knees. A form-fitting flip-up conceals the fuel filler cap the tank’s arching curves. the racy lines of its compact, windscreen the DN-01’s large, LED-backlit LCD instrument panel an easy-to-see readout of all operating

Following the curve of the panel’s curved crown extends a multi-segment tachometer display provides instant indication of revs up to its 7,800rpm redline. A numerical speedometer resides in the of the display for easy view, and is by a dual-trip calculator and clock on the and a six-segment fuel gauge on the The entire display is bracketed by the array of indicators, including turn indicators and a ‘Neutral’

Settling into its wide, contoured 690mm low-slung the DN offers an easy and natural to both the ground and its swept-back aluminium handlebars. Large boards angle slightly to provide plenty of legroom and a position for enjoying long of riding pleasure. The back of the rises up to provide a comfortable hip then extends back to pillion passengers a long, seating area for exceptional cruising comfort.

The locking seat can also be removed to a carrying space for holding tools and a U-lock.

The tail of the DN-01 reveals just as intricate design effort as can be in its provocative front cowl. and incorporating the rear pillion and wide combination taillight, design further emphasises the organic form with hand rails that almost as furrowed brows the distinctive clear-lens taillight Bordered by large yellowbulb the brilliant multi-segment LED taillight a strong visual impact attracting the full attention of following behind.

The DN-01’s bodywork is also beautifully with front shrouds surrounding its radiator and sweeping low to the forward-mounted foot boards and the reach of its highly attractive, two-into-one exhaust system. The system’s large, chrome-plated features a modern triangular that blends in elegantly the rest of the DN-01’s organic Along the left, an impressive Pro-arm swingarm joins the DN-01’s stylish dual cast aluminium wheels to strong emphasis to its inherent beauty and unique sense of

Finally, shorn of distractive each side of the DN-01’s sculpted fuel tank is by a single, round cloisonné-style Wing mark emblem gives a powerful visual of Honda’s renown for stretching the of conventional motorcycle design, giving subtle expression to the craftsmanship and prestige to be found in the new

Colouring Concept

With its organic Performance Cruiser turning heads wherever it the new DN-01 marks a new epoch in development and styling. Its curvaceous exhibit a sense of total infused with dynamic and superb quality of construction gives anyone who rides it a of pride and complete satisfaction.

The new will soon be prowling the in two darkly mysterious colour that give vivid to its uniquely modern styling In basic black, the DN-01 with a sleek and sophisticated that highlights the gleam of its and the sinewy curves of its bodywork. In pearlescent purple, the DN-01 with a richness of quality and that evokes the twilight where Dreams roam

Graphite Black

Pearl Purple

Revolutionary New Human-Friendly (HFT)

More than its what really sets the new apart and on its way to the future of motorcycle enjoyment is its highly advanced new transmission system, called or the Human-Friendly Transmission. A totally new the DN-01’s engine cases specially made to hold remarkably light and responsive system. Not to be confused with belt converter systems as used in twist-and-go scooters, or transmissions that manually between conventional gear without using a manual HFT is a fully developed hydro-mechanical featuring a hydraulic clutch automatically and seamlessly changes ratios, not just belt to produce strong, smooth, acceleration that can provide the acceleration normally associated solid gear-on-gear manual


The sleek and stylish new gets its satisfying surge of from a slimly configured 52 Vtwin engine that is on the unit that now powers popular Deauville and Transalp road bikes. Providing performance for both exhilarating prowling and smooth, comfortable on high-speed motorways, this liquid-cooled engine features responsive PGM-FI electronic injection and freeflowing four-valve that ensure smoother, efficient flow of intake and gasses through their chambers for exhilarating thrusts of at each twist of its throttle.


Like nearly all of Honda’s fuel-injected engines, the new DN-01 features an integrated HECS3 catalyser system that the air/fuel mixture to reduce of harmful exhaust gases to below EURO-3 regulated Featuring a large-capacity 300-cell element installed in the forward of its dual-chamber exhaust, this effectively minimises emissions of dioxide (CO), hydrocarbons and nitrous oxides (NOX) maintaining strong and smooth throughout the engine’s impressive

Easy, Multi-Mode Operation

To the strong, versatile performance meets the needs and desires of a range of rider, HFT offers two automatic, infinitely variable modes ‘D’ (Drive) for ordinary riding and ‘S’ mode for a noticeably more riding experience which quicker and sharper acceleration truly excites. On top of these two drive modes, this system also offers a sixspeed manual mode, gives riders the option of up and down with a manual feel.

The DN-01’s HFT achieves an satisfying riding feel with exceptionally easy Riders can enjoy the smooth, twist-and-go operation of a laid-back scooter, or with the flick of a start tearing up the road the direct throttle response by the DN-01’s sporty or manual modes.

Starting up and starting out are as as pressing the start button and the ‘DN’ switch on the right-side pod to engage the transmission. The HFT’s clutch totally eliminates any ‘clunks’ as the drive gear is instead smoothly switching gear with forward initiated by a twist of the throttle.

‘Lock-Up’ System

The DN-01’s HFT features a ‘lock-up’ system to that found in automotive overdrives, which provides a direct engine-to-rear wheel for stronger, sharper acceleration to other automatic or belt-drive This fully automatic also features a throttle-controlled capability that works to optimum power output high-load conditions, such as climbing steep grades, by reducing the drive ratio in a constant motion, as opposed to the downshifts associated with or conventional multi-speed automatic In this way, the HFT offers the of being able to handle loads with better transfer efficiency, thus more sporty acceleration otherwise possible with belt-drive systems.

Honda DN-01

Switch-Selectable Neutral

Besides its remarkably hydraulic clutch, the HFT also a mechanical neutral that can be with the press of a button, completely disengages the hydraulic thus permitting the engine to run or be revved at stop, without requiring that the brakes be The HFT is also designed to automatically to this mechanical neutral the engine is turned off, facilitates motorcycle movement stopped, as its rear wheel is effectively disconnected from the


With its startlingly looks and revolutionary HFTequipped engine, the DN-01’s frame and components seem almost ‘conventional.’ Its double-cradle steel frame provides solid for its engine, bodywork and suspension ensuring exceptional riding and confident control in virtually all situations. The frame’s excellent and front weight bias a smoother, more confident ride compared to virtually any large-format scooter while lighter, swifter handling most cruisers.

The DN-01’s laidback American-style cruiser position and motorcycle-like knee greatly enhances the rider’s of oneness with the machine. its solid handling stability and riding comfort are almost in the Custom class.

The frame’s bolt-on steel seat rail provides a mount for rider and passenger hovering low over the rear for a comfortable low seat height and reach to the ground, as well as a sense of riding ‘in’ the rather than simply on top of it. a large contribution to this as well as to the DN-01’s light, handling, is a dual-element 15.1-litre tank that carries the of its load low in the chassis for enhanced

Sporty Cruiser Control

The relatively long 1,605mm and mid-position 28 caster angle the base for its easy-going Performance riding proportions with yet responsive control and a steady at the handlebars. Its 41mm front offers up ample travel and response in both straight-line and spirited blasts through the when called upon to

At the back, the DN-01’s wide-rimmed five-spoke wheel is held by an single-sided Pro-Arm swingarm its quiet, maintenancefree driveshaft for a look combined with tracking performance. The rear wide, low-profile 190/50-17 tyre also looks the with fat, low-profile cool backed up by swift, performance. A smoothly compliant rear suspension system up the bumps with 120mm of that plays a big part in the luxurious riding comfort maintaining its clean, uncluttered and steady handling.

Advanced Antilock Brakes

The DN-01 the excellent braking feel and responsive control of Honda’s advanced Combined Antilock System. Up front, this consists of a lightweight pair of three-piston front callipers firmly grip large floating rotors between sintered metal pads. five-point inner rotors to reduced unsprung weight.

At the a 276mm rotor mounted the Pro-Arm swingarm and the wheel is stopped by a compact dual-piston attached to the swingarm in a conventional that provides sporty control to match the new CBF’s riding capability.

Like so-equipped Honda street the DN-01’s Combined Brake links the rear brake to the centre piston of its left-side front brake calliper to a measured balance of front control whenever the rear is firmly used.

Stronger applied to the rear brake results in just enough brake engagement to provides a balance of front and rear forces for smoothly controlled The remaining five pistons of the two front brake callipers are by the hand brake lever in a manner, providing reassuringly braking control to match the remarkably sporty riding The DN-01 also features a one-touch parking brake for added security and peace-of-mind stopped.

High-Performance ABS

The new DN-01 features Honda’s advanced, and lightweight Antilock Brake which complements the responsive of its Combined Brake System smooth, confidence-inspiring brake over variable road or less than ideal conditions.

Operating in precisely the way as Honda’s other ABS-equipped the DN-01’s Antilock Brake ECU continuously monitors the small speed sensor pulsar at the centres of the front-right brake and the rear brake rotor, instantly to the most minute in the relative speed of its two wheels. The smoothly and precisely predicts and tyre slip before it particularly when braking uneven or slippery road With ultra-precise control, system maintains just brake pressure for smooth and deceleration that greatly confidence in one’s ability to quickly and surely.

Confident riding also strongly assured braking and the DN-01’s advanced Combined- ABS an exceptional level of smoothly braking control to give seasoned experts and less riders more confident power in situations where braking capability is crucial.

Honda Ignition Security (HISS)

Like most of larger displacement motorcycles, the new is also fully equipped the highly capable Honda Security System (HISS), features a fail-safe electronic to prevent the engine from started by anything other the machine’s two original keys, providing effective protection ride-away theft. Designed to disable the engine at the very of its ignition system, the HISS cannot be bypassed by hot-wiring the or exchanging the ignition switch

Optional Equipment

Honda Europe NV will supply the new with a specially created of optional accessories designed to its comfort, capacity and versatility. accessories include:

A custom-styled for extra pillion passenger

Comfortable heated handlebar featuring adjustable temperature and circuitry to protect the battery.

An Honda Motorcycle Navigation kit finds towns, addresses, POI of Interest) or Honda dealerships Europe with 2D and 3D onscreen accompanied by handy voice Integrated Bluetooth wireless provides inhelmet voice while permitting mobile operation with both safely on the handlebars. Comes specially designed mounting and wiring.

An amplifier with a set of two 10W speakers that allow you to in an MP3 player or any other portable device via a stereo mini The volume changes depending on the increase ranging from 10 to based on your own preference and Also features a mute as well as manual volume during a stop and above

A motion and vibration-sensitive anti-theft Alarm system that off potential tamperers and thieves a piercing wail. Low-consumption mode protects the battery drainage.

A sturdy U-lock.

A full-coverage cycle cover to the DN-01’s paint against UV and weather.



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