2009 Honda DN-01 Motorcycle- Honda Motorcycle Reviews

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Honda DN-01

Test: 2009 Honda Honda makes a case for the motorcycle.

The longtime dedicated approaches the scooter with suspicion. Full bodywork, wheels, little engines, all for ease and economy rather speed and adventure.

But despite its plastic profile and automatic the Honda DN-01is not a scooter. by looking at its 680cc V-Twin 17-inch wheels and sport Realize that it has a gas tank your legs, not the air of a step-through. that you can’t call that costs $14,599 a

What to call it? Honda the word “crossover” and describes the as a “comfortable sports cruiser.”

we accept that. With suspicion, of course…

Says Ray VP at American Honda, “It’s not that came out of market It’s kind of a hunch. dreaming.

It’s something nobody’s got it, so let’s give it a As a new-think kind of vehicle, we it will be intriguing.”

It is that. more so than when you the Drive button to engage the continuously variable “Human Transmission.” The smooth idle of the 52-degree V-Twin is drawn ever so slightly, which you audibly and see on the LCD bar-graph tachometer. just roll on the power and smoothly away.

The centrifugal clutch action is predictable and to modulate through throttle

There are Drive and Sport for full-auto operation and a pushbutton option for six “gears.” Even in the it’s not fully manual; HFT go up or down in ratio unless the speed is appropriate. And while I gears” on a winding road and in it seemed sort of ridiculous. The settings give the best performance and the quickest roll-on although the quickest quarter-mile came in Manual.

On the road, Drive holds rpm and gives you fewer revs you snap the throttle open to the best balance of efficiency and says Honda. Sport you 500 rpm more at steady state the tallest “direct” ratio is and usually hands you 1000 when you snap open the The DN-01 is usefully more in Sport.

Even so, it isn’t a quick vehicle. It will doors on most cars, and all you to do to jet off the line is whack it wide-open. launch circumstances, the engine like it gets its spark retarded a bit to control power until the hydro clutch is engaged, and then you are runnin’.

At a Neutral can be selected to disengage the from the rear wheel if you but it will idle all day in Drive. engages automatically when the key is off so the motorcycle may be pushed. Because is no “gear” when in the off position, a parking brake is provided, by a lever under the right of the fuel tank.

On the dyno, in “fifth” gear, the DN-01′s V-Twin made 45.6 at 7400 rpm and 35.8 foot-pounds at revs. The curves are quite and torque production is broad, seems strange, given the of the transmission to hold any chosen Seems Honda’s tuners have sacrificed a bit of engine and shifted power and torque to the rev range, then used the inherent tunability to exploit

But in traditional terms, this is a well-tuned powerplant.

It takes no time to become accustomed to how the and transmission work together to forward motion, and even to get used to how the DN-01 handles. The is neutral in corners and stability is Rake and trail are very at 28.5 degrees and 4.5 inches. too, is geared toward with 63.5 inches axles.

This also space for a low seat (27.3 and the mechanicals for this very Alligator-like machine.

If you’ll the Alligator, both in the Single-cylinder we tested previously and also the new version, places the rider the ground to give a low center of and a very confident, easy-steering The DN-01 isn’t as extreme in its as Gurney’s effort, but there is else currently available as a that imparts the ease of that the DN-01 does, is even more surprising you consider its 591-pound dry weight. with that and the conservative geometry, the roll response of the is quick and precise.

In fact, the handling qualities of the DN-01 the ease with which the can be ground not at all surprising. Cornering is pretty good—much better with your average on a tight, winding road, the are by far the greatest limiting factor in how corners can be taken. A swift is easy to maintain, but the last bit of is mitigated by scraping metal.

Braking performance from the ABS braking system is superb. down to the apex has no effect on which simply adds to the of riding quickly and being to respond to surprises around next blind corner. the lever and pedal do have a … feeling, the three-piston in front, one at the rear—nonetheless haul thing down with

The anti-lock element is an added (this is, by the way, not the same new as fitted to the CBR-RR sportbikes).

On one test loop that snow and icy roads, I was thankful for the nature of the power and predictability of the the lowness of the chassis and the anti-lock Also, as the dark and stormy day into a very dark and night, the excellent headlights and mirrors were additionally

Highway behavior is comfortable, a good ride from the conventional fork and single Wind protection is decent, at 70-plus mph, the low fairing top and allow wind to strain the neck after a short This head-level blast and the kicked-back, feet-forward nature of the position make the high speeds attainable on the DN-01 a bit comfortable than they might be.

The seat is excellent, but riders 6 feet tall will for a bit more room both to the and to the floorboards. These aspects limit touring opportunities, as the 324-pound load capacity. on that figure, two-up with any kind of luggage virtually guarantee an overloaded

Still, in terms of overall the DN-01 is excellent. But, in respects, we wish Honda had the two-wheeled Acura route As it is, the only true “feature” is the

How about standard heated (admittedly they’re an option), a GPS system (an option in Europe, but not a power port or two for electric or other electronic devices perhaps, any kind of storage? The case for the latter would be a to put a bag of groceries, but even something would be welcome. Currently, is space for a U-lock under the and that is it.

This bike for a level of storage utility would allow parts or grocery getting.

As it stands, on long test loop very foul weather included snow, ice and hail, I had to all my stuff in a plastic trashbag in my That, friends, is anti-convenient. a nice underseat storage or perhaps a tank-top setup to that of theAprilia Mana I could have just my stuff in there.

Dammit, Honda!

The gauge too, is a bit annoying. It’s far it’s small, there are no or engine temperature gauges and the hard-to-find-at-night tripmeter buttons are out there in front of you—a big especially if you are moving. Further, low, sweptback windscreen is close to the handlebars, so getting geared-up arm and winter-gloved hand in to push the buttons is a pain.

Make the trip functions by a trigger on the left switch

Fundamentally, what makes complaints all the more frustrating is, how easy the DN-01 is to ride. bike functions. The lowness, the quality, the brakes, the transmission and the are all seamlessly integrated and allow ease of use coupled with a feeling on the road. Just it on.


Despite the gripes the only true, potentially flaw in the program is the price. At the DN-01 costs as much as an sport-tourer, and the non-ABS Kawasaki 14 is $13,499. Inevitable scooter yield competition that under $10,000. Looking at the FourTrax Rubicon quad uses the same transmission on a smaller mechanical scale that you can purchase the base for $7500 and a GPS-optioned unit for

Honda’s response is that the volume in the quad market the per-unit cost to be lower, projected worldwide sales of the are comparatively small. “Low leads to higher pricing,” Blank. “The technology to higher pricing. Until is big volume in making an all-new transmission like this, going to be expensive to manufacture.”

Still, it seems Honda has an opportunity with the DN-01. It bring many new people two wheels, but based on the price this is highly unlikely. It draw experienced riders for something easier to live than your average or sportbike. It could draw riders who are in search of an additional, alternative for shorter trips and use. But the price probably get in the way of much of these potential too.

And, if the high were part of a “premium-bike” ploy of this new concept, we might also have more electronic doodads to it upmarket, which might justify the dollars required for

So what is the DN-01 besides It is easy to ride. It is interesting. It is And it ain’t no scooter.

Honda DN-01
Honda DN-01
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