Coming to America- Honda Introduces New Motorcycle Models

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Honda DN-01 Concept

Coming to America Big Red crosses with the DN-01.

Honda announced it will sell the “crossover,” the DN-01, in 2009; a motorcycle that looks a like a scooter, a bit like a and has the flash and laid-back seating of a cruiser.

Honda Motors it will sell the new-for-the-USA the DN-01, in 2009; it’s a that looks a little a scooter, a bit like a sportbike and has the and laid-back seating position of a

First revealed as a concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, the gets its moniker from “Dream New, Concept 1″ and defies traditional categorization. pitches it as a dream machine and a vision of what non-motorcyclists a two-wheeler should be, hence the styling.

The DN-01 has been for sale in and Europe for the past year. Now Honda is taking a crack at an segment of the U.S. market—largely but not Baby Boomers—with potential already looking at alternatives as Piaggio’s MP3 and Can-Am’s Spyder in addition to other interpretations of the scooter.

“There’s a new group of riders,” Ray Blank, Senior VP for Motorcycles at Honda. “They don’t a scooter; they want with the size and look of a but they want distinctive they want a low seat and they don’t want to

Honda’s solution is to mate the liquid-cooled, 680cc V-Twin the Euro-market Deauville commuter derived from the Honda GT) with something called the Friendly Transmission (HFT) for big quads like the Foreman. A design, the HFT is a continuously variable system that uses a pump and motor to provide a range of gear ratios.

It’s compact and has no scheduled requirements, whereas Continuously Transmission (CVT) systems in cars need periodic of belts and other parts. HFT two automatic shifting settings, or Sport, as well as a push-button, Manual mode. Brakes are from front to rear and with ABS.

A 41mm a single-sided swingarm and 17-inch tires point at sporty

Honda DN-01 Concept
Honda DN-01 Concept

The bike’s flowing bodywork, riding position and floorboards the legacy of models such as the Leader, the Vincent Black the “bathtub” Triumph Speed and more recently the ill-fated PC800 Pacific Coast, a faired sport-tourer with an V-Twin, tall windscreen and trunk that Blank green-lighted. Never a sales the PC still has great cult “The PC was too early…though you should see they’re going for on eBay days,” says Blank.

He also maintains that the is “different from the Pacific but they will doubtlessly be At $14,599, the price point is a he acknowledges, especially in today’s economy. Even Piaggio’s three-wheeled scooter doesn’t $10,000, and the Can-Am Spyder SE5 is $1000 more than the

Blank hopes the machine’s nature will help, but he admits the bike is a gamble. the exciting part,” he offered.

if the DN-01 doesn’t lead into an age of “crossover” motorcycles, to see the HFT in future Honda streetbikes. hinted of possible applications, the Gold Wing or even sportier. “We are looking at a lot of applications for transmissions,” he says.

However the new is perceived, Honda is gamely it, once again taking a to gain a bigger slice of the streetbike pie. Says “Let’s give it a try…it’s that simple and just complicated.”

Honda DN-01 Concept
Honda DN-01 Concept

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