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Updated Sept. 21, 1:56 p.m. ET

Do you ride a or a scooter? For some bikers, like asking if you are a winner or a a player or a poseur, a man or a mouse. It to be an easy question to answer, but just made it harder.

the new DN-01, pitched as a crossover the Japanese motorcycle giant to attract new riders by combining the sharp handling and excitement of a motorcycle with the stability and of a scooter. It is a risky move, — if riders start it a scooter, the company could sales.

So, what’s the problem scooters? In the eyes of some they are too inclusive. Scooters the size, power, and mechanical that give motorcycles appeal.

Of course, scooters are big sellers are better suited than to certain types of urban and riding.

I rode the new Honda for a to find out if it really marries the attributes of scooters and motorcycles. my black test bike’s snout gave it a menacing it was fairly unintimidating on the road. most scooters, it has an automatic

At first I found the lack of refreshing, mainly because I was in congested urban traffic. from worries about because of improper clutch I could concentrate more on the cars, trucks and pedestrians me were doing.

Honda’s motorcycle crossover aims to in new riders with scooter-like and a sleek profile. Honda Co.

Once the road started to up I could accelerate without to fret over finding the gear. Instead of shifting a series of distinct gears the automatic transmission does in cars, the Honda’s gearbox the DN-01 to accelerate in a manner seems nearly seamless.

the DN-01 I didn’t feel I was on a scooter. The bike is long, and has a riding position similar to cruiser bikes like It doesn’t have the open, frame that is a signature element of scooters.

And it has enough and potential speed for confident riding.

However, the Honda’s low does little to protect the from wind, so it isn’t for long highway stints. Its engine also sounds too like a scooter’s power There is none of the bark and that riders crave, also gives bikes the illusion of personalities.

The Honda’s engine drones and at 680 cubic centimeters, it made for acceleration, since the DN-01 nearly 600 pounds when of fuel and ready to ride.

Honda DN-01

The of the Honda transmission while is similar to the continuously variable or CVTs, found on scooters and on a few cars. But while those use pulleys and belts to transmit the power, the Honda uses pumps, valves and motors to power to the rear wheel. I the joy of shifting manually, but the new system making the DN-01 surprisingly to ride and not as intimidating to new riders as a bike.

But much of the appeal of motorcycling from its difficulty. The reward of comes in part from how to do something that most can’t or are afraid to try. requires more concentration, coordination and sometimes athleticism driving a car. When motorcyclists ask if you ride, they to know if you can ride a bike a clutch, manual shifting and traits that make a little scary.

You don’t to call yourself a rider and up for a group ride on a machine might consider a scooter.

A of the DN-01’s rear suspension. The spring is part of the shock assembly. Honda Motor Co.

And then there is the DN-01’s Honda meant for the bike to futuristic, and it does. But it is a dark, version of the future, as depicted in like ‘Blade Runner’ and Dredd’. The Honda would fit in on the set of either movie.

But those appeared in 1982 and 1995, and is something similarly dated the Honda’s look.

The biggest for potential DN-01 buyers is its sticker price. That’s to buy almost any top-performing bike Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki or the Big Four of motorcycling. It would buy an exotic BMW K1300S one of the fastest on the market.

Honda says it expect the DN-01 to have appeal. But the bike is a platform for like the new transmission, that eventually spread throughout the industry. Until then, the is best for people who like aren’t worried about and like to ride alone.

Honda DN-01
Honda DN-01
Honda DN-01

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