Honda DN-01 Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Honda DN-01 Review

beauteous mankind is! O brave new that hath such in it!’

It’s not often I a motorcycle road test a misquote from Shakespeare, or any of quote for that matter, but again this is no ordinary

Actually, I’m not entirely motorcycle is the right word for the Honda’s latest concept appears to be neither conventional nor scooter and yet it’s kind of at the same confusing time. no denying though, that the is a brave one and indeed the Honda deserve a degree of respect for it to the market in the first place.

off, let’s get into the and bolts. When Honda’s of development engineers set out to create an new category of motorcycle, they to combine elements of swift performance, relaxed custom riding comfort and the delightful ease of a big twist-and-go scooter. The also included such necessities as environmentally friendly levels and the most up-to-date and riding safety technologies for the in advanced motorcycle performance and enjoyment.

With the DN-01 Honda has just such a beast. But drooled over the press for months waiting for one to appear at Wing Honda, then getting my hands on the demo, I help but feel slightly The DN-01 (which stands for New No.

1) falls a bit short in several and, although it does exciting elements, it’s a disappointing, albeit interesting

I’d expected a vehicle could have been with Buck Rodgers in to include every conceivable But despite being targeted at individuals with a penchant for toys, there are none on No sat-nav, no 12v charger and unbelievably, no storage either. You can hardly a mobile phone, let alone a

But then again, this is a new bike so maybe future might get an upgrade in some of departments.

So what about the and the ride experience? Well, essentially a twist-and-go. But don’t it a scooter. Cause its not.

the transmission system is the big thing on bike, something that keep the tech-heads fizzing for Rather than use the traditional system as in most scooters, the has Honda’s totally new and innovative HFT Transmission).

It’s like a but with pre-set ratios, so no gearbox and no clutch (and clutch lever) and the transition the ‘virtual gears’ is smooth and seamless. Perfect for those who rather enjoy the riding than have to worry what gear they are in, or those with tender and delicate ankles who are put off conventional transmissions.

Using the trannie is easy and it’s the most successful of the DN-01. There are two fully modes, Drive and Sport, are accessible via a handlebar switch. between the two settings, and the 52-degree engine revs higher for the mode.

On top of these two automatic modes, this system offers a push-button-selectable six-speed mode, which gives the option of shifting up and down a manual transmission feel. So, on your mood, you can enjoy the unruffled twist-and-go operation of a high-performance scooter, or, with the of a switch, hoof it with the throttle response offered by the sporty or manual transmission

Starting up and starting out on the DN-01 is as as pressing the start button and the ‘DN’ switch on the right-side pod to engage the transmission. The HFT’s clutch eliminates that clunk as the drive gear is instead smoothly switching gear with forward initiated by a twist of the throttle.

The handling’s good, but its long makes it a bit awkward at slow and, like many it tends to flop into at low speeds. The steering lock’s but the DN-01 felt out of balance and to even things out with the brake applies the front as Honda’s Combined Braking is a standard feature.

It is supposed to existing and potential two-wheeled away from conventional and onto this futuristic low The styling is indeed radical, and the rider ergos are pretty they could be better. The plush, almost space-age makes the DN-01 look as as a Honda Gold Wing, but not.

The main problem it just wasn’t big enough for me.

The foot forward riding gave me noticeable lower ache after about an in the saddle. And, after a stop, one of my taller riding plopped his … down on the and immediately commented on the fact his and legs were sweeping the tank’s recesses. Something to about there if you’re than the national average.

Sitting upright to take the off my lower back also me with another insight when in that position of the display was obscured by the low and slightly screen. Better to have it higher, perhaps with a at the top to adjust the airflow over the as at speeds over 80km the started really hammering my chest.

I’m lost. been stalling writing review because I genuinely to like the DN-01. It’s and new but it’s also pretty odd.

Not really sure who aimed at either and I have a the DN-01 won’t sell in big here, but then again I it was never intended to.

However, in saying that, if you $22,495 to spare, it most will become a collector’s or a future classic — and one will definitely get you noticed and in conversation by all and sundry.

Honda DN-01
Honda DN-01


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