Honda DN-01 Review Scooter News and Reviews Scootersales

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Honda DN-01

Okay, so it may not “technically” be a scooter, but to it on a technicality would be a mistake.

by JEREMY BOWDLER, photography by LOU

There’s a touch of the USS Enterprise the new Honda DN-01, boldly where no one has gone before.

And if you your eyes, you can almost see James T. Kirk and Mr Spock around some newly planet on the DN-01, just teleporting back to the mother Maybe it’s the futuristic of the machine, or the seamless way the new transmission but riding the DN makes you feel you’re sampling tomorrow’s today.

Certainly that’s everyone else thinks, by the smiles, waves, comments and up and general open-mouthed bewilderment the creates wherever and whenever you it. It’s a bewilderment shared by Honda included if you read of the material surrounding the launch this year. Apparently people looked at the HFT (Human Transmission) and immediately consigned the to the ranks of scooters.

Which is a odd, since three of the variations of the transmission have in are a motocross bike that won the series in 1991, the TRX500FA of 2003 and a range of lawnmowers. of which remotely resemble the parked downstairs.

Okay, to be the stepless transmission did appear in a the Honda Juno of 1962, since that was 46 years I reckon it hardly counts. Ask not your vehicle can do for you, but you can do with your vehicle. these words (or as I remember John F. Kennedy showed a visionary, though he ripped off from Marcus Tullius one of the leading Roman rappers of the back in the ‘hood at least he had his head cut off in 43BC.

Anyway, with that bit of sage advice if it’s more than 2000 it can’t be all bad I set out to be wooed and won by or disappointed in the That first ride a little doing. I could the bike okay, but we weren’t anywhere in a hurry until I how to “turn off” neutral the rocker switch on the righthand

Until you know, it’s as effective an anti-theft deterrent as the Ignition Security System-equipped lock. N for neutral and D for drive.

once you get the hang of it. Apparently the is there so you can manually select when you stop, though I needed to, so I never used the unless to select drive. a matching rocker switch on the block, with a +/- signs as as D and S and this allows you to toggle Drive and Sport mode you are in Drive mode.

Flick the switch (on the front of the right-hand where the passing light is to be on the left-hand block) and the transmission from stepless automatic to a paddle-style “’box” with the +/- allowing you to row up and down the ratios, in mind that the DN-01 has an override to stop you trying to off in sixth, for example. Complex to easy to ride as I discovered. the key, hit the button, hit the other and accelerate away.

The manual was very smooth and very better than a Suzuki for instance and on a par with the Aprilia in terms of smoothness but I found it useful for increased engine into a corner on the open than for anything else. In I never bothered with it and the effect could probably be had easily by hitting the Sport into a corner instead.

The Sport setting operates as the Burgman’s, so the rpm rise by about to put the engine closer to the meat in the thus offering increased braking as well. In the end, I kept the DN in Drive.

It seemed and the bike is always operating at torque so the drive you get isn’t by flicking a switch. It’s an interesting addition, though one is probably necessary to get any red-blooded even looking at one on the dealer’s So, twist and go. Good.

I like Gives me more space in the head to concentrate on other like braking points, apexes and traffic. It also I don’t have to wory shifting points since I see any of the tacho a bar graph across the top of the panel since it is completely by the opaque screen. The HFT makes it a easy machine to ride in ways than one.

As the engine.

We’ve seen it in the new Deauville and in the new Transalp so it has some and it has some poke. While at 7500rpm coupled with of torque at 6000 won’t get you to warp speed Mr Solo, will it have Scotty out “She’s giving all she’ got and she’s not going to take any In any case, there’s more enough to get away from any drivers and more than for a very pleasant ride out on the road.

The riding position has a lot to do with Although it’s a bit cramped for my (my knees don’t fit under the scallops), the ‘bars to seat to ratio is nigh on perfect. a 240km run to check fuel there was no stiffness, soreness nor any to stop.

The tiller-style ‘bars a little odd to begin with, but the fall easily to hand and the DN beautifully, rolling in with no on sweepers and with a sharpness in the that belies its status as a

Which, of course, it is. Ish. I the riding position and the curvature of the meant I was sitting on the base of my rather than on my arse and I it’d be different for a rider of normal height.

Still, the and shape of the seat gave a comfortable ride and, a brief spin to return a I can say the pillion seat is generous and and the grabrails are very good. an interesting ride as a pillion there’s none of the usual induced helmet knocking and few of the you get from a rider on a machine fixed ratios. Very

Very Zen. Very

The brake lever has a six-way adjustment, while the lack of any on the left-hand lever is probably due to the of any lever at all. There is a mounted on the right below the working a cable operated on the rear disc. This is necessary since, with the you can’t leave the bike in gear since the clutch up is actuated centrifugally. No engine no transmission.

Ergo a handbrake.

Complementing the brakes, the rear pedal is placed on the footboard and is likely to far more of your general duties that you imagine. In to the excellent ABS, the DN-01 has combined braking system the lever operates both calipers, the pedal operates the caliper and one piston on the left-hand caliper and this is the first I have been completely by the set-up.

Interestingly, the transmission to stop the bike flopping corners if you chop the throttle, say in a roundabout for instance. On the downside, you do to get used to the engine braking stopping as the clutch self-disengages you’re going slowly Every twist go scooter it, so it’s no drama, just a

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Riding the DN-01 was simply a of press foot, twist grin, repeat until the runs out. And that 243.6km until the last bar of the gauge was flashing. I managed to in 12.11 litres and that according to the press kit, I into the three-litre reserve by

Average economy was almost on 5L/100km which gives a to dry of 300km. I wasn’t cruising conservatively either, so you could better, depending on how/where you I wasn’t cruising particularly either when I hit THE pothole. Ferry Road, just of Spencer.

Unsighted by a slight crest, I hit looked like a trench out of the road with a concrete about 300mm deep. A slight shimmy, a quick and on we go.

I only noticed the buckled rim later.

Anyway, back to the There’s no storage to speak of and hard luggage looks it’d be a challenge to fit, so throwovers if you want to cruise the sunset, though strap points are few and far between. More than substance when it to the long road, it seems.

And a shame, since it’s a comfortable, competent machine in the open spaces. I guess it all back to looking at the DN-01 the point of view of what it is. to many, it seems the DN-01 is a machine made metal anyone worked out where it in the line-up. It’s easy to it as a scooter that doesn’t storage, or a motorcycle that have gears, or a cruiser can’t carry luggage.

But any of perspectives ignores what the does. It works, and works well. Maybe people stop trying to understand it and boldly ride it, where no one has it before.


the futuristic looks and swoopy the real interest lies within the DN-01’s engine inside the Human Friendly (HFT). Far from being a CVT as found in most twist go the DN-01 offers a hydraulic, transmission to deliver the drive the 680cc V-twin to the shaft drive.

The crankshaft drives an oil (using engine oil and thus the need for a separate oil system) hydraulic pressure. The pump is up of an angled swash plate rotates with the driven and drives a ring of pistons, to the output shaft, that high-pressure oil via distributor valves to a matching ring of pistons bear on another, fixed The angle of this fixed plate can be altered via the ECU to vary the ratio.

The pump pistons produce a oil flow proportional to engine and a hydraulic pressure according to power output. As the fixed plate’s angle changes to the output shaft, the reduction is changed. And this reduction until the swash plate is at 90 to the output shaft, where a coupling occurs with a reduction ratio of 1:1.

The part of the puzzle is the replacement of the centrifugal clutch found on the in its ATV incarnation. A lighter system was for motorcycle use and it takes the form of a governor that opens or a hydraulic valve depending on rpm, thus acting as a

Okay, so that’s the theory


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