Honda DN-01

This is the Honda DN-01. It was first shown at the 2005 and then 2007 Tokyo Motor shows. The difference is that at the 2007 show they had production ready models which where not guarded and could sit on. Following the show the model was announced as a 2008 model.

The latest news is that Australian release date for the DN-01 in Australia August 2008. Sure enough the news filtered in and it’s on sale in September 2008 for a quite ridiculous AUS $16,990.

It’s the 680cc fitted with an automatic transmission guys.  It is nice but not that nice. Umm – Due soley on price – I predict this motorcycle will NOT be popular.

The official release is true to the prototype, except for the fancy instrumentation.  You only get a green tinged LCD panel rather than blue lit graphics. Known specs include a V-twin 680cc EFI power plant.  Technical highlights include a CVT style transmission with various mode a world’s first Honda calls the Hydraulic Infinitely Variable HFT Transmission.  Single sided swing arm with integrated shaft drive. The bike isn’t all that physically big but certainly in a class of its own.

I guess its a cruiser/mega-scooter/sports bike in the expected Japanese Manga style.  I say lovely.  I really hope that all the stuff that appeared on the ‘concept’ will be standard on the bike.  Eg. Integrated GPS and ICE systems.

Honda DN-01 Specifications (2009)

Type 680 cc, liquid cooled, 52′ v-twin, 4-stroke
Bore x stroke (mm) 81 mm x 66 mm
Compression ratio 10:1
Valves SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel system PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection)
Ignition Fully transistorized, battery-powered
Power 61 hp (45.5 kW) @ 7500 rpm
Torque 64 Nm (47.2 ft. lbs) @ 6000 rpm
Clutch Oil pressure regulator system in gearbox (with lock-up mechanism)
Gearbox Hydraulic mechanical system (HFT with electric manual mode)
Primary drive 1.136
Final drive Cardan, 4.196
Starting system Electronic
Frame Double cradle (Steel)
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 106 mm travel
Rear suspension Single conventional dampers with 7 step adjustable spring preload, 120 mm travel
Rake / Trail 28.30 degrees / 110 mm (4.3 inches)
Front tyre 130/70-17
Back tyre 190/50-17
Front brakes dual 296 mm discs with 3-piston calipers with Anti-Lock Braking System
Rear brakes single 276 mm disc with 2-piston calipers with Anti-Lock Braking System
Overall length 2320 mm (91.3 inches)
Overall width 835 mm (32.9 inches)
Overall height 1115 mm (43.9 inches)
Seat height 690 mm (27.2 inches)
Wheelbase 1610 mm (63.4 inches)
Ground clearance 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Fuel capacity 15 litres (4 gallon US)
Dry weight 269 kg (593 pounds)