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Old 01-29-2009, 05:54 AM   #46
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I did manage to find a remarkably boring video about it

Looks like something from a low budget scifi future world flick




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Human friendly transmission? Honda, what are you doing? It looks like the Honda Accord is more of a priority.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:53 AM   #47
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and you may not like it. But I bet it sells well if released. There are a lot of young people out there that want to get into riding but do not want Dirt bikes, Sport bikes, or a Cruiser.

This will be a winner for Honda.
It'll be a big flop.

If Honda had priced it to be competitive with the Burgman 650 and Silverwing you might be right. Or if Honda had put a 1,000cc V-twin in the bike you might be right. But Honda decided to use the 680cc Deauville motor to push this nearly 600 lb beast, then put a $15K price tag on it. So you end up with a bike that offers performance no better than a 650cc scooter, but has none of the conveniences.

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Old 01-29-2009, 10:15 AM   #48
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It'll be a big flop.

If Honda had priced it to be competitive with the Burgman 650 and Silverwing you might be right. Or if Honda had put a 1,000cc V-twin in the bike you might be right. But Honda decided to use the 680cc Deauville motor to push this nearly 600 lb beast, then put a $15K price tag on it. So you end up with a bike that offers performance no better than a 650cc scooter, but has none of the conveniences.

I had a test bike for a week, you can read about it here


My GM was hoping for Transalp, CBR125, something we could actually sell...he looked kinda homicidal when he found out about the DN-01
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:00 PM   #49
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I actually respect Honda for bringing things like this and the Rune into production. It shows they still have balls. Just 'cause it's not your cup-o-tea does not mean it is shit.

Anyway, while it does not interest me as a buyer, I do think it looks better than alot of bike I see US ride... KLR's, VStroms, and even the sought after new Varaderos come to mind. See what I mean? Different strokes for different folks...

By the way, this bike is old news.
They had balls when they produced the RC30, RC45, CBR250RR.... bikes for riders, not poser stuff like the Fury and Rune.
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:34 PM   #50
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If you want a automatic transmission motorcycle (with the option to shift) with style and plenty of power (850cc V-twin, 76hp - 54 ft# torque) as well as scooter like conveniences (a "trunk" large enough to hold a full face helmet) look at the Aprilia Mana.
I bought one and it's damn near the ultimate commuter bike.

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:27 PM   #51
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Hey,
Isn't that thing supposed to be a hybrid? Quite a while back I read that they were sticking an electric motor and battery on it. What happened? Did Honda chicken out of building the first hybrid motorcycle?
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:47 PM   #52
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Clearly, they ripped off a shark!

As Rodney Dangerfield said, "Oh, but it looks good on you, though."
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:17 PM   #53
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I like the DN-01's looks. I just found it woefully underpowered and utterly impractical. No bungee hooks for luggage, can't use a tank bag due to the handlebar sweep. No wind protection. No center stand. Tough to see the instrument panel while seated if you're taller than 5'10." The mirrors (not electric like the Burgman Exec) stick way out, making it tough to lane split. And the "Human Friendly Transmission" has extremely conservative downshift limits, meaning you can't do things like knock it down from 2nd to 1st at a lowly 2,000 rpms when you're trying to power out of a corner.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:23 PM   #54
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Hey,
Isn't that thing supposed to be a hybrid? Quite a while back I read that they were sticking an electric motor and battery on it. What happened? Did Honda chicken out of building the first hybrid motorcycle?
I dunno about the hybrid bit, but it was clearly a bean-counter triumph as they lifted the powertrain straight out of the Deauville (which costs nearly 3,000 quid less in the UK despite its panniers, centerstand, fairing, etc).
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:32 AM   #55
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and you may not like it. But I bet it sells well if released. There are a lot of young people out there that want to get into riding but do not want Dirt bikes, Sport bikes, or a Cruiser.

This will be a winner for Honda.
Yoo hoo $15,000.

Honda is fucking high.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:37 PM   #56
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Yoo hoo $15,000.

Honda is fucking high.
Wow, that is really high, especially considering that over here they ask 'only' 16,900 Australian Dollars.
I think Honda decided that since this bike has no qualities that would appeal to any existing group of riders, they will try to sell it as an expensive toy since rarity factor is the only thing remaining in its favour.
Jay Leno might buy one.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:51 PM   #57
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I agree this bike will be a flop on all fronts, and I am scratching my head wondering WTF is Honda thinking lately? The only out would be if they were playing with an auto transmission to do R&D for a automatic Goldwing. That might make some sense, but I don't see how the two powertrains are similar. So I go back to wondering WTF is Honda thinking?

A friend of mine was in a Honda shop the other day, and even the dealer was making fun of the bike. He was telling my buddy that his fellow dealers have decided DN-01 stands for "Did Not Order One"
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:31 PM   #58
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Know what DN-01 stands for?

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Old 01-31-2009, 03:20 AM   #59
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I like most here seem to think it's not what the doctor ordered. But you know, it's not without precedent that Honda has gone a bit outside the main motorcycle crowd. In fact, a lot of the ideas on this bike aren't all that new they come from other disasters, erm... bikes Honda made... I give you the Hondamatic:



I give you the Pacific Coast:



Both flaming pies in the sales department. I remember walking into a dealer as late as 1992 and them having pacific coast bikes in crates still.

This bike while more 'stylish' than either of the two, will also fail to attract a crowd and go down as another dismal failure. Of course I'm not always the perfect sage, or I would have predicted my first wife wasn't the ideal person for me.
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Old 01-31-2009, 03:34 AM   #60
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I give you the Pacific Coast:
Pacific Coast was the exact opposite of DN-01 - its styling had all the finesse and flair of a brick, but it was supremely useful thanks to huge storage and decent protection from elements. It was the closest a motorcycle could come to being a maxi scooter.

DN-01 is a styling exercise that some people might hate, but say what you will - a lot of effort seems to have gone into producing the look of this bike. It is however supremely useless, thanks to no storage space at all, low screen and no protection from elements. The only thing it shares with maxi scooters is the auto transmission, otherwise it is inferior to them in every way I can think of.
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