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Honda's 750 scooter concept with CVT and electric roof


June 4, 2004

Honda's 750cc Elysium Concept used a CVT and ahad a retractable roof. The Elysium was shown at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show

Honda's 750cc Elysium Concept used a CVT and ahad a retractable roof. The Elysium was shown at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show

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The product of several ongoing trends in the two-wheeled arena, Honda's concept Elysium is futuristic all-weather mega-scooter.Yamaha started it all with the 250 Majesty, Suzuki followed with a 400 scooter, Yamaha went to the T-Max 500 and Suzuki countered with the Suzuki 650 Bergman we tested in Gizmo 5.Honda's new concept continues the capacity creep for scooters of recent years and trumps them all, being powered by a liquid-cooled 4-stroke flat-4 engine with a low center of gravity and plenty of grunt.

The drivetrain features a new, Honda-developed combined CVT (continuously variable transmission ­ just like the Suzuki 650) and shaft drive. In issue 4, we tested the Benelli Adiva a fully-enclosed scooter with a convertible roof which folds away when the sun shines and can be clipped back in place within a few seconds for when the rain comes. Honda has taken this concept and gone one better ­ it has a electric-powered roof, operated by a single switch. The control console includes a digital speedometer, a satellite navigation system, and a monitor display of the rear view using sonar.

The Elysium is only a concept machine, but Honda has a way of turning its concept machines into showroom models!

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And they came up with the DN-01. Rode it, not bad.


if it\'s going to have a roof, and it\'s for urban use, then I would have put a two wheel leaning/tilting front end on it like a Piaggio MP3.... it would then be ready to handle urban traffic in almost any weather, and have the safety factor in a panic stop of having two front wheels.

Mike Barnett

This a very old prototype - 2003 at the latest. What a shame Honda didn\'t do more with it. Instead we got the DN-01 and now the Integra automatic motorcycle. Shame Suzuki did nothing with the G-Strider prototype either. And by the way, it\'s BURGman, not Bergman. (burg means town; berg means mountain, in German).

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