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Honda's outrageous DN-01 to launch August 1

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July 9, 2008

Honda's outrageous DN-01

Honda's outrageous DN-01

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July 10, 2008 From its sports-scooter meets future-cruiser styling to its dual-mode auto/sports-shift infinitely variable transmission, the 680cc DN-01 destroys Honda's conservative, staid reputation in a flurry of raised eyebrows and shaking heads. It couldn't possibly be a Honda - yet it is, and it's going on sale in the UK from August 1 to see if the market's ready for a truly progressive, niche-busting two-wheeler.

The DN-01 features the 680cc engine from Honda's Transalp, presented cruiser-style and exposed in the frame. Its forward footboards are also very much in the cruiser vein, as is the riding position - but from there things get strange. The handlebars are shaped like a maxi-scooter's - as is the tail section and storage compartment. The front end is somewhere between a sports-tourer, a Transalp and a Deauville, the shaft drive outputs to a flashy single-sided swingarm and there's a large, flat underslung exhaust. Nothing preceding the DN-01 looks anything like it.

It's the first bike to feature Honda's new 'Human Friendly Transmission' - which runs in full automatic as an infinitely variable transmission, or locks into standard ratios to provide a tiptronic-style 'sports mode' for twisties action. Brakes are ABS.

Honda has announced it will go on sale on August 1 in the UK - with no precedent at its hefty UKP9200 (US$18,200) price level, it'll be interesting to see how this strange and wonderful bike is received by the public.

More information and loads of photos at TheBikerGene.

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Loz Blain Loz loves motorcycles - at the age of two, he told his mother "don't want brother, want mogabike." It was the biker connection that first brought Loz to Gizmag, but since then he's covered everything from alternative energy and weapons to medicine, marital aids - and of course, motorcycles. Loz also produces a number of video pieces for Gizmag, including his beloved bike reviews. He frequently disappears for weeks at a time to go touring with his vocal band Suade.   All articles by Loz Blain
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