Moto journalists have had serious doubts about the Honda DN-01 going into production, but the Japanese manufacturer proves them wrong and starting with August 1 the motorcycle that blends in that much body types will begin being sold in the United Kingdom.
With this new model, Honda intends on showing its open mind in what concerns heading towards new horizons and I guess that the 680cc engine from the Honda Transalp is pretty suitable to do that.
The bike that is too fast to be a cruiser, to comfortable to be a sport bike and too aggressive to be a scooter comes with forward footboards and cruiser-like riding position, maxi-scooter handlebars and sport-tourer appearance.
It not only creates a whole new cathegory, but brings new systems in the motorcycle industry. Such a system is the ‘Human Friendly Transmission’ running in full automatic as an infinitely variable transmission, or locks into standard ratios and so provides a tiptronic-style ‘sports mode’ for when the going gets rough.
Offered for the equivalent of $18,200 in pounds, the brand new Honda DN-01 will have virtually no competition (not that there’s another thing like it on the market and the price is the decisive factor), exactly what Honda intended in the first place.