The Honda DN-01 only made its debut a few years ago at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show, marking the first time the world saw Honda’s “comfortable sports cruiser." In the process, the DN-01 launched a completely new motorcycle category, one that featured bikes that delivered strong V-twin performance delivered through a continuously variable HFT transmission.

After years of testing and development, the DN-01 was officially launched for production in 2009, boasting of the same styling features it had during its 2005 debut while also carrying technological advancements from the concept version.

There are many things about the bike that scream one-of-a-kind. It’s not individual parts that do this, but the combination of all these parts that make for a completely exciting set-up. For starters, the low-slung, aerodynamic form hints at the bike’s sporting intentions and is reinforced by the three-piston, dual disc brakes in prominent view on the DN-01’s 41mm front fork and 17" alloy front wheel. In addition, the DN-01 comes with an impressive 680cc liquid-cooled four-valve V-twin engine that’s mated to a continuously variable HFT transmission with a hydromechanical design that features two automatic modes and a six-speed manual mode with push-button shifting.

Put everything together and its obvious that the DN-01 is a new-age bike for the new-age customer. Fans of cruiser bikes will love the flat, low saddle, the V-twin power and the shaft drive while technophiles will enjoy the bike’s programmed digital fuel injection system (PGM-FI), the anti-lock, combined braking system, and the modern digital instrumentation.

At the end of the day, the DN-01 is a motorcycle, one that Honda engineers clearly set out to create with the intent of revolutionizing the market. The bike’s overall tenet of combining a true sporting performance with a fully automatic transmission, a low seat height, and exceptional style all comes to life on the DN-01.

Find out more about full specs of the Honda DN-01 after the jump.

  • 2009 Honda DN-01
  • Year:
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    liquid-cooled four-valve V-twin engine
  • Displacement:
    680 L


2009 Honda DN-01 Exterior Drivetrain
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  • Compact 680cc liquid-cooled SOHC 52-degree V-twin provides substantial torque and power for everyday commuting and spirited backroad riding.

Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI, see Technology Section) with twin 40mm throttle bodies and high-performance 12-hole injectors provide excellent throttle response and fuel economy while contributing to low emissions.

  • Auto enrichment system is integrated into PGM-FI to optimize the air/fuel mixture on cold starts and eliminates the need for a choke.
  • ECU-controlled, closed-loop emissions control system with oxygen sensor manage the air/fuel mixture and reduce exhaust emissions.
  • Front-mounted radiator receives ducted air from fairing shroud to maximize cooling.

2-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system with chrome-plated triangular-shaped tailpipe is designed to centralize mass for improved handling.

  • HFT offers two fully automatic, infinitely variable transmission modes—"D" (Drive) mode for ordinary riding, and "S" (Sport) mode for sharper acceleration. In addition, a push-button-selectable, six-speed manual mode allows the rider to upshift/downshift with the simple operation of left-thumb-activated buttons.
  • The ECU-controlled HFT automatically "downshifts" when climbing steep grades to maintain optimum power.
  • HFT provides "lock-up" in cruising mode for maximum fuel economy.
  • HFT features button-activated mechanical neutral, permitting engine revving when stopped. Mechanical neutral is automatically engaged whenever the engine is turned off, allowing easy maneuverability.


2009 Honda DN-01 Exterior
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  • Sturdy double-cradle steel tube frame provides exceptional strength and bolt-on seat rail simplifies servicing.
  • Stout 41mm front fork with 4.2 inches of supple travel and progressive damping.
  • Relaxed 28.5-degree rake and 4.5 inches of trail contribute to comfortable, stretched-out riding position and provide excellent straight-line handling.
  • Single shock, Pro Arm Rear Suspension (see Technology Section).
  • CBS plus ABS braking (see Technology Section) with two lightweight 296mm floating front rotors and a single 276mm rear rotor.
  • Handsome, lightweight 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels with Z-rated 130/70 ZR17 (front) and 190/50 ZR17 (rear) radial tires offer sport-touring traction and comfort in wet and dry riding conditions.

Additional Features

2009 Honda DN-01 High Resolution Exterior
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  • The DN-01’s sleek, aerodynamic bodywork is functional and beautiful.
  • Low, polycarbonate windshield allows some air into the cockpit at lower speeds.
  • Low 27.2-inch seat height with wide passenger seat provides all-day riding comfort and allows rider to put both feet down at stops or when parking the motorcycle.
  • Well-placed mirrors provide an excellent rear view.

Spacious rider footboards enhance riding comfort without compromising cornering performance.

  • Handy one-touch, cable-actuated parking brake.
  • White LED-backlit, LCD instrument panel provides multi-segment tachometer and large digital speedometer displays with dual-trip calculator, clock, six-segment fuel gauge and large turn signal and "neutral" indicators.
  • Mass-centralized 4.0-gallon dual-compartment fuel tank with 0.8-gallon reserve.
  • Dual-element headlights provide right-side low-beam operation—just like Honda CBR® models—while both beams illuminate in high-beam mode. A brilliant multi-segment LED taillight is integrated into the rear cowl.
  • Widely spaced turn indicators are mounted on rearview mirrors for style and function.
  • Detachable seat provides storage for a U-lock. (Lock not included.)
  • Transferable one-year, unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • When you buy a new Honda Powersports Product, you may be eligible to receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Honda Riders Club of America®, which includes an exclusive Members-only magazine, rider training benefits, access to the -Members-only Clubhouse Web site and much more. Some limitations apply. For more information on the HRCA®, log on to

Honda Genuine Accessories

  • A Custom-Styled Backrest for extra passenger comfort.
  • Rugged, full-coverage Body Cover.
  • Center Cowl Cover (chrome or carbon fiber) to protect fuel tank.
  • Gold Emblems - Kit includes gold colored 3-D badges (two "DN-01" and two "Honda" emblems).


2009 Honda DN-01 High Resolution Exterior
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Model DN-01
Engine Type 680cc liquid-cooled 52o V-Twin
Bore and Stroke 81mm x 66mm
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Valve Train SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 40mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission HFT continuously variable, hydromechanical two-mode automatic with six-speed manual mode.
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front 41mm telescopic fork with 4.2 inches travel
Suspension Rear Pro Arm single-side swingarm with single shock, seven-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes Front ABS and CBS with dual full-floating 296mm discs and three-piston calipers
Brakes Rear ABS and CBS with single 276mm disc and three-piston caliper
Tires Front: 130/70 ZR17 radial
Rear 190/50 ZR17 radial
Wheelbase 63.2 inches
Rake (Caster angle) 28.5o
Trail 114mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height 27.2 inches
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gallons, including 0.8-gallon reserve
Color Candy Dark Red, Black
Curb Weight 595 pounds
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  (3) posted on 05.28.2014

can somebody put me through,or an advice.with human thinking,i don’t think I can raise the amount of which it is been sold here in my country.i just wish to use honder power bike as a part-time studying student

  (3) posted on 05.28.2014

I will love to go for this honder DN-01
but the price here in Nigeria will be killing

  (3) posted on 05.28.2014

I liv in lagos Nigeria.wher actually do we have the dealers of this honder bikes here in my country,and why does it seems so costly here in my country compare to yours according to my calculations

  (427) posted on 10.21.2011

Honda DN-01 is so cool!! I would love to use this on racing. I mean, the way it looks, it seems that I can use it to the full blast. Even if it looks like you’ll be hitting the floor just to win the race.

  (342) posted on 10.18.2011

This compact motorcycle was really so impressive, and it looks so massive on that platform even on its wheels, and the color black on its body gives only the classy and sophisticated appearance on it.

  (374) posted on 10.17.2011

I can really say that this Honda DN-01 was oozing with angst and aggressiveness, and it looks, even so, powerful and strong and I am so impressed with its figure performance. smiley

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