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Honda DN-01 -- Sportbike w/ Auto Tranny -- Wadda think?



Motorcycles October 19, 2005

Honda Introduces “DN-01” Concept Motorcycle at Tokyo Motor Show,
A Large-size Sports Bike with an Automatic Transmission

TOKYO, Japan, October 19, 2005 - At the 39th Tokyo Motor Show 2005, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today introduced a large-size sports motorcycle concept model, DN-01*, equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission and a water-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC, V-type, 2-cylinder, 680cc engine. Honda will continue the development of DN-01 with the goal of introducing it to the market in the near future.

DN-01 is being developed in the concept of a comfortable sports cruiser, with the goal of creating new value for the customer by proposing a new level of riding pleasure. The newly adopted hydraulic mechanical continuously variable HFT (Human Fitting Transmission) system features two types of full automatic modes as well as a 6-speed manual mode which the rider operates through buttons located on the handle. Moreover, this is the first hydraulic mechanical continuously variable transmission system in the world to be equipped with a lock-up mechanism, which improves the fuel efficiency while offering a smooth ride without feeling the shock normally associated with gear shifts, even when cornering. With the HFT, the DN-01 achieves more easy-to-operate and comfortable riding than currently available sports model motorcycles.

The 39th Tokyo Motor Show 2005 will open its doors to the general public beginning Saturday, October 22, in Makuhari, Chiba. Honda will present a motorcycle display booth with the theme of “Dream Wings.” The theme represents Honda’s effort to make people-motorcycle relationships more dream-inspiring and to propose a new level of riding pleasure with new values Honda will create.
*DN-01 stands for the first (01) vehicle developed under Honda’s Dream New (DN) concept


http://world.honda.com/news/2005/2051019.html

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 10:30 AM
 
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While I'm all for technological improvments, this is not a sportbike.
Its a product of a VFR getting raped by a Rune.
The wheelbase looks to be in the 60" range, rake in the 30+deg, and no clipons. Plus with the steel frame, the thing looks like it weighs a ton. And if that wasnt bad enough.. It has an auto transmition!

Just takes all the fun out of it



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post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 10:49 AM
 
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Got to say it looks comfy though
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Not the first automatic transmittion for a bike either. There were a few many years back but they never got popular. I don't think they worked very well. However honda is always comming up with all kinds of crazy shit.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 02:32 PM
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You can definatly see the new Rune look throughout the bike. It has the same handlegrips and of course the exaust. I dont like it much, controlling the RPM's is why sportbikes are fun to ride.

Guess I should change my name, not a poser anymore.
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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-20-2005, 04:31 PM
 
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It does look comfy though.

Unless the gas prices really climb over here I can't see this bike taking off. Like most of the replies on here I believe that manually selecting the gears is essential to the sport bike fun. And as stated before, that's no sport bike. It's a bike, but not a sport bike.
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-21-2005, 04:55 AM
 
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...Unless the gas prices really climb over here...
You live somewhere that gas prices arent climbing at?



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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-21-2005, 07:27 AM
 
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That is hands down the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Who ever came up with that concept should die. Can you imagine the next time you are in the twisties and you get stuck behing one of those.
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Here's to the new bike and the auto tranny
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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-21-2005, 07:48 AM
 
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Die evel mini-Goldwing,rune raped, fun lacking, stupid transmission having poser fuck
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