For everyone who is waiting for the Honda DN-01 to arrive, it’s coming March 7th, … to Japan. No word on when and where it will be available next. The 61 horsepower 680cc fuel injected V-twin engine drives the infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical Human-Friendly Transmission (HFT). It’s equipped with a single sided swingarm and shaft drive. 17 inch wheels on both ends. It comes with combined ABS and a parking brake.
Highlights of the Honda press release follow:
The HFT responds to a wide variety of rider demands, from easy-to-operate, comfortable riding to sporty and nimble ride quality with a direct response to accelerator operation, due to the hydraulics and computer control. In addition to two fully automatic shifting modes—D mode to cover ordinary riding and S mode for a sportier riding experience—the HFT features a six-speed manual mode, which allows riding with a manual transmission feel. Moreover, the HFT equips the world’s first lockup mechanism for an infinitely variable hydraulic mechanical transmission, contributing to improved fuel economy during cruising.
To suit DN-01’s unique styling, the four colors of variations are set, exhibiting a sense of luxury and complete satisfaction for its ownership: Pearl Sunbeam White, Pearl Amethyst Purple, Candy Glory Red and Graphite Black.
The DN-01 features the Honda Ignition Security System (H.I.S.S.), Honda’s unique anti-theft system using an electronic interlock. The device is programmed to start the engine when the IC chip built into the original key and the ID in the ECU of motorcycle matches. Otherwise, the system prevents the engine from being started, providing effective protection.
Furthermore, an original system has been established for the DN-01 to provide a higher quality service. This new system functions with DN-01 dealer information network to manage the service history of the customer’s machine. To reference authentication data of the machine from the network, the information is stored on a RF-ID which is built into the main key of its machine called, Honda Motorcycle Data (HMD) key. By showing this HMD key to the DN-01 dealer, the machine’s service history and information are available instantly through this system, allowing Honda to provide even higher level of service that will also lead to a higher customer satisfaction.
|Number of Riders||2|
|Fuel Consumption||(km/l)||25.0 (60km/h constant-speed test value)|
|Minimum Turning Radius||(m)||3.2|
|Engine Type||RC55E liquid-cooled four-stroke 4-valve OHC V-twin|
|Bore × Stroke||(mm)||81.0×66.0|
|Maximum Power Output||(kW[PS]/rpm)||45  / 7,500|
|Maximum Torque||(N·m[kg·m]/rpm)||64 [6.5] / 6,000|
|Carburetion||PGM-FI (programmed fuel injection)|
|Ignition||Fully transistorized, battery-powered|
|Lubrication||Force-fed and splash|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||(l)||15|
|Clutch||Oil pressure regulator system in gearbox
(with lock-up mechanism)
|Gearbox||Hydraulic mechanical system
(HFT with electric manual mode)
|Reduction gear ratio (primary/secondary)||1.136/4.196|
|Caster Angle (degrees) / Trail (mm)||28°30′/110|
|Tire size||Front||130/70ZR17 M/C(62W)|
|Braking System||Front||Hydraulic double disc|