Honda DN-01

The Honda DN -01 is a motorcycle by the Japanese manufacturer Honda. The Cruiser was presented at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show as a design study and 2007 at the Milan EICMA as a serial machine. For sale in Japan and Europe in 2008, in the United States 2009. Acronym derived from DN Dream New Concept, the factory code is RC55.


The DN -01 is a conceptual blend of motorcycle and scooter, which argues against the classification as a motorcycle, the long wheelbase of 1605 mm and the idiosyncratic body. For a characterization as a scooter is missing the DN -01, a storage compartment and a weather protection, for a classic cruiser it is too underpowered. 2008, only 150 motorcycles were delivered to Germany. The press officer of Honda Aaron Lang founded the low sales numbers as follows: " The car should be a technology platform from the beginning, a study that reality could be - without the constraint of large sales figures. " Just two years after launch, the production was stopped.



The DN -01 is powered by the technologically modified engine of the Honda NT 700V Deauville and Honda XL 700 V Transalp. The liquid-cooled two-cylinder engine produced from 680 cc capacity is rated at 45 kW ( 61 hp ) and a maximum torque of 64 Nm at an engine speed of 6000 min -1. The transversely mounted V- engine has a cylinder angle of 52 degrees. The two cylinders of the four-stroke engine, a bore of 81 mm diameter, the piston having a stroke of 66 mm at a compression ratio of 10:1. Each cylinder head has a single overhead camshaft which controls two intake and two exhaust valves via rocker arms.

The bike accelerates in 7.6 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h and reaches a top speed of 170 km / h

Power transmission

The primary drive via cogwheels, separation force and torque conversion by a Human Friendly Transmission as (HFT ) designated variable transmission. A centrifugal clutch transmits the torque of the engine to a hydraulic pump that generates hydraulic pressure. A hydraulic motor converts the hydraulic pressure back into driving power. The secondary drive is a internally running shaft drive.

Electrical System

The starter battery has a capacity of 12 Ah and supplies the electric starter. The alternator produces an electrical output of 450 watts.

Fuel supply

The mixture is prepared by an as - Programmed Fuel Injection ( PGM -FI) designated, computer controlled fuel injection. The average fuel consumption is 6.9 liters per 100 km at a speed of 120 km / h The fuel tank has a volume of 15.1 liters, and 3 liters reserve. The manufacturer recommends the use of unleaded motor gasoline with an antiknock properties of at least 95 octane and gives a theoretical range of 217 km of.

The exhaust after-treatment of the two-chamber exhaust system is made by a closed loop catalytic converter and below the limit values ​​for pollutants emission standard Euro - third

Landing gear

The chassis is based on a double cradle frame made ​​of steel tubes and has a rear swingarm aluminum. The front wheel is out of a telescopic fork with 41 mm standpipe diameter.

At the front tire delayed a dual hydraulic disc with three-piston floating calipers, rear disc brake with a two-piston floating caliper. A combined, referred to as CBS antilock system supports the delay on both brakes.


" What now - fish or meat? Neither, somehow sits the DN -01 between two stools. Honda paired the high-tech transmission with too little hp and offers it in the wrong bike. There remains the question of who the company wants to sell this machine. Chopper and cruiser riders will have little used to the style. Scooter riders miss the trapdoor and the storage space under the seat and criticize the urban transport to large proportions. The two-wheeled traveler finds a strenuous posture, but neither shelter or facilities for the transportation of luggage. "

" Too bad that the DN -01 will be granted not a big fan base actually. Honda, the manufacturer from which one could at least expect it, has struggled to arrive at an avant-garde design innovation. But then giving away the chance verbandelt a fantastic gear with a underpowered engine, and installed in a far eastern divan. "

" To travel the DN -01 is good for less: While in the accessories program is a navigation system, but no luggage system. But there's a pillion backrest. 11,790 euros is the suggested retail price Honda, CBS ABS included. A lot of money for an otherwise largely utility- free vehicle that is much more motorcycle than scooter bottom line. Exclusive the vehicle is all. "

" From cornering clearance and a sporty chassis motivated, the DN -01 pilot only dream of. Although his litter speaks to clean and sync, but with its overall design quite comfortable on the page. I mean, two bumps behind the other rich and the spring elements go on the block. "