(SSR) Honda DN-01 going into production
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Molto Verboso
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Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:56 pm quote
It looks like we guessed right, according to this article on the MotorcycleNews.com site, Honda really is going to produce the DN-01 for the Japan market in early '07 and the Europe market in late '07. For those of you who are tuning in late in the program, this is an interesting machine with a 680cc V-Twin motor which delivers power to the rear wheel via a state-of-the-art automatic transmission. Honda showed it off at the Tokyo show in late '05 and the speculation was that it looked too polished to be a show bike, that it was, in fact, a pre-production machine. So far, it looks like the speculation was correct. Here's a pic. If I were a USA scooterist thinking about moving up to a motorcycle, and I wasn't in a hurry, I think I'd wait to see if this machine made it to the USA market. If I were a Euro scooterist thinking about a bike, I'd definitely wait until '07.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 1:26 am quote
I REALLY like this bike. It will sell well IMO if and when it comes to USA, Beale.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:04 am quote
DN-01
Maybe by the time it comes to the US shores, I'll be able to get a bigger bike. I would buy one in a heartbeat. Just have to convince my other half to let me have one.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:26 am quote
It looks like it was designed by a cubist painter.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 7:53 am quote
If it sold for $7500, I'd buy one. I love the look of this bike, and what appears to be the upright seating position. Cruiser slouch and crotch rocket lean just don't do it for me.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 8:12 am quote
Bryce Ludwig wrote:
I love the look of this bike, and what appears to be the upright seating position. Cruiser slouch and crotch rocket lean just don't do it for me.
I'm right there with ya, Bryce.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 11:52 am quote
Well, I for one wouldn't kick it out of my garage...
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:52 pm quote
I'm right with you too Bryce. It's pretty snarky looking... but I imagine it will have a pretty snarky price too, like $10K +
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 4:15 pm quote
Packa wrote:
I'm right with you too Bryce. It's pretty snarky looking... but I imagine it will have a pretty snarky price too, like $10K +
Maybe, but I doubt it. If American Honda is smart, they won't price it that high. It wouldn't fit in well with the rest of their line up at that price. Actually, it probably wouldn't fit into their line up at all. It's not a cruiser or crotch rocket.
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Sat Apr 08, 2006 5:02 pm quote
yes! one more reason i'm glad i'll be in europe come next year
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:17 am quote
Probably expensive
Judging by the looks of it and the technology. And that it is a Honda. I would guess it will sell for upwards of 12K. Nice bike though. I thought that the one at the show was an 800 something cc bike with superbike performance. That would surely be in the 15-20K range if not more.
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Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:00 am quote
The show one was a 680cc liquid cooled V-twin. It also had integrated GPS navigation. Something I would gladly live without to save a few grand (that seems to be what the auto manufacturers charge for nav). I wouldn't be surprised if the performance was phenomenal because the transmission should really be able to make good use of that engine. Still, I couldn't see a significant number of Americans paying more than 10 grand for one.
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