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2009 Honda DN-01 – Features & Benefits

Honda’s reputation for forging new categories in motorcycling takes its latest form in the radical DN-01. This futuristic machine combines true sporting performance with a fully-automatic transmission, a low seat height and exceptional style.

Features & Benefits

  • Colors include Candy Dark Red and Black.

Unique Features

  • Powerful 4-valve, 680cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine.
  • HFT transmission is a continuously variable, hydromechanical design that automatically and seamlessly changes drive ratios to produce strong, smooth acceleration. Unlike conventional belt-drive designs, HFT is compact, quiet, no scheduled maintenance, and features two automatic modes and a six-speed manual mode with push-button shifting.
  • Low 27.2-inch seat height assures flat-footed confidence when stopped.
  • Large-diameter 41mm front fork and single-shock Pro Arm® Rear Suspension (see Technology Section) provide a sporting ride on low-profile Z-rated radial tires.
  • Combined ABS (LBS-ABS, see Technology Section) triple-disc brake system for sure-footed braking in varying conditions.
    • Combined Braking System (CBS) provides excellent braking power for added confidence in a wide range of operating conditions. CBS applies front braking force whenever the rear brake is operated. On the DN-01, equipped with dual front disc brakes with three-piston calipers and a twin-piston rear caliper, rider application of the front-brake lever activates all six brake pistons in the front calipers. Application of the rear-brake pedal activates the dual pistons of the rear caliper and the center piston of the front-left caliper.
    • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS w/CBS) utilizes modulators- one each on the front and rear wheels- driven directly by specially developed electric motors. In operation, an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors wheel and vehicle speed. If one of both of the wheels approach a locking condition, the modulators, via a signal from the ECU, lower hydraulic pressure by acting directly on the brake piston(s). As wheel speed re-approaches motorcycle speed, the hydraulic pressure is increased. This entire process is repeated numerous times in just one second, resulting in optimal braking pressure and enhanced rider control.
  • Beautiful aerodynamic design provides protection from the elements.


  • 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 emission 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.


  • 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).
  • Combined ABS (LBS-ABS, see Technology Section) with two lightweight 296mm floating front rotors and a single 276mm rear rotor.
  • Handsome, lightweight 17-inch 5-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

  • 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 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, plus large turn signal and ‘neutral’ indicators.
  • Mass-centralized 4.0-gallon dual-compartment fuel tank with .8-gallon reserve.
  • Dual-element headlights provide right-side low beam operation- just like Honda CBRs- 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.
  • Purchase of a new, previously unregistered Honda USA- certified unit by an individual retail user in the United States qualifies the owner for a one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Riders Club of America® (HRCA®). Visit for details.

Honda Genuine Accessories

  • A custom-styled backrest for extra passenger comfort.
  • Rugged, full-coverage body cover.


Exciting videos with Honda DN01

There aren’t yet much videos with the Honda DN01 – its not available for pucrhase here anyway. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these, so for now I have to settle with these 2 videos on Youtube:

The official Honda video:


Preview from


And a promo:


Well, hope to ride one, someday!

New Honda DN-01 to be launched on March 7th in Japan

This bike made me sick the entire day. Its a spaceship from another World. Its sick!

Honda DN-01

I’m quoting from the Honda site as I’m speechless: ” From the “Low & Long + Modern Organic Body” design concept comes a truly individualistic style. The long-nosed front cowl incorporates dual projector headlights with overall front face shaped in sharp image. The integrated muffler bringing about a sense of unity with the under-cowl.”

“new automatic transmission, the Human-Friendly Transmission (HFT), that delivers superior throttle response for comfort even on long rides, and simple operation with no need for clutch use, allowing sporty riding.”

” The DN-01 takes its name from the phrase “Discovery of a New Concept,” after Honda’s desire to develop a new concept motorcycle.”

I’m going to call Honda Romania and see if there is going to be one available soon here for a test-drive. In the meanwhile, keep dreaming!

See the entire news about the Honda DN-01 launch.