Honda DN-01 Automatic Sports Cruiser Concept

2008 Honda DN-01

The New ‘Twist-and Go’ – Performance Cruiser

Radical new styling that grabs attention from every angle. Form-fitting comfort that invites one to both sit on and to ride. Smooth response to every rider input, reacting with dynamic performance at every twist of its throttle, and no clutch!

Not only that, no gear changer! With its revolutionary new HFT (Human-Friendly Transmission), the epoch-making new DN-01 introduces to motorcycling the most advanced fully automatic transmission ever developed for a two-wheeled vehicle,

and one that provides all the exhilarating power and acceleration one associates with ‘real’ motorcycle manual transmissions. The remarkable new DN-01 takes

to the avenues and winding roads of Europe with peerless performance and incomparable riding ease in a distinctly modern and sporty form that invites its riders to rediscover the profound joys of motorcycling on an allnew roadsteror ‘Ridester’that offers wide appeal.

The future calls, and the new Honda DN-01 answers with a totally new concept in motorcycle riding enjoyment.

With its radical new Performance Cruiser styling and revolutionary automatic HFT transmission, the new DN-01 opens the door to a new world of smooth and

easy riding pleasure.

• High-quality, urban-oriented, organic bodywork design with relaxed and comfortable styling.

• Distinctive long-nose front cowl and short tail designs.

• Front cowl integrated into fuel tank, with integrated short front windscreen.

• Wide and low 690mm stepped seat offers relaxed riding position and easy reach to ground.

• Long and wide pillion seat assures comfortable tandem riding.

• American-style cruiser riding position and motorcyclelike knee grip enhance sense of oneness with motorcycle.

• New, narrow wrap-around headlight design with dual projector low beams and single central multi-reflector high beam.

• Wide, narrow taillight with clear lens covering red LED array and yellow indicator bulbs for strong visual impact.

• 2-into-1 exhaust system with chrome-plated triangular shaped tailpipe.

• Smoothly integrated undercowl and muffler design.

• Long, elegant back-swept handlebars.

• Spacious foot boards tapered upward for enhanced riding comfort.

• Large-scale, one-piece LCD instrument panel features wide-throw multi-segment tachometer display with 7,800rpm redline and large central digital speedometer readout.

• Colour variations include: Graphite Black and Pearl Amethyst Purple.

• Compact, liquid-cooled fuel-injected 680cc 8-valve Vtwin with shaft drive.

• Revolutionary new infinitely variable automatic HFT (Human Friendly Transmission) offers same powerful and easy ride as a motorcycle.

• HFT features three modes of operation: Drive, Sport and push button selectable 6-speed Manual.

• Hydraulic automatic clutch with switch-selectable mechanical neutral.

• Transmission automatically switches into Neutral when ignition is switched off.

• Innovative ‘lock-up’ system provides more direct engine-to-rear wheel drive for stronger, sharper acceleration than other automatic or belt drive systems.

• HFT offers advantage of higher load handling capability and better power transfer efficiency, permitting sportier acceleration than possible with conventional belt-drive systems.

• Smooth, stepless automatic HFT operation with throttle-controlled high-load ‘downshift’ capability featuring ramping ratio change, rather than stepped

Honda DN-01 Automatic Sports Cruiser Concept


• Easy operation: Simply press right-side DN switch (in D Mode) to engage drive. Hydraulic clutch eliminates‘clunk’ into first gear, instead smoothly switching into

gear, with movement initiated by throttle.

• Dual-chamber exhaust with catalyser in forward chamber for further enhanced mass centralisation.

• Rigid steel pipe double-cradle frame with bolt-on seat rail (also steel tube construction).

• Higher frame rigidity and front weight allocation ensure better high-speed stability than typical largedisplacement scooters.

• Mass centralized 15.1-litre (with 3-litre reserve) dual fuel tank permits lower seat height and better mass centralisation.

• Standard 41mm front fork with wide 130/70ZR17M/ C front tyre.

• Solid handling stability and riding comfort unprecedented in Custom class.

• Steeper 28 30′ caster angle ensures more enjoyable handling and manoeuvrability.

• Single-sided aluminium Pro-Arm swingarm with shaft drive and Monoshock rear suspension.

• Longer 120mm rear axle stroke offers enhanced ride feel.

• Elegant 17 dual 5-spoke cast aluminum wheels.

• Wide, low-profile 190/50-17 rear tyre.

• Smoothly responsive Combined-Antilock Brake System for confident braking control.

• Convenient parking brake.

• Honda Ignition Security System (HISS) helps prevent ride-away theft by disabling ignition system at its central ECU.

Honda DN-01 Automatic Sports Cruiser Concept
  • 2014 Honda Gold Wing F6B review and price – New Honda cars 2014 2015
  • 2012 Honda CBR1000RR Revealed – Motorcycle USA
  • Honda Blog – Honda Talk
  • 2013 Victory Boardwalk. From Classic Laid-Back Cruiser To Light Bagger…
  • HowStuffWorks “Ferrari 412 T2”