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Memorable Motorcycle: Honda DN-01 Photo Gallery
Containing both cruiser and scooter elements, the DN-01 was both poorly designed and marketed by Honda.
In the newest release of Memorable Motorcycles our vintage expert resurrects the DN-01 cruiser, which was originally introduced by Honda at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show but has since been discontinued. Read more in
Memorable Motorcycle: Honda DN-01
With a pricetag of $15,000 the DN-01's 680cc V-Twin produces only 45 hp and lacks character.
A shallow head angle makes cornering a chore and seriously dimishes the joy of riding the DN-01.
Despite its claims, the Honda DN-01 is not an easy machine to ride.
In addition to poor performance from the motor, the DN-01 was uncomfortable to ride.
After just 50 miles in the saddle of the Honda DN-01 our contributor was getting a backache thanks to poor ergonomics.
One of the only strengths of the DN01 is it's transmission, which seamlessly transfers power to the ground through a shaft drive.
There are two drive modes accessible on the left grip which, in practice, makes almost no difference.
A nearly inaccessible rear brake made stopping the DN-01 far more difficult than should be the case.
Suspension on the DN-01 was dreadful and wallowed through curves.
The Honda DN-01 provides little wind protection, which is a major setback for those interested in its touring capabilities.
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