Honda turns heads

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Paul Gover -

DRIV­ING as part of the test team means you get used to peo­ple turn­ing to look. They could be rub­ber-neck­ing a new Fal­codore or some­thing ex­ot­i­cally Fer­rari or Porsche. But few cars have cre­ated as much in­ter­est as the Honda I’ve had for the past week. It is the DN-01 and it is a su­per scooter (left).

It looked like a dream ma­chine at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show two years ago but Honda has turned it into re­al­ity. It’s a truly fu­tur­is­tic mo­tor­cy­cle that is hard to clas­sify or ig­nore.

V8 Su­per­car racer James Court­ney reck­ons it looks like a jet­ski with wheels, but oth­ers think it looks like a mod­ern take on the Har­ley V-Rod cruiser.

Honda Aus­tralia calls the DN01 a cruiser. It’s great for gen­tle cruis­ing, even if its

750cc en­gine means it has far more squirt than any scooter I have rid­den. It is comfy, quiet and can be thrashed along if you switch the con­stantly vari­able trans­mis­sion to mimic a six-speed man­ual. It has the safety net of anti-skid brakes.

The only real neg­a­tives are a $16,000-plus price and a lack of stor­age space, though fu­ture ship­ments of the DN-01 will all come with a top box for lug­gage.

It’s the sort of bike that many re­turn­ing mo­tor­cy­clists should be rid­ing, in­stead of fall­ing for flashy Har­ley bait or putting their health at risk with one of the lat­est hy­per sports bikes.

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