Honda turns heads
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.