Honda’s hydraulic-drive DN-01 – shown as a prototype in 2005 - will go into production in 12 months. It could consign conventional gear-changes to the history books.
Insiders say it will be on sale in Japan early next year and be available in Europe by the end of 2007.
Find quality bikes for sale HERE
Bike tests, user reviews HERE
Choose great kit: 1675 items reviewed HERE
It uses a V-twin engine developed from the Deauville’s 65bhp, 680cc unit. But instead of conventional gears, the DN-01’s engine is connected to a hydraulic pump, which sends hydraulic fluid to a turbine driving the rear wheel via a shaft.
Valves alter the flow of hydraulic fluid to offer a completely variable transmission.
Read the full story only in MCN out on March 29, 2006.
Does the idea of a gearless bike appeal to you or is changing gear a key part of the appeal of riding? Click on the ‘related topic’ link, right, to Have Your Say.>>>>