At the Milan show the production version of the DN-01 concept bike was displayed and confirmed as a European model.
The ‘Performance Cruiser’ is the first ever Honda to feature the Human-Friendly Transmission system, a hydraulic CVT system. The system gives a constantly variable gearing ratio as well as a push-button ‘manual’ option, which shifts through six pre-set gear ratios.
Powering the bike is a 680cc v-twin taken from the Deauville, but with 10bhp less – around 55bhp.
The chassis is designed to give the rider a comfortable riding position and an easy ride, so it has a low 690mm seat height, forward-set footboard and pull-back bars.
European colours will be black or purple, but not the white or red bikes shown at the Tokyo show. Price is yet to be announced.
See 28 new motorcycles in the biggest bike launch edition of MCN - out Wednesday, November 7, 2007.