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I still have no idea what Honda is trying to do with the DN-01. Slightly more with the Fury.

Yamaha on the other hand seems to have a better approach with this:

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The "sportyness" of the new models seem to go where I placed them, at least according to one dealer.

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post #2 of 12 Old 04-28-2009, 04:09 PM
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I believe the DN-01 is an ill timed experiment...or at least that is what it will amount to in the end.

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I believe the DN-01 is an ill timed experiment...or at least that is what it will amount to in the end.
I completely agree. It's been discussed plenty here and elsewhere, but Honda has nothing out that excites me in the least. I mean, the least they could do is add a 600-800 cc Supermoto bike. Then I would at least consider sticking with Honda. Unfortunately they've lost my business in the future till their lineup gets some excitement again.

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I believe the DN-01 is an ill timed experiment...or at least that is what it will amount to in the end.
perfectly summed up.
neat ideas which will miss on so many levels.

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I believe the DN-01 is an ill timed experiment...or at least that is what it will amount to in the end.
I saw one of those things at the dealer last week, haven't been following closely this winter, automatic space cruiser funkodelic whatzit?

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They were probably banking on gas prices staying at $4/ gal with the DN-01. Seems like a bike for people that want something easy to ride.

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Ok, I just read this: http://www.popularmechanics.com/blog...s/4301055.html , and now I'm up to speed.

I still don't get it.

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The hydraulic drive on the DN01 is pretty impressive. I saw it as a cool design exercise, but I have no idea why they put it into production.

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The hydraulic drive on the DN01 is pretty impressive. I saw it as a cool design exercise, but I have no idea why they put it into production.
same reason they did the flury 4 years too late to ride the "chopper" wave...

honda sometimes is retardicated.



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same reason they did the flury 4 years too late to ride the "chopper" wave...

honda sometimes is retardicated.

Hmmm. There you go making me think....

Are there any other manufacturers doing choppers? Obviously i'm not talking about local shops and Discovery Channel soap operas.

I realize the cruiser wave is here and cresting (hopefully), but has the chopper really hit mainstream and mass production?

I must have missed it.

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Hmmm. There you go making me think....

Are there any other manufacturers doing choppers? Obviously i'm not talking about local shops and Discovery Channel soap operas.

I realize the cruiser wave is here and cresting (hopefully), but has the chopper really hit mainstream and mass production?

I must have missed it.
yeah... yamaha has the raider... it is pretty badass... but...





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I have to believe the marketing department for American Honda are off in dreamland and don't have a clue what the customer really wants. The Rune was a cruiser on steroids, the same steroids injected into a scooter to make the DN, and now a chopper. I've heard talk about how tough it is to meet the US restrictions; if it was financially sound they would be importing the great bikes available throughout the rest of the world; etc, etc. Funny how the other manufacturers seem to pull it off.

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