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Honda's 'Frankenstein' bike

2006-04-03 11:05

Brett Hamilton

Judging by the pic it is a VFR that has been sadistically merged with a Goldwing and a Shadow deep in the "Frankenstein laboratories" at Honda HQ: clearly in a bid to build a massive version of the company's Monkey bike.

It comes close to the Griffon concept bike that was presented in Tokyo during 2003. Back then, Honda said, "The Griffon is an uncompromising Fusion of Motorcycle and Scooter."

Back in the real world, the DN will be powered by a modified version of the 680cc motor found in the Deauville.

That should give it 65bhp (47 kW) at 8 000 r/min and 49lb.ft (66 Nm) at 6 500 r/min. Top speed is claimed at about 200 km/h.

The interesting part of this machine is the fact that the 5-speed manual transmission of the Deauville has been swapped for a hydraulic drive.

The engine has been fitted with a hydraulic pump, which sends hydraulic fluid to a great big turbine that drives the rear wheel via a shaft.

Just to add more technological mystery to this machine, valves can alter the flow of the fluid ? giving the DN a variable transmission.

The DN-01 will probably go on sale in Japan during early 2007, and will make its debut in Europe by the end of next year.


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