Honda Introduces their Automatic Motorcycle to the U.S. Market

April 10, 2009 by  
Filed under New Products

For the motorcycle purist out there, the idea of riding a motorcycle without a clutch is unimaginable. However, Honda is taking a gamble and introducing the Honda DN-01 to the American Marketplace this week. The Honda DN-01 uses a hydromechanical transmission, which allows riders to bypass the usual hand clutch and foot shifter. The DN-01’s hydromechanical transmission, or HFT, uses fluids to push a series of swash plates back and forth for seamless and buttery movement between the gears.

Autos have almost completely transitioned from the manual transmission to automatics. According to WardsAuto.com, 93% of all 2008 cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. were equipped with automatic transmissions. That’s a 14% increase from 1990 when 79% of vehicles sold in the U.S. had automatic transmissions. Will motorcyles follow the trend of their four wheel cousins? Honda seems to think so. “Five years from now, you’d be amazed how many automatic and semiautomatics you’re going to see in the two-wheeled world,” said Jon Seidel, assistant manager of motorcycle press for American Honda in Torrance.

2009 Honda DN-01
Base price: $14,599
Powertrain: Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 52-degree V-twin, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, shaft drive, hydromechanical two-mode automatic transmission with six-speed manual mode, anti-lock brakes
Displacement: 680 cc
Seat height: 27.2 inches
Curb weight: 595 pounds
Road test MPG: 48 (based on 356 miles traveled)

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[Source: LA Times]

Best Buy to Sell Electric Motorcycle

April 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Electric Motorcycles

Brammo Electric MotorcycleIt looks like Best Buy is adding something a little bit different to their electronics store. Yes, sitting beside the washer, dryers, plasma TVs, coffee makers, will be the Brammo electric motorcycle. Five Best Buy stores on the West Coast plan to start offering this bike to consumers late this Spring.  The Brammo Enertia, which is powered by large format, lithium phosphate batteries, will retail for $12,000.

While this bike might be a cool novelty item to own, I think for the $12,000 price tag you’re probably better off shopping for a bike that burns gas.

[Source: AutoBlog]

Launch of the redesigned Buy a Used Motorcycle Website.

Buy a Used MotorcycleWe are pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned Buy a Used Motorcycle website. The new Buy a Used Motorcycle website features such things as easier navigation, a search form within each motorcycle make, a motorcycle blog, and a more aesthetically pleasing design.  We hope users find Buy a Used Motorcycle easier than ever to use. Whether you are buying or selling a used motorcycle please remember to visit Buy a Used Motorcycle.

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