I'd love to have known exactly what was going through the corporate minds at HMC when they decided to bring the DN to market. My best guess is that it was a three-fold strategy. On some level I think it was purely a bit of the technical posturing that Honda does best, a sort of "see what we can build." On another, it gave them a perfect platform to test some new technology, in particular its hydro-mechanical automatic transmission, with a clean sheet design. Mark my words, no pun intended, you'll see that clever bit of cog swapping show up somewhere else in the line up soon enough. Bold experiments in motorcycle design aren't always successful. Consider if you will bikes like the Yamaha TX750, Suzuki Rotary or Honda PC800. All the same, I can't help wonder if Honda is really onto something here, especially if they stick with it and iron out a few details. Maybe instead of Do Not Order, it should be Do Not Overlook.