I am making it my goal to try one of these.
As a lady scooter rider, I sometimes have to read between the lines when it comes to PTW reviews.
Most video reviews are from the perspective of some dude who has been riding motorcycles for years and has a great disdain for anything that may be trying for a wider market. Or he has "mad skills" and he wants to "push the outside of the envelope" when it comes to the machine's performance. Because of this, it is hard for me to find a review that I feel is applicable to me, and my needs and wants as a rider.
When I decided that I wanted to check out some of the newer automatic bikes, like the Honda DN-01. I had a hard time finding a review that wasn't casting a jaded eye on a product that may include me/women as a buyer.
I lucked onto this review by Susan Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times. It was so nice to see a lady rider, on a vehicle, giving her opinion of the product. Heck it was just nice to see a female on a bike, just so I could see how I might possibly fit or handle the same bike!
Based on the video review above, I am now going to check out a used Honda DN-01 in the area. I have to say, that the bike seemed to be scraping the ground on some of the turns, so it might not offer as much lean as other bikes. But I am now, much more motivated to check it out, based on the video review alone, that is fairly telling.
Funny that, if you show a woman riding and reviewing a vehicle, I am more likely to be interested in it. Hmmm....Perhaps those marketing the bike might show a wider group of consumers riding and reviewing the bike? Maybe people in the 40-50s? People who have difficulty shifting but still want the 2-wheel experience could give this particular bike a try? Or total noobs, both male and female could try it in a MSF course setting? Just a few ideas Honda.