Dual clutch Fireblade in the pipeline

Honda lining up a paddle-shift sportsbike for 2012? We reckon so

Posted: 3 June 2010
by Visordown News

HONDA JAPAN has filed patents that show how its VFR-style twin-cluch system could be modified to fit the company's Fireblade sportsbike, Visordown can reveal.

The key element to Honda's revised design, further emphasising the firm's intentions to spread the system across its range, is reduced cost compared to the original version on the VFR, which adds nearly 10 percent to the price of the standard £11,596 bike.

While the basics are the same, including the same concentric input shafts as on the VFR, the focus has gone into simplifying the electronics and sensors, reaching the same effect as the VFR's, but with reduced cost.

In particular, the new Honda design eliminates one expensive potentiometer used on the VFR to measure the position of the shift drum, telling the computer which gear the bike is in.

Does the thought of a paddle-shift sportsbike float your boat?

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Good idea, even more reason for a middle aged incompetent born again to buy a litre bike he can't ride...

Posted: 03/06/2010 at 17:08

Whether they are middle aged, incompetent or born again it's no reason to suggest people shouldn't ride a litre. Most of the crappy driving I see on the road comes from car drivers first, then 25 year olds on bikes. What age are you?

BTT if the paddle shift CBR is like a quickshifter at the bars I'd have one! 

Posted: 03/06/2010 at 21:27

I wish I'd had been paid a pound every time I have seen a "competent young guy" with a Hyper sports bike and his feet hanging off the pegs as if he was a penguin or something even more ridiculous...

quite talented people, yeah...they are supposed to be the chosen ones to drive a litre and they don´t even know how to place their feet...

Not to mention the two times I´ve entered the track so far and passed "competent young guys" with Gixxers, VFRs...with my "disabled-for" sequential Aprilia Mana...

hands & brains do the biker, gentlemen...not the bike itself...

a pity this statement's still a secret for so many people by 2010...

Posted: 07/06/2010 at 17:04

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