Honda has put a significant chunk of investment into gearbox automation over the years but they've ramped it up recently with Dual Clutch Technology (DCT), as seen on the VFR1200FA and now DCT is in its second generation in the new Integra.Clearly Honda believe it's the future, y...
Would you put your bike through this contraption?BORED WITH having to wash your bike the conventional way? How about this for another labour-saving device from the land of free, fat and lazy (or America, if you'd prefer).The automatic motorcycle
CONFUSED BY all the hi-tech blurn surrounding Honda's new dual-clutch semi-automatic transmission, revealed by Visordown earlier today?Then take a look at this video, which goes some way to explaining how the system works.
set. However now, if you're in automatic, you can override this with the Manual mode buttons, say if you want to shift down in preparation for an overtake or short shift for a long straight. After you've made your manual changes, the system
HONDA will launch two new models featuring the DCT automatic gearbox in 2012.DCT, first seen on the VFR1200FA, is now in it's second generation and is lighter and more compact than the first.The two new models will be called the NS700S and NS700X
switchgear cluster is another button - auto button and a neutral selector button combined. There’s also another option offered by the right hand switch - Sporty or Comfort automatic.It doesn’t take long to get used to. Some people couldn’t get their heads
, there was no excuse for any of them.Honda’s semi-automatic gearbox technology was designed for cars but introduced for bikes in 1976 with the CB750A and it was a disaster, paving the way for a universal loathing of automatic gearboxes that lasts to this day
.There’s no need for a clutch lever, which added to the Mana’s unusual feel as I splashed away from our launch base in central Turin, having released the scooter-style hand brake behind my left knee. Having set off in Automatic and selected the Rain mode (via
WHEN we wrote about Honda's idea to develop both a bike and a scooter from the same engine and chassis back in March we honestly couldn't be sure whether we were looking at the wild imaginings of the firm's R&D department or a production reality.Well, it turns out it was the latt...
's got all the same mechanical bits as the GP800, including the 76bhp, 839cc V-twin engine and automatic transmission, but the styling is a definite improvement. Whether sticking Aprilia badges on and trying to make it look like the RSV4's less
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