Honda Removes the Twist From Twist-and-Go

Honda is developing a new foot-operated throttle for its scooter models which is intended to improve comfort for the rider

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A new piece of technology seems to be on the way from Honda, which will bring a new method of operating the throttle on its scooter models.

There are many differences between riding a powered two-wheeler (PTW) and driving a car. Among those differences is the operation of the throttle: bikes put it in the rider’s hand, whereas car drivers use their foot.

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Honda, which builds both motorcycles and cars, now seems to be looking to — in a way — bridge that gap.

Patent filings, published by Motorrad, show that Honda is working on a new solution for the operation of the throttle on its scooter models by shifting it out of the rider’s right hand and to their right foot instead. At least, sort of. The twist grip would remain, but the pedal would be there as an addition — a bit like motorcycle racers who use both a scooter-style finger-operated rear brake or thumb brake in addition to a traditional foot brake.

In the document, Honda says that the pedal is there for comfort, as riders would be able to rest their hand which would usually be constantly occupied while riding with the operation of the throttle. Of course, cruise control would be one solution, but its usefulness on a vehicle designed primarily for urban use is at least limited.

The bike shown in the documents is also a hybrid, with a combustion engine working in conjunction with an electric motor. It’s not clear if the split throttle operation is linked to the two-motor power unit, but were it so it would seem complicated such to be contrary to Honda’s aforementioned comfort focus.

There’s currently no timeline on when we might expect to see this foot throttle in production, or even when it might be officially revealed by Honda. If and when it is made official by the Tokyo manufacturer, it would be the latest in a line of advancements from it aimed at increasing the comfort or ease of riding, after features such as its DCT gearbox and the new E-Clutch that can be found on the new Honda CBR650R.