The new gearbox layout is missing a clutch lever, but continues with a foot-operated gear lever
It is said to be a conventional 6-speed unit that is paired with a bi-directional quickshifter and a computer-controlled system.
Honda could offer it on more than one of its models
Honda is known to have one of the best automatic gearboxes set up on its motorcycles. The latest DCT units in the Honda Africa Twin and Gold Wing are growing in popularity, but the Japanese company isn’t stopping there. According to a new patent application, Honda is now working on a new semi-automatic gearbox.
This system is very different to the current DCT technology, or even the Hondamatic transmission from the 1970s. The DCT is a comprehensive dual-clutch setup, whereas the old Hondamatic system used a torque converter and a 2-speed gearbox. Both these technologies originated in the car world, but Honda’s new patented system appears to be much simpler and could turn out to be more affordable as well.
This new gearbox technology is said to use a conventional 6-speed transmission paired with a bi-directional quickshifter and a computer-controlled system that engages and disengages the clutch when coming to a halt. The gearbox uses a traditional foot lever to shift gears, but there’s no clutch lever on the handlebar.
We imagine that this system could result in a more conventional riding experience, where the rider still gets to shift through the gears as they would on a normal motorcycle equipped with an up/down quickshifter. The only difference is that the tediousness of managing the clutch at low-speed urban conditions will no longer be required.
While the patent images show the new gearbox on a CB1100, we could see the company offer this on more of its models over time.
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