Shiftless motorcycles are not new to the scene. Ridley Motorcycles put the first automatic transmission motorcycle into production about 10 years ago along with followers like the Honda Silverwing and Yamaha T-Max 500. The new trend is not the auto transmission, not the manual, but both.
Last year, Honda developed the dual clutch transmission motorcycle. If you’re looking for choices, the dual will give you that. It has three modes:
- D for regular driving
- S for sporty riding
- Manual which is obviously, manual mode
You switch to the D and S modes by a toggle switch on the right side of the handlebar. For the manual mode, there are two buttons on the left side.
Honda claims this bike has a light, compact design and NO substantial layout modification. If you are okay with the swap of the horn and turn signals and the flip of the switches to different modes, than their claims are correct. If you swap out at the right times, it could help with fuel efficiency.
The dual is definitely something to keep you busy, that’s for sure. Just make sure you test drive all of the new features before you hit the big road.
Are other players hitting the dual market? What version of shifting do you prefer?