Motorcycles are Making Shift to Automatic Transmission

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Motorcycles are Making Shift to Transmission

With the DN-01, is poised to draft on others_ with a bike that the automatic motorcycle concept and new design and engineering.

With few in modern motorbiking, the two-wheeled has broken down something this: Manual transmission motorcycle (and macho). transmission equals scooter sissy).

But in the last year, the caveman of two-wheeled categorizations has to evolve: Motorcycles are beginning to automatic transmissions

The Honda which is rolling into dealerships this week, riders do away with a clutch and foot-shifting through when they’re also to stay balanced, navigate and coordinate accelerating and braking

The DN, stands for “Dream New,” is for two seemingly opposite ends of the New riders who want to feel the in their hair without a in their hands; and seasoned who want to be the Joneses with everyone else aspires to pace.

It’s an experiment, though. And at $14,599 in a down economy, probably more of an experiment Honda was intending.

“I applaud for doing the DN-01 because in years there’s been criticism of the motorcycle industry it’s kind of stuck in a said Paul Dean, editor of Cycle World “There are markets and demographics which motorcycling could and well may expand, and I think an automatic transmission technology help that happen.”

have made the transition completely. According to, an data website, 93% of the 2008 year cars and light sold in the U.S. used transmissions, compared with 79% in

Two-wheelers are starting to head in direction to attract a broader Sales of scooters, which use transmissions, were higher they had ever been in 1 in 4 on-road two-wheelers sold year was a scooter.

“Five from now, you’d be how many automatic and semiautomatics going to see in the two-wheeled world,” Jon Seidel, assistant manager of press for American Honda in

Honda isn’t the first to try transmissions that involve less. Oklahoma City Ridley Motorcycles has sold of its V-twin “Auto-glide” automatic in the last 10 years. Yamaha — the major motorcycle manufacturer to a clutchless motorcycle for the street — saw a 13% in sales of its FJR1300AE from 2008 to February, a time which total motorcycle both on- and off-road, were 9%.

On the market since 2006, the version of Yamaha’s popular model allows riders to a button or a lever to shift rather than coordinate left extremities to simultaneously a clutch with one hand and a shifter with a foot. The AE, available for an $1,800 premium the manual transmission version, for 25% of FJR1300 sales

Yamaha is watching” to see if the smaller displacement, and semiautomatic models that come on the market in the last “make any inroads,” said Foley, Yamaha’s media manager for street motorcycles.

So they appear to be.

The Aprilia on the market since last now accounts for 14% of the company’s sales. the stylish Italian model on the market with Autodrive, a that allows riders to through town in automatic (using only their and a throttle instead of a clutch) or mode (moving through the seven gears with the of a button), the $9,899, 850 cc V-twin has one of Aprilia’s bestsellers out of 19 available

One of the brands owned by Vespa Piaggio Group, Aprilia has unveiled a touring version of the called a GT, though production on that model have not yet released.

With the introduction of its Honda is poised to draft on manufacturers’ success with a that takes the automatic concept and introduces new design and

The Mana’s Autodrive transmission is a descendant of the pulley-driven CVT, or variable transmissions, in use on most Yamaha’s FJR1300AE is a manual with a computer-controlled clutch.

But the DN-01 employs an entirely new Its hydromechanical transmission, or HFT, fluids to push a series of plates back and forth for and buttery movement between the

Like the Aprilia Mana, the can be operated in fully automatic and modes. Unlike the Mana, the lacks a proven design Sportbike, cruiser, scooter: The looks like all three on the vantage point.

It was first at the Tokyo Motor Show in and has been for sale in Japan and for about a year.

In some the Dream New is a modern take on an old reverie — the automatic CB750A and “Hondamatics” that came on the just as the craze for motorcycles was Introduced in 1976 and 1979, each model lived for years before being from Honda’s lineup.

Whether anything will be 30 years later remains to be

Seidel declined to say how many were being imported to the except to say that “dealer were much stronger we anticipated.”

“We’re excited this product, but will it be in the market? It’s hard to he said. “We know it’s to be a niche product. Would we to sell 10,000? Well, but that’s not going to be the reality.”

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