When Honda’s upcoming VFR1200 hits the American and European markets in 2010, the new sports tourer will be equipped with the first dual clutch transmission designed for the two-wheeled market. Like the highly-regarded DSG transmissions from Volkswagen and Audi, two separate clutches inside the gearbox act on the even gears (two, four and six) and the odd gears (one, three and five).
Honda promises both improved performance and efficiency from the dual clutch design. Three operating modes can be selected from the gearbox: D-Mode when regular automatic operation is desired, S-Mode for sportier performance and a fully manual mode that works just like a traditional six-speed sequential manual gearbox.
Though the transmission will debut on the new VFR, Honda says the technology can be applied to existing engines and platforms already in Honda sportbike lineup. We can’t say for sure what “traditional markets” Honda is referring to, but we’re thinking there’s a decent chance a dual clutch box could soon make an appearance in the CBR line. Hit the jump for the press release.
Honda to launch first-ever dual clutch gearbox for motorcycles with new VFR originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Wed, 09 Sep 2009 10:44:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.