Honda Dual Clutch Transmission

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The Dual Clutch Transmission is a technology that offers automated clutch control and gearshift operation to deliver the same riding enjoyment as a manual transmission with the convenience of an automatic, for enhanced comfort and sporty performance. This tech was first introduced on motorcycles by Honda on their VFR1200 F sports touring bike.

The system uses two clutches—one for start-up and 1st, 3rd, and 5th gears, and the other for 2nd, 4th, and 6th gears. The clutches are electronically controlled to achieve seamless shifting. With the Dual Clutch Transmission, we have successfully combined the manual transmission’s direct transmission of engine output to the rear wheel, with uninterrupted power delivery at all times and the ability to control acceleration and deceleration with the throttle and brake inputs alone, even during sporty riding.

Three operating modes of the Dual Clutch Transmission The Dual Clutch Transmission is equipped with two main operating modes: AT mode, which changes gears automatically; and MT mode, which allows the rider to change gears manually using paddle shifters.