The HFT (Human-Friendly Transmission) is Honda’s new automatic transmission system for motorcycles. Until now, use of automatic transmissions in motorbikes was confined mainly to scooters. The automatic transmissions used in scooters could not be used in general motorcycles because of differences in the structure of the vehicle frames Advantages of the HFT Since the HFT is an automatic transmission, the bike can be easily operated with the throttle alone. And you can still enjoy all the sporty riding pleasure that motorcycles offer. How the HFT shifts gears Unlike a manual transmission, which is operated by the rider via a foot pedal, or an automatic scooter transmission like the Honda V-Matic, which uses a belt to provide continuously variable gear ratios, the HFT employs a simple mechanism that uses a component called a ‘swash plate’ to deliver continuously variable gear ratios. The angle of the swash plate inside the HFT is varied to provide continuously variable gear ratios, just like in a scooter.