And many electric motorcycles are virtually automatic because the electric motor can be used as a direct-drive unit. It is similar to turning up the volume on an amplifier or turning up the “suck” on your vacuum cleaner.
Harley-Davidson employs this drive on their Livewire electric motorcycle that they are planning to introduce in the next 18 months.
However, the now-defunct Victory Motorcycle chose to keep the gears on their short-lived electric Empulse TT to attract motorcycle riders to electric power.
Move to automatics
The move towards automatics is fired by three things: emissions targets, millennials and Americans.
Modern automatic transmissions in cars are now so sophisticated they are faster yet more economical and cleaner on emissions than manuals. They also last longer.
So that will satisfy the greenies!
Automatic motorcycles will also appeal more to millennials and Americans who “don’t drive stick (manual)”.
Motorcycle manufacturers will hope that automatics will help attract millennials who display a distinct lack of enthusiasm for motorcycles.
Suzuki Hayabusa auto
Meanwhile, it is believed that the Suzuki semi-automatic transmission will find its way into many of their bikes.