Prince Purple Rain rebel Hondamatic

Is Honda returning to Hondamatic transmission?

A new patent filing from Honda seems to suggest a return to the 1970s twist-and-go Hondamatic transmission like on Prince’s Rebel (pictured). The Hondamatic transmission was popular in America, but not here.  However, Honda now seems keen to extend its auto and semi-auto transmissions throughout its range. New Hondamatic This new patent application is a …

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2018 Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS automatic mode auto

MV Agusta sports tourer adds automatic mode

MV Agusta have revealed its 2018 Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS where those three letters stand for Smart Clutch System allowing the rider to use a conventional clutch to change gears or ride in automatic mode. Apart from a beautiful transparent transmission cover talking point, MV say SCS adds no weight and acceleration times are …

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Suzuki automatics patents in Hayabusa

Suzuki joins push toward automatics

Suzuki Motorcycles seems to be joining the push toward automatics after filing multiple patent applications for a semi-automatic transmission. While most automatic two-wheelers are scooters with CVT, there is a growing list of motorcycles with auto or semi-auto clutchless transmissions. Honda leads the way with its dual-clutch transmission in the Africa Twin, NC700X, CTX700, VFR1200X …

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Honda adds auto CTX700

Honda has added another automatic model to its fleet in the new CTX700 range. While most cars are sold with automatic gearboxes and some models don’t even offer a manual version, cars are transport, while motorcycles are so much more. Are riders really ready for auto motorcycles? Auto is a good idea on a scooter …

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