Honda Opens Website For DCT Motorcycles
As riders eagerly
Motorcycle's newest adventure bike, the Africa Twin, to roll
onto dealership floors, Honda recently announced a website strictly
dedicated to its Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT). The website provides more in-depth
details about the functionality and benefits of the DCT setup.
Originally introduced back in 2010 on the VFR 1200F, Honda's DCT is
exactly what the name implies, a dual clutch setup with one clutch
handling odd gears 1st,3rd, and 5th and the other taking care of
2nd, 4th, and 6th gears. By automating the clutching and shifting
processes associated with a standard motorcycle drivetrain the
design frees up the riders hands, feet, and mind allowing them to
enjoy the road ahead.
The system operates by monitoring road conditions based on speed, engine rpms, and other factors to select and maintain the proper gear. Besides automatic shifting, other benefits Honda claims with its DTC is a smooth motorcycling experience, the direct accelerating feel of a manual shifting motorcycle, and minimizing the power gaps typically found when shifting manually.
For those that prefer a more connected experience to the motorcycle
and road you still have the option to manually shift as desired via
buttons located on the hand controls. You can easily change riding
styles with the ability to switch between automatic mode and manual
modes. To dial in the riding experience even further, the DCT setup
allows you to choose between D mode which is a daily mode for
normal every day cruising and S mode which is a more spirited Sport
mode for those times when you're more concerned with getting the
most fun out of the motorcycle by aggressively attaching
Honda currently offers seven motorcycles with its DCT: the VFR
1200X, VFR 1200F, NM4, NC750X, NC 750S, CTX 7000, and the CTX 700N.
When the Africa
Twin arrives on showroom floors in May of this year riders will
have the option of the base model Africa Twin or the DCT version
which will come with a $700 up charge. The DCT setup on the Africa
Twin also comes with a more refined riding experience allowing you
to choose from three progressively aggressive Sport modes as well
as a Gravel mode for better offroad control.
Could Be Good For Beginners
The DCT Africa Twin could be a real hit for many enthusiasts who have been thinking about joining the ADV crowd but are intimidated by the thought of handling a heavy weight machine offroad. By going with the DCT version it could alleviate the worry of dealing with clutching, shifting, and managing the power when riding tough terrain and just allow the rider to let the bike do the majority of the work itself; or put it into manual mode and make simple shifts via the buttons.