Honda has now introduced a Dual Clutch Transmission system for the first time. The system offers the rider the enjoyment of a six-speed manual gear-select option in Manual Transmission (MT) mode via electronic trigger-shift controls, whilst also offering the more relaxed capability of effortless and seamless gear changes in Automatic Transmission (AT) mode should they wish. Within AT mode, there are two options – D-mode for a relaxed ride and S-mode for a more sporty feel. All three modes are selectable from a switch on the right handlebar.
In the past the small size of a motorcycle has meant that such systems could not be employed, but Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission utilises two main shafts – one fitting inside the other – and two in-line independent hydraulic clutches which alternately engage the odd and even numbered gears respectively. The shift mechanism itself is based on that of a conventional motorcycle. The end result is a compact, light-weight system, which – via its various modes – can offer simple, refined and fuel-efficient gear-change systems. This means that a Dual Clutch Transmission-equipped machine can offer the best of both worlds to all types and abilities of riders, as well as for pillions.
Honda’s new Dual Clutch Transmission has been introduced on the amazing new VFR1200F, a sports-touring machine which even in standard form has set the motorcycling world alight this year with its super-smooth V4 powerplant and agile yet reassuring handling, coupled with its sleek styling.
The VFR1200FD will make its debut in Honda Motorcycle dealerships in the UK on 14 June, will be available in the same colours as the manual VFR – Seal Silver Metallic, Candy Prominence Red and Pearl Sunbeam White – and will be priced at £13,175 on the road (including £125 registration fee and road fund licence).
The VFR1200FD also benefits from the same features as the standard VFR1200F, to include Honda’s renowned quality and reliability, extended 8,000 mile (or annual) servicing intervals, low maintenance shaft-drive, three year extended warranty and AA European roadside assist cover (selected countries only), optional Honda Happiness fixed price servicing plan covering the first four services for a one-off payment of just £575, as well as a competitive low-rate PCP (personal contract purchase) finance scheme to make monthly payments affordable, whilst also offering a guaranteed future value that comes with a PCP.
To book a test ride of the VFR1200FD, or for further information about Honda’s range of motorcycles, genuine parts, accessories, latest offers and forthcoming events, visit your local Honda Motorcycle dealer who can be found using the ‘Dealer Search’ facility within the motorcycles section of www.honda.co.uk, or call 0845 200 8000.
Here’s a video of the Dual Clutch in action