DCT Takes Over: Are We Becoming A Nation Of Lazy Bikers?
DCT. It’s great, isn’t it…?
Who would have dreamt, in the days of back-to-front gearing (think old Brit bikes) and hand-operated chokes, that one day we’d be able to just twist the throttle and go.
Of course, it’s not quite that simple. DCT – or Dual Clutch Transmission – is, in Honda’s own words, ‘an automated clutch and shift operation system that retains the direct acceleration feel of a manual transmission’. Basically, it does all the gear-changing for you.
And we know it works…
— James Baggott (@CarDealerEd) October 5, 2016
So, it’s perhaps unsurprising that sales of Honda’s DCT models have overtaken those of their conventional geared counterparts.
Stat from Honda press conference. Landmark moment for DCT, as European sales meet 51% on models where it's an option pic.twitter.com/uwojq0k5YT
— David Rogers (@David_R_Rogers) October 4, 2016
Now, don’t get us wrong. DCT is a great bit of kit, but should motorcycling purists be worried?
Many bikers argue that an automated transmission removes half the fun of riding and can turn us into lazy oversized-scooter riders (their words, not ours).
But Honda currently only offers the DCT option on bikes where it will either improve rider comfort or capability – think the VFR and Africa Twin.
So, are those bikers right to be concerned?
We don’t think so.
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