HONDA CELEBRATES A DECADE OF DUAL CLUTCH TRANSMISSION TECHNOLOGY FOR MOTORCYCLES
Honda is marking a decade since our Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology first appeared in its two-wheeled product line-up. Having first appeared in dealerships across Europe on the VFR1200F sports tourer, our DCT remains unique in the world of powered two-wheelers. In total, over 140,000 machines with DCT have been sold in Europe, and in 2019, 45% of Africa Twins, 52% of NC750Xs and 67% of Gold Wings sold in Europe were the DCT version. The success of our DCT has been in large part due to a constant evolution of the technology, with refinements to the smoothness and timing of the gear shifts, and adaptations to match the riding characteristics required of a broad range of different models. Examples include an off-road focussed 'G switch' addition for the Africa Twin and X-ADV, and synchronisation with Hill Start Assist, Walking Mode and Idling Stop on the flagship GL1800 Gold Wing luxury tourer. For more information about the evolution of DCT technology, click here to read an interview with Dai Arai, the Chief Engineer responsible for guiding the evolution of DCT since the original VFR1200F.