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It’s exciting to see progression in petrol engines, so Motor Cycle Monthly asked Koki Kobayashi (Large Project Leader) and Kosaku Takahashi (Dual Clutch Transmission Engineer) where they see the technology going over the coming years…
“There is a trend for electric motors,” said Kobayashi-san; “but I believe that, like me, a lot of motorcyclists love the internal combustion engine, so it will continue for years and years, and we’ll be using DCT in the Honda range in the future”
Takahashi-san added: “There are a wide variety of potential future uses of DCT, and I’d personally love to see it on a super-sport bike in the future. To make it a reality, it’s a question of balancing the need for the system to be compact, while allowing the rider to get as much from the bike as they do with a traditional transmission. This is eminently possible, as shifting electronically is a sportsbike-friendly application, and the drivetrain forces involved in DCT equipped sportsbikes aren’t an issue, but the need for two pumps, two solenoids and the general number of components make weight management the challenge.”