Honda has introduced the Honda E-Clutch, a pioneering technology designed to enhance clutch control during transitional moments in motorcycle riding. 

This cutting-edge feature is poised to redefine the motorcycling experience by electronically managing clutch engagement when driving force fluctuations occur.

Described as a “clutch assist” by Honda, the E-Clutch represents a pivotal advancement in the world of motorcycling. It is specifically engineered to operate seamlessly during key moments of driving force variation, including starts, shifts, and stops. In these critical situations, the Honda E-Clutch will effectively eliminate the need for manual clutch manipulation by the rider.

However, it is important to note that the rider retains full control over the clutch even when the E-Clutch is in operation. Through the conventional clutch lever, motorcyclists can still engage the clutch manually. 

Nevertheless, the electronic control system delivers “instantaneous, finely-tuned clutch control to optimise performance in scenarios where driving force alterations occur,” according to Honda.

The primary objective behind the introduction of the motorcycle E-Clutch is to allow riders to fully immerse themselves in the joy of riding, unburdened by the complexities of clutch management. 

Honda proudly emphasises that this innovative system can be seamlessly integrated into existing engine layouts, necessitating no significant modifications. As a result, Honda intends to gradually implement the E-Clutch technology across its range of “fun” motorcycles in the foreseeable future.

Notably, the E-Clutch is not Honda’s first foray into groundbreaking clutch innovations. The company has previously introduced the Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which has enjoyed considerable success on models such as the Honda NT1100 and the Honda Gold Wing. 

KTM is reportedly developing a semi-automatic gearbox for its next generation of 1290-powered bikes, according to recent patents.

  • KTM’s upcoming semi-automatic gearbox to benefit the 1290 range. 
  • The semi-automatic gearbox is not similar to Honda’s DCT. 

Unlike Honda’s DCT system, KTM’s approach will use rocker arms, a centrifugal clutch, and a separate gear control unit to shift gears fully autonomously or with rider input. The semi-auto system will also feature a unique parking brake, which could serve as an additional anti-theft measure. 

The patent suggests that the system could be featured in KTM’s 1290 Super Adventure S, Super Adventure R, 1290 Super Duke R, and 1290 Super Duke GT models. 

However, it’s unclear how riders will manually shift gears with the new system. 

The KTM system’s L-shaped lever physically locks driven gears in place and can’t be deactivated unless the bike is switched on, adding an additional layer of protection against motorcycle theft.

(source: Cycle World)

Yamaha has filed two different patents describing a new TMax maxi-scooter that features a new hybrid drive system.

The patent revealed two TMax, one using a hybrid drive direct to the crank while the other into the bike’s transmission.

While no further details are disclosed, the bike features in the drawing are similar to the current generation of the TMax.

Nevertheless, the latest patents provide a clear indication that the hybrid technology is still at an early stage of development.

The first patents directly link the internal combustion engine (ICE) and the electric motor.

The direct link between the electric motor and the ICE allows the bike’s conventional transmission system to be utilised and ensure the bike development is as cost-effective as possible.

Meanwhile, the second patent depicts the hybrid drive system is mounted into the bike’s swing-arm and transmission system.

The second solution allows Yamaha to play match-making by using the same electric motor with several different engines.

However, the system is a bit more delicate as it forces Yamaha to adapt the electric motor to various engine setups accurately.

More importantly, should we expect a hybrid version of the TMax 560 in the future? Yes and no. Presumably, the TMax is likely being used only to develop the new hybrid drive system.

Moreover, the TMax is the most likely to allow the hybrid system to be easily squeezed beneath the seat together with the batteries.

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