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We have seen a recent rise in interest regarding Honda and their Dual Clutch Transmission “DCT” Automatic motorcycles. Especially since Honda has been working diligently to bring the cost of producing this kind of technology down. For example: The first Honda motorcycle here in the USA with the DCT automatic transmission was the DN-01 back in 2009. Aside from its different look that took a lot of people by surprise, its price tag was the big shocker for most at $15,999. Now once they put big rebates on them and we were selling them for under $8,000 it really sparked interest in them. Fast forward to 2013 and now Honda has drove costs way down on the DCT transmission to where you can hop on one in the $7,000-$8,000 price range. Now onto the information you probably came here for…

Have you been doing your research on Honda’s DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) Automatic motorcycles? If so you’ve come to the right place to find some more good information with a small Q&A regarding Honda and their Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) offered here in the USA on the NC700X, VFR1200, CTX700N, CTX700 and has been a huge hit. Honda also offered the DCT transmission on the TRX420FA Rancher AT and has been a great seller and held up well being put through the strenuous test of being off-road.

You’ll also find a couple of videos below that show you more than words could ever explain about the Honda DCT and how it works in the real world.

 

Q1. What is a Dual Clutch Transmission?

A. The Dual Clutch Transmission is Honda’s most advanced automatic transmission system for motorcycles. Its layout and manual-like feel are strikingly similar to conventional sports bike engines and their transmissions.

Q2. Is the Dual Clutch Transmission an automatic transmission?

A. Yes, but with a difference. Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission utilizes a computerized electro-hydraulic control system to switch between the gears of a conventional six-speed transmission. It is equipped with two clutch packs, and gear selection can be manually controlled by a pair of switches located on the handlebar. The system also has an AT (Automatic Transmission) mode that offers virtually fully automatic gear change control.

Q3. Is manual gear operation possible?

A. Yes, individual gears can be selected using a pair of switches built into the left handlebar switch pod. The thumb switch is used to downshift, and the index finger switch is used to change up a gear.

Q4. Is there a clutch lever?

A. Since the system’s two clutches are operated entirely by way of electronic control, the handlebar has no clutch lever.

Q5. Is operation possible using a shift pedal?

A. As the transmission cannot be mechanically shifted by foot, no shift pedal is provided.

Note: A foot shifter kit is also optionally available for some models in some countries.

 
 

Q6. What is new about this Dual Clutch Transmission?

A. Today, most of the automatic systems designed for motorcycles are continuously variable transmissions (CVT) similar to those used by scooters, etc. In a radically new approach, Honda’s Dual Clutch Transmission features advanced electronic control technologies to achieve smooth and precise acceleration, including a learning function that finds the most suitable start, gear change and running operations for a motorcycle.

Q7. What is new about this Dual Clutch Transmission?

A. Yes, Honda has long been a leader in tackling the many technological issues involved in developing motorcycles that offer smoother and easier operation. Since its founding, Honda has strived to realize a more enjoyable riding experience by reducing the difficulties often associated with motorcycles. In 1958, Honda developed an automatic centrifugal clutch, introduced on the C100 Super Cub (50cc), which allowed riders to start and change gears without requiring manual clutch operation. In 1963, the Juno M (125cc) scooter was the first ever equipped with a continuously variable hydraulic transmission. In 1977, the large-displacement (750cc) Honda EARA sports bike featured a Hondamatic automatic transmission with a torque-converter like that used for cars. The Honda TACT (50cc) released in 1980 was Honda’s first scooter equipped with the V-Matic belt drive system, which integrated drive and gear change operations, and later became the standard for simple, continuously variable transmissions (CVT). In 2008, the DN-01 Sports Cruiser debuted equipped with its own Human Friendly Transmission (HFT). And now Honda’s specially developed Dual Clutch Transmission system for sports motorcycles offers the same feeling of direct operation as a manual transmission.

Q8. What are the main merits of the Dual Clutch Transmission?

A. First, the Dual Clutch Transmission offers smooth, precise operation that provides confident, undistracted control and a more enjoyable riding experience. Its ECU has been specially programmed to automatically control the hydraulic clutch system to intermittently engage the clutch in place of the rider’s left hand, while a motor instantly changes gears in place of the rider’s left foot. As its Dual Clutch name implies, this compact system incorporates two side-by-side alternating clutch packs, one for odd numbered gears 1, 3 & 5, and one for even numbered gears 2, 4 & 6. In the minute interval before actual gear shifting operation begins, the system automatically prepares itself for the transfer of drive power between gears by starting up the rotation of the gear to be changed to. Its two independently actuated clutches then smoothly transfer rotation speed from one gear to the next without zeroing out the drive force transmitted to the rear wheel. This greatly minimizes the shock of gear engagement, even when changing gears during hard acceleration or deceleration, thus realizing highly precise gear shift operation and smooth, seamless riding enjoyment. Also contributing to a smoother ride, the Dual Clutch Transmission system’s ECU is programmed to minimize unnecessary gear changes by monitoring riding conditions on curvy roads like mountain passes. This allows the rider to better concentrate on the road ahead, and more fully enjoy the sensations of acceleration and braking, as well as the surrounding scenery. As a result, since the basic mechanism is virtually the same as a manual six-speed transmission, its smooth, highly advanced control delivers precise gear shifts that even expert riders will marvel at, and a higher level of smooth and skillful riding capability that anybody can fully enjoy.

 


Q9. What sort of mileage does a motorcycle equipped with a Dual Clutch Transmission get?

A. Generally, fuel consumption can vary widely depending on such factors as vehicle speed, engine speed, acceleration method, loaded weight, and such weather conditions as wind direction. In comparison tests of the NC700X, the NC700X ABS and the NC700X with Dual Clutch Transmission, it was found that all three averaged about 41km per liter based on a constant speed of 60km per hour. In other words, motorcycles equipped with Dual Clutch Transmissions proved to be virtually identical to manual transmission models in terms of fuel efficiency.

Q10. Is the Dual Clutch Transmission difficult to operate?

A. Operation is not much different from conventional motorcycles, although it does allow one to ride without operating a clutch lever and gear shift pedal. Normally, when starting out on a regular motorcycle, one would first squeeze the clutch lever and select 1st gear with the shift pedal. However, on a motorcycle equipped with the Dual Clutch Transmission, after starting the engine, one simply switches from Neutral (N) to Drive (D) using the S–D-N thumb switch located on the right-side handlebar, and then turns the throttle to start and accelerate.

Q11. Doesn’t it feel strange not having a clutch lever and a shift pedal?

A. When first trying out a Dual Clutch-equipped motorcycle, many riders who are used to operating a manual transmission unconsciously grab for the non-existent clutch lever with their fingers, or attempt to operate the shift pedal with their left foot. However, anyone can grow accustomed to the user-friendly Dual Clutch Transmission in about an hour’s riding time.

Q12. Aren’t manual transmission models more fun to ride than those fitted with the Dual Clutch Transmission?

A. For sports bike riders, all the operations and techniques associated with riding, including clutch and throttle control, and clicking swiftly through the gears, make up the fundamentals of riding enjoyment. If we look at the Dual Clutch Transmission systems used in professional race cars and some high-end sports cars, we can see that gear changes are performed much more quickly than possible with a standard shift lever. Also, since their paddle shifters are integrated into the cars’ steering wheels, drivers never have to take their hand off the steering wheel, and can thus better concentrate on the intricacies of driving. In professional motorsports, where races are won with quick acceleration and minimized accumulated time loss, the Dual Clutch Transmission also has the advantage of allowing gear changes to be performed virtually instantaneously. Honda’s latest Dual Clutch Transmission is a compact and lightweight system developed exclusively for motorcycles. We hope you will take it for a test ride and experience for yourself the delight of riding with such precision control at your fingertips.

Q13. Do Dual Clutch bikes have engine braking capability? If so, how does it work?

A. Engine braking on models equipped with the Dual Clutch Transmission is generally initiated by closing the throttle. For stronger engine braking response, the electronic system can be downshifted much like a standard motorcycle. This is done with a press of its downshift thumb switch located on the left handlebar. If the system detects that a lower gear could result in sudden engine over-revving, it will ignore the operation of the downshift switch. Usually, though, manual downshifting can be initiated at any time by simply tapping the downshift switch, even when operating in Drive mode.

Q14. Can a bike with a Dual Clutch Transmission be parked on a slope?

A. All Dual Clutch models are also equipped with a manual parking brake, which should be used whenever stopped.

Q15. Since Dual Clutch Transmission models are operated by merely opening the throttle, do they have front and rear brake levers mounted on the handlebars like scooters?

A. No, to minimize confusion, Dual Clutch Transmission models are equipped with the same right hand front brake and right foot rear brake operation used on general sports bikes.
We try our best to keep a broad inventory of Honda’s motorcycles and all of the different packages they offer whether it be an Automatic DCT model or an ABS model etc. We have plenty of the DCT models from Honda in stock here at Honda of Chattanooga and on SALE. Thanks to Honda for all of the detailed information regarding the DCT transmission.

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The time has come for us to put the 2013 NC700X on SALE here at Honda of Chattanooga in TN. New for 2013 is the color Red, In my opinion they hit a home run with the new color! To me, it looks 1,000 times better but of course color is very opinionated.
The 2012 NC700X was and has been a huge success since its release last year. All of the magazines that have gotten their hands on them have had nothing but good things to say about the bike, especially for its price point.
 
Whether you’re new to the sport, a longtime rider or just getting back into the riding scene, the adventure style NC700X offers the comfort and practicality of an everyday motorcycle that’s also surprisingly affordable. Use it as a day to day commuter, country road explorer, two-up getaway machine or perhaps all of the above and more – the NC700X is up to the job. With its long-travel suspension, abundant torque and available automatic Dual Clutch Transmission plus Combined Anti lock Braking System and more, all of which make the NC700X the bike of choice when a bit of adventure starts calling your name. Add in the fact that the NC700X gets over 65+ MPG and it really does make this very affordable Honda motorcycle hard to beat…
 
As always check with us at Honda of Chattanooga before you make your purchase on your new or used Honda NC700X. We have been a Honda Powersports Dealer since 1962 for a reason, we take care of our customers… While offering the best & lowest honest NC700X prices around!
 
2013 NC700X MSRP – $7,499
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We also have some leftover 2012 NC700X models if you would like to pick up a leftover model 2012 NC700X on Sale. Don’t forget Honda also offered the 2012 NC700X with the DCT Dual Clutch Transmission & ABS Brakes option and we have them in stock right now at quite a bit of savings over a 2013 NC700X DCT model. 
 
Honda also has a full line of Honda Genuine Accessories to help transform the bike into how you personally want it to be. Need more storage? Honda has that covered. Need more wind protection? Honda has that covered? Want more visibility at night? Honda has that covered too and the list goes on!
 
NC700X Honda Genuine Accessories
  • 45-Liter Rear Trunk, 29-Liter Saddlebags, Saddlebag Panel Kit, Windscreen (High), Rear Carrier, Front Side Cowl Panel, Lower Wind Deflector Kit, Fairing Air Deflector, Front Accent Pipe, Heated Grips, 12V DC Socket Kit, Centerstand
Have any questions? Contact Kevin@HondaofChattanoogaTN.com or give me a call at 423-855-5055.
 
 
2013 NC700X Specs
 
Model: NC700X / NC700XD with automatic Dual Clutch Transmission and Combined ABS
Engine Type: 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin
Bore and Stroke: 73.0mm x 80.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with 36mm throttle body
Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed (NC700X) / Automatic six-speed with two modes and a manual mode (NC700XD)
Final Drive: Chain
   
Suspension  
Front: 41mm fork; 5.4 inches travel
Rear: Pro-Link®; 5.9 inches travel
   
Brakes  
Front: Single 320mm disc with two-piston caliper (NC700X) / Single 320mm disc with three-piston caliper; Combined ABS (NC700XD)
Rear: Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper (NC700X) / Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper; Combined ABS (NC700XD)
   
Tires  
Front: 120/70ZR17 radial
Rear: 160/60ZR17 radial
Wheelbase: 60.6 inches
Rake (Caster angle): 27.0°
Trail: 110.0mm (4.3 inches)
Seat Height: 32.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gallons
Fuel Economy Estimate**: 64 MPG (NC700X) / 61 MPG (NC700XD)
Color: Light Silver Metallic, Red
Curb Weight*: 474 pounds (NC700X) / 505 pounds (NC700XD)
   
*Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.
**Miles per gallon values are calculated estimates of fuel consumed during laboratory exhaust emissions tests specified by the EPA, not during on-road riding. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you ride and maintain your vehicle, weather, road conditions, tire pressure, cargo and accessories, rider and passenger weight, and other factors.Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
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