Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Copy from Honda's PRESS RELEASE:
Honda Announces the New Dual Clutch Transmission for Use in Large-displacement Sport Bikes - a World's First
September 8, 2009-Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced that it has developed the Dual Clutch Transmission, the world's first* fully automatic motorcycle dual-clutch transmission for large-displacement sport bikes. The new transmission provides riders with a sporty riding experience, combined with easy operation and superior transmission efficiency, which delivers fuel economy equal to or better than a conventional manual transmission. The new VFR large-displacement sport bike equipped with the new transmission will be released in Europe and North America in 2010, with sales to commence in Japan at a later date.
This world's first motorcycle dual clutch transmission** features a light, compact design that allows it to be combined with existing engines without substantial layout modification. Further, the new transmission delivers the precise acceleration control which riders require thanks to electronic control technology that helps ensure smooth, seamless gear changes. In order to respond to rider demands in a broad range of situations, the transmission is equipped with three operating modes, including two full-auto modes (D-mode for regular operation and S-mode for sporty riding); and a 6-speed manual mode, which delivers the same shift feel as a manual transmission. Honda intends to gradually expand the deployment of the new transmission to more and more of its large-displacement motorcycles, particularly sports models destined for use in traditional large motorcycle markets.
Honda will continue to deliver motorcycles that match the needs of society and users' lifestyles, spreading the joy of riding and mobility.
* According to Honda survey
** Patents pending: 100
The new transmission features a dual clutch transmission configuration in which independent clutches are employed for the odd gears (1st, 3rd, 5th) and even gears (2nd, 4th, 6th), respectively. The two clutches operate alternately to effect gear changes. For example, when changing from 1st to 2nd gear, the computer detects the up-shift and engages 2nd gear, then releases the 1st-gear clutch while engaging the 2nd-gear clutch to achieve a seamless gear change. While some existing dual-clutch transmissions are bulky, the new system employs original technologies such as dual input shafts, an innovative in-line clutch design, and concentration of hydraulic circuitry beneath the engine cover to achieve a compact design. Compactness and lightness is further enhanced through the use of a simple shift mechanism design based on that of a conventional motorcycle shift drum. Optimised shift scheduling achieves fuel economy equal to or better than that of a fully manual transmission, enabling Dual Clutch Transmission to deliver both sporty riding and environmental performance combined.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
It's a V-Twin 52 degree, SOHC 4 valve per cylinder 680cc engine. Adjustable windscreen. Tagged for USD $ 9,999.00 and USD $ 10,999.00 for the ABS version, means should be a lot cheaper than the CBR1000RR. Fuel injection, liquid cooled engine. Seat high is just 805mm. Carries 19.6l of fuel.
So, if you're a daily commuter and had been on a ST1300 or 1400GTR or even the Goldwing, I think you'll agree that those bike are not easily handle as a daily bike. But with this, it should be just fine and can also travel as well on those three. Like Honda themselve asked, "Luxury Tourer or Upscale Commuter? Why Not Both?"
Consider the CBF1000 too if you love more fun on the twist!
Engine Type: 680cc liquid-cooled 52° V-Twin
Bore and Stroke: 81mm x 66mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; four valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enrichment circuit, 40mm throttle bodies and 12-hole injectors
Ignition: Digital transistorized with electronic advance
Suspension Front: 41mm telescopic fork; 4.5 inches travel
Rear: Single shock with spring preload adjustability; 4.8 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual full-floating 296mm discs with CBS three-piston calipers
Rear: Single 276mm disc with CBS three-piston caliper; Optional ABS
Tires Front: 120/70 ZR17 radial
Rear: 150/70 ZR17 radial
Wheelbase: 1476 mm
Rake: 26 degrees
Trail: 115mm (4.5 inches)
Seat Height: 805 mm
Fuel Capacity: 19.6 liter
Colors: NT700V: Metallic Red, Metallic Silver
NT700VA ABS: Metallic Silver
Curb Weight: 256 kg (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel—ready to ride.)
Thursday, September 3, 2009
This is the all new 2010 Yamaha YZ450F which will be revealed in the short coming time. It features a reverse cylinder engine, which locates the intake and exhaust pipe at the same side of the engine. You can notice the engine are located almost at the center of the bike since the can push the crank more into the chasis. The bike CG would be pretty much improved. Check out what Rossi and all the other guys has been hearing rumors about this awesome bike!