Visordown is reporting that Honda has filed patents in Japan that would allow the motorcycle manufacturer to port their dual-clutch transmission, a la VFR1200F, over to multiple platforms in the Honda line, including the Honda CBR1000RR. The patents reportedly center-around reducing the cost to implement the DCT into other motorcycle models by simplifying the electronics and sensors that go into the transmission, and removing expensive components of the existing DCT transmission.
The units should be similar to the VFR’s DCT in function, but with reduced complexity and costs to the manufacturer. The new DCT’s are reported to contain the same concentric input shaft as found on the VFR, but remove an expensive component in the DCT construction: a potentiometer, which measures the positioning of the shift drum that tells the motorcycle what gear the transmission is in.
We haven’t been able to find any similar patents in the USPTO’s office yet, which might lead to some suggestion as to when we could see the DCT get implemented across the Honda line. Are you ready for a DCT sportbike? A&R will be taking the 2010 Honda VFR1200F through its paces tomorrow, so we’ll have more on the dual-clutch transmission early next week.