How Honda E-Clutch Works
The Honda E-Clutch opens up a whole new aspect of the riding experience for every type of rider from beginner to seasoned expert. It takes elements of the technology and performance of quickshifters, manually-operated clutches and Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission technology to create a unique blend of these well-proven approaches.
During the gear change, it uses a harmonised combination of ‘half-clutch’ operation, fuel injection cut and ignition control to eliminate ‘shift shock’ for an ultra-smooth ride. The clutch control itself is managed through an actuator unit - similar to those used in Honda’s unique Dual Clutch Transmission gearboxes - housed inside the right hand engine cover. All you have to do is to use the throttle and change gears via the shift pedal. And if you'd like to use the clutch manually at any point, simply grab the lever and use normally. And after a few seconds the E-Clutch technology is back on. Alternatively, there's the option to turn off completely via the TFT screen for an individual ride.
Expert Level Performance Shifting
Honda E-Clutch offers a real performance advantage when riding on twisting roads. It’s huge, exciting fun, at any stage of a riding career. Gear changes using just the shift pedal are effortless and controlled – so you can concentrate on the next corner, and the one after that. This means seamless, instant shifting, with no momentary engine deceleration or shift shock. The weight of the system is just 2kg, to keep the overall kerb weight low and maintain agility. It’s an expert level experience, all the time.
Honda E-Clutch Engineers
"Comfort, peace of mind and sportiness were the development pillars of the Honda E-clutch."
Junya Ono – Large Project Leader
"We developed the Honda E-clutch as an evolution of the manual transmission to offer riders more flexibility."
Tatsuya Ryuzaki –Control Design Project Leader
"A key feature of the Honda E-clutch is at any time, the rider can operate the clutch normally by simply squeezing the lever."
Ryohei Tsuzuki –Drive Train Test Project Leader
Clutchless shift operation
This is where the real excitement starts. Silky-smooth, expert-level shifting control, up and down the gearbox without clutch operation, leaving you to enjoy the pleasure of riding and focus ahead.
Precise clutch control
The bike control that Honda E-Clutch offers is above conventional manual operation, which means greater stability and rider confidence on track or road.
Simply operate the shift pedal for ultra-fast, consistent gear changes, meaning maximum engine performance through every gear. Perfect for smooth, rapid progress along twisting roads.
Manual clutch operation available
The clutch lever can be operated as normal. Just after the clutch lever is used, the Honda E-Clutch system will re-activate after less than a second at high speeds and 5 seconds at lower speeds.
Focus on riding performance
With so much less to think about, and less to physically do, riding with Honda E-Clutch means focusing more on what’s ahead, and around. Which elevates concentration level and builds riding skill.
No clutch operation required when starting or stopping
There’s no fear of stalling, and not using the clutch reduces fatigue around town, or the stress of a hill start. And no need to go into neutral either.
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