Are scooter riders considered as motorcyclists? Surely, a true motorcyclist must be well versed in controlling each and every aspect of the motorcycle – chief of which would be navigating the transmission, right. A scooter rider, on the other hand, has to simply control the throttle and nothing else.
These days, however, two wheeled vehicles with automatic transmissions are no longer limited to the scooter world. There are indeed quite a number of badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles sporting automatic transmissions.
Here are 5 badass adventure and sport touring motorcycles sporting automatic transmissions.
The Honda NC750X is a touring motorcycle with a 745cc parallel twin. Featuring a six-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), the NC750X operates just like a manual transmission would, sans the clutch lever. It also shifts faster than any manual transmission motorcycle would, given the fact that it runs a dual clutch system.
The NC750X is a rather approachable touring machine suitable for any rider, at any skill level. The Honda NC750X boasts advanced technology and that world renowned Honda reliability.
Honda Africa Twin DCT
The Africa Twin needs no introduction. An iconic motorcycle, now more capable than ever, the Honda Africa Twin comes in a DCT option, as well as a standard manual transmission.
Designed and built to handle the toughest off-road scenarios, the Africa Twin is a true adventure machine. With a 1,084cc parallel twin, the Africa Twin produces 100 horsepower and 105 Nm of torque. The Africa Twin is a bike for the more seasoned and serious motorcyclist.
Aprilia Mana 850 GT
Another popular motorcycle that comes with an automatic gearbox is the Aprilia Mana 850 GT.
Featuring a very unique transmission and an 839.3cc 90° V-twin, the Mana 850 GT produces a very friendly, yet adequate 60 horsepower and 73 Nm of torque. The Mana’s transmission is essentially a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with cooler features. For instance, it has a mode which gives the rider a simulated seven-speed transmission. It also has an Autodrive feature that has three modes: Touring, Sport, and Rain.
Electric motorcycles means that we will inevitably have to say goodbye to the well-loved manual transmission.
The Zero SR/F electric motorcycle comes with a Bosch electric motor producing 110 horsepower and 140 ft/lbs of torque. The motorcycle is capable of a top speed of 124 miles (200 kmph) per hour. The Zero SR/F is pretty expensive. But when taking into account the amount of technology the bike employs, the price becomes worth it.
Harley-Davidson shocked the world when it revealed its all-electric motorcycle.
Boasting a range of 146 city miles (235 kms), the LiveWire’s electric motor is both efficient and punchy. It’s rated at 105 horsepower and 86 ft/lbs of torque. The LiveWire is by all means an expensive motorcycle.