Honda is developing a clutch wire system for motorcycles

Honda is developing a clutch wire system for motorcycles

Honda is developing wireless technology from the clutch for future engines. The patent recently filed by Honda suggests that the Japanese automotive clutch system directly eliminates the physical connection between the clutch and the lever, while maintaining a hydraulically controlled conventional clutch with a lever-mounted lever.

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The patent images suggest that the position of the clutch lever is electronically controlled and that it transmits feedback to a hydraulic pressure control unit that responds by inserting or releasing the clutch.

In the wired clutch system, the clutch is always disconnected at rest and allows the motors and transmissions to be disconnected in the event of a fault. In fact, in the traditional system the transmission and the engine are connected in the rest state and are only disconnected when the clutch lever is pulled.

Although the idea of ​​a lighter clutch is appreciated by all groups of riders, the use of a clutch wire system can make the lever action of the bike even lighter. Honda believes that purists would require a certain amount of pressure to feel the operation of the lever, so the patent also includes a “device for generating reactive force” that acts against the lever. It is likely that riders will have some pressure / feedback on the lever they are used to on current bikes with regular mechanical clutches.

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Needless to say, if the Honda clutch system goes into production, it will have an additional cost, which could lead to a higher overall price for the motorcycle.


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