Yamaha to launch DSG for R1
JD van Zyl
Yamaha is rumoured to be joining the ranks of Honda in the near future with a fully automatic motorcycle dual-clutch transmission for the YZF-R1.
According to a report published on Visordown, Yamaha’s dual-clutch system will be simpler than that of Honda. Instead of cramming two clutches into the space normally reserved for one, Yamaha will position the second clutch on the opposite side of the engine with it receiving its driving from the other end of the crankshaft.
Although this approach is simpler than Honda’s, it will add some extra width to the Yamaha ‘box. In the article Yamaha is quoted as saying “it is possible to provide a transmission that can be made sufficiently small, that allows smooth gear changing, and that can easily be mounted on a motorcycle without biasing the lateral weight balance.”
In the second half of 2009 Honda launched the world’s fully automatic dual-clutch transmission for large-displacement sport bikes on the VFR1200F.
The transmission operates similar to that of Audi and VW’s DSG gearboxes, which are equipped with two clutches for seamless and lightning quick gear changes.
Yamaha’s new system is expected to be available on the next generation of the R1.
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