The growing popularity of motorcycles with automatic transmission is evident in the global market. The fun of riding a fully automatic motorcycle is different from a manual one. So this time, we bring forth to you all the information that you would need under the sun about the AT bikes from our team of experts. Stay tuned as we introduce the concept of automatic transmission and review a list of automatic transmission motorcycles.
However, to begin with lets answer some questions from our readers and potential buyers about automatic motorcycles 2017. These questions have been addressed by some of the expert bikers with over 15-20 years of experience in this field. Excited? So let’s get the ball rolling:
- 1 Why should we care about automatic transmission in a motorcycle at all? What is its use?
- 2 Why are manual transmission bikes currently more popular than bikes with automatic transmission?
- 3 Why do motorcycles use manual transmission/shifters when more and more large automatic transmission scooters are on the market?
- 4 What are pros and cons of buying an automatic transmission motorcycle and a manual one?
- 5 Why do you think brands are launching these bikes?
- 6 What brands, in general, pay more attention to automatic transmission bikes?
- 7 What is the difference between the power of a bike with automatic transmission and the same bike with a manual transmission?
- 8 How does a motorcycle with automatic transmission work, compared to manual?
- 9 What is the difference between in power of a bike with automatic transmission and same bike with a manual transmission?
- 10 What are some of the automatic transmission motorcycles available in the Indian market?
Why should we care about automatic transmission in a motorcycle at all? What is its use?
Well, motorcycles with automatic transmission are good for seasoned bikers and beginners. With the automatic transmission in place, the problem of shifting gears no longer exists and bad gear shifting is a major reason for fatal accidents all over the world. Fully automatic motorcycles need no prior training or practice to master efficient gear shifting and thus, is preferred by many.
Another reason for these automatic transmission motorcycles to catch our attention is that they are useful for amateur bikers and for people who find it difficult to constantly shift gears while driving in traffic. The main purpose and utility of these bikes are that they use one gear to produce varied gear ratios.
Why are manual transmission bikes currently more popular than bikes with automatic transmission?
Manual transmission bikes are currently preferred over fully automatic motorcycles because of four reasons, namely, fuel efficiency, reliability, price, and acceleration.
After a series of tests that have been performed, experts and users have come to the conclusion that automatic transmission motorcycles consume more fuel as compared manual bikes.
Also, since manual bikes have different gears to produce different gear ratios, they are faster and lack of torque converter maintains the overall speed.
Another important consideration is the price, where motorcycles with automatic transmission can leave a hole in your pocket, manual bikes are cheaper.
Finally, manual motorbikes and their gearbox are simpler with lesser components and lesser chances of breaking down.
Why do motorcycles use manual transmission/shifters when more and more large automatic transmission scooters are on the market?
Basically, bikes (manual or automatic) are used by enthusiasts, adventurers, and cruisers for long distances and on difficult terrains whereas scooters are used by local and short distance commuters.
Automatic transmission motorcycles/scooters are not suitable for everyone because they weigh a great deal, much more than manual bikes. Also, since cost is a significant consideration and many users use motorcycles as primary means of transport, an expensive automatic motorcycle again doesn’t seem to be an ideal choice for most people.
Again, what a bike is capable of performing, no scooter can and also manual bikes prove to be more useful, efficient and cost-effective.
What are pros and cons of buying an automatic transmission motorcycle and a manual one?
The pros of buying a fully automatic motorcycle are:
- Ease of use.
- Convenient riding in traffic.
- Bike stops faster because of automatic downshift.
- High-end transmitters provide improved acceleration.
The cons of buying a motorcycle with automatic transmission:
- Heavier bikes.
- Expensive and not readily available.
- Lesser control over gears.
- No biking excitement.
Why do you think brands are launching these bikes?
Popular motorbike brands are launching fully automatic motorcycles because shifting gears seems scary and too difficult for some bikers. There are many who prefer smooth clicking of gears, performed flawlessly by the bike itself at perfect timing and speed. Since gear shifting should match your speed and the RPM, many users fail to master the technique and demand motorcycles with an automatic transmission just like automatic cars.
If we talk about manufacturers now, a fully automatic bike adds to their brand value and attracts bikers who are willing to spend a good chunk of money.
What brands, in general, pay more attention to automatic transmission bikes?
Brands such as Honda, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, and Aprilia are into automatic transmission motorcycles. These brands are into cruisers, sports, medium range every-day bikes and thus have also ventured into fully automatic motorcycles.
What is the difference between the power of a bike with automatic transmission and the same bike with a manual transmission?
A fully automatic motorcycle’s transmitter gives power to its wheel and does not create any power itself and the power of a bike depends on the engine, not its transmission. Thus a 750cc engine produces same power in automatic and manual bikes. The only difference is that manual bikes allow you to engage gears at a certain RPM, whereas automatic transmission motorcycles do it themselves. If you relate acceleration to power then automatic transmission motorcycles have a better throttle than manual bikes.
How does a motorcycle with automatic transmission work, compared to manual?
Manual and motorcycles with automatic transmission allow their engines to produce power in their comfortable range and provide varied speeds. Bikes without transmission would limit riding on only one gear ratio which is almost impossible.
The main point of difference between the two transmissions is their set of gears. Where manual bikes use a variety (usually 3) of gears to get different gear ratios and speeds the automatic transmission bikes use the same gear to produce varied gear ratios.
What is the difference between in power of a bike with automatic transmission and same bike with a manual transmission?
To speak in the words of a layman, there is a slight difference in power between a fully automatic motorcycle and a manual bike. However, if you rely on experts view and comments, the transmission has got nothing to do with power, it depends on engine capacity.
Acceleration and speed might differ in the two bikes but the power remains the same in a 1500cc automatic/manual bike or 750cc automatic/manual bike.
What are some of the automatic transmission motorcycles available in the Indian market?
Honda, Harley Davidson, Yamaha, and Kawasaki are the major automatic transmission motorcycle manufacturers in the world. They are also available in India and have gained popularity over the years. The Indian market now has a steady demand and supply for fully automatic motorcycles. We have a list of automatic transmission motorcycles given and reviewed below for your ready reference.
That said, let us now shift our focus to automatic motorcycles in 2017 and discuss a list of the best automatic transmission motorcycles along with their features, price and other details.
Honda launched VFR1200F in October 2009. Its appealing looks are both aggressive and stylish.
You won’t be able to miss its huge V-shaped headlight. Sports enthusiasts will find this bike useful as it is a quintessential sports motorcycle. There are LED rear lights featuring clear lend indicators. Its up-raised fuel tank makes the bike look chunkier and sportier.
This bike has high seating ensuring comfort while riding and calipers at the back and front to ensure safety.
What’s striking about this bike is that it can go from 0-2 kmph easily and has the potential to ride really fast.
- Price: Rs. 17.62 Lakh (approx).
- Power: 172 Bhp @ 10000 rpm
- Torque: 129 Nm @ 8750 rpm
- Engine Capacity: 1237 cc, Liquid cooling
This is a reputed sports bike in the global market and currently Honda’s most expensive motorcycle available in India. Its fuel efficiency is recorded at 12 kmpl and experts vouch for a comfortable ride experience.
Honda NC700X DCT
Another Honda entrant in this list is this magnanimous beast called the Honda NC700X DCT launched in 2016. It is a sports bike and what it makes it unique is a terrifically comfortable ride. It comes with an up shift and down shift gear button to ride in tough terrains and hills. It comes with multiple drive modes like Neutral Drive, Sports Mode, and Combined Anti-Lock Braking System.
- Price: Rs. 18,85725 and above
- Engine capacity: Twin cylinder, liquid cooling, 670 cc
- Max. Torque: 62Nm @ 4750 rpm
- Max. Power: 51 HP @ 6250 rpm
Overall this bike is very agile, extremely stable and has a six-speed multiple mode drive option. It is a good buy for beginners too which comes with plenty of features and add-ons to keep bikers interested.
Honda CTX700 DCT
Honda launched CTX700 DCT in 2017 itself with a sophisticated liquid cooled engine. Its superior design is a breakthrough for sports bikes and will attract consumers irrespective of its price. It has single rear and front disc brakes giving it the best possible stopping power.
- Price: Rs 3,75000 and up
- Max. Power: 46.9 HP @ 6250 rpm
- Max. Torque: 44.3lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
- Engine capacity: 670 cc, liquid cooling, parallel-twin cylinder
This bike with twin cylinder and low center of gravity executes quality, comfort and easy to ride experience. Although lightweight, it looks sporty. Definitely, the CTX700DCT brings in a new era of automatic biking.
Aprilia Mana 850
Aprilia Mana 850 is an automatic transmission motorcycle that does not use a dual clutch. It uses Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The most appealing feature is its manual shifters. It has three modes, namely, Sport, Touring and Rain mode. This bike was launched in 2013. Its electronic engine management system has fuel injection and twin spark ignition.
- Price: Rs 13,13,488 (approx.)
- Engine Capacity: 839 cc, V-twin engine
- Max. Power: 76 bhp @ 8000 rpm
- Max. Torque: 73 Nm @ 5000 rpm
Aprilia Mana 850, is a great buy and value for money. It is an all-purpose automatic bike that ensures fuel efficiency in touring mode, power, responsiveness, excitement in sports mode and reduced torque in the rain mode. Absolutely, a great package and a great buy.
Honda VFR1200X DCT
Honda launched VFR1200X DCT as a Cross Tourer bike. It is mostly a touring motorcycle for adventurers. It performs well locally, on hilly terrains, dirt and while off roads. Honda launched this bike in its latest version earlier this year. It has ABS and Traction Control along with selectable torque control.
- Price: Rs 18,85,725 (approx.)
- Engine Capacity: 1237cc V4 engine
- Max. Power: 127 HP @ 7750 rpm
- Max. Torque: 93lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
Honda VFR1200X DCT is the most versatile automatic bike from Honda. It has an advanced chassis and many other notable new features. We suggest it is definitely worth a ride.
Honda NM4 Vultus DCT
Honda launched the last NM4 Vultus DCT in 2016. It skipped production in 2017 but we expect a surprise in 2018 with better features and specs.
This bike comes in conventional design and advanced features. The seat is comfortable with an optional back seat. Its uniqueness lies in the plenty of storage space it offers.
- Price: Rs 10,00,000 (approx) for 2016 variant
- Engine Capacity: 670 cc, liquid cooled, parallel-twin cylinder
- Max. Power:46.9 HP @ 6250 rpm
- Max. Torque: 44 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm
This bike is often referred to as a dream bike due to its futuristic look. The bike is very comfortable and comes with a good mix of ABS with Dual Clutch Control.
So there was a list of automatic transmission motorcycles that has captured the market and made a place for themselves where bikers prefer manual motorcycles and automatic scooters.
Are you planning to buy a motorcycle anytime soon? Well, remember that the future lies in automation and we have listed some of the best automatic motorcycles here for you to choose from.
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