Introducing the clutch-by-wire system proposed by Honda at once

A recent submission to the US Patent Office reveals that: Honda Is working on a clutch-by-wire system that can bring significant technological advances to motorcycles. Patent applications are not easy to understand and digest, so here is a dummy for the basic clutch-by-wire version.

Think of it like a ride-by-wire throttle system that replaces the old throttle cable with an electronic setup. Ride-by-wire or throttle-by-wire uses sensors and actuators that control the fuel injector, rather than the carbohydrates that control the cable. Similarly, Honda’s clutch-by-wire system completely eliminates the use of clutch cables and traditional hydraulic setups. Instead, the position of the clutch lever is electronically monitored and that data can be sent to the clutch to tell the clutch what to do without having to physically connect the lever to the clutch itself.

Sounds easy, but … oops.

The patent drawing shows the hydraulic control unit that is the heart of this system. In addition to the gear lever position, this unit is provided with instantaneous data from the ride-by-wire system such as revs, throttle position and vehicle speed. The most obvious result is improved shifts and smooth clutch operation at low speeds, which is perfect for new riders and has the potential to bring new blood to the sport.

For veteran riders who want to retain the conventional feeling of lever operation, Honda is equipped with a “reaction force generator” that reproduces the conventional feeling of clutch lever operation.

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According to the patent drawings, this system employs a traditional clutch lever setup on the handlebars. Flood is still used to connect the clutch, albeit through an electric motor, rather than physically connecting directly from the hand. Good idea?

What do you mean? In theory, this type of setup opens up many possibilities. Like ride-by-wire, which provided riding mode, traction control, launch control, etc., Honda’s clutch-by-wire can recognize when the clutch lever position is not optimal compared to wheel speed, revs, and so on. Smooth and accurate shifts are an obvious reward for this setup, but consider launch control: motorcycles are clutch levers in addition to existing data such as revs, speed, and even wheel height. You can incorporate the position of to further optimize acceleration.

Given Honda’s success Dual clutch transmission With the (DCT) setup, there is no reason why this technology will not happen in the near future. Introducing the clutch-by-wire system proposed by Honda at once

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