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[RideApart] - MV Agusta Tourer Now With Semi-Auto Clutch

MV Agusta Tourer Now With Semi-Auto Clutch

Automatic transmissions are taking over the world and not even motorcycles will escape them

Automatic transmissions are slowly gaining ground in the motorcycle world. Hiss! Love them or hate them, they do serve a purpose. If, until now, you had to choose between clutch or not, MV Agusta has come up with the best of both worlds.

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Granted, some riders prefer an automatic for different reasons. For instance, in the case of Hondaís CRF1000L Africa Twin, the available automatic transmission eliminates the need to control the clutch when using the bike to its full potential on broken terrain. For other riders, it means prolonging their riding career when age or illness make shifting too difficult.

Until now however, you had to decide from the beginning whether you wanted a manual or an automatic, with no option of going back since the automatic didnít require the usual clutch and gear levers. MV Agusta has come up with a solution for the conflicted customer by fitting their Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS tourer with a semi-automatic transmission with centrifugal clutch.

The exposed unit is reminiscent of Tony Starkís arc reactor, adding a nice red accent in the middle of the engineís glossy black block. The Italian maker teamed up with Rekluse, an American company thatís been making aftermarket anti-stall clutches for dirt bikes for 15 years, to design this new transmission. The result of this collaboration is the Special Clutch System (SCS).

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The SCS gives you the option of shifting normally like you would on any other bike by pulling the clutch in and flicking the gear lever when your purist heart desires. Then, when your hand is starting to cramp from sitting in rush hour traffic, you can give yourself a break, release the lever, and forget about it for a while. SCS is always there to make sure you donít skip a beat.

How does it work? The system disengages the clutch at low revolutions, which incidentally keeps the engine from stalling. When the engine revs back up again, a series of small wedges slide out of the expansion disk to re-engage the clutch and get you on your way.

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Because the system optimizes the disksí grip, it also makes accelerations a lot more fun. The 110 horsepower Turismo can do the 0-60 run in just over three seconds. Not bad for a tourer. Just donít leave without engaging the parking brake pedalóonce the engine is off, the clutch disengages meaning thereís no resistance to keep your motorcycle from rolling down the hill if youíre not careful. Itís bad for the ego.

Source: New Atlas, Canada Moto Guide

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