For the motorcycle enthusiast who considers themselves a purest at heart, like myself. The idea of an automatic transmission on a motorcycle is almost sacrilegious. Most bike riders even view cruisers as have certain elements of sports performance.
There is simply something to be said for having the ability to shift the gears manually and control speed and breakdown. While I am a purist through and through, I understand that there are some people who don’t want to go through the trouble of shifting gears.
When are riding, especially in stop and start conditions, there can be a lot of up-shifting and down-shifting. Having an automatic motorcycle eliminates the hassle.
The automatic motorcycle refers to a bike that does not require levers to be pulled and gears to be shifted manually. In these days, all of these is done by an onboard computer that senses when the gears need to be changed upward or downward.
There are a wide variety of automatic motorcycles on the market, but there are no all created equally. This article will present the top automatic motorcycles on the market that cannot be classified as scooters.
10. Honda NC00X DCT
You will never confuse this gorgeous machine with a scooter. Contrary to popular opinion. There are some automatic motorcycles out there that have a lot of power, and this is one of them. In fact, this bike as fared well in drag races against more conventional bikes in controlled environments.
With this bike, you can switch between going fully automatic or semi-automatic in which you have to shift the gears. Either way, there is no manual clutch involved.
9. Honda CTX700 DCT
The CTX700 is more of a touring design that is built for comfort over longer rides. The touring style fairing is optional on this bike. According to the reviews, this is actually one of the most relaxed tourers on the market currently. The ride comfort conjoined with the automatic transmission makes for a very easy ride without any hassle associated with conventional bikes.
8. The Aprilia Mana 850
I have to say that I am surprised to see Aprilia throw their hat into the automatic motorcycle ring. Aprilia is known for their sports bikes and high-speed performance. This is a good bike to break away from Honda for a while, but we are done with Honda just yet. This bike uses CVT (continuously variable transmission. There is not enough room to explain the difference between CVT and DCT, but enthusiast make a huge deal about it.
7. Honda VFR1200X DCT
This is a touring bike that is built for an entirely different type of rider. This bike can make you feel right at home in the dirt, but it translates to the street seamlessly. This makes this bike one of the most versatile automatic bikes on the market. This is an idea for the adventure sports enthusiast.
6. Honda NM4 Vultus DCT
Well, if you just have to go automatic, this bike right here makes it all justifiable. The bike is so unique that is virtually impossible to place it in a classification. It is in a world all its own. The sleek design makes it stand out. And, pushing 670ccs means that it has enough power to get you where you want to go. The ride is far from sluggish.
5. Energica Ego
Not only is this an automatic motorcycle, but it is also an electric powered bike. So, are we talking the best of both worlds type of performance? Despite the fact that we are dealing with an automatic transmission and electric power, this bike is the most performance-oriented electric powered bike on the market. You can push the bike to the limits while reducing your carbon footprint.
4. Zero SR
Just in case you are looking for something that is not so aggressive, but still has the look and feel of a conventional bike, the Zero SR is the ideal bike for you. This bike is not going to take any prizes in the area of performance, but it has a very nice look and it is easy on the bank account.
3. Evoke Urban S
The evoke is another automatic motorcycle that is electrically powered. Just in case you are not aware. The technology for electrically powered bikes is still emerging, so that means that these bikes are not cheap. As time progresses, the prices will slowly decline. This one electrically powered bike that is reasonably priced, coming in at under $10k.
2. KTM Freeride-E
Now, this bike is not ideal for the street. It is designed for offroad entertainment. Prepare to go offroad and leave all of the hassles of gear shifting behind. There is no kickstart, no clutch, and no gears. This is great for a novice rider who wants to enjoy the fun without learning all of the mechanics of riding.
1. Brutus V9
If you are looking for an automatic motorcycle that completely breaks the mold of what you have seen thus far, then the Brutus V9 is the bike for you. The electric cruiser has done a complete 180, completely rejecting the stereotype of what an automatic bike looks like. It is beautiful and graceful. If that is what you are looking for.
You can also read:
Written by Rick Wallace
Read more posts by Rick Wallace