Generally, you will observe that most people who want to learn how to ride a motorbike mainly worry about the gear changing task. If you are one of them, auto-transmission can solve your problem. As the name suggests, these are motorbikes that do not include the standard gear transmission setup that also involves a clutch. These non-geared motorbikes are the best choice for people who want to learn how to ride, or even for those who do not want to worry about changing gears while riding.
The Honda DN-01 is a cruiser manufactured by Honda that was made available for commercial use in 2009. This is one of the best auto-transmission motorbikes available in the market to be ridden on roads. It has a liquid-cooled 680 cc V-twin 8 valve engine, with a 43.3 bhp. It reaches a speed of 60 mph in 7.4 seconds and tops the speed at 113.1 mph. It is fitted with the revolutionary Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which is referred to by the manufacturers as "Human Friendly Transmission". The latest price reported is around USD 15,600. With a total fuel capacity of 4.0 gallons, it gives about 42.3 mpg.
Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS
The Aprilia Mana 850 GT ABS is a naked bike produced by Aprilia, an Italian motobike manufacturing giant. It is incorporated with a 839.3 cc V-twin 4T engine that generates 76 bhp. This bike has three riding settings, viz., sport, touring, and rain. When the motorbike is ridden in Sport mode, you get full power and torque available with the utmost engine braking. When on Touring mode, all high-powered settings are turned down to those that contribute to better fuel efficiency. When Rain mode is activated, the overall torque is decreased by 25%. The rider can also shift to manual transmission and change gears using the pedal or handlebar control. The fuel tank of the Aprilia Mana 850 has a capacity of 16 liters.
Honda VFR1200F DCT
This is a sports bike from Honda which can be used for touring purposes too. Its production started in October 2009. It comes with a 1,237 cc SOHC V4 engine which produces a substantial 170 bhp. It uses the automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) technology. There are three riding modes, viz., D, S, and Manual. The D mode runs the motorcycle in the maximum fuel efficiency setting, whereas the S mode automatically changes gears at higher engine speeds. When on the Manual mode, the rider can change gears using paddles located on the handlebars. Other impressive features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Combined Braking System (CBS), which activates both front and rear brakes simultaneously for efficient braking. Its mileage is believed to be around 44 mpg.
Ridley Motorcycle Company
Apart from these motorbikes from reputed brands, you can also find motorbikes from the not-so-well-known but good companies, such as Ridley Motorcycle. This is a private company that is into the production of auto-transmission motorbikes located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Models from this company are Speedster, Auto-Glide Chopper, Auto-Glide Sport, Auto-Glide Trike, and Auto-Glide TT.
The history of motorcycles proves that these two-wheeled beasts have come a long way from the last century, and auto-transmission motorbikes is something that has evolved over time. These machines are most appropriate for experiencing bike riding without the need for changing gears.