|Aprilia Mana 850|
This hasn’t stopped Honda from offering the DCT version of the NC700X in her majesty’s United Kingdom, but it appears that much of the automatic transmission push is toward customers in North America.
|Honda’s new CTX700N|
In the UK I think one of the things that stops them from fulfilling that dream is the cost and complexity of the European licensing process. In the God-Blessed United States of America, however, things are a little easier and Honda seems to think that the phrase that comes after, “I’d like to ride a motorcycle but…” is: “I worry that motorcycles are complicated.”
My default response to a bike with automatic transmission is to think: “Well. it’s a good enough idea. And if gets more people riding I suppose that may have an overall positive effect. But, you know, it’s not for me.”
But why not? Why isn’t it for me? The more I think about it, the less I can come up with an answer. I’ve already said I’d love to have an NC700X, so it’s not a matter of not liking the look of a bike in which automatic transmission is offered. And if I’m honest with myself, removing the Gear Change Two-Step from the whole process of riding would probably give me a greater confidence.
Living in the UK and working under my current budget constraints it’s unlikely that I’ll have the opportunity to make such a choice anytime soon, but if I had the option of riding automatic I think I might just give it a try. Perhaps, though, that’s because I’m a lazy American.