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MV Agusta roll out smart clutch system

Two years ago MV Agusta made sport touring more practical in their stylish Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso SCS with a Smart Clutch System or semi-automatic transmission.

The system was developed with America’s Rekluse and allows the rider to use a conventional clutch to change gears or ride in semi-automatic mode.

Now MV is adding their SCS 2.0 version to the Dragster 800 RR, Dragster 800 RC and Brutale 800 RR (pictured above) for clutch-free starts and stopping.

Smart Clutch System

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical
MV tech Lorenzo explains the SCS system to MBW

Several other motorcycle companies including Honda are moving toward semi-automatic transmission systems.

I tried the SCS technical innovation in the Turismo Lusso while in Italy in 2018 and found it did not take away from the excitement of riding and selecting gears.

It just added to the convenience, especially around town as it allows you to stop and restart without touching the clutch lever.

Great for lane filtering or crawling in heavy traffic as the “standard” models have a moderately heavy clutch which can become tiring.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical
No need for a clutch takeoff

In auto mode, it also makes the most out of the in-line three-cylinder engine mated to a counter-rotating crankshaft.

It’s your choice. You can ride it like a twist-and-go scooter, changing gears without the clutch, or shift cogs as normal, using the clutch.

The SCS operates in parallel so there is no need for the ride to hit any switches to go from manual to automatic operation.

All of this with only 36g weight increase compared to a traditional clutch.

MV Agusta Dragster 800 RR smart clutch
Dragster 800 RR SCS

There is no word yet on when they will arrive in Australia or how much the SCS will add to the prices of the bikes.

However, it won’t be cheap as the Turismo Veloce Lusso SCS costs an extra $4200 to the price at $31,790 ride away, while the Turismo Veloce Lusso RC SCS is $35,880.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Husqvarna offers automatic clutch upgrade

Husqvarna Motorcycles now have an aftermarket automatic Rekluse X clutch option to upgrade their Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401.

It’s a similar system as supplied by American clutch company Rekluse for the MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 SCS.

MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 Lusso practical upgrade
MBW rides the SCS version

In Australia, the Rekluse X clutch costs $1812.75 which does not include fitting. However, Husky says fitting is a “quick and uncomplicated” process.

That’s still a lot to pay to upgrade a 373cc learner bike that already costs a whopping $11,592 ride away.

Automatic benefits

While most riders love using their gears, there are advantages with automatic and semi-automatic transmissions.

They include smoother gear engagement, improved traction, faster acceleration, no-fuss riding in traffic, no missed gears and easier use in tricky off-road situations.

Honda offers a similar semi-automatic system in its Africa Twin adventure bike and many modern bikes now have quick shifters for up and down shifts that eliminate the need to use the clutch except when stationary.

Rekluse upgrade

Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force Clutch ugrgade Kit
Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force Clutch Kit

However, the Rekluse Radius X Centrifugal Force clutch is far more advanced than most other systems.

It even eliminates the chances of engine stalling when starting and when braking hard because you can stop without engaging the clutch.

“Offering an even more accessible and enjoyable experience for riders of all levels, the automatic clutch allows for easy starting and stopping without the need to use the clutch lever,” they say.

That’s great for novice riders as this is, after all, a learner-approved motorcycle.

The kit combines a TorqDrive clutch pack with Rekluse’s EXP automatic clutch disk.

“Providing a more relaxed and controlled riding experience, the Rekluse’s Radius X automatic clutch kit allows Husqvarna owners to ride their Vitpilen 401 or Svartpilen 401 machines for longer periods of time covering greater distances,” Husky says.

“Able to focus more on line selection, users get even closer to the pure riding experience Husqvarna Motorcycles’ sophisticated single-cylinder machines offer.”

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com