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The Italian brand could be the first major manufacturer to bring MotoGP technology to street models, in the form of seamless shift transmission.



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The Ducati Panigale V4 may be the first production sportbike to feature this MotoGP derived tech

The next-generation Ducati Panigale V4 may feature seamless shift transmission, a feature which has been available on MotoGP machines for over a decade. Ducati has been working on a seamless shift transmission for sometime now, and the first reports that this technology will make it to a production model are emerging, and it will be Ducati’s flagship sportbike, the Panigale V4. The seamless shift transmission works like a dual clutch transmission, but makes do with a single clutch, and is a mechanical system, which will now make its way to road-oriented sportbikes.

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The seamless shift gearbox works like a dual-clutch transmission, but uses a new system of lockable roller bearings, a single clutch, and offers quicker gear shifts than a DCT

The first company to introduce the technology of shifting gears on a motorcycle without a clutch lever was Honda with its dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The DCT works well, as we’ve experienced in the Honda Africa Twin, but it’s a relatively heavy set-up with semi-automatic operation, more suited for touring and adventure bikes, rather than high-performance machines. This is what the seamless shift transmission tries to address. Ducati’s system works somewhat like Honda’s DCT, but replaces the twin clutches with a new system of lockable roller bearings, which offer quicker gear shifts, that will negate any time, and power losses while the gears are being shifted.

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The next-generation Panigale V4 could become the first production sportbike to feature the technology derived from MotoGP machines

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The next generation Panigale V4, due sometime in 2022, could be the first street bike to feature seamless shift transmission. With the addition of the MotoGP-derived gearbox, Ducati aims to enhance track riding experience, because the seamless shift can engage two gears briefly and simultaneously; a boon because it will help the rider avoid engine power losses when the clutch is pulled in. Everything is managed by the electronics in a very short time, allowing very quick gear shifts, without loss of grip and torque discharges on the rear wheel.

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