The country’s third-largest two-wheeler manufacturer TVS Motor Ltd on Monday launched India’s first clutchless motorcycle.
The Jive, a four-gear mobike, does not have a clutch operation. Gears can be changed with the press of the pedal without the need to deploy a conventional clutch.
Priced at Rs 42,235 (ex showroom Delhi), it costs almost the same as any conventional mobike.
The innovation, for which the company has applied for patents, will increase ease of driving.
The company’s estimates suggest a clutch is deployed by a rider 3,200 times a day on an average, with the usage increasing with the intensity of traffic.
The motorcycle has an in-built mechanism that ensures it does not stall. It can be started on any gear. Unlike automatic transmission cars that are generally less fuel efficient, TVS claimed it the Jive’s fuel effiiciency would be 60-65 kmpl, the same as its conventional entry-level bike Star City.
TVS hopes to sell 20,000 units of the bike every month, making it the second largest selling bike in its stable.
Internationally, Honda and Yamaha have experimented with such technology, but in India automatic technology has been restricted to scooters, mopeds and step thrus. The entire scooter segment in India has only automatic vehicles.