Yamaha already has its own e-clutch to compete with Honda, and will mount it on the future MT-07

The new semi-automatic clutch yamaha patented for MT-07 (in principle), will arrive in the near future to compete directly with the innovative E-Clutch system of Sling. By the way, a system that has debuted in the Honda CB650R and CBR650R of this same year.

With this patent, yamaha seeks to offer a more affordable and simple alternative to complex semi-automatic transmissions, such as, for example, the DCT system of Sling (Double Clutch Transmission).

Now, as we are telling you, it seems that yamaha is following the same path by developing its own configuration for the MT-07 and its variants, of course.

While the E-Clutch of Sling is distinguished by its intelligent hybrid design, retaining a traditional clutch lever for those times when manual use is preferred, and relying on the driver's left foot to change gears, the version of yamaha takes a more conventional approach to the semi-automatic. In fact, it eliminates the foot-operated shifter and left clutch lever, replacing them with a set of handlebar-mounted buttons.

How do we know? Easy, a recent patent application for yamaha clearly shows this system, installed on a motorcycle built around the chassis and the parallel twin engine of the MT-07.

This is not uncharted territory for yamahasince in 2006 it introduced its YCC-S (Yamaha Chip Controlled Shifting) system in the FJR1300automating the clutch and gear changes of a conventional transmission.

However, the innovation present in the new patent application for the MT-07 It lies in the arrangement of the actuators and control electronics, rather than in the concept of semi-automatic transmission itself.

yamaha semi automatic clutch

This is how Yamaha's semi-automatic gearbox works for the MT-07

What is new for Yamaha is the integration of its YCC-S system in a motorcycle with a more affordable price than the FJR1300. And, since the same parallel twin engine is used in other models of the brand, such as the Yamaha YZF-R7, XSR700 and Ténéré 700, it would also be logical to apply this technology to these “sister” models. A motorcycle that could benefit greatly from this technology would be the future Ténéré 700above all, due to its adventure tourism focus.

The operation of the system is quite intuitive. In fact, as we told you before, it is based on shift buttons embedded in the handlebar to shift up and down, along with electric actuators on the transmission, controlled by an engine control module that translates the driver's commands into smooth shifting actions. shift and clutch.

The patent of yamaha It even suggests the possibility of using the system in fully automatic mode, managing gear changes and the associated mechanics.

yamaha semi automatic clutch

The layout of the control units has been meticulously designed, with one mounted on the left side of the frame and another on the right side, receiving cooling through a port located in the fuel tank.

Additionally, another recent patent application shows the same control unit applied to a Yamaha YZF-R7which suggests a possible expansion of this technology to other models of the brand.

Along with the semi-automatic transmission, the patent of which we have become aware also reveals changes in its design, such as a revised bodywork, new air intakes for cooling, modifications to the radiator covers and an inverted fork similar to the one used in the efficient R7.

Honda E-Clutch Clutch

As with the Honda E-Clutch, the semi-automatic design of yamaha generate divided opinions. Above all, among those who appreciate technological changes and among those who miss the simplicity of past generations.

However, it's clear that this setup is intended to automate otherwise manual functions, so it will likely be offered as an additional option rather than factory-installed equipment, allowing buyers to choose based on their preferences.

Yamaha MT-07 clutch

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