Honda’s gone and done it! Adding an automatic transmission to the Cub has been on Honda’s upgrade short list for some time now, and just two days ago Akisan sent us the scoop on Honda’s new CV-Matic engine for Cubs (all underbone type Hondas).
Here’s a snippet from the press release:
TOKYO, Japan, September 8, 2009 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has developed a new automatic transmission, the CV-Matic (with 14 patents pending!), which can be used in combination with Cub-style engines. This new fully automatic transmission further enhances the practicality and convenience of the Cub-type models that have won fans worldwide, especially in developing countries. The new system will be available with Cub-style scooters to be released in the ASEAN region starting in 2010.
is not a misspelling of Asian, it’s pronounced AH-see-ahn
and it means the Association of Southeast Asian Nations… so yeah, it means
Asian and that means there are currently no plans to share the love with us meat eatin
. Dang it.
Here’s a photo of their new cooling system based on Honda’s small-motorcycle automatic transmission technology, which protects and enhances the durability of the drive belt and allows for a more compact design with shorter distances between pulleys. Thanks to this advance, the positioning of the engine does not need to be significantly altered, optimizing layout design freedom.
Here you can see that it’s just a smidgen bigger than the classic, manual cub motor.
I can’t wait to see one of these babys
mounted on a 2010 Cub!
The old manual tranny is fun and all, but my carpal tunnel would really appreciate the break. Again a big ARIGATO to Aki for the scoop! Click the title link to go to Honda’s official press release page.