BMW gears up for automated shift assistant

BMW Motorrad is preparing to launch its new Automated Shift Assistant, designed to simplify and enhance the riding experience by allowing the automation of the clutch and gearshift on a 6-speed transmission.

Expected to feature on bikes from early next year it utilises two electromechanical actuators to remove the need for a hand lever to operate the clutch manually. Starting, stopping and manoeuvring are made easier with the new platform.

Riding becomes more enjoyable thanks to fast, rev and load-adapted shift sequences and the resulting precise gear changes. The rider’s workload is reduced, with the creation of a more direct connection with the powerful boxer engine via a shift lever.

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In ‘M’ mode, gear changes can still be made by foot control, enabling the rider to decide when to change gears. In ‘D’ mode, the Automatic Shift Assistant comes into its own, with gears automatically selected by the engine control unit.

In both “M” and “D” modes, the rider benefits from perfectly executed gear changes with a smooth interruption of traction. The result is efficient motorcycle acceleration and increased riding stability.

When shifting up, for example, the jolt associated with a classic manual transmission with a traditional clutch is largely eliminated, as is the risk of helmet contact between rider and passenger.

Downshifts are also designed to be as smooth as possible, minimising chassis disturbances, while specific characteristics of the automated shift function are assigned to the different riding modes to ensure perfect shift behaviour in each riding situation.

In combination with active cruise control and front collision warning, the networking of functions also makes riding situations easier. When travelling with luggage and a passenger, a different riding style is required for example.

Instead, the rider remains in control and has more freedom in every riding situation with the Automated Shift Assistant, whether that’s climbing hills, taking your bike off road, or crossing difficult surfaces.

The Automated Shift Assistant is the logical and technical evolution of the BMW Motorrad Shift Assistant Pro, with more details to be announced closer to the system’s arrival on the bike maker’s 2025 model range.

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