BMW Motorrad Introduces Automated Shift Assistant (ASA)

BMW Motorrad Introduces Automated Shift Assistant (ASA)

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By BMW Motorrad USA:

BMW Motorrad presents the Automated Shift Assistant (ASA)

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2024 . . . With the new Automated Shift Assistant (ASA), BMW Motorrad presents an innovative technical solution that makes riding simpler and more comfortable. True to the motto “Simplify your ride”, the riding experience is enhanced by automation of the clutch and gear shifting process, without sacrificing the emotionally important dynamics of shifting.

The Automated Shift Assistant features a clever functional design in which two electromechanical actuators automate the clutch and gearshift of the six-speed transmission, which is the main difference to a conventional shift assistant. There is no need for a hand lever to operate the clutch manually. Starting, stopping, and maneuvering are all made easy with the Automated Shift Assistant.

 

BMW's new Automated Shift Assistant (ASA) completes eliminates the need for a clutch lever while retaining the option of manual shifting by the rider. Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad USA.
BMW’s new Automated Shift Assistant (ASA) completes eliminates the need for a clutch lever while retaining the option of manual shifting by the rider. Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad USA.

 

In manual shift mode “M”, the rider can move the gearshift lever in the desired direction in the usual way. If the revs in the desired target gear are within the maximum or minimum rev range, the shift is made directly. If the engine revs fall below a gear-dependent minimum speed, downshifts are performed automatically in manual mode. This prevents the engine from stalling.

In shift mode “D” the gears are changed automatically depending on the riding mode, engine revs, throttle position and lean angle parameters. Gears are shifted according to the riding situation and dynamic requirements.

 

A D/M button on the left handlebar allows BMW riders to select between fully automatic shifting (D) and clutchless manual shifting by the rider (M). Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad USA.
A D/M button on the left handlebar allows BMW riders to select between fully automatic shifting (D) and clutchless manual shifting by the rider (M). Photo courtesy BMW Motorrad USA.

 

The benefits of the Automatic Shift Assistant (ASA):

Completely eliminates the need for the rider to operate the clutch.

Dynamic and comfortable gear changes for more riding pleasure.

Choice of manual or automatic gear shifting.

Automatically adapts gear shifts to the rider’s dynamic preferences in D mode.

Eliminates the possibility of engine stalling during gear shifts.

 

BMW Group in America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and assembles the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles as well as the BMW XM. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 350 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers,145 BMW motorcycle retailers, 104 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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