I know this is a very subjective and could be off the topic,but still i want to know why are cars with auto transmission are quite popular but motorcycles with automatic transmission are very rare to see.(though automatic scooters are quite popular). Apart from a rider's preference is there any other technical limitation/challenges in designing and developing a bike with auto transmission.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not maintenance or repair
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:36
  • it's ok.but do you have any answer?Look for question,is there any technical limitation to it?
    – DhKo
    Jan 10, 2018 at 9:47
  • Two points are obvious : one is weight and the second is engine braking...
    – Solar Mike
    Jan 10, 2018 at 10:00
  • This is a great topic for chatting about here: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/the-pitstop
    – Bob Cross
    Jan 10, 2018 at 12:58

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I don't think there is any technical reason - If the bikes sold then the manufacturers would make more of them. Here are some big auto trans motorcycles:

Honda DN-01 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_DN-01

Honda VFR1200F DCT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_VFR1200F

Honda NC700D Integra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_NC700D_Integra

Honda NC700SD https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_NC700_series

Yamaha FJR1300AE/AS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_FJR1300

Aprilia Mana 850 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aprilia_Mana_850

Honda has developed a DCT with computer controlled clutches. Yamaha has developed a computer controlled clutch for manual trans. Aprilia has developed a CVT for large capacity bikes.

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