The HDCT utilizes two separate clutches for the odd gears (first, third and fifth) and the even gears (second, fourth and sixth), respectively. The two clutches operate alternately to execute gear changes. When the computer recognizes the need to upshift (either automatically after reaching a preset value, or in response to a manual paddle input), it engages second gear and releases the first-gear clutch while simultaneously engaging the second-gear clutch to achieve a seamless gear change. This ability to instantaneously transfer torque from one gear to the next will enable quicker and smoother gear changes, better fuel economy and reduced emissions, Honda says. We can envision definite performance benefits to the rider as well, especially during aggressive cornering. Seamless power transfer between gears will minimize abrupt acceleration or deceleration inputs that could compromise traction, especially entering or exiting corners. Theoretically, midcorner gear changes-even at the apex, even under power-would be imperceptible except for the change in exhaust note.