Hi, I came across this article on " http://www.bikebandit.com/community/articles/should-motorcycles-have-automatic-transmissions " and I am surprised that automatic transmission has not become more popular with motorcycle riders. I fully understand that the majority of riders see the gear changing as a part of the enjoyment of riding and controlling the bike; but I think there is a place for bikes with auto transmission. Some riders might simply prefer auto because it will help them focus on what goes on around them and they do not want to change gears in the traffic. Like myself a lot of older riders suffer from conditions ( eg: carpal tunnel syndrome) which make it hard to operate a clutch lever and others have trouble shifting gears. Possibly quite a few new riders would prefer to learn on auto, as an easier way to get their license. Am not trying to ram the idea down anyone's throat, but I think it's worthwhile having a look at the option. An automatic motorbike does not need to look ugly, have a look at the Aprilia Mana 850: Option to drive as an auto or with gears, plenty of power and nice styling.