There's a big difference between an automatic CLUTCH and an automatic GEARBOX. The FJR/AE has an automatic clutch with a shift tab on the handlebars, but it's still effectively a manual transmission because the rider decides when to shift.SCraig, I have a painfull injury to left thumb joint and arthritis is setting in with a vengance. I was looking at a FJR but they were having some serious problems with the spider wire connectors and what with my Buell leaving me stranded alongside the road 3 times I was seeking dependabilty along with an easier clutch pull. My wife has a Wee and I could manage the clutch for an hour or two of back road riding, but I do need the little device that reduces the clutch pull. If my hand continues to get worse I will be stuck getting an automatic, as much as I do not want one, but it will be a requirement just to continue to ride which I love. So yes there are some of us that one day might need an automatic or at least a very very very light clutch pull. As a side note when I was in the Navy, using vehicles paid for with your hard earned taxpayeers dollars, I learned how to up and down shift without using the clutch, so often when the pain is to much on back roads I use the clutchless method on my Wee.