Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
Nice video, but I am not paddle shifting anything. If I can't have a manual in a vehicle I might as well just be in a base Honda Civic going from point A to point B. For me shifting is part of the experience. Part of the skill and part of the immersion of riding.
2WA...I get ya!
Which is one of the reasons I traded in my NC700x with DCT for the Versys. The two smaller models that came with DCT at the time was the CTX and the NC700x. I selected the CTX but I went manual, mainly because I wasn't that familiar with the reliability of a DCT. I loved my CTX manual, though!
After a few years of CTX ownership and listening to all the riders on the CTX forum loving on the DCT I told myself that if I ever found an NC700x with DCT for a good price I'd buy it. I found one and bought it!
I rode the NC for about a month. It's a fun bike and great on gas. Really nice to ride on the streets, especially with that DCT. Even got stuck in traffic a few times and let me tell you, when in busy traffic that DCT is a Godsend!!!
What I couldn't get used to is not having a clutch to shift, both with my foot and hand. The NC would shift in corners when I just wasn't ready for it. All the forum members told me to give it some time and I'd get used to it and learn to love it. Well, I just couldn't get used to it or the paddle shifting.
But like Lee said above, the DCT is NOT a normal automatic transmission! It's an amazing piece of technology...but it's just not for some. I will say that there's many owners who have severe carpal tunnel that would have had to give up riding if it wasn't for the DCT. That and a lot of foot/leg issues also.
As for the OP, I'd be interested to know after he's had his Africa Twin for a while what he thinks about having the same bike with a DCT...as in maybe he'll meet up with other AT owners and they'll switch up bikes so he can see if there's any differences that would sway him to go with a future AT with DCT.
Finally, Mentolio...apologies for hijacking your thread!!!