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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-02-2019, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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DCT Transmission

I was just doing my every other day look at Motorcycles FS by owner on Craigslist. How does a DCT Transmission (or is that redundant and DCT stands for Dual Control Transmission??) feel when you are in the manual mode?? Do you notice any difference from your experience on regular 6 speed transmission (other than that thumb shifter thing)?? I some times look at the Honda NCX700 DCT.

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I was just doing my every other day look at Motorcycles FS by owner on Craigslist. How does a DCT Transmission (or is that redundant and DCT stands for Dual Control Transmission??) feel when you are in the manual mode?? Do you notice any difference from your experience on regular 6 speed transmission (other than that thumb shifter thing)?? I some times look at the Honda NCX700 DCT.


I traded my NC700X with DCT for the Versys. The DCT is a great invention. That bike had an excellent take-off on "Sport" mode...it just shifts so quickly there's no lack of power - even for a second!

As for the "Drive/Sport" mode, it definitely takes getting used to. The computer will "learn" your shifting habits and adjust accordingly. But what I couldn't get over was the shifting when I wasn't ready for it. Like through a corner when I wanted the higher RPM's it would shift on me when I wasn't ready for it. You can always go down/up in gear by pressing the "paddles" while in automatic mode.

But, you ask about the "Manual" mode...if you have the time and patience you'll get used to it. After shifting with lever and foot for 20+ years I found myself constantly looking for the shifter. And, there's a point in "Manual" mode where the DCT will kick into the next gear, like trying to rev the RPM's high. Even still, the shifting is flawless and split-second! Just hit the "paddle" and you're immediately in another gear.

My advice is to try and take one for a spin. I will say, the DCT's are a godsend in heavy traffic! No clutch feathering and sore hands!

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...is that redundant and DCT stands for Dual Control Transmission??...
Chuck - I believe DCT stands for Dual Clutch Transmission.
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Have a CTX-DCT with 35k miles.

I don't use the D, DOG mode, shifts up/down too frequently.
Use the S, Sport about 20% of the time. Heavy traffic or if I
am looking for a location/something and don't want the bother.
Use the M, Manual mode the other 80% of the time. Especially
in the twisties where you want it to stay in a certain gear.

You can up/down shift <almost> any time in any mode.
It will auto downshift in any (under 15mph?) mode if you are braking and rolling off
the throttle... nice. It won't let you do anything dumb , insofar, as breaking
the transmission.

Nits:
You cannot skip gears, all in sequence.
No push starting.
Can't shift into neutral while moving.
Bug in software in S mode, holds in 3rd gear a bit too long.

IMO, its the way to ride. We are not racers, but they use
variants in most moto sports.

I would not have purchased the X300
without the ultra light/slipper/anti-hop clutch.

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