Join Date: May 2016
Location: Northern California
I have a NC700x DCT 2012 and I am completely sold on the DCT version. On a long dirt trail recently I found out that the bike "learns" where the shift points are and adjusts accordingly. I always wondered if this was true but when I got back on pavement I could sense that the bike was acting differently until about 5-7 minutes had gone by and then it adjusted back. Plus, I haven't yet figured out how a rider can shift gears easily while standing up on the footpegs offroad.
I have put almost 28,000 miles on the bike and it has been flawless so far. In fact, the DCT technology is pretty well proven and distributed around the world and no longer qualifies as "new stuff" and I wonder if there are more shifting failures per thousand miles on manual bikes of the same class. Taking into account the fact that there is no foot shifter, no gear shift lever, no cable, no hydraulic reservoir to fail there may be a lower instance of failure with DCT than standard shifting when taking the total systems into account.
I have a 2015 Super Tenere and it shifts just fine but I wish Honda would made as good an all around motorcycle as the S-10 but equip it with a DCT. Perfection would be achieved.
I attended an offroad demonstration given by Jimmy Lewis on an adventure bike going over a 3 foot log and he did pause (at the top of the log) to say that auto shifting and Rekluse type clutches were going to be the wave of the future in offroad bikes. When a person of his stature in the motorcycle world says something, I listen. Have fun with the DCT. I sure am. If I order an Africa Twin it would be with the DCT-no question.