Hmmm, it seems like those who have the Manual love it, and those that have the DCT also love theirs. Anyone get the DCT and NOT like it?
I'm thinking about moving from a Vstrom 1k to the AT, but can't decide which version. Like most, I've ridden bikes with a clutch all my life and wonder if i'd regret the auto.
I had to consider a similar scenario. Honda Varadero XL1000V for years followed by a Triumph Tiger 1050.
In the end I decided whats to regret? I'm aware that on the DCT, when letting the DCT brain do all the thinking and gear changing, there are various drive modes to select, ranging from it languishing in D (should have called it P for passive mode) up to the most aggressive S (Fun) mode.
Or, if you wish, select manual mode and use your own brain to choose whatever gear you want via the gear selector switches on the left side of the handle bars. The only traditional
things missing, with the latter option, is no clutch lever and no gear change lever to operate with your foot. Honda even thought of that to a degree by offering an optional
(=more $cash$ to fork out) foot operated gear selector (it's electronically wired though and not mechanically connected to the gear box). That just leaves the clutch lever missing.
So the most you, or I, might regret is not having a clutch lever to play with. I'm sure that I'll forget all about it after a few months of fun with the DCT
Oh yeah, and to state the obvious! If you own a DCT and fancy manual mode, where you select the gear of choice, its just a switch away.
If you are on a Manual AT and fancy DCT mode you need to sell your bike and buy a DCT! There is a slight difference in options there
So, I ordered the DCT a couple of weeks back.