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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-26-2017, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Getting settled in the the DCT.

Finally after a little over 500 miles I've got the DCT down. Slow speed parking lot stuff felt weird to me like I didn't have control of the bike. But now it's a breeze to handle and maybe the transmission is breaking in some. I found that with the traction control turned off and sport mode 2 works the best for me. I was worried that the DCT would hurt my manual shifting ability but it hasn't in the least but then it would be hard to mess up some 45 years of riding a manual shift. I rode my KLR to work today and it felt light. Light and KLR usually don't go together.
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I hear ya. I've been riding for over 30 years with a "manual" shift. I was worried the DCT was going to mess me up when I got on my Ducati. Like you though too many years of muscle memory. The only thing I did a couple of times after riding my AT for a few weeks and not my Ducati was just twist the throttle when I was at a light in neutral and had to shift into first. But haven't had that issue since...

I'm a big fan of the DCT. Really fantastic off-road especially when things get technical. Nice not having to worry about stalling the bike on a steep loose rocky section!

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Finally after a little over 500 miles I've got the DCT down. Slow speed parking lot stuff felt weird to me like I didn't have control of the bike. But now it's a breeze to handle and maybe the transmission is breaking in some. I found that with the traction control turned off and sport mode 2 works the best for me. I was worried that the DCT would hurt my manual shifting ability but it hasn't in the least but then it would be hard to mess up some 45 years of riding a manual shift. I rode my KLR to work today and it felt light. Light and KLR usually don't go together.
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I figure in ten or fifteen years when I'm in my 50s I'll get a DCT. For now I still enjoy the direct connection. I would like to try riding the DCT once just to see what it's like.


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I had to learn not to blip the throttle or let off the throttle during shifts. Really it was about learning the throttle was ALWAYS workin. Manual shifting is awesome, just like a regular trans only no clutch. I really like it.
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I figure in ten or fifteen years when I'm in my 50s I'll get a DCT. For now I still enjoy the direct connection.
I only miss the direct connection with very slow speed stuff, the rest of the time I love DCT but then I am nearer 60 than 50.

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I would like to try riding the DCT once just to see what it's like.
I recommend that you dont try DCT you might just like it ;-)
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I recommend that you dont try DCT you might just like it ;-)
Precisely what I am afraid of!!!




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The more seat time I get with it the more I like it.
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. I rode my KLR to work today and it felt light. Light and KLR usually don't go together.
NOPE, those have never really gone together. I'm also coming from a KLR to the AT DCT and LOVING the DCT overall. I have some left knee and ankle problems which don't cause issues on my Victory Vision with its' forward controls position but did on the KLR (or any other bike where your feet are straight below). Having driven DCT equipped cars as well, I was only partly sure I'd like it on the AT, but now with about 4000 KM am a total convert. At 66 yrs, I may not buy another similar style bike, BUT if I do, it will have the DCT as it's just too good to not have, both on road and relatively mile off road. Glad I didn't "chicken out" re the DCT, as I'd been tempted to do.
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Kdub, just out of interest are you keeping the KLR as well as the AT and if so why (looking for justification answers for my other half, who basically thinks all motorcycles are the same, (ie stupid) lol
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Ok. My 2007 KLR has been paid for, for years and its cheap to keep it. Anything I might get for it would be like giving it away because its like brand new.
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