Straight to it.
Riding BMX since age four.
Dirt bikes since age eight.
Yada, yada, ..... I'm 50.
After about a year of research I chose the Africa twin ... Stepping into the next chapter of riding ...trying to get away from the 250 2 strokes and my crf450 ...(skipped the 650--->900 class because I still smelled young man danger out of them ....if you got time I'll show you X-rays)
However I will strive to ride "forever"..
I was always curious about DCT due to all of the reviews I've read , all of the riding and dealer contacts I've talked with about it .... And it always was 60/40 in favour of DCT(much like the poll
)....even a few of my hard core riding buddies said "yup DCT".
So I was torn with this DCT dilemma ...
Then for what ever reason I made the decision to go manual. Firm.
I walked into the dealership and knew what I wanted.
My sales buddy said try the DCT .....I said nope...not interested at all.
Signed a deal for a manual..
He said " I'd feel really bad if you didn't at least take the DCT for a spin and tell me what you think."
I told him I'm not going to muddy the waters of my decision ....
after chatting, he wasn't pushing me to buy the DCT, he just said it's slow today, you got all day, just take it, it's a nice day for a free ride.
I succumbed and ended up riding it for the better part of the day ...I came back and re-worked the deal for a DCT
It was not even close to what I had thought "an automatic bike / scooter thing" was going to be.
IMO, On this bike, DCT works well.
Make no mistake, there is a DCT learning curve ...not in how to ride or how to shift ..but how to use the bike as it comes.
No " feather the cultch neutral " for coast, or adjustments ... And with a sensitive throttle by wire , there's a few surprise lurches when not expecting...but again,
note-to-self, N-button and throttle hand awareness.
I've tried the various settings, found stark differences; Found what settings I like for how I ride, and now I ride it like I stole it....
Like I do my 450.
But as it is a 530 lb adventure bike... I ride to it's and my limits as best I can.
So far it handles all the single track and adventure trails I've challenged on it, and does all I'd expect out of it. On dirt roads, It high speed drifts like a dream, and on the street it puts a smile on my face as well.
I cannot yet see DCT on a crf450 based upon weight and how it is ridden, but then again I'm not gonna ride this AT like my 450 .....close but not.
So far I am loving riding this bike like I shouldn't, at my age, and if it stands up to how I ride it ...... It is the way to go on this class of bike.
My suggestion is to get a demo ride on a DCT ...... It will help you make a more informed decision for what you want and how you ride. For sure it is worth a test ride.
(No behemoths either, I want to adventure trail ride, not bumble through like a bull in a china shop)
Plus with FULL manual shifting available (via thumb/finger paddles) you have the best of both worlds
This bike DCT.