Tested Both- Manual, Hands Down
I actually just bought my 2017 AT manual from a private seller on Friday. The week before, I rented both a DCT and a manual so I could compare. Loved the DCT. Loved times three the manual. That said, since they were rentals, I couldn't take them off-road, so I didn't experience the supposed benefits of the DCT in the soft stuff. I did take my bike out the day I bought it on a semi-gnarly desert road and had a ball. It wasn't trail riding by any means, but it was more than a dirt road, too. I couldn't see where the DCT would have been better. On the street, especially in the twisties, the manual feels so much better.