Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: South Africa , Cape Town
After reading all the above threads is shall comment as follows:
I had the 2017 manual white for 2 years now. Did not get the DCT in 2017 since I also felt it to be a bit notchy with low speed shifts & slow clutch riding..
I am no stranger DCT I have had a VFR1200F DCT 2012 model for 7years now & you need to learn how to ride it smoothly.. But it is rewarding in sport mode auto especially in the bends..
Since my warrantee expired I went down to my Honda dealer & checked out the new 2019 DCT on display with Ride by wire etc.. So after riding the latest offering I MUST SAY I AM VERY IMPRESSED!! Firstly the throttle response is much more immediate & power flows effortlessly when accelerating even in D mode. Most importantly the clutch feathering is really good!! It's MUCH less on/off than previous models! I do not know how they did it, but WELL DONE HONDA! That is why I am the proud owner of a new Red 2019 DCT instead of another manual model. As I use it a lot for commuting in dense traffic this version DCT is really a treat in traffic. Yes I still sometimes have to bypass & downshift to get it a bit smoother on acceleration out of some turns only in D mode, but that is really the only thing I can mention.. The self cancelling flickers are a bonus too since I do forget them sometimes.. The sound of the new exhaust is also something I could mention as being an improvement to my liking. The whole experience of this latest package is really pleasing.. I think it is a matter of personal preference, but in my opinion, if given enough time on the latest 2019 DCT, the majority of riders would grow to love it more than the manual version if not from the word go.. Reliability, well I have a VFR1200F dct 2012 model with 104 000 km's & gearbox feels the same as the day I purchased it.. No one I have read about had problems with Honda's dct stuff worth mentioning.. So now worries there.. Ps. Unfortunately I have only ridden the 2017 DCT for a short while on marble like gravel & did find that it is a lot easier without needing to worry about which gear you are in.. Mostly rode it in sport mode with gravel mode engaged. You can set many parameters like enjine braking, power & traction control so you should be able to find one suited for your riding style.. I am only going on gravel later this year towards summer with my latest purchase, but I am sure it could only be better than the previous model..
Last edited by africano; 08-08-2019 at 03:16 AM.