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I took out the demo bike this morning, this miserable, wet, dank morning.

Demo bike is DCT and fully loaded with every Honda extra. And I'm happy to say I'm very very happy with how it performs. There was only 11 miles on it and I was the first customer to ride it, so the red stripes were still on the tyres and obviously everything is tight and needs bedding in. However, this is a cracking bike. I've ridden about 500 miles on a CrossTourer DCT and the Gen3 setup on the AT is even better. I do doubt sometimes have I made the right choice not spending the extra on the DCT equipped bike, it's just sooooo easy to ride.

The bike is really comfortable and despite the horrible wet roads, I had loads of confidence in swinging her through the bends on the coastal route I rode on, kudos to the Dunlops. Brakes are terrific, the engine is so smooth and as for the much discussed (lack off) power.......nothing to worry about at all. In fact, it reminds me of how well my 12GS rode..powering from corner to corner and just sweeping left to right with so much ease with a solid dollop of torque to use.

The only minus point was the touring screen which generated a slight buzz on the peak of my Shoei Hornet Adv lid. I didn't go back to have the short (oe) screen fitted, but presume by my lifting myself up and down off the seat, the oe screen will be fine. The actual aerodynamics are very good and I found that I was sat in a very still area of calm behind the fairing/screen. I'd say that this will be a lot less tiring to ride compared to my 1190.

So all in all, I'm delighted with my decision to jump in with both feet.
This bike is exactly what I need right now.


AND......my own new baby has arrived in the dealers !
 

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Can't wait to get mine in the DCT trim. Hope they are wrong about June being the delivery date for USA bikes :frown2:
It's a typical practice in business to over estimate on delivery dates, so chances are we might get them a BIT earlier. I just wouldn't expect a big difference.
 

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Doesn't matter in Northern Ireland as we are technically dateless. It'll be a 2016 year machine.....all year. Saying that, I'm actually putting an English cherished number onto it..... L**CRF.
 

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Just tried a DCT on Wed in Perth and went straight in and put down a deposit. It arrives early April
I had tried the manual and was sold on the auto!!!!
 

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Good decision Terry. With the DCT you get the best of both worlds. If you want to change gears, manual mode is more fun than any standard manual bike.
 

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Glad of these views. I made a totally mad decision to buy a DCT without test riding! !!!
Pick it up on 1st April - I hope that's not an omen!
Anyway if I don't like it i could always sell it to America as they seem desparately short of bikes.
 

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Hey Max, when did you order your DCT? I'm looking at end an end April Del.

For what it's worth I tested both and went for the DCT. Felt quicker and more fun squirting thru the back lanes...
 

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Ordered it a couple of weeks ago and they said it would be in in mid march so I said wait until April for better weather and new registration.
 

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I had a test ride on Saturday it was only for 15 mins as it was going out later on and I must say I was very impressed it does move on pretty quick brakes were good box was slick I'll go for OEM screen as the touring screen was in my eye line as for the top box I won't be getting a Honda one I've got my PX sorted for my GS800 so I'll be going to put my deposit this weekend for the red/black for delivery in April which is the next wave coming in from the land of the rising sun can't wait
 
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