It was fairly easy for me to decide, it was either the base model or the "high end" one.
They only thing that I was considering was the price. As soon as I decided to "pull the trigger" on that I had my answer.
Currently, I have an XLV1000 Varadero 2004 (no ABS) so I thought to move forward as a rider embracing the new technology. I was always a fun of Honda's bikes, so what's better than going with the AT DCT. IMHO DCT is the way forward.
All of us tend to forget that you can always ride it as a "manual", using your left hand instead of your left foot (and hand)...is that a big thing? Not for me.