So I picked up my Victory Red CRF1000L Africa Twin last Friday. I went for the MT version as I felt the DCT to be a bit disengaged. I can certainly see how in certain situations the DCT would have an advantage, but for me, I like to be in control of the gears. I also didn't like the styling of the crankcase with that Borg implant on the side, LOL! That and the additional weight, and of course the additional expense secured my choice.
So far I can say this is the most awesome bike I have ever ridden. The bikes I test rode up until the AT really didn't impress me enough away from my 2007 Versys to warrant dropping an extra 6-800,000JPY (about 6-8,000USD) in order to change, but when I first test rode the AT (MT version), I knew I had to have one. I test rode both the MT and the DCT, and for me the MT was the one that did it for me.
On all other bikes I test rode I was miffed that they needed premium gas, or the screen didn't protect enough, or the fuel consumption didn't impress. Silly stuff. With the Africa Twin, I didn't really care. In fact I didn't even bother to find out whether it needed premium gas or what the fuel consumption was before I bought it because it was just so awesome to ride. True, I checked Fuelly.com to get some real-world fuel consumption figures, but nobody with an AT had joined yet, and it seems I am the first now to post any data. (I'm getting 19km/l BTW after two fill-ups).
Anyway, I love this bike and I look forward to a long relationship with it.