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Long time rider, started at 5yo, now 52. Been riding street since I was 14, gave up harescrambles just a few years ago. Current rides are an 06 CBR 1000rr, bought new in 06, and an 08 crf230l, bought a year old from a friend that needed a couple small bikes for his kids. Still have my 06 crf250x.

The Mrs likes to go for rides, but doesn't particularly care for the CBR (I didn't buy it for 2 up...). I'm looking at the Africa twin. My local dealer has two left over 2017 models. A manual, 8999, and a dct, 9499.

Any input would be appreciated.

It's my understanding, bother models have abs, and it can be turned off for the rear wheel. Do both have traction control?
 

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I'll assume there's people that own more just the DCT AT, and perhaps their other bike is manual shift. Have you noticed any difference in your riding when switching from a DCT bike to manual bike and back again?
 

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I'll assume there's people that own more just the DCT AT, and perhaps their other bike is manual shift. Have you noticed any difference in your riding when switching from a DCT bike to manual bike and back again?
I used to own a CB and a NC750XD and chose which bike to ride minutes before saddling up. In regards to this situation, no. I didn't have any of the "reaching for the clutch" issues while enjoying the NC750XD. However, a decade ago I did with other clutchless bikes.

Maybe there was one instance last year when on the CB I just dropped the clutch while stopped for no apparent reason. Of course the bike stalled, but I sat there and thought, hmmm, maybe the behaviour was related to riding DCT hours before.

If anything, I found the riding comfort and suspension difference a far more initial distraction then the controls.

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I suspect that if you have never ridden a "left lever-less" bike before, you will mostly likely be "reaching" for a few weeks and well as "toeing" that non-existent gear shifter.
 

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Sat on a DCT, did seem odd looking at the parking brake lever way out there, and no clutch lever in reach.

Those prices are IF you finance (which adds a 299 finance fee). If you pay cash, it's 700 more. That's a no bueno for me. I detest games. Next inline is a 2019 a couple hours away. I'd bought my first new bike at this place and there were no fees back then. They've since built a new building, so we will see.
 

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Picking up a 2019 AT tomorrow from a dealer that doesn't play pricing games.
Should be a wonderful Saturday then. Ensure to share pics of the joyous day.

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Recently here at the Forum it seems to be a habit to nap the AT upon taking delivery. This is not a necessary thing, a hazing or some other ritual/right of passage. Just savour the moments.

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Nap? As in dirt nap? Not if I have anything to say about it!😁

Buying in Oklahoma, so I'll get a nice 'get acquainted' ride in on way home, bout 100 miles
 

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Hey, enjoy the new bike! Welcome to the party!

I rode street bikes mostly for the the past 40 years or so; just sold off a Honda Valkyrie and replaced with a DCT AT. I think you will enjoy it.

Grew up riding in the dirt on your northern border along the Republican River. Can't imagine the mischief I would have gotten into with an AT back then.
 
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