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    Buying my first Crosstourer
    on: Nov 17, 2016, 08.09 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 08.09 pm
    As a rider of 39 years I have sadly succumbed to the painful hands and dead finger syndrome that seems to haunt some older  sport tourer riders. I have a Triumph sprint gt that I dearly love and is without doubt a great all round bike but its got to go.
    Looked at alternatives and all logic points to the Crosstourer a bike that seems to have flown under many peoples radar including mine until now.
    What a bike and what value! BUT which one? dct or manual I have no idea  my hands say dct my experience says manual.
    What are your opinions and why? One concern I have is fuel consumption on the dct is it as bad as some say or is it how your ride? Going to ride a manual on Saturday but would love to hear from experienced owners before I go for it.
    Thanks
    Mark

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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #1 on: Nov 17, 2016, 08.47 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 08.47 pm
    Try it, but definitely DCT.
    I started with a manual, but quickly changed to the DCT, am now on my second DCT.
    Didn't notice any difference in fuel consumption.

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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #2 on: Nov 17, 2016, 08.55 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 08.55 pm
    May I ask what sort of figure you achieve  during normal riding.

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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #3 on: Nov 17, 2016, 09.47 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 09.47 pm
    On a mixed day out (spirited and cruising) I get between 45-50mpg. In fact thinking about it I always get around 45-50! Slow bloke fast bike is wot does it  :002:
    Mine is a DCT and I wouldn't change now.
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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #4 on: Nov 17, 2016, 10.00 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 10.00 pm
    Not bad that's a 200 mile tank which is what I would expect.
    I am thinking dct its very appealing to my tired hands. Looks as if the auto offers no loss of anything against the manual.

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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #5 on: Nov 17, 2016, 10.55 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 10.55 pm
    The only 'loss' I can think of with dct is that you need to rethink how you do low speed manoeuvres ... no clutch to dip! Many more positives though  :002:
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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #6 on: Nov 17, 2016, 11.00 pm
    Nov 17, 2016, 11.00 pm
    Hi markis42,
    I have a manual and like you, i seem to be too old school to learn new tricks, i.e. DCT. Ive been out with Martymouse and he's no "slow bloke on a fast bike", and thats all im saying.  :164:
    But like Martymouse i also get 190 -210 on a regular ride and thats not riding in economy mode.  :138:
    I had 197 on the clock last time out and the reserve light came on and it said 44 miles to empty.  :084:
    Now you cant trust that because i remember reading on hear ages ago that some one ran out of fuel because his dash said 20 miles to empty and it died on him, so dont believe the reserve is all im saying, its trial and error.
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    I met up with 3 other forum lads a few monthes ago, out of the 4 of us i was the only 1 on a manual.  :027:
    All the lads i have met with the DCT wouldnt go back to a manual they say.  :016:
    As i said earlier, im to old school to change at the moment, sadly i enjoy using my left foot too much to make it redundant, but one day, maybe.  :112:
    Ride safe all.  :028: :028:
    keep it shiny side up !!!

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    Re: Buying my first Crosstourer
    Reply #7 on: Nov 18, 2016, 04.22 am
    Nov 18, 2016, 04.22 am
    I only have 32 years of riding behind me  :038: but I did get to the point last year (during a ride) where I realized I wanted to try not shifting any more.   It just felt like I wasn't getting as much out of that simple action as I used to.  So I spent some time riding my wife's NC 700x DCT in mixed conditions (it is not stock) and I was confident enough to scale it up.   So I test rode the VFR and the engine sold me the rest of the way.  I now have about 3000 miles behind me and I don't miss shifting a bit.  I ride in auto mode nearly always and do use the sport modes of course.   I love it and don't plan to go back to a manual unless it becomes necessary on a specific machine such as a small dual sport or limited use or rental situations.

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