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    Traded Manual for DCT
    on: Jun 11, 2020, 04.20 am
    Jun 11, 2020, 04.20 am
    Earlier this year I posted that I bought a brand new 2017 VFR1200X.  I really like this bike.  I traded it for a new 2017 VFR1200X DCT.  I think I will hold on to it until Honda releases a replacement for this bike in the DCT version. 

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    Re: Traded Manual for DCT
    Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2020, 12.48 pm
    Jun 11, 2020, 12.48 pm
    I'm a fan of the DCT.  Curious why you made the change?  I was a skeptic at first, and I still reach for the clutch every now and then, but it makes riding so much easier.

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    Re: Traded Manual for DCT
    Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2020, 01.22 pm
    Jun 11, 2020, 01.22 pm
    I really wanted the DCT in the first place.  In January they didn't have it and were not willing to order one probably because they wanted to sell the manual one in stock.  Now when I realized they have DCT in stock (fresh in crate) at the dealership, I decided to take the plunge.  I did lose some money on the manual one and had to put in extra cash for the DCT.

    The clutch on the manual one is quite clunky.  I have ridden several bikes but the clutch on this one is quite clunky.  Furthermore, if you are in stop and go traffic, imagine pulling in clutch every few seconds. 

    I actually never new about DCT until this year.  I think it is awesome that this motorcycle can be ridden in fully automatic mode plus I have the option to shift it manually.  I really wanted to own this.

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    Re: Traded Manual for DCT
    Reply #3 on: Jun 11, 2020, 04.47 pm
    Jun 11, 2020, 04.47 pm
    I did exactly the same thing.
    Despite the Honda sales manager at my local dealer singing the virtues of the DCT system and trying to get me to take the test bike for a spin, my reluctance to even contemplate an “automatic” motorcycle, insisting that gear changing adds to the whole motorcycling experience I purchased a brand new manual Highlander version back in 2013.
    Absolutely loved the bike, but after 3 years ownership and suffering with slight arthritis in the wrists I took the opportunity, while mine was being serviced, to take out a DCT version.
    WOW  :005: what a revelation, a stunningly clever system that proved sooooo easy to use. I therefore took the opportunity as soon as possible to get myself a DCT Highlander and have not looked back.

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    Re: Traded Manual for DCT
    Reply #4 on: Jun 11, 2020, 09.10 pm
    Jun 11, 2020, 09.10 pm
    Did exactly the same as Dave, (Infact we both went from red manuals to silver and black DCTs if my memory serves me right).
    For me the DCT makes the Crosstourer. My bikes now 3 1/2 years old with 25K on it and id normally be looking to change, sadly Honda no longer does a bike that could take its place. Africa Twin just wont cut it for me 2 up touring with full luggage.
    Ill keep it for a while longer but very much doubt its replacement will be a DCT or Honda for that matter.

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    Re: Traded Manual for DCT
    Reply #5 on: Jun 24, 2020, 02.01 am
    Jun 24, 2020, 02.01 am
    Hartley - just wanted to inquire why you said "but very much doubt its replacement will be a DCT or Honda for that matter".  So, if Honda released a successor for this bike in DCT, why would you not buy it?