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  • Offline Jfro5867

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    DCT my maiden voyage
    on: Sep 05, 2020, 10.14 am
    Sep 05, 2020, 10.14 am
    I know the forum has been around for years and this is well trodden ground but there are still newcomers to the CT and DCT. Myself being one!  Did 50 miles yesterday and really quite enjoyed it. My drive is gravelled so that was the first 'bum twitcher' moment negotiating that. I was a bit concerned the traction control would kick in when the rear wheel spins a bit pushing through so I was mega careful not to drop it doing a three point turn. It was fine. In fact it was much easier than I thought it would be and I didn't miss the clutch feathering as much as I thought I would. Good start then.   Got onto the open road in D mode, changes up really quickly doesn't it. Tried a few back roads and villages, seemed happy enough. Then tried S level 1. Really like that mode. Seems to change at revs I would anyway and I think that's going to be the one I run in. I was slightly nervous of it changing up or down on bends but decided to just ignore what was going on and trust the tech and be confident with it and my throttle hand. That worked very well TBH. I was riding along trying to 'guess the gear' without looking and I often was wrong! It's very smooth at changing gear isn't it. The only times I noticed a very slight 'jerk' was coming to a stop when going from say 3 to 2 to 1 on a closed throttle. I tried a few nadgery steep single track roads too to see what it was like and was very impressed. Kept telling myself I can't stall it, impossible, so went down to walking pace and was fine. Great balance this bike. I'm going to soften the preload a couple of clicks and try that next but i found the bike excellent overall. I would rather it firm than soggy. As I was riding back I was summarising in my head what I thought and the term I came up with (if I had to describe it to someone else) was 'great all rounder and a mile muncher'. Going to go out again later today and have another hour on back roads to get more miles in. Feeling very positive about the bike.  :152:

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    Re: DCT my maiden voyage
    Reply #1 on: Sep 06, 2020, 02.25 pm
    Sep 06, 2020, 02.25 pm
    Congratulations!  Most really enioy the bike.  Not that a ton were sold here in the USA, but hard to find a used macine... which is a testament to how well annoyed they are.  I am contemplating replacing my 2016 with a new old stock 2017.  Love the bike & DCT.  Agree on its versatility.