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post #11 of 28 (permalink) Old 04-12-2018, 02:45 PM
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DCT all day every day LOL. It’s a whole new learning process for many long term clutch riders. With an automatic you need to be more in tune with ride mode and throttle and brake. In heavy traffic, stop and go you need to be in the Sport Mode. And definitely passenger in back have the Sport Mode on. The Sport mode is much more aggressive and IMO controlling from take off and stoping. It’s all about more right hand throttle and right foot brake. And your youthful and can only imagine what lies ahead for you in technology. Hope this helps and yes go ride them and come to your closure of what fits the seat of your pants. And I like the new Goldwing so much (I have CVO Harley’s as well) I purchased two DCT.
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@Badrider , you owe it to yourself to try to demo ride a DCT. They are an amazing machine. I thought for sure that I would not like it but it was awesome. Very controllable, yet smooth, also riding in the different modes changes all the aspects of the gearbox. If a person test rides one and doesn't change to different modes or doesn't try both the manual and automatic features of the gearbox then they are not giving the bike a fair shake and are not really qualified to assess the machine either. Additionally the walking mode of the gearbox, and the hill start assist just adds the icing on the cake.
I definitely would give it a chance and keep an open mind. But it would have to be a fair trial and ride it for at least a day as said. I've been on the odd demo ride like the African with the DCT, but going a few miles in a controlled group of bikes won't do it for me. When Tammy and I were in Vegas 10 years ago I rented a Harley and took it to the Valley of Fire and Hover Dam. They had GL1800's at the time but I wanted the so-called Harley experience. If I took the Wing out, I'm sure I would have bumped up to the 1800 a lot earlier. The experience did make us love the Wing that much more, lol!
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A demo ride might not get you the feel you need to make a decision. I guess it’s better than nothing. You get used to the downshifts. It’s almost just like driving a car. If you come to a sudden stop you’ll feel the downshift. If you learn to come in smooth, it shifts smooth. The downshift isn’t aggressive enough to disturb the ride, however it’s noticable. Again, if you come in smooth you won’t notice it.
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To me, the manual is the only way to go on a bike. It gives you more control, however I have never ridden an automatic bike. My 2 cents.

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Interesting video from the Cruiseman's first impression of the DCT 2018 GW.

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Here is another video of someone on a 2018 demo ride for those interested to watch.


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I have extensive experience with various auto clutches. The clutch is one of the essential control elements for a motorcycle. I am a super senior champion level racer and just pulled the radius x from my BETA. Manual is better in everyway for how I ride and what I want out of the motorcycle experience. I think it is a wonderful option for deteriorating skills, physical decline, disability, physical deformity, or those no longer mentally able or interested in to focusing on shifting etc. It is like a trike and allows people to stay on the road. You just give up too much control for my liking but for some it is the right decision. You really need to consider what you want out the ride. If you want the experience, stay manual, if you want the destination go auto.

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I have extensive experience with various auto clutches. The clutch is one of the essential control elements for a motorcycle. I am a super senior champion level racer and just pulled the radius x from my BETA. Manual is better in everyway for how I ride and what I want out of the motorcycle experience. I think it is a wonderful option for deteriorating skills, physical decline, disability, physical deformity, or those no longer mentally able or interested in to focusing on shifting etc. It is like a trike and allows people to stay on the road. You just give up too much control for my liking but for some it is the right decision. You really need to consider what you want out the ride. If you want the experience, stay manual, if you want the destination go auto.

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Are you sure your in the correct forum? This is the GOLDWING riders forum not the RACING forum lol. How old do you think the actual GW owner is lol. And yeah clutch and shifting manually no doubt gives you that racing feeling. But for many here we didn’t buy the GW thinking we are handicapped LOL. It’s all good and to each his own.
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I absolutely love the DCT. When I have the urge to "step up the game", so to speak, I ride one of my two Ducati sport bikes. One of them has an up and down quick-shifter.
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Like you, I am new to the whole touring bike scene (all sport bikes and super motos prior). I got an 18 to push myself out of my comfort zone. Well I went all the way and got a DCT Tour.
I now have over 8,000 miles on it and I genuinely enjoy it. Like others have already said: you will probably enjoy the manual as well.
I think you could actually score a deal if you prefer the manual, but I also think if you got the DCT you could trade it in without getting too pummeled just because Honda isn’t producing enough of them this year (they are aiming for 40%, but the take rate is turning out to be higher from what I understand).
I was just on the Dragon last week and had a blast on it, you will have a great time on either bike. Just depends on what you need to be comfortable.


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