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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-19-2018, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Riding the DCT; It was bound to happen

A few of my buddies have been pining over the DCT since they first heard about it. I was late to the party. I still have fun shifting and I wasn't really a believer until I rode one. But I warned the guys that muscle memory is real. Especially the one in your head. After you've been shifting for 20 years, you just don't forget about the clutch over night. Well, it happened. One of my buddies who already has a deposit down and is waiting for his bike, decided to stop by the shop and get in a free test ride, AGAIN!! One of my other buddies went with him. The salesman put one on the DCT and the other on that new Yamaha Venture. The salesman was on a 2018 manual Tourer. So, they head out and hit the highway. My buddy puts the DCT in sport mode and said he really enjoyed it. Now the problem comes because as they come off the highway and pull up behind the cars at the light, he's still in Sport mode. Shouldn't be an issue, right? He said the salesman was well ahead of him at the stop, so he goes to inch the bike up a bit, but gives it just a bit too much throttle. He panics, and starts reaching for the clutch and the brake, only there ain't no clutch and the brakes didn't stop her right away. He runs right into the back of the Salesman. So now, he's got two demo bikes his insurance has to repair plus he hurt his knee and ankle to boot. Seems like a stupid thing, but it could happen to anybody. And yes, he still wants the DCT when his bike comes in. Can't say I blame him for that. I'm still a believer too!
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Sport Mode ? How about a Panic Mode ? They have a Mode for every Mood you're in now days.

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Sport Mode ? How about a Panic Mode ? They have a Mode for every Mood you're in now days.
Panic mode is only offered on the manual model.
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Every test ride I've ever guided, or ridden as a potential customer has had me nervous for just that reason. Murphy's Law is very real. It also goes to show that there is a learning curve on that DCT model, and it can be very steep depending on the situation. Fossil found that out in Texas too. This ain't yer Grampa's Goldwing.

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Oh boy. I know you can't make a decision without riding a bike but I've seen too many instances where the test ride goes bad. I was selling my pristine 74 Yamaha to a friend and watched him climb the curb at the bottom of a hill and end up in someone's lawn. He bought the bike anyway so it saved me from having it repaired. LOL

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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-20-2018, 02:38 PM
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Damn that’s too bad and it is truly re-training your auto instinct as you have described. Hope he heals sooner than later.
I love mine and long term I believe better for many reasons to be on a DCT. And here are my other DCT toys as well and yeah the Harley’s not so much.
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Nice fleet there Ice Age. Rubicon Deluxe DCT/IRS/EPS; Pioneer 1000M5C...how do you like the Rubicon?

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Thank you and the Rubicon is very nice. And I have had all the different brand 4 wheelers over the years. And she’s not the fastest of other ones I have had but the suspension and auto are awesome as well as Good old Honda quality.
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Have had a couple of "O shit!" moments related to the DCT. After riding the GW for a few rides, then climbing back onto my B-King . Forgot to pull in the clutch and shift down when coming to a stop. Luckily, I pulled my head outa by ass in time to correct the situation. And I am still reaching for the clutch and foot shifter on the DCT occasionally, even after 1500 miles. I love this bike!

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