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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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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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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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Had a neighbor go to a dealer and buys a new bike his first. Gives it too much gas trying to come to a stop before entering the road and ends up out in the road and is broadsided by a car doing 60. Killed instantly. His Mom and I watch from inside the car behind him.

Another guy wearing tank top, jeans and tennis shoes and no helmet comes to pick up his friends Triumph Triple that was in for its first 600 mile service. A half mile from the shop he is doing over 60 in a 30mph curve and heads straight into the cement wall killed instantly. His friend said he thought he knew how to ride.

If I had any say, I would be taking these bikes to a safe place and see for sure if the guys can really ride them. But working at the dealership, we don't have that luxury to keep people safe from themselves.
 

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I looking at a DCT. I have a 06 now and from what I have read there is a learning curve on the DCT. I'm planning a trip to Bryce Canyon from Parkersburg WV in July and was wandering if I should take the 06 and then when I get back get the DCT. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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If your an experienced rider I would definitely familiarize myself with the new ride a good 100 plus miles in different situations. And just to make sure your new ride is ok definitely do not take her over the road until you know her and she seems in working order. And the ride will be awesome and think you will regret you didn’t take her if you decide to get it later.
 
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