Back on the DCT vs. manual choice: The DCT works OK. You give up your clutch, which is used for other things besides shifting, but either the DCT or the manual get you where you’re going. I could live with either one, but I just plain enjoy riding the manual better. I have DCT in my car, and it works well. I even own automatic CVT scooters, and I like them, too. I personally believe that I can shift a manual transmission motorcycle just as smoothly as the DCT can shift, and that I can operate a manual transmission using no conscious thought whatsoever, but other people say that I’m wrong, so I’ve quit telling people that. .
What I absolutely can’t have is greater chances of failure because of the increased complexity of the DCT vs the manual on a motorcycle. The biggest concern I have is Honda’s handling of failure situations. I’ve seen first hand what problems it can cause. I was riding a CRF250L Rally alongside a friend who was on an Africa Twin DCT. We were on a remote mountain trail and his rear wheel speed sensor failed. Making a long story shorter, the way Honda engineering dealt with that situation was to essentially disable the DCT bike and strand the rider. Honda could have implemented a plan B/get home mode and ran the transmission normally using alternate sensors like maybe the one on the front wheel, or used default failure-mode programming. But no, it’s tow truck time. I’ve also read about all the other DCT failure types here on the forum and it seems for the most part, a DCT failure renders the bike unusable, wherever you might happen to be. That’s just not the way I roll. Simple is better.
By the way Dellaster, welcome to the forum! I admire that you’re volunteering at the National Park. That’s really cool. Stay in touch and let us know what bike you might eventually buy.