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    NC700X DCT for First Time Rider?

    Hi, I'm brand new to the forum. I've been kicking around getting a motorcycle for the first time, but really don't have a good idea where to start with them.

    After doing a short bit of research, I really like the specs of the NC700x DCT ABS. To be fair, the main reason I like it is that it has a somewhat "automatic transmission."

    I just finished day 1 of my MSF Basic class today and enjoyed it, but wasn't too fond of the clutch on the trainer bike I was riding, which was a tiny Kawi 125 I think. Felt like a kids bike.

    As someone who knows nothing about motorcycles, its seems like that DCT technology would be a good entry point for a new rider just to simplify the experience. Is that the case?

    About me, I'm 47, 6'1" tall, 265 lbs. I ridden highly modified jetskis for about 15 years and used to handling the arm ripping acceleration and hard turning from them. I've also done 19,000+ miles on road bicycles in the last 5 years, riding all over the backroads of Texas and Oklahoma, including several mutli-day tours where you throws some bags and clothes on the bike and ride from town to town relying on your own power to get you from place to place.

    I think I'd like to do that on a motorcycle as well and it seems like the NC700x DCT would be a good platform for that, is that correct? Does it have enough power to go a couple of hundred miles on a 70-75 mph highway? Or would I need a bigger bike for that? Are the generally reliable? In general, is it a good bike to start on for someone in my situation? Thanks in advance!

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    You sound exactly like me. I purchased the NC as my first motorcycle ever in August of 2017. Going from riding my bicycle 3,000+ miles/year (I still ride my bicycle) to riding a motorcycle has been an easy transition. I have found the DCT to work flawlessly and it has allowed me to focus on riding the motorcycle. I have only ridden on interstates a few times but I had no problems doing 75 and still had plently of throttle left. In the short time that I have had the NC I have had no problems and from what I have read on this forum the NC is almost bullet proof. I have read about several on here who have ridden their bikes to Alaska, across the country, and into Central America. Given this, I believe that it will do almost anything that you ask it to. I have several long distance trips planned in the next couple of summers.

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    OK then, sort of in order. DCT is automatic transmission, like fully auto if you want it that way. There is auto mode, but no clutch just buttons.
    I came off of scooters, Piaggio MP3 500 for several years (still have it), and I'll tell you the scooter could handle multi day interstate touring just fine.
    So yeah, the NC700 will do just fine on 70-75 MPH (even 90 is fine on this one).
    You don't need a bigger bike. Hell my MP3 500 would do OK but not have much in reserve on the interstate (which is the sole reason I have my NC).
    Generally reliable? No idea, I just got my NC. Good bike to start with? Mmmm, well I started with a scooter, so maybe, maybe not.

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    Thanks for the response. I've got a second question for you specifically.

    Do you ride your bicycle less after the motorcycle purchase? I'm a little concerned about that. Motorcycling replacing cycling for me.

    I found that my bicycle skills really helped a lot with the low speed maneuvers at the MSF course today.

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    PS, during high school and college I had no car (never did own one until I got a 'real job'.
    Rode my bikes ~6-7,000 miles per year for about 7 years.
    Year round, regardless of weather. You haven't lived until you've burned up at -30F.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    Thanks for the response. I've got a second question for you specifically.

    Do you ride your bicycle less after the motorcycle purchase? I'm a little concerned about that. Motorcycling replacing cycling for me.

    I found that my bicycle skills really helped a lot with the low speed maneuvers at the MSF course today.
    You have good reason to worry.

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    Ultimately the answer is yes. However it is not solely because I got a motorcycle. In the beginning of July, a friend I was riding with went around a corner wide, exited the road, wrecked his bicycle, and died right in front of me. Since then my desire to ride has been less and I struggle to get on my road bike. But I have also gotten busier at work and I have been riding my mountain bike much more. My motorcycle riding so far has been when I have an hour to spare and I wouldn't have time to get in a bicycle ride anyway. Here lately I have found that I have been looking for areas that I can ride my motorcycle to and then ride my bike when I get there. I have a friend who also rides both motorcycles and bicycles and he has this rack: Our Shop | 2x2 Cycles Although I haven't gotten the rack yet, I do have plans to get it. I believe that it will only take away time from your bicycle if you let it. It could also enhance you riding experience by being able to get out on two wheels on your recovery days or after you have finished a ride and have tired legs but still want to be out ejoying life.

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    I've got options for 2014-2017 models.

    Is there a year preferable to others? How big a deal is that S1-3 upgrade?

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    Also, is DCT dangerous? I read people say, "it downshifts in corners" or "without the clutch, I can't engine break" and things like that.

    Does not having that clutch control make the bike inherently more dangerous to ride than a traditional bike?

    I've also read here that you can't really accelerate past 70 on the highway to pass well. Is that an issue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett View Post
    Also, is DCT dangerous? I read people say, "it downshifts in corners" or "without the clutch, I can't engine break" and things like that.

    Does not having that clutch control make the bike inherently more dangerous to ride than a traditional bike?

    I've also read here that you can't really accelerate past 70 on the highway to pass well. Is that an issue?
    You can manually downshift using the paddle shifter (I don't).
    I guess I'll just say the short answer is 'no'.
    As to acceleration, I've had min over 90, probably about 95. No complaints.

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