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Thread: D or S Mode on DCT bikes

  1. #11
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    Bike: NC700XD
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    S, always. The shudder at 40 mph in 6th gear drives me bonkers otherwise.

  2. #12
    Super Moderator D or S Mode on DCT bikes 670cc's Avatar
    Bike: NC700X, GL1800, KLX140G, CRF250L Rally, Ruckus 50
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverRocket View Post
    I change in and out of D and S1 depending on traffic and speeds.

    If I'm just cruising on streets to work or home, not in a hurry, I keep it in D.

    But if I come up on heavy traffic and have to split lanes I want to tighten things up, so will go into S1. That also gives the bike a bit of engine braking, as I will be in a lower gear than if in D mode, where it seems like if I let off the throttle the bike just cruises along in neutral until speed drops enough to mandate a downshift.
    I almost never downshift in Manual mode. It's just a bit awkward for my thumb to reach that lower - button. At stops the bike downshifts itself all the way into first gear, but only at very low speeds.

    I may also switch into S mode for getting onto the freeway. I don't like the D mode shifting into 6th gear too early (39 mph!?) when I'm trying to get up to speed quickly.
    An alternative to switching into S mode from D would be to just go to manual mode. That way I can hold the bike in gear (usually 5th gear when getting up to speed) longer than D mode would allow.
    Once I'm at freeway speed I'll switch back into what ever mode I will be needing.
    For a transmission capable of doing everything by itself, it seems like a lot of intervention is required.

    The DCT is amazing, but when I ride a DCT I use manual mode all the time (never seem to be happy with the automatic shift points). It’s nice that it shifts down automatically when coming to a stop.
    Last edited by 670cc; 22nd August 2018 at 11:05.
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  3. #13
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    Bike: NC750XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmark10 View Post
    S, always. The shudder at 40 mph in 6th gear drives me bonkers otherwise.
    Geez, tell me about it. This is why I prefer M 80% of the time

  4. #14
    Senior Member drdubb's Avatar
    Bike: '14 Honda NC700XD, '71 Honda SL350
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    Depends on my mood...if I want a relaxed ride D...if i want to have fun in some twisties, S
    Use paddles as needed, but very seldom.
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  5. #15
    Senior Member GoRovers's Avatar
    Bike: 2016 Honda NC700X DCT ABS
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    S3 (2016 DCT) all the time.
    40 years on 2 wheels. Now: 2016 Honda NC700X DCT ABS (Madstad, Sargent). Then: 2007 Honda Gold Wing GL1800A (Audio/Comfort/Navi/ABS w/ Traxxion Dynamics suspension), 2006 Yamaha FJR1300A, 1999 Honda ST1100, 1998 Honda Gold Wing GL1500SE, 1994 Honda Shadow VT1100, 1993 Honda ST1100, 1983 Honda Nighthawk 650SC, 1982 Honda XL250R, 1979 Kawasaki KZ1300, 1975 Honda 750-Four K, 1971 Yamaha R5

  6. #16
    Member easterncoyote's Avatar
    Bike: 2017 NC 750X DCT
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    S2 all the time. I was using S1 for a while, but I like how S2 holds the gears longer.

  7. #17
    Senior Member yearroundrider's Avatar
    Bike: NC 700x DCT
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    Washington State
    I have a 2013 and use for the manual shift paddles almost all the time. It maybe a control thing lol

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  8. #18
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    S2 all the time. except longer hwy then D

  9. #19
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    Bike: Three red 2013 Hondas: CRF250L, NC700x, NC700x DCT.
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    Central Wisconsin, USA
    I find S is what I use in city stop-and-go riding, and also in hilly or varying terrain. I keep it in D for most basic riding. Last week, in my third run through the Tail of the Dragon, I found it worked best for me to use M and to keep it in 2nd gear the entire way (it never downshifted.)

  10. #20
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    Bike: NC700X DCT
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    Houston, TEXAS
    D makes me punch the shift levers frequently. S does not.

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