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    Negative comments from others about DCT

    I am getting only negative comments from other riders and non-riders about my wish to get a DCT bike. They do not ride a DCT bike and have never ridden one. They know what they know and unfortunately are unwilling to expand their knowledge. I do not like shifting. Although I am getting better at it, I will most likely never like it. If anything will ruin this hobby for me, it will be the shifting.

    The comments I am getting is get a scooter. You will be missing the main bike experience. It is for old people. If you do not like shifting you might as well park your bike. You are giving up. You will like it once you get better. What if you get the DCT bike and you do not like it? (This is possible but how will I know for sure unless I try?) When I point out that there are many people who love their DCT bike with various experiences, those people are considered as an anomaly and not as the norm.

    To me a hobby is suppose to be enjoyable which may mean modifications (eg DCT) to keep it enjoyable. I came up with a possible solution that keeps me in the hobby. Instead, this is starting to be a chore full of negative opinions. Some of these opinions are from people close to me so I cannot get away from them.

    So I am stuck between a rock and a hard place with two choices. Choice 1 is to give into them and stay with a manual bike which will not make me happy in the long-run and probably eventually ruin the hobby for me. Choice 2 is that I buy the DCT bike I think would be suitable for me but then constantly deal with the negative attitude and comments.

    Any thoughts? How have other people responded to negative attitudes towards the DCT bike?

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    42.... Buy the beautiful DCT and tell them to pack sand! I mean seriously 42, their negative opinion should mean very little to you. I mean really girl "It is YOUR bike", not theirs. "It is YOUR hobby", not theirs. "It is/will be YOUR passion", not theirs.................. and when it really comes down to it, "it is also YOUR money and YOUR decision", you are the only one that needs to be happy with it.

    just my $.02 worth. :{)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapturee View Post
    42.... Buy the beautiful DCT and tell them to pack sand! I mean seriously 42, their negative opinion should mean very little to you. I mean really girl "It is YOUR bike", not theirs. "It is YOUR hobby", not theirs. "It is/will be YOUR passion", not theirs.................. and when it really comes down to it, "it is also YOUR money and YOUR decision", you are the only one that needs to be happy with it.

    just my $.02 worth. :{)
    I see where you are coming from but it is difficult when it is people close to you. Ones that you see all the time.

    The latest comment that caused me to write this thread is the comment that I should park the bike if I did not want to shift gears rather than get the DCT. So basically it is better you give up rather than modify from what "everyone else does."

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    Sort of goes against the premise that “motorcycle riders are an independent lot”, don’t ya think? The phrase “ride your own ride” applies here just as it does on the road.

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    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Live in the shadow of your crowd or get out and enjoy the view. You might be surprised at the folks that will find a new respect for you and......follow your lead out of the cave they’re living in.

    But, as true motorcycle enthusiasts like to point out, it ain’t WHAT you ride - just THAT you ride. So ride whatever ya want - cause if it isn’t what YOU want, ya may as well find a different hobby.

    As to your last question, I honestly have never experienced any mean spirited comments on my choice of rides. Riders (real riders) respect fellow members of the breed.

    Good luck to you. And not just in your endeavor to become a motorcyclist...
    Last edited by Red Rider; 16th September 2019 at 19:37.


    I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now ..

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    If i were ever to give up my 12' NC700x, it would be to get a newer style DCT! ...and i have already been looking for one. I'd really like to find one that is similarly farkled and the PO is willing to just trade haha. Otherwise, i'll have to sell mine first then get a newer DCT. But i a so looking forward to getting one in the future... :{)
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    I got exactly the same comments.

    But if that is true then why do the professional riders/writers who reviewed the Africa Twin, in both DCT and manual variants, generally prefer and write so positively about the virtues of the DCT?

    Buy what you want. Ride your ride.

    I came off a Harley and onto a 2018 NC750x DCT and I now have no desire to ever operate a clutch lever again. But that is my choice. Others may differ. So be it. Ultimately RIDE YOUR RIDE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forty Two View Post
    Any thoughts?
    See a shrink, they can help with insecurities and since they are also MDs, maybe even some pills ;-)
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    I'm with those that suggest making the best decision for you and going that way despite what others think. If these people are really close to you and want you to be happy then they should be the kind of friends you can level with and though they may still disagree about DCT or shifting they still want you to be happy and will lighten up on the negative. If they are not those kind of friends.... you might start looking for new ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forty Two View Post
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    Any thoughts? How have other people responded to negative attitudes towards the DCT bike?
    I would hope that even though they want to discourage a DCT choice, once you’ve made your decision and purchase they would respect it. That’s what friends do, right?

    I had reservations about DCT because of incidents of failure, not due to any fears of my not being a “real” motorcycle rider. The good folks on this forum eventually turned my mind around about reliability and I came very close to getting one. I went with a BMW F700GS for unrelated reasons—in fact, I might add a Rekluse auto-clutch to it in the future. Much less sophisticated than a DCT, but most of the same “negatives” would apply. Why should I care so long as it increases my enjoyment?

    Sorry, I don’t have much to offer in support but these rambling thoughts. Best wishes for happiness with your eventual decision.
    Ted | 2013 BMW F700GS | 2012 Kawasaki KLX250S

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    People actually dont recognize that my bike is DCT. I have to show them that it is. Without telling them more information they think it is a nice looking bike. When faced with that kind of mentality I just tell them I get 70 mpg and they forget about those small details that dont really matter. I have small hands, I am a guy, and I was tired of being stuck in traffic and my hand would cramp. This bike is perfect for city traveling, haven't done long distance yet.
    Usually you get that kind of mentality with harley riders, but when you get this bike you will hang out with other type of riders. So overall, I would not worry about what others think, its little to none that actually care about it.

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