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    Just a minor dilemma...

    First, apologies for the long essay!

    I post this to share my history regarding my recent 2013 NC700 purchase. Comments are welcome regardless that I'm not quite sure where I'm going with this.

    Anyway, I bought my CTX700 back in October of 2015. I rode one at A.I.M. (when it was in Orlando) in a DCT model. 3 days later I bought a new one in manual with fairing. I LOVE my CTX!!! (Wasn't quite sold on the DCT as I didn't know enough about it.)

    I digress...
    Long story short, I've always ridden Suzuki cruisers. In March of 2014 I bought a used 2006 Honda VTX1300. I wanted to upgrade as all of my Suzuki's were always the 800cc's. Needless to say, the VTX became the perfect bike! I was so impressed at how well-crafted Honda made this that I never would have thought to get anything other than another one someday. I rode it up to GA, TN, SC and NC. Had a wonderful summer trip on it and provided me with an awesome experience besides the actual motorcycle riding.
    In September of 2015, while in a group ride, a few of us went down. My "baby" was totaled and I was devastated. I wanted to get right back in the saddle so within a few days I found a used 2003 VTX1800. I put new tires and wheel bearings in it and it rode like a Cadillac on 2 wheels! Problem was, it was so darn heavy that I struggled to even get it turned around in the driveway! That and the fact that, I'll admit, I was still feeling the (mental) effects of rolling across the pavement from the 1300 wreck. So, while at the dealer getting my tires replaced, I saw the CTX, straddled it, and was amazingly surprised! It felt like Honda designed that bike specifically for me! But I wasn't too sure about the power, or lack thereof, coming from a 1300 then an 1800. So I rode the 1800 to A.I.M. and the rest is history with my CTX.

    A year later I'm back at the last Orlando A.I.M. and I took a V-strom 1000 for a test ride. Wow! That thing handled amazingly...different. I think that planted the seed for the ADV bikes. This is when I started to notice the NC700's. A few weeks later, while at a CTX meet-up, one of the riders had an NC. He is an excellent rider and trying to keep up with him was a chore! IMO, that NC700 (red) was a sweet-looking ride! I really liked the design and colors!
    So...that's been sticking in my craw for a while. Finally, at the end of last year, I told myself - If I ever came across an NC700 in DCT for a decent price, I'd bite. I found one over the Christmas break and have it now.

    I did pick up a 2006 V-strom in October of last year and loved it! It did have a few issues (most that I found AFTER a few weeks of ownership) so I fixed it up. Then, the "Check Engine" light started coming on. I learned that the V-stroms are notorious for having to clean their fuel pumps. Although not too difficult, I just didn't want this to be an issue, especially if I was out of state somewhere in the mountains! I traded it for the NC.

    And here I am now. So far I've put about 1500 miles on the NC since December. It's a fun bike to ride and I KNOW the quality of the bike is solid, as my CTX is the exact same. And I like the fact that buying parts is exactly the same (minus the DCT/manual variations) as the CTX. Point is, I KNOW this bike like I KNOW my CTX!
    But my dilemma is, at this point I am just not liking the DCT. It's working great and it's been flawless operationally...but I'm just not getting used to the "always being in gear" notion.

    Yesterday, I went to a couple of dealerships. The first, I was thinking of trading the NC for a 2008 Vstrom with 18K. (My NC has almost 37K). They couldn't work a deal that I liked (I kind of knew it wouldn't happen, but wishful thinking!). Then I went to a Honda dealer. They offered me a brand new, 2014 in red NC700 manual for $5200 OTD. They will give me $3500 for my NC. I told them I'd think about it...which I have been doing.

    At this point, I'm just not sure. I really like the NC but I also like the V-strom a tad bit more. I don't want to look at another V-strom if I don't know that it's just because of the DCT that I'm not warming up to the NC over the V-strom. At the same time, I don't want to deal with the V-strom's issues (like valve adjustments that are a total PITA on a V-strom compared to an NC) although I know any motorcycle at any given time can crap out.

    So, my options at this point are:

    1) Keep the NC I have and ride it until the engine blows! (Which may be never. It IS a Honda, after all!)
    2) Take the trade in towards that 2014 manual NC.
    3) Inquire about a brand new 2016 V-strom (I hate that beak!)
    4) Just list the NC I have now on CL and enjoy my CTX.

    What would you do?

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    Super Moderator Just a minor dilemma... 670cc's Avatar
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    If you like the manual transmission and you like the cruiser riding position of your CTX, and you can part with the frunk, then sell the DCT NC and be happy with the CTX. The NC may look like an Adv bike, but it really isn’t one unless you modify it heavily.

    If I were you, but I’m not, I’d keep the NC, modify it for semi adv use, sell the CTX, and buy a Yamaha Super Tenere.
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    The Super Tenere does seem like a great choice.
    Shaft drive, cruise control, comfortable.
    I wonder if they are about to update it.
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    I would get the NC700 Manual --- that's what I have and really like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsfan View Post
    But my dilemma is, at this point I am just not liking the DCT. It's working great and it's been flawless operationally...but I'm just not getting used to the "always being in gear" notion.
    Say more about why you don't like the DCT. What's the problem with "always being in gear"? You can always shift to N when stopped. Why else would you want to be out of gear?

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    The DCT is not that difficult to get used to, it will take a little time to do so. My other two bikes are standard trans and I do not have any issues switching between any of them.

    What mode are you riding the bike in?

    I personally only use D-Mode when moving the bike short distances and when I am out on the highway to keep it in 6th gear.

    S-Mode is my got mode for over 90% of my riding and I supplement it with override shifting when needed, mostly during deceleration.

    I use M/T-Mode mostly during lane splitting for greater control over what gear I am in. Also if I have to slam on the brakes, it automatically shifts into 1st with me having to do it. Then all I have to do is twist the throttle to resume on my way.

    The ABS is the DCT bike's saving grace under sudden surprise moment situations. The US Manual Transmission models do not have ABS, just something to think about and to take into consideration.

    I would personally recommend that you keep what you got and explore other techniques when riding the DCT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GgarryP View Post
    Say more about why you don't like the DCT. What's the problem with "always being in gear"? You can always shift to N when stopped. Why else would you want to be out of gear?

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    It's the feathering of the clutch thing. On my manual I just feel more in-control. With the DCT I'm always waiting for that downshift-grab...and I hate that. I've taken it through some twisties and that downshift grab get's me off my game, so to speak. I know I can switch to manual but, again, there's no clutch-feathering.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brillot2000 View Post
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    What mode are you riding the bike in?
    I generally ride in "S" mode when going around town. Anytime I'm on the highways, I start in "S" mode then switch to "D" mode. I rarely use the manual modes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brillot2000 View Post

    The ABS is the DCT bike's saving grace under sudden surprise moment situations. The US Manual Transmission models do not have ABS, just something to think about and to take into consideration.

    I would personally recommend that you keep what you got and explore other techniques when riding the DCT.

    I don't have the ABS on the CTX and let me tell you, the way Honda set those brakes I have never had the need to wish I had ABS. The CTX brakes are just that in-tune, as far as I'm concerned. Plus, given the light weight of the CTX I can stop that thing on a dime!

    I would assume the non-ABS brakes on an NC would be similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devilsfan View Post
    It's the feathering of the clutch thing. On my manual I just feel more in-control.
    Well, DCT is like New Coke when it came out. There were some that liked it and even more that did not.



    If feathering the clutch is your definition of more control, then DCT is not for you. I would then say you should go get the manual version and get it a try. If that doesn't fit your fancy, then your back to a V-Strom.
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    I do agree the downshift can be unsettling but it's not a big deal to me. That's why I mostly use S1 on my 2016. But for you it sounds like it doesn't fit the way you ride.

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    You liked the VTX, try the Africa Twin.

    YOU have to enjoy the ride. YOU have to be comfortable with the ride. YOU have to make the final decision. Ride as many as you can, stick with or pick your favorite.
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