rode a VFR1200 DCT today!
Went to the dealer to get some shims for my 600 vavle adjustment. It was earlier this mornign so things were slow. One of the salesmen askes if I want to take a DCT bike for a ride. Heck yea I do.
DCT is awsome. I'm a purest to say the least. But if I had the least bit of traffic on a daily comute that dual clutch would be worth its weight in gold. In "D" it upshift like a crown vic. Soon as possible and smooth as glass. "S" mode holds the gear longer and down shifts when brakes are applied. I found it pointless. If you want that its easier to shift with the up/dwn buttons. Its also easier to toggle the at/mt switch than the D/S switch while riding.
My only complaints is the left hand is busy if its in manual mode since shifting, turn sig, and horn are all clumped closely together. Something I'm sure one can get used to.
The shifting down is smooth as glass even in manual mode and hammering it. Up shifts are smooth too. When going all out a little too smooth. I'd like it to hit the next gear harder.
Moving around a parking lots is cake. The bike is super stable and easy to manuver at less than a walking pace. the engine is smooth and fueling is responsive just above idle. The clutch disengages seamlessly once you start to go slower tan idle speed. I was very suprised.
From a dead stop its easy to just pin it wot. Its engages smoothly and the engine disapointingly doesn't have that much at lower rpms. So wot is easy to handle. If it were me I'd like to ssee manual mode have some kind of launch control. Slip the clutch more for speedier launches. A DCT bike will get murdered by any K bike if the owner has any idea how to launch it.
As for the rest of the bike its been covered here already. But my opinion is its a great GT bike. Its acceleration is underwelming. Though I'm likely a little jaded from my 1000. It turn great at higher speeds and super low speeds. The engine is smooth and sounds great. I can't wait to hear one with a slip on.
Seat is comfy, peg hight is comfy. I of coarse would prefer the grips to be higher up. My shoulder did start to get tight after a 30 mile ride. It does suck that at $17.5k the bike has an auto but no cruise. Or heated grips, or a more thorough trip computer.
I'll definitly put one my list bikes I want. Likely no chance of buying one, but I'd enjoy having one for a daily rider.
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