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Old 06-01-2013, 05:09 PM   #4486
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I know a guy who has been trying to buy a DCT version for 4 months from the local dealer here in Boise. He's standing there with the money in hand. They keep telling him it has shipped, he goes out there, no bike. I wanted to buy one this week. They told me they had two in stock. I go out there and they have one non-DCT NC700X and one of those cruiser style ones. The dealer doesn't even know the difference between these bikes. Does anyone on here know of any DCTs at a dealer they like in WA, OR, UT, or NV? I've given up on the local dealer.
It's strange, but some say that the dealers can't get rid of them and others say that buyers can't find one. I ordered my '13 DCT back in Feb, it arrived in early May. My dealer got two at the time, my DCT and a standard, and said he didn't know if he'd get others.
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Old 06-02-2013, 05:05 PM   #4487
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Dealer here in Escondido had a DCT and a non DCT sitting there side by side
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:12 PM   #4488
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It's strange, but some say that the dealers can't get rid of them and others say that buyers can't find one. I ordered my '13 DCT back in Feb, it arrived in early May. My dealer got two at the time, my DCT and a standard, and said he didn't know if he'd get others.
I know 4 months ago, a local dealer around the Indianapolis area, had a DCT and a manual; tried like the dickens to get me to buy the DCT (passed on both-not ready to trade yet) and allowed me to ride it around the store (inside the store :-)). Matter of fact, as of 2 weeks ago, still had both.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:32 PM   #4489
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My dealer, Niehaus Cycles in Litchfield, IL has both new and pre owned NC700X's in stock, including DCT.

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Old 06-04-2013, 03:50 AM   #4490
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Old 06-04-2013, 07:21 PM   #4491
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I may be selling my 1200GS and want a NC700X. I am bummed that you cannot get normal shift with ABS. I won't buy another new motorcycle without ABS.

Anybody know if next year will offer this option?
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:09 PM   #4492
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Anybody know if next year will offer this option?
It is perplexing that Honda bundles ABS and DCT in the states, but I think they're feeling like they need to spread the gospel about DCT as they're the only mfg out there with it right now - if they can get it catch on, they're the only game in town.

I doubt they'll debundle anytime soon, but anything is possible. A lot of folks are just planning on getting the 500x instead - $2K cheaper, ABS only, and about the same power, albeit a lot less torque.

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:01 AM   #4493
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I may be selling my 1200GS and want a NC700X. I am bummed that you cannot get normal shift with ABS. I won't buy another new motorcycle without ABS.

Anybody know if next year will offer this option?
Like the ABS, you probably wouldn't ever want to buy a bike without DCT
after the NC. Just get it.
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:28 AM   #4494
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It is perplexing that Honda bundles ABS and DCT in the states,
Yep. Agreed. Yet as the recipient of an "unbundled," ABS NC in Canada it provides a glimmer of hope that they'll offer their entire spectrum of models on a world wide basis. (yea, yea, yea. Like Europe gets models we don't)
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:00 AM   #4495
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I had the opportunity to take a DCT model for a test ride a couple of days ago.

DCT is absolutely BRILLIANT!

I tried it in D mode, didn't much care for that. So I put it in S mode and that was mucho better. I also tried manual shifting. You barely feel this thing shift gears. You never miss a shift. You never bump helmets with your passenger. No clutch lever to have to hold at lights. DCT is the future.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:41 AM   #4496
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DCT is absolutely BRILLIANT!

I tried it in D mode, didn't much care for that. DCT is the future.
As the owner of a DCT with about 4k miles I couldn't be happier. As far as D mode goes, if you ride it hard the computer will learn your habits and shift accordingly.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:02 AM   #4497
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As the owner of a DCT with about 4k miles I couldn't be happier. As far as D mode goes, if you ride it hard the computer will learn your habits and shift accordingly.
You guys are doing a great job of convincing me to take my '12 base model in to trade for a '12 DCT or a shiny new '13 DCT (with the faster red paint)!
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:46 AM   #4498
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Probably already been covered but here's a non-owner's view (me):

I rode my 2006 V-Strom 650 to work yesterday and not long after getting home, my girlfriend's father stopped in with his brand new 700 DCT. I took it for a 5 mile ride solo, and again with my girlfriend to get a comparison between it and the Wee.

As a solo bike, in D mode, it was incredibly smooth, quiet, and nice smooth air hitting my helmet. You can hear the gear changes but not feel them. Switching to S mode or using the paddles it definitely gets up to speed quicker and "feels" more like a conventional bike.

For me (us), it was outstanding as a 2-up machine. The smooth ride and smooth, almost electric, power delivery far surpassed the Wee even on a good day (passenger occasionally comments on a less than smooth shift, especially if accelerating briskly) and the suspension handled our rough road better. To be fair, I have 22,000 miles on the Wee and the NC only has 160 but it felt like it had much better damping. She also said that the air flow was much smoother for her on the back as well and it was less noticeable in our Scala rider intercom system.

That being said, I did find it to be a little slower than the Wee both solo and 2-up but all in all its an outstanding ride. On the flip side though, it is deceptively quick being so smooth and not having to work the gearbox you get up to speed sooner than you think and the exhaust and motor are quiet enough that 70+ can sneak up on you if you get on it hard from a stop.

The only thing I didn't care too much for was very slow speed handling, parking lot type maneuvers. I had a difficult time being comfortable without being able to slip the clutch to regulate my speed in the under 10 mph range. It seemed to work well if I throttled up with the rear brake on and then continued to slightly drag the brake. It sounded as though it was slipping the clutch a bit since the revs were up and it was smooth. If I didn't work against the brake it was a lumpy ride from the power pulses, as if the clutch were fully engaged, similar to letting the Wee idle along in first gear.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:05 AM   #4499
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Interesting. After I rode the DCT, I rode a 2012 DL650. I bought the Suzuki.

I thought the suspension was much better than the Honda's, and I didn't like the seat or foot peg location on the Honda. The V-Strom was just more comfortable for me. I sure wish it had DCT though. I owned a DL1000 for a while. I have to say so far I think the DL-650 with the "adventure" screen does a much better job of handling airflow than the old style. I wouldn't say the airflow is smoother than the Honda, but it blocks a lot more of it.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #4500
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I'm still looking for a new light-to-medium off-road twin. Looks like I should wait for the 2014 offerings. Meanwhile an older DR650 will work.
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