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Although I very much enjoy riding in automatic mode, especially in the city, I am slowly digging switching to manual shifting from time to time. I feel it works as good (if not better) than a manual shift bike except that you use the handle switch instead of a pedal. Anyone else likes manual shifting the DCT?
 

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I've been shifting manually for the last 6 months and love it. The auto mode is good and I use that on the interstate. The paddle shifting is smooth and easy.


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There is a manual mode?
Automatic is fine with me.
I do override with the toggle shifter, a lot, lately.;)
 

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I always forget that I'm in manual when I come to a light or stop sign, then wonder what the hell is going on when it stays in first as I pull away. Mostly I just leave it in D and hit the downshift button once or twice when the situation calls for it.
 
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I mostly use manual mode on my DCT. Probably close to 80-90% of the time. Mostly in town riding. There are times when you can see what the traffic is doing up ahead and it's nice to have it not shift into a higher gear right when a light turns red or slower traffic. I'm 40 years old and think maybe it's because I played Xbox years ago and it feels natural to use a trigger finger to shift. I have the 2013 so it's just D and S and manual. I think how I ride is right in the middle of the two modes.


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I much prefer manual mode on my DCT. In my 2 1/2 years of owning my NC700XD I have tried auto about 6 times for about 30 seconds. All my cars have been manual and I prefer the control that provides. I am probably more aggressive than average and like to engine break, control down shifts and control the throttle thru corners.
 

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I have fun using all the options. The DCT has really grown on me. When I go riding I have choices, which I think is cool. I bought the bike for the DCT.
 

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I have fun using all the options. The DCT has really grown on me. When I go riding I have choices, which I think is cool. I bought the bike for the DCT.
It's good to have a choice.
Always wondered what it would be like, if :
DCT were a 'push button' option on a manual bike.
I think the DCT rider population would explode.
You can tell everyone your bike is a manual tranny
and ride off in DCT mode. 'Wicked'.:)
 
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It's good to have a choice.
Always wondered what it would be like, if :
DCT were a 'push button' option on a manual bike.
I think the DCT rider population would explode. :)
You can tell everyone you bike is a manual tranny and ride in DCT mode. 'Wicked'.
In my case, the DCT vs the manual is not so much the shift method, be it push button or toe lever, it's about no longer having control of the clutch. If Honda made an automatic or push button shifting transmission that still gave the rider control of the clutch, that would be an option for those looking for something in between. Most DCT riders praise no longer having to deal with the clutch, but I actually want one.

I keep thinking the next more "user friendly" motorcycle will have basically two controls. A throttle on the right grip, and a single combined brake system lever at the left grip. A secondary "parking" brake at the right grip would serve as an emergency brake system, but would not used in normal operations. The feet would be completely free of any control duties. Thus the five lever/twist controls on a present day manual transmission bike would be reduced to just two plus the transmission buttons, in the same way that automatic cars are today.

In a way, our Honda Reflex is almost already there. The left brake lever operates both front and rear brakes. There is no control of the clutch or transmission.
 
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