My perspective comes from owning both DCT and manual motorcycles and owning both manual and DCT NC700Xs long term. I can understand your thoughts on DCT as they are commonly held and heard quite often for the last 10 years. The only automatic you know is in your car so it sort of can't be helped if it figures largely in your argument. Maybe you don't know that DCT allows the flow of riding, braking, accelerating, changing gears in manual, semi-automatic, and automatic modes. Honda has been wise to offer both transmissions and not forced DCT on the market.My apologies for my late response. I somehow didn’t keep up with the replies on this thread.
I like the dynamics of riding a manual bike. The flow of riding one, braking, accelerating, changing gears. I know that I would become a lazy rider if I had a DCT. I would lose my riding skills. I know it to be a fact as until recently I always owned a manual car, but bought an automatic recently. I have noticed that I’ve become lazier. Having to change gear manually keeps me on my toes and more alert.
In response to your comment about being cranked over and the DCT changing gears twice at readline and not upsetting the chassis. You confirmed why I don’t want or need a DCT.
I see your photo appears to be Deals Gap, and with respect, I have to say that I wouldn’t describe you as being on the edge of your tire. Not that you are saying the photo depicts that.
I don’t know anyone who has the skills, even on a lowly 54hp NC, to be on the edge of the tire, and whack the throttle open, who wouldnt end up on their posterior. A DCT changing gears while on the edge of the tire is not in my view a good situation to be in.
I will say the NC is a nimble quick steering bike, and would be a hoot at Deals Gap with a decent set of tires and a skilled rider. I say this having ridden 3 gsxr1000s I owned there as well as my Vfr750. It wouldn’t be fast between corners, but it sure would be quick in the corners.
A rereading of my quote says nothing about whacking open the throttle on the edge of the tire. All control inputs should be smooth and never abrupt. WOT means wide open throttle and if you can't handle 54 hp (51.5 hp in my case!) on the edge of the tire you might rethink your skills.