VERDICT ‘DCT ticks all the boxes’
MICHAEL GUY SPORTS EDITOR
Given the conditions, this was a tough outing for the DCT. If the test had been conducted on fast sweeping fire tracks I’d have been waxing lyrical. The slight delay in throttle response wouldn’t have been an issue and it would have been a pleasure to ride.
One of DCT’S greatest strengths is the ease of use. Select the gear and away you go. The system is clever enough to ensure you are in the right gear at any given time and this in turn enables the rider to concentrate on where he or she is going. Plus, gears can be changed manually if required by simply pressing a button.
Of course not all Africa Twins will be taken off road and the vast majority of those that do will only be used on gravel tracks. In this environment DCT ticks all the boxes whilst adding some significant benefits. It’s confidence inspiring to the extreme and I genuinely believe that it will give virgin off-road riders the nudge they need to take their pride and joy onto the dirt.
For me, as much as the DCT impresses, I’d still go for the manual. I like changing gear, especially when the gearbox is as slick as it is. I like the engagement and I also enjoy the extra level of control a traditional throttle and clutch set-up gives.