VER­DICT ‘DCT ticks all the boxes’

MICHAEL GUY SPORTS EDITOR

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

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.

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