Six years ago I moved from a Harley and purchased an F6B. Buddy of mine asked a lot of questions about my F6B. My advice to him was "Don't Ride One Because You Will End Up Purchasing It". Needless to say a month later he owned an F6B.Yes. That said, from what I've read here, I would not be afraid of the DCT.
I’m sure if running spiritedly down the Dragon in sport mode it would be a sizeable improvement/difference by the end. Dct would keep the bike in a better power band where it wouldn’t make sense to shift a manual due to the time required/concentration setting up for the next turn. Also, in straight line acceleration in sport mode I imagine the DCT probably pulls 2 bikes length from 5-80mph simply due to being able to shift WOT and not having to shift/lift off the throttle...which if running a tight course/road like the Dragon would be another big advantage going between 2nd and 3rd gear often.So the DCT can shift a eyeblink faster than a manual..so what..I'm still trying to understand why the shifting faster thing is such a big deal ? I can shift and downshift 2 gear at a time with my 6-speed pretty darn quick and it shifts effortlessly.... honestly I've never ever once thought how nice it would be if I could shift a eyes blink faster with my touring bike.
For those that are considering the new Wing Tour, your only real choices are color and transmission.Test rode a used 2018 DCT yesterday. Not sure this old dog is looking to learn a new trick. Those with the new 6 speed R U happy with it?
Go check the NC700X, or CTX700, or Africa Twin forums. DCTs are as reliable as manuals.All the 6sp will still be running and shifting a few years down the road barring the usual manual transmission woes which most are owner induced. How many DCT will be running a few years down the road? Far less percentagewise. How many will be running 25yrs down the road? I would wager zero.You will not regret the 6sp, you will regret the DCT. It may not be today, maybe not 12 months from now, but all that buy will regret sooner or later.