How’s the bike?
The question posed by most people who approached us for information on the bike was: “Nice, but is it fun to ride even with an automatic transmission?”
We concentrated on this issue while testing the bike, trying to submit the transmission to every and any condition that could enhance or lessen the DCT. In the end, our considerations lead us to think that this system will be widely used in the future, at least on powerful bikes and on the adventure and tourism models.
- 1st consideration: future riders will not be conditioned by shift and clutch levers as we have been since we grew up with them!
- 2nd consideration: most people who buy a motorcycle belonging to this segment, do it to feel free, to travel and to explore places that are difficult to reach, and certainly not to achieve performances that belong to the super sporty bikes.
The DCT offers different types of performance and riding customizations; starting from the Drive mode, the bike automatically shifts gear based on engine rpms and terrain slope, ideal option in most situations including off-road where it’s important to concentrate on riding.
The Sport mode offers 3 increasing engine output options, the motorcycle automatically shifts but the rpm rate at which it shifts gets higher, granting more sprint between curves.
In all modes, you still have the possibility of downshifting or adding gears using convenient levers on the handle bar, as well as upshifting before the set number of rpms is reached. We found this possibility to be very interesting especially when downshifting before a curve or sudden overtake to give more power to the engine.
The last option of the DCT is manual shifting; in this case electronics no longer assists us, but we absolutely must use the above-mentioned levers to shift.
You can choose between the D-Sport-M modes even while riding, which is no small matter!
In other words, there is a little something for everybody and for most jockeys, without leaving out the positive features of this system, as preventing over-revving or the possibility of gearing up with a fully open throttle, and finally a thrifty management of gas.