All said & done, what does the Africa Twin have that no other bike has?
Not “no gear”, “no clutch”, etc., it is Dual Clutch Transmission.
I get asked a lot about this choice. How does it feel? Isn’t it boring? Doesn’t it take the fun out of riding?
What do I get from the DCT?
- lightning quick gear changes, be it in auto or manual mode; the speed of change is UNMATCHED by human agility (at least mine); I get my riding thrills from acceleration, more than top speed; it is a lot safer & practical to experience this thrill more often!
- option to go manual or auto or hybrid wrt gear changes; I love & use hybrid the most .. the popping noise when downshifting is beautiful!
- lesser riding fatigue; a blessing for city riding and for the last 10% of long ride days (600+ kms days); I’m not getting younger & can use any help from technology! Did you know that most riding mistakes are committed when you are tired & towards the last part of your journey?
- option to alter bike characteristics; with auto modes, I can pick a mode that suits my mood – a playful & aggressive S3 , or a relaxed S1 (never D!)
- an intelligent bike; even when in fully manual M mode, the Africa Twin makes up for rider lapses to ensure you are never stranded with the wrong gear; I know you are already intelligent & don’t depend on a bike for it, but I WILL NOT BELIEVE you are flawless!
Decades ago, I thought auto transmission in cars is for sissies. Then I traveled the world, became wiser, and learnt that driving is not just about gear changes. The driving pleasure never diminished with lack of manual transmission. Sometimes you wait for the tech to catch up; the adventurous option is to rush forward & embrace it.
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So true! I do miss driving a stick, but for the most part, my knees are thankful that I’m not.
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