Putting the DCT to the test


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Putting the DCT to the test

Post by doxbike » Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:08 am



1000 mile ride through some of the best twisties and sweepers Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks had to offer, and, I've gotta tell you the DCT got a helluva workout. It was pure bliss just shifting up and down with my finger and thumb-hardly needed to brake at all-soooo smooth. Everyone else was just aclutchin' and afoot shiftin' non stop. Handled like a dream through the corners, but did have to do a foot down, flat trackin' kinda corner when I hit some deep sand hiding in the shadows. There were 6 of us and those damn sand snakes did their best to trip us up, but we all remained upright.

Only down side of the trip, one of the other riders pulled up too close to my bike when we were stopped at a look out, lost his balance and his bike fell into the Wing and knocked it clear over on its side! :oops: My 1500 would catch itself on the crash bars and would only go over about 45°. I suppose it woulda gone totally over if pushed hard enough, but the 2018 went clear over on its side. Nearly $1500 damage-side case cover, engine guard protector, fog light shroud, mirror. He didn't park near any of us after that to be on the safe side. He's gonna pay for it, but it still took be a few hundred miles to get over my pissed off mood.

Ended up in the middle of a cattle drive and had to work thru the herd on the bikes. Turns out it is the largest cattle drive in California.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/ponderosac ... ranch/amp/















Unique experience for sure, and the cow puckey hosed off pretty easily!



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Re: Putting the DCT to the test

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:26 pm

Beautiful country, I spent all of my working life in the Greater Southwest,
and nearly all of my vacations were north and west of where I lived at the time.

Dumas, Texas: Colorado every weekend we were friend and had sheckles in our pockets.

Hobbs, NM
Albuquerque, NM
again north to Colorado and Utah on vacations

Phoenix, AZ
Utah here we come!!!

the jerk who parked too close?
I would have to really sit down, and put my hands in my pockets to keep from striking out in ways that would cause a lot of hurt.

The labor for Honda to fix all that won't be cheap.
I too, think it is very short sighted of Honda to leave the crash bars off of a very expensive motorcycle.

Hopefully, there will be aftermarket crash bars available soon.
~John

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Re: Putting the DCT to the test

Post by doxbike » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:52 pm

there are little crash protectors but not enough to prevent it from going over, tho'

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Re: Putting the DCT to the test

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:24 pm

doxbike wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:08 am
Only down side of the trip, one of the other riders pulled up too close to my bike when we were stopped at a look out, lost his balance and his bike fell into the Wing and knocked it clear over on its side! :oops: My 1500 would catch itself on the crash bars and would only go over about 45°. I suppose it woulda gone totally over if pushed hard enough, but the 2018 went clear over on its side. Nearly $1500 damage-side case cover, engine guard protector, fog light shroud, mirror.
I had wondered exactly that after looking at them - those tiny little embedded crash bars didn't look like they were going to stop much. Perhaps another aftermarket item - extended crash bars? You have to REALLY get some momentum behind a 1500 to get it to roll past the crash bars - you're basically levering almost the entire weight of the engine and transmission up into the air to get that to happen. Every time I've seen one go down, it's just a "lean...clunk" and a dead stop at a 45° angle.

I wonder if anyone with a piece of nice soft carpet might try dumping their nice new 2018 and take some pictures for us all to see? :)



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