Last year I was lucky enough to get a 2016 CRF1000L. I was not able to get the Tri Color, Red white and blue DCT so I settled on a Rally Red Manual. Over the first year I rode the bike hard in many various trails, roads and terrain. Every time I got off that bike I had a big grin and I loved the bike. I dropped the bike on day 2 and broke the left guard and the clutch lever. I smoothed out the clutch handle and zip tied the guard and even though I bought new parts, I never replaced them. This was one of the most fun motorcycles I have owned to date, and I have owned many. I put 5000 trouble free miles on that lightly modified bike, but I had an itch that had to be scratched and I bought a 2017 Tri Color DCT this year as soon as I was able. I went a little nuts with this bike and farkled the living crap out of it. This is the first time I had ever done this with a new bike. After picking up the new one and riding it for a day or two I was a bit underwhelmed. While the color was stunning, the performance just wasn't the same... at first. I knew what was in this bike and I worked to get it out. The DCT is pretty different and takes significant relearning in my opinion. For instance on day 1 I went ripping up one of my favorite remote roads knowing it was closed due to snow before reaching the top. It was in typical spring condition with frost heaves and pot holes. When I approached these at speed on the Manual bike I knew what to do... double clutch, blip the throttle, unweight the front and smile. With the DCT... I didn't know what to do. It was awkward and took me a bit to figure out. Also, Coming into a gravel corner hot, Clutch, down shift, feather to scrub speed with the manual bike. With the DCT at first I actually upshifted, panicked, reached for a clutch and a shifter that wasn't there and it was too late. The paddle shifters are set backwards from what comes natural to me. I have had to retrain myself. At first having the system upshift before I wanted it to was annoying, like sharp corners and roundabouts. Now I switch to manual mode almost without thinking about it. About day 3 I tried Sport 2 and sport 3. That was what I was looking for and my bike pretty much lives in Sport 3 mode with traction control set to 1. I have given up on downshifting before I pass. I have discovered that if I just grab the throttle hard the bike will downshift 1 to 3 gears and shift faster than I would have. It is addicting. It's like kicking in the four barrels on a four barrel carb. Fun fun fun. I am learning to overcome the shortcomings compared to the manual bike. Most of that is just training muscle memory and working on technique. The only thing I have come up with that I can't do on the DCT bike that I could on the manual is bump start it. Now I carry a jump starter. That brings us to what the DCT version does better... Flying the pegs on the DCT bike is amazing. Partly due to the Black Dog pegs I added. Shifting without upsetting the bike geometry can't be explained, it must be experienced. Fantastic. Being able to shift at will without moving your balance while standing is just amazing. I added an extended brake pedal and braking while standing is a non issue now too. I have had no issues with slow speed maneuvers and really enjoy how easy it is to maneuver this bike into tight spots without the fear of stalling. Being able to shift in the apex of a corner to be in the right gear without upsetting the bike geometry is fantastic. Being able to stop and apply the parking brake to take a picture or to get off the bike to take a brake seems a lot easier for some reason. I have had the DCT far less time than I had the manual bike and I have already surpassed the miles that I had put on the manual bike. It is easier to ride and I have less fatigue than any bike I have ever owned. I can't stop riding it and I don't want too. I added over 300 miles on my last trip coming home, just because I could. I really enjoy it. For some reason I seem to be going through tires faster than I did on the manual bike. I only got 2000 miles out of my Shinko big block rear and my TKC80 is pretty much toasted at 3600 miles. In all I put just over 5000 miles on the manual and I am closing on 6000 miles on the DCT and counting. I would be happy to answer questions.