After lurking for a year, and picking up a myriad of things from you folks, I thought I’d return the favor and share some of the things I’ve learned since picking up a silver DCT at the end of 2016. I’d always wanted a bike that could thrive on both dirt and pavement without too many compromises. That and a bike that I could be happy with for 15+ years. I usually keep my vehicles for a long time, so seeing me buy something new is a “Halley’s Comet” type moment. I hope that this thread can act as a complimentary role to the main farkle one. While the other thread jumps around a tad, I hope this one can provide a more thorough examination of the decision making process that went into outfitting the Africa Twin for touring and off road. Feel free to tell your story as well. What I’ve added so far: Eastern Beaver PC8 BoosterPlug Swegotech Forkshield Rox Risers 2’ OEM 12v socket, centerstand & low seat -------------- Batzen with GPS mount MRA Touring Screen Wunderlich Handlebar Bag Radar Box for Escort 9500ix Garmin Zumo 660 Mount & Wiring Kaoko Throttle Lock(Non Barkbuster version) Battery Tender --------------- Shad 3P system Shad Top Rack Shad SH36 Side Bags & SHAD SH48 Top Case (Touring) SHAD Inner Soft Bag Set for SH36 AdMore Lighting kit for Shad Top Case Large & small Agri-Supply Tool Tubes FlyHi 300APeak 8000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank Mosko Reckless 80 (Offroad) ---------------- AltRider Crash Bars (upper, support and lower) Show Chrome 1.25 Highway Pegs --------------- Outex tubeless conversion Conti TKC 70 Tires CARCHET TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System 2 Bicycle Bags to Fit AltRider bars DrySpec Stash Box Lockable License Plate Storage Box Rox Riser Front Fender Lift Kit Perun Moto luggage rack --------------- Tires: Conti TKC70 - A 70/30 tire that cupped so badly on the front that I will never run them again. Now I've decided to run Shinko 804/805 for dirt excursions and Pirelli Scorpion Trail 2 for road trips. -------------- What I’ve owned/rented before: 1982 v45 750 Honda Magna – Was in the family since new and was my primary touring bike for 25 years. 2008 Suzuki Bandit – 3 years touring, uncomfortable passenger seat (even with Corbin) forced me to sell. 2012 Triumph Tiger XC rented for a couple weeks. I’m into long distance touring 3k – 5k in 10 to 15 days on side roads, so any minor annoyance becomes greatly magnified over that many miles. Some initial points: 1) I’m at 6 thousand feet, so hp gets robbed up here. The 800 XC might be fine at lower elevations, but in the Rockies, not so much (IMHO). 2) I’ve gone on 2 trips this summer on my AT, 4700 miles solo (from Colorado to the west coast and back) and 2000 miles 2up (to Yellowstone and back). Others have complained about the “low” seat for the AT, but I found it to be perfectly acceptable for long distance. In addition, my wife has no complaints about the passenger seat as well. 3) The torque on the AT is a sensible middle ground between the Bandit and the Tiger. Even at this altitude the Bandit was still a monster, while the Tiger was disappointing at best. The AT is a good compromise between the two. 4) There’s an “unlearning” curve for the DCT. After 40 years of working with a clutch, trying to do slow speed maneuvers without one, took some practice. Initially I put a sizable bend on the parking brake to better help maneuver in those situations. However, I often forget to use it and there is very little power to the brake so it didn’t make much difference. However, I don’t have to reach for it now and will be out of the way of any future Barkbuster upgrades. 5) The DCT offers a new kind of exhilaration when accelerating. I keep my bike on Sport III, TC2 and it snicks through gears at an incredible pace if you hammer it 0-80. I don’t know if it’s any faster by a stopwatch, but it gives you a psychological impression that you’ve been thrown out of a catapult. 6) DCT still isn’t the smartest thing. While DCT theoretically means you can ride one handed from dusk till dawn, you might still need to reach up and revisit the +/- shifters. Sometimes, it’s slow on the uptake and others, it shifts too quickly (no matter which sport mode.) However, 2up, the DCT system seems to be better behaved (added weight seems to make it act more sensibly). I only rarely use manual mode to pass, because well, being freed from the yoke of shifting was the primary reason for buying the DCT. The positives of DCT is you no longer get cramps in your left hand after a 500 mile day. Frankly, I love not having to think about shifting anymore. 7) Front Fork Stiction – For months I had it…then it disappeared. I haven’t taken my front forks apart yet to see what might have caused this. Over the next couple of days, I will slowly be adding pictures and descriptions of the farkles that I’ve added to make the AT more touring friendly.