Sorry.....Late response. I have a 2016 DCT and I love it. With that said, I did replace the entire suspension with less than 1k on the clock.....just cuz I wanted to. So I have not had any of the fork issues that some have experienced. Regarding the DCT.....I can't see myself ever going back to manual on a big ADV bike. The DCT has completely ruined me. I enjoy the manual on my DR, but for the bigger ADV bikes I still believe auto is the future.....It's just too good. Long-winded way to say.....If he hasn't already, tell your buddy to go buy that 2016.