· Swamp Rat Rider
Honda Rebel 1100 is a decent ride suitable for a Beginner if don't push it in Sport Mode .. I paid a bit over 12K OTD for a DCT.. Actual Price was $9999 for a DCT $9399 for a Standard Transmission..
I am not going to train anyone on my own personal Motorcycle.. I have a DCT due to the fact of 2 wrist surgeries and was told by my Dr get away from clutch pulling or will have further damage.. Unlike many that post start small etc .. I don't agree .. I started on a 1969 XLCH which when it came out was the fastest production Motorcycle Made .. The Honda 750 4 and Kawasaki Triple both changed that in a less than a year .. I do emphasize though respect the power of your machine regardless of weight and size ..GatorJoe, you are an experienced rider who has owned several motorcycles over the last 50 years, right? So is your choice of a dual-clutch automatic transmission ( DCT) on that Rebel for your own pleasure, to simplify your riding experience?
Or is it because you might want to use this Rebel to train beginners to ride or you're going to loan your bike to people who are much less experienced than yourself?
This is an Excellent Point.. . But a nice light weight Ride the Rebel 1100 is Fast and Powerful enough will not be wishing for more power down the road and if start using it in Rain Mode is mild enough for learning if have taken the Course .. There may be a few states that don't require it anymore but most do .. Only thing needed in 1970 when bought the XLCH was a Drivers License and the money to buy it ..--
If this is his first bike, I would think it good to get a used one to learn on, make mistakes on, and be sure how much he needs all the things he wants. Some may not be necessary, and he'll pay extra. Of course, the minute he takes a new one off the lot, he will be losing $1,500. or so. Plus, it hurts a new rider to ding up his new bike when he's learning.
Another Good Point to consider .. While I have bought some excellent used Rides there's a couple that were not so great .. I turn a wrench pretty well, but sometimes the aggravation is not worth it ..He wants the "piece of mind" that comes from a new motorcycle that has a warranty that covers mechanical defects or premature breakdown (not related to any crashes.)