Just decided to drop in and join the forum to throw in my two cents here, and to start what’s sure to be a colorful discussion about DCT vs manual. Why would I do such a thing? Cos I just quite unexpectedly picked up a new Rebel 1100 DCT yesterday. Freezing friggin cold and lots of snow still on the ground, but it was either brave the cold, or wait who knows how long for the next dry day above freezing. I had originally intended to put down the deposit and wait, right up until they called me yesterday morning to say it’s ready to pick up. I mean, who in their right mind would want to put it off!
Anyway, about the bike ... pictures don’t do it justice. Videos don’t do it justice. I admit, I was a little concerned at first about the humpy gas tank, as I pave always preferred the low, swooping lines of something like the VTX’s. But you really have to see it in person before you decide if it’s hideous or beautiful. Or somewhere in between. My first reaction to seeing it up close - definitely not hideous. One look at the paint in the sunlight, and it starts looking downright beautiful.
Now I’ve only had one 40-minute ride on mine, and most if that was spent trying to keep the blood circulating in my fingertips. But I still have a first impression, which is - I love this bike. The 1100 has lots of power for a bike this size, certainly plenty enough for this old fart. It feels much lighter than it really is, and the suspension absorbs every bump in the road, really one of the smoothest and comfortable bikes I’ve been on. The nice rumbly exhaust note is also something no video I’ve seen yet has been able to capture - as soon as you turn the key it just sucks you in.
And the DCT - clearly about as polarizing a subject as which weight oil or octane gas to use if there ever was one. Well, I love that, too. After riding for over 30 years, I’m no stranger to shifting, and yes, there was definitely a concern about whether not having to shift would take away from the riding experience. I can say without hesitation, it does not. In fact it adds to the experience, especially if you’re more of a relaxed kind of rider than a thrill-junkie. You really must try it for yourself before passing judgment. Of course not everyone will like it, but I promise there would be a lot of people who will like it who think they won’t.
Just before I left the dealer yesterday, my sales guy said he thinks Honda knocked it out of the park with this bike. So far I’m very much inclined to agree.