Honda X-adv 750 DCT

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Anyone one here got or toyed with buying one of these either as a S10 replacement or to add to their stable? I have to be honest, even instead of my brilliant S10 that I've had 6 years. I've got clutch hand issues that the X-adv would sort but 'think' I can't bring myself to let go of the S10 for it, but it's still high in consideration as a adventure styled fun oddball easy to live with S10 companion. Like the 21 litres of built in storage under the seat for camping duties or whatever too. Test rode 2 so far. I likes it alot, though I'm not an off-road pilot which is fine as this bike is obviously just for easy trails but on the tarmac it worked and handled well. Enjoyed the DCT for lazy biking and it had plenty of go to sit at 85mph with the Mrs riding shotgun yet still had more to give.
 
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Another option is to simply fit an auto clutch on the Super Tenere. EFM can do it. Simply remove the clutch pack/pressure plate and send it to EFM. In less than a week it's shipped back ready to install. They use a ball and ramp setup which is very reliable and long lasting. They can do this for any bike that has a clutch.

http://efmautoclutch.com/
 
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Another option is to simply fit an auto clutch on the Super Tenere. EFM can do it. Simply remove the clutch pack/pressure plate and send it to EFM. In less than a week it's shipped back ready to install. They use a ball and ramp setup which is very reliable and long lasting. They can do this for any bike that has a clutch.

http://efmautoclutch.com/
Thanks. You learn something everyday. Never new such a thing existed. Might be useful to research more should my clutch hand issue gets worse or long term but to be fair I'm hoping I'm going to be repaired lol. Thinking the X-adv DCT or not would be alot of fun to own. Just not sure it's a an S10 replacement as thought I'd have the big Yam for many more years to come, even to buy another newer one one day. The X-adv has gripped me somewhat though, just how much... I'm not totally sure just yet.
 

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I have taken a few test rides on Goldwings equipped with DCT and in my opinion they are GREAT ! If I ever buy another new motorcycle it will most likely be DCT equipped .
 
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I have taken a few test rides on Goldwings equipped with DCT and in my opinion they are GREAT ! If I ever buy another new motorcycle it will most likely be DCT equipped .
Yes these 2 test rides were my first on a DCT equipped bike. I as you think it's great. Was nice to just concentrate on watching the road ahead and take in the scenery and not be inconvenienced by having to use my left hand and foot Lol.
 

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I have taken a few test rides on Goldwings equipped with DCT and in my opinion they are GREAT ! If I ever buy another new motorcycle it will most likely be DCT equipped .
Good to know experience on Goldwing DCT. I may end up going another route myself. I’m in week 6 of a 12 week wrist surgery recovery with 16 weeks of rehab to follow. Hope I don’t have to go a different route but time will tell.
 

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These aren’t available stateside? My wife really likes this. Having ridden a maxi scooter and loving it, this is very appealing.
 

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I currently have a Honda NC700DCT. It is a fabulous bike. The gas tank is under the seat and there is storage where the gas tank normally is. The bike gets 60-70 mpg. It knows when the bike is going up hill or down hill and will adjust when it shifts accordingly. I have had 0 issues with the DCT. It has been just superb! If it had come with CC, I would probably keep the bike.
 

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I hate the thought of the DCT and would never consider one. The automatic clutch like Chris mentioned I could accept if necessary, but not that DCT ever. Too complex, repair is near impossible even on brand new ones. Like most things in life, things too complex to repair can end up being a real lemon to own. DCT is the ultimate lemon waiting to happen for all that buy.
Just my opinion though. People that own ones that work correctly dissagree, and there are many happy owners.
 

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I understand that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....but that is an odd looking little booger. Personally, I'm not a fan of a DCT. Hey, CW & Eric, what's the advantage of those wide spaced spokes?
 
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I hate the thought of the DCT and would never consider one. The automatic clutch like Chris mentioned I could accept if necessary, but not that DCT ever. Too complex, repair is near impossible even on brand new ones. Like most things in life, things too complex to repair can end up being a real lemon to own. DCT is the ultimate lemon waiting to happen for all that buy.
Just my opinion though. People that own ones that work correctly dissagree, and there are many happy owners.
I'm not typically swayed by all the fancy electronics and gimmicks but does seem Hondas sold an other lot of DCT equipped bikes and failures are also it seems very very rare by ratio. I was more concerned if that's the word/feeling about it having keyless ignition. You could go and on on I guess with advances in technology being used more and more often these days and whether it's worrisome or not. After never riding a DCT before and not being remotely interested I was won over and appreciated how clever the system is adding not taking away the enjoyment of being on a bike. Around town/urban it was a boon. Still having the paddle shifts if I wanted more control but keeping the left hand free to way at my admirers.
 
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I understand that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....but that is an odd looking little booger. Personally, I'm not a fan of a DCT. Hey, CW & Eric, what's the advantage of those wide spaced spokes?
I agree mate about its looks/styling being a bit odd but personally that's a plus point for me. In the flesh it's well designed and is certainly a bike that draws attention in a biker crowd for various reasons. As I said above I never gave much thought to DCT but now after riding DCT on 2 test rides appreciate it can work very well in many situations. If fact it worked great in all of them for me during the 2 hours of riding I did, though I didn't use for any off-roading that might show it lacking a bit. I dont off-road anyway even with the S10. Not having the pillion Mrs headbutting the back of my helmet on gear changing was a small bonus too lol.
 

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Last year I was one of the organizers behind a Scandinavian TET meet.
One of the participants showed up on a X-adv. The scooter was new to him. He used to ride hardcore enduro bikes but wanted to try something different, that might make him slow down a bit and live a little longer.
He was very pleased with the comfort of the X-adv and on our +100 miles Saturday rideout on gravel roads and easy single trail he had no problems keeping up with guys on proper dirt bike.
His only real criticism was the 15" rear wheel that limit tire options.

As I see it the two biggest downsides of the X-adv is price and weight.
For the same amount of money you could buy a KTM 790 Adventure (with quickshift) and save about 65 lbs.

A picture of the guy at the TET meet with his X-adv fully loaded (notice the KTM footpegs):


I understand that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder....but that is an odd looking little booger. Personally, I'm not a fan of a DCT. Hey, CW & Eric, what's the advantage of those wide spaced spokes?
The wheels are tubeless which explains the spoke lacing.
 
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Last year I was one of the organizers behind a Scandinavian TET meet.
One of the participants showed up on a X-adv. The scooter was new to him. He used to ride hardcore enduro bikes but wanted to try something different, that might make him slow down a bit and live a little longer.
He was very pleased with the comfort of the X-adv and on our +100 miles Saturday rideout on gravel roads and easy single trail he had no problems keeping up with guys on proper dirt bike.
His only real criticism was the 15" rear wheel that limit tire options.

As I see it the two biggest downsides of the X-adv is price and weight.
For the same amount of money you could buy a KTM 790 Adventure (with quickshift) and save about 65 lbs.

A picture of the guy at the TET meet with his X-adv fully loaded (notice the KTM footpegs):




The wheels are tubeless which explains the spoke lacing.
That was my idea, slow down but keep the comfort and of course forget the clutch. To be honest I personally don't find the KTM a looker and probably too mental still plus it hasn't he 21 litres of built in space to put me beer in lol. That and the price, currently the KTM stands at about £11k whereas the Honda is on offer for £8k down from a silly £10.3K, maybe to drive up sales as think there nowhere as buoyant as mainland Europe. Anyhows I'd never swap out the S10 for any current KTM and neither as a 2nd bike really. The X-adv just seems a fun, practical easy to ride bike if you can get one at the right price. Owners seem smitten and there's a number I know of who have let go there large capacity adventure bikes for one of these oddball 2 wheelers.
 

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Pretty cool, I had never heard of it before. I know a lot of people will hate on it for being a scooter, not enough suspension travel, DCT, etc but obviously it fits the needs of some riders and I for one wouldn't mind taking it for a spin. At the price level, I wouldn't buy one though.
 
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Pretty cool, I had never heard of it before. I know a lot of people will hate on it for being a scooter, not enough suspension travel, DCT, etc but obviously it fits the needs of some riders and I for one wouldn't mind taking it for a spin. At the price level, I wouldn't buy one though.
I hadn't heard of it till a few weeks back. Test rode 2 different X-advs in that time since. Like you say, pretty cool. Certainly different which floats me. The price yes, a bit on the tall side, but some better value new and used deals are out there, one being over 20% off the RRP for a brand new one at a nearby Honda dealer. Over 40% off RRP if bought nearly new/used. At that price I could, but will I?
 
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