There is NO competition to the DCT bikes. Period.
I agree but there is room for improvement.
We need competition in the DCT bikes to make them better. Honda's CTX 700 DCT is a nice bike but I think it was more of a test for Honda on if it would be something the general public would buy. In coming up with the DCT idea they tried to keep the cost down and focus on the DCT part of the bike. What I am saying is if you take the CTX 700 and it did not have the DCT it is a OK bike but not the best in the field of other bikes in the same price range on handling, ride, power etc. In my opinion what makes the CTX 700 a great bike is the DCT.
With that said, I think Hondas' move to make only CTX700 DCT models proves that. And I hope Honda keeps making them for a long time, As Is, cheap, fun to ride, and for people like me who just can no longer ride a bike that requires switching gears with your left foot or having a clutch that requires you use your left hand.
I also hope that Honda and other brands start making better bikes with the DCT trans. What I would like to see:
A 1000cc parallel twin engine.
Front and rear suspension that is also fully adjustable, with more travel and able to handle more weight, and pot holes better.
Front and rear ABS brakes with two front rotors, linked front and rear that could be turned off, or un-linked. On the ABS linked mod, you would not have to use the right foot brake has it would be applied by using just the right hand lever.
A low seat height with backrest.
Better windshield that is wider and higher.
More room in the fake speaker area for real size speakers.
Take away the small storage area and area above the gas full-up and make the gas tank bigger.
On the DCT trans, standard manual mode, two automatic modes. D for the best balance of fuel economy and cruising comfort, S mode for performance. I would also want a mode that you could customize to match your riding style and shift patterns you choose.
If the 6 speed DCT had 8 speeds that would also be nice.
And I would like it for a price of under $15K, with two year Unlimited-mileage warranty. and under 600 pounds.
If you look at the Honda 2017 Africa Twin CRF1000L DCT that has most of my list, we just need to have it in the CTX frame (may have to have a bigger frame) with forward floorboards, and maybe the fairing more like the Goldwing for the windshield......maybe a CTX base with Goldwing front and Africa Twin DCT.
Just dreaming.....but Honda seems to be on its way or hopefully having the same dream.