Thank you for the link. I've actually read that article before. Before posting here, I did quite a bit of research online. It would seem that the Honda DCT & the Ridley would be aimed at the same group of riders, but finding someone that has ridden & written about both is difficult.
For anyone that is interested, the Aprilia & the Ridley do differ. The Ridley is 738cc vs Aprilia's 839cc, Ridley has only one driving mode vs Aprilia's sport & touring modes, Ridley offers no manual shifting but also has no buzzing that the article mentions about the Aprilia.
I have a few complaints about Ridley. Its top speed is about 75mph. It seems a little sluggish from a stop but I'm not sure how much better the CTX700 would be. The seat height is 24.5" & I'm 6ft. I have a 2007 so its getting a little long in the tooth and, as previously mentioned, they aren't making any new ones.
Unfortunately, there aren't many CTX700 DCTs out there and finding one to test drive is a challenge. There was a new one last year at the dealer, but they wouldn't let me ride it.
First of all, welcome from Florida, the land of 333 day riding seasons!! Reading this thread right now we all know where you are from, but the next time you post elsewhere, most of us will not have a clue (especially us old guys!). So, let me suggest that you put your city/state/region in your profile (at least your state). Knowing where you are in general terms, helps readers of your future posts to have a "context" to draw on.
And knowing where you are might help you find someone who'd let you try out their CTX.
Since you are new to this forum (and their "mechanics" are all different!). Here's how to edit your Profile for your location:
1) Click on "User CP" tab in the upper right corner of this screen. If you don't see it, you are not at the top level. Scroll all the way up and it is just under the Search dialog.
2) Once on the User CP (Control Panel) page you'll see "Edit Your Details" click on the upper left side frame entry labeled "Your Profile"
3) Now scroll down to "Additional Information" & click "Location." Just put in your location at whatever level of detail you prefer (Country, Region, State/Prov, and/or City).
4) Continue to scroll down until you see "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page, click that and you are done.
Note, since most smart phones are not smart enough to allow you to perform the above steps with their truncated screens, you'll likely have to do it using your PC.