The difference in price between the manual version CTX and the DCT/ABS version is only $600.00. Most manufacturers charge that amount just for ABS. Its a very small price to pay for the convenience and safety the DCT/ABS offers.The reality of the issue is DCT will cost you more at time of purchase and replacement. Anyone whom has had a auto knows this, and those thinking of buying one, need to know.
First off the DCT on this unit works great. I have rode a ton of auto's in search of what I wanted. The amount of shifting is very limited compared to many other units I have rode. The DCT will get to 6 at a reasonable time frame. Many others will go up and down back and forth at cruising speeds of 60-75 mph. The DCT stays at a 6 unless you downshift yourself.
Now that being said, some of us are stuck riding auto for one reason or another, like myself. The question in search is what works, I find the CTX a great buy.
As for the main point, yes you will pay when it comes time to replace. But how cheap these bikes are new or even used and the costs to replace....plus the mpg you save on this bike...it's a no brainer for those wanting or needing the Auto feature.