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Offline Blikkies1

AT Input Please
« on: November 20, 2020, 12:18:14 am »
Hiya, currently on a 990R, a special bike to me, she's just clocked 60 000km due to excessive commuting, I'd like to keep her tucked away barring a few offroad trips until I gift it to my son on his 21st. I'd like to get something that can stand a daily 140km commute as well as offroad thrashing, my logical brain says to opt for the DCT AT,  most reviews point to them being a bit boring, kindly share your experience with this bike focusing on reliability and thrill factor.
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2020, 05:12:59 am »
Reliability and thrill factor....go test ride the Yamaha T7!

I also have a 990R and then a KTM 500.

I was pleasantly surprised with the tar, as well as off road performance of the T7.

Price, you either can afford it, or not.

If you need to blame, then blame Bidvest for the pricing, not the bike.

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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2020, 05:16:24 am »
Reliability and thrill factor....go test ride the Yamaha T7!

I also have a 990R and then a KTM 500.

I was pleasantly surprised with the tar, as well as off road performance of the T7.

Price, you either can afford it, or not.

If you need to blame, then blame Bidvest for the pricing, not the bike.

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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2020, 05:30:58 am »
It's not R 200k. You get some parking money as change!

It's R 199 xxx, sorry, not sure of the exact detail of the hundreds.

Yamaha have Bidvest as the SA distributor, where other brands are owned by the factory in SA.

Our local dealer would love to discount it, but can't. They will however supply the Yamaha bash plate, crash bars, tank pads, as well as the Akropovic at cost. About an R8k saving. They mentioned R 22k for these items.

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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2020, 05:36:18 am »
I will give some proper feedback of the test ride in the T7 thread.

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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2020, 06:32:58 am »
Regarding your original question , the DCT AT is a great bike , some may call it boring but I have never found that at all
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2020, 07:25:16 am »
I went from a 990 to the AT manual. In hind sight I should have opted for the DCT
Yes at first it did feel a bit boring. Maybe after the loud leo vince on the 990 that made itself known.
But you soon realise thet AT isnt a slouch either.

I had mine decatted and fitted a leo vince slip on. That made a huge difference how it felt to me. The sound was addictive and it was definitely more responsive.

I also had about a 140km commute and the AT fuel consumption was a lot better than the 990.
No issues with using it as my daily commute and travel companion.

I really miss that bike tbh
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2020, 07:52:20 am »
DCT you won’t regret it


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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2020, 08:23:55 am »
Absolutely love the DCT - remember that it has the 'tiptronic' paddles if you prefer a more 'manual' feel to the bike.  Offroad riding becomes so much easier when you're not worried about being in the right gear or not.

As for commuting - a pleasure through the traffic!
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2020, 09:33:47 am »
Thanks all, the T7 or any new bike is out of my price range at this stage, chatting with someone about a blue, red and white CRF with an Akro about a test ride this weekend.
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2020, 09:38:08 am »
Absolutely love the DCT - remember that it has the 'tiptronic' paddles if you prefer a more 'manual' feel to the bike.  Offroad riding becomes so much easier when you're not worried about being in the right gear or not.

As for commuting - a pleasure through the traffic!

It is like a scooter on steroids  :thumleft:
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2020, 09:38:49 am »
Thanks all, the T7 or any new bike is out of my price range at this stage, chatting with someone about a blue, red and white CRF with an Akro about a test ride this weekend.

To me, that is the best colour scheme. Let us know how it went.
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2020, 10:10:05 am »
@Mpandla , does it have a similar torquey kick as the 990? I live for that whack when opening the throttle.
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2020, 10:16:10 am »
I have been riding my 990 for 11 years. Love it.

Just spent 9 days riding the 1100AT in DCT and manual in some serious Richtersveld and Namaqualand terrain. It definitely isn't boring. Loads of lowdown grunt.
That DCT is impressive and like cheating in tech riding. I'm sure it will be leka in traffic as well.

Also scope for lots of custom setup with rider modes, traction control, wheelie control, throttle response, engine braking and ABS. Then still cruise control as standard.
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2020, 10:19:46 am »
@Mpandla , does it have a similar torquey kick as the 990? I live for that whack when opening the throttle.

You know.. Not quite the same. When I collected the AT and rode it home on the open road, I overtook a truck and whacked it open. First thought was.. oh dear.. this thing is dead. Then I noticed the speed I was going..
With the decat and pipe I had on, the sound did give me that same feeling as the 990. But it doesnt have that typical RC8 thump at higher revs. It is deceptively quick though.

All in all, I never really thought that it missed out on the torque of the 990. Was just my impression though
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2020, 10:41:06 am »
Hiya, currently on a 990R, a special bike to me, she's just clocked 60 000km due to excessive commuting, I'd like to keep her tucked away barring a few offroad trips until I gift it to my son on his 21st. I'd like to get something that can stand a daily 140km commute as well as offroad thrashing, my logical brain says to opt for the DCT AT,  most reviews point to them being a bit boring, kindly share your experience with this bike focusing on reliability and thrill factor.

Coming from the 1190 its  very slow.... But thats like comparing apples with peanuts... I bought the at manual 2 months ago. I spent some cash on upgrades and must say im happy with my buy. Im taking it on a proper offroad trip this weekend to see what i can really do. Suspension is not so good comparing ot to the ktms. It needs some work. Fitted the  fuel exhaust and sounds like a demon. My ktm buddies much prefer the sound to their 1190s. It is made for longevity. It will outlast  most motorcycle and will be the perfect commuter. I find it much easier in traffic and has more than enough grunt to make you smile. (that being said i did also fit a rapid bike module and the difference is day and night on the performance side)

Go for it. you wont regret it.  :thumleft:
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Re: AT Input Please
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2020, 11:42:53 am »
Absolutely love the DCT - remember that it has the 'tiptronic' paddles if you prefer a more 'manual' feel to the bike.  Offroad riding becomes so much easier when you're not worried about being in the right gear or not.

As for commuting - a pleasure through the traffic!

It is like a scooter on steroids  :thumleft:

I have owned both the DCT and the manual versions for about 12 or more months each.  The DCT versus Manual discussion is the same as owning an auto car.  There are days you would enjoy a manual through the twisties and there are days the auto works well.

The one thing I can say is in stock form the AT is boring after a while but play with the "Torque Control" settings and the bike has a wilder character.  I just left it in default TC settings and only changed them once or twice
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