Colin wrote: The best part is that so many of the complainers actually end up buying an automatic for any number of reasons (significant other, traffic, mom needs to drive etc.).
Not me...I will never buy an auto unless my left foot and right arm get chopped off.
If I buy an auto it is only to supplement as a second car to my manual.
The best part is that so many of the anti-stick complainers are either too intimidated to drive one, not skilled enough or simply never have driven one properly.
To be fair, like Garfield's comment earlier, it gets old pumping your left foot when you're stuck in a real traffic jam. If I were riding my bike it would be an easy case of (illegal) lane splitting, but a twin-disc clutch helps with the clutching issue.