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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-18-2017, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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I've been looking for a used Concours to go along with the V1k I have. I came across a deal I couldn't pass up today and purchased a new 2017 Concours. I'm keeping the V too! The Concours is a straight beast. I can see myself getting in trouble on this street fighter. I rode it around town and could barely get it into 4th gear. One word, Fast, maybe two words, F****ing Fast!!!
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I had a Yamaha FJR 1300 a few years before the Versys 650, and it was a hell of a bike. When I decided to buy another bike, I test rode a used Concours and a new Versys. And yeah, the Concours was stupid fast, but a hell of a good time. But since I'm mostly commuting for work, I went with the Versys, and don't regret it a bit. But have fun on the Concours, if I was doing long trips, I'd own one.

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I had a Yamaha FJR 1300 a few years before the Versys 650, and it was a hell of a bike. When I decided to buy another bike, I test rode a used Concours and a new Versys. And yeah, the Concours was stupid fast, but a hell of a good time. But since I'm mostly commuting for work, I went with the Versys, and don't regret it a bit. But have fun on the Concours, if I was doing long trips, I'd own one.
Yeah, that's why I'm keeping my Versys1000.
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I almost bought a Concours a couple of years ago. Test drove it, and I really liked it, but my wife didn't, She said she didn't like how high she was sitting on the back. I found the bike to be fast and smooth. Something I've noticed on every concours I've seen is scuff marks on the top of the saddle bags caused by boots scraping the bags when getting on, or off. You may want to consider a clear plastic film for the top of the bags. Anyway, congrats on your new purchase, and I hope you enjoy it. Post a picture of it, or at least tell us what color it is. The one I wanted was electric blue.
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Rode my '12 Concours 30,000 miles. Toured many states on it and ran a sustained triple digits across Texas on I-10. It will hit 90 in 2nd so fast you will hit the rev limiter before you are able to shift.

It can be a handful in tight curves, especially when having to immediately transition from leaning left to right and back to left. Same right to left and back.

It is also top heavy when standing still. Many with shorter legs than should have to be on a concours have dropped them.

I traded mine for the Triumph Trophy which provided a superior riding experience with the electronically adjustable suspension and cruise control. If I would have waited a year I would have bought the FJR ES with the 6 speed, electronic suspension, and cruise.

Enjoy and watch out for your speed. It is very deceiving. 90 feels like 50 compared to other bikes.
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I almost bought a Concours a couple of years ago. Test drove it, and I really liked it, but my wife didn't, She said she didn't like how high she was sitting on the back. I found the bike to be fast and smooth. Something I've noticed on every concours I've seen is scuff marks on the top of the saddle bags caused by boots scraping the bags when getting on, or off. You may want to consider a clear plastic film for the top of the bags. Anyway, congrats on your new purchase, and I hope you enjoy it. Post a picture of it, or at least tell us what color it is. The one I wanted was electric blue.
That's it, Electric Blue, I believe it the only color for 2017.
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Rode my '12 Concours 30,000 miles. Toured many states on it and ran a sustained triple digits across Texas on I-10. It will hit 90 in 2nd so fast you will hit the rev limiter before you are able to shift.

It can be a handful in tight curves, especially when having to immediately transition from leaning left to right and back to left. Same right to left and back.

It is also top heavy when standing still. Many with shorter legs than should have to be on a concours have dropped them.

I traded mine for the Triumph Trophy which provided a superior riding experience with the electronically adjustable suspension and cruise control. If I would have waited a year I would have bought the FJR ES with the 6 speed, electronic suspension, and cruise.

Enjoy and watch out for your speed. It is very deceiving. 90 feels like 50 compared to other bikes.

Yeah, I'm having a hard time staying within the recommended break in rpm. I thought I was doing about 35, looked down and was doing 60. The bike is very comfortable for me being 6'7" with a 38" inseam. I ordered 2" risers and will most likely lower the pegs.
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6'7" with a 38" inseam?

Now I know why your user name is Lurch.lol
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6'7" with a 38" inseam?

Now I know why your user name is Lurch.lol


Yea, He doesn't have an issuee getting his leg over the Versys....

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Yea, He doesn't have an issuee getting his leg over the Versys....

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Yeah, I'm having a hard time staying within the recommended break in rpm. I thought I was doing about 35, looked down and was doing 60. The bike is very comfortable for me being 6'7" with a 38" inseam. I ordered 2" risers and will most likely lower the pegs.
I didn't use risers and I'm 5'11". Can't imagine you needing them.

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Nice pull Joe. That be me.
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I ordered the Heli 2" risers and the Murph's knee saver pegs. Lowers pegs 1.5" and uses GL1800 pegs.
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We test rode a c14 in 08. Great bike. Just a little too much bike for me $$. I got a use c10 and we use it for our 2 up touring ride. It is hard to not be running 70. Smooth fast and quick. It is the first bike my wife can ride on without a backrest.
I also have a versys 650 for my solo commute bike.

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We test rode a c14 in 08. Great bike. Just a little too much bike for me $$. I got a use c10 and we use it for our 2 up touring ride. It is hard to not be running 70. Smooth fast and quick. It is the first bike my wife can ride on without a backrest.
I also have a versys 650 for my solo commute bike.
Nice, I have about 1400 miles on the Connie already. I've decided to keep both for now. I still love riding the V1k. After riding the Connie, even the 550 lbs V seems light and nimble.
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