I owned a 08 Concours for a year and put over 12,000 miles on it, before I totaled it out in an accident with a left turning driver 400 miles from home. I decided to replace it with an 08í Versys to try something different.
The Connie has a very similar riding position to the Versys. Itís a very smooth refined bike, it has plenty of power making passing effortless, the brakes also have excellent feel. The luggage easily holds a large full face helmet with room to spare. The headlight adjusters, tire pressure monitors, and 12v outlet were also nice features. Itís a great long distance touring bike right off the showroom floor. The adjustable windshield was nice to have, but I usually rode with it in the lowest position unless it was raining. I never had any of the heat issues that some report, even on 100 degree days. My gas mileage was good in normal riding, mid 40ís.
The Concours is a big heavy bike, parked next to a Harley Ultra Classic they look nearly the same size. I do a lot of mountain riding, and it didnít necessarily feel like a heavy bike. When the tires are new, even with the factory RT-021ís it handles very nicely and felt like a much lighter bike, much like a big sport bike. When my tires got around 2k miles on them the handling started to deteriorate, and the turn in was more difficult and itís weight started to show. At 5k miles the OEM tires were worn out, and I switched to PR2ís. After the new tires the bike felt like it lost 150 lbs. With 7k miles on the PR2ís it looked like they might have a few thousand miles left, but the handling was starting to deteriorate and the bike started feeling heavy again.
Overall the Concours is a very good bike, and they are a great deal with 09ís out there for less than $10k new. My only complaint was how the bike handled as the tires started to wear. Another thing to consider is that the 15k mile valve adjustments are expensive. A new Concours does come with a 3 year unlimited mileage warranty.
For some reason I find the Versys to be more fun to ride. I guess I like a lighter weight more minimalist bike. Another Connie would be at the top of my list if I did more 2 up riding.