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Getting an itch for a Connie.....



Been considering getting a bigger bike... considering the Tiger 1050, Multistrada, BMW, Sprint, FJR etc etc

When it comes down to it, based on my very limited research, I think there is no bigger bang-for-the-buck in the liter sport touring class than the Concours 14. There are some 2010 ABS models out there that can be had for well under 15k.

I have never ridden one. Anybody have or rode one lately? Would really like opinions on the 2010 model.

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I like that bike a lot. But I wish it was 100 lbs lighter. I wonder how much I would notice though ...
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Can't say much on the 2010 model, but both my brother and father in law have 2008 models. I've ridden both and the engine is by far the smoothest I've ever experienced. Comfortable riding position and plenty of top end. And for such a big bike you'd think they'd be top heavy, but surprisingly they feel very nimble and light (to me anyway). My only complaint was with heat distribution, but I understand this has been addressed on the 2010 model and it's no longer an issue. I'd say go for it. I'd take one over an RT any day.

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I get the same itch. There's a dealer not too far from me that has a new '09 leftover Concours ABS for $9999. It's very tempting.
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My only complaint was with heat distribution, but I understand this has been addressed on the 2010 model and it's no longer an issue. I'd say go for it. I'd take one over an RT any day.
I also read the have solved the heat issue. Very cool that it's so smooth. I should do more reading on it. But currently, I'd take the RT.
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These bikes are big and heavy to deal with on a day to day basis. You might want to look at used ZZR1200's. A wonderful sport tourer not quite as big as a C14. The ZZR is 520lbs dry, goes like stink and can be had for a song. I owned one, loved it but got tired of it's bulk pulling it out of the shed, I would have no desire for the much heavier Connie. The Big Z was rock solid and "cruised" at triple digit speeds.
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Kilofox - you took the words right out of my mouth. I have had the picture of the 2010 Connie on my desktop since December. I fully plan to have one in my garage around June time frame this year. Sitting right next to my Versys.

I too, have the need for more speed, and just something different. Yea - after the new wears off in a couple of months, i see my self commuting to work again on the Versys. My main reason for not getting rid of the V is it is just to much damn fun!! But will be pulling the Connie out for those weekend trips.


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Great "bang for the buck" package can be found in the Suzuki Bandit 1250, the SEA model comes with hard cases and other touring features. Lots of power, sporty package and great price.

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I have been looking/drooling at a connie 14 to tour with my wife. I was surprized that my wife seems open to the idea. This lead to the question from my wife.."how many motorcycles are we going to own?" I took this as a good sign.

I have never driven one, but have sat on a few at the dealerships. Even on the showroom floor, you can feel the low center of gravity. I can tell you that you can't feel that extra 100 pounds. I'd love to take one out for a spin, but don't really want to go through the sales hassle until I'm serious about getting one.
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Did a day trip with a friend of mine that has a 2011.

I rode it about 200 miles and simply put, it is the BEST bike I have ever ridden!!

Power, handling, brakes, comfort, everything....

I was blown away and have been riding bikes for 40+ years.

Get one.

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My son an I both have '08's. We've done 2 trips together without the wives, one 3900 miles and 4400 miles. We both have multiple bikes but the Connie is #1 if we had to choose one. I also have an '04 ST Honda1300 and he has a '03 ZZR1200. I also have the Versys for my commuter and he has a DZR400 for his. But if you want to get out and explore America the Connie is a magnificent bike for it.

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Hey Folks,
As an escort rider for Kawasaki's demo program around the country I can honestly say the Connie is a BLAST!!
I've logged thousands of miles on the 08', '09 & 10's. If you have any questions between the model years maybe I can help.

We have demo's starting in Daytona in a couple weeks and will run through December in Long Beach, CA. Shoot me a PM or ask here and I'll find out if we're coming near you. Most rides are around a half hour.

The C-14 uses dual counter balancers which make the engine smooooth and it's fast to boot.

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I've logged thousands of miles on the 08', '09 & 10's. If you have any questions between the model years maybe I can help.
I did a demo ride on an '08. The ride was smooth, lots of power but what really bothered me was the amount of heat coming off the engine.

My question is what have they done specifically to improve the later year models? And - Do they get progressively better each year?
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If your demo was at the Dome in Houston I was working that event, that was the last year there as we've moved to Dallas the last couple years.

The '08 that you rode and the '09 are the same except for the colors and yes the heat issue was addressed beginning with the 2010 model, a pretty big complaint by consumers in the warmer states.
Kawasaki closed off the lower fairings where the heat came out down by your lower legs and they enlarged the vents in the side fairings where the air is directed away from the rider and it works great. They also changed the design around the inside base of the windshield which helps the airflow down around your waist.

Other changes in the second generation are:

The windshield is both taller and wider, it's basically the optional windshield from the earlier model.
The windshield now retracts when the ignition is turned off.

The mirrors have been raised up almost an inch to help not only with the view but they deflect some air off your hands which help in cooler weather.
Another thing that helps with the hands are the new standard heated grips.

The tank storage box has been removed and replaced with hooks for a tank bag. A locking storage box has been installed inside the left upper fairing.

The ABS has been updated and the pump is smaller & lighter.

The suspension has been revised and the tires compound and shape improves low speed handling especially at parking lot speed.

There is now a economy mode that can be selected and the ECU changes to a leaner map that makes a difference in highway MPG.

The colors on the 2011 are now a solid black and a solid bright silver, both look great.

That's the only things I can think of right off the top of my head.

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Hey Folks,
As an escort rider for Kawasaki's demo program around the country I can honestly say the Connie is a BLAST!!
I've logged thousands of miles on the 08', '09 & 10's. If you have any questions between the model years maybe I can help.

We have demo's starting in Daytona in a couple weeks and will run through December in Long Beach, CA. Shoot me a PM or ask here and I'll find out if we're coming near you. Most rides are around a half hour.

The C-14 uses dual counter balancers which make the engine smooooth and it's fast to boot.

Dan
Will you be up in Michigan???
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I traded my '05 Connie for a 2010 in August, and the new Connie has incredibly exceeded my expectations. This bike does everything very well including handling the twisties two-up. The bike is very nimble and feels much lighter than its actual weight. In over forty years of motorcycling, this is by far the best bike I have ridden. The farther you twist, the greater the grin!

My other bike is an '08 Versys, and it is my commuter and short haul bike. I bought it in April 2008, and I have no regrets. The Versys is a great bike and loads of fun.

For my style of riding, I cannot imagine owning two bikes that could possibly be a better fit.

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I traded my '05 Connie for a 2010 in August, and the new Connie has incredibly exceeded my expectations. This bike does everything very well including handling the twisties two-up. The bike is very nimble and feels much lighter than its actual weight. In over forty years of motorcycling, this is by far the best bike I have ridden. The farther you twist, the greater the grin!

My other bike is an '08 Versys, and it is my commuter and short haul bike. I bought it in April 2008, and I have no regrets. The Versys is a great bike and loads of fun.

For my style of riding, I cannot imagine owning two bikes that could possibly be a better fit.
you guys are not making it easy to wait! I commute with Versys, too- about 60 miles a day. Would love the Connie 14 for the two up trips with the wife.
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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.
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Hey Folks,
As an escort rider for Kawasaki's demo program around the country I can honestly say the Connie is a BLAST!!
I've logged thousands of miles on the 08', '09 & 10's. If you have any questions between the model years maybe I can help.

We have demo's starting in Daytona in a couple weeks and will run through December in Long Beach, CA. Shoot me a PM or ask here and I'll find out if we're coming near you. Most rides are around a half hour.

The C-14 uses dual counter balancers which make the engine smooooth and it's fast to boot.

Dan
Is there a posted schedule somewhere?
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Is there a posted schedule somewhere?
If you go to Kawasaki.com and click on the News & Events tab on the bottom right it will take you to Events & Show Schedule.

Click on Motorcycle Events Schedule and it will have the demos listed. That is not all for the year, just the ones scheduled so far.

Talk with you local dealer also as we're trying to schedule some smaller local demo rides too around the country.

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