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Rode the Concours today

At the Demo Ride and all I gotta say is it is in a different league. It is smooth, powerful and comfortable. The windshield set at the top on the freeway made the bike very quite.

I am in love.. only it is a lot of money. I hope something used and cheap would cross my path.

I may go back out again tomorrow and see if I can ride. I wanted to ride the Ninja 1000 but the wait was over 2 hours long.
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No posting of glowing reviews about the Connie are allowed here. Your post creates too much temptation for me. Here's the deal, I have been lusting after the Concours for a long time, and I am pretty sure that will be my next bike. The problem is, well, my wife is out of town this weekend. It is all too tempting to ride to my dealer, take a little test ride, and casually ride one home and park it in my garage. However, tomorrow afternoon when my wife gets home, chances are I would have a great deal of explaining to do. Chances are I would also have to buy some candy, some flowers, and do a great deal of apologizing. Hmm, that doesn't sound so bad now that I think about it. After I blame my purchase on some guy on the Versys forum, and we get past all the screaming and yelling, well, there has to be some make up time too!
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No posting of glowing reviews about the Connie are allowed here. Your post creates too much temptation for me. Here's the deal, I have been lusting after the Concours for a long time, and I am pretty sure that will be my next bike. The problem is, well, my wife is out of town this weekend. It is all too tempting to ride to my dealer, take a little test ride, and casually ride one home and park it in my garage. However, tomorrow afternoon when my wife gets home, chances are I would have a great deal of explaining to do. Chances are I would also have to buy some candy, some flowers, and do a great deal of apologizing. Hmm, that doesn't sound so bad now that I think about it. After I blame my purchase on some guy on the Versys forum, and we get past all the screaming and yelling, well, there has to be some make up time too!


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This would backfire on me as she has more expensive tastes than me so will stick to rules we both have to agree or i will lose.

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Heya Kiwi sorry to hijack Stalls thread for a sec (I Love the Connie btw so I too dare not have a test ride >_<) did you find the vibes a bit too much through your nether regions,
or just the seat to hard/uncomfortable on your ninja thou, and does your Air Hawk virtually cure them?
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Heya Kiwi sorry to hijack Stalls thread for a sec (I Love the Connie btw so I too dare not have a test ride >_<) did you find the vibes a bit too much through your nether regions,
or just the seat to hard/uncomfortable on your ninja thou, and does your Air Hawk virtually cure them?
Im sure he will not mind a short hijack but if he does we to far away for him to bang on our door lol.
The ninja seat is a better seat than the z750 or 1000 but still not the best for long distance, i do not use the airhawk if its a start stop group ride or a few friends go on a agressive twisty ride close to home. In answer to your question the airhawk works and enables me to do long distance on the ninja 1000 without numb butt. On the vibes, can't say i notice and when you crank her up into the 6000 to 8000rpm range love the feel and sound. Remember i think the V stock seat is great and can ride 600km on it and have no complant of sliding forward or bad vibes, i do mostly ride on balls of my feet on footpegs and that may help. Any questions you can alway pm me but i do love that ninja and have put 8000km on it but still can take the versys slightly quicker around acute twisty roads.
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Stallhorn will be interested what you think of the Ninja but you will not like the seat but should love the engine.
Kiwi,

I didn't get to go on Sunday because it was raining all day and I wasn't sure they would let people ride in those conditions. I talked to one of the sales people and he said the ninja rode very much like the versys, except it has a bigger motor. He said it is just as nimble as the versys in the twisties. From just sitting on it, the sitting position seemed a bit upright, but not quite the versys upright.

I may go up to carisle, PA when they go up there and see if I can ride the Connie again and the ninja. I was a bit unhappy when we had to come back in 30 minutes, they should make these demo rides a couple of hours long
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I didn't get to go on Sunday because it was raining all day and I wasn't sure they would let people ride in those conditions. I talked to one of the sales people and he said the ninja rode very much like the versys, except it has a bigger motor. He said it is just as nimble as the versys in the twisties. From just sitting on it, the sitting position seemed a bit upright, but not quite the versys upright.

I may go up to carisle, PA when they go up there and see if I can ride the Connie again and the ninja. I was a bit unhappy when we had to come back in 30 minutes, they should make these demo rides a couple of hours long
My height at 5'8 the v 650 has a 3 degree forward lean angle, V1000 has a 7 degree and ninja 1000 has a 15 degree which is not to extreme.
The Ninja 1000 is nimble but not as nimble as the V 650, the extra HP of the ninja has nearly got me in trouble powering out of corners and in my view would be great with traction control and a slipper clutch, have to say i love the thrust of the Ninja as it will get 0 to 100km/h in under 3 sec but after that the zx14's, busa's and a friend of mine who has a ducati 999 will fly past once they up into a higher cog.

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http://cycle-ergo.com/
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Can you imagine how long the wait would be between rides if the demo's were a couple hours instead of thirty minutes????

Glad you liked the Connie and made the demos, they are awesome bikes.

Come see us in July at Carlisle in July and ride the Ninja1000, they're a HOOT.

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Last year I rode the Connie, the Ninja 1K and my Versys back to back to back over a road I know very well since I ride it often. I love the Connie. Extremely comfortable, tons of gadgets to play. The electrical adjustable windshield was outstanding at keeping the wind off my head. One thing that I do not know if I hated or loved was the linked brakes. Going hot into a turn I dragged the rear break a bit and was surprised by the application of the front break. No problem really, but it send a message that this was not business as usual. I believe the current model have an adjustment for more aggresive riding. I would also install a bar riser right out of the gate. Although I appreciated the aggresive riding position in the twisties I'm not sure I want to spent much time leaning as much. I understand I can put a 2" riser that will help with that. Right now is the bike at the top of my list for an upgrade to my 08 Versys.

However, the ride in the Ninja 1K was the most fun. The ergos are better for me than the Connie and I could appreciate the handling of the much smaller bike. I say that while the Connie is really good, I felt right at home in the Ninja 1K despite the big difference in power vs. the Versys. If I were shopping for an upgrade just for solo riding I would consider the Ninja 1K. Put a set of hard bags and a top case and I'm ready for touring. However, riding two up is the main reason for the upgrade therefore I will go for the Connie since it offers the best accomodations for my wife.

I would not go and drop $15K for a bike without having a conversation with my wife. We have a very effective deterrent police against trivial expenses. We follow the policy of mutually assured financial destruction. If I go and spend a bunch of money in something without consulting her, she will retaliate with full force, and she would love to be driving a BMW or Audi to work everyday.
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At the '11 ticket to ride I rode the Concours, Ninja 1000 and Versys. Didn't like the Ninja 1000. It was buzzy and vibrated my right foot. It was too aggressive ergonomically for me.

Liked the concours but I would really like to have electronic cruise control and candy lime green.

Rode the Versys and it put a big smile on my face.

If Kawasaki came out with a Candy Lime Green and Black Concours with electronic cruise control it would be in my garage.

I have thought about a black one and a can of paint though. 38 MPG would take getting used to and that is their advertized mileage. yours may be lower.

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Well, I couldn't wait any longer on the Concours as I stated in the other thread where I changed up my stable. When someone offers you $3000 off MSRP and no additional fees it was too hard to turn down. Unbelievable motorcycle. Definitely can't replace the Versys, but a nice complement to it.

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