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Offline Big Brian

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New guy thinking about a Concours
« on: December 26, 2018, 10:38:03 pm »
Hello all.

My name is Brian and I am addicted to motorcycles.

I currently have the following bikes;

1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
2001 Suzuki SV650
2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition

I am looking to add a sport touring bike to my stable. I used to have a 1994 Concours 1000 and I quite liked it.

However, now I'm older and have more money (and stress!) And can afford a 2008 or 2009 Concours 1400.

What are some things I should look out for?
I found one for $4000 a 2008 model with ABS and 34,500mi on it. Looks extremely well taken care of.

I also am looking at ST's and FJ's.

Thanks all! Looking forward to being a part of the group!
1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
2001 Suzuki SV650N
2008 Kawasaki Concours ABS
2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition #35/200

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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 11:41:06 pm »
Welcome to COG!! I personally ride a 2011 and like the traction control, ABS, and better heat protection on the 2010 & up models. Lots of people here like the older models though. A low miles 2011 can be had for under $5k if you look hard for one and you can even find one with some farkles. The Northeast may be easier on you heat wise than the Southwest where I live....many 100+ riding days here. Good luck!!
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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 12:28:03 am »
There's an 11 in TN for 4 Grand. Under 30K mi.
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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2018, 12:40:29 am »
Welcome to COG!! I personally ride a 2011 and like the traction control, ABS, and better heat protection on the 2010 & up models. Lots of people here like the older models though. A low miles 2011 can be had for under $5k if you look hard for one and you can even find one with some farkles. The Northeast may be easier on you heat wise than the Southwest where I live....many 100+ riding days here. Good luck!!

The Concours cant be worse regarding heat than my oil cooled Ducati, that thing basically cooks me in the summer!!

I appreciate the advice. I figure winter is the best time to find a good deal.
1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
2001 Suzuki SV650N
2008 Kawasaki Concours ABS
2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition #35/200

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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2018, 12:41:36 am »
There's an 11 in TN for 4 Grand. Under 30K mi.

That's in price range AND within driving distance. Do you have the link to the ad by chance?
1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
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2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition #35/200

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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2018, 08:42:58 am »
Welcome Brian, I've owned all three that you are considering...recently.
I hope to save you from financial mistakes as I have made regarding motorcycle purchases. I won't elaborate as not to offend any owners of others. Of your three choices I would hands down recommend a 2010 model Concours 14 or newer model year. If you care to hear more regarding "personal opinions" based upon ownership pm me.

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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2018, 12:58:15 pm »
There's an 11 in TN for 4 Grand. Under 30K mi.

That's in price range AND within driving distance. Do you have the link to the ad by chance?
Surprise surprise.  That one is gone.  Here's an 08 ABS with 35k for $3500 in the Indy area.
https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/mcy/d/carmel-2008-kawasaki-concours-1400-abs/6749062250.html
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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2018, 10:50:24 pm »
Welcome Brian, I've owned all three that you are considering...recently.
I hope to save you from financial mistakes as I have made regarding motorcycle purchases. I won't elaborate as not to offend any owners of others. Of your three choices I would hands down recommend a 2010 model Concours 14 or newer model year. If you care to hear more regarding "personal opinions" based upon ownership pm me.

I will send you a PM sir!
1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
2001 Suzuki SV650N
2008 Kawasaki Concours ABS
2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition #35/200

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Re: New guy thinking about a Concours
« Reply #8 on: December 27, 2018, 10:52:18 pm »
There's an 11 in TN for 4 Grand. Under 30K mi.

That's in price range AND within driving distance. Do you have the link to the ad by chance?
Surprise surprise.  That one is gone.  Here's an 08 ABS with 35k for $3500 in the Indy area.
https://indianapolis.craigslist.org/mcy/d/carmel-2008-kawasaki-concours-1400-abs/6749062250.html

Ah of course it's gone...

That one you posted isn't a bad deal but not worth it to go so far to get it.
1975 Honda Goldwing GL1000
1996 Honda Shadow ACE 1100
2001 Suzuki SV650N
2008 Kawasaki Concours ABS
2013 Ducati Monster 796 Anniversary Edition #35/200