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Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« on: August 02, 2018, 05:05:06 pm »
I'm looking to get back into riding and I'm thinking about the Connie again.  I had a 2010 C14 and really loved it.  The only thing that I'm struggling with is no cruise control.  I rode a friend's with cruise and it was amazing.  I have to ride long flat roads to get to the twisties, so cruise is very attractive.

I looked at the FJR but it is slower...typical FJR rider is like, "It's plenty fast for me.  Why would you need more?"

Well, I need more.

So...would you buy the C14 again?  If so, what farkles would be your must-haves right away?

My last bike - after the Connie - was a 2012 Ducati Multistrada...I would love to get back on one of those but don't have the extra $10k atm...
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 05:27:12 pm »
Would buy another in a heartbeat. Must haves- Ivan’s flash, good tires, tank pads, Copperdawg screen(still on my to buy list), Phil’s rack, and if I have the money available new suspension front and back.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2018, 05:32:42 pm »
I love my C14 and think it is an amazing value for money.  That said, I've come to appreciate the "finer things" and if I had to go out and buy a replacement for my C14, I'd probably end up riding a BMW K1600GTL or a 2019 Honda Goldwing.

Those are basically double the price of a new C14, however...

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2018, 05:35:48 pm »
well, if you already know, and love the C14 from past ownership,
find another nicely priced one, and simply add on a Rostra Cruise Control, just a couple hours of work to do, and a $260 price, and viola...

make sure to use the pull down menu, and order the 'basic rostra unit only' option...

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2018, 05:49:17 pm »
I would buy one again with no hesitation.  Cruise would be nice, but my throttle lock works just fine for me.  My must have farkles in order are...... Steve's flash, Throttle lock or cruise, AST pullback risers, AST luggage rack with GIVI mounts, baldwin seat and a better windshield.  I think that's it.  :-)
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2018, 06:08:30 pm »
Based on the title, Heck yeah!!!!  :great: :motonoises:
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2018, 10:22:41 pm »
How about a 2016 (silver 3500 miles) with Penske, Ak20, Phil’s rack, risers, new Angel Gt’s, V&H CS One black, pazzio levers? Oh and Steve’s flash.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 10:25:13 pm »
How about a 2016 (silver 3500 miles) with Penske, Ak20, Phil’s rack, risers, new Angel Gt’s, V&H CS One black, pazzio levers? Oh and Steve’s flash.
Heck yeah!  That suspension setup rules!  :great:  :motonoises:
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2018, 10:33:57 am »
Absolutely I would buy one again
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2018, 10:53:15 am »
No reason not to. I’ve met a lot of good people just from owning one. Can’t beat that.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2018, 11:38:48 am »
With just shy of 2,000 miles on mine I'm having no regrets at all.  So, yes I would buy it again in a second!
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2018, 11:45:41 am »
With just shy of 2,000 miles on mine I'm having no regrets at all.  So, yes I would buy it again in a second!
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Enjoy another 60,000 miles and you will be like me saying the same thing.  :motonoises:
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2018, 04:32:50 pm »
In a heartbeat!  Necessary farkles?  Out of the box, the C14 is sporty enough, but it needs a bit of help on the touring side of things.  I've added helmet locks - I have a set of the very excellent Projek D locks - Phil's rack, a top case, saddle bag liners and a better seat.  Good luck!

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2018, 04:38:35 pm »
put 88k on my 2009 c14,went through 2 BMW's only clocking 20k on each when serious troubles began, bought a 2016 c14 18 months ago, and will never go with anything else.of course both the c14's got front and rear suspension upgrades, electronic cruise, better seat,the 09 got galfer front rotors and pads after frying 2 sets of stockers,also both got the 2 inch bar risers, both got area p full systems, the 09 had pc5, the 16 has a ecu flash from the guru in fla(steve). both got short windshields for summer riding,and some other little farkles that i can't recall right now. would i buy another c14, YBYA. :1rij:
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2018, 04:54:02 pm »
I love mine, but would be hesitant to buy another, since I hate linked brakes on any bike in the sport category. For simply touring or general riding, no problem. I bought a leftover 2009 so I would not have them. I have no intention of getting rid of it at this point. I would look for something without linked brakes if possible, personal preference. That being said, the C14 is a great machine, and a great price.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2018, 06:10:42 pm »
Yes I would, and I did. Traded my bought new 2011 C14 on a 2015 Ducati Multistrada in November of 2015. Love the Multi and still have it but a few months ago I really started missing the Concours. So, I started looking on Cycle Trader and Craigs List and after 3 months I found exactly what I wanted. A silver 2011, with a Baldwin seat, V-Stream windshield, 2 Brothers slip on, risers, and a Kawasaki color matched top case.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2018, 07:23:32 pm »
Nearly 10 years later and 75,000 miles, yes yes yes I would.
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2018, 08:10:29 pm »
I like my Concours but if I were you and liked the Ducati Multistrada but didn't want to spend that much money I would go look at a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 which is similar to the Ducati.  You can pick one up used for less than 10k, probably more like 8k with fairly low mileage.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2018, 10:52:06 pm »
When I bought my new Connie last year, the only other bike I seriously considered was the FJR.  I did a lot of research and one of my favorite mags (They take no advertising so IMO less biased and more open to criticize where it's needed)  Motorcycle Consumer News did a review on it (Feb 2015 issue) for those that want to look it up and making comparisons to the FJR and ST they liked the Connies suspension better, trans, clutch, driveline, ergonomics etc...  Bottom line they rated the 2015 Connie 5 stars overall which if you look at their performance index they don't do that very often. There are a lot of 4 and even 4.5 stars but very few 5.  The FJR was rated at 4 stars.

http://www.motorcycleconsumernews-digitalmagazine.com/mcnews/july_2017d?pg=32#pg32

Now for the negatives no CC, they still are not crazy about the K-ACT linked brakes although they said it was much better than previous versions,  and they are no fans of KIPASS!

As for the engine,  well they loved the mid-range and the top-end rush, but said it was weak on the bottom-end compared to the FJR for which they blamed the VVT system.  So you had to keep the revs up coming out of the corners or risk falling behind, but if you kept the revs up too high say 5K rpm's then there was too much power available and it was hard to be smooth at that rpm.

So I thought OK sounds good I guess i can live with the less low end torque but I wan't the POWER!  Well Ivan's flashed fixed that,  I now have the low-end grunt, awesome mid-range, and top-end rush. I enjoy having my cake and eating it too!

Since Ivan now offers a flash for the FJR I compared his dyno charts.  Flashed FJR to a Flashed Connie both with slip-ons (Apples to Apples here) the C14 now has more low-end torque starting at about 2200 RPM's and the torque advantage only grows larger all the way to the C14's higher redline!  The C14's torque curve looks like the Kansas plains and the FJR well a little like the Sierra foothills.  Now with the unbaffled Delkevic it has a little bark to go with it's bite!  And the top-end howl is intoxicating not to mention I lost 15 lbs with the slip-on.

Bottom line Kawi left a lot to be improved with the tuning, and I don't think you will see these kind of gains on any other bike with just a flash and a slip-on.

Yes I love this bike and would buy it again. :great:
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2018, 03:46:14 pm »
ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2018, 06:49:53 pm »
For sure and I doubt I will ever sell it.
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2018, 12:26:36 am »
About to wrap up a 3000 mile trip thru Rockies. Connie (C-14) has been a pleasure to ride and handled it all with ease. Just wish Colorado didn’t have such restrictive speed limits. Fortunately no performance awards were received.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2018, 01:59:45 am »
Well that's a trick question.

If price was a primary consideration, yes I would buy another.

However, the new 2019 BMW R1200RT is rumoured to have 1250cc, VVT and approiximately 140-150 hp and it weighs less than my C14. This is probably what I would buy if I had to replace the C14.

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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2018, 08:02:58 pm »
I just bought my 1st Connie, and it is 10 years old  :-\ LOVING it so far.......1100 miles in the 1st week.  ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Would You Buy A Concours Again?
« Reply #24 on: August 06, 2018, 11:39:58 pm »
I considered other types of bikes when upgrading from the C10.  Bought a 2016 C14 and have put over 19,000 miles on it so far.  Yes, I think I made the right decision and would buy another Concours if necessary, but plan to keep mine for a long time!  Cruise control is not a big deal, I have the Throttlemeister and it works well enough for me.
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