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Offline Ktoby

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2015, 06:28:16 pm »
$2600

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #51 on: February 24, 2015, 07:03:15 pm »
Just as a comparison, I bought my '86 in November of '13 with 26K for $1500. But it didn't have all the stuff your '87 has (okay, I searched CL and found it). You've easily got $1K in extras over what I have. The bars are over $300 alone, SISF's work is another $400, plus the brakes, rotors, valve adjustment and whatnot.

$2,600 seems a bit high to me for an '87, but that's a lot of great stuff you won't have to pop for.

When you take it for a test ride, just know that it's gonna be tippy at low speed. Don't make those tip-over bars earn their keep....yet.   ;D
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #52 on: February 24, 2015, 08:00:29 pm »
I did the math too. The '97 at $2700 with none of the mods would end up being $3700 in the end. There was also an $800 bike on CL that sounded pretty rough. I thought that bike would end up at $2800 and all of my time in it. I think with all the mods, and the attention to detail that the PO explained to me, I am pretty good with the '87 @ $2600. I do appreciate not having to do anything to ride the bike this spring.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #53 on: February 24, 2015, 08:46:42 pm »
Ktoby...link us to the CL postings if you would.

Price is subjective and has a lot to do with one's feelings about the perceived value. That said, I feel $2600 is a lot for a 1987 model. Granted it has some work done on it-- but most of that work is expected for a 30yo bike to be road worthy. You should consider depreciation of a 30 yo bike in your price calculations.

But whatever you choose, be happy with your choice, feel good about the money you spend and ofcourse the bike itself.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #55 on: February 25, 2015, 03:42:05 am »
 :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) :)) So I did the repair on my air box like SISF showed on video came out pretty good and then I was looking around on flebay for parts for bermit and I came across an air box of a 2003 connie so I bought it always good to have a spare around I opened the box and got two surprises one it had a K&N air filter in and and I got to looking at and I found this peice of foam it  with this big arrow on I beleive this is the foam that come from your two minute mod if im not mistaken SISF what a small world hahah

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #56 on: February 26, 2015, 09:39:59 am »
Ktoby, I think the price is a little high too. Nice bike with some nice farkles. He seems like he did a lot of the maintenance, I would ask him if he would be willing to take off the tank, remove the plugs and measure the piston heights (with you there and an understanding of what a good height match is) to be assured it doesn't have a bent rod from a hydro lock event before laying out that amount of cash.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #57 on: February 26, 2015, 04:43:33 pm »
I agree!!!!!


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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #58 on: February 26, 2015, 04:50:23 pm »
Hello Everyone,

UPDATE: I bought the bike today. A little hard to drive in a snowstorm to go look at a bike and possibly buy it without riding it. First of all, I have to say that you honestly can tell when someone is selling you a piece of crap. I am truly thankful that I found this PO. Very professional and detail oriented gentleman. He has literally done everything right on this bike. I have NEVER heard a bike start as quickly and without effort as this bike did on a cold snowy morning (free power mod at work here). I have had quirky bikes before and this is NOT one. All of the anxiety about buying something bad were all washed away while I was going over the bike while it idled down in perfect chatter free form. Sure it is a 28 Year old bike, but I would guess that unless you can find a 28 year old bike that has no scratches or dings, I would be surprised if it can even match this one. I am glad I got it and someone else did not. I can assure you that this bike will fit my needs for a very long time which is exactly what I wanted. And by the way, it is the sexiest old school bike I have ever seen. I'll take some photos and post them here for you to see. Now I only hope I can take care of it half as well as the PO has. Thanks for everyone's help. I am now a proud Concours owner myself. It is beautiful.

Keith

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #59 on: February 26, 2015, 05:15:20 pm »
Congratulations!!

Next; Snowmelt, Ride the bike, get to know it, Join the club,, Come ride with us!!!
NOTE: While waiting for Snow melt;  I suggest you go directly to Join the Club!!!

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #60 on: February 26, 2015, 05:15:51 pm »
I saw a COG sticker on it in the ad pics....

That's worth something right there.
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #61 on: February 26, 2015, 05:35:47 pm »
Thanks, I'll be joining soon.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #62 on: February 26, 2015, 10:48:45 pm »
Just joined.....Yipeeeeeee!!!!!

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #63 on: February 28, 2015, 07:20:06 pm »
Welcome aboard and congrats. FWIW, I think you bought the better of the two bikes, all considered. Farkles are cool.

Yeah, if you want true ram air tuning, you better be willing to ram some air! (SiSF)
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #64 on: March 02, 2015, 04:58:57 am »
Well put Steve, I'd rather spend the money for piece of mind. Even if you spend a chunk of money, the bike you get in the end is well worth it. Just my 2 cents on the matter.

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #65 on: March 02, 2015, 11:56:39 pm »
One thing I've learned...  do a little homework here (COG) and you'll probably spend
a lot more time riding, and a lot less time fixin' a broken bike.  I know my days on my Connie
have been a lot more enjoyable since I've found the right advice.

Ktoby, congrats on the 'new to you' Concours, and enjoy the ride!   :beerchug:
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #66 on: March 04, 2015, 05:48:40 pm »
Thanks again for the advice and well wishes. Seems like since I bought it, the weather has turned for the worse. May not be able to ride until May at this rate. My wife's friends were giving her crap about "letting" me buy the bike. When she told me that I told her to tell them, it was a whole lot cheaper than the blonde I was looking at. She laughed and said she thought that was a great answer!!

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #67 on: March 08, 2015, 04:21:05 pm »
"And by the way, it is the sexiest old school bike I have ever seen."

Ain't that the truth. Amen brother!   :great:
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #68 on: March 09, 2015, 05:20:17 pm »
As a new owner of a 2003 Concours, I really appreciate everything you said.  Thanks!  (first day on COG forum -- awesome to have this resource!)

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #69 on: March 09, 2015, 10:27:18 pm »
welcome, I'm new also, been here about 3 weeks, this places is a trove of knowledge!
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #70 on: March 10, 2015, 01:45:12 am »
Become a COG member and come ride with us!
It gets even better...   :great:

You won't be disappointed!!!!

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #71 on: March 27, 2015, 04:29:03 pm »
Well put Steve, I'd rather spend the money for piece of mind. Even if you spend a chunk of money, the bike you get in the end is well worth it. Just my 2 cents on the matter.

Mo

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #72 on: May 09, 2015, 02:41:13 pm »
Steve,

I'm brand new here, and brand new to the Concours. I looked thru old threads for my subject matter, but no luck. It's probably information that most already know, but here goes.

I'm having serious issues with seat height and peg/handlebar position. I have advanced RA,(worst in my hands), a fake knee, and the years have crept up,(60). I ordered some knee savers from Murph, but I need to lower the whole bike and raise the bars. I'm almost on tip toes, my knees can't take the stock position, and I have to get a more upright seating position.

Advice on the best mods to achieve this? I've only had the bike 3 days, and I really like it-other than the above. Please advise-and thanks.

Jamak

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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #73 on: May 12, 2015, 07:24:11 pm »
Jamak....first of all, welcome, heli bars are a good option for raising the bars, but they are pricey. Someone recently posted a pair for sale in the 'emporium' section. There are other ways and I am sure others will chime in. It would be a good idea to make a post in the c10 section. There is also an area for  "introductions'. I see you posted a separate thread about lowering the bike in the forum chat section, I have asked the moderator to move it to the appropriate place and I imagine it will end up in the suspension section in c10.  I'm not tryin to rag on you lol...just trying to help  ;)
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Re: Maintenance and the new owner
« Reply #74 on: May 15, 2015, 03:03:29 am »
Steve,

I just read an exchange between you & Colin about lowering links, or arms, for the Connie. This is the core of whether I'll keep this bike, or not. I need another 1" at least to be flat footed. But if Norm is out of business, it seems there's no alternative. Are there any other options? Lowering the seat just exacerbates the knee crunch. I already bought Murph's knee savers. Point me somewhere, if you can.