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Offline Kreton'sLC

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New guy needing C 14 early Gen 2 info
« on: January 04, 2019, 02:13:19 am »
Hello from Austin - land of year-round riding!  I'm ready to replace my '07 Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit with a 2010-2012 Connie, and have schooled myself pretty well about them already but still have some questions I'm hoping to get help with.  I'd been toying with getting a used Goldwing or a Voyager, but since I still have several years before retirement I just can't see commuting to/from downtown Austin on such big beasts and dealing with my work parking garage.  I need something quick and somewhat nimble that's also capable of 600 mile days, day after day, and am hoping a Connie can fill that bill.  So my questions:

1) Is there a link to anything that provides details on the model year differences?  Wikipedia gives a pretty good overview on the subject but I'm wondering if there's a resource that really gets into the nitty gritty, especially stuff like known issues.

2) For those of you who've had other inline-4s and mostly do your own maintenance, how does the Connie compare in terms of ease of access for things like spark plug replacement, throttle bodies synch, coolant change, valve inspection/adjustment, etc.?  I've seen a vid on air cleaner replacement, and that doesn't look too bad (That was one of the things that soured me on a Goldwing - it's like a whole day job requiring major disassembly/reassembly).

3) And speaking of valves, are Connies like many Japanese inline-4s which after their first adjustment can often go tens of thousands of miles before another one is needed, or can you pretty much depend on their needing adjustment regularly?

4) For anyone who came to a Connie from a full-dress cruiser or Goldwing, do you find Connies to be as capable and comfortable for long distance touring?  I know Connies lack some creature comforts the big beasts have like cruise control, radio/cb, navigation systems, and heated seats, but I'm talking about general long distance comfort and wind protection.  I would be touring solo, so 2-up isn't a consideration.

5) Any advice on particular issues to look for and ask about, including recalls?

6) Finally, again for those who've had other touring or sport-touring bikes, how does the Connie's cost of ownership compare when you factor things like tire longevity, maintenance frequency and materials, insurance, etc.?

Thanks in advance for any help!

Greg

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Re: New guy needing C 14 early Gen 2 info
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 10:43:06 am »
Greg,
I recently did the same thing as you, I'll share my experience with you soon, I'm leaving for work.





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Re: New guy needing C 14 early Gen 2 info
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 03:02:33 pm »
I just got my Concours after riding Goldwings and Ultras for the last several years.

NOTHING will consume miles like a real touring bike.  I have ridden coast to coast on Goldwings and Ultras and can say if you want 600 mile days over and over and over again and do it in supreme comfort, nothing Beats a Goldwing or Ultra(insert your favorite touring bike).  Can you do it on a Concours?  Of course but in my opinion you have to accept the Concours is a sport touring motorcycle with a "Sport" emphasis. 

Since my coast to coast riding is done for a a few years I wanted more sport in my life so will adjust the Concours to something more comfortable that what Kawasaki offers out of the crate.

Your coming from a Bandit so those could also be considered a Sport touring motorcycle.  In my opinion if your even considering a Goldwing I say go for it....Yes they are a handful in parking lot settings but out on the open road they are truly amazing motorcycles and uber reliable(just like the Concours).

Just my opinion.
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Re: New guy needing C 14 early Gen 2 info
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2019, 04:00:40 pm »
Search YouTube for the 2010 C14 video and most of the model changes are thoroughly described.

There are 2 or 3 known issues which are mostly easy to fix, and described so herein.

Overall, once you step away from the pre-'08 bikes the advancements are/were tremendous.

Unless you buy a C14 with over 60K miles, fluid and filter changes. Look at the maintenance receipts B4 you buy, or have their dealership print up a history if applicable.

Personally, the ABS was NOT important to me, but maybe it is for you? 
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