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Offline kazetsukai

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New Owner here
« on: March 20, 2017, 05:21:49 pm »
Hello there, new owner in New Hampshire. Bought mine (I believe a 2017 model GTR1400) last Thursday, zero miles. Already going to and from work (Boston) on it.

Previous bike (first bike) was a Ducati S2R 800, working on selling it... Great bike, wrong tool for the job. Awesome sound, torquey at low RPM, super fun in the twisties. High maintenance, out of power on the highway, and no protection. I'm doing 50 mile one-way commutes, the miles rack up fast and so does the maintenance. Naked bike, did a whole winter on it. Thinking of moving cross country (US), and my target locale (Montana, Idaho) has no Ducati dealers within ~500 miles of where I'd live. Long term, its a dead-end.

As for why I bought the Concours... I was originally looking at the Multistrada, but again my target locale precluded it. Next options were the Versys and Sport Touring bikes, considered the ZX14 as well. Hard luggage was a sell, more upright, adjustable windshield... ultimately the Concours' shaft drive, motor and stellar reviews all around sold me. Went to my local dealer, sat on one, asked about it. Set the process in motion, and upon finish I had the first brand new vehicle I've ever owned.

Current thoughts: Rides like a Kawasaki... I've ridden both an EX500 and EX650 before, they all feel similar. The Concours is a leg up in all aspects, of course. I guess the point is, doesn't give off the feelz like the Ducati, but its massively powerful. Heated grips are great in this cold weather, as is the fairing and windshield. Mileage, range indicators, tire pressure gauges are a nice plus. The ride height even at stock is quite pleasant. I'm not taking it beyond 7k on the tach until the engine breaks in thoroughly, and if its anything like the EX500/650, that's where all the engine power is.

I am looking for a few things, if anyone has any tips on these:
1) My most wanted item is a queen seat with a backrest and decent armrests... can't find anything as of yet. I'd like to take her around in comfort. I've seen the Corbin, not a fan. Nor am I a fan of Goldwings.
2) I am quite a fan of the hitches and little tow behind trailers. I may be doing a cross country trip on the bike at some point, and I'd want to be able to carry any necessary gear. I might have to "live out of" the bike for a week or two at some point...
3) I think this bike might go nice with audio. Speakers, bluetooth. Shouldn't be too hard, I'd think.
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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 01:33:14 am »
Scott congrats on the new Connie. These are a keeper. Also welcome to the forum. Sounds like you have been looking at different things already if you know about the Corbin.
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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 01:55:14 am »
Hi,
        Congrats on the C14! :great:

With you commuting, you might want to talk about....TIRES! :-X

Seems the Connie loves'em! :(

Might want to try the Perelli Angel "A" Specs? :beerchug:

Seems to be a favorite here! ;D ;D ;D >:D >:D >:D
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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 12:33:32 pm »
Welcome to COG.  A naked Ducati as a commuter was awesome on a different level? Lots of small farkles and customizing lies ahead.
You are the second Scott to get on board this month. From one to another  :beerchug:
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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 08:29:14 pm »

Welcome!    You're going to love it the more you ride it.       What town are you in?  I'm in Litchfield.

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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2017, 02:42:56 pm »
Took the bike in for its first maintenance (600 miles), already experienced the "F1 error" a couple times. One ride home was in very heavy rain, ugh. My helmet sucks. Some thoughts:

Heated grips are truly a life saver. I've been doubling up on gloves and they keep the hands warm.

Despite weighing almost twice what I'm used to, its still very maneuverable. Nimble, doesn't feel 670lbs at speed.

My goodness what power. 80 was my top end before on the highway... in MA traffic, its now my bottom end. I consciously have to try to stay there as to not get myself into trouble, and this is still below the bikes true power band!

I still can't decide whether the key fob is a convenience or a nuisance.

Last but not least, feel like I've moved up in the biker realm. Big bike club, or something. This is more power, more function/utility, more responsibility, and more fun. A level of seriousness up. I guess that's how it goes when you finally let go of your first bike? I love it, it just can't be my daily driver anymore... and I'm just going to have to say goodbye here soon.

Current accessories:
-RAM Mount 1" ball x2
-RAM Mount X-Grip phone holder
-RAM Mount Self-leveling cup holder

Wanted:
Again, the queen seat. Looking like its going to be a custom job at this rate.
Frame sliders/fairing guards.

Welcome!    You're going to love it the more you ride it.       What town are you in?  I'm in Litchfield.
I'm in Windham, and I'd be up for a local hangout. Grab some Chinese food or a coffee or something. I want to do Mt. Washington this year for sure.

Thanks for the replies, people.

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Re: New Owner here
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2017, 12:29:02 am »
 Scott welcome COG,congrats on your new ride drive safe.