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Offline Will

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Thiniking about getting a Concours
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:45:25 pm »
Hello COGs,

I'm thinking about getting back into riding after a 15 year absence.  The last bike I owned was a Harley. But I never forgot the recommendation of a friend cycle shop owner in Atlanta: that the Concours is the bike of choice for long-distance riding.

I live in Jacksonville, and would love to meet local owners if there are any, to get a first hand opinion and look at the bike.

Any replies appreciated. Thanks!

Will
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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 03:02:52 pm »
A used concours 14 is a great bike and the single best bike for the money on the planet.
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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2018, 04:12:03 pm »
A used concours 14 is a great bike and the single best bike for the money on the planet.

Agreed, these C14s WITH an ECU flash are the best bang for the buck....if money is no real issue, well then perhaps their are others that may come out on top.
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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2018, 04:24:07 pm »
A used concours 14 is a great bike and the single best bike for the money on the planet.


I 100% agree.   Many are farkled out also.

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2018, 12:08:23 am »
Hello COGs,

I'm thinking about getting back into riding after a 15 year absence.  The last bike I owned was a Harley. But I never forgot the recommendation of a friend cycle shop owner in Atlanta: that the Concours is the bike of choice for long-distance riding.

I live in Jacksonville, and would love to meet local owners if there are any, to get a first hand opinion and look at the bike.

Any replies appreciated. Thanks!

Will



That all depends...... I took my 2017 Concours on a 400 mile ride.  The bike has bar risers and the pegs were lowered.  I also had an aftermarket seat (Corbin).  I’m 6’8” and just couldn’t get comfortable.  I bought a 2018 Indian Springfield with an extended reach seat.  Took it on a 500 mile ride recently.  Night and day difference in comfort. 

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2018, 01:27:50 am »
Will, you sound a lot like a lot of us.  You'll fit right in.
   I'm thinking about getting back into riding after a 15 year absence.

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2018, 04:05:37 am »
Hi Will,
First question: Which Jacksonville?
If FL, there are several of us around, me, and egodriver71. We both live in the SW area of Jacksonville FL.
I have a 2012 C14, and Tom has (I think) a 2009 ABS model.
I can also tell you that I've done over 700 miles in one day, not a cakewalk, but not a torture session either.
What Ted meant is that a number of us had long periods without bike; mine was ~24 years. Then I bought a 2005 C10. After I "used it up"  :'(  I bought my current 2012.
Second question: Which Concours?  C10 or C14?
Both C10 and C14 are great bikes. C10 holds its own very well. Classic looks, old tech on everything, means easy to repair, and plenty of parts available.
C14 is newer tech, superior to C10 in almost every way, except fairing protection - C10 is about as good as it gets there.
Anyway, let me know where you are. We try to get together every once in a while.

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2018, 06:34:28 am »
Hi Will,
First question: Which Jacksonville?

Hi Jorge, Jax FL, Riverside area. I've called the couple local dealers just to look at a Connie, nobody has one. Would appreciate a chance to get a look, including checking seat height. Not sure I'm comfortable with all that weight especially up high, if I can't stand up from the seat. Anyway, if there's a way to message each other, maybe we can hook up sometime. Thanks!
Will

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2018, 10:51:40 am »
Hi Will... PM Sent.
Go to top of page, dark band with links, click on "My Messages" and read away - pretty easy to use.
As I mentioned, last time we were there, Jacksonville Powersports had a new Connie, and maybe even a used on in good condition. Good people, highly recommend them.
Anyway, check the PM and give me a call.

Jorge

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 08:37:48 am »
Thanks for all the helpful comments, and especially to Jorge for giving me a live introduction to his C14. Much appreciated!

Best wishes,
Will

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2018, 11:13:32 am »
Hi Will. Jorge and Tom are good folks and will steer you straight.
 
I was "out of riding" for over 30 years and started back on a C-10, them moved to a C-14 about 30,000 miles later. I have a 2014 C-14 and a 2008 Goldwing, so the C-14 is my "small bike" that I run errands on. But I've also ridden it hundreds of miles in a day. It's heavy but quite nimble, so don't sweat that.  Just give it a good try.

Good luck on your search. Lot's of good and helpful folks on here.

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2018, 12:46:20 am »
Will, I'm Jorge's wife, Irene.  He and Tom know a lot about the Connie and they would be more than happy to help.  All I know is how to ride it as a passenger and feed people.  I can do that well.  All you have to do is ask.   ;)

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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2018, 06:48:53 pm »
Hello COGs,

I'm thinking about getting back into riding after a 15 year absence.  The last bike I owned was a Harley. But I never forgot the recommendation of a friend cycle shop owner in Atlanta: that the Concours is the bike of choice for long-distance riding.

I live in Jacksonville, and would love to meet local owners if there are any, to get a first hand opinion and look at the bike.

Any replies appreciated. Thanks!

Will



That all depends...... I took my 2017 Concours on a 400 mile ride.  The bike has bar risers and the pegs were lowered.  I also had an aftermarket seat (Corbin).  I’m 6’8” and just couldn’t get comfortable.  I bought a 2018 Indian Springfield with an extended reach seat.  Took it on a 500 mile ride recently.  Night and day difference in comfort.

Pretty sure the night and day difference was also in the price....just sayin'

Most people can get into a NEW leftover model year C14 brand new for about $12k....sometimes less, your not getting into an Indian Springfield for anywhere near that, leftover or not....more like $20k, not a fair comparison really. Besides, the Indian from a performance aspect is going to lose too, but if comfort is your primary motivator, I'm sure the Indian is great.
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Re: Thiniking about getting a Concours
« Reply #13 on: May 31, 2018, 10:34:08 am »
Will, buy the Concours.  You'll never regret it.  My husband, Jorge, had a C10 and now has a C14.  We love it.  We put many miles on the C10 going on vacations riding two up.  I have my own bike and it's not a Connie because my legs are too short.  If you need any help, I know the people on the forum would be more than happy to help you.  Since we live in the same city, I know my husband, Jorge would be happy to help you.


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