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Concours 14?

I currently ride a K8 GSXR 1000 and want to add a stable mate to her for long distances. A good friend just moved to San Antonio and I am in western West Virginia. The concours 14 looks like it may be the ticket for solo as well as two up with my wife. Not ready to go to the motor company and don't really want to drop the coin on a BMW or a Wing. Any thoughts???
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Great bike. I don't have much seat time on the concours but I took a stock zx14 on a north american tour without any problems. It's not going to be quite as agile as the zx, but it's better wind screen, ergos, etc. will more than make up for it if you want a highway crusher.

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SWEET bike!! Look closely at the Yamaha FJR as well. Be sure to get the ABS - standard on the Yamaha, option on either the Kaw or the Honda (ST1300). Of those three, I ruled out the Honda due to its age of design. The Kawi and the Yamaha are just different strokes for different folks. Get the one you like best because they're essentially equal. Due to ABS being standard vs. optional, I think you'll find better prices on the FJR.
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The Concourse is one of the best out there, it and the FJR are the two in that class I would consider.
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The Concourse is one of the best out there, it and the FJR are the two in that class I would consider.
If you are looking for the BIG touring bike then yes. But do not forget about the all powerful, sexy-everyday, single-sided-swingarm, triple note exhaust of the Triumph Sprint. I think its more "sporting" than those previously listed, especially the FJR. But it all depends on what type of tourer you are looking for. A tourer that is more in line with the sportbikes or a tourer that is more in line with the cruisers.


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If you are looking for the BIG touring bike then yes. But do not forget about the all powerful, sexy-everyday, single-sided-swingarm, triple note exhaust of the Triumph Sprint. I think its more "sporting" than those previously listed, especially the FJR. But it all depends on what type of tourer you are looking for. A tourer that is more in line with the sportbikes or a tourer that is more in line with the cruisers.
Excellent point. I have always loved the Sprint ST, heck, the 2001 St in British Racing Green still makes me salivate.
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id go sprint but the new concours is nice, made some good improvements.
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The Concours is very nice, and the magazines seem to like it and have been impressed by the technology, but ... I just have a bit of fear for the reliability of all those electronic doo-dads in the long term. I prefer a simpler bike with less to go wrong, so I'd pick the big Yamaha myself.

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I think the C14 is probably the best all around package for the price.

On a tighter budget, and if you want a lighter machine, the BMW F800ST isn't a bad way to go either.

The Suzuki V-storm makes a good sport touring machine.

Finally, the BMW R1200GS is worth looking at. Great torque, and the ability to explore gravel roads and even light trails.


Whatever, you get, if you plan to load it up with luggage or ride 2-up...ABS is your best friend. Worth the money.

BMW R1200RT ... not really a sportbike, but it's faster than you think.
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I put over 60k miles on my FJR. Reliable as hell. Easy to work on and long valve adjustment intervals.

I also found the VStrom to be very comfortable. The 1000 has a lot of aftermarket stuff available for touring.

Good luck!


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Thanks for all the info everyone.
I haven't checked in a while, but all the input is welcome.
Still trying to decide...
We'll see what happens for sure later...
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have you sat on any of them yet? gone to see any of them in person? what are your initial thoughts?


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No, all my initial impressions are based on doing a lot of reading. There are not a lot of dealers located in rural western WV to even throw a leg over a bike. I am heading to Georgetown, KY for work and training soon and Lexington has a lot of different dealers from most manufacturers. I hope to check most models out in person then...
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Concours 14
FJR
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I am really looking for something for 2 up that is still sporty but more comfortable for my wife.
She's only about 98 lbs and 4'11' but the GSX-R is still not a long dist prospect for her.
As I said before, it is going to be a family addition not a replacement, I can't give up on the pavement shredding power just yet!!!!!!!!!!!
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you could also consider a lot of the older model sportbikes. For example the Suzuki TLR is a great bike. It also has a very wide and big passenger seat (in comparison to modern day sportbikes) - plenty of room. Of course its a little more aggressive in the rider's position.


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A good friend of mine in northern MI has the Concourse 14 and I've ridden it a lot. Hes taken it cross country 4 times in the past 2 years and absolutely loves the thing. He's always on it. A rocket with a lazyboy strapped to it. The FJR needs a
6th gear, but I love that bike too. All of the bikes mentioned on here are great bikes, but the 14 is King.

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