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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.
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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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.
 

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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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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...
Front runners:
Concours 14
FJR
Sprint ST
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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one thing to consider about the Conk. Premium Fuel Only... Probably not a deal killer, but it could swing it out of favor. Since your wife isn't very big, VFR with hard bags and a sargent seat should be on your list too. 08 and earlier leftovers can be had for CHEAP right now.
 

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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???
I am and always will be a diehard crotch rocket fan. My GSXR 750 will always be my really fun bike. But I can tell you firsthand, after three months and 5500 miles of owning a C14, I still grin like an idiot when I take her out. It'll accelerate damn near almost as fast as my 750. It's twisty enough for street riding. You can scrub the entirety of the 190 rear tire side to side without flinching. I mean hell, it's a ZX-14 frame and engine with touring bodywork. The bulkiness takes a little getting used to but once you do, wow.

Not to mention that the thing is freaking comfortable! I have made two 800-mile round trips to Daytona and back in the last month and really could have gone twice as far easily. The bags are huge and will hold everything I need except my tent, just because it's too long. The windshield and heated grips, the wind-blocking fairings, all those creature comforts are well worth it. Best of both worlds. The only problem with owning a C14 is the constant desire to buy new gadgets for it! GPS, intercom, radar detector, cruise control, etc.

The TCS is worth it on a machine this beefy, too--the backlash from the drivetrain when throttling off and on is enough to skip the rear tire and give you a TCS light.

Overall I wouldn't trade this bike for anything. I'm 6'2" and 200lbs and it just sat better than the FJR or the ST. All three of them are quite capable bikes, but IMO the C14 is a better overall balance among comfort, sport, and power.

The Concours has typically been a bike for the older generation--I mean more 'experienced' :p The average demographic I'm told is 48 and I think a lot of it has to do with the lack of curb appeal of the pre-2008 models that weren't updated since 1986.

I'm 28 years old and I ride a C14. This bike is a badass. Buy one and let's shift the paradigm!
 

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just picked up a leftover new c14. Great bike and I sold an 08 Busa. Power is lower in sub 5k rpm but above that it hums along as fast as most sportbikes. Also the wind protection and ergos blow away any sport bike like a zx14 or Busa. luggage is b***** than fjr and more legroom. ST is most comfy but old design and no 6th gear. So comfort goes - ST, C14, FJY. and performance goes C14, FJR, ST. The COncours boards have reports of C14s hitting 170 - not bad for a sport tourer.....

Also, has great low end torque which makes bike very usable.

Also agree that there are so many thing to buy - I have already spent more than I want to admit - sargent seat, Givi trunk, throttlemeister, 2 big windshield, fenda extenda, lower pegs, bar risers, etc... This is all within one weeks ownership. Ha
 
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