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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 2008, 8:20 pm Thread Starter
 
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Concours 14 Vs. K12GT

Hey Guys:

Is anyone else out there considering the Concours 14 as an alternative to the K12GT. I am currently riding a 2003 K1200RS, but really like the new 2nd generation GT's. However, my wallet does not like the price...

The C 14 has gotten my attention as a strong alternative, and at around $11k for non ABS, and around $12,500 for an ABS equipped bike, that's a great price. If only Kawasaki put electronic cruise control and factory heated grips on the bike, I might be sold...

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old Aug 11th, 2008, 8:45 pm Thread Starter
 
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Have you guys seen what Honda has coming out for '09. A new VFR1000 powered by the RC11 V-5 motor and they are going to have a sport bike version, and a GT Version as well.

I previously owned a VFR800 and loved the bike! The VFR1000 in the GT version has me drooling!

Google up VFR1000 and take a look!

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Hey Guys:

Is anyone else out there considering the Concours 14 as an alternative to the K12GT. I am currently riding a 2003 K1200RS, but really like the new 2nd generation GT's. However, my wallet does not like the price...

The C 14 has gotten my attention as a strong alternative, and at around $11k for non ABS, and around $12,500 for an ABS equipped bike, that's a great price. If only Kawasaki put electronic cruise control and factory heated grips on the bike, I might be sold...

Pete
Being the owner of an '86 Concours, I was seriously looking at the C14 - from the time it was first announced. Then time dragged by and still no C14. And when it finally appeared I was SO disappointed. Why the heck they don't offer cruise, heated grips and seats as options I'll never know. So, I bought a used GT instead and have not regretted it at all.

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Have you guys seen what Honda has coming out for '09. A new VFR1000 powered by the RC11 V-5 motor and they are going to have a sport bike version, and a GT Version as well.

I previously owned a VFR800 and loved the bike! The VFR1000 in the GT version has me drooling!

Google up VFR1000 and take a look!

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That rumor has been circulating for the past five years or so. I also used to have a VFR800. Take a look at vfrdiscussion.com and see how serious those guys are taking the rumors.

My 2 cents is I wouldn't be interested in the Kaw. My experience (not personal but with Kaw riders on trips) has not left a good taste for Kaw. I'd go GT, ST, or FJR instead.
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One of the guys in our m/c club sold his GT (older gen) and bought the Connie and he's very happy with it. We did a track day together and the Connie seemed to handle very well, although he couldn't pull away from me in the straightaway (04 GT); I thought they were more powerful than that. For the price they look pretty appealing! Can you get a test ride on one?

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Have you guys seen what Honda has coming out for '09. A new VFR1000 powered by the RC11 V-5 motor and they are going to have a sport bike version, and a GT Version as well.

I previously owned a VFR800 and loved the bike! The VFR1000 in the GT version has me drooling!

Google up VFR1000 and take a look!

Pete
If you hadn't said the RC11 motor you might have had me. It seems the VFR is kind of a step child now.
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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2008, 6:45 pm
 
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C-14

I myself have a '06 Concours although not the C-14, but a C-10. Although I love it, but want something a bit bigger. I to have looked at the C-14's and I always learned that you do not buy a 1st year production, which lead me the KGT's.

take a look at the forum, Concours.org There's a wealth of info. I'n sure you'll find your answer there.

Good Luck

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One of the guys in our m/c club sold his GT (older gen) and bought the Connie and he's very happy with it. We did a track day together and the Connie seemed to handle very well, although he couldn't pull away from me in the straightaway (04 GT); I thought they were more powerful than that. For the price they look pretty appealing! Can you get a test ride on one?
mmmm test ride?.....I have been to other dealers...none would allow.....BMW is the only one I have found to allow test rides....no ride no buy....
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I have a friend who rides a C-14, he is very KAW loyal.

It depends on what you want. When we ride together he is tried after 300 to 500 miles, while I can easily do 700 to 1k. On a straight away he is quicker on the start, but above 40 miles per hour I can stay with him. In the curves, my GT has no problem with the C-14.

The GT2 is 8k more, but for me the GT2 is better two up, better luggage system, and better stopping power. Then you have cruise, heated seats and grips and don't discount the ESA.
For me I will make up some of the 8k difference in resale and I believe I will be able to put more miles on my GT2.

Besides can't you get $1,200. off right now for a new '08 GT2?

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