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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... :tim

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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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Ack535 said:
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... :tim

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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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Ack535 said:
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
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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Ack535 said:
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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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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If your budget is the priority, then a Kaw is the way to go. But for me the ride, specially 2 up (ESA), better milage (C-14, 180-200 miles per tank), better storage, the extra $$$ to me is well worth it.

Right now I'm seeing 08 KGT2 Demo's (approx 2000 miles) for the price of a new Honda ST1300.

Then don't forget, if you get the C-14, then think about a better seat, Heli bars, Cruise, bigger shield (but I see that on the KGT2 also). Heated grips, if you up north yea, but south I really don't care.

Really in all, if it keeps my wife happy, then I'm willing to spend the little extra

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The president of the BMW club here has a Concours 14 along with about three BMWs.
If that tells you something.
I'm an Area Director for COG and I own a BMW. What does that tell ya?
 

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If cruise, traction control and ESA are not a concern for you the Kawi or FJR1300 may be great alternatives. I would go as far to say if those items are not important, you probably should not be looking at the GT2.

I too live in an area where you simply are not allowed to test drive bikes. I started with the ST1300 which was a great bike. I had a hard time believing I would ever pay the extra money for the GT2, but after putting a few thousand miles on the ST I found myself wanting the cruise control and the more I read about ESA the more I liked it.

After making the switch to the GT2 I could not have been more happy. With the ST I found myself frustrated that I had a bike that could cover many miles, but my throttle hand was just fatigued after a few hundred miles. No longer a problem with the GT2.

I also found that I took several trips where I left home fully loaded, found a hotel a few states over and unload the bike and enjoy a few days with the unloaded bike. Though the suspension was relatively easy to adjust, I found that I never adjusted it. With the GT2 I adjust the suspension all of the time to meet varying load and road conditions and it is very helpful.

Traction control was a feature that really caught my interest as well. I like the adjustable handlebars and narrow profile of the GT2. I never would have thought I would want to spend this much $ on a bike, but now that I have I am very happy with the bike.
 

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You can add a cruise the either the C14 or the FJR. I test road the C14 and didn't come away all that impressed. It's certainly a nice bike, but after reading all the hype, I was a little disappointed. The bike that impressed me was the FJR-AE. I got used to that paddle shifting easier than I thought.

But the thing for me with the GT is that it's whole package - no shortcuts. Adjustable bars, heated seat & grips, cruise, ESA, electric windshield, and more power than I'll ever need. Why Yamaha and Kawasaki don't offer things like a cruise, heated grips, heated seat as options at least, I just don't understand.
 
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