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Old 09-23-2006, 10:22 PM   #1
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Wow way to go Kawasaki. Love the looks of the new Concours. Beautiful classy lines. Has available ABS too.. (The GMP predicted most sport touring and touring bikes will have this an option. In a few years it will be standard equipement). I agree the ZX-6R looks bad ass.. Has nice smoth lines and no racer boy graphics. Kawasaki gets it. If a bike is designed well it doesn't need strips or racer boy graphics. Do you hear me Suzuki? Looks a lot better than the R6.



Since I wrecked the Ninja on tight twisty road today. Perhaps it's time for kpaul to update once it gets fixed.



Nice job Kawasaki.. The Middle weight shoot-out should be fun this year..
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Old 09-24-2006, 12:15 AM   #2
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What they've done with the Concours is a complete reinvention of that model. What seemed like a quaint, overpriced, but ultimately soft and benign tourer looks like it has made a quantum leap into an entirely different league. My only concern is price. With the ZX-14 being a $12k bike, the Concours line is looking at a pretty hefty bump up market. If they could bring it in at $10k it would be an unbeatable value but I don't see how that is possible, $12-$13k is my expectation.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:47 AM   #3
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Sharft drive, elevtric windshield, para-lever rear suspension... Sounds very familiar. Now the Connie is almost as modern as the 1996 BMW R1100RT. It's real competition is the FJR1300, another well done clone at a fraction of the price.
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Old 09-24-2006, 01:52 AM   #4
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I was looking at an '05 Concours (I think) this week. It was like having something important taken away—like hope. The Concours Dept. must have been where Kawasaki sent designers they wanted to punish—A Gulag for the creative. Finally, The Design has changed, Comrade! I've saved the frame picture. Just attach a seat and hugger, maybe some highway pegs, and one phrase comes to mind: "What's a Teutal?" Obviously, someone at Kawasaki has been forgiven. What next: "Osama, come home?"
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:29 AM   #5
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Yeah, not happening! I expect to see 13.5K and up. At least they kept the shaft drive, I was afraid they would go to a chain with that motor.
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Old 09-24-2006, 02:57 AM   #6
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It seems more of an update and improvement of the ZZR 1200 than the Connie. Having said that, I'LL TAKE IT!! A nice comparo with the ST1300, FJR1300 and the K1200 is in order asap MO!!
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Old 09-24-2006, 03:29 AM   #7
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I had not idea that the R100RT made 170 hp. And had variable cam timing. So is the new BMW K just a very expensive clone of the Busa?

Actually the new Connie looks like exactly like the old Connie.

The old Connie was a Ninja 1000 that was made into a sport touring machine. The new one is a ZX-14 made into a sport touring machine. Kawasaki took their fast sport bike and made and ST out of

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Old 09-24-2006, 03:33 AM   #8
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Man I like the new ZX14 Tourer. Here's hoping that Kawasaki gives the bike decent ergo's.



My biggest problem with most modern bikes is the lack of leg room. To much bend in the knee and hip.



If this bike is the same as the ZX14 then its going to be to tight for me. I'm not that big...5'11" 220 pounds. It that I'm over 50 and my joints are a little less prone to bending than they were when I was 25.



Anyway, I'll sit tight and wait for more info on this bike. I was going to get an ST1300 to replace my recently sold FJR. But now I'm dreaming of this new Kaw!



Just think...165+HP and 100+# of torque! Shaft-drive, etc. Wow!



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Old 09-24-2006, 03:38 AM   #9
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Cruise control? Self cancelling turn signals? Price? Other specs? I am very happy with my 2005 FJR ABS; we have a great relationship. I still notice a pretty young woman, however. May be best to wait a season or two to get the bugs out of the 14. Will be time to upgrade by then. The K1200 GT is very cool, but absurdly high acquisition costs and no doubt exorbitant costs of ownership, together with scarce and precious dealers, are disincentives. Very interesting to see this market develop. I would expect Honda to up the ante with a re-habbed ST1300 very soon. Thanks for the scoop.
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