Just got back from a 3 day ride from LA to Monterey to Tahoe and back. I went with a good friend who rides a GS (Alan) and a good friend of his (Tim) who rides the new Concours 14. What a beautiful trip, 1,300 miles of bliss!
I have been anxious to compare the new Connie and the GT because I almost waited for the Connie. So on one long stretch of road we did roll-on runs in 6th/5th/4th/ and 3rd gears.
6th gear pull:
this was the biggest difference, we started at about 70mph and twisted the throttle, the GT pulled away from the Connie so easily that I thought maybe he "bogged down" or something. So we did it again, by the time I left off the gas I was over 30 yards ahead of him.
He caught up to me, lifted his helmet (he has a modular) and I could see the confusion on his face, a mixture of surprise, dissapointment and disbelief. I was giggleling like a little kid inside my helmet, I knew after the work I had done on the bike she was quick, but DAM!
5th gear pull:
we started at about 65 mph and twisted the throttle, again the GT pulled away easily, but not as fast, by the time I shifted into 6th I was about 15 yards ahead and pulling away.
4th gear pull:
we started at about 60 mph, the GT pulled away but not as fast, when I shifted into 5 gear I was maybe 4 bike lengths in front off him but still pulling away.
3rd gear pull:
we started at about 50 mph, the GT pulled away slowly, and when I shifted into 4th I was about 2 bike lengths away but still pulling away.
We also did a rolling start from 1st gear:
Connie got the jump on me and had a bike length in it's favor, but I was able to run him down and gain a bike length on him before we slowed down.
So it's clear to see that the Connie is at it's strongest in the higher rpm range, but no match at the lower rpm range. My buddy Alan was watching the whole time (we also have the scala rider headsets for bike-to-bike comms) and he was amazed and couldn't believe the GT was outrunning the big bad Concours 14.