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post #1 of 9 Old Jan 14th, 2010, 8:48 pm Thread Starter
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2008 Kawasaki Concours

I looked at a Connie today, 2008 with 13K miles, $8K. Should test ride Saturday if rain stays away. The BIG question is....Will MissE like the ride?

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post #2 of 9 Old Jan 15th, 2010, 12:28 am
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Take her along and go for a spin with her. Easiest way to get her addicted if you like it!

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Re: 2008 Kawasaki Concours

That's the plan, we are to test ride tomorrow morning! If it goes down for the right price, I may buy it anyway and get a touring bike for the two of us, if I could make the sale to Miss E, LOL

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Re: 2008 Kawasaki Concours

Test ride summer time to actually see how much heat it puts out to the rider.

I test rode it summer time in AZ, it was definitely a NO


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I looked at a Connie today, 2008 with 13K miles, $8K. Should test ride Saturday if rain stays away. The BIG question is....Will MissE like the ride?

any comments, or suggestions.

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post #5 of 9 Old Jan 15th, 2010, 9:14 pm
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Re: 2008 Kawasaki Concours

Just a guess but if she really likes to ride she will like it at least with a bigger than stock windshield. I was at the dealer today and they were getting a 2010 set up. I watched it ridden around the lot. It was quiet enough for most passengers I would think. Good luck.
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I plan on test riding the new Concours at some point just to affirm what I already suspect. Which is that I do not believe it is a bike with any serious touring capability. Fuel tank is too small for starters.
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Re: 2008 Kawasaki Concours

I put 50 miles on a demo right before Christmas. I was ready to purchase my Christmas present and thought that it might be the Connie with ABS. It's much lighter and more nimble than my LT, but the seating position is slightly forward and puts pressure on the forearms/wrists. More than 50 miles, I think it would apply pressure to the tailbone. The seams in the concrete interstate, got to be pretty annoying by the time my ride was done. Wind protection was much better than I anticipated. The air moved around me even with such a small windshield. The wind was directly across my hands, which wouldn't be a bad thing in warm weather.

As I've told my wife many times, I haven't found anything I like as much as I like the LT.

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Well Floyd heres my 2 cents worth. You might have gotten away with a Concours or any other bike for that matter IF Mrs. E hadn't ever rode on the back of your LT. You probably only have realistically 3 choices. The American made vibrator, the Japanese made wing or the now no longer made LT. I,m not sure if there are any other bikes out there made from the factory with a backrest for the passenger & with ample storage.

My wife seldom ever rides with me. If she was going with me on long trips I would consider her comfort over mine. The last thing I would want at the end of a good days ride would be my wife complaining & if she was uncomfortable I wouldn't enjoy the ride. After all vacations should be relaxing & enjoyable.

Good luck with your decision.

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Well Floyd heres my 2 cents worth. You might have gotten away with a Concours or any other bike for that matter IF Mrs. E hadn't ever rode on the back of your LT. You probably only have realistically 3 choices. The American made vibrator, the Japanese made wing or the now no longer made LT. I,m not sure if there are any other bikes out there made from the factory with a backrest for the passenger & with ample storage.

My wife seldom ever rides with me. If she was going with me on long trips I would consider her comfort over mine. The last thing I would want at the end of a good days ride would be my wife complaining & if she was uncomfortable I wouldn't enjoy the ride. After all vacations should be relaxing & enjoyable.

Good luck with your decision.
That pretty well sums it up Floyd...................
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