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post #1 of 5 Old Dec 7th, 2011, 7:09 pm Thread Starter
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Kawasaki Concours C14

I am thinking about adding a Kawasaki Concours C14 to my garage. I test rode one and smiled as I accelerated. It has gobs of power. On the highway there was more wind noise than the 1200RT. The lack of cruise control is a point that makes me stop and think. But the reliability of a Japanese bike is attractive to me.

Has anyone rode owe owned a Concours C14? Any thoughts that anyone cares to share?

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post #2 of 5 Old Dec 7th, 2011, 7:56 pm
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Re: Kawasaki Concours C14

What model year is it? Up until the last couple years they had a heat problem, dumping heat on your lower leg and foot. There was a mod out that helped deflect the heat but it didn't work that well.

Other than that I don't know of any issues.

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Re: Kawasaki Concours C14

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I am thinking about adding a Kawasaki Concours C14 to my garage. I test rode one and smiled as I accelerated. It has gobs of power. On the highway there was more wind noise than the 1200RT. The lack of cruise control is a point that makes me stop and think. But the reliability of a Japanese bike is attractive to me.

Has anyone rode owe owned a Concours C14? Any thoughts that anyone cares to share?

Jorge
They have a huge following! Other than the BBQ factor I don't know of any issues - lots of bang for the buck!

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post #4 of 5 Old Dec 7th, 2011, 9:21 pm
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Re: Kawasaki Concours C14

Of course I have to chime in. Just for history sake, I bought my 2010 C14 after selling an '06 K1200GT. Before that I owned an '02 K1200LTC.

I highly recommend a 2010 model or newer. All issues are resolved. NO heat issues anymore, etc., etc... Kawasaki really listened to their customer base and fixed the issues of the '08-'09 models.

Cruise Control cost me $240 to my door, and about 5 hours labor. Works as well as any OEM unit.

Installing a CalSci +4 windshield cured all of the wind and noise issues entirely. I couldn't be more pleased. (I had Cee Bailey's shields on my Beemers.)

The bottom line: I paid just a bit over $13k for it WITH a 7-year bumper-to-bumper warranty. I couldn't be any happier with it, it's a lot of bang for the buck ... and it looks nice doing it. The dealer network is good, and the Connie forums are almost as good as the Beemer forums. (Nothing beats bmwlt.com for support.)

Have fun shopping...

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post #5 of 5 Old Dec 8th, 2011, 8:04 am
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Re: Kawasaki Concours C14

Pretty good report on the 08 bike with a lot of + and a few -. Looks lot like the K1600GT and about 1/2 the price.


http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/160/54...omparison.aspx

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