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Old 05-13-2008, 01:33 PM   #1
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Concours or ZX-14 for sport touring?

Looks I'll be looking to get a more comfortable bike soon for some long distance rides. Right now I'm pretty much looking at the Concours and the ZX-14. Both of these have the power that I'm looking for along with the ability to mount hard bags. I know there are plenty of people with 14's on here but what about the Concours?
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I read that the older ones had heat issues at low speeds. But they apparently have fixed those problems. But at 15k MSRP they are getting in BMW territory.
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well the contour most likely has a bigger fuel tank both are almost the same comfort but the 14 being a bit more sportie obviously.

i'd go sit on both in the end is up to your .
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concours for sure... it is the zx14 motor but built for touring... much more comfortable too
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Concours is heavier, better wind protection, less aggressive seating postion, tuned more for bottom and mid range, and shaft drive for zero maintenance on a chain. Also comes with the bags standard.

If I was looking for something to knock down long miles and still be sporty, there is no contest.
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I would really like a Concours. I've sat on one, and like the positioning, but the GF doesn't like the 2-up arrangement.
Looks like a 'Wing is in order.
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I would really like a Concours. I've sat on one, and like the positioning, but the GF doesn't like the 2-up arrangement.
Looks like a 'Wing is in order.
Nope, buy one for her to ride. You can pack more luggage on two bikes anyhow!
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I would really like a Concours. I've sat on one, and like the positioning, but the GF doesn't like the 2-up arrangement.
Looks like a 'Wing is in order.
yup, a 'wing is in our future as well....the 1 w/ the airbag.......
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Nope, buy one for her to ride. You can pack more luggage on two bikes anyhow!
She's got a bike, as do I. They won't be seeing trips to Dallas/west Texas/etc any time soon, though.
We're considering something for comfort and long trip capabilities. For that, there's no other bike on the market better than a 'wing. The rear seat is not near as comfy on the Concours, and I'm concerned for her comfort.
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Between the two I would take the Concours for serious trips. I have never owned either so I cannot give a first hand experience. I had a 2003 VFR 800I for a long time and loved it, very comfortable for long trips and sitll had a decent amount of power. If they made it in a 1000+ I'd be all over it. My father just purchased a CBR 1100XX for long trips and so far he says it is very comfortable with extremely smooth power across the whole range, granted our first long trip with that one won't be until this summer.

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Thought I would add my two cents bout kawasaki....My new zx-14 has been in the shop six times for valve cover leak going back to jan. 07. After replacing the gasket three times, valve cover, gasket and bolts once, they used washers and some type of sealant to seal it up. Now I have a motorcycle that no shop will adjust valves, and it has no value on market. This is a common problem with this model and kaw says it is fixed. Have been in litigation with attorney for over year and kaw just delays and delays not wanting to discuss or do anything. I have not ridden the bike for over six months and will not ride till goes to court, which looks like it will be another year or so. Bottom line is the problem is not fixed it is jerryrigged and from my research into kaw warranty, this is exactly how they take care of customers and thier lemon motorcycles.
The concours leak from the shaft drive from what I have read, and the engine is the same in the zx-14 that many many people have oil leaks.
Bottom line, this has been the worst purchase of my life and suggest you do some research before you buy anything from kawasaki, they are aware of problems but choose to do nothing about it, and my situation is far from an isolated incident....do oil leak search on one of the zx-14 websites or google. A product is only as good as the warranty and the company standing behind the warranty (or not) before this nightmare I was a big fan of kawasaki, at this moment you could not give me one
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There is a guy here in the office that bought one about three months ago. e and his son bought matching bikes so they could go cruzing in the country. They fitted both with a top box which doesn't come stock.
I think the bike is very cool and the gages and stuff are awsome. I think the coolest part is the little thingy they have in their pockets that will let you start it without turning the key.

One thing that is not cool is the height of the seat. I am 5' 8" and can barely touch the ground. I don't like that at all.
The second thing is a overall size of the bike. It is huge.

I think I will stick with a new Bandit next year, maybe...
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She's got a bike, as do I. They won't be seeing trips to Dallas/west Texas/etc any time soon, though.
We've done a trip to the Hill Country and it wasn't bad at all; mine is more standard, but hers is crotch rocket all the way, and a friend went along on a TL1000. You just have to plan breaks, and stay away from droning down the highway for long stretches.

Try an easy trip like to Austin and back, and you might surprise yourself how well a sportbike can actually do.
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Concours is heavier, better wind protection, less aggressive seating postion, tuned more for bottom and mid range, and shaft drive for zero maintenance on a chain. Also comes with the bags standard.

If I was looking for something to knock down long miles and still be sporty, there is no contest.
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though I would have to agree with RacerX about the FJR..
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I rode one at the IMS show last year. There was more turbulence than I expected. A friend has one at work and has bought several windscreens trying to find the right combination. The fancy keyfob you keep in your pocket worries me, I would always be expecting it to fail at the worst possible time. The FJR I rode would be my choice of the two but not the auto-clutch version.
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I would rather the zx14, I've seen them how they look with hard saddle bags and luggage--pretty hard core--and still maintain that sport bike looks.
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