My 2 cents:
Having owned a c-14 for 4 years and 45,000 miles and working at a Triumph dealer for the last 5 years, I can give you my experience.
The Connie was bought for the long rides w/Mrs, and has done this well. I can drag the footpegs, out run my friends when I want, and just cruise in comfort. For a large bike it handles well, and will surprise you at how fast you are really going. The only issues with the Connie are the valve adjustments ( a nightmare because the tank does not come off, you access from the side with very little clearance). Also @ 40,000 the rear wheel bearing failed, a $350 repair using used parts for everything but the bearings.
As for the Triumphs. The Tigers are adventure bikes. They run great, handle as well as the Connie, but lack the protection of the fairings. This is important to me for the 500 mile days as I feel less fatigued at the end of the day, and if the weather gets bad...boy what a difference the fairing makes. But the Triumph you want to wait for arrives this January. The new Trophy will have it all, complete with touring bags, fairings, adjustable windscreen, cruise control, and more. If it runs like the 1200 tiger, I think it will be replacing my Connie when the time comes. I can tell you Triumph treats their customers a hell of allot better than Kawasaki, and this is from personal experience! The triple engine is the best choice for sport touring, a ton of mid range and a lineal power band. Not to mention very smooth.
You really can't go wrong with any sport tourer, just get what fits you best.
2010 Brutale 1090rr
Last edited by spence; 11-21-2012 at 03:19 PM.