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post #21 of 34 Old 11-12-2012, 11:19 AM Thread Starter
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Get the Connie and a throtlemeister...
Yep. I think that's where this is headed. I like the Throttlemeister on the CBR, and it should perform at least as well on the Kawa. I've found a new '12 in the color I want for $14,100 OTD. The thing that really bothers me about the Tiger is that the it is essentially a used/demo bike (The owner took it on a little 1800 mile jaunt after fitting it with all of the aftermarket goodies). They aren't coming down on the price enough for it to be a "can't pass up" kind of deal.

If this works out, I'll post up a pick of the CBR and the Connie when I get her home!

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your doing it wrong!
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LOL- Is that a life raft on the back? Nice mountain bike too!

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I'm in the same boat. I rode a BMW K1600GTL (yuck), and the Concours. The Concours is excellent. I need to ride a K1600GT, and possibly the "new" FJR (which also has cruise control, btw). And after the new year, Yamaha is releasing another version of the FJR with an electronic suspension, much like the BMW. I have no desire for the Triumph, it's set more to compete with the BMW RT (i.e. more touring than sport).

So far I'm leaning toward the Concours, based on price/performance/value. I absolutely loved my test ride on it.

I also want to get a Honda CB1100, just to support the air-cooled naked/standard bike community. I'll see if I can swing both; the Concours makes that eminently more possible than the BMW or Triumph.
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LOL- Is that a life raft on the back? Nice mountain bike too!
no no life raft just water proof float bags!
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I'm in the same boat. I rode a BMW K1600GTL (yuck), and the Concours. The Concours is excellent. I need to ride a K1600GT, and possibly the "new" FJR (which also has cruise control, btw). And after the new year, Yamaha is releasing another version of the FJR with an electronic suspension, much like the BMW. I have no desire for the Triumph, it's set more to compete with the BMW RT (i.e. more touring than sport).

So far I'm leaning toward the Concours, based on price/performance/value. I absolutely loved my test ride on it.

I also want to get a Honda CB1100, just to support the air-cooled naked/standard bike community. I'll see if I can swing both; the Concours makes that eminently more possible than the BMW or Triumph.
Where did you hear about the FJR with electronic suspension?
I really like the looks of the CB1100.

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Thats a nice bike but do you want me to instal you hitch for a trailer to haul all those things? LoL

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I sold everything at dealerships I've worked for and ridden everything under the sun. For sport touring you have a ton of options. The FJR, Concourse, and ST1300 are the only 3 I would recommend. My local sheriffs department rides the ST's I set them up with and they love them. Comes stock with removable hard bags, ABS, and electric windshield which is nice. Or you could flip everything on its head and take a look at the new winger F6B that Honda is debuting next year, even though that's probably not sporty enough for what you want. You can't beat Honda reliability. My vote would be the ST1300.


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When the International Motorcycle Show comes to Cleveland, or where ever is closest, see if you can take a demo ride on the new FJR1300. I did in San Mateo and it was a very good motorcycle. The refresh made a lot of difference, to me anyways.
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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.

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