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New Concours 14 owner!

Rafdog
07-21-2012, 03:28 PM
I traded in a 2007 Vulcan Mean Streak SE for a 2012 Concours 14. One word to describe the initial experience is WOW! That engine is smooth with so much torque at the bottom end. And it cruises at legal highway speeds, churning 3600 RPM with a whopping 7400 rpm to spare.

:biggrin:

rbentnail
07-21-2012, 06:20 PM
Welcome to the world of sport touring! Quite the difference form the cruisers, eh? I've had my FJR for nearly 5 yrs and I'm still not tired of it.

Charlie Gary
07-22-2012, 03:50 PM
Nice choice! Have you heard of this group?

Concours Owners Group (COG) - Home Page (http://cog-online.org/ClubPortal/ClubStatic.cfm?clubID=1328&pubmenuoptID=13528)

DanL
07-23-2012, 08:34 AM
You are going to love it. I traded my VN1600 on one in October of '11. Nearly 13,000 miles on it now and I've enjoyed every single one of them!

rbentnail
07-23-2012, 04:42 PM
You are going to love it. I traded my VN1600 on one in October of '11. Nearly 13,000 miles on it now and I've enjoyed every single one of them!

Yep, that's about right! I did 16+ K-miles on my FJR the first yr., creeping up on 59,000 miles now, less than 4 yrs later. You just can't help it, like being an addict, eh?

DanL
07-24-2012, 01:37 PM
Yep, that's about right! I did 16+ K-miles on my FJR the first yr., creeping up on 59,000 miles now, less than 4 yrs later. You just can't help it, like being an addict, eh?

exactly!

Rafdog
07-25-2012, 03:49 PM
Thanks everyone. I have heard of COG and have recently become a guest. I have two weeks on the bike and already put 400 miles on her. She is my daily commuter and weekend get-a-way whenever I can. Everything about her is smooth. I have crept up to 6k but only to pass another car. I'm still in break in period. I've heard that this engine loves the 6k to 8k range once broken in but, man she does 80 mph at a little less than 4k rpm!

DanL
07-25-2012, 10:59 PM
yeah, 6-8k is a happy zone. Aside from the higher rpm fun, it can be pretty frugal on gas if you watch your right wrist. I just got back from a 2400 mile trip. I reset my avg mpg counter before I left, and I came home and it was reading 47.4mpg. The trip was a mix of slab, secondary highways in the 60-65mph range in 6th gear and a ton of mountain twisties with lots of 2nd to 4th gear miles. Not bad for a big bike with a pretty powerful engine.

rbentnail
07-26-2012, 09:29 PM
yeah, 6-8k is a happy zone. Aside from the higher rpm fun, it can be pretty frugal on gas if you watch your right wrist. I just got back from a 2400 mile trip. I reset my avg mpg counter before I left, and I came home and it was reading 47.4mpg. The trip was a mix of slab, secondary highways in the 60-65mph range in 6th gear and a ton of mountain twisties with lots of 2nd to 4th gear miles. Not bad for a big bike with a pretty powerful engine.

Absolutely! Besides the 'fun factor' of the sportier bike, my FJR has exceeded 50 mpg on several long trips with combinations of slab and country roads. Granted, mine is just a 1300 cc but if you watch out for that right hand twisty thing you can really increase the fuel efficiency nicely.

runnerb0y
09-03-2012, 11:20 PM
Funny that I'm considering doing the same thing. I've got an '06 Meanstreak that I do like but I've grown tired of all the buffeting I get at highway speeds (with the windshield on). Do you notice any buffeting with the Connie?

DanL
09-04-2012, 10:17 AM
I told my wife, the best thing about the Connie is the wind protection. It's also the worst, because it's so good you don't get a lot of wind on your lower body, which isn't a lot of fun when it's 100 out.

runnerb0y
09-04-2012, 01:42 PM
I guess I'm just going to have to find one to ride. I'm not dropping 14K if there's any doubt about having my head pummeled whenever I'm traveling at 60mph or more. The heat isn't such a big issue in the PNW, though it can get warm, it never lasts long.

Rafdog
09-04-2012, 08:09 PM
runnerb0y .... I'm 5'9" and the wind protection is much better on the Connie than it was on my Meanstreak. I usually ride with the windshield down to it's lowest. Also, it helps to have a decent helmet that fits right. The first helmet I had used to shake like crazy in the wind. I bought a new helmet that was more aerodynamic and better fitting via an adjustable air bladder in the neck and cheek pieces. Kinda like the Reebok pumps. I do not get the head shake at any speed.

runnerb0y
09-05-2012, 04:56 PM
Rafdog... thanks for the input. I'm 5'10 and I've tried every make/model of helmet with some very small degree of differences, but none even come close to eliminating the buffeting. The Meanstreak is great without any windshield but I don't want to have to have a death grip to stay on the bike at freeway speeds. As soon as I introduce the windshield the buffeting commences. Even with lowers it's totally annoying and generally unsafe because when it gets bad, I have a hard time focusing. I've only had my streak out twice this year because I'm so sick of the beating. I'm dying to see if I can get a ride on a C14, an FJR and a ST1300 to see if they fit for me.

RoadRunner322
09-11-2012, 09:23 AM
Can't speak for the 14, but I had a C10 with an aftermarket Cee Bailey windshield. The wind protection is in the range of a Gold Wing. No buffeting at all for my height, 6'.

alekkas
09-19-2012, 07:42 PM
Funny that I'm considering doing the same thing. I've got an '06 Meanstreak that I do like but I've grown tired of all the buffeting I get at highway speeds (with the windshield on). Do you notice any buffeting with the Connie?

Lowers cured that on my 1600 and for most here with their cruisers.

I traded for a C10 (couldn't swing the 14) Best move I've made. For me, sport touring is the place to be. Maybe get a cruiser again in the future.

rbentnail
09-20-2012, 05:38 AM
Lowers cured that on my 1600 and for most here with their cruisers.

I traded for a C10 (couldn't swing the 14) Best move I've made. For me, sport touring is the place to be. Maybe get a cruiser again in the future.

I dunno..... I've been on my FJR since Jan '08 and still I can't see myself ever going back to a cruiser any time soon. As I tell all my HD riding buddies, "nice machines just not my style- too heavy, too clumsy and too slow" and "Blah, blah, blah. Give me crap if you want, catch me if you can!".

runnerb0y
09-26-2012, 06:09 PM
Well, my wife earns wife of the century award. She kidnapped me from work on Friday and I drove home a new 2012 Candy Arabian Red C14!! After just a 65 mile ride home, I know my poor Meanie won't see the light of day with me in the saddle. It's been a good bike (except for the buffeting I get at highway speeds), but I'm wanting to eventually do a cross country ride and after riding the Concours over the last week, I know it's the one to get it done. What an amazing machine!

Alf
09-26-2012, 06:31 PM
Congrats on your new bike enjoy...

alekkas
09-26-2012, 07:19 PM
Great bike and great way to get it. Guess you should have posted a pic by now???

Graybush
09-26-2012, 09:39 PM
Well, my wife earns wife of the century award. She kidnapped me from work on Friday and I drove home a new 2012 Candy Arabian Red C14!! After just a 65 mile ride home, I know my poor Meanie won't see the light of day with me in the saddle. It's been a good bike (except for the buffeting I get at highway speeds), but I'm wanting to eventually do a cross country ride and after riding the Concours over the last week, I know it's the one to get it done. What an amazing machine!

Congrats! You are indeed lucky.

I'm trying to sneak up to Asheville next weekend and hopefully rent a C14 to help me decide if it might be my next bike. Great looking bikes in all colors and I can't wait to try one.

runnerb0y
09-27-2012, 01:13 AM
Here's the proof.

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/runnerb0y/C14%20Fun/c14-pic1-web.jpg

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/runnerb0y/C14%20Fun/c14-pic2-web.jpg

The more I look at the color the more I'm glad I didn't go with a black one. Nothing against black, but the bike has many different looks depending upon the light.

rbentnail
09-27-2012, 05:08 AM
Congrats! Nice indeed, any color is better than black.

DanL
09-27-2012, 09:45 AM
Congrats! Nice indeed, any color is better than black.

Black is faster. And darn good looking.

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj60/dan88z/CFB5D94F-8D76-4E55-85E3-6DD871C922DC-23521-0000236B9226896D.jpg

runnerb0y
09-27-2012, 04:18 PM
DanL,

What windshield have you added to your Connie?

DanL
09-28-2012, 10:19 AM
National Cycle V-Stream. It's a little taller and a good bit wider than the stock shield. It's still about 2" too short for me but if I duck down a bit it gets nice and quiet.

rbentnail
10-06-2012, 06:27 AM
Here's the proof.

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/runnerb0y/C14%20Fun/c14-pic1-web.jpg

http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll87/runnerb0y/C14%20Fun/c14-pic2-web.jpg

The more I look at the color the more I'm glad I didn't go with a black one. Nothing against black, but the bike has many different looks depending upon the light.

So now that bad boy needs some protection. A gremlin bell would be perfect! Click here for thread. (https://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/forum/main-lobby/148588-2012-gremlin-bell-exchange.html)

DanL
10-06-2012, 09:35 AM
forget the gremlin bell. Get a set of these, they are well worth the price, take it from me...

http://mcenterprises.com/products/images/large/CONCOURS%201400-410%20lrg2.JPG

On my bike:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj60/dan88z/eb7691af.jpg

Here's what happens when you drop your bike- saved me literally a couple thousand dollars in damages.
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj60/dan88z/4952d906.jpg

Silverweasel
11-22-2012, 08:03 PM
What kind of tip-over bars are one's in the picture? They look substantial. I dropped my C-14 about a year ago on the garage floor while trying to push the machine off the center stand (bad idea unless you on one the bike in riding position). The fix-up costs were around $600.

DanL
11-25-2012, 09:37 AM
Part #No Image Found (http://www.mcenterprisesusa.com/products/search/dsp_popupLargeImage.cfm?image=CONCOURS) 1400-410 lrg2.JPG&name=1400-410

Here's the link to the Canyon Cages.

pitchinguy
11-25-2012, 05:04 PM
Sweet lookin scoot for sure! I would love to try a Connie but at 5'8" they're uncomfortably tall for me. I've sat on 2 but have never taken a test ride because of the height. I understand the FJRs are a little lower but haven't pursued to see if they're low enough. Anybody around as short as me riding these things? How much or can they be lowered?

DanL
11-28-2012, 07:58 AM
There are lowering link options but like lowering any bike they will affect handling and ground clearance. There are aftermarket seats that are lower but not by much. I have a friend who has a BMW 1200, he's pretty short and has no problems on it, maybe that's an option? Do you want to flat foot the bike? Are you ok with doing the 1 foot down at a stop thing?

rbentnail
11-29-2012, 08:01 AM
Sweet lookin scoot for sure! I would love to try a Connie but at 5'8" they're uncomfortably tall for me. I've sat on 2 but have never taken a test ride because of the height. I understand the FJRs are a little lower but haven't pursued to see if they're low enough. Anybody around as short as me riding these things? How much or can they be lowered?

The FJRs are indeed a little lower than the Connie ;), I've sat on both. But with the stock seat in the low position I (at 5'10", 30" inseam) really had to stretch to flat foot on both sides on my FJR. The Corbin seat I added last year made a huge difference. It's about 1/2" closer to the ground and way, way, way more comfortable on the butt.

Also- don't know about the Connie but turnbuckle-style lowering links are available for the FJR. Lots of folks use them with no detrimental effects other than a bit of ground clearance. Ok, so you'll scrape something a little sooner. But still you'll have way more lean available than any cruiser you could ever buy. Plus there's lots of room on the front forks for lowering the front, too. So if you need to lower the rear a lot you can lower the front to keep the weight distribution and handling like factory, again with no detrimental effects other than ground clearance.

Forrest
02-26-2013, 09:39 PM
I traded in a 2007 Vulcan Mean Streak SE for a 2012 Concours 14. One word to describe the initial experience is WOW! That engine is smooth with so much torque at the bottom end. And it cruises at legal highway speeds, churning 3600 RPM with a whopping 7400 rpm to spare.

:biggrin:

Congrats and welcome to the C-14 Club. I own an Atomic Silver 2011.

Lowers cured that on my 1600 and for most here with their cruisers.

I traded for a C10 (couldn't swing the 14) Best move I've made. For me, sport touring is the place to be. Maybe get a cruiser again in the future.

Hey C10 guy, I am in the Far West Burbs of Chicago area too! Look me up sometime if you would like to go for a ride. I am at the edge, doorstep to some great back roads for our area.

Part #No Image Found (http://www.mcenterprisesusa.com/products/search/dsp_popupLargeImage.cfm?image=CONCOURS) 1400-410 lrg2.JPG&name=1400-410

Here's the link to the Canyon Cages.

I gotta get me a set of those cages. No fairing damage but likely a matter of time for most of us.

BTW, does anyone know Muzzys is making a FULL DUAL FULL EXHAUST SYSTEM! It is a 4 into 2.

alekkas
02-27-2013, 02:48 PM
Hey C10 guy, I am in the Far West Burbs of Chicago area too! Look me up sometime if you would like to go for a ride. I am at the edge, doorstep to some great back roads for our area.




Dude, Sugar Grove? I'm in Elburn ....

DanL
03-01-2013, 11:20 AM
Congrats and welcome to the C-14 Club. I own an Atomic Silver 2011.



Hey C10 guy, I am in the Far West Burbs of Chicago area too! Look me up sometime if you would like to go for a ride. I am at the edge, doorstep to some great back roads for our area.



I gotta get me a set of those cages. No fairing damage but likely a matter of time for most of us.

BTW, does anyone know Muzzys is making a FULL DUAL FULL EXHAUST SYSTEM! It is a 4 into 2.

That Muzzys set is nice but wow, the price! I put a 2 Bros slip on onto my bike a few months back, and then added the insert that quiets it up some. Not much louder than stock at idle but hit 8000rpm and it screams.