Ridden one and its easy to work on as well in case your dad wants to tinker. It isn't the highest tech bike or superfancy, but if he wants a solid performer that does well with comfort and performance it is a hard combination to beat.
My Pa has one, has ridden it 75,000 miles and is very happy with it. I've adjusted the valves on it, done several other maintenance tasks and he even loaned it to me when I rode my girlfriend to Colorado to ask her to marry me. :razz: SHE SAID YES! :razz: (What greater endorsement can someone give?!)
It's too big a bike for my liking (my dreambike right now is the EX500, which is virtually half a Concours engine), but for touring and commuting it's tough to beat for the money. Look for a used one--much cheaper than showroom and your typical Concours owner isn't a stunter/abuser, so finding one in good shape should be pretty easy.
And it has a very large group of devotees: http://www.concours.org/
My bride & Connie near Ouray, Colorado)
My Pa & Connie near Ortego Highway in California.
There are faster bikes, there are sleeker bikes, but there aren't many better bikes for the long haul.
I worked for Kawasaki (12) Twelve years. I worked on a lot of connies, they have a detuned Ninja 1000 motor with the power band changed for low & mid range. They are a real bang for your buck bike. I think it is good long distance bike. I agree with buying a used Connie for the above mentioned reasons.
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