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Hey everyone! I'm a recently rehabilitated touring cruiser rider (9 years and 45k on a Victory Cross Roads) who just pulled the trigger on a 20 Concours 14. I'm a repeat offender where Kawi is concerned, having owned an '85 VN700 and an 09 VN900 before buying the Vic in '12, but I've never owned (nor ridden, before yesterday) a sport tourer.

While I'm pretty comfortable in my general mechanical knowledge pertaining to motorcycles, being new to the sport touring game (and liquid cooled I-4s), I figured I had better reach out and learn a thing or two.

Thanks for having me!
 

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Welcome to the site! And go easy on that throttle. You now have a rocket ship compared to what you are used to.
 
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Welcome to the forum from another sport touring guy! When I was shopping around back in 2007 I found the C14 to just be too tall and too heavy for me. I opted for a Yamaha FJR instead. 13 years and 139,xxx miles later I bought another one!
 

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Welcome to the forum from another sport touring guy! When I was shopping around back in 2007 I found the C14 to just be too tall and too heavy for me. I opted for a Yamaha FJR instead. 13 years and 139,xxx miles later I bought another one!
The FJR was a strong contender, but I found the rider triangle a little more comfortable for me on the C14. I still really love the FJR but the Connie fit me better
 

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After 14 yrs on FJRs I still tell people if I were about 3" taller and 40 or so lbs heavier I'd probably still be riding the Connie. At 5'10" (barely) and 185 lbs wet I believed I'd have trouble with it. Even with the smaller FJR I have the seat in the low position and use a bucket-type seat to get me a bit closer to the ground. I had considered lowering the bike but opted for thicker boot soles insread. So far, so good!

Be safe out there!
 

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After 14 yrs on FJRs I still tell people if I were about 3" taller and 40 or so lbs heavier I'd probably still be riding the Connie. At 5'10" (barely) and 185 lbs wet I believed I'd have trouble with it. Even with the smaller FJR I have the seat in the low position and use a bucket-type seat to get me a bit closer to the ground. I had considered lowering the bike but opted for thicker boot soles insread. So far, so good!

Be safe out there!
That's interesting because I'm 5'9" and 195, but I'm fairly long limbed so I can stand flat-footed. And I actually wish the bars were just a bit further away. It's a bear to back up a slope, but other than that I find it very well balanced and manageable

Perhaps it's the decade in the saddle of an 800-plus-pound beast that I got very comfortable throwing around (and let's be honest, Victory Cross bikes are more nimble than a bike that size has any business being).

I'd still like a turn on an FJR though.
 

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When you ride that puppy over to the east coast we'll trade rides. I'll show you how the cruise control works ;).
 
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