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If it would have added factory cruise, I would have been interested. I am eyeing the green pin striping on the new black one, and thinking that my bike might benefit from some accent striping.
 

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I wonder what logic they used to decide it didn't need cruise.
 

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Having ride by wire is needed for modern cruise control. Triumph adding it to there 800 tiger will hopefully push others to implement on more bikes.
 

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Yes, KTM added cruise to their new 1290 Super Adventure also. Not sure if the 1190s got it too.
 

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It is a really nice lookin bike in green. Would like to see a black with green accent bike also for comparison too...
 

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I saw a '15 green in person last Friday. It really is a good looking bike and has a nice metalflake that shines in the sun. It figures that I keep missing out on the Candy Lime Green.
 

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Sounds like someone is Candy Lime Green with envy :)
 

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Sounds like someone is Candy Lime Green with envy :)
Yes, but not enough to pull out my wallet. Now, if I was considering having someone paint my bike, and I could trade it for a new one for the same cost, well then.
 

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I would do it for the paint, but I like my 08 version better as back then you could have abs, but not linked. I am a sucker, for candy green. I'd purchase Jay if someone painted him c-green.

They say ride by wire means easy, and cheap cruise. The Kawasaki is the low price leader in the class.

I dont need mine, and rarely use it. I toyed with selling it until I burned three tanks of fuel through it [email protected] hrs. First tank of fuel hit reserve in 53 miles. Bike broke in, finally, and I realized just what it is meant for. Its a brilliant bike that really is made for a 140mph speed zones. It does that, comfortably and safely. Suspension is tuned for that, as are the brakes.
 
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I owned a 2010, and modded it up quite a bit. One of the best bikes I've ridden. I've actually been waiting for a new Concours, but sadly, the 2015 isn't the bike I am looking for. The looks are fine, they just need to find a way to shed 30-40lbs off of it. If the choose a re-design of the body, it sure would be nice if they found a way for this bike to look good without the bags.
 

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I owned a 2010, and modded it up quite a bit. One of the best bikes I've ridden. I've actually been waiting for a new Concours, but sadly, the 2015 isn't the bike I am looking for. The looks are fine, they just need to find a way to shed 30-40lbs off of it. If the choose a re-design of the body, it sure would be nice if they found a way for this bike to look good without the bags.


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Hey Guys. I am contemplating on replacing my n1k for a concours. I am particularly looking at the 2015 model, They have it at the dealership for a very good price.
The website said that there was a great improvement on the link braking which was a nuisance on the older models. How true is this?
 

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IMO the linked brakes issue that people complain about will only be noticeable for boy racers and those that frequently find themselves too hot in a curve. I set my '12 linkage on the lower setting and only pull the front brake lever and never had an issue with it.

If you are wanting to be boy racer on the beast of a bike Concours, you are going to build up some arm strength muscling it through the twisties.

If your goal is to tour and rack up the miles and stick to sweepers instead of twisties, you will enjoy the bike.

I suggest you get a test ride before purchase and decide for yourself.

I may not be the best judge about brakes because I hardly ever use them. I am more about the Pace than braking hard for every turn. I finally decided to replace the brakes on my Voyager at 50,000 miles and only one pad showed wear when compared to the new replacement pads.
 

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Hey Guys. I am contemplating on replacing my n1k for a concours. I am particularly looking at the 2015 model, They have it at the dealership for a very good price.
The website said that there was a great improvement on the link braking which was a nuisance on the older models. How true is this?
Angelo, it was never bad in the first place. 95% of the time, the old system was nice to have. Yes, in turns it was odd to hit the rear brake, and feel the front kick in. The new one just does this to a lesser degree. Best advise is to not even worry about that specific feature regardless of year.
 

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I have a '14, one year prior to the revised system. The linked brakes are a little odd, but you get used to it. Seems like I heard about a few new owners getting surprised while stopping from parking lot speeds...getting a sudden spike in front braking and and dropping the bike...but knowledge is power on that front.

If you want max braking power on the road, though, I believe you have to hit both the front and rear levers together...if I recall, the manual says that you won't get max braking by using the front lever alone, and in my experience that does seem to be the case (though maybe I just haven't pulled the front brake lever hard enough on its own).

Frankly, for me it's kinda like KIPASS: Not as bad as some people make it out to be--not a reason not to pass up the bike--but something I could do just fine without.
 
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