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Just curious how/why the Vulcan can have cruise with cable throttle but the Connie can't.
 

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A bit more information please.

ANY vehicle can use a "cruise control" that mechanically operates or locks the stock throttle actuator; in the case of a bike, that would be the twistgrip throttle.
 

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Come on ER, you know me better than that! I'm talking about factory electronic cruise available as standard on the Voyager and Vaquero. Why can't Kawi put this on the Concours?
 

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My understanding is it has to do with some form of liability issue. Kawasaki has never explained what the issue is exactly. There are a couple of aftermarket electronic cruise controls that will work on it. The Rostra, in particular, seems fairly easy to adapt.
 

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I am familiar with all of the aftermarket options. Just wondering if anyone had a good explanation as to why the Vaquero can have cruise but not the Concours.
 

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HbK,

If you look at this again, can you say why the Concours and Vulcan carry a standard 3-year warranty, but the ZX-14, for example, only has a 1-year? Is that based on Kawi's expectation of who buys these bikes and how they expect them to be used, or build quality differences? (Surely not!?!?). Why couldn't a ZX-14 have a 3-year warranty?
 

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Because they need the warranty on those bikes to help them sell. The import cruiser market died around 5 years ago...and they are doing anything they can to sell them! That...and the Vulcan motors are tuned for long life and mild performance. The C14...not so much. It's still a ZX14 at heart!
 

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I don't know, but I know I don't want any bike that doesn't have electronic cruise. I ride with it on all the time, even through town.
 

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They are not the same. The Voyager throttle cables go to an actuator that then moves the Voyager throttle settings. When under cruise the throttle grip does not move, but you can still accelerate by grabbing more throttle or shut it off by closing the throttle All the way.

There is no reason why the factory can't put cruise on the Concours the way it sits unless laws have changed. The 1987 Voyager XII has electronic cruise control that works rather nicely. The difference is that heavy throttle to climb a hill can be felt under our right hand so you need a light grip.

You can look up the Vulcan Voyager information for more detail.

If you go for the new Connie from sportcycles, get the McCruise out of AU. It is plug and play. A grand, but with the deal on the new bike, it would be worth it.

Of course we are getting news of 2016 bikes trickling in, so you may want to wait, but don't hold your breath.
 

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... My next bike will be named Connie if a girl; Harley if a boy.
Brought this over from the other thread.

Are you considering a Harley for it's cruise control? (I'm suspecting it has one)

Please don't if that is the magnet. I'll be wandering once my house gets to closing since I cannot find what I want. That being the situation, count on me for some help installing a cc to the Concours you acquire - if wanted/needed. Like TWA alluded to, new C14's are being blown-out at incredible prices. My Rostra has been installed over two years now and for under $300.
 

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Ha-ha. Thanks for the help. No, that's not the reason. I'll put it this way; in a reversal of typical parental desire, I'm hoping for a girl, but the wife wants it to be a boy. :sadpace:
 

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Yes, I am looking at two Connies right now:

The first is a new, black 2013 for $11.1
The second is a used, black 2012 for $10.6 with 4950 miles and many extras including a Rostra already installed.

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I paid $13,800 for my '12 in February of 2012 - new from the Clarksville, TN dealer. Sort of at the peak for the model year. It's over three years now and worth about maybe $8k. New, left over models are killer deals.
 

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If the used one is at a dealer, he gave maybe $6000 for it.

Look at the for sale section at the Concours forums and eBay and cycle trader for comparison.
 

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Dont let the wife talk you into something, unless you want it , too. Especially if its a c14 vs harley.

I'll be the first to bag on my c14, BUT....

Heres how you solve this issue. Take her for a ride on the 14. Then go to the Harley shop and try that machine. Or, a rental agency. I have a local place who will rent the harley for 125.00, per day.

They are wonderful for what thye are. Its like owning a 68 Camaro thats been restored. You jump in it and go meet with the Camaro group and talk about how much nicer your 68 is vs his pos 69 is.
 

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Dont let the wife talk you into something, unless you want it , too. Especially if its a c14 vs harley.

I'll be the first to bag on my c14, BUT....

Heres how you solve this issue. Take her for a ride on the 14. Then go to the Harley shop and try that machine. Or, a rental agency. I have a local place who will rent the harley for 125.00, per day.

They are wonderful for what thye are. Its like owning a 68 Camaro thats been restored. You jump in it and go meet with the Camaro group and talk about how much nicer your 68 is vs his pos 69 is.
I believe Harley are overpriced like BMW. But, I see more Harleys touring America than all the other touring bikes combined.
 

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She doesn't ride at all. She just wants me to have a bike that doesn't give me trouble like my current bike has for the year I have had it.

Not only that, but it is beating me to death in the seat and back. Did 7 hours riding plus 1.5 hours of stops today in relatively cool weather. I am beat down! So have to dump this ADV and go for something more comfortable. I need to extend my range by at least 50%.
 

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Harleys are pretty compact. I would recommend renting one for 24 hours before you plunk down $25,000 or more on a touring model.
same with the concours. If your goal is to increase you comfort time, you need an extended test ride. If you are looking cruiser as well, you should really ride the victory touring bikes as well. They are roomier than the HDs.
 
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