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Speculation of the basic configuration for the next Concours?

When I consider that it will at least have Euro 5 software, I think of less than desirable performance with partial throttle opening. Then, I consider what an awesome bike the current Concours 14 is at this time.

Same with the ZX14. Will the largest Ninja and Concours still share the basic frame and engine?

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For me to even consider a concours again they would have to give it all the features that are now on the Versys 1000 LT SE + model.
 

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I toured the US on a chain driven bike without a center stand. (I had made up a jack stand to use in concert with the side stand). I had to lube the dang chain every single day with the exception of when I stayed two or more days in one spot. The first thing I would do when I pulled into a motel was to get the dirty deed done. I hated it.
 

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I toured the US on a chain driven bike without a center stand. (I had made up a jack stand to use in concert with the side stand). I had to lube the dang chain every single day with the exception of when I stayed two or more days in one spot. The first thing I would do when I pulled into a motel was to get the dirty deed done. I hated it.
I agree. I did a 7000 mile trip on the 2011 Versys 650, and after that there was a 2012 Concours 1400 in the garage.
 

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I agree. I did a 7000 mile trip on the 2011 Versys 650, and after that there was a 2012 Concours 1400 in the garage.
Ive ridden my friend’s 1400 Connie. That bike is superb and no wonder it’s always a top pick in the touring bike category. But the thing is HEAVY. Good for the highway, a handful til you get there.
My ZZR1200 was the same way. It dominated on the highway but was a handful around town. I’m into 450 pound nakeds these days.
 

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Ive ridden my friend’s 1400 Connie. That bike is superb and no wonder it’s always a top pick in the touring bike category. But the thing is HEAVY. Good for the highway, a handful til you get there.
My ZZR1200 was the same way. It dominated on the highway but was a handful around town. I’m into 450 pound nakeds these days.
I toured 30,000 miles on my Concours before trading it. You get used to the weight and the force required to hustle ot through the curves. I traded because of the lack of cruise control.
 

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I toured 30,000 miles on my Concours before trading it. You get used to the weight and the force required to hustle ot through the curves. I traded because of the lack of cruise control.
Yes, I got used to the weight of the ZZR1200, but why? Once you go to a lighter bike you’ll never go back. Me anyways.
My ZZR1200 made my 540 pound wet ZRX1200 feel like a toy. My 460 pound wet z900 makes my ZRX1200 feel like a tank. But for some reason my 510 pound wet zr7S falls through the cracks and feels neutral… I don’t notice it’s weight, it feels very light while riding.
I sold the ZZR but still have all the rest.
 

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Yes, I got used to the weight of the ZZR1200, but why? Once you go to a lighter bike you’ll never go back. Me anyways.
My ZZR1200 made my 540 pound wet ZRX1200 feel like a toy. My 460 pound wet z900 makes my ZRX1200 feel like a tank. But for some reason my 510 pound wet zr7S falls through the cracks and feels neutral… I don’t notice it’s weight, it feels very light while riding.
I sold the ZZR but still have all the rest.
When touring the weight does help with feeling planted and not pushed around by the winds. When you can own multiple bikes it is nice to have one with shaft drive for the long tours.
 
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