That's what I thought, too. And I was not disappointed.
I was bored with one for 30,000 miles in 3 years. Of course when you run 90 or above and pick you time to pass it is not so boring. When you are loaded to the max and man handling it in the mountain roads, not so boring. When you are bouncing off the Rev limiter in 2nd gear, not so boring.I think I'd like to be bored with one for a while though.
Thats exactly why I sold the bike and bought a Ninja 1000.If you are slicing up interstates, 500-700 miles at a time, in four seasons, and you do it alot, then yes. Any other circumstance, I say no. I'm at 5500 miles on mine and I'm already bored with it. It puts me to sleep in deep south summertime for sure. It's just too heavy and has a total lack of drama, which has its place, but not in a motorcycle for me. I much prefer my little ZR7 for up to 500 mile days in three seasons. I'm trading the C14 on something totally impractical to get the drama back.
I have a zx14r. I don't agree with these guys perception of speed at all that doing 80 feels slow or whatever. Concours seems like it would be a great bike to cruise interstates on. Yes, a Concours or 14 will cruise at I don't know, whatever 1xx speeds all day long. But they are still just motorcycles. Granted, 80 on one isn't like being on a 250 doing 80. I can see and agree with that. But from say a Ninja 1000 or something? I really can't see someone saying there's some huge difference between a 14 and N1000 doing 80 on the intestate. It's something in their heads they've all convinced themselves and each other of.I will say I had a good 300 mile round trip via highway and interstate to go look at bikes. C14 cruises easily at 80mph and is totally confidence inspiring and comfortable. At my height (6-3), though, I get tired of the OE windscreen. The air is funneled right to the base of my helmet and it's just loud. No buffeting or pressure; just noise. I took a test ride this morning without no screen at all and it was perfect. Zero wind blast or turbulence and totally clean air. This convinced me that if I keep the C14 I will be cutting down an OE screen and/or ordering one of those Copper Dawg screens.
And I got 46mpg on the trip.
N1000 200 lbs lighter? 80 lbs in OE configuration. Less fairing? doubtful especially if someone adjust the N1000 screen up. On a 14R, the fairing isn't there for you, it's there for you to tuck in and under.I think there is. There is a sensation of speed that's missing on the C14 (I can't say on the ZX14... yet). Because it's heavy and over-faired? I don't know. The best way I can describe it is 80 on the C14 feels like 60 in my Taurus with the window rolled down. It really is that sedate when it has reached cruising speed. I can comfortably stand up on the pegs at that speed, not that I recommend it or endorse the practice. It is just a different sensation. And it's probably a very subjective feeling - kinda like taste buds. I would be willing to bet the 1000 is more fun/thrilling to ride at 80 because the sensation/awareness of speed is greater... less fairing, less windscreen, 200 pounds lighter, etc.
Thanks DF I realized that today but thought too late for an edit.@Vic... for the record, I was comparing the OE weight of the N1k (509 lbs) to the OE weight of the C14 (690 lbs). That's a difference of 191 lbs; very nearly 200 lbs., which has a major effect on how much of the road you experience. The faired frontal area of the C14 dwarfs that of the N1k; there is no comparison. The OE windscreen on a C14 is twice as wide as that on the N1k and twice as tall as that on the ZX14. In addition, the mirrors on a C14 deflect wind from the hands and arms that the N1k and ZX14 do not. It has an impact on how much of the wind you experience. As speed increases, the C14 engine is just coming into its comfort zone and actually gets smoother and quieter as speed gets in the 80-100mph range. It's backwards from everything else. It's like the Concorde or SR-71 Blackbird; planes that are designed to fly supersonic are built so their body panels expand. Regular planes would blow apart.
You are right that the difference in the N1k and ZX14 is closer to 80 lbs. So we might say that the C14 is not a rebranded/repackaged ZX14. But again, FTR, I am considering one.
I know what you guys mean. But what I'm telling you is it's in your head. I've dialed back my riding habits for a few reasons. At points in how I had been riding, 80 mph seemed like it was 35 mph. Now that I'm basically limitiing myself to around the speed limits, I'm finding 80 mph seeming like 150mph did seem like. That's how i know it's in a person's head (i.e. a perception) not some actual shifts in physics being on a Concours 14 (or whatever bike).Vic needs to try a C14. I found myself constantly going way above the speedlimit. The bike is just dialed in for high speed riding. I'm a conservative rider and found myself doing over 100 mph on I-10 in TX. I wanted to add cruise control so I didn't have to constantly look at the Speedo.