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01-24-2012 10:44 AM
kilowatt Hey Gearhead did you know that you have the last of the out of the box fast C 14s. Llimited top speed of 183 mph, 2010 and up are limited 155 mph. The price you pay for heated grips.
01-24-2012 10:30 AM
kilowatt That's great, the pair for 2k. If you do your own work on the Concours made sure you torque those jam nuts to specification when you do your valve adjustment. Many C 10s have bit the dust when the adjustment screw backs out, the rocker beats the valve keepers out and you drop a valve. Both bikes are very easy to work on and run a long time.
01-23-2012 11:08 PM
gearhead997 I currently have an 06 klr and an 09 concours which is a very good combination in my opinion. The 09 concours replaced a 05 connie.
01-23-2012 10:30 AM
cjxj After much research and reading, I decided that the Concours and KLR would make a nice pair of complimentary bikes that could be had on a small budget. So after watching Craigslist for quite a while, I suddenly found a some in my price range and a few weeks ago scored both a 93 KLR and a 91 Concours. I have a Honda 1100 Shadow cruiser which I like, but have been wanting to try a sport tourer type of bike as well as a dual sport for the mountains nearby. I figured these would get me in the game and I can upgrade later depending on how I like them. The Connie seems to have been carefully maintained, has a few upgrades like progressive springs, tail case, a rifle windshield, and it runs great. Compared to my Shadow, the Connie feels like a rocketship. The KLR on the other hand has been used hard and I'm working on resolving an oil burning issue. It's now scattered in my garage, but I think I've now got everything I need to put it back in reasonable shape. The really crazy thing to me is that by the time I have them both on the road, I THINK I'll come in right around $2k for the pair. I'm looking forward to riding them both, and am "discussing" with my wife about the real necessity of owning 3 bikes.
01-23-2012 05:24 AM
Paper
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Originally Posted by kilowatt View Post
Well said, the best of both worlds, and 2 bikes for less money then one GS 1200...lol
Ouch.. Actually I got a great deal on mine with very few miles.. And then I added 2500 getting it back home... It was spotless when I picked it up...



And I had the same issue.. Two bikes to cover both ends of a spectrum... GoldWing and a heavily farkled KLR.. Sold the Wing to buy the GS, but I can't force myself to sell the KLR..
01-22-2012 11:00 PM
kilowatt
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I owned both bikes at the same time. 08 Concours and an 07 KLR. I loved both bikes for very different reasons. The Concours is the ultimate rocket ship and incredible fun on the hwy and touring. It was hard to take short trips around town (in summer) because of the engine heat. I put risers on the handlebars that gave a more comfortable riding position. The KLR is the perfect bike for everything the Concours isn't. My list of farkles would take up two pages. That was half the fun of that bike. I bought it when I turned 50 to take an adventure ride.
To me those two bikes are the perfect one two punch to have in your garage. I had to sell them both for financial reasons but will own that combination again.
Ride defensive and aware.
Well said, the best of both worlds, and 2 bikes for less money then one GS 1200...lol
01-22-2012 06:32 PM
mwynn
KLR Concours

I owned both bikes at the same time. 08 Concours and an 07 KLR. I loved both bikes for very different reasons. The Concours is the ultimate rocket ship and incredible fun on the hwy and touring. It was hard to take short trips around town (in summer) because of the engine heat. I put risers on the handlebars that gave a more comfortable riding position. The KLR is the perfect bike for everything the Concours isn't. My list of farkles would take up two pages. That was half the fun of that bike. I bought it when I turned 50 to take an adventure ride.
To me those two bikes are the perfect one two punch to have in your garage. I had to sell them both for financial reasons but will own that combination again.
Ride defensive and aware.
01-22-2012 08:33 AM
Milt Since for physical reasons he can't ride anymore, Over Christmas I bought a friend's 86 with 27,000 mi's. on it,bought new by him.
He'd already done all the necessary mods & improvements one would do.ie Progressive springs, bars,risers, brakes, Bill Mayer seat,etc.......
It will share a room with the KLR & my Victory.
Great bike for visitors(and me) to ride..
10-21-2011 10:15 PM
kilowatt In the past 5 weeks I've put 4,300 miles on the C-14 and about 50 on the klr. I my just eat my words, the klr is sitting to much. I really like the C-14 if the the klr was worth anything I think a for sale sign would be on it. But it don't eat much and I know I would kick myself, so I'll keep it for now.
09-18-2011 10:40 AM
kyjohn I've got a 2008 with 5000 miles, I like the bike but I figure that since I got my KLR it will be setting more than it already does.
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