Originally posted by old squid
…what is the Concours ?
Kawasaki took the old ZX-10 Ninja motor, changed the carbs/cams, etc and took some top end off and gave it more midrange torque (but you can still tell it’s a Ninja motor on top). They also gave it more of an upright seating position, good wind protection, shaft drive, easily detachable hard bags, and good room for a passenger. If memory serves, Motorcyclist Magazine voted it Bike of the Year in ’86 or ’87, so you know Kawasaki got it right when it was released in ’86. At the time a lot of Jap bike manufacturers were catching grief ‘bout completely changing bikes from year to year. Kawasaki stated when they released it they would not change it for at least 5 years. 16 years later, only ‘bout 15% of the bike has been changed.
I’ve had mine since ’87, and after buying my 6R last July, despite my belief that the 6R would show how far bikes have come since buying my Concours, it instead reinforces just how good the Concours is! Of all the sport-tourers I’ve seen over the years, the only one that I’ve really been impressed with enough to possibly get me off my Concours was the old defunct Yamaha GTS 1000.
COG has an excellent list server (around 800 subscribe), a national tech director, magazine, etc. The bike has been picked apart over the years by COG members (around 2500), so all the bike’s idiosyncrasies are well known.
A lot of folks over the years have been surprised at just how well the Concours handles, ‘specially for it’s size (I know I was when I bought mine). A lot of COG folks use the bike as a commuter, so it sounds like it might be right up your alley.
MSRP is $8199, but I understand folks are walking out the door with ‘em for $7199. It’s probably one of the best-kept secrets/bargains in motorcycling. Heck, used ones are just a steal!
A few sites to check out:
(look under the touring section for the Concours)
(COG home page)
(COG mailing list)
We also have a pretty active member in San Jose, so if you’re interested, I could hook you up with him for questions, etc.