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“No flash, all substance”

Written on: 04/12/2014 by 472Ballard (1 review written)

If you want to impress your friends (and empty your wallet!), get a BMW. If you want to ride a bulletproof, good handling, decently fast, comfortabile motorcycle, get a Concours. It will commute, haul groceries, go long distance one or two up, and not impress anyone but you while doing it. You can buy them for a song because everyone needs 150 horsepower to ride at 75 mph! Like a loyal pooch, it will become part of you and not let you down… Read Full Review

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“Like a wolf in sheeps clothing...........Kawasaki Concours”

Written on: 22/11/2014 by GillianPayne (1 review written)

Always starts immediately.....can withstand alot of riding without fussing over maintenance....I have 167k miles and I just tell the worrywarts to just ride it...forget the buzz, and as for hydrolock, Kawasaki mechanics I know say it is so rare that they have never seen it...only heard about it from others (someones makin money on it, for sure), theoretically is seen potentially on any bike I was told (hydrolock)...so quite worrying. As for negatives, top heavy when full of gas...lumbers at… Read Full Review

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“Easy to own, do it yourselfer”

Written on: 26/07/2014 by pileAmile (1 review written)

Nice ride. Bit heavy turning around in my driveway being little and old but Okay. No goldwing but not a sportbike. Girlfriend likes it and says its the best bike she has ever riden on. Heavy enough to feel secure. We have done 600 mile days on trips. Love the big tank. I live in western Washington state (west coast) Rains more than half the year (off and on) Record was 60 days straight. About as far north as you can get in the states.(except Alaska)Great fairing. For its size this thing… Read Full Review

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“Kawasakis secret smile maker”

Written on: 24/04/2014 by 46Morse (1 review written)

Everyone said this bike is top heavy & probably is a little. If your not going on a long trip keep the gas tank below half. Still have over 3 gal of fuel.Once used to it its a blast to ride. Small mods like carb, air filter & air box mod a/m mufflers increase the performance greatly.Braided brake lines firm up the brakes. I installed peg lowering kit & this made the bike more comfortable on a long ride.Soft foam grips smooth out the vibes in the handlebars. The purchase price of these bikes is… Read Full Review

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“FINALLY HAVE MY CONNIE!!!!”

Written on: 01/11/2013 by Turtle7226 (1 review written)

this came out the year after my high school graduation... i've always wanted one... i've had many bikes and currently have a 2000 Goldwing... i found my 95 ZG1K recently with ONLY 19,200 miles... pristine a pretty!!! and i am NOT disappointed... its a bit to handle under 10 mph... but a dream on the road at speed... the riding position is okay.. but there are a lot of aftermarket products to adjust the bar height and peg locations to suit your build.. and the fuel capacity and mileage beats my… Read Full Review

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“Kawasaki Got it Right”

Written on: 13/05/2013

Picked up an old one today near Melbourne, Victoria and did a quick 500 kilometre trip home along some bumpy roads with a 50 kph side wind. It handled the poor conditions with ease and the large tank helped make it a easy one stop trip. Very smooth engine, good brakes and very comfortable no numb bum… Read Full Review

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“Kawasaki's Hidden Secret = = The GTR 1000 , ZG1000A...”

Written on: 06/07/2012 by chappeurz (2 reviews written)

The main regret is that I did not find out about this little gem, years ago. I bought it in the Summer of 2010 to take me from North Wales down to Oradour sur Glane, in the Limousin region of mid/centrale France. Then on up to the Normandy beach area and finally to Devon, to visit my brother. Then home ; about 2.5K in a week or so. Comfortable, effortless tourer, which is capable of fairly high daily mileages. Superb mirrors, which are very adjustable. Frugal on fuel, ie, low to mid 50's @… Read Full Review

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Chappeurz's Response to chappeurz's Review

Written on: 15/03/2013

Just bought another one. 2000, with just over 20k miles on it. Little beauty ! Just gonna mess with the suspension and brakes before Easter, then hey ~ ho , off we go again.

Happy days. Dave

ps. kept the 1986 one too, may come in handy someday. Tho I will prob put it up for sale once I,m happy with the later model. So watch this space, or call me on 07915 672545 i a few months, around Easter 2013..
Superb bikes. Even keeping me off my ZZR1100 at times.!

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★★★★★

“Second GTR1000”

Written on: 21/03/2012 by mac121165 (1 review written)

I bought a GTR1000 about 7 years ago. it had anannoying slight misfire which i never got to the bottom of. anyway. That bike was stolen 4ft from my front door Got it back but insurance company wrote it off. I had a Fazer 1000, and then a CBR1100XX. then i was without a bike, and just looking at what was cheep on E-Bay. I came across a GTR1000 buy it now £500 tax & test.Ii couldn't believe it. I picked the bike up and brought it home. I had to spend time and a little money ion it. insurance… Read Full Review

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Chappeurz's Response to mac121165's Review

Written on: 05/07/2012

Totally agree. I,ve owned several Wings of various sizes, up to the mid 1990's, which were good bikes + comfy too; .. but not as comfy as my 1987 GTR. I bought it in the Summer of 2010 as a 2nd option to spending £500 plus on hard luggage for my ZX10 B2, initially to go down to mid/South France on. What a bit of kit !!! 220 to a tank full, at French motorway speeds, and 5/6 lits in reserve. Should have bought one years ago. Rode from Omaha beach, up to Cherbourg, ( no ferry Suitable ) , then up to Calais. Caught the kwik ferry to Dover, then straight down to Plymouth thru the night. Superb . Loads o miles, over 700 in a day, work it out for yourself, quite an amazing trip for such an old bike. Added together , our ages nearly make 90 ! ! Treat yourself. BUY one, you will not be dissapointed. Regards, Dave Chapman, North Wales.

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★★★★★

“ive had many bikes,this one is a lovey ride handels...”

Written on: 21/02/2010

ive had many bikes,this one is a lovey ride handels nice sticks to road like glue, the wife loves it too , the kawasaki zg1000 is value for money x… Read Full Review

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“I decided to upgrade my old GPZ750 to a touring bike....”

Written on: 03/11/2009

I decided to upgrade my old GPZ750 to a touring bike. After extensive research i could not go past the GTR1000. Since purchacing the bike i am amazed at the quality of the build considering its age. The bike handles well around corners, although it is heavy with a full tank. The bike has done 82,000klms and this did concern me. I am very particular about the condition and paid particular notice to the overall look. Yes the bike does look dated but hey this bike is a proven 1980's era machine… Read Full Review

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“Bought a well maintained 17 year old Kawasaki ZG1000...”

Written on: 22/08/2009

Bought a well maintained 17 year old Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours (GTR 1000) this spring and am most impressed. Engine and tranny are still tight, no leaks any where. Feels like a fighter pilot next to my "bi-plane" 82 BMW R100. Starts instantly and soon settles into a smooth idle. For a 600lb motorcycle the handling and power is first rate. Love to climb on in the morning and head into the mountains of southern BC and northern Washington State. 500 miles later I ease back into my driveway with a… Read Full Review

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“Kawasaki ZG1000 / GTR1000 is not flashy it is...”

Written on: 22/06/2009 by superbikemike (1 review written)

Kawasaki ZG1000 / GTR1000 is not flashy it is comfortable hold alot of fuel and is just an awsome all around bike for commuting riding in the cooler months that big faring rocks . I just love my concours… Read Full Review

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“In todays world of specialized motorcycles, the...”

Written on: 13/04/2009 by motobrua (1 review written)

In todays world of specialized motorcycles, the Kawasaki ZG1000 / GTR1000 is able to do many things well. A few upgrades more than fix weaknesses noted by others. Heavy bar ends, adjust cam chain tension and synchronizing the carbs helps a great deal on buzziness. I put cartridge emulators and a progressive suspension shock to fix suspension woes(most oem parts on any bike are a compromise) 83K + and will easily get 100K out of her… Read Full Review

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“The Kawasaki ZG1000 is an extremely comfortable load...”

Written on: 23/02/2009 by andrewnolan (1 review written)

The Kawasaki ZG1000 is an extremely comfortable load lugger that comfortably and reliably carried my wife and I the length of Britain, France and into Northern Spain over the course of a week, ferry back to the UK and all the way back to Yorkshire without a hiccup. Fast enough to pass cars when you want to and big enough to intimidate madcap drivers in Paris when you are negotiating L'Arc de Triumph roundabout. Old and proven technology so I don't need to be Bill Gates to service it. Just a… Read Full Review

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“Comfortable steady ride”

Written on: 15/02/2009 by brocka12 (1 review written)

Comfortable steady ride
plenty of luggage space
plenty of power for touring
good wind protection from fairing. A bit heavy too many gears I bought this Kawasaki ZG1000 6 months ago and have ridden around Ireland on it. I found that with 6 gears I was always changing up or down, but once in top and on the "open" road it was a brilliant bike to ride. I took enough clothes to be comfortable in for a week and still had space to spare.
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“Been a Gold Wing person for over 25 years this is my...”

Written on: 17/09/2008 by LinLee (1 review written)

Been a Gold Wing person for over 25 years this is my first Kawasaki but it won't be my last. When I wear this one out I will get a newer one just like it just for two reasons. One its reliable and two is just plain fun to ride. I have read the blogs and complaints of a buzz and its funny the only thing I noticed is the sound of a strong engine and the joy of riding the hills and winding roads of Northern WI. Funny thing though is that even though I travel the state with it I never see another… Read Full Review

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Michaelcotter's Response to LinLee's Review

Written on: 23/01/2009

I agree with this review because...as was said it has pleanty of power and it handles well. It is a top heavy bike and even in a storm it blew over breaking the foot peg, but I still love it its very fuel wise and I get many km per tank. Love this bike

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★★★★★

“Reliable, great style, comfortable for rider & pillion...”

Written on: 05/06/2008 by lazywom (1 review written)

Reliable, great style, comfortable for rider & pillion passenger… Read Full Review

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“I use my bike as every day transport. I have fitted it...”

Written on: 21/08/2007 by Rob Bown (1 review written)

I use my bike as every day transport. I have fitted it with a top box so as to be able to lock up my gear when I get were I'm going. The bike does have a buzzing through the handle bars but I get over it after a while. I bought the bike with 1400kms on the clock and now have done 18000kms. Got 15000kms out of the rear tyre. At their price I'm very happy about that. It was one of the last ones imported onto Australia before production was stopped. As one would expect the build quality was good… Read Full Review

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“I bought this bike based on its price alone, it was...”

Written on: 10/03/2007 by 2lippy (21 reviews written)

I bought this bike based on its price alone, it was great value, but if I'm brutally honest it was a downward spiral from then on.
Mine had 35000 miles which isn't a lot but the amount of problems that came with this model were astounding. The bike has a "well reported vibration through the bars" thats going to cost you £85 to try and fix, although it'll never go away. Another well known problem is the height of the foot pegs/seat. Again you can fix this if you throw enough money at it. All… Read Full Review

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Linlee's Response to 2lippy's Review

Written on: 21/09/2008

I have a 1986 Connie and no problem finding tires for it. Whats the buzz on the buzz on some maybe but not on mine. Seating, handle bars, foot pegs seem to be in the comfort zone for my mid fifties age and 6'2" plus 200 something lbs frame. High speed straight as an arrow or even curves no problem. <br/>I agree with the top heavy and would not like to be a light weight hauling it around. I have had a bunch of bikes in the last 40 plus years including some darn nice GW's but this has to be the one of my favorites. So I beg to disagree but the Connie is one sweet ride even when its an old one.

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2Lippy's Response to 2lippy's Review

Written on: 30/03/2012

Yes i can understand owners being maybe a little bias, but at the end of the day its in the bottom of its class in every respect. Its OK but its not good or brilliant, this is a bike for a rider who will "settle for one" me? i want my ride to be the best it can be, the gtr isnt in that catagory, it never was.

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Bernstein's Response to 2lippy's Review

Written on: 16/05/2009

I disagree with this review because...
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<br/>Sorry for my english, I am not a native speaker.
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<br/>I have a 1987 GTR 1000, from 13 years, with 50.000 Km
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<br/>I had lots of motorbikes, but this one is special.
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<br/>Is it heavy ? Of course, like a Pan or a LT ! Is a tourer !
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<br/>But it rides like a sport, and it never had problems.

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★★★★★

“The Kawasaki ZG1000 is a great tourer that doesn't...”

Written on: 16/01/2006 by escort cycle (1 review written)

The Kawasaki ZG1000 is a great tourer that doesn't cost a fortune to buy, run or fix… Read Full Review

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