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“Essence of Motorcycling Kawasaki Zg1000 Concours”

Written on: 15/05/2021 by Motogonif (1 review written)

Riding 20 years on many different bikes and types. Have had a ‘99 (purple) now for three years. Have done many day trips and one overnighter. And a lot of in city riding. This old beast is great, really love it. Feel like a sporty cop on it, funny. Tons of comfort. Surprising performance. Good all across the tach but really rips above 6000. You’ll be shocked how leaned over you can get this 700lb baby if you’ve got the road and the guts to do it. Incredible handling for the size amd… Read Full Review

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“Good and gast”

Written on: 18/08/2020 by niUpton261 (1 review written)

Own a GTR1000 for several years. A bit heavy in the city. Handles fine and what an engine for an eighties bike! It will outrun most other sporttouring bikes. Even today! Build quility is good. Maintenance cost also. The prices are rising but you can pick one up for a very reasonable price. I recomend it!… Read Full Review

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“Mirrors are perfect .The extra large fuel tank is...”

Written on: 03/05/2010

Mirrors are perfect .The extra large fuel tank is great.And the riding comfort is splendid… Read Full Review

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“I traded my Shadow Areo 04 for this 98 Concours and a...”

Written on: 20/11/2009 by Randy Campbell (1 review written)

I traded my Shadow Areo 04 for this 98 Concours and a canoe.Best trade I ever made with no regrets.Wow what a power house,can't compare the cornering and smothness.I am now putting hi-way pegs on for the up coming season.There isn't anything I can think of to say against my connie except there isn't enough exposure in Canada… Read Full Review

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“The good points are too many to mention. The bike has...”

Written on: 30/12/2008

The good points are too many to mention. The bike has an instant power boost as you twist the throttle. It handles just great in the turns and responds to your every move. I have gotten as much as 48 mpg on a trip and it runs on regular fuel. It was easy to obtain and install after market equipment, such as windshields & foot peg extensions, along with handle bar extensions. Most people like the idea of my modest investment in the basic bike.
This bike has been much better than I ever expected… Read Full Review

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“The Connie is a bike you can work on. It is a...”

Written on: 15/09/2008

The Connie is a bike you can work on. It is a workingman's bike, low cost for what you get, and you can make adjustments as it is not digitized. There are tons of after-market items and helpful Connie riders that will give you help for any possible question you may have with your pre-2008 (Connie14) Connie. This bike is probably not the best bike to use as a learner because of the top heavy nature and raw power combination. I hear that the plastic fairings get damaged pretty badly from a simple… Read Full Review

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“Good value for the money. Solid comfortable ride with...”

Written on: 04/07/2008

Good value for the money. Solid comfortable ride with descent handling and power. Good gas mileage. Relable with very little maintanance required… Read Full Review

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“I have currently owned 4 Connie's an 86, 87, and 2,...”

Written on: 03/04/2008 by DWilson (1 review written)

I have currently owned 4 Connie's an 86, 87, and 2, 01's. All have been extremely dependable, no problem's other than a leaky water pump on the 87, easy $100 fix. I put about 50,000 miles on the 86 and 87 before selling to close friends. Put 20,000 miles on 2nd and sold to a friend, bought it back about 2 1/2 years later. Still riding it. Was going to buy a new 1400 Concours but they made them too tall. Guess I'll just keep riding old blue as long as possible… Read Full Review

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“I was able to purchase last of model year bike in...”

Written on: 22/03/2008

I was able to purchase last of model year bike in 2001. I have put over 20K miles on the bike and am currently looking to replace the tires again. This will be the 2nd replacement set of tires-really good mileage… Read Full Review

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“I bought a 1994 model in black with the red pinstripe....”

Written on: 21/02/2008 by adycrane (5 reviews written)

I bought a 1994 model in black with the red pinstripe. Cases were very handy. nice little pockets in fairing for tolls etc too. Shaft drive was superb and the engine was lovely. Paid 1k for her and then toured Holland and Belgium. She didn't miss a beat. carried my mate on the back when his norton commando broke down. this made no difference at all to the ride - incredible. she did not miss a beat throughout the tour and when it rained I just sat there and laughed. tremendous big fairing. what… Read Full Review

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“I would recommend this Kawasaki Concours 1000 bike to...”

Written on: 25/09/2006 by mnsteve (1 review written)

I would recommend this Kawasaki Concours 1000 bike to anyone watching their pocketbook, but yet wants to do many things. I take it to work (added a GIVI), short trips with the better half, etc. and longer trips when time permits. It's fun to ride, lots of add-ons available. Great owners group "COG". Also a very reasonable price.
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“I just bought this Kawasaki Concours 1000 05. Ugly...”

Written on: 15/04/2006 by hippo3000 (1 review written)

I just bought this Kawasaki Concours 1000 05. Ugly bronze. I love it...I have owned several bikes before but this is the best. It is smooth and powerful but not jumpy. Heavy and good on the highway. I think the bike is a bit on the ugly side, could use some styling. I am happy to be on a Kawi again. I tried Bmw's, Triumphs, and a Honda....I can't get used to them… Read Full Review

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“I've wanted a bike since way back in the 70's. I...”

Written on: 14/04/2006 by lrtuckeriii (1 review written)

I've wanted a bike since way back in the 70's. I recently purchased a new Kawasaki Concours 1000 05', and am glad that I did. I am sorry that I hadn't bought it sooner. I'm pleased with the bike and I just want to ride, ride ride and ride. This is a great bike… Read Full Review

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“This an awesome machine. This is the first sport bike...”

Written on: 14/03/2006 by gthomas15229 (1 review written)

This an awesome machine. This is the first sport bike for me. I am glad Kawasaki decided to make a 2006 Concours model. The roll on power in 6th gear is fantastic, 15 miles/hour for every 1000 rpm… Read Full Review

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“I purchased the Kawasaki Concours 1000 new in Feb 1996...”

Written on: 08/12/2005 by Coach (1 review written)

I purchased the Kawasaki Concours 1000 new in Feb 1996 and watched them take it out of the crate and assemble it. The only problem I ever had was with the electrical system, and it was repaired under warranty. I always used Dunlop touring tires and averaged 27K on the front and 35K on the back. Unfortunately, the bike was totaled 2 weeks ago when a young man ran a stop sign and hit me on the left rear saddle bag. That bag sheared off, but the right one stayed on and kept the bike off of me. I… Read Full Review

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“I'm a long time rider of many brands and styles. The...”

Written on: 26/11/2005 by dillitype2 (1 review written)

I'm a long time rider of many brands and styles. The Kawasaki Concours 1000 is a very good bike! Mine is smooth as silk, fast, high-speed agile, very comfy for wind protection and no monkey-butt. The roll on power to pass long lines of traffic is awesome. My big-twin can't compare. I looked at FJR's and BMW and ST's. Great bikes! In many aspects newer with techno-whizbang! But, the connie still has it right. Comfort, power, wind protection, a motor that is… Read Full Review

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“After owning the old '86 Kawasaki Concours for over a...”

Written on: 25/10/2005 by hambikenut (2 reviews written)

After owning the old '86 Kawasaki Concours for over a year, I am still sticking with most of my previous review. It now has 47,000 miles on it, and is presently in the shop getting new plugs and wires. The compression was tested and two cylinders were found to be 30psi below the other two. I'll drive it until it croaks then I'll find a newer one.
I've added handlebar risers and a Givi trunk, adding to the comfort, and I may add a better windscreen. There's still nothing like it anywhere near… Read Full Review

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“I have owned this Kawasaki Concours 1000 motorcycle...”

Written on: 13/04/2005 by concoursguy (1 review written)

I have owned this Kawasaki Concours 1000 motorcycle for 2 years, having purchased it from my brother, who bought a new '04 Concours. After a 3000 mile trip over 7 days, I am still pleased with the bike except for the buzziness… Read Full Review

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“The Kawasaki Concours 1000 motorcycle was last updated...”

Written on: 23/09/2004 by hambikenut (2 reviews written)

The Kawasaki Concours 1000 motorcycle was last updated in 1994 which means to me that it needed little modification to keep up with the market. It could come out of the factory with a better windshield, higher bars, and lower pegs, however. Kawasaki does not offer a factory trunk to match the saddlebags but Givi offers many models that work well.
Its competitors, the BMW 1200RT, and the Honda 1100ST are almost double the cost and require the same modifications to be comfortable for long hauls… Read Full Review

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Franklb7's Response to hambikenut's Review

Written on: 10/06/2005

Handle bars are too low, buzzing is back of seat and the biggest problem is when using rear brake your foot hits the faring and not the brake. other that that i love my bike.

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233305_Gthomas15229's Response to hambikenut's Review

Written on: 09/03/2006

You got some bad news about 2005 being the last year. I just bought a 2006 and I like it. I will be adding the risers and a Givi tour box. The '06 has eliminated the buzziness as far as I can tell. It handles like a dream. I have not ridden for 12 years but it makes riding very natural. I formally owned the Kawasaki Voyager XII and that was the best touring mc ever. It actually handled like a motorcycle, not like a two-wheeled car (Honda Goldwing). Too bad they discontinued that model.

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Hambikenut's Response to hambikenut's Review

Written on: 25/10/2005

My foot never hits the faring, and the buzziness has never bothered me. I now have 6,000 miles on the bike. I put handle bar risers on it and added a Givi trunk. Its still a great bike. Too bad Kawasaki has cancelled its production with 2005 being the last model. And they are not replacing it with a new sport-tourer either!

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