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    R1100RT vs Concours 14

    Last year I purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 which is a great bike but this spring I found a 1997 R1100RT with 7000 miles. I found that virtually every time I went for a ride I chose the BMW even though it has a smaller power plant, one less gear, and no cruise control. I need to sell one of them and the R1100RT seems the most likely but I can't seem to do it. Any thoughts out there to help me decide?

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    It sounds like you've already decided. If you are choosing the BMW for almost every ride, hang on to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Landcruiser05 View Post
    Last year I purchased a 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 which is a great bike but this spring I found a 1997 R1100RT with 7000 miles. I found that virtually every time I went for a ride I chose the BMW even though it has a smaller power plant, one less gear, and no cruise control. I need to sell one of them and the R1100RT seems the most likely but I can't seem to do it. Any thoughts out there to help me decide?
    Stop worrying about brands. Just go with what feels right.

    As Irish pointed out, It seems your brain already decided.

    Personally, I think it's best to have at least two bikes. So when one is in for service or when a good friend comes to visit, you're covered.

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    well,



    http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...led-14938.html




    http://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photo...Concours14.htm

    tough call but when in doubt keep the beemer,

    me, i wouldn't own a bike i couldn't see through.
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    Trade both for an R1200RT.
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    You're not really expecting a totally objective answer here, are you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Trade both for an R1200RT.
    Bingo.
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    Well, the Connie 14 is one of the best sport tourers around, for covering great distances at high speed, in high comfort, but I've noticed a few posts by guys who have transitioned from them into other bikes.

    I wonder if it's their weight, or the heat they throw off.
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    I believe the OP answered his own question. Keep the bike you ride more.


    Or trade both for a 1200RT
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    It's Natural . . .

    One of the finest things about an Oilhead is that you never forget that you're on a motorcycle. Some of these more modern rides can be SO smooth, so powerful, so electronically-enhanced that "something" gets lost in the process. Of course, my "other" bike is an Airhead, so consider the source.

    That RT will take you anywhere you want to go, and you might avoid a few speeding tickets. Those 14's are hard to hold down.

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    I agree, I think the OP did answer his own question.

    Keep the bike you ride the most.

    I've thought about the new Connie 14. But it's quite a bit more bike than I need, while an oilhead is about exactly the bike I need....at least for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Trade both for an R1200RT.
    Best idea yet.
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    I've got a 2009 Concours 14 and while it is my go-to machine for getting someplace (in a hurry), I found myself looking for something with a little character. And after selling my 1150GS I found that I missed the boxer. So I just purchased a 100/7. It's OK to have more than 1 motorcycle. Unfortunately the C14 has not held it's value and they are being sold for a song. Good luck with your decision.

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    Bought a 2008 C14 in fall of 2007 for $2,400.00 under retail list and it still cost me 6 grand to own it for two years. Thing was crazy fast but found myself barely using the motor to its potential and it was a heavy pig with a lame(first year) suspension. Sold and replaced with 2009 RT, which is a keeper. Only miss the C14 when I need to pass 3 cars at a time.

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    I came from a 2009 1400 and am now a very happy owner of an 09 RT. The concours was far, far too hot and too heavy. The BMW is much more enjoyable, and relaxing. It all depends on your needs.

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