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George R. Young

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2001 Kawasaki Concours 1000
« on: July 26, 2017, 10:56:17 AM »
This is the touring replacement for my XZ550 since 2003. Like the Vision, it has shaft drive. Unlike the Vision, it has an excited field alternator running coolly outside the engine.

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Re: 2001 Kawasaki Concours 1000
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2017, 07:07:15 AM »
Nice! I've heard good things about the Connie. Any plans for a rack and top box?
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Re: 2001 Kawasaki Concours 1000
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2017, 11:33:16 AM »
The Concours has a little stock rack under the rear tail cover.

I shy away from rear top boxes. The weight behind the rear axle and the extra air pressure both conspire to lighten the front wheel, which I like to remain firmly planted.

With the saddlebags, a magnetic tank bag and the tent/mattress roll on the rear seat, there's enough capacity already.

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Re: 2001 Kawasaki Concours 1000
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2017, 12:04:14 PM »
One of the all-time great bargains in motorcycling. Bulletproof Ninja engine and a great balance between sport and touring. As I recall, when you bought this bike new you got your name engraved on the side panels.

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Was Concours, now SV650
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2019, 04:54:54 PM »
Well, my motorcycle interests have changed, away from long distance riding, more towards sunny afternoon jaunts. I've sold the Concours and replaced it with a 2003 Suzuki SV650S. So, I'm back in the V-Twin fold again.

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Re: 2001 Kawasaki Concours 1000
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2019, 03:05:07 PM »
Suzuki SV is a great motor.  I had an '02 naked for a while.  My problem with the bike was mostly with the seat.  Not bad for short jaunts or furious 'canyon carving' but not good for just sitting there for miles.  I think the choice of foam padding is a problem.  My friend's Vstrom has much the same problem, though with a different shaped seat. 
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