Kawasaki Concours Reviews from United States of America

2011 Kawasaki Concours

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Most recent distance16800 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda Valkyrie

Summary:

It's a good, reliable ride

Faults:

I have had no mechanical problems with the bike.

General Comments:

It has been a good, problem free bike. I changed the tires at 12,800, and changed the battery in the transponder after 2 years. Most riding has been interstate 88 to 150 miles round trip.

I have made a couple of long trips out of state. Usual running is between 3800 and 4000 RPM.

The only extra added was a big box.

I always use 93 octane. Averages 48 to 50 plus MPG.

The ability to raise and lower the windshield in transit is helpful. Not having self-canceling turn signals isn't.

I'm short legged, so even lowering the bike I'm on my toes. The Concours is a very good commuter bike with ample storage, and plenty of power. It's comfortable to ride, and handles well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2013

2000 Kawasaki Concours

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance148000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW R100/7

Summary:

Best deal on the market. Wish Kawasaki offered the new Connie with a 3 cylinder 1050

Faults:

Besides normal wear, tires & brake stuff, I have replaced:

2 water pumps.

1 speedo cable.

Rebuilt clutch master & slave cylinders.

Re-soldered the master relay.

And replaced a few light bulbs.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable.

42-45 mpg average; 40 min / 49 max.

I always use full synthetic oil (Amsoil) at 10,000 mile changes (after many quick changes during break-in with dino oil).

Daily rider, weekend trips with my wife as passenger.

Genmar bar risers, Rifle windshield, & Givi trunk box are a must.

Balance the carbs, and adjust the pilot air screws out to stop low RPM surging.

Love this bike, but have said when it hits 150K I will get a new bike. Now that I am getting close, not sure I want to spend big bucks for less fuel mileage and high insurance. I might just get a new seat and take this one to 200K.

I'm 57, 220#, 5'9", and would ride this bike anywhere.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2013

2000 Kawasaki Concours

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired24659 miles
Most recent distance52235 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki EX500

Summary:

The best value for money in a sport-tourer

Faults:

So far so good, nothing has broken that wasn't my fault.

One small issue has cropped up lately with a small oil leak, which I first noticed right around 50,000 miles, just under the shifter. Appears to be either a clutch rod seal or possibly the shift shaft. It's a small amount, so hasn't been much of an issue.

Dash and fairing plastics are starting to fade somewhat, but the bike is 10 years old and lives outside under a cover, so this is to be expected.

General Comments:

Excellent handling.

Amazing power.

Very comfortable.

Owner's group online is top-notch, tons of support for years to come.

Incredibly reliable/durable. This bike feels like it's built like a tank.

Good gas mileage.

Very easy to service/maintain: valve adjustments can be completed in less than 2 hours, oil changes are a snap. Shaft drive means no chain or messy lube to deal with.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2010

2009 Kawasaki Concours

Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired55 miles
Most recent distance1500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda GL1500 SE Gold Wing

Summary:

Great bike for the money

Faults:

Rear tire pressure gauge not working when new.

Batteries in sending unit.

General Comments:

This bike is the best sport tour bike I have owned to date. I have had three others, ST's, Triumph Trophy 1200 and the old Concours. This bike handles almost as good as my Daytona 955i, and has more power than it.

Comfort is good, but the windshield is too short; there are good after market shields out there. I purchased a Cal Scientific; much better wind protection.

The brakes are very strong, and the handling is great for a bike this size. Best bags I have ever used, shaft drive is "untouchable" in the bike market. Service to the shaft is easy, and so is the oil and filter.

Overall I would recommend this bike first for the price, and then for its overall satisfaction. Don't pass it up if you can afford it.

Good luck, there are still few leftovers out there.

P.S. the heat on the legs is not that bad.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th June, 2010

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 11 reviews