Kawasaki Concours Reviews

2011 Kawasaki Concours from United States of America

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

29th Apr 2014, 11:35

How did you lower it?

I have a 1986 Connie and want to lower it a bit.

2000 Kawasaki Concours from United States of America

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

1986 Kawasaki Concours from Canada

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres

Summary:

Best value for the dollar of almost any big bike

Faults:

The original intake valves were soft and flared. The dealer in Tucson wanted $1,500 to change them. The COG group helped a great deal. I bought aftermarket carbon valves, pulled the top end and changed all valves myself. I did it on our back deck as our house did not have a garage. 2nd crank the bike started. Now it is oil and filters, and I do the plugs every 3 years.

The fairing cracks easily - I am on my 3rd one, buying them on wreckers from e-bay.

General Comments:

I rode it from Calgary to Portland, then south on Hwy 1 in California. Best ride ever! Handled well and blew all the other bikes off the road.

When in the Rockies with my wife on the back and loaded bags, I scraped the right bag in a curve, I was so far over.

The Rifle fairing and raised bars make a big difference. I am 6 ft 2.

At 52 years I dropped it in the driveway. I think a fly landed on my right arm. Bang, over we went. I use the smaller BMW around town as the Connie is heavy. I bought it from a guy that dropped it in his garage.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd April, 2013

2000 Kawasaki Concours from United States of America

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

Average review marks: 8.6 / 10, based on 12 reviews