My 2004 is a performer, it let's me ride whatever style I choose. It's a cruiser, a commuter, a tourer or just a great curve hugging handler. It makes me feel what all riders want from their motorcycles, freedom of expression. This is my second Kawasaki street bike, my first was a Ninja!
I love my GTR1000. Only problem that I have had with any of my GTR's was pitting of the camshafts - fixed under warranty.
Currently have a "02" model GTR1000. Traded in the "91" model on this. Would have another, but alas, they are no longer making them. Don't know what I am going to do when it's time to upgrade to a new model.
I own a 03 Connie bought new in 03. It's a great bike! Only glitches have been:
(1). Sticky carberators due to suspected bad gas.
(2). A coolant leak & a defective fuse - both fixed under warranty.
Critique: She's top heavy & she'll buzz your arms out of joint due to angle and dynamics of her ride. Ya gotta get some Gen-Mar handlebar risers... cheap, necessary.
Last down side...she's loud after 20K miles.
Pro's: She's cheap, reliable, simple to work on, has power to spare at 100+ and will run triple digits like right now... and she'll keep it up. I do trips routinely... this bike eats miles like candy. Just keep a diet of tires and fuel handy...
I have to agree with previous comments regarding the Kawasaki Concours. I had a 1996 and it ran great.
It is very top heavy, and it will "buzz" your hands numb after a while, with the stock grips and handle bars.
The bike is a work horse and has plenty of power to spare.
I've owned a 1997 GTR1000 for nearly four years without any problem (inc no cam pitting) & would recommend it to anyone looking for a comfortable touring bike.
At my first major service my mechanic tightened all the engine bolts & found two a little loose, which fixed the "buzz".
I find it a very honest, all round bike. Plenty of power, super reliable, comfortable for rider & pillion.
The huge fuel capacity, full fairing protection, shaft drive & rear vision provided by the mirrors are some of its best points.
Its weight would be a negative, but you get used to it, however as I'm now in my 50's, my next bike will be around 50kg lighter.
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