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Old 06-04-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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Best bang for the $$ Sport Touring bike used

Hey guys,
Im selling my Harley Ultra Glide.
I have basically a new V-Strom Adventure and love it. Have been invited on some much longer road rides so Im looking to pick up a good used sports touring bike. Been looking at a 06 Honda ST1300 and a 09 Kawasaki Concours 14 and a 2010 FJR1300. Just looking for some thoughts on those 3 bikes. All 3 in showroom condition. Honda has 23k for mileage. The concours 9300 miles, FJR has 11.5k for miles on it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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All are great bikes. St1300 likely to be the most comfortable. All are rocket ships compared to your current touring mount. Kaw will be the best performer, the Yamaha combines good comfort with strong performance, has the longest interval between valve clearance checks (26,600 miles), is the easiest to service, and has rock solid reliability. I'd say go for the FJR.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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FJR feels the most compact of the three, also probably the most sporting. Connie has the silly motor if you're into that.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:22 PM   #4
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Lovin my 2007 FJR1300
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:26 PM   #5
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Lovin my 2007 FJR1300


I've had an ST1300, '07 FJR, and a ZX-14 (that motor and monocoque chassis)

I'd buy the FJR again in a heartbeat.
Though the ST was very good and the ZX motor is fairly astounding, the Concours would almost have to be a good bike because of it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:38 PM   #6
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All three of those have owners that love them. Check them out and see what is going to feel best for you.

They will all be more fun than the ultra, and none of them will be as light and flickable at the DL.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:47 PM   #7
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I have an 06 fjr, had an 03 st1300 and rode a connie. No contest fjr is the winner. st still has heat issues, connie is huge and I wasn't impressed about anything on it. I have 122k miles on my fjr and it runs great.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:50 PM   #8
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why not farkle the v-strom.
i have done several 800 mile days on mine.
get a better seat, some high-way bars to stretch out.
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:59 PM   #9
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I just got done looking at the 09 Concours and the 06 ST1300.
Asking prices and Iinfo.:
09 Concours $8, 400 with 9, 300 miles.
-Murph front fender extenion
-Murph's handlebar bar wedges
-Speed bleeders on the front and rear brakes
-Two Brothers Carbon Fiber slip on (has quiet core but not installed)
-Kawasaki Tall windshcreen
-Techspec tank pads
-bar end weights.
-"Bearinged Up" Shifter kit
-Phillips Vision + 100 X-Treme H4 Bulbs.
-foam like inserts in the farings to help with heat issue.

06 ST1300 $7, 500 with 23 or 24, 000 miles.
-Corbin Seat

Have not looked at the FJR because the guy is asking $11, 500 for a 2010. Corbin seat is really the only option on it.

The Concours revs a alot faster and just looks feels sportier and fast. I think I would like to raise the bars and maybe put a foot peg lower kit.

The Honda is very confortable but I just dont think its me.

So Im leaning towards the Concours. Do you guys think its a decent deal or could it be boughht in the mid $7k range?

I called and priced a new left over 2012. Can get it for $11, 900. $12, 500 OTD.

Thanks for any thoughts and opinions.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #10
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why not farkle the v-strom.
i have done several 800 mile days on mine.
get a better seat, some high-way bars to stretch out.
Thats what I need to do and really want to do. Looking for a good seat. I actually saw a guy at bike week 2 weeks ago at Myrtle Beach that had some highway bars. Looked sweet. He gave me a website but everything on there is for older v-stroms.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #11
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V-Strom is good, so is Kawasaki

It really depends on what you intend to do with the bike. All the choices you mentioned are good. If you want an awesome motor the Kawasaki C-14 has it all. Still...the FJR is almost unbeatable in that it is a great balance of power, nimbleness, and durability. The FJR forum is a great place for information and many of those riders are competitors in the Iron Butt league. On the other hand, the V-Strom has a great following because it can also go off road. Will it keep up with the FJR and C-14?? Nope! But...what do you want to do?
As far as the seat goes...any of the bikes could benefit from a custom seat. My favorite seat builder is Rick Mayer. http://www.rickmayercycle.com/

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #12
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I have, and/or have had, all of them. As always, it depends on what you want. ST is the most comfortable, w/the best wind protection and fuel range; the FJR is the most compact and sporty; and the Connie has an awesome engine (Especially if you pull the sub-throttle plates, etc.) and is very smooth and refined. OTOH, the ST is heavy and only a 5-spd (Pet peeve.); the FJR doesn't offer the room and/or comfort of the others and it lacked in ground clearance; and the Connie got fairly poor gas mileage and didn't have the comfort or the protection of the ST.

I'd actually lean toward the ST, as it has the best comfort, range, and protection for longer trips, 2-up, and year 'round riding. You already have the V-Strom for sportier and lighter stuff. Alas, your choice for your reasons. Always the case. Keeps it interesting.
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Old 06-04-2013, 05:53 PM   #13
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I have 06 FJR for sale, 32k miles, just had bunch of maintain work done, asking $6,000.

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Old 06-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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All are great bikes. St1300 likely to be the most comfortable. All are rocket ships compared to your current touring mount. Kaw will be the best performer, the Yamaha combines good comfort with strong performance, has the longest interval between valve clearance checks (26,600 miles), is the easiest to service, and has rock solid reliability. I'd say go for the FJR.

I agree with Bueller. I've had overnight rides on the Honda and the Kawi,,,and owned an FJR. The 2010 FJR has long since taken care of their engine heat issue,,,and the low maintenance, brilliant and bulletproof shaft drive system, and great handling for a big bike. Only reason I sold mine was the FJR is not made for someone 6'4" with 35 yrs of 'hockey knees',,just not enough legroom for me. Or I'd still have it. Leave the engine in top gear all day,,,seriously, it's possible.
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Old 06-05-2013, 04:26 AM   #15
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I think the ST is the bee's knees in this comparo mostly because on these bikes you spend lots of time touring and a little time sporting.
It's the touring part that makes the Honda the favorite by a nose with me.
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