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With great sadness I sold my bike today, my beloved 2009 Kawasaki Concours. Took off all my farkles including my ungodly loud horns, ugly-as-sin insulated water bottle holder (homebuilt), custom made Techmount for my Valentine 1, little "Wade" license plate below my Colorado plate, and so on. Gonna miss "Connie."

She was the greatest motorcycle I ever owned. Ever WILL own, imho. Bought her in 2010 at Escondildo Cycle Center with 20k on the clock and proceeded to put some 14,000 miles on top. Pulled off the Power Commander PO had put on there and used to mis-tune her to where the OEM ECU "indicated" I was getting over 100mpg. (Tuner was widening injection pulses, OEM was narrowing them to compensate to where it "believed" it was only injecting a miniscule amount of fuel.

Have ridden the Pacific Coast Highway on her, looped through Nevada on a 105+ degree day, run back and forth to Alabama repeatedly, enjoyed roads in Arkansas, made trips to Phoenix, Million Dollar Highway, runs over 64 to Taos........truly the fastest, smoothest, most powerful bike I've ever owned. And comfortable for me. I could go 6 or more hours in the saddle before I'd start to get weary. And I've never gone faster on ANY motorcycle than she could go. Never even got CLOSE to HER top speed....

Boy is my heart heavy at seeing her go. But I sold her to the tech at GoAZ cycles in Scottsdale, turns out, same guy who did my 30K service for me six months ago. I know he'll put in new brake pads, replace the TPMS with a tired battery, a new H4 bulb, all the little things she needed. A great new owner.

So sad. End of an era. Picture.



But tomorrow I pick up my NEW (used) Kawasaki Concours, a 2008, silver, with only 4500 miles on her. Essentially brand new.

Sold the old one for $5K (below market, it turns out), buying the new one for $6700 (also below market, based on # of calls for both...), so I'm paying roughly $1500 to drop 30K miles.

A nickel a mile. Take a look, tell me what you think:



I tried to get Escondildo Cycle center to sell me a 2013 with 25K miles, but they just refused to make the deal I wanted. Dumbasses. In three days that bike will be TWO years old and not one.

2013 (2010 and newer) is 2nd generation Concours, with vastly improved hot air management (prevents ankle cooking), improved mirrors (bigger, mounted higher, replaced the EZ-bake Oven of a glove box on the earlier ones with a side box that won't shut down cellphones, heated grips, traction control, ABS universal instead of optional.... lot of good improvements, but essentially the same bike.

Found both the 2013 (in black) and the 2008 on Craigslist.....

Wouldn't anyone who could afford the $10K Escondildo Cycle Center wanted for the 2013 buy a new 2014 off the Internet for $12,999 instead? Assuming they had an IQ over 85?

This is the same STEALERSHIP that sold me a $500 aftermarket warranty and DID NOT TELL ME that the GTPP (Good Times Protection Plan) on my old Connie was IN FORCE and TRANSFERRABLE to me, AND EXTENDABLE.

Yeah, so in other words, they RIPPED ME OFF for $500 when I bought my first bike from them. This was their chance to "make things right" by giving me a fair price on the 2013, but they couldn't see their way to doing it.

No problem, I'll be extremely happy with the "new" used 2008. (And I'll tell everyone I know about Escondildo Cycle Center...

So it's....So long Connie,......Hello Connie!

Going to pick her up tomorrow! Hopefully she hasn't sprung any leaks from being parked so much....seals need to be kept wet.... but even a few repairs, Im getting a brand new bike for essentially half price.

I take it the PO is in poor health.... sorry to hear that....

I now have a new friend at a REPUTABLE Dealership who's gonna MAKE SURE I get treated right when I come in for parts or service. He's the LEAD TECH on all Connie repairs...

Go AZ did EXCELLENT work on my old Connie at 30K, not only washing and waxing, replacing an out license plate bulb...above and beyond what I paid them to do...including pre-routing some wiring for me while they had the tupperware off...

I blasted back from San Diego to Phoenix today on "old Connie" , encountering 40-50 mph gusty crosswinds on the top of the Laguna Mountains.....brutal.
Had to pull off the highway and park my azz at a casino for a couple of hours with a bunch of other bikers till it got back under 24 knots.... think I'm exaggerating (again?)



Once I got down to the desert floor an Illinois Jackrabbit (illinois plated minivan, speeding...) led me across the desert at 85-90 mph. I trail 1/4 mile behind and allow the jackrabbit to "eat" the tickets...

She blindly drove that speed right into a group of Stateys, who, fortunately for her, all had prior engagements. They were doing one of their "Wolfpacks" at Winterhaven, just shy of Yuma, 3-4 Stateys on each side of the road pulling 'em over right and left. The sixth or 7th time my radar detector went off I could hardly believe it, but there was another one!

Damn they make a lot of money in that corridor.

Gotta mount all my farkels on the new bike tomorrow....and order a 2 Brothers pipe, which I had to let go with the old girl..

So it's "So long, Connie.....HELLO! Connie! "
 

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Good looking bike wade. I like the color. And it sounds like you got a good deal too!
A Smokin' deal, imho.

I could tell everyone how to get fantastic deals on super hot "survivors" and other fantastic, low mileage machines, but nobody would believe me because it requires God's involvement...

The Almighty is actually a Chrysler fan, don'tcha know. He drove Adam and Eve from Paradise in his FURY. And the disciples love Honda, for they are all of one ACCORD. Moses, a Dodge man, his RAM is heard resounding off the hills. Apparently he has one of those ridiculous looking "rolling coal" exhausts

Don't stop now.... http://www.elmo.ch/private/Stories-from-a-great-country/what-would-jesus-drive/highrock-web-page/
 

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Sweet deal Wade!! All that matters is that YOU are happy & excited, and looking forward to many Happy Miles with your new Lady!!!

But uh... just tween you & me Wade... I never thought of you as the kind of man that names his bikes!! ;)lol

Fine looking new machine Wade!!! Ride Safe!!
 

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Nice ride Wade! Honestly they are both great bikes, l am sure you will love the next one as much as the last! Personally, my favorite color on the Connie is the midnight blue...maybe that will be your next one :)
 

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I am happy to hear you like the choice you made. As far as that 2013, it has been 2 years old since the day the 2015s came out, not the coming Jan 1.
I am a bit confused. You had a nice bike set up the way you wanted it that only had 34k miles on it. Why would you trade it? My Vision has 20k of my miles on it right now and no way would I consider selling her at under 100k miles unless I was completely changing my ride. I did that when I went from an HD Road Glide with 25k miles to my Vision, but not to just get a lower miles bike. Every month my bike gets some goody added and no way do I want to spend the time, effort or money to get another Vision with say 2k miles. I am too busy making my Vic my own.
 

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I am happy to hear you like the choice you made. As far as that 2013, it has been 2 years old since the day the 2015s came out, not the coming Jan 1.
I am a bit confused. You had a nice bike set up the way you wanted it that only had 34k miles on it. Why would you trade it? My Vision has 20k of my miles on it right now and no way would I consider selling her at under 100k miles unless I was completely changing my ride. I did that when I went from an HD Road Glide with 25k miles to my Vision, but not to just get a lower miles bike. Every month my bike gets some goody added and no way do I want to spend the time, effort or money to get another Vision with say 2k miles. I am too busy making my Vic my own.
I agree with you Old Man. Once you spend all that time and money making a bike really "fit" you, why get rid of it? I can see it if you want a different model with more bells and whistles or other improvements, but just to get a few thousand less miles?
 

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I am happy to hear you like the choice you made. As far as that 2013, it has been 2 years old since the day the 2015s came out, not the coming Jan 1.
I am a bit confused. You had a nice bike set up the way you wanted it that only had 34k miles on it. Why would you trade it? My Vision has 20k of my miles on it right now and no way would I consider selling her at under 100k miles unless I was completely changing my ride. I did that when I went from an HD Road Glide with 25k miles to my Vision, but not to just get a lower miles bike. Every month my bike gets some goody added and no way do I want to spend the time, effort or money to get another Vision with say 2k miles. I am too busy making my Vic my own.
I wondered that too. Then asked the question differently to myself. Would wade buy his own bike? Since he went with a different one, might he know something we don't. Given he's a technically competent guy would suggest yes.
 

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Great buy! Your new bike looks mint. Now you can ride it like you stole it...because I think that's about what you did.:71baldboy:
 
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