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Old 11-08-2007, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has everyone forgotten how great a motorcycle the original Concours is??
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Old 11-09-2007, 12:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yes. yes we have.
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Has everyone forgotten how great a motorcycle the original Concours is??
Not me, I'm still sporting mine about here and there.
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Old 12-12-2007, 04:20 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am seriously considering a ZG after I lose the note on my EX250. It is so much more comfortable than the Ninjette, though I would miss 70+ mpg! At only $44 per year for minimal insurance coverage, I would keep it for quick errands and maybe occasional commuting, with a ZG for longer trips with my daughter.
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Its a great bike, you will enjoy it. The 250 is fun too, but its a different animal. The 250 is tons of fun more like a bicycle with an engine where as the Concours is a real decent sport tourer.
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"More like a bike with an engine" Well excuse me, I beg to differ but the 250 R can be a good sport tourer too if you equipped it right and improved your riding position. The MPG is great, fuel autonomy is around 300 miles, sustains legal highway speed easily at 7-8 k rpm, handles better on winding roads than most big heavy tourers, weight/hp ratio is better than most tourers.
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According to Google results it breaks down this way:

1998 Kawasaki Concours(stock): 7 lbs/hp --- for every horsepower there are 7 pounds
<about 88 whp and 618 lbs>
2008 Kawasaki 250R (stock): 12 lbs/hp
<about 28whp and 333lbs>
Obviously the power to weight ratio argument is out, especially if you look at the new ZX-14 based bike:

Kawasaki Concours 14 (stock): 4.25 lbs/hp
<about 147 whp and 608lbs>

Now fuel efficiency:

250R: Most seem to average ~55 (as high as mid 60s in some cases)
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98 Concours: About 40 mpg for a 600+ pound bike is amazing
<quick google search>
2008 Concours 14: About mid 30s with varied riding
<quick google search>

Granted the 250R is a great all around entry level bike but the only way I would take a 250 over either of those was to pay me the difference in MSRP! Especially in a touring situation in America. I see you, chilly, are in Costa Rica where a lighter bike is better for the lack of great infrastructure, but in any 1st world country with Interstates and well maintained highways and byways it only makes sense to go the other route.
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