Well just been for an extended test ride;
I've owned 4 GSX1400's over the years and found it to be an absolutely stunning bike to own. It does everything so well, commute, scratch, tour and even does a half decent job on the track. Its been an awesome work, play bike but I'm thinking time to move on.
Me and her in doors spent 3hours road testing the concours 1400 today, took in some motorway, highway and twisties. Did the Auckland - Miranda - Clevedon back to Auckland round trip with a coffee stop etc.
Overall impression was its a big bike but a nimble one, the oem tyres were shocking, no feedback and made the bike steer really slowly (first things that would go). The silencer would be the second, replaced with a dual ZX1400 system. Anyway, once set up (it was set far too hard) the ride was very pleasant. Adjusting the screen to limit bufferting on the motorway was a cool thing then dropping it again in the twisties was a nice option. Believing the bike would steer a whole lot better with a set of Michelin PR2's or 3's it made a good effort in the twisties, reasonable ground clearance, good punch out of the turns and very tractable. Maintaining a reasonable pace called for a fair bit of forward planning, she didn't like last minute changes of direction (but I feel again different tyres and a bit more suspension twiddling would help) but was a stable platform for what cam her way. The wife liked the level of comfort and would feel even better with a top box behind her. The front brakes were bloody impressive, there linked and one or two fingers will have her slowing down bloody quickly, the rear felt a little wooden.
It wasn't as nimble as the GSX but a far more accomplished mile muncher,the pace would be a little slower but is traded by better weather protection. Getting back on the GSX after the test felt like jumping on a 600. Over all we are pretty impressed with the Concours and with the few mods we would make to it believe it would last us for quite a few years.
Would be interested in hearing the views of other Connie owners out there.