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Old 05-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently sold my Stratoliner and have been looking at going to a sport touring bike instead. I'm primarily considering a 2007 or later FJR or a 2008 or later Concours. New bike prices aren't currently in my budget. I certainly understand that with this being an FJR forum, you guys made that decision for a reason. If you compared these two bikes when making your decision, what swayed you towards the FJR? Thanks in advance for your input.
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the fjr is a proven design and will require less maintenance than the concours with its variable valve timing even the BMW guys talk of the high maintenance cost of the concours.
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Wow. That's certainly eye opening. I have a couple of friends that own BMWs and have heard the tales of woe about $1,000+ service bills. That is the main reason I eliminated them from consideration. Otherwise they both love their bikes. Took both of them above the Arctic circle and back last year with no issues. I just can't see myself paying those kinds of bills to maintain something manufactured in the 21st century with the manufacturing capabilities we have now.
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Apparently, the linked brakes on the Connie are pretty wonky. To the point of being scary. Not to mention the FJR just looks better!
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I ride 7-10k miles per year. Ay least 2K is with my wife on the rear seat. When we where test riding bikes together, she liked the FJR and K1200 about the same but she couldn't get comfortable on the Concours. It is a subjective thing. I did not like the heavy feel of the Concours compared to the BMW and FJR. The Concours has great power but it isn't as linear as the FJR. Also the FJR gets better fuel consumption than the Beemer and the Concours and it does it on 87 octane fuel. Always use 87 octane with the FJR, anything higher is a waste. My friends with Beemers seem OK sending the dealer's kids to college with $1200 service bills.
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I too was considering both when I bought my FJR last year. The ease of maintenance and the fuel mileage were the 2 major deciding factors. I read in several places on several forums that to change the plugs on the Concours takes like 4 hours! On the interstate my Fjr has a 300 mile range at 80-85 mph. Best decision I ever made!
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I have no idea how you guys get such a great millage, I'm averaging 38mpg, and the bike is already on about 1700mi, can't blame the break-in anymore. It did improve from 35 to 38, but thats all. I wouldn't risk more than 250mi between fill-ins, seeing the last lonely bar makes me nervous.
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I get 38 to 40 in daily driving but when on the Interstate for a full tank the low fuel state doesn't even kick in until about 275 miles.
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I recently sold my Stratoliner and have been looking at going to a sport touring bike instead. I'm primarily considering a 2007 or later FJR or a 2008 or later Concours. New bike prices aren't currently in my budget. I certainly understand that with this being an FJR forum, you guys made that decision for a reason. If you compared these two bikes when making your decision, what swayed you towards the FJR? Thanks in advance for your input.
I took delivery of my '13 FJR recently but had researched/compared Connie, FJR and BMW prior to pulling the trigger on the FJR. What really sealed the deal for me was the Sport Touring write up in the 4/13 issue of Mototrcyclists and 5/13 issue of Riders Magazine -- in both they compared BMW k1200 and/or K1600GT along with FJR, Connie and Trophy -- granted for the 2013 model year but should still hold some truth for earlier model years. At the end of each article, they both said that BMW K1600GT was the clear winner if money is no issue but FJR is what they would buy with their own dime. If I recalled, the general consensus on Connie was while it has more power, it felt sluggish in turns (poor weight distribution) and linked brakes result in scary nose-dives. I think no cruise control but not 100% on that; of course GenII FJR didn't have cruise control either so that's a wash.

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If money is not a concern, hands down the BMW K1600GT. Sensible choice is the Feej! ... Kawi is kinda front end- Cowi-fugly if u ask me
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