I demo test rode a Concours13 and an FJR in 2014 at AMERICADE (Lake Goerge, NY)
I'm 6'-2" tall, so both felt a little cramped, plus I need two new knees back then that didn't like bending much for very long or became painful.
I thought the Concours was extremely cramped (and too forward leaning in the saddle like a sports bike - neck cramping on long rides) compared to the FJR, and didn't care for the handling (lean in curves) much. The FJR was mildly cramped in comparison, and I loved the FJR handling in comparison to the Concours (was much like my 1982 Yamaha Seca 400).
So, the other day (now that I have two new knees: 2015 and 2016 STRYKER titanium models) I went to the local dealer who carries Kawasaki Yamaha, and Triumph brands, and they had a Concours13 on the showroom that I sat on - still felt cramped for me! Too bad they didn't have an FJR to compare to now with the new knees bending better (and no pain now) than the old ones did.
I also test rode a BMW 1600 (GTL?) 2014 and didn't like it much, felt like I had to manhandle it too much (heavy), and the bezel ring they have above the left-hand grip kept getting bumped (changes electronic controlled settings) when using the left turn signal, and speedometer numbers too small with a HUGE range into the hundreds - probably for AUTOBAN zooming!
The last sports/touring bike to try before buying soon was the Triumph Trophy SE and compare it to the FJR, but when at the dealer, I found out they just discontinued making them in 2017. I got to sit on one in 2014, and it felt good with the old knees, but not test ride one for a solid comparison.
So, I'm thinking by default now - if I want a new bike; it's the FJR if I can sit/test ride one again and the new knees like it as much as the rest of me! It rode like a grandson to my SECA 400, so easy to maneuver but on steroids with so much more power!!!
In case I go the used route - Anyone have a comparison story with the TRIUMP TROPHY and the FJR?
CW2, US Army, Special Forces "Green Beret" A-Team Medic, Helicopter Aircrew/Flight Medic, Helicopter Pilot, x2 Wars Veteran - Retired.
I still have my 1982 Yamaha SECA 400; test rode an FJR at Americade (Lake George, NY) and it felt/rode like the SECA's grandson on steroids...
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