- Apr 18, 2009
- Reaction score
- Oceanside, CA
I was thinking the same... exceptKawasaki GTR1400.
No Brainer. I have both, it's a clone of the FJR
As I looked for a replacement for my ZG1000 back in '09, I test drove both BMW K and RT series bikes, and the Concours 14. Problem was expected lifetime maintenance costs drove me away from all of them (and middle USA service availability on the BMWs) and to the FJR.
I love the sport-tour form factor and expect (require) a vehicle capable of being driven for over a decade with maintenance being fluid/filter changes, brakes and tires (no major engine work every 25K, no silly expensive shocks that only last about that length..etc).
Does the latest GTR1400 still have the high-priced valve maintenance (every 25K miles)? If yes, the Concours would still likely be my, begrudging, choice
Looking forward to a 300+ mile range sport-tour electric bike (in 5+ years... hopefully, with new battery chemistry just coming out of labs now).