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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2018, 10:44:29 am »
It's more of a Sport tourer than a sport Tourer. Not a suitable replacement for the 14
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2018, 12:51:26 pm »
I like the H2, looks good but the bags are small and the range is weak...2 strikes! With the loss of the Trophy and possibly losing the C14 I will have to resort to saying a bad word...BMW :-\


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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2018, 01:05:25 pm »
wow, beautiful bike! Now I have to see what happens and possibly begin thinking RT? I could have, NEVER would have, thought RT until owning the Trophy. I do miss the C14 but if I had to, I could do an RT. I love ST bikes and plan on staying in that class for a long time! I would NEVER pay $24K+ for the H2 when I could spend the same on a decked-out RT!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2018, 03:02:32 pm »
wow, beautiful bike! Now I have to see what happens and possibly begin thinking RT? I could have, NEVER would have, thought RT until owning the Trophy. I do miss the C14 but if I had to, I could do an RT. I love ST bikes and plan on staying in that class for a long time! I would NEVER pay $24K+ for the H2 when I could spend the same on a decked-out RT!

...or just buy two C14’s! Heck, just buy one C14 and pay someone to install cruise control and upgrade the suspension, flash the ECU, along with any other mods your heart desires and still have plenty of money left for some long trips!!!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2018, 03:16:59 pm »
That is on my mind too! I haven't ruled the Concours out, and when next year rolls around who knows where Kawi will be with the C14! But, NO WAY am I having someone else install cc on my new Concours, I'll do it myself...did it on my 2012 and can/will do it again ;) I thought I saw one that is pretty much plug-and-play for the Concours and costs around $1000? If that's true, I'd probably go that route this time. I would definitely have someone upgrade the suspension for me, would hopefully be fine on the new seat they have, would throw the large 56 liter GIVI Monokey trunk on it when the wife rides with me, order the taller windscreen, add my LED fogs on either side of the wheel, my flashing brake lights, my power block under the seat, my harness for heated gear, the extra power port, and whatever else I can think of! The beauty of owning the C14 is how much you can do to it to make it "yours"! I could do ALL of that and STILL be under the cost of a new RT so the C14 is still favorable! I will admit that the ownership cost of the RT does scare me and the thought of being on the Concours and having service available pretty much anywhere I go is a comforting thought...all of this is being weighed in my mind and will be until I make the switch! I have one regret, I regret selling my 2012! I did it thinking I could walk away and never look back, but that didn't happen :'(
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #20 on: May 10, 2018, 03:18:04 pm »
Oh, almost forgot the most important upgrade...STEVE'S FLASH...100%!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2018, 03:54:08 pm »
I wasn’t saying you couldn’t install the CC. I was just saying for the amount you would save, you could easily afford to have all the work done as if it had come that way from the factory, and still save a boatload of money vs the beemer.

I have no idea if the BMW motorcycles are like their cars or not, but the cars had idiot lights for everything and the dealer was the only one that could rest them for $150 each time. It was ridiculous! Oil change light, air filter light, brake service light, you name it there was a light for it! None were able to be reset by the end user or even a shop other than the dealership. Just before I sold it, I took it in one time and had all the lights reset. Dash looked like a Christmas tree the whole time I owned that car! I vowed never to buy another BMW... EVER!!! It was a nice car, but I refuse to be held hostage to a dealership like that!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2018, 04:03:49 pm »
Sorry, Poseidon, I wasn't implying you were saying anything against my awesome and sick ability to install my own cc ::)! I was just saying I would do it because I could and I enjoyed it...as twisted as that sounds :o! And, your story, along with those from others, make BMW a scary choice! But, my only 2 choices will be the C14 or RT, not sure I am ready for the Adventure bike, and nothing else out there appeals to me, and the Concours still has my heart! Here's my ONLY hesitation on a new C14, THE SEAT! I had the 2012 and went through 4 different seats and nothing could keep me on that bike all day and be comfortable...I was sore! With the Triumph Trophy, and the optional Triumph comfort seat, ALL DAY COMFORT and then some! The seat on my Trophy is sooooo good it's ridiculous! I feel the BMW RT would offer similar comfort as does the Trophy and that is why I even lean in the direction of the RT...comfort! Just like the RT's maintenance and ownership costs scare me, the comfort, or lack of, on the Concours scares me! I did a 10 day, 5k mile road trip on my C14 and was SORE. I could do that same trip on my Trophy and never want to get off the bike...could literally ride it all day, every day, with ease! So you can see my dilemma!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2018, 04:43:01 pm »
mike, I should try the Kawasaki Touring seat.... it's that good...even my pillion agrees. ;)
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2018, 04:43:57 pm »
mike, I should try the Kawasaki Touring seat.... it's that good...even my pillion agrees. ;)

The optional Kawi touring seat with the gel inserts?
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2018, 04:59:16 pm »
no, it's a completely new one, released in 2015 I believe. I bought it 2y ago, sold my Sargent, never looked at anything else. I will get you a Kawasaki site link
 

https://www.kawasaki.com/accessories/item/2016-concours-14-abs/touring-seat/ZG1400EGFL/999940500
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2018, 05:17:09 pm »
One other thing to consider is warranty comparison between brands.
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2018, 05:42:35 pm »
One other thing to consider is warranty comparison between brands.
True.  When I retired, I was considering a new BMW.  The mechanics were insisting on buying the $1500, five year unlimited mileage warranty.  Then I came across my Sergeant’s C14...
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2018, 10:17:15 pm »
Sorry, Poseidon, I wasn't implying you were saying anything against my awesome and sick ability to install my own cc ::)! I was just saying I would do it because I could and I enjoyed it...as twisted as that sounds :o! And, your story, along with those from others, make BMW a scary choice! But, my only 2 choices will be the C14 or RT, not sure I am ready for the Adventure bike, and nothing else out there appeals to me, and the Concours still has my heart! Here's my ONLY hesitation on a new C14, THE SEAT! I had the 2012 and went through 4 different seats and nothing could keep me on that bike all day and be comfortable...I was sore! With the Triumph Trophy, and the optional Triumph comfort seat, ALL DAY COMFORT and then some! The seat on my Trophy is sooooo good it's ridiculous! I feel the BMW RT would offer similar comfort as does the Trophy and that is why I even lean in the direction of the RT...comfort! Just like the RT's maintenance and ownership costs scare me, the comfort, or lack of, on the Concours scares me! I did a 10 day, 5k mile road trip on my C14 and was SORE. I could do that same trip on my Trophy and never want to get off the bike...could literally ride it all day, every day, with ease! So you can see my dilemma!

I have nothing to compare to since my 2017 Concours is the only one I've been on, but my stock seat is all day comfortable. I have rode fuel stop to fuel stop and not wanted to get off for a break the way I normally would on other bikes. When I do stop for a break, it is normally to stretch my legs. Coming from the cruiser world, I'm still not 100% used to the foot position yet.

I've read that Kawasaki changed the seat in 2015 I believe. Must have been a big improvement because I have also read where lots of guys complain about the stock seat on the older bikes.
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #29 on: May 11, 2018, 05:11:50 am »
Best way to describe the early seats is like sitting on a slanted, banana skin covered two by six that used the gas tank for a stop so you didn't slide off.
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