The Bike FAQ - Classic Concours A1-A21
This FAQ compiled by Elvin Rivera, COG#2536
First of all, thanks for checking us out. This is a forum for fans of Sport Touring in general and specifically the Kawasaki Concours ZG1000. It’s one of the original “Gentlemen’s Express” motorcycles that created the Sport Touring class.
What exactly is Sport Touring?
Is the Concours a Sport Bike or a Touring bike?
I notice most Sport Touring bikes are 1200cc or more. Is the Concours' engine powerful enough to handle 2 people and their stuff?
It looks so big and heavy. How does The Concours handle?
I'm not a tall person. How high is the seat?
I don't like the riding position of Sport Bikes. I have to bend over too much and the footpegs are too high. Is the Concours like that?
I bring a passenger on rides. Is the seat big enough or are we going to be crowded?
The Concours is an old design. Are there still accessories available?
Can I still improve the Performance?
OK, what’s available for the engine?
What about handling improvements?
I've never had a bike with a fairing. What will it do for me?
What about windshields? Am I stuck with Kawasaki's or are there other choices?
What kind of gas mileage can I expect?
I’ve heard a lot about the engine buzzing. That it numbs your hands and wears you out. What’s the story?
I like to maintain my own vehicles. Is the Concours hard to work on?
Any troubles or weaknesses I should know about?
What I should look for when inspecting a used Concours?
What kind of stuff have owners made for the Concours?
Twenty years in production is a long time. Which model year Concours is the best?
So, which is better? An early 1986 - 1993 model or a later 1994 - 2006 model?