Info on Moving Up to a Bigger Bike, Sport Tourer

by Cynthia Copeland
(Vallejo, CA)

I'm looking for info on the learning curve from riding a medium cruiser to a sport cruiser/like Kawasaki Concours 1000. How the bike rides differently. What to look out after, what the potential problems might be. For example, I know it has a huge gas tank, 7 gallons, so the front end is a lot heavier. How will that impact riding the bike?

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Dec 18, 2009
I Think You Might Find It Easier
by: Quicklimegirl

There probably isn't that much weight difference. The thing is, a sport tourer will likely have a lighter "feel" to the steering; I don't know the fork rake nor the wheelbase length on the Cruiser you've been riding, but it's a good bet the rake is not as steep and that the wheelbase is longer. Both of these conditions make for a slower steering, less flickable bike, so the new bike should be much quicker responding to steering input. You'll have significantly more ground clearance for lean angles on curvy roads, too. Just remember that the HP on these bikes are generally at least twice that of a similar engine size Cruiser, and most likely somewhat light, too, so it should be a lot quicker in all respects, not just with chassis input.

Take it easy at first to get used to the differences in chassis and power and you should be fine!

Dec 18, 2009
Big Bike
by: sue

Hi, I just went from a 750 to 1600 with a very big tank 7 gal. also. If you have been riding a while you'll be okay it will take a little getting use to. My biggest problem is moving the thing around if parked so I make sure I always am in a good stop for parking or I have my husband with me. lol It weighs 700lbs so it's heavy but worth it. Make sure you can touch both feet flat on the ground that's the biggest thing.

Enjoy, you'll love it!

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