1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

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1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

Unread post by blodwyn pig » Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:16 pm

Could use some help. I'm looking at buying another bike, and need help deciding between these 2. Asking price is the same ($3000). The Beemer has 72,000mi and the Kawasaki only has 33,000mi. Any experienced input would be appreciated.

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Re: 1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

Unread post by Johnj » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:36 pm

It is really hard to find fault with the Kawasaki, I've owned three.
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Re: 1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

Unread post by Terry123 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 1:55 am

I believe that dollar-for-dollar, the Kawasaki Concours, bar none, is the very best motorcycle buy in the world. For $8,000 you get a bike that probably has way more power and handling ability than any of us are capable of dealing with unless our name happens to be Kenny Roberts or Max Biaggi. It has a storm-buster fairing, enormous luggage capacity, and as much or more comfort as many bikes costing thousands of dollars more. Add to that the fact that it is a bike as reliable and trustworthy as anything on two wheels, and you have something that cannot be beaten. At least it can't be beaten when looking at it as value for money and bang for buck.

On the other hand, technically the BMW shows how dated the Concours has become. We RT-ers whine among ourselves about Motronic 2.2, clunkiness, and surging, but despite all that, it cannot be denied that the R1100RT is and has been for over six years on the very cutting edge of modern production motorcycle technology. It is a nearly perfect blend of form and function, and if money is no object or of only moderate concern, my old friend, the Kawasaki Concours, even as good as it is, cannot come close to the BMW.

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Re: 1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

Unread post by ceemes » Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:01 pm

I have to concour with John, my Concours was a great bike, fast, nimble, comfortable and ran all day. The only down side to it, was it hated slow stop and go traffic and you had to keep an eye on its temperature gauge when stuck in it.......but get it on the open highway, and it would cruise rock steady at 160 KPH (100 MPH) all day long.
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Re: 1998 BMW R1100RT vs 1999 Kawasaki Concours

Unread post by Jarlaxle » Sun May 22, 2016 3:31 pm

My wife considered a Concours...her objections were no EFI (and 4 carbs to sync, ugh) and the fact that it is a HEAVY bike.

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