i am planning on buying a new bike later on this month or early next month. i choose to buy new so i will know for sure how it had be handled and taken care of. having a warrenty is a big deal to me. i am torn bewteen two completely different bikes. a majority of my riding will be around town, short trips, and an occasional long trip of less than 600 miles. one choice is the kawasaki concours. just under 1000cc, appx. 110 hp and 59 ft# of torque. six speed transmission, shaft drive, faring. it weighs just under 600# dry. it has a highish seat height of 31+ inches. another one i am leaning toward is the suzuki bulevard S83. 1360 cc, appx. 72 hp and 84 ft# of torque, shaft drive. the connie is at it's best at a higher rpm. is seems to be working harder at the same speeds. the suzuki seems to be much more laid back and zips around at a much lower rpm, even legal highway speeds. the connie engine seems to be very busy at highway speeds. the connie is cheaper and comes with a bunch of bells and whistles. it has better brakes. it's rear tire seems a bit smallish. it is sorta guttless at low rpm, yet comes alive at high rpm. handling is nice, but i am not too nuts about the handlebar position, yet the instrumentation is very nice. it looks to be on the high maintenance side, and it looks like it would be hard to work on. lots of disassembly to do most anything. the connie would be far and away the best choice for 2up riding, but my 2up riding will be only about 10-20% of my riding. the seat is 'ok' for the pilot, and very nice for the passenger. the connie has an almost cult-like following over at the C.O.G., the concours owners group. i just looked at a used '86 connie, that looked to be in showroom condition. it had obviously been babied. the suzuki is sorta awkward at slow parking lot speeds, yet it is awesome the rest of the time. it is more expensive and all the add- ons i will need, will make it even more pricy. it is very torquey and seems to propel you effortlessly. almost no vibration. brakes are passable, but nothing to write home about. it only weighs 535# dry. the passenger seat leaves a lot to be desired, but the pilot's seat is awesome. seat height is almost just right at 29+ inches. handlebars and feel are just right. it has a nice, big rear tire. instrumentation is spartan, at best. it has few maintenance needs and looks easy to work on. i am leaning toward the suzuki over the connie, yet i cannot dismiss the connie as a good choice. the suzuki just feels better and i feel better about it, and on it. my experience with the suzuki brand (three different bikes, a 650cc, a 900cc, and a 250cc dirt bike) as been nothing but positive. i have had no personal ownership of kawasakis, but they do have a good reputation. anyway, do any of you guys have any insight to help me with my decision. you guys have been a big help in helping me this far,and i really do appreciate it. any other help will be appreciated as well. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!