I had cash ready to put down on a replacement to my '02 Concours (C10). The replacement was to be an '09 Concours ABS (C14) which I had picked out...
..until I saw and rode an '07 Sprint ST ABS. It feels small, fast and agile when compared to any Concours.
I know it's completely subjective, but the Triumph has much more character than the Concours, for thousands less*. Although I appreciate the hell out of the Concours, and if it's anything like earlier generation Connies, it's an extremely well-built, bullet-proof bike. It simply doesn't inspire me the way the Triumph does. The look and sound of each respective exhaust.....no contest.
But character/presence and cost of admission aside, each are a totally different ride.
The Concours is a rocketship. It's scary fast. Scary in that I feel compelled to ride it fast. It's also big, and therefore far less maneuverable than the ST...again, my opinion. Had I been more of a long-haul, foul-weather tourer, I probably would have chosen the Concours. It has better protection from the elements and I'm sure that it's a more comfortable bike for extended distance rides and destination touring.
That's not my kind of riding. I'm a fair weather rider and don't see myself going for any cross-country jaunts anytime soon. I opted for a mint, low mileage, never dropped '07 ABS. I love this bike and have no regrets of having passed on a bigger, more expensive and less inspiring Kawasaki.
*BTW, there's what appears to be a really nice black '07 ABS on CL in the DC area
. Seems priced right as well - $3k less than a like-condition '08 ABS Connie (I know nothing more about it and have no affiliation with the seller..just passing it along).
Winter is the time to buy for sure!