Take a look at the Kawasaki Concours 14 and it’ll only take a few seconds before you have to pick your jaws off of the floor. The bike’s all-new bodywork gives the new Concours 14 an even more aggressive demeanor, highlighted by an electric-adjustable windscreen that creates a bigger still-air pocket for the rider and passenger. New ducts above the instrument panel relieve the low pressure area behind the windscreen while standard grip heaters lets you keep your hands warm in cold conditions.
In terms of performance, the Concours 14 doesn’t lack in power, thanks to a 1,352cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that produces the kind of power that riders weep over. A big part of the Concours 14’s wide powerband can be attributed to its variable valve timing (VVT) system that alters camshaft profiles to boost low-end and mid-range torque without sacrificing top-end power. The bike also has advanced fuel injection, sub-throttle valves, ram-air induction, and decades of experience building the world’s most potent motorcycle engines add up to an amazing powerplant, a huge force to be reckoned with in the performance sport-touring segment.
The bike also has a monocoque frame that provides massive structural integrity along with excellent handling characteristics. The compact structure of the frame allows optimum packaging of the bike’s vital systems. There’s also a Tetra-Lever shaft drive that sends all that power rearward through a four-link design to offset the lifting and squatting tendencies when the throttle is opened and closed, resulting in true sportbike handling that the Kawasaki Concours has made name on.
Find out more about the Kawasaki Concours 14’s specs after the jump.
The Concours 14 ABS’s chiseled new looks are backed up by a full complement of sophisticated new safety electronics. Second-generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) relies upon a powerful ECU to provide your choice of two modes of highly refined, linked anti-lock braking. And while the ABS sensors were already in place on the wheels, the Concours 14’s engineers used them as part of Kawasaki’s first-ever traction control system. KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) monitors any difference between the front and rear wheel speeds to help reduce wheelspin on slick surfaces, and provide extra peace of mind for the rider. (KTRC can of course, be easily switched on and off, at the rider’s discretion.)
|Engine||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four with VVT|
|Bore x stroke||84.0 x 61.0mm|
|Maximum torque||102.0 lb-ft @ 6,200 rpm|
|Fuel Injection||Digital Fuel Injection w/ 40mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||TCBI with Digital Advance|
|Final drive||Tetra-Lever shaft drive|
|Rake / trail||26.1 degrees / 4.4 in.|
|Front tire||120/70 ZR-17|
|Rear tire||190/50 ZR-17|
|Front Suspension / Wheel Travel||43mm inverted, telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload / 4.4 in.|
|Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel||Tetra-Lever with stepless rebound damping adjustment and remote spring preload adjuster / 5.4 in.|
|Brakes, front||Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston calipers (optional ABS)|
|Brakes, rear||Single 270mm petal disc (optional ABS)|
|Fuel capacity||5.8 gal.|
|Seat height||32.1 in.|
|Overall Length||89.4 in.|
|Overall Height Fairing Lowered / Raised||50.8 in. / 55.3 in.|
|Overall Width at Handlebars / at Saddlebags||30.7 in. / 39.4 in.|
|Curb Weight: Concours 14 / Concours 14 ABS||670.3 / 679.1 lbs.|
|Color||Candy Neptune Blue/Flat Super Black|