2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 First Ride Review- Concours 14 Photos

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First Ride: 2008 Concours 14 It’s time to the Lear Jet.

The Kawasaki 14 needs …. One minute it is along in its overdrive sixth so smoothly and quietly at 80 mph it is almost the bike isn’t running. The it is shredding its way out of a corner, making the end light, leaving a black and a shower of footpeg sparks in its

Actually, Dr. Feelgood can keep the because a sport-tourer is all about a split personality, and the C-14 has a swing in character, a fact we at the bike’s recent press in and around Santa Rosa,

Sitting in quiet sleekness the large awning next to the transport tuck, a fleet of bullets (Neutron Silver is the available color in the U.S.) sat for the first crack of the throttle on our through the mountains and to the coast of San Francisco.

The first thing of before we got on the road was the starting because of the KIPASS proximity-sensor The fob (your electronic key) had placed in the convenient tank-top so all that was necessary was a tap on the main switch. This made the graphic appear on the dash screen, and allowed the switch in the normal ignition spot on the to be turned toward “Run” the “Off” or “Locked” position.

Then you hit the starter, and the bike into a smooth idle. The works fast, and by the end of two days and 500 it was as natural to use as can be. (Side note: The feature in case of a dropped fob has deleted due to patent issues. just says “Fob Out Of Don’t lose it!)

An freeway run was first on the list. a taste of excellent low-speed leaving town, I got the chance to dip the ample power provided by the dual-balance-shaft, 1352cc engine. #$%@! Bottom-end authority is but by the time the engine reaches rpm, acceleration is wickedly

The variable-valve-timing system goes unnoticed. All you sense is an engine of power, smoothness and tractability. It is impressive, and in some ways likeable than the ZX-14’s, in the that the electronically controlled throttle action lets the feel a bit more “natural” on the in its lower-gears response.

Our time on the was thankfully brief. Sure, the 14 was comfortable (the seat is on the side, though) and wind good, but sport-touring’s heart is in and capably ripping up backroads. The 14 satisfies.

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Steering is light, with a amount of pressure on the inside bar to make the bike hold its But on-power, off-power, trail-braking, the never deviates from chosen line. Shift from the six-speed transmission is too light, but gear engagement was sure.

It was also surprisingly to flick this claimed-616-pound-dry, machine through full-roll transitions. Cornering clearance as though it falls between the amount offered by the Yamaha and the greater amount offered by the BMW As for the shaft drive, Tetra works great, with lash and supple, controlled action.

Brakes were top quality, pulls hauling the bike with the ABS (plus $900 the $12,899 base model) extra security.

For an in-depth analysis of the Concours 14, see the upcoming issue of Cycle World . and for full test figures, dyno numbers and quarter-mile in a forthcoming issue.

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