2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 Sport Touring Motorcycle — Full Review of the…

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Kawasaki Concours

Transforming Kawasaki’s Tire-Smoking into an Impressive Sport

Kawasaki’s Concours sport has inspired a dedicated following its 21 years of existence, offering a alternative to bikes like FJR 1300, Honda’s ST1300, and K1200GT.

For 2008, Kawasaki ups the ante with their Concours 14, which incorporates components from the ZX-14 in with lots of new technology. The is a bike that offers the price in its segment with the horsepower; not a bad combo!

Is the Concours 14 a muscle bike with or the kind of bike you’d want to ride long Read on to find out.

DNA: The ZX-14 Connection

The 14 is based on Kawasaki’s barnstorming the Hayabusa-beating ZX-14. Lest you the Concours is some undomesticated however, check out its long of refinements.

The Concours 14 is built for right down to its chassis. The ZX-14 monocoque aluminum has been reinforced, thickened, and in order to cope with the of saddlebags and spirited two-up and has 20% more torsional rigidity the ZX-14’s.

The swingarm has been extended and the axle moved 30mm while the front axle has been moved 30mm resulting in an overall wheelbase of 60mm— further improving and making the bike harder to In place of chain drive is a shaft drive. which squat, lift, and driveline

Though less slack makes a shaft drive harder to shift smoothly, the slipper clutch counteracts effect while reducing hop during abrupt downshifts. the Concours is the only bike in its with that race-developed

The Concours’s 1,352cc inline-4 is out with a secondary balancer, and variable valve timing power delivery by sensing rpm and position. New injectors offer orifices, but a smaller throttle (40mm vs 44mm) enhances low and throttle response (as opposed to the emphasis on all-out power.) A exhaust replaces the ZX-14’s system, and dual cooling replace the ZX’s sole

KIPASS Technology Means No Key Fumbling

KIPASS’s four-position switch assembly.

Photo © Wasef

One of the coolest new features on the 14 is KIPASS, (Kawasaki Intelligent Activation Start System) utilizes a small FOB transponder to enable the bike to start. Concours comes with two each equipped with a ID code which is recognized by the within a radius of 5 1/4 feet. Up to 6 FOBs can be registered to each and the Concours will not start the FOB is out of its range.

The beauty of KIPASS is if you leave a FOB in your jacket you don’t have to worry fumbling with keys. of course, you misplace your An ignition switch assembly has positions: Off, On, FSS (short for Seat, Storage), and Steering When the FOB is within range, the is activated with a push and a

The switch can be removed when in the FSS position and used to unlock the tank, the seat, or the saddlebags.

If the transponder goes missing riding, a red warning light off above 12 mph; if the engine is off, the rider has 10 seconds to before it disables itself.

a transponder would be no different losing a key (though this can’t be overridden by a locksmith, and contacting Kawasaki for a replacement.) If the battery goes low, a displays a warning; if it goes a small key can be pulled out of the unit to the bike.

The KIPASS system to be hugely handy, and after a days of use we grew spoiled the simplicity of not having to mess a traditional key.

A Touring with a Rambunctious Soul

Kawasaki Concours

is key when riding the Concours 14, and the revving engine doesn’t any hints of vibration or strain pushed to the upper extremities of its rpm power range. In spite of its and civility, though, the Concours produces impressive numbers— 156 and 103 lb-ft of torque— that satisfy the most power of long distance travelers. of modifications to the ZX-14 engine include variable valve and a different injection system, is spread more evenly and more linearity, eliminating the in the torque curves that with the ZX-14 engine incidentally, approaches a staggering 200 when ram air is in effect.)

The Concours’ more predictable makes it easier to ride a characteristic that suits its touring classification. Beating the BMW by 4 horsepower, the Concours boasts the power in its class (though it is the heaviest.) With a judicious of the wrist, all that power is and manageable, producing awesome without any awkward lurches or movements.

A slipper clutch shifts and reduces wheel-hop abrupt downshifts by mitigating the between rear wheel and engine rpm. The Tetra-Link shaft operates with a of intrusiveness, and should require far maintenance than a chain

Ergonomics for the Long Haul, More than a Touch of

Concours 14 ergonomics are good, but vents direct heat the rider.

Photo © Basem

The Concours 14’s styling is … than the ZX-14’s, as are its Handlebars are 96mm further and 150mm higher, the seat is higher, and the footpegs are 30mm and 30mm more forward; changes translate to a more seating position over periods of time.

Comfort is on to the passenger, as well, with a density foam setup makes the rear seat than the front. Though the arms are still stretched forward in order to reach the the Kawasaki’s ergonomics combine and comfort quite nicely. are all within reach, and perhaps the glaring issue that during several hundred of riding is the heat emitted the powerful engine.

Though the is equipped with detachable leg even when directed from the rider the hot draft is discernible.

In addition to the large analog and tach, the LCD display offers and average fuel economy, cruising range, a tire indicator, and a gear position Other thoughtful touches large folding mirrors and a box.

An electric, stepless comes standard with the While it glides up and down pushbutton-operated ease, I found airflow was most comfortable for my body when the windscreen was all the way enabling passing air to flow my chest; at higher settings, it my helmet. Long distance might want to consider the taller windscreen.

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