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2010 Kawasaki Concours 14: MD Ride

To say that we were by the 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 be a gross understatement. That represented a ground-up redesign of the Concours — essentially unchanged for a of decades. Despite being the original Concours had quite a following, some of whom aghast at the dramatic changes to the and performance of their beloved tourer.

Most of the old guard tried the new Concours 14 were however, as were we. What describes as “supersport touring” out to be a wonderful mating of high supersport technology and long comfort. It looked like was in for another decade, or so, of small to a winning formula, and that the tweaks might be at least years down the road.

Not so. went right back to of the 2008/2009 model, and started questions. While the bike was received by its owners, there distinct criticisms, including an amount of heat that the rider from the engine and cooling system.

To address and other owner concerns, went right to work on the 14, and just two model years is introducing some significant

New body work not only a subtle refinement to the aesthetics, it blocks hot air from reaching the That air is now effectively ported the fairing ahead of the rider, and the rider. Given the fact the was completely redesigned just two ago, Kawasaki could easily stopped there.

did not.

Another criticism the original windscreen, and Kawasaki by putting a much larger on the new bike (2.75 inches for instance) and redesigning the ducting of air the area between the rider and the in order to reduce buffeting and comfort. In this same Kawasaki relocated the tank-mounted compartment to the left inner and made it lockable. The more friendly location is complimented by two at the front of the tank to further your removable luggage.

Heated handgrips are now standard on the 14, and they feature an easily stepless dial adjustor allows you to carefully select the of heat generated to your

In addition to all the rider information in the original redesign (see our of the 2008), Kawasaki added an air temperature monitor, as well as an that the rider is using the more judiciously to increase economy. Instruments now also whether the rider has selected a economy assistance mode so-called “ECO” mode) and how the has set up the K-ACT ABS system (on the ABS model, of

That ABS model gets a sophisticated linked braking a generation beyond the system debuted in the Kawasaki Voyager. The can choose one of two modes of K-ACT, one to fit better with more riding (by effectively softening the effect) and another described as for touring and two-up highway

That same ABS model features a new traction control known as KTRC. This is a sophisticated system that into play three including air intake volume, timing and fuel delivery. KTRC adds no weight, it uses the existing ECU and ABS sensors to do its

Other refinements to the 2008 include 40 mm higher mirrors for visibility and increased hand from the wind, shorter muffler, a “fuel economy mode” that leans the map to increase mileage, and a new back-up key can be stored near the ignition as in the saddlebags or the new dash pocket) enabling the starting of the bike.

We put 140 miles on the 2010 Concours 14 in and Palm Springs, California. Our took us through mountain and switchbacks, along two-lane roads and even a sampling of California freeways. With the 1,352 cc inline four-cylinder with variable timing, we immediately familiar with the and ample power delivery in our riding impression of the 2008

The fine handling we recall even better now, new tires (the latest Bridgestone sport tourers) and adjusted front fork

The most noticeable differences in the area of comfort. The new wind is superb. Dramatically increased protection (still electrically for height, but now with four selectable by the rider, that the screen as soon you start the

Kawasaki carefully designed the of air underneath the new screen, including new from windscreen slits direct air through the inner to vents next to the instrument The system flat works! I do not riding behind such a windscreen without experiencing head buffeting.

The flow of air the new Concours 14 screen is extremely and, despite encountering high speed, swirling during our test ride, I experienced significant head Quite remarkable, actually. The of adjustment is also quite with the highest position now protection reminiscent of a luxury (a Gold Wing, for instance).

unusual for Southern California time of year, we encountered pretty cold temperatures the high 30s, at one point). In to the wonderful wind protection by the redesigned fairing and windscreen, the new grips performed exceptionally. It is difficult to find that temperature when the system has presets (such as a system features only 2 or 3 settings).

The dial on the Concours 14, however, me to find a setting that my hands warm and comfortable becoming too hot during the ride. The that this feature is on both models (ABS and really enhances the touring of this bike in my opinion. The of the rear view mirrors seemed to keep more off my hands during the ride.

One new feature I failed to mention is the toggle switch located on the of the left handgrip that the rider to easily toggle different modes on the information such as fuel consumption, fuel consumption, remaining tire pressure, battery and outside temperature. Much to use than taking your off the grips to toggle through settings (without the outside on the old bike.

The new linked braking system on the ABS model, only), for an experienced who really likes to push the has plusses and minuses. The basic of the linked system keeps the flatter on corner entry as it did when I tested the Voyager). is always a plus, but an experienced can accomplish the same thing a little bit of rear brake.

in the softer of the two modes available, the braking system did intrude a bit when the pace was pushed hard through the twisties, When you are riding at that on a bike that handles as as the Concours 14, an experienced rider know exactly what the are going to do, and when they are to do it.

Perhaps with more on the bike, I could come to the linked braking system in riding situations, but with 130 miles to this initial (some of which were line), I will have to judgment. Brake power and is otherwise quite good, as I experienced in the original 2008

After our ride, back in the lot of the hotel, Kawasaki allowed of us to experience the impact of the new traction system on a wet, slippery In short, the traction control extremely well. The bike up regardless of throttle position in gear on a surface as slick as

You can’t ask for much more that, and it was smooth in operation, as

In the end, a surprising number of to a two-year-old model have a substantial improvement in rider Without sacrificing the extremely standards set by the 2008 model for riding, the 2010 Kawasaki 14 provides a much more rider experience that can make those long more enjoyable. Without fuel tank capacity, has also added fuel aids that should riders increase their between fill-ups.

Are the changes enough to make you to sell your earlier Concours 14, and buy a new one? That on where you ride, and how you ride. The enhancements are quite significant, and the enhancements associated with the braking system (particularly, for experienced riders) and the traction system are huge.

In our opinion, the looks a little bit better as well.

The 2010 Kawasaki 14 is priced at $14,599.00 in the U.S. for the model, and $15,299.00 for the model both ABS and traction control. The color available here in the is Candy Neptune Blue, as in our photographs. Take a look at web site for additional details and

MD Readers Respond:

I have a BMW1200RT. Which I, of course, very much.

Did they not put control and a heated seat on the bike.

I would not buy another without cruise control. 61 old and the old bones need a break.

Love the bike. really. but if going to compete with the which I assume it’s to do, it’s going to have to electronic cruise control as an accessory). As an older rider, able to ‘shake it out’ running down the slabs is a It also helps one keep the at, or just over, the posted limit. Chris

Very But does it have self-cancelling signals? The absence of self turn signals is why I didn’t buy the They are essential for safety.

My Suzuki GS1100E has self turn signals. They are not technology. There is no excuse for any to market a motorcycle without

It just means that do not care if their customers or ….

Thanks you for your response. Jim

As a resident of Florida I look for regarding the amount of heat the is subjected to. I have a CBR929 I new in 2000 and I stop riding it in the months. Which is most as yesterday it was almost 90° here.

No of the 929 mentioned how much heat out of the bodywork and bakes the rider’s and legs. Often, the original of a new bike won’t mention but when the replacement bike out it’s suddenly news the replacement addresses a problem was never pointed out.

review of the 2008 Concours did rider heat, but almost as if it a non-issue.

I realize that a lot of are released in the fall and winter of California and this isn’t a big for then and there.

Since and Yamaha have both time and money on this and the new VFR doesn’t even mention it I can bet won’t see any more of my money. their web page on bodywork even complete the first

Again, dual-clutches, ABS, Great, but to neglect rider while focused on features I care less about is

Best wishes and please up the good work. Andrew

bike is beautiful, but I was discouraged buying one a couple

of years ago of notable engine vibration. four-

cylinder engines inherently at a frequency twice the

rotational frequency, due to the aggregate of the four

pistons moving in the same direction as the pair of

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that is furthest from the whether that pair is the

pair or the outer pair, and that pair is moving the

crank or away from the The direction of the motion of the

aggregate mass undergoes reversal not when all four

pistons to rest at the bottom and top of their but also

when the inner and outer pass each other at the point.

In theory it is possible to this undesirable displacement of

the piston mass via the use of dual,

masses, each centered along the crankshaft, one in

front of the and the other behind the crankshaft.

design was patented by Mitsubishi a of decades ago, and has

been in use in automobiles since. The first

manufacturer to use this approach in a was Honda, with the

CBR1100XX, and to my this remains the only

application of this approach in a Yamaha tried to used it

in the but they messed it up by not locating the two

rotating masses at the longitudinal of the crankshaft.

Kawasaki’s implementation in the is also flawed, although

not for the same reason. I have not had an to

determine exactly how they to mess it up, and based on the

sketches published, they likely did not the same imbecilic

mistake Yamaha made with the But it is nevertheless

manifest, from the fact that the C-14 far greater high-

frequency than it would if the method had implemented

correctly, that implementation is not fully correct. If the

masses are at the longitudinal center of the

as is suggested by those sketches, the mistake almost

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