Full Review: 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14 Sport Touring Motorcycle, Continued

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Transforming Kawasaki’s Tire-Shredding into an Impressive Sport

Balancing Ride Quality Handling Prowess

Sport bikes face a particular in the area of suspension tuning: they cater more long distance comfort, or the required to carve a canyon? the considerably pricier BMW K1200GT electronically adjustable suspension which are easily set with the of a button, the Concours 14 opts for adjustable preload and rebound the 43mm front forks, and pre-load and rebound adjustability the Uni-Trak rear suspension. The I tested at the Concours launch in Santa Rosa, California was to ride somewhat firmly, was a good thing since we some incredibly twisty including one 8 mile stretch 135 turns.

The Concours weighs 606 lbs dry (615 lbs ABS), but it flicks its mass surprising ease, feeling to each turn. Though a sportbike would have the ideal way to … some of the bends, it wouldn’t have nearly as much comfort or quality as the Concours. During speed runs, the Concours stable and planted, never or wandering.

Ground clearance is and offers similar lean to the ZX-14, and though riders to tuck their feet in not to boots on some of the tighter there was only one moment our spirited riding that the peg scraped. Incidentally, a center tucks tidily underneath the body.

The $900 ABS Question

Optional brakes offer secure when traction is low.

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The Concours only option is ABS, bumps the base price $12,899 to $13,799. While the performance-oriented of enthusiasts will fault in a system that its brakes under traction-challenged ABS makes a lot of sense for most situations. For instance, hard on graveled road shoulders the ABS-equipped Concours provided stops.

Conditions were dry testing, but deceleration should be skidless under wet conditions.

unlinked brakes invoke ABS when a loss of traction was by the system. Under routine conditions, the bike’s radially 310mm petal-type 4-piston brakes operate with feel and strong stopping The rear 270mm brakes incidentally, larger than the in order to cope with the greater weight.

The only moment of ABS-related during two days of riding while approaching a tight on the aforementioned 135-turn, serpentine Velocity was high and the road was a bit rough, and it took a heart-stopping for the brakes to engage, but ongoing lever pressure made kick in sure and strong, the bike down enough for the In spite of the momentary pause, I hesitate to recommend ordering ABS on the 14, as its benefits far outweigh its drawbacks.

Expandability for a Variety of Touring

The Concours’s rear-mounted hard are voluminous enough to each a full-face helmet. and are easily using the KIPASS switch doubles as a key.) Without the the Concours looks quite a bit taking on a slimmer profile and aggressive appearance.

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Even storage will be available Kawasaki releases a center which will double as a backrest.

All in All, a Great at a Great Price

The Concours 14 at on the twisties.

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If Kawasaki fans had a lot to cheer with previous iteration of the the 14 should get them into a lather: it’s fast, and relatively nimble, offering a that’s well-suited for riders who long distance touring feeling numb or disconnected the road. Power is awesome, and handling strike a pleasing and generous storage space the Concours a good combination of fun and

Though buyers might be by the single color option Silver) and the engine’s propensity to hot air onto the rider, the Concours 14 up an inviting package for $12,899 (or with ABS.)

Stunning impressive technological advances, and an price point make it not to fall for the all-new Kawasaki 14.

As is common in the travel industry, the was provided with complimentary meals, flight, cruise, car for the purpose of reviewing those While it has not influenced this About.com believes in full of all potential conflicts of interest. For information, see our ethics policy .

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