Kawasaki Concours 14: Lightweight with great balance — SFGate

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Kawasaki Concours 14: Lightweight great balance

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The 14 from the Green Team at conjures up a new image of a superbike.

In of its appearance, the powerful Kawasaki cruiser is executed in a highly design, with its futuristically full fairing whose strakes match the ribs on the hard bags.

The Concours 14 appears to be much larger it really is. In physical terms, it is surprisingly compact. The wheelbase is inches, with an overall of 89.4 inches.

The seat measures a comfortable 32.1

There are a host of useful features included on the Kawasaki 14. There are three computers and a simpler wiring system in the of the Controller Area Network enables the electronic equipment to more effectively.

There’s also an electrically windscreen to accommodate riders of heights. A power outlet for plugging in a GPS, radar or mobile phone.

The Concours 14 is in two models — one with ABS and one without. Base price for the version is $12,899, while the Braking System adds $900 to the equation.

Both are powered by a 1,352 cc, four liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder the first true Variable Timing system on a production and digital fuel injection four 40 mm throttle bodies develops 140-plus horsepower and pound-feet of torque at 6200

The motor mates to a smooth, manual sequential gearbox a positive neutral finder and indicator in the instrument panel. reaches the rear wheel via a shaft drive with no effect in evidence.

Suspension consists of 43 mm inverted cartridge with adjustable preload and damping up front, and a bottom-link setup in the rear with reservoir gas-charged shock and spring pre-load and stepless adjustability. The rake and trail are degrees and 4.4 inches, respectively.

duties are handled in front by 310 mm discs with radial-mounted four-piston calipers and single 270 mm with twin-piston calipers in the

KI-PASS (Kawasaki Intelligent Activation Start System) keyless operation to the bike The fob houses a transponder that the removable ignition/lock key when a 5.25-foot proximity. The fob also an integral standard key for unlocking the door, saddlebags and seat.

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even a mileage locator activates should the rider the fob for some reason when down the road.

The mileage initiates a signal on the dash, the distance from the location the fob disappeared from range, the bike to be turned around, to that point, hopefully the fob to be found. The bike doesn’t down when the fob is out of range it’s running.

My test Kawasaki Concours 14 was sprayed in Neutron Silver an attractive, easy-to-keep-clean color. The price was $13,799, while the as-tested came to $14,399, average dealer prep and fee of roughly $600, which is

The Concours 14 is substantial in the heft but don’t let that fool you it delivers exceptional balance virtually any riding condition, long freeway stretches to mountain back roads switchback elevation changes. smooth asphalt and rough are reduced to equal measure for the 14, which is compliant across the in terms of ride quality. As far as characteristics go, the Concours 14 is a dream to a leg over.

The mid-positioned controls, seat plus high and wide (at least for a bike in this allow the rider added for increased confidence and control.

maneuvers are a breeze as well. If I had to a complaint at all, it would be the seat (even though for medium-distance sojourns) would from a little more

I really only scratched the when relating the qualities of the 14. It is filled with features and to keep the rider informed as the whirrs effortlessly and quietly its destination. The Kawasaki Concours 14 is a two-wheeled road-going machine.

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