Kawasaki Concours 14 Long Term Update #3: The Open Road

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Long Term Kawasaki 14 ABS Update #3: The Open Road

The Kawasaki Concours 14.


She’s a beast! friends say when they see me astride the blue Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS term tester in the city. or not you’re a big guy (or gal) yourself, no denying that this sport tourer is a big, bike, especially when getting rocked off its center slipping through gridlock, or into a parking spot.

Not does it have a considerable the Connie’s 688 pound curb can feel like a handful at low requiring extra rider to ensure its path is smooth and But when the road opens up and increase, the Kawasaki Concours 14 core personality starts to

Big(ish) Boy Pants

Despite the 14’s physical bulk, time on longer rides several counterintuitive aspects to bike’s proportions. For starters, my 31 inseam might seem perfectly for the Kawi’s 32.1 seat height, I sometimes there’s more knee than I’d like prolonged rides. Loaning the 14 to a friend who’s a couple taller than me drew that his legs felt on the bike.

Though the handlebars are relatively tall compared to sportbikes, there’s still a bit of a reach, suggesting Kawasaki want to completely abandon the sporty underpinnings. When riding the Connie on the highway, it feels lighter and more for action than it does through city streets, but its steady road presence harbors a bit more grunt you might think, especially you twist the throttle, summon the 1,352cc inline-4 powerplant, and let the shoot to the 10,500 rpm redline. you’re seriously lugging the it rarely demands a downshift committing to a quick blast of speed thrust.

Amenities Comfort

Aerodynamically, my 5 11-inch frame tends to fairly well with the though at speeds above 45 mph or so I get a buffeting situation that can be mitigated by lifting the electrically windscreen— though its 6.9-inch still doesn’t quite the potentially noisy and turbulent flow. While ducking my below the airflow helps from the racket, that is neither comfortable nor practical the long haul. Kawasaki’s windscreen would likely the problem, though it would create the aesthetic counter-problem of rather tall and dorky.

While the Concours 14 is quite overall on the highway (despite the that it doesn’t always like an ideal ergonomic for my frame), it’s aided by features that make it well-suited to long distance For starters, there’s still of wind protection (despite the about turbulent airflow at the top of my and a solid, planted feeling in the that doesn’t diminish at velocities, even when surpasses the 100 mph mark.

Heated are operated by a dial on the left and work rather well to you from the palms up when temps drop. Toggling the dashboard’s menu selections your left trigger makes it easy to scan stuff like ambient fuel economy (instant and and tire pressure settings. And the side mirrors are positioned a bit too low for checks (and can be partially by your body unless you in), their generous makes it easy to scan periphery for traffic.

At the End of the Day: Sport Touring— or Sport?

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If you’re looking for a highway tourer and don’t to abandon the grunt or handling of a sportbike, the Concours 14 ABS strikes the touring paradigm right in the with its committed but comfortable and solid, planted road While many of my high highway miles aboard the tend to be accompanied by a bit more and turbulence than I might the Connie also offers a saddle and a confidence inspiring of the road, without feeling a bloated, geriatric touring once again, striking sweet spot sought by in the market for a sport tourer.

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