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Sprint GT VS. Concours 14 (GTR1400)

I bought a new Sprint GT (in Aluminium Silver) a of weeks ago for riding in Connecticut. have my 2008 Kawasaki 14 (GTR1400) in Florida. Thought might want to know how I they compare, in case you are of buying one or the other.

Engine: has more power (156 hp vs. 130 hp and 103 ft. lb VS. 80 ft. but since the Sprint is about 110 (50 kg.) lighter this is not apparent.

The Kwak engine is and quiet while the Sprint is but has an entertaining engine sound. make my hands numb.

Heat Management: The 2008-2009 got a lot of comment on excess heat. It really bothered me, maybe I never ride in shorts. In the fairing was redesigned to better heat, but I have not ridden

On the Sprint, if I’m in slow and the fan goes on, I feel plenty of but only on the right calf and not bothersome.

Fuel Economy: wins easily. Kwak a fuel economy mode in My ’08 gets 36 mpg when I am on the throttle and maybe 40 if I baby it. The is getting 45 mpg riding it pretty Even with the new Kwak mode it can’t touch the plus I’m left when would I use this mode.

How do I know when I may need all the I can get? These are U.S. (3.79 L), not Imperial (4.4 L). One gal. = .8 Imperial or one Imperail = 1.2 U.S.

To translate my U.S. mpg Imperial mpg you divide by .8. So, 36 mpg U.S. /.8 = 45 mpg

Handling: Most reviews a point of saying the Kwak well for its weight. Maybe so, but the is significantly better in the curves and as good on the straights. Slow turns and circles are very on the Sprint, not so on the Concours. With the I feel I can take the bags off and go holigan — not like on my Kawasaki ZX12R or Buell — but still have good scratching fun.

I feel like doing on the C14 — too big, too heavy and not road feel because I am more upright.

Brakes: Both have brakes that stop and with sufficient feel. The C14 can be without ABS. The GT has ABS standard. The C14 ABS brakes are not linked and neither are the GT’s. Beginning in 2010 the C14 ABS are linked with high or low effect rider selected via a button.

ABS can not be truned off on either

Screen protection: Kwak is with its larger, electrically screen. However, I still had to buy a Cee Euro Cut to solve the wind The 2010 Concours has a taller but many owners still it.

I’m 6’4 (1.93m) and quite a bit of helmet buffeting on the GT. I added a Laminar Lip this and it helped, but the Kwak with a Cee is better. Either bike the stock screen is marginal.

Nod goes to the C14 due to my Corbin seat and Cee Euro Cut windscreen. You sit more the Cee Bailey windscreen in the full up gives a good quiet and the bike’s wide body the rest of you. However, I am with the Sprint’s comfort.

though I sit more forward my wrists nor shoulders become and the Laminar Lip now gives me fairly air on my helmet. Both bikes my long legs well.

Seat: Many reviews that the Concours has a comfortable but I found it so uncomfortable I replaced it a Corbin. The Corbin made it an all day I find the stock Sprint GT to be very comfortable.

I ride so no comment on passenger comfort.

Very subjective, but I think the is much better looking. the bags off, and it almost like a sports bike.

protection: Kwak’s wider gives better wind but the Sprint’s is good enough for big and its slim frontal area is to the eye.

Drivetrain: Kwak’s drive has some jacking to it sometimes makes smooth and throttle modulation more than the Sprint’s chain. I you know the pros and cons.

C14’s is smoother. Never to search for neutral — stopped and in 1st gear, just up with your toe and the transmission goes to Neutral. Sprint is a bulky and neutral sometimes a However, my Sprint is brand new and the is becoming smoother, but I don’t it to approach the C14’s.

Also the C14 has a slipper clutch, so don’t run the risk of skids.

C14 the clear winner with the headlights of my motorcycling experience wide, clean, bright no dark holes in the spread. GT lighting has been reported as but is not in the C14’s class. Plus, on the C14 the can be adjusted from the dash, is convenient if you switch between and two-up riding often.

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Both bikes have and water proof bags are easy to remove. Both full face helmets. The also has two helmet attachments the seat to use when your are full — Kwak

Instrumentation: C14 wins here. All can be changed with a handlebar button (beginning in 2010) the Sprint requires reaching to the Plus the Sprint labels for modes (like mpg, etc.) are ludicrously small and to read.

Mirrors: Both OK. With the C14 the bags obscure 1/3 of the With the Sprint my elbows 1/3 of the mirrors (is it my long arms?). A tie for me.

KPASS vs. Key: The C14 uses a fob communicates electronically with the and when near you can start it. don’t leave your fob and turn off your engine as you have 10 seconds to restart it is locked up. Plus the fob’s when low will set off an immobilizer so keep a battery handy. I can do KPASS, which to me is a solution to a

Just give me a key and knock a few dollars off the price, thank

Traction Control: Its a big plus, I even though I have had an incident where TC would me. C14 has it (beginning 2010), Sprint

Cruise Control: C14 has (beginning Sprint not

Heated Grips: C14 (beginning 2010), Sprint

Electrical outlet: C14 has one 12V on the dash, has one 12V outlet just inside the at the left knee. In addition the has one 12V outlet inside the optional top

List Price: Concours 14 $15,900, Sprint GT $13,400 is standard)

I just bought a new GT for $8,995 and the lowest price seen on a new 2012 C14 is $12,800

My take-away: If I had to take a trip the U.S. I would pick the but I would likely be bored. I get a thrill when riding the while with the C14 its more just civilized transportation. The is much more involving nice engine note, handling, better looking with bags off) and lower priced. The straighter the the more I would favor the and the more curves the more I favor the the Sprint GT.

The C14’s traction control may it the safer bike, but the price of the Sprint makes it a real in the sport touring catagory.

edited by JohnD; 06-04-2012 at PM. Reason: more info.

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