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Old 07-25-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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The Kawasaki Concours 14 WOW!

a MUST SEE about this bike and all it has
with a pipe and some performance work
it could take on a 12 easy..IMO
The front end looks way better then
the ZX14 even..



even all the saddle bags come off when you feel the need to race it a little

Features:

Enhanced Comfort & Touring Potential
A completely redesigned, more aggressive fairing with new inner guide surfaces and outlets is designed to facilitate heat dissipation, greatly reducing the amount of hot air transmitted to the rider
A 70mm taller windscreen with a wider upper portion reduces upper-body turbulence. The screen is electrically adjustable, with four new programmable preset positions
When the power is turned off, the windscreen goes to its lowest position. When the power is turned back on, the windscreen's memory function returns it to the selected preset position
Passages from windscreen slits direct air through the inner fairing to vents next to the instrument panel; alleviating the lower pressure helps prevent turbulence around the rider's head
An exhaust pipe guard added to the upper part of the exhaust mid-pipe helps protect the rider from heat when stopped
Stepless adjustable grip heaters are standard, with an easy-to-reach switch located in front of the new lockable storage case on the inner left fairing panel
A new, lockable storage case in the left fairing inner panel uses an electromagnet lock to prevent entry when the engine is off
New mirrors positioned 40mm higher increase rear visibility and provide increased hand protection from the wind
New hooks at the front of the tank facilitate securing a tank bag

New Fuel Economy Assistance Mode
Activating fuel economy assistance mode changes the engine to a leaner map which prioritizes fuel economy, for as much as a 25 percent MPG boost
Fuel economy assistance works in any gear, as long as rpm is below 6000, throttle opening less than 30 percent and speed less than 80 mph
KTRC adds no weight, since it uses the existing ECU and ABS sensors

Improved KIPASS
Now each Concours 14 comes with one key fob (kept in a pocket) and a small card-type key for emergency/backup use.
The new card-type key includes an immobilizer function (but no remote activation) and is highly portable, measuring just 1.2 x 1.6 x 0.25 inch

Improved Finish, Higher Quality Design
Improved overall fit and finish results in a higher quality, more luxurious feel
A revised muffler end cap gives the silencer a more compact appearance; internal construction is unchanged, but the end cap itself is 1.6 inches shorter
Multi-function display now includes outside air temperature. The sensor is located at the intake duct (the furthest point from the engine)
Other new instrument functions include the K-ACT mode indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, and Fuel Economy Assistance Mode mark
The Mode-Select button on the front of the left grip lets the rider change LCD modes without taking his/her hand off the grip, toggling through average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, remaining range, tire pressure, battery voltage and outside temperature

New Accessories
Engine guards, a larger top case, tank bag, GPS bracket, a low seat and side spoilers join the list of authorized Kawasaki Accessories.

1,352cc Four-Cylinder, DOHC Engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
Tuned to provide smooth power across a wide rev range, the Concours 14 has power to spare
Variable valve timing improves the engine's flexibility and efficiency by altering the camshaft profiles to boost low-end and mid-range torque without sacrificing top-end power
Its compact and narrow engine design keeps the weight down for maximum handling and performance
Chrome composite plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for supreme durability under high loads

Gear-Driven Dual Engine Balancers
Already in perfect primary balance, the Concours inline four-cylinder engine uses dual secondary balancers to virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for enhanced rider comfort

Ram Air Induction
Ram air ducts provide a straight path for cool, high-pressure air to enter the airbox for maximum intake efficiency and power

Digital Fuel Injection
A digital computer feeds the engine exactly the amount of fuel it needs for cleaner emissions and maximum fuel economy
A 32-bit electronic control unit works with the dual throttle-valve system to further enhance throttle response and control

Digital Ignition
Four individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each spark plug independently to achieve optimum timing
An idle speed control system included in the ECU provides easy starting and warm-up

Radial Pump Clutch Master Cylinder
A hydraulic radial-pump clutch master cylinder delivers smooth, precise clutch engagement

Monocoque Aluminum Frame
Hollow aluminum box sections arch over the engine from the steering head to the swingarm pivot for a narrow, rigid and very light frame
The rigid-mounted engine acts as a stressed frame member to increase the frame's torsional rigidity while reducing weight
Forward engine positioning, wheelbase length and front/rear weight balance were carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling

Radial-mount Petal-type Front Disc Brakes
Radial design uses mounting points at the top and bottom of the caliper, with mounting bolts inserted through the rear of the caliper instead of the side/front for increased rigidity and improved brake feel
Separate brake pads for each caliper piston provide increased cooling efficiency and more consistent brake feel under extreme conditions.
Petal design front and rear brake rotors provide enhanced cooling and better warp resistance
Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel

Tetra-Lever Shaft Drive
This unique four-link design offsets lifting and squatting tendencies of shaft drive when the throttle is opened and closed, significantly reduces driveline lash during sport riding and provides smooth acceleration when exploiting the engine's incredible power output
Virtually maintenance-free, the Tetra-Lever system dramatically reduces routine maintenance requirements

Plenty of Storage Room
Concours 14's large-volume, easily detachable sidebags are integrally designed to complement the rest of the machine. Water-resistant, they easily hold a full-face helmet.
The cases are mounted as close as possible to the bike's centerline and center of gravity, with lightweight construction that minimizes their influence on handling
A lightweight resin-construction rear carrier is designed to be compatible with an accessory top case
An all-purpose 40-watt accessory socket is mounted on the dash, providing convenient access to power for electronics

Full Instrumentation
Easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer, multi-function LCD digital display including an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, tire pressure indicator and a clock are just a partial listing of the 2010 Concours 14's display capabilities
Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires and allows a greater volume of information to be exchanged than in traditional instrument panels
Kawasaki's Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KIPASS) now comes with a small card-type key for emergency use

Specifications:
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four with VVT
Displacement: 1,352cc
Bore x stroke: 84.0 x 61.0mm
Maximum torque: 102.0 lb-ft @ 6,200 rpm
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Injection: Digital Fuel Injection w/ 40mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Tetra-Lever shaft drive
Rake / trail: 26.1 degrees / 4.4 in.
Front tire: 120/70 ZR-17
Rear tire: 190/50 ZR-17
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 43mm inverted, telescopic fork with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload / 4.4 in.
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: Tetra-Lever with stepless rebound damping adjustment and remote spring preload adjuster / 5.4 in.
Brakes, front: Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston calipers (optional ABS)
Brakes, rear: Single 270mm petal disc (optional ABS)
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Overall Length: 89.4 in.
Overall Height Fairing Lowered / Raised: 50.8 in. / 55.3 in.
Overall Width at Handlebars / at Saddlebags: 30.7 in. / 39.4 in.
Curb Weight: Concours 14 / Concours 14 ABS: 670.3 / 679.1 lbs.
Color: Candy Neptune Blue/Flat Super Black
Warranty: 12 months

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Old 07-25-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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The stock 12 is a pig and takes a lot of effort in the canyons and you think the concours will beat it weighing in at 670 pounds? It may handle better than a gold wing but it will not beat any sport bikes.

Even with out the luggage on it will still out weigh the 12 and the ZX14.
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 09:47 AM   #3
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those look like 12 headlights. prolly the next bike im gonna buy
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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The stock 12 is a pig and takes a lot of effort in the canyons and you think the concours will beat it weighing in at 670 pounds? It may handle better than a gold wing but it will not beat any sport bikes.

Even with out the luggage on it will still out weigh the 12 and the ZX14.
Your right it's heavy but solid!

and being 6'3 245 lbs this would be an upgrade from the 12

something fast and sporty and Comfortable!

the 12 just is not too good on long trips...


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I traded my 05 ZX-12 for a Concours 14 last month and love it! The 12 is great but was getting a little painful to ride, the 14 solved that! Seating position is perfect, handles great, and the power is silky smooth. Plus it's the best lookting ST on the market IMHO. I have an Area P carbon slip on coming to replace the rocket launcher this week. Bottom line, you can't go wrong with the C 14!

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Old 07-25-2010, 11:05 AM   #5
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Your right it's heavy but solid!

and being 6'3 245 lbs this would be an upgrade from the 12

something fast and sporty and Comfortable!

the 12 just is not too good on long trips...
I agree on it being more comfortable and being able to handle better than a touring bike.

For a couple hundred dollars you can improve the 12 for distance but the gas mileage will still suck.

Different triple clamp for different bars
Corbin or custom seat
Buell pegs or brackets to lower the foot pegs some if you feel cramped.
Taller windscreen

I rode my 12 from my house to visit family in AZ and the 12 was comfortable other than the seat. I had a corbin at the time and hated it (most love the corbin) but other than getting a case of monkey butt it felt good.
I do have a taller screen and bars. Stock peg position feels fine for me at 5'11". I'm sure the concurs would be better for long distance but I wouldn't want to try one where I usually ride my 12 at.
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 11:21 AM   #6
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I really like the Concours 14...but I wouldn't be trying to race any 12R's with it.

Well, maybe, after some very extensive mods. Racing is fun.
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 04:43 PM   #7
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Quote:
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a MUST SEE about this bike and all it has
with a pipe and some performance work
it could take on a 12 easy..
You're new here...aren't you?
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 05:04 PM   #8
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ROFLMAO !!!
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 07:04 PM   #9
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Play nice... Everybody learns @ different rates!!
   
 
Old 07-25-2010, 07:32 PM   #10
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1/4 time for the big beastly is:

Concours 14 ('08) 6/08 10.52 @ 130.5


ZX-12R ('01) 10/01 9.95 @ 144.40

ZX-14R ('06) 8/06 9.689 @ 145.90

the big beast C14 is not too far off from a 12

http://www.sportrider.com/performanc.../kawasaki.html

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Old 07-25-2010, 10:01 PM   #11
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Old 07-26-2010, 01:33 AM   #12
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4 inch longer wheelbase and the extra 170 lbs killed it for me.

Would be a great tourer, but for tight twisties it is a bit much.

For reference, the guy that owns the local shop I use got a Concours.. he's ridden and owned a huge variety of bikes and used to race. At first he was like "wow, for a heavy bike you don't even notice the weight and it handles great.. even drug pegs on our favorite road first time out".. a couple months later I saw it up for sale... I asked why and he said "too heavy and long and tired of muscling it"

When I was shopping I really wanted one.. then rode it back to back with my 12 and ended up getting the 02 I have now. Really depends on what you want it for and how you plan to ride.
   
 
Old 07-26-2010, 01:41 AM   #13
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1/4 time for the big beastly is:

Concours 14 ('08) 6/08 10.52 @ 130.5


ZX-12R ('01) 10/01 9.95 @ 144.40

ZX-14R ('06) 8/06 9.689 @ 145.90

the big beast C14 is not too far off from a 12

Kawasaki Motorcycle Performance Numbers & Kawasaki Street Bike Quarter Mile Times at Sport Rider
...if you compare a 10.52 to 9.95, it may look like that the 10.52 isn't a lot slower. It may only be a half second or so behind the zx12r, but in reality, that is a huge difference in performance and hp.
   
 
Old 07-27-2010, 05:21 PM   #14
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I bought a C-14 and I swear its probably the best bike I've ever ridden or owned. Its just flat out amazing. I didn't get rid of the 12-R though....that should tell you something.
   
 
Old 07-28-2010, 02:01 AM   #15
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I'd pick the Connie over any BMW anyday. I've often thunked about selling my Wang and getting a Connie. Who knows?
   
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