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2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 First Ride

Friday, October 30, 2009
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14  an upgrade of its predecessor thanks to improved handling and more touring creature comforts.
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 is an upgrade over its predecessor thanks to improved handling and more touring creature comforts, not to mention production traction control.
Kawasaki scored a hit when it re-built its sport-touring flagship around the ZX-14 motor and dubbed it the Concours 14. Debuting as a 2008 model, the sharp-looking C14 leaned heavy on the sport side of the ledger with incredible performance from its 1352cc Inline-Four. However, the overall touring package needed refinement and Kawasaki delivers with a reinvigorated 2010 model.

Featuring production traction control, new ABS and a host of touring upgrades, the invitation for our 2010 first ride comes at an opportune time. Having just tested the ’09 Connie in our soon-to-be released 2009 Sport-Touring Comparison (it’s coming, it’s coming…), we had fresh impressions of the old to compare to the new while blasting through the San Jacinto Mountains south of Palm Springs, California.

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The 2010 Concours now features linked brakes with the second-generation K-ACT ABS (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology). Evolved from the ABS used in the Voyager cruiser, Kawi claims the new system is 25% smaller and 30% lighter, with a higher-spec ECU. Riders can’t disable the ABS entirely, but instead choose from two adjustments that control the rear-to-front effect. Mode 1 delivers light effect on the front, for sportier riding applications. Mode 2 supplies a more aggressive bite up front when mashing the rear pedal. The front to back linkage effect is identical in both modes.

A reliable stopping system is critical on the big, heavy Kawi (our 2009 C14 test unit topped the scales with a curb weight of 689 lbs). Grabbing a handful at high-speed on our 2010 test run brings things to a halt pronto, with ABS pulse not overly dramatic. In more casual use, the linked braking works quite well. The front-to-rear link feels quite refined. Approaching a corner at high speeds, a light pull on the strong dual disc/four-piston caliper front settles the bike smoothly, the gentle linked application of the rear reducing front end dive. As for the other direction, rear-to-front, Mode 2 bites far harder than the light tug of Mode 1, with the latter preferable on twisty stretches. Our only complaint, a petty grumble really, is toggling between Mode 1 and Mode 2 can’t be done on the fly.

The left side handlebar has a lot more buttons to push  including a Mode Select trigger on the far side and the K-ACT and KTRC buttons.
The left side handlebar has a lot more buttons to push, including a Mode Select trigger on the far side and the K-ACT and KTRC buttons.
The new KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) does offer on-the-fly adjustment – ON and OFF – via the left handlebar-mounted button. The KTRC system adds no weight, sourcing the same sensors at the ABS. Upon detecting wheelspin the ABS unit sends a signal to the ECU, which then controls engine output by modulating ignition timing, fuel delivery and intake airflow through sub-throttle valves – the intake control key to the smooth operation of the system, according to Kawasaki.

Testing the system, Kawasaki hosed down a skid plate, fixed outriggers to a Concours and turned us loose. Holding down the KTRC button to disengage the system, we made some passes and negotiated sketchy slides (after deprogramming our brain to snap the throttle of a 140-horsepower near 700-lb bike on a wet, slippery surface!). Turning the KTRC on we made similar runs, with an even wilder throttle hand and experienced complete stability, with the dash light flashing every time the KTRC engaged.

Breaking the rear loose on a 140 horsepower  700-lb motorcycle... Even with the outriggers the brain had trouble accepting the idea -2010 Kawasaki Concours 14The KTRC system engaged  the 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 handled the wet skid plate in stride  with no noticeable slip.
Turn the KTRC off and it's time to slip and slide, but turn it on and steady as she goes in the wet.
The point of Kawasaki’s first TC system isn’t to push the limits, like a roadracing application, but to add traction on suspect surfaces. During our more conventional test ride, the KTRC kicked in on gravel and sandy turnouts. The little light also flashes when riders blip the throttle for front-wheel lofts, keeping things safe and sound in two-wheel territory. Don’t worry, though, dab the KTRC button for a couple seconds to turn it off and enjoy all the raw power of the 1352cc Four.

Granted some riders will always prefer total control of the braking equation. However, the more ABS moments we encounter, the more appreciative we are of the safety feature. The effective KRTC only enhances the safety factor. That Kawasaki only asks $700 for both systems makes it a wise and highly recommended investment for Concours 14 owners.

The Little Things Doth a Tourer Make

Working on our 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout as this little ditty gets penned, we can personally vouch that picking the best in the touring class is no easy feat. Competitors are so close that ranking them becomes largely a matter of personal preference and nitpicking over the little things. So, can heated grips, engine heat and the placement of mirrors really determine a winner? It sure doesn’t hurt, and if there is any class of motorcycle where the little things matter, it’s touring platforms where riders spend long hours in the saddle.

An all-new fairing was designed to increase cooling air flow for the motor and a lower sheild seals off the previous engine heat from riders legs - especially on the right side.A heat shield on the exhaust further aids rider protection from engine heat.
A redesigned fairing and exhaust cap improve the previous complaint of engine heat
blasting on the riders leg - the worst on the right shin at idle.
Heated grips as a standard feature is a huge plus  and the 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 grips heat up well with an adjustable knob.The control panel looks the same but accessing information on the LCD can now be controlled by a left-side Mode Select Button.
Heated grips added a tangible, twistable creature comfort and information at the
instrument console is easier to shuffle through thanks to a left-side info trigger switch.
Kawasaki improved its newest Connie with direct feedback from focus groups, which identified specific complaints about the 2008-2009 units. (Complaints which coincidentally were a laundry list of our gripes regarding the Concours in our 2008 ST Shootout.)

Topping the list? Blistering engine heat, particularly at idle. The right side at the bottom fairing was the worst spot, which blasted hot air right on the rider’s leg in near Buell-like fashion (yikes, let’s not say things we can’t take back…). A redesigned fairing claims increased airflow to dissipate heat, not to mention a little sleeker look. The complete seal of the problem area in the lower fairing, however, provides the greatest improvement, with an exhaust shield also helping out. The 2010 engine heat is still there, as the frantic whirring of radiator fans at idle reveal, but the protection of the rider from its effects has enhanced greatly, no question.

So heat’s reduced on the leg but added to the hands in the form of standard issue heated grips. Amazingly heated grips weren’t even available on the prior Concours as a factory option, but the new standard grips heat up quick with a left-side knob offering variable settings. I doubt there is a bigger “little thing” than heated grips, particularly in the cold, and riders (not to mention future comparison testers) will be appreciative.

Riders also requested a larger windscreen, and Kawasaki complied with a wider and 2.75-inch taller (70mm) unit. New air passages were added in the dash under the windscreen as well, to alleviate low pressure and prevent turbulence. Many journalists at the intro found the new screen an improvement, however, I felt more buffeting at all positions – the only exception being crouched down over the tank at the highest setting. At 6’1” I was one of the taller test riders and as a rule find low settings on windscreens better, preferring to deal with wind head-on than experience buffeting from partial coverage. That’s my experience, for what it’s worth… but on the whole, it seemed more riders preferred the new screen.

New windscreen  heated grips  repositioned mirrors... The little things add up when youre perched behind the controls for hundreds of miles at a time.
New windscreen, heated grips, repositioned mirrors... The little things add up when you're perched behind the controls for hundreds of miles at a time.
Without question, the repositioned mirrors are a big improvement. Prior models delivered a sizable dose of saddlebags instead of roadway in the lower portion. The 1.6 inch-taller fix doesn’t eliminate the defect entirely, as the placement of the saddlebags seem as much the cause, yet the bags do fill less space overall.

Another big plus is a new info trigger button in the left handlebar. Kawasaki calls it a Mode Select Button and it shuffles through the information available on the LCD display. This remedies a peeve from the prior unit, which required removing a hand from the control to press the button in the dash (which is still there by the way, the Mode Select trigger is just more convenient). Also changed, the useful addition of ambient air temperature to the list of info shuffled before a rider’s eyes.

Yet another quirk fixed on the new Connie is the repositioning of the glove box from directly below the dash to the left fairing area. Not only is the new space deeper and more spacious overall, the prior placement inhibited the use of a tank bag. This effect has been doubly enhanced, with actual tank bag anchors added.

The KIPASS system is back too and also updated with a supplemental credit-card sized fob (for a full explanation see sidebar). One last 2010 doo-dad to cover is the all-new ECO Mode. Accessed by holding down the new Info trigger, ECO Mode switches the ECU to a leaner fuel map. Another
A beautiful corner near Idylwild  California  ripping along the 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14.
Improving the 200-mile range of the 2009 Connie via the fuel-saving map in the ECO Mode is still unconfirmed in our mind until we get the 2010 model for some extended jaunts and first-hand.
aid to “improve” fuel efficiency is an ECO indicator, which is not directly controlled but pops up on the dash, regardless of Mode, to indicate favorable fuel consumption. The ECO stuff is Kawasaki’s answer to upping the relatively low 200-mile touring range of the ‘08-‘09 bike, rather than adding fuel capacity to the 5.8 gallon tank.

So does this ECO stuff actually work? Eyeball observation of the fuel gauge and our trip meter didn’t deliver any, “oh, wow” improvement after cruising for many sections on the fuel-sipping mode (with the ECO indicator on more often than not). However, if range could extend even 10-15% to 230 miles, that would be a vast improvement. Further testing will be required before we can give a definitive answer to the ECO conundrum, except to chastise Kawasaki’s marketing department for not calling it the much cooler “ECO System”.

Sharper Handling

The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 handles noticably better than the 09 predecessor  with new tires the most likely reason.
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 handles noticeably better than the '09 predecessor.
The KTRC system is not made for enhanced sporting performance  but instead to deliver increased confidence for touring riders on slippery surfaces.
Tire wear is hinted as the greatest contributor to the C14's poor 2009 handling traits and the new tires with a thicker rubber on the front seems the likeliest reason for '10 improvement.
Alright, we’ve saved maybe the best upgrade for last, as the 2010 unit exhibits improved handling over its predecessor. A huge drawback to the 2009 Concours during our comparison testing was its handling quirks, with a reluctance to turn in quickly and a hinky sensation maintaining lean in the corner.

Changes to the 2010 chassis include a little more oil in the fork, but the new Bridgestone BT021U tires seem the most probable reason for the improvement. Tire wear was a leading suspect for ’09 handling complaints, and Kawasaki says the 2010 front tire has thicker rubber, with promises of longer tire life. Anecdotal evidence while attending the Pirelli Angel ST press intro confirmed speculation faulting tire wear as the main culprit for the handling quirks, with fellow journalists (we didn’t get seat time on the Pirelli-shod Concours) reporting improvement over the stock Bridgestone-shod ‘09.

Either way, we can say the 2010 Concours felt better in the corners and turns in quicker than the ’09 unit we sampled just two weeks prior. Is the C14 now the quickest turning tourer in the market? No. Is it a better handler than our 2009 tester? Yes.

Of course, nowhere in this First Ride have we really mentioned the raw, exhilarating power churning out of the big Kaw’s monster of a motor. It’s still there, and still ready to rip with spot-on fueling and crisp throttle response. That motor is, after all, still probably the biggest draw in the Concours appeal.

But the big story this year are those touring improvements. Are they enough to vault the Concours ahead of its class? Well, the Kawasaki has certainly gained ground on its competition. At $14,599 in base form and $15,299 for the ABS/TC version we sampled, it delivers a lot for the pricetag (A comparably equipped BMW K1300GT with heated grips and ASC (Anti Slip Control), for example, is well over $20K.) The new Connie is also possibly the best looking sport-tourer out there, available for 2010 in Candy Neptune Blue and Flat Super Black.

One thing is certain, Kawasaki took a great bike, listened to its customers, and then made the bike even better. Sounds like a winning formula to us.
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Comments
rb   May 26, 2012 06:49 PM
Hey Kawi! Want me to buy one? Add cruise control! You people are deaf! Hello BMW!
TOM -CONMAN  August 11, 2010 02:34 PM
I HAVE OWNED HARLEYS FOR YEARS AND BUELLS TOO IN FACT I WILL NOT SELL MY 2003 ULTRA CLASSIC BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER RECOVER THE $40,000.00 I HAVE IN IT BUT I GOTTA SAY I BOUGHT A CONCOURS 14 AND WOW WHAT A LOT OF FUN SAFE FUN AND FAST TOO IF SOME OF YOU HARD CORE HARLEY GUYS WANT A NEW EXPERIENCE AND ARE TIRED OF DRAGGIN FLOOR BOARDS, OVERHEATING OIL, SLIDING THROUGH WET INTERSECTIONS, INVESTING $$$ TO GET MINIMAL HORSEPOWER THEN YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT THE 2010 C14 IT SHURE IS NICE TO FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS IN YOUR GARAGE AND ANYBODY WHO GIVES YOU S@#T ABOUT IT IS EITHER JEALOUS OR AFRAID TO TRY IT...
Joe -Love my bike  August 1, 2010 06:13 PM
I just got rid of my 2002 HD Fatboy. I was looking for something different. They are two different rides, so I am not going to get into which is better. I looked into the R1200RT. I took it for a test drive. I felt at take off that it was going to stall. At 6 feet tall. The front of my legs kept hitting the fairing ever time I stoped at a light. The HD dealer I went to to look at the BMW was willing to give me nothing for my Fatboy, then, they had to order the bike and I had a problem with not too many dealers around, to service the bike. Also at $22K I had to think about also. I started looking at Yamaha, the thing I did not like, it did not have a sixth gear, that was always a problem with the HD. Looked at Honda and it did nothing for me. Then I started to reserch Kawasaki Concours 14. I got it for 13K with ABS. I love the way it handles. I think it's a great bike. So far I know I made the right choice with the Kawasaki. I love the way it rides, handles and everthing about the bike. They did a great job.
rslam666 -Je l'aime !  May 26, 2010 07:51 PM
J'ai le 2009, 15000km au compteur. J'ai encore cette impression que je le pilote pour la premiere fois ! Cette moto est incroyable, meme sans les ajouts du dernier modele. Parce qu'il faut un "mais", je dirai que 280-300Km pour un reservoir sur une moto de cette trempe, c'est parfois chiant... le reste, pur delice !!!
2010 connie owner -BMW/KAWASAKI  May 12, 2010 07:33 AM
THE CONNIE EATS THE bmw FOR LUNCH
ExAMARR -First Trip  May 12, 2010 01:46 AM
Just finished 2k mi trip on new 2010. On the road, in eco mode, I got about 42mpg with the windshield up, 48 with it down at 80mph. Can easily get 200 miles on a tank. Riding position is good, I wouldn't mind the bars being a little closer to the rider. I am 5'8" and the bar position put a little too much weight forward for long hauls. With the windshield up I noticed that there was quite a bit of force pulling me forward. In the down position the air hit me just below the helmet and relieved much of that pressure. I am going to try the Muzzys risers. Seat is very comfy. I used a Throttle Meister, required equipment in my opinion and it works well, however, I wish it had electronic cruise control. The bike is pretty heavy, but it's not a sport bike, it's a sport-touring bike. Some weight loss would be nice but it isn't a big issue in my opinion. The thing has a center stand for god's sake, if you want to be a weight weenie there are plenty of user mods at your disposal. Other gripes are paint that scratches too easily, a nice thick clear coat would be welcome; and the vented windshield needs to be removed to clean well behind it. Removal is simple making it a minor inconvenience. Overall, my biggest complaint would be lack of electronic cruise, however, I am extremely happy with the Concours and recommend it strongly.
guillermo redi -Kawasaki gtr14  April 10, 2010 08:27 PM
quisiera saber que capacidad de reserva tiene al tanque de combustible ,de la kawasaki concours 2008, ademas de los 5.8 galones que dice el manual.

Agradeceria que alguien me pueda responder.

Gracias.

Gillermo Redi de Argentina.
CJ -Cruise control  March 31, 2010 07:40 PM
Lack of a cruise control will be and should be a deal breaker for the avid and serious touring market who pile on the miles and take many long distance rides per year.
ZX14Rider -Awesome Connie  March 17, 2010 03:05 PM
Back in 06 I bought my ZX14 and over the next year converted it to a balls out sport tourer. Now don't get me wrong I can go 160 miles on a tank of fuel but the body will be hurting. I put on the custom corbin beetle bags, corbin seat, Heli bars, corbin peg lowering kit, full Ohlins suspension front and rear, GPR V4 dampner, touring windscreen, PCIII and full Muzzys exhaust. Now I have the best of all worlds I can kill the liter bikes in the twisties, and cruise with anyone comfortably. Of course it took thousands of dollars and a year to get there, I wish this beautiful Connie was around when I bought my beast because it would have saved me a hell of alot of money. The C-14 is a ZX14 without the maintenance, I love this bike and for the money you can't beat it.
ksbeerhunter -BMW owner  January 23, 2010 03:16 AM
Not having cruise control will hurt sales. It is a big must have on a touring bike.
Big Ron -Re - HDBreeze  November 8, 2009 08:06 PM
Hey Breeze,
I didnt think it was broken I was just surprised that it operated in that fashion, it makes sense I just dont think alot of guys who ride HD know about this feature. The sales manager and parts manager at the local HD shop did not. I probably would have known if I had taken the time to read the manual. I am curious if the fob on the Kawi operates in a similiar manner.
Happy trails.
HDBreeze -Big Ron  November 7, 2009 05:18 AM
The reason your Harley will run with the bike off and the ignition on when the fob is not in proximity to the bike is not a flaw in the system. It arms when the ignition is turned off, which is why the lights will flash to let you know that it is armed. If you were riding, and dropped your fob or the the battery in the fob died, you wouldn't want to motor to just cut off. It also allows you to get home or to a shop as long as you don't turn the ignition switch completely off. If you don't want your bike to get stolen, turn your ignition switch off, and get the add-on paging system. I have that on both of my twin cams, and it works awesome.
Big Ron -Bart - fob question  November 6, 2009 09:28 AM
I owned an 07' fatboy which also employs a fob. One thing that is interesting about the system is if you leave the ignition on but turn off the bike with the kill switch your bike is vulnerable to theft. To restate this; it will crank without the fob if the ignition was left on after turning the bike off with the kill switch. I found this out the hard way. My buddy and I switched bikes one day and I kept my fob in my pocket. He left before me and got 2-3 miles ahead of me with the bike still running without the fob. He pulled over and turned off the bike with the ignition swith. I rode by and waved him on but he could not restart the bike without the fob which realized about 30 minutes later as I was ordering lunch. So did you test the fob to see if you could trick it?
Big Ron -Bike Weights  November 6, 2009 09:11 AM
Take a look at the 08' Sport Tourer shoot out. ST 1300 (730 lbs), C-14 (689 lbs) BMW (667-lbs), FJR (672 lbs). The new Honda VFR is 613 pounds without bags. All of these bikes are a little portly compared to a sport bike. That is because they are touring bikes and they are larger with heavier frames and are designed to carry bags and passengers. These bikes arent intended to be ridden as aggressively as a litre sport bike but you may be surprised what happens when you do. A guy showed up on a C-14 at a track school and dusted most of the guys on 600's and my buddy on his Ducati 848; the C-14 rider was a very experienced rider and was able to push the bike; something most of the other students were not.
S. Brock -Cruise Control  November 6, 2009 06:24 AM
Reading some of the posts, I have to say that on a ride from Denver to Steamboat Springs, through the Poudre Canyon, I averaged 40 MPG on my 2005 FJR1300. I typically see mileage between 35 and 42 MPG.

I still want to see cruise control for interstate use, and I would also like to see an integrated garage door opener, like home-link, on a bike. It sounds rediculous, but I love pulling straight into the garage when the cops are chasing me:-)
HDBreeze -Cuddley  November 5, 2009 12:13 PM
Point taken. Personally, I have never heard anyone say that their "reserve light" has come on, but it's all just terminology.

Take care & ride safe.
Cuddley -HDBreeze  November 4, 2009 09:19 PM
HDbreeze, please reread my post carefully! I wrote “Some people will use the term “reserve’ some will say “low fuel warning light”. Either way they both accomplish the same goal of letting you know it is time to fuel up”.

The key word there is “term” and the word reserve being in quotations and low fuel warning light being in quotations meaning six in one hand and a half dozen in the other hand, different term or name but meaning the same thing. Also, meaning NOT that the low fuel indicator light IS a reserve or that it functions mechanically like a reserve in a carbureted bike but that the indicator light is telling you your bike is about to run out of fuel just like what a mechanical reserve does. Additionally, when my EFI bike is low on fuel the word reserve is displayed above the four bars when my fuel reaches 0.8 gallons.

I thought I made my point clear. Besides, if the manufacturer of my bike (Honda) called the indicator a “reserve indicator” in the owners manual and it even says reserve, actually the abbreviation RES above the indicator comes on when fuel is low, then it is understood that although this “indicator” does not function the same way as a mechanical reserve it does do the same job as I wrote in my first post: it tells the rider to get some gas.

I’ve owned many bikes over the years some with and without EFI. I started out with bikes that had an actual reserve because obviously back then bikes did not have EFI. To this day myself along with many other riders that I have talked to and ride with, especially riders that have been riding for a while will still refer to the low fuel indicator light on their EFI bike as a reserve light or say something like “oh we need to stop for gas because my bike just went on reserve”. Even though we DO understand that our EFI bike does not have carburetors and that we also don’t need to switch the none existent petcock from the on position to reserve position when our low fuel indicator light comes, we still call it a reserve.
HDBreeze -Cuddley  November 4, 2009 07:12 PM
An indicator light is not a reserve. That sounds like the low fuel light on the fuel injected bikes and cars that I own. A true reserve involves a petcock, which I have never seen on a fuel injected bike. That means the petcock is in the "on" position, and you ride till the motor starts to sputter. Then you switch it to the "res" position which allows the bike to use the remainder of the fuel(reserve). The gas is gravity fed on bikes with carburetors, which is why they need a valve to stop the fuel flow if needed. Fuel injected bikes use a fuel pump. The gas will only flow when the pump is activated, therefore no petcock, therefore no reserve.
Phill -Motorcycle-USA  November 4, 2009 01:39 PM
“However, if range could extend even 10-15% to 230 miles, that would be a vast improvement. Further testing will be required before we can give a definitive answer to the ECO conundrum” Come on guys, an article on a improved S-T and one of the improvements Kawasaki did was to try and increase fuel economy and you guys couldn’t even burn one measly tank of gas to give us a ballpark idea of how good the improvements are or aren’t????

If I wanted to read a Brochure about the bike I would have printed one out from Kawi’s web site.
Cuddley -HDBreeze & Hans  November 4, 2009 01:27 PM
Most EFI bikes DO have reserve. On my EFI bike when the gas gets down to about 0.8 gallons a “reserve bar’ comes up on the LCD screen. It is actually four bars stacked on top of each other and as I continue to ride while the “reserve bars” are showing one by one the bars go away until the bike stops running. Moreover, almost every bike that has EFI has some sort of a low fuel light or indicator. Some people will use the term “reserve’ some will say “low fuel warning light”. Either way they both accomplish the same goal of letting you know it is time to fuel up.
HDBreeze -fuel ecconomy  November 4, 2009 12:17 PM
One of the things that really bothers me, is when guy riding 1000cc+ inline-4 bikes with 16 0r 20 valves says he is getting 40, 50, or even 60mpg. One guy on here claims that he's gone "301.5 miles at altitude" on his FJR1300, and another guy claims to get 49mpg on his FJR. We all know that auto and motorcycle manufacturers exagerate the specs in their favor, and Yamaha says the FJR1300 averages 39mpg. A close friend of mine has a 2008 FJR and says that on the highways he gets about 35mpg. I'll need to ask him about the reserve, because as far as I know, fuel injected bikes don't have a reserve. We all have our own oppinions, but can't we all be honest as well?
Hans -Silver Streak  November 4, 2009 11:48 AM
I think you are a big fat liar! The FJR is fuel injected, therefore it has no reserve.
Shawn Pearsall -Connie Review  November 4, 2009 07:41 AM
I've got 2 GTS 1000's and a 05 FJR1300. I'm extremely interested in where this technology takes us. For those that love keys for their bags, try having your son break on off mid trip, I'll take a keyfob anyday.

These companies that think a sport tourer needs to go 80 miles more than an Harley on a tank are dreaming. Give me the ability to run 250+ per tank with reserve left over. Just did 301.5 miles on the FJR at Altitude...

Take all this technology and bring the bike down in weight by about 80-100 pounds. There's your handling, improved braking and better range. FJR on GP Suspension and Penske shots...is a titan missle on rails. But the connie on a 200 mile tank is like the new VFR with a 4.8 gallon tank. Just a silly concept
lnewlf -Miss Connie  November 3, 2009 11:24 AM
She still looks like Susan Boyle..My FJR looks like Megan Fox. And gets 48 mpg. And has plenty of motor.If you want a power war get a 'Busa or Kawi 1400..
RJ -2010 C14  November 3, 2009 11:18 AM
Always a Yamaha guy, I think I need to reconsider as Kawi scored a home run with this bike. They are taking the sport touring verticle to another level and maybe Honda's VFR design team needs to listen some. Is it 100% everything to everyone? You could never build such a bike but they certainly come close. Now if it would just come in lime green and black for added "in your face" attitude that we all love...
Matthew Parry -cruise?  November 3, 2009 09:39 AM
Wot no cruise control? It's on the Vulcan Voyager why not the C14?
Pedro Silva Gordo -Nice improvements  November 2, 2009 02:51 PM
Well, I'm surprised with Kawasaki. It seems they have listened the 08-09 GTR's owners like me.

I've bought my 09'GTR in Juin,09. I should had keeped my previous FJR until now. The 2010 GTR its an amasing bike!

There's a lot of touring improvements. I hope also that the new GTR has better front discs. There's a lot of owners with warped discs. I hope Kawasaki listen to them had quickly replace the bad ones.

Regards,
Skip -C14  November 2, 2009 08:32 AM
Beautiful bike with such an ugly muffler.
RT Rider -C14  November 2, 2009 04:36 AM
I like the new C14 but it still not a "Sport TOURING" motorcycle. It seems that the Japs take a already "in-production" motorcycle add heated grips to it and rebag it as a sport touring motorcycle. Try the built from the ground up as a sport tourer R1200RT BMW if you want a true sport touring motorcycle.
SilverStreak -Is better, good enough?  November 1, 2009 03:51 PM
The new C-14 fixes seem to be the same things the FJR did way back in 2006. All these are worthy improvements that make it competitive. But, the C-14 is still too heavy, and it looks too wide as well - affecting handling and touring range. My FJR1300AE runs nicely on regular fuel getting 200 miles to the tank plus another 55 miles on reserve. The K-14 requires premium fuel, so your shoot-out should run all bikes on regular or all bikes on premium fuel to be consistent. I’m looking at the next generation of S-T bikes, where the Honda VFR1200F promises to be lighter, slimmer, sleeker, more powerful, and more agile, but (alas) it has a small tank.

HDBreeze -Awesome bike  November 1, 2009 12:17 AM
I do most of my touring on a Harley Street Glide, but I do a fair amount of sport touring too. For that I have a 2006 Suzuki SV1000S custom fitted with Givi top trunk and hard bags. I love my Suzuki, but this Concours is amazing. The ABS and shaft drive are nice features to have when sport touring. If I can get decent money for the SV, this Kawi may be my next toy!
mugwump58 -Connie  October 31, 2009 04:21 AM
Yeah I know you'd probably sell only one, to me, but could you run this through the washer and drier on high and shrink it down. Go ahead and replace the shaft with a belt too. Otherwise I'd like something like this as the 3rd bike in the driveway. Pity the local Kawi dealer went tits up.