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Kawasaki Concours 14 Gets Traction Control

Monday, October 5, 2009
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 features Kawasakis first traction control system.
The 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 features Kawasaki's first traction control system.
The Kawasaki Concours 14 tourer returns for 2010. Known since its inception for its monster motor, sourced from the Hypersport Ninja ZX-14, the latest version of the Connie boasts a number of touring improvements – not the least of which being Kawasaki’s first-ever traction control system.

KTRC – Kawasaki Traction Control

Kawasaki’s inaugural traction control effort headlines the 2010 Concours changes, but the option is only available on the Concours 14 ABS. The system monitors front and rear wheel speeds, reducing engine output upon detection of wheelspin. Kawasaki promises the new KTRC “helps provide peace of mind when negotiating slippery surfaces.” The safety feature also comes without extra weight, as it sources the same sensors and ECU in the ABS.
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Speaking of which, the second generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS is “smaller, lighter” and features a “higher-spec ECU” to regulate the linked braking stopping power. The latest ABS gives rider’s two options: Standard Mode reduces the linked effect, while High Combined Mode exhibits a more pronounced linked effect making it, Kawasaki says, “ideal for touring and two-up highway use.”

Touring Amenities
2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Specs
Kawasakis inaugural traction control effort headlines the 2010 Concours changes.
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
Claimed 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

The Kawasaki PR blurb rattles off an impressive live of new touring perks for the Concours. First, the electronically-adjustable windscreen is 2.7 inches taller and features four programmable presets up front, a memory function returning the screen to its preset after starting the bike.

The redesigned fairing features rerouted outlets to “facilitate heat-dissipation.” High temps from the engine was one of our few complaints of the Kawasaki in our 2008 Sport-Touring Shootout, so a possible correction is very welcomed. A pipe guard on the exhaust also promises reduced heat transference to the rider.

Other revisions and additions include heated grips as standard equipment, new tank bag hooks and a relocated glove box. Another revision are the rear view mirrors raised 40mm (1.6 inch), which should help remedy another of our prior complaints, that the mirrors provide a better view of the saddlebags than what’s on the road behind.

Returning for 2010 is the KIPASS system, which requires a separate key fob needed to turn the big ol’ bike on (as if riders need more things to lose track of). Kawi does, however, dub claim the system is improved and now includes a smaller card-type key backup.

Lighter Handling

Kawasaki’s teaser blurb promised revisions to the suspension as well as new Bridgestone rubber for “lighter handling, improved wear.” Perhaps the changes will rectify reports about the latest C14’s sluggish turn-in and mid-corner handling.

Same Motor

Unchanged for 2010 is the Concours motor - the 1352cc Four, ripped from the ZX-14, returning with its ridiculous power and variable valve timing. If it ain’t broke… Same goes for the Connie’s monocoque aluminum frame, Tetra-Lever shaft drive, radial-mount triple-disc brakes.

Sadly, we don’t expect the 2010 Concours will be ready in time for our upcoming Sport-Touring shootout this month.

Read our 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 First Ride Report.
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paul ellingsen -concours  October 18, 2010 03:47 PM
I've owned a 07 yamaha 1300, 07 BMW 1200RT, and an 08 concours. The C14 is a big improvement over the yamaha; better power, handling, and just as comfortable. The BMW has more features like cruise control and electrically adjustable suspension and is super comfortable, but can't compete with the C14's motor and performance. My favorite of these is the C14, especially with the updates to the 10 model.

My suggestions for the C14: cruise control (a really nice feature for this class of bike), do something with that awful looking muffler, and I would prefer not to have the keyless/FOB (replacemeent FOBs are hundreds of dollars; hard to hide a back up FOB, one more thing to lose, etc etc.) oh and one more thing--give it adjustable handlebars! IDK why motorcycles don't have adjustable bars (and bikes with high pegs should have adjustable pegs; a few do like GSXR1000s. Even the cheapest cars have adjustable seats, and bikes should have some adjustability too). The BMW K1300GT has adjustable bars (and BTW this is the bike closest to the C14 for performance/comfort).
John -2008 Concours 14  September 5, 2010 08:04 PM
I just got back from 10 days in Denver. For one of those days,I rented an '08 Concours 14. I put about 500 miles on this bike that had 40K miles on it and had been a rental for all of its life, and loved every minute of it. I took it to the top of Pikes Peak and all over the place. I am waiting until I hear what color the 2011s are before I buy mine, but they definitely made this bike for me. I am a big guy, and the ergonomics was outstanding, plenty of power, this one had ABS, and it was great, plus I got around 45 MPG. Happy Riding. John
DAVE -BMW Shopping Experience  August 15, 2010 07:01 PM
Attila, I agree with you about the BMW dealers. I test rode a 2010 RT and was impressed with the handeling, however at start up the brake failure light came on then some how goes out after you start riding?? I was ready to pull the trigger however the dealer I was at could not get another RT in to purchase. They could not sell me the one I test rode because they stated it had to have 3K miles on it. The dealers won't deal and its almost like were BMW take it or leave it because were that good. I started thinking how would I ever get parts for this bike; what if I break down away from home. Ended up with a Goldwing which is in a different class but does what it is designed for excellent. Going to pull the trigger on a Concours next spring to fill the sport touring gap. Great company, great bike, and great dealer support. Can't go wrong with a Concours.
Bikes owned: CBR (2) VFR (2) Goldwing (1) Harley
Dave -correction on Kawasaki factory warranty on Concours...36 months standard!  June 29, 2010 07:25 AM
...not 12 months as you state here. And yes, unlimited mileage to boot. I'm signing up.
Attila -2010 Concours 14 ABS  April 17, 2010 04:52 PM
Just received my new 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS. I just love it. I was first looking at the BMW R1200 RT but BMW dealers did not want to work with the MSRP Price. Had nothing but a bad taste with the BMW Dealers. On the other hand, the Kawasaki people down to earth and work with me for the best CASH Purchase price. Kawasaki you have a new Freind for Life. I would recommend to have "CRUISE" control for the 2011 Concours. Now in the market for an Aftermarket Cruise Control. It's going to take a little research on my part. My last bike was 10 years ago.
Robert -cruise control  October 27, 2009 03:43 AM
Do you think that kawasaki will ever add cruise control to the concour 14.
It would be nice on those long distance hauls, just like the honda goldwings
ACE -NEW 2010 CONCOURS 14  October 25, 2009 03:40 PM
I am quite impressed with the new changes and agree with RT Rider's comments that a standard cruise control be added, also how about turn signals on the mirrors and more lights in the rear. Visibility is a must with all of the bad drivers of cars out there. a led xenon rear tail light and turn signal lights would make the Connie invincible!
RT Rider -New C14  October 23, 2009 02:35 PM
I can very close to buying a new C14 last spring but the heat issue turned me away. The new 2010 model looks like a real winner. Now if it only had cruise control, an electronically adjustable suspension, and get rid of the terrible looking muffler.
Kirk -2010 Concours  October 18, 2009 01:40 PM
After waiting for honda to come up with a sport touring bike Kawasaki beat them to it. I would have like a few color options.
I will be buying one
Clyde -C14  October 11, 2009 08:48 PM
When you do test the new Concours 14, be sure to run the oem tires at the full recommended 42psi. Lower pressures were the likely cause of the sluggishness you noted.