See photos of the 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 in the 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout in this Kawasaki Concours 14 photo gallery.
- The C14 runs with the most intuitive luggage system of the comparison, easy to open and remove.
- It may be third best by our measure this time around, but the Kawasaki is still an impressive machine and the most affordable of the Inline Four offerings.
- Billed as a Supersport-tourer, the Concours features a raucous motor and high-performance brakes.
- The Kawasaki Concours 14 features a fantastic motor along with potent brakes.
- Poor handling ratings proved to be the Kawi's downfall.
- The 2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 instrumentation was liked by all, though rolling through the information required removing the left hand off the bar.
- Remarkable for such a potent engine, the Concours' throttle sensation isn’t choppy, with smooth fueling and a linear power delivery.
- The C14's windscreen delivers adequate protection, but not total coverage.
- The Kawasaki’s six-speed transmission and shaft drive rated highest of the bunch.
- In the end, the Connie dropped one spot to third in its second shootout go-round.
- Motorcycle USA sampled the 2009 crop of sport-touring motorcycles on more than 800 miles of backroads and the Oregon Coast during a three-day motorcycle tour.
- The low range at 202 miles, observed from the worst 34.8 mpg efficiency and 5.8-gallon tank, made it the sad sack that was always needed gas
- What’s not to like about 1352cc of pure Inline Four power churning out 134 horsepower
- Though it lost ground in horsepower, the Kawasaki Concours still reigns in torque production - churning out 88.6 lb-ft on our Medford HQ dyno.