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2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Voted Cool

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:44 pm

2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS on the Total Motorcycle Cool Wall

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2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

This year continues Kawasaki's heritage of high performing, versatile, rider-friendly sports motorcycles. There are some welcome returns along with a few young upstarts that'll get your heart racing.


Inspiring Touring Performance, Enviable Sporting Credentials

Sport touring riders are among the most discerning of all motorcyclists, and the Concours™ 14 supersport tourer's combination of technology, comfort and continent conquering performance meets the toughest demands of this selective crowd. It is powered by a muscular heart derived from the legendary Ninja® ZX™-14 sportbike. Comfortable ergonomics make it well-suited to long days in the saddle, while offering proper body positioning for sport riding. Its overall performance will entice riders to pull out the big maps and plan extraordinary sporting tours through the next county or country.

The Concours 14 holds its own with the best world-class touring rigs yet still negotiates the twists and turns of America’s backroads in finest, Ninja-inspired tradition. Whether carving through canyons, devouring highways and even shuttling through the cities, a Concours 14 provides the ultimate platform for your next sport touring adventure.

The Concours 14 supersport tourer boasts several features that enhance comfort, convenience and safety, solidifying its position at head of the class. Dynamic bodywork increases comfort by routing heat away from the rider and passenger. A tall, electrically adjustable windscreen creates a calm cockpit experience with help from ducts above the instrument panel, which balances pressure areas outside and inside the screen. Handgrip heaters come standard, providing comfort when the temperatures drop to disagreeably cold temperatures.

The Concours is packed with technological features that enhance the riding experience. The bike’s K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) braking system offers two modes of linked, anti-lock braking and great overall performance. A high-tech traction control system (KTRC: Kawasaki Traction Control) not only reduces wheelspin on slick surfaces, offering riders more confidence-inspiring feedback, but it can be easily switched off at the rider’s discretion.


2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Key Features

• Ninja ZX-14-based 1,352cc inline-four with variable valve timing provides smooth power across a wide rev range
• Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) reduces engine output when wheelspin is detected, helping the rear tire to regain grip
• Kawasaki Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT) links front and rear brakes and has two modes to suit different riding styles
• Aluminum monocoque frame is lightweight, narrow and rigid
• Tetra-Lever shaft drive offsets the lifting and squatting tendencies of shaft drive
• Fuel economy assistance mode prioritizes fuel savings, giving up to a 25 percent mileage boost
• Standard heated grips help provide comfort even in harsh conditions
• Convenient Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Starting System (KIPASS)
• Electrically adjustable windscreen has memory function and suits a variety of riders
• Includes a 36 month limited factory warranty that can be supplemented with up to an additional 36 months of Kawasaki’s Good Times™ Protection Plan. That’s a total of up to an amazing SIX YEARS of coverage!


2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $16,199 USD


Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves 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 System DFI® with four 40mm throttle bodies

Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance

Transmission 6-Speed

Final Drive Tetra-Lever shaft drive

Rake/Trail 26.1 degrees/4.4 in.

Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR-17

Rear Tire Size 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.

Front Brakes Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston calipers with ABS

Rear Brakes Single 270mm petal disc with ABS

Fuel Capacity 5.8 gal.

Seat Height 32.1 in.

Curb Weight 688.0 lbs.

Wheelbase 59.8 in.

Overall Length 87.8 in.

Overall height windscreen lowered / raised: 50.8 in. / 57.7 in.

Overall width 39.4 in.

Color Choices Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Nocturne Blue

Warranty 36 Months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24 or 36 months are available
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:02 am

Last Cool Wall Bike of 2012 Now Up For Voting On - 2013 Concours 14.

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53 motorcycles have appeared every Friday each week on our Cool Wall in 2012. Each model different, unique and special, each with a different set of votes and results. Now the last bike of 2012 is up for voting on, the 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS. Have your say today, vote, discuss and debate on where you think it's place should be on our Cool Wall. Is it Awesome? Cool? Uncool or a plain old Fail. You decide! 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by Johnj » Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:58 am

Awesome, overkill but awesome.
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by BobK » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:57 am

It looks like it would be comfy for long trips, but I only do one long trip a year, and ride around town and short trips the rest of the time, so it wouldn't be ideal for me. Maybe a good retirement bike.

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by ceemes » Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:21 am

I ride a Connie 1000 and love it, however the Connie 14 only rates a cool from me coz we don't have a Meh option.

The old 1000 was a big bike, and the 14 even bigger still. One of the best in her class true, but unlike the 1000, she is geared more toward touring side of the ST world then the sport (in my humble opinion) whereas the 1000 has more then a touch of the hooligan sport rider in her. Still a nice bike, so not a fail or uncool.
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by madjak30 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:36 am

I think it's an awesome bike...most rides I take to meet up with people starts with a 150-180kms ride, so this would be perfect. It's still not as big as a Goldwing, so that's a good thing in my book. A little too techie for me, but would still look nice in my garage. Might even be comfy enough to get wifey to go for a ride?!?

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by Hanson » Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:50 pm

My dentist uses a Concours 14 for his daily commute and parks it on the walkway outside is tiny office. Looks sharp!
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by High_Side » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:53 pm

I've gotta go with cool just because the Mayans said that I wouldn't be around to enjoy voting this week :laughing: I have a friend who replaced his 1250 Bandit with one however and he never has really said that it feels like it was the right move. I DO hear about how much he missed the Bandit though.... It's a little on the porky side for what I like in a bike, but get what people see in them. Just not for me.

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:41 pm

ceemes wrote:I ride a Connie 1000 and love it, however the Connie 14 only rates a cool from me coz we don't have a Meh option.

The old 1000 was a big bike, and the 14 even bigger still. One of the best in her class true, but unlike the 1000, she is geared more toward touring side of the ST world then the sport (in my humble opinion) whereas the 1000 has more then a touch of the hooligan sport rider in her. Still a nice bike, so not a fail or uncool.
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by dr_bar » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:50 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:Last Cool Wall Bike of 2012 Now Up For Voting On - 2013 Concours 14.

So, no new bike to vote on next Friday??? :(
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by JackoftheGreen » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:17 am

Ugly little thing. Front end looks alright, but it all comes apart after the seat. That sorta 'batwing' profile created by the upsweep of the saddle into the pillion -- it just looks off to me. And the whole swing arm just looks cluttered to me.
Uncool.

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Unread post by jstark47 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:16 pm

JackoftheGreen wrote:Ugly little thing.
Little??? LOL! You ever stood next to one of these things in real life?

But I agree on your rating - it's too fat (wide), too heavy, and ridiculously overpowered - I don't **need** to cruise at 150mph, and there's no place in the Northeast US to do so safely. Uncool
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Unread post by HYPERR » Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:44 pm

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JackoftheGreen wrote:Ugly little thing.
Little??? LOL! You ever stood next to one of these things in real life?
Hmm...I thought it was a fairly decent looking bike... :?
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Unread post by pchast » Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:55 pm

We each have our preferences... this is too heavy and awkward for me.
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Unread post by ceemes » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:39 am

pchast wrote:We each have our preferences... this is too heavy and awkward for me.
You would be surprised just how nimble these big ST's can be and how light on the controls they are. True that they will never be as agile as a 100% pure race bike, but they come close and in the case of some models, very very close. Consider if you will that many Police and Highway Patrol forces around the world have adopted big ST's for both highway and city policing work. And in the UK, the NHS Ambulance service uses Honda Paneuropean aka in N.A. as the Honda ST for their first responders, even in the congested maze that is London. You wouldn't adopt a bike for such work unless it was nimble, agile and able to cut through traffic.
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Unread post by pchast » Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:16 pm

Thats true..

But I have trouble with my bike If I need to pick it up and its lighter.
I can't protect my back on a lounge chair like this by flexing my legs.
Back Breakers (sport bikes) hurt to ride after 10-15 minutes..... I've
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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:42 pm

dr_bar wrote:
totalmotorcycle wrote:Last Cool Wall Bike of 2012 Now Up For Voting On - 2013 Concours 14.
So, no new bike to vote on next Friday??? :(
There definately will be a new bike on Friday to vote on, but as next Friday's bike ends in 2013 (December 28th to January 4th) I'm counting it as the 1st 2013 Cool Wall Bike. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:07 am

Wow, the voting results so far after a few days are absolutely amazing! 83 votes and we have a tie still!

Your Coolness Factor of the 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS is...

Awesome 39% [ 32 ]
Cool 39% [ 32 ]
Uncool 22% [ 18 ]
Fail 1% [ 1 ]

Total votes : 83

Keep voting and if you are on one side of the fence or other, get your friends to vote too. It's free and guests can vote too. :D

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:51 pm

I voted: Awesome.

That was a hard decision as I was considering a Cool vote. But this is really a very purpose built motorcycle (much like the Gold Wing) for long distance touring and if I had to cruise the length of Canada or go across the USA this bike would be one of the top choices in my book. But around town, no thanks, as this bike is just too overbuilt for that purpose. There are much better around town and day trip bikes out there to be lugging around a near 700lb big bike with a ZX14 engine IMO. So it would be added to the collection but I can't see the Connie14 as being my only bike.

I know in the UK they use a the Honda ST, but it's really not as wide as this Connie14. UK city riders (police even more so) are some of the best riders for knowing the length/width of their bikes and getting in and out of very tight spots the Connie14 would be just too big over there IMO other than on a M series Motorway.

Still, an awesome vote for an awesome bike, but with limited purpose.

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Re: This week: 2013 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS: Vote Now

Unread post by sunshine229 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:27 pm

Firstly, WOW 100 votes for this model - sweet!

I voted cool. This is not my favourite bike (too bike for me, too weird looking with all its tiger claw looking details) but I still give it a cool. I do love my Kawasaki's and this one is really not that bad, just not an awesome for me. I do like that it is a bike that knows what it is and sticks to it's whole reason of being. The fact that it's been around so long also says something about its popularity.
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