2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Review

2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

The ultimate backroad Supersport Tourer…

After receiving several strategic updates last year, the 2016 Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle continues to offer a level of power and poise that will be familiar to riders of supersport motorcycles, yet its upright riding position offers far greater comfort than its superbike siblings. Riders can enjoy its high-powered but flexible 1,352cc engine derived from the world class Kawasaki Ninja® ZX™-14R motorcycle, and for extended sport touring, the motorcycle’s chassis is tuned for comfort and poise.

New for 2016 is the sophisticated Metallic Spark Black and Metallic Moondust Gray paint. This adds to the appeal of the motorcycle that received a revised first gear ratio, new steering stem seal offering lighter steering at low speed, new seat with sculpted narrow front to improve reach to the ground, a new windshield with adjustable air vent, revised ABS braking and a new rear luggage base last year.

Having come to define the sport touring motorcycle category, these revisions kept the Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle at the top of its class with its strong performance and nimble athleticism, making it equally at home carving canyons as it is traversing interstate highways.

The 2016 Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle is about more than just power. The 1,352cc four-cylinder engine boasts Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for economy and fluid responses, providing the kind of torque that makes relaxed, sixth-gear overtaking maneuvers par for the course.

Kawasaki’s supersport expertise means the Concours14 ABS motorcycle also has a suite of technology from the K-ACT ABS brakes to KTRC traction control and a Fuel Economy Assistance Mode to help the rider optimize his extended time in the saddle. For convenience it also has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as well as KIPASS, which allows the ignition switch to be operated and locked without removing the key.

The seat is sculpted and narrow at the front to help the rider reach the ground more easily; it is also sculpted at the front for improved comfort. At the rear, the seat is flat and long to keep the passenger comfortable, mile after mile. The adjustable rear suspension was stiffened on the initial preload setting to maintain the motorcycle’s legendary stability when carrying a passenger and full luggage.

Owners who wish to use the 2016 Kawasaki Concours14 ABS motorcycle for long distance touring will be pleased to hear that an optional touring seat is part of the available range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories. The touring seat, provides enhanced comfort for extended journeys and now, thanks to an innovative out material, is more resistant to heat accumulation when exposed to the sun – this is the anti-U/V material’s first application in the motorcycle industry, helping the seat stay cooler after the bike has been sitting in the sun.

Additional comfort features include a two-position adjustable vent on the electronically raised windshield. This windshield improves the airflow around the rider and reduces the buffeting effect, since the vent removes the low-pressure zone in the cockpit.

A range of optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories is available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. These include a 47L top case with one-key system, matching trim and optional backrest pad, tank bag, touring seat, protective cover and more.

Color: Metallic Spark Black / Metallic Moondust Gray

Please note that the 2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS is called the 2016 Kawasaki 1400GTR in Europe:

Flagship Tourer

Fueling your distance riding ambitions, the 1400GTR with unique to class variable hydraulic valve timing, linked brakes and advanced traction control shrinks maps and confidently crosses continents.

Metallic Moondust Gray / Metallic Carbon Gray is not available in the UK until 2016.


2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The Kawasaki sport-touring powerhouse blends the soul of a Ninja® ZX™-14R with the sophistication of advanced technology and premium accessories. Built around the thrilling performance of a powerful 1,352cc supersport engine, the Concours14 ABS is loaded with top-shelf refinements.

•1,352cc inline four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) for enhanced low- and mid-range power while maintaining high rpm performance

•Rigid monocoque frame that provides agile handling characteristics and a high degree of rider feedback

•Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology (K-ACT) ABS system links the front and rear brakes

•Electrically adjusted windshield with a 3-position vent for added comfort

•The standard hard saddlebags conveniently utilize the ignition key and can be installed/removed/locked in a matter of seconds thanks to the integrated mounting system



2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

1,352cc in-line Four with Variable Valve Timing

Power comes from a ZZR1400-based engine tuned for more low and mid-range torque. This liquid-cooled, 16-valve, In-Line Four features variable valve timing for high torque output at low and medium rpm.



Heated Grips

Stepless adjustable heated grips are fitted standard. The rotary switch is located close to the rider for easy access with gloved hands.


Colour-matched 35-litre panniers

The large-volume panniers are integrally designed to complement the GTR’s overall styling package. The cases are easily detachable, water-resistant and easily hold a full-face helmet. Mounted as close as possible to the bike’s centreline and the bike’s centre of gravity, their lightweight construction was designed to minimise their influence on the bike’s centre of mass.



Tetra-lever shaft drive

To ensure that the GTR’s massive torque is transmitted to the tarmac as efficiently as possible, a highly rigid, dual-sided, 4-link swingarm is used. Called the Tetra-Lever, it is designed to offset the lifting or squatting tendency of shaft drives when the throttle is opened and closed.

Windscreen vent

A vent added to the electronically adjustable windscreen reduces load on the rider by letting external air enter the cockpit area. With the vent open, the negative-pressure effect in the cockpit is reduced. This means less chance of the rider being pulled forward at high speed.



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Increased comfort

Redesigned seat offers increased comfort for both rider and passenger.


Standard Tankpad

A resin tank pad is now fit as standard. The pad helps prevent wear and damage to the tank.




Accessory 47-litre top case

Accessory 47-litre top case is large enough to fit two full-face helmets. The top case can conveniently be fit with a one key system. The top cover is colour matched to the bike, and features a Kawasaki logo on the sides and at the rear. To mount the top case, the standard rear rack needs to be replaced with a base plate. A backrest pad is also available separately.

Fuel Economy Assistance Mode



Fuel Economy Assistance Mode can be turned on and off by the rider. Turning on this mode on switches the ECU to a leaner fuel map that prioritises fuel economy over driveability. (Ignition timing and fuel injection are set for maximum fuel efficiency.) When on, a icon appears on the LCD screen. The rider must ride in a gentle manner: less than 6,000 rpm, less than 30% throttle, under 100 mph (where permitted)

Revised K-ACT settings



Revised settings reduce the linked braking effect on the front brake when the rear brake is applied. This allows a more natural brake feeling for low-speed manoeuvres like U-turns.

An upgrade to the latest-model ABS unit offers an even more compact size, as well as more precise control, which contributes to improved K-ACT ABS input character.




The GTR’s multi-function display now includes an outside air temperature monitor. Other new instrument functions include the K-ACT mode indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, and Fuel Economy Assistance Mode icon. The mode-Select button on the front of the left grip (where the passing button used to be) increases convenience by allowing the rider to change LCD modes without having to take their hand off the handlebar. For MY15 Pressed stainless steel rings for the speedometer and tachometer dials add a higher-quality image to the cockpit.

Taller and wider electrically adjustable wind screen

The electrically adjustable windscreen is now 70 mm taller and is also wider at the top. Its increased height allows air passing over the top of the screen to flow smoothly around the rider’s helmet and the wider top portion of the screen results in less wind striking the rider’s shoulders and upper arms.




At its heart, K-ACT ABS is an advanced anti-lock braking system, designed to keep tyres from locking up during braking. But K-ACT ABS was designed to be used on touring models weighing in excess of 300 kg – and that is before adding a tandem rider and luggage.

Complementing its standard ABS function, K-ACT ABS links the front and rear brakes. It monitors the brake force the rider is exerting at both the front and rear, and takes into consideration vehicle speed to ensure highly effective braking while maintaining chassis stability.

For example, let’s say the rider pulls on the front brake lever. To keep the bike from pitching forward, the ABS ECU actuates the rear brake (via fluid pumps) to ensure that front-rear balance is maintained.

Should the rider push the rear brake pedal, the system actuates the front brake as well to distribute the load more evenly so that the rear wheel does not lock up. Based on the vehicle speed, K-ACT decides the optimum hydraulic pressure to send to each caliper, ensuring that even with a heavy motorcycle, stable braking performance is possible.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System



Maintaining the correct tyre air pressure is very important as it can greatly affect a motorcycle’s handling, and riding with low tyre pressure, due to a puncture, leak or other, increases the risk of a tyre bursting. Tyre air escapes naturally over time, so it is also important to check tyre pressure regularly. The Tyre Pressure Monitoring System continuously measures tyre pressure (using sensors attached to the air valves of each wheel) and displays the current pressure on the bike’s instrument panel while riding.

Tyre air pressure varies greatly as the tyres warm up, but the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System takes this into consideration and recalculates the pressure for 20? to avoid confusion and false warnings.

When tyre air pressure is excessively low, a tyre mark appears on the display, warning the rider. On the 1400GTR / Concours 14, recommended pressure for both the front and rear wheels is 290 kPa (approximately 2.9 kgf/cm2). Should the pressure fall below 220 kPa (approximately 2.2 kgf/cm2), the warning mark will appear. Not only does this system eliminate the hassle of manually checking tyre pressure on long tours, it quickly lets the rider know of any sudden pressure loss due to, say, a punctured tyre.

Monocoque Frame



Kawasaki’s monocoque frame is a hollow composite of aluminium parts. Originally conceived by Kawasaki engineers, it uses the engine as a fixed member so that chassis rigidity is formed not only by the frame, but the combination of the frame and engine together. Joining the engine and front and rear suspension units, the hollow box-style frame envelops the engine from above. In addition to being made from lightweight materials, its main section also acts as the air cleaner box and battery box, enabling parts to be reduced for even greater weight savings. Further, because the frame does not run beneath or alongside the engine, the chassis can be made very compact. Especially on large-displacement models, the slim chassis design of the aluminium monocoque frame contributes to ease of riding.

The aluminium monocoque frame was originally developed by Kawasaki in the 1980s for their World Grand Prix works racer. In an era where steel pipe frames were the norm, the aluminium monocoque frame that debuted on the KR500 took the world by surprise. First featured on a mass-production model on the 2000 Ninja ZX-12R, this original Kawasaki technology has evolved and can be found on our large-displacement flagship models.




With the compact key fob (portable immobiliser) in a pocket, KIPASS allows riders to remotely release the bike’s steering lock and main switch simply by approaching the bike.

When the fob key is close to the bike, the signal it sends out is picked up and recognised by the KIPASS unit in the bike. Like immobiliser keys, each fob key has a unique signal, making this system also useful as a theft deterrent. The fob key can be recognised when in a jacket pocket, so there is no need for the rider to remove the key to operate the bike’s main switch.

Pannier cases and fuel tank cap are opened using the knob key inside the key cylinder. Because the knob key cannot be removed when the key fob is out of range, the keyhole is never visible, helping to prevent tampering.

This system uses the encryption algorithm “MISTY” developed by MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CORPORATION

KTRC (1-mode)



When accelerating on a slippery surface, it is easy for rear wheel spin (i.e. when the rear wheel turns faster than the front wheel) to occur. KTRC was designed to prevent wheel spin that could otherwise cause the loss of control of the bike. Like ABS prevents wheels from locking up when braking, this Kawasaki-original traction control system prevents the rear tyre from slipping.

Knowing that the system will intervene to prevent sudden wheel spin when, for example, the pavement comes to an abrupt end when touring, is a great source of reassurance for riders.

KTRC uses wheel speed sensors to monitor front and rear wheel speed. When it detects wheel spin, engine power is reduced to allow rear wheel grip to be regained. KTRC also enables helps the rear wheel regain traction in situations where grip is lost temporarily, like when riding over a wet manhole cover. KTRC uses 3-way control, governing ignition timing, fuel volume and (via the sub-throttle valves) intake air volume. This 3-way control is what enables the system to be so smooth, resulting in a very natural feeling.

It is technologically possible for traction control systems to recover from loss of grip due to wheel spin without the rider ever realising that they had slipped. However, KTRC lets riders know when road conditions are slippery by purposely delaying intervention for an instant. Firstly, communicating an accurate picture of current road conditions and what the bike is doing, and secondly, ensuring that systems provide support for riders – this is the philosophy that drives development of Kawasaki technology.

Dual Throttle Valves



Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response is anything but gentle and often more than the rider can handle. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.

On fuel-injected models, throttle bodies generally have only one throttle valve per cylinder. On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency in improved and power is increased.

Like other Kawasaki engine management technology, Dual Throttle Valves were designed with the philosophy of “following the rider’s intention, while providing natural-feeling support.” They are featured on many Kawasaki models.

Fuel Economy Assistance Mode



By pushing the handle switch, riders are able to activate the Fuel Economy Assistance Mode, switching the ECU to a leaner fuel map in which ignition timing and fuel injection prioritise fuel economy.

Rather than engine response or power, this mode favours reduced fuel consumption, aiming to increase fuel economy when riding at a constant speed. When riding in areas where gasoline stands are scarce, or when cruising across the continent, being able to make the same amount of fuel last longer is a considerable benefit.

Maximising the effectiveness of the Fuel Economy Assistance Mode requires a gentle use of the throttle. In the case of the 1400GTR / Concours 14, this means keeping engine rpm under 6,000 rpm, throttle under 30%, and speed under 160 km/h. Nevertheless, especially when used in conjunction with the Economical Riding Indicator, this mode can contribute to significant savings in fuel costs over long distances.

Economical Riding Indicator



Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency.

However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an “ECO” mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the “ECO” mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.

While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the “ECO” mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimise negative impact on the environment.



2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $15499 USD

4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
84.0 x 61.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with four 40mm throttle bodies
TCBI with Digital Advance
Final Drive
Tetra-Lever shaft drive
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 Tire
120/70 ZR-17
Rear Tire
190/50 ZR-17
Front Brakes
Dual floating 310mm petal-style rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 270mm petal-style rotor, single-piston caliper, ABS
Frame Type
Monocoque Aluminum
26.0°/4.4 in
Overall Length
87.8 in
Overall Width
39.4 in
Overall Height
52.9 in/57.7 in
Ground Clearance
4.9 in
Seat Height
32.1 in
Curb Weight
690.2 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.8 gal
59.8 in
Color Choices
Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Moondust Gray
36 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, or 36 months






2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN




2016 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £13699 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
1,352 cm³
Bore x stroke
84.0 x 61.0 mm
Compression ratio
Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 16 valves with variable valve timing
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø40 mm x 4
Forced lubrication, wet sump
Frame type
Monocoque, aluminium
26.1° / 112 mm
Wheel travel, front
113 mm
Wheel travel, rear
136 mm
Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear
190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Steering angle, left / right
31° / 31°
Maximum power
114 kW {155 PS} / 8,800 rpm
Maximum power with RAM Air
117.6 kW {160 PS} / 8,800 rpm
Maximum torque
136 Nom {13.9 kgƒom} / 6,200 rpm
6-speed, return
Final Drive
Primary reduction ratio
1.556 (84/54)
Gear ratios: 1st
3.538 (46/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd
2.412 (41/17)
Gear ratios: 3rd
1.900 (38/20)
Gear ratios: 4th
1.545 (34/22)
Gear ratios: 5th
1.292 (31/24)
Gear ratios: 6th
1.074 (29/27)
Final reduction ratio
2.036 (14/22 x 32/10)
Wet multi-disc, manual
Brakes, front
Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs Caliper: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad
Brakes, rear
Single 270 mm petal disc Caliper: Opposed 2-piston
Suspension, front
43 mm inverted fork with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload
Suspension, rear
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, Tetra-Lever. Rebound damping: Stepless. Remote spring preload: Fully adjustable
Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,230 mm x 790 mm (1.000 mm with panniers) x 1,345 mm / 1,465 mm (High position screen)
1,520 mm
Ground Clearance
125 mm
Fuel capacity
22 litres
Seat height
815 mm
Curb Mass
305 kg


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