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– 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

Ultra-performance Sport Touring with a Transcontinental Twist

Kawasaki’s been a force to be reckoned with in the sport touring category for a quarter of a century now. The legendary first-generation Concours™ debuted in early 1986 to a flabbergasted buying public and press corps, neither of which had experienced performance and long-distance functionality blended so successfully in a single motorcycle.

Today, that sort of performance/function alchemy continues in the 2011 Concours 14 ABS, a sport-oriented tourer that can pile on the highway miles with the best world-class touring rigs yet still negotiate the twists and turns of America’s backroads in fine, Ninja-inspired tradition.

After debuting in 2008 to high marks from owners and magazine editors alike, the Concours 14 underwent significant improvement last year in the areas of comfort, convenience and safety, a move that solidified its position atop the sport touring heap. New bodywork not only looked better, it increased comfort by routing more heat away from the rider and passenger. Additionally, a taller, electrically adjustable windscreen created a calmer cockpit experience with help from ducts above the instrument panel, which balanced pressure areas outside and inside the screen. Standard handgrip heaters upped the comfort quotient even more.

Updated electronics were also part of the recent Concours 14 upgrades. Not only was the bike’s K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) braking system upgraded to offer two modes of linked, anti-lock braking and higher overall performance, but a high-tech traction control system (KTRC: Kawasaki Traction Control) was added. KTRC 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.

The heart of the Concours sport-touring package remains as before – an amazing and thoroughly modern 1,352cc DOHC inline-four sourced from the legendary ZX™-14 sportbike. The Concours 14 engine generates excellent low- and mid-range power, all followed by a top-end rush that would turn most open-class sportbikes green with envy. A big part of its tremendously wide power delivery is due to its variable valve timing (VVT) system, which automatically alters camshaft profiles according to rpm to boost low-end and mid-range power without sacrificing top end. Advanced fuel injection, ram-air induction and decades of experience building the world’s most potent motorcycle engines add up to a simply amazing powerplant, one that makes the Concours 14 ABS forces to be reckoned with in the performance sport-touring segment – just as the original Concours was 25 years ago.

The Concours 14’s chassis is very much up to the challenge of controlling this prodigious powerplant. Its unique monocoque frame provides massive stiffness along with excellent handling characteristics and a high degree of rider feedback. Cradling the engine from the top, the frame’s compact structure keeps the bike narrow where it needs to be and allows optimum packaging of the bike’s vital systems. The Tetra-Lever shaft drive, which routes all that power to the rear wheel, uses a four-link design to offset the lifting and squatting tendencies of lesser shaft drive systems when the throttle is opened and closed, all of which results in true sportbike handling. Plus, the Tetra-Lever system is almost completely maintenance free. No mystery, then, why the Concours 14’s powertrain has earned critical acclaim around the world for its silky smooth power delivery.

That amazingly solid foundation is augmented by a carefully sculpted and highly comfortable saddle and all the creature comforts you’d expect from a top-shelf sport-tourer, including a pair of beautifully integrated, capacious and waterproof saddlebags. Concours 14 ABS: A high-speed touring duo with unquestionable supersport DNA. They’ve got everything you need to go far – and have tons of fun doing it.




 


2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS motorcycle model Features

Details & Features

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

1,352cc Four-cylinder, DOHC Engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

– Tuned to provide smooth power across an extremely wide rev range, the Concours 14 has power to spare
– Variable valve timing improves the engine’s flexibility and efficiency by altering camshaft profiles to boost low-end and mid-range without sacrificing top-end power
– Its compact and narrow engine design minimizes weight for maximum handling and performance
– Chrome composite-plated aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable and quickly carry heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for supreme durability under high loads

Gear-driven Dual Engine Balancers

– Already in perfect primary balance, the Concours inline four-cylinder engine uses dual secondary balancers to virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for enhanced rider comfort

Ram Air Induction

– Ram air ducts provide a straight path for cool, high-pressure air to enter the airbox for maximum intake efficiency and power

Digital Fuel Injection

– A digital computer feeds the engine exactly the amount of fuel it needs for cleaner emissions and maximum fuel economy
– A 32-bit electronic control unit works with the dual throttle-valve system to further enhance throttle response and control

Digital Ignition

– Four individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each spark plug independently to achieve optimum timing
– An idle speed control system included in the ECU provides easy starting and warm-up

KTRC Traction Control

– Kawasaki’s traction control system reduces engine output when wheelspin is detected, helping the rear tire to regain grip
– Advanced, 3-way control (airflow, ignition timing, fuel delivery) gives KTRC smooth operation, natural feel and the ability to operate on long stretches of rough roads
– KTRC adds no weight, since it uses the existing ECU and ABS sensors

Second Generation K-ACT ABS

– Second generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS links front and rear brakes for most effective front-rear brake force distribution
– Small and lightweight K-ACT ABS unit with a high-spec ECU is capable of detailed calculations for ultra-smooth operation
– The rider can choose one of two modes to suit riding situation or rider preference: The linked effect from front brake lever actuation is largely the same in both modes, but the linked effect when actuating the rear brake pedal is quite different
– In Standard Mode, rider control is prioritized, with linked effect reduced at initial pedal stroke for natural sensation when sport riding
– In High Combined Mode, there’s a more pronounced linked effect from the beginning of the pedal stroke – ideal for touring and two-up highway use
– A low-battery mode maintains ABS function as best as possible when the battery charge is low. In low-battery mode, ABS timing and pressure relief functions are maintained, so brake effectiveness is preserved (although riders will notice that ABS operation is not as smooth). The K-ACT lamp will flash and “Low Battery” will be displayed on the LCD screen. The system resets when the engine is turned off

Fuel Economy Assistance Mode

– Activating fuel economy assistance mode changes the engine to a leaner map, which prioritizes fuel economy for as much as a 25 percent MPG boost
– Fuel economy assistance works in any gear as long as rpm is below 6000, throttle opening less than 30 percent and speed less than 80 mph

Advanced KIPASS

– Each Concours 14 comes with one key fob (kept in a pocket) and a small card-type key for emergency/backup use
– The card-type key includes an immobilizer function (but no remote activation) and is highly portable, measuring just 1.2 x 1.6 x 0.25 inch

Radial Pump Clutch Master Cylinder

– A hydraulic radial pump clutch master cylinder delivers smooth, precise clutch engagement

Monocoque Aluminum Frame

– Hollow aluminum box sections arch over the engine from the steering head to the swingarm pivot for a narrow, rigid and very light frame
– The rigidly mounted engine acts as a stressed frame member to increase the frame’s torsional rigidity while reducing weight
– Forward engine positioning, wheelbase length and front/rear weight balance were carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling

Radial-mount Petal-type Front Disc Brakes

– Radial design uses mounting points at the top and bottom of the caliper, with mounting bolts inserted through the rear of the caliper instead of the side/front for increased rigidity and improved braking feel
– Separate brake pads for each caliper piston provide increased cooling efficiency and more consistent brake feel under extreme conditions
– Petal design front and rear brake rotors provide enhanced cooling and better warp resistance
– Radial-pump front brake master cylinder improves brake performance and lever feel

Tetra-Lever Shaft Drive

– Unique four-link design offsets lifting and squatting tendencies of shaft drive when the throttle is opened and closed, significantly reduces driveline lash during sport riding, and provides smooth acceleration when exploiting the engine’s incredible power output
– Virtually maintenance-free, the Tetra-Lever system dramatically reduces routine maintenance requirements

Plenty of Storage

– Concours 14’s large-volume, easily detachable side cases are integrally designed to complement the rest of the machine. Water-resistant, they easily each hold a full-face helmet
– The cases are mounted as close as possible to the bike’s centerline and center of gravity, with lightweight construction that minimizes their influence on handling
– A lightweight rear carrier is designed to be compatible with an accessory top case
– An all-purpose 40-watt accessory socket is mounted on the dash, providing convenient access to power for electronics

Full Instrumentation

– Easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer, multi-function LCD digital display including an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, tire pressure indicator and a clock are just a partial listing of the 2011 Concours 14’s display capabilities
– Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires and allows a greater volume of information to be exchanged than in traditional instrument panels
– Other key instrument functions include the K-ACT mode indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, and Fuel Economy Assistance Mode mark
– Multi-function display includes outside air temperature, whose sensor is located at the intake duct (the farthest point from the engine)
– The Mode Select button on the front of the left grip lets the rider change LCD modes without taking his/her hand off the grip, toggling through average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, remaining range, tire pressure, battery voltage and outside temperature

Comfort & Touring Potential

– Aggressive fairing with specially designed venting facilitates heat dissipation, greatly reducing the amount of hot air transmitted to the rider
– A tall windscreen with a wide upper portion reduces upper-body turbulence. The screen is electrically adjustable, with four programmable preset positions
– When the power is turned off, the windscreen goes to its lowest position. When the power is turned back on, the windscreen’s memory function returns it to the selected preset position
– Passages from windscreen slits direct air through the inner fairing to vents next to the instrument panel; alleviating the lower pressure helps prevent turbulence around the rider’s head
– An exhaust pipe guard attached to the upper part of the exhaust mid-pipe helps protect the rider from heat when stopped
– Stepless adjustable grip heaters are standard, with an easy-to-reach switch located in front of a lockable storage case on the inner left fairing panel
– This lockable storage case in the left fairing inner panel uses an electromagnetic lock to prevent entry when the engine is off
– Mirrors are positioned ideally to increase rear visibility and provide optimal hand protection from the wind
– Attachment hooks at the front of the tank facilitate securing a tank bag

Quality Fit and Finish & Design

– Top-shelf fit and finish results in a high quality and luxurious feel
– Stylish muffler end cap gives the silencer a compact appearance

Optional Accessories

– Engine guards, a large top case, tank bag, GPS bracket, a low seat and side spoilers – and much more – are on the list of authorized Kawasaki Accessories, available through your local Kawasaki dealer



2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS motorcycle model Technology

Overview


TRANSCONTINENTAL SUPERSPORT: EVOLUTION

ADVANCED RIDER SUPPORT TECHNOLOGY

KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control) (ZG1400C only)
Kawasaki’s first traction control system

Reduces engine output when wheel spin is detected, allowing the rear tire to regain grip

Enables rough roads to be travelled smoothly

Ensures grip is maintained on slippery surfaces

3-way control (airflow, ignition timing, fuel delivery) enables:
– smooth operation
– natural feel
– operation on long stretches of bad road

2nd Generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS (ZG1400C only)
Links front and rear brakes for most effective front-rear brake force distribution

An evolution of the K-ACT system first use on the 2009 Vulcan 1700 Voyager

ABS features:
– smaller, lighter K-ACT ABS unit
– higher-spec brake ECU capable of more detailed calculations, resulting in smoother operation.

In keeping with this model’s concept, settings are sportier than those of the VN1700 Voyager

2 modes to suit riding situation or rider preference
– standard mode or high combined mode

Economical Riding Indicator
Lets the rider know when fuel consumption is most economic

Fuel Economy Assistance Mode
selectable mode that switches to a leaner fuel map, prioritizing fuel efficiency

 

ENHANCED COMFORT & TOURING POTENTIAL

Taller windscreen

Raised mirrors

Lockable storage case

Heated grips standard

OTHER FLAGSHIP TECHNOLOGY
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

KIPASS
Electronic authorization system enables remote activation of main switch

 

Engine

Economical Riding Indicator & Fuel Economy Assistance Mode
New – The Economical Riding Indicator appears on the LCD screen to indicate favourable fuel consumption. Paying attention to the conditions that illuminate the indicator can assist riders in maximizing their fuel efficiency. This handy feature is active all the time.

New – Fuel Economy Assistance Mode can be turned on and off by the rider. Turning this mode on switches the ECU to a leaner fuel map that prioritizes fuel economy over driveability. (Ignition timing and fuel injection are set for maximum fuel efficiency.) When on, a mark appears on the LCD screen.

New – 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 grip. Riders can toggle through average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, remaining range, tire pressure, battery voltage and outside temperature.

New – For either the Economical Riding Indicator or Fuel Economy Assistance Mode to be effective, the rider must ride in a gentle manner: less than 6,000 rpm, less than 30% throttle, under 160 km/h. Both work in any gear.

KIPASS *1
KIPASS (Kawasaki’s Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System) is a master key system that allows remote activation of the bike’s main switch and steering lock. This was the first application of an electronic authorization system on a touring machine, greatly enhancing rider convenience.

For added security, an immobilizer function is incorporated into the ignition system.

New – Now riders will receive one key fob (kept in a pocket) and a small cardtype key for emergency/backup use. The new card-type key includes an immobilizer function (but no remote activation) and is highly portable, measuring a mere 30 x 40 mm (6-7 mm thick).

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

 

POWER CHARACTERISTICS FOR SPORTING LONG-DISTANCE RIDING

Power comes from a ZX-14-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. Acceleration off the line and when passing are simply spectacular, and the engine spins up effortlessly in the higher rpm range. This is thanks to a finely tuned fuel injection map, off-idle throttle application and throttle response across the rev range that is smooth and natural.

Dual Ram Air
Just like a supersport bike, the Concours 14 features Kawasaki’s Ram Air System. Dual Ram Air ducts located on the upper cowl feed the engine the steady flow of cool air needed for high performance. Resonators located near the inlets reduce intake noise for quiet running.

Variable Valve Timing
With variable valve timing (the first in its category), camshaft timing varies in response to rpm and throttle position. The result is high torque output in the low and medium rpm ranges and awesome high-rpm power on the top end. Combustion efficiency is also improved, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.

ZX-14-based engine with Variable Valve Timing

The intake timing slows at low rpm, reducing the valve overlap for cleaner, more efficient combustion in the low-rpm range.

Engine Details
The FI system, featuring sub-throttles, uses a throttle valve diameter of 40 mm (compared to 44 mm for the ZX-14) to ensure linear low and mid-range throttle response and increased driveability. The smaller diameter throttle bodies also increase intake velocity, resulting in very crisp throttle response across the rev range.

Ultra-fine atomizing injectors contribute to the Concours 14’s sensitive throttle response, enabling minute throttle adjustments.

The combination of the fuel injection system, which makes use of feedback from O2 sensors, and the variable valve timing ensures exhaust emissions are clean, allowing the Concours 14 to clear the stringent Euro-III emissions regulations.

Special cam profiles are used to suit the variable valve timing.

Pistons use crowns designed to suit the variable valve timing. Compression ratio is 10.7:1.

To ensure high crankcase rigidity, the cast cylinders are integral with the upper crankcase. Plated cylinders reduce operating friction, and along with piston clearance, contribute to extremely quiet engine operation.

ACG flywheel mass set to enhance the low-rpm torque characteristics.

Like the ZX-14, the Concours 14 features dual balancer shafts ensuring a supersmooth ride quality.

Exhaust System
Concours 14-specific stainless steel exhaust pipes are tuned for sporty yet very responsive power characteristics. A 4-2-1 layout is used, and a catalyser and O2 sensor contribute to clean emissions.

A single tri-oval muffler contributes to reduced weight and less noise (versus a dual muffler arrangement).

 

TRANSFERRING POWER TO THE TARMAC

Clutch
The Concours 14 is not called a Transcontinental “Supersport” for nothing. Like Kawasaki’s Ninja supersport bikes, the Concours 14 comes standard with a backtorque limiting clutch that helps minimize rear wheel hop when downshifting at high rpm. The result is smoother corner entries and impressive corner exits.

Dampers fitted to the clutch cam reduce shock loads to the clutch and transmission, contributing to smooth and seamless power delivery.

Operation of the hydraulic clutch is equally smooth and very light, thanks to a radial pump master cylinder.

Transmission
The Concours 14 comes equipped with a 6-speed transmission.

The sixth gear is an overdrive gear that allows engine speed to be reduced when cruising for high comfort and low fuel consumption.

 

Chassis

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
To warn riders of any tire pressure irregularities, tire pressure sensors are standard equipment.

The system allows the rider to monitor tire pressure while underway. When tire pressure falls below 220 kPa, a low pressure warning is displayed. The ability to take into account temperature changes and display values recalculated for 20°C helps prevent false warnings when air expands as the tires warm up.

 

CONTINENT-CROSSING ERGONOMICS & COMFORT

A number of changes vastly improve rider comfort, making long-distance sport riding even easier than before. A larger windscreen offers increased wind protection and new heat-dissipating bodywork offers increased heat protection.

Increased Wind Protection
Electrically adjustable; new programmable preset positions

New – While the range of adjustability remains unchanged, riders now have two ways to adjust the screen. Using the button on the left grip allows stepless adjustability as on the previous model. There are also four preset positions from which the rider can choose: lowest, 1/2, 3/4, top.

New – When the power is turned off, the windscreen goes to its lowest position. When the power is turned back on, the windscreen’s memory function allows it to automatically return to the selected preset position. (Note that if the power is turned back on, or the screen’s motion is stopped by hitting the screen adjust button while it is still trying to go down to its rest position, the system will assume there was a problem and the windscreen will stop where it is. This “problem mode” can be reset by turning the power off again and letting the screen go back down to its rest position.)

New – Passages from the windscreen slits direct air through the inner fairing to vents next to the instrument panel. Alleviating the lower pressure on the underside of the screen (in the cockpit area) helps prevent turbulence around the rider’s head.

New – CFD analysis was also used to redesign the side and centre cowlings. The redesigned fairing outlets and inner guide surfaces facilitate heat dissipation, allowing hot air to escape more quickly. The sides are also wider, further reducing the amount of hot air hitting the rider.

New – The improved heat dissipation contributes to increased rider comfort. Hot air from the engine that used to hit the rider (especially in the shins) is noticeably reduced.

New – An exhaust pipe guard added to the upper part of the centre pipe helps protect the rider from heat when stopped.

 

ENHANCED TOURING PERFORMANCE

Complimenting the increased comfort, a number of new features, like grip heaters, a relocated storage case and tank bag hooks, offer added convenience, further increasing the Concours 14’s touring performance.

Grip Heaters
New – Stepless adjustable grip heaters are fitted standard.

New – Switch is located close to the rider for easy access.

Lockable Storage Case
New – Electromagnetic lock prevents entry when the engine is OFF

New – Volume is 0.9 litres, but a deeper shape increases usefulness: there is plenty of room for small items like sunglasses, mobile phone, audio player, etc.

New – Electromagnetic lock prevents unauthorized entry when the main key is OFF. The storage case can be accessed by the push of a button when the power is ON.

New – The storage case also locks automatically at speeds over 40 km/h. (The lock is released under 3 km/h.)

Tank Bag Hooks
New – Hooks at the front of the tank facilitate securing a tank bag.

Spacious Saddlebags
The large-volume saddlebags are integrally designed to complement the Concours 14’s overall styling package. The cases are easily detachable and water-resistant, they easily hold a full-face helmet. The cases are mounted as close as possible to the bike’s centreline and the bike’s centre of gravity. Their lightweight construction was designed to minimize their influence on the bike’s centre of mass.

Maximum capacity for each saddlebags is 10 kg (22 lbs.)

Accessory Support
An all-purpose AC socket makes it easy to use electrical accessories. Its capacity is 40 W.

Rear Carrier
A lightweight resin-construction rear carrier (10 kg maximum capacity) is fitted as standard equipment. It was designed to be compatible with an accessory top case

New Accessories
New – New accessories include engine guards, a larger top case, tank bag, low seat and side spoilers.

 

HIGH-QUALITY FLAGSHIP DESIGN & DETAILS

In true flagship style, the Concours 14’s imposing presence is enhanced by improved fit and finish, and a sharper, more aggressive appearance.

Better Finish, Higher Quality Design
Improved fit and finish result in higher quality, more luxurious feel.

Silencer Design
Revised end cap design gives the silencer a more compact appearance.

Internal construction is unchanged, but the end cap itself is 40 mm shorter.

Repositioned Mirrors
Mirrors are 40 mm higher, offering increased rearward visibility.

The repositioned mirrors also offer improved protection for the rider’s hands.

Bodywork
Designed in a wind tunnel, the Concours 14’s cowling and bodywork are highly aerodynamic and are specially shaped to contribute to the bike’s superb highspeed stability.

The wide upper cowl gives excellent wind and weather protection, and its design features the aggressive styling that makes the Concours 14’s instantly recognizable as a Kawasaki.

Revisions to the bodywork and repositioning of the mirrors create a greater number of forward-slanting lines, giving the Concours 14 a sharper, more aggressive look.

Lights
Bright multi-reflector headlight throws a broad beam of light for confidence-inspiring night riding. Special “light-guiding lenses” at the sides of the headlight make the bike more visible from the side.

The sporty LED taillight is located high for improved visibility from behind.

The front turn signals are integrated into the front cowl, while the rear signals are easily visible, even with the saddlebags attached.

 

PRECISE CONTROL AND “NATURAL” HANDLING

Aluminium Monocoque Frame
For a combination of lightweight, slim design and sporty handling characteristics, the Concours 14 uses a high-rigidity aluminium monocoque frame.

This unique frame is a more advanced version of the frame first used by the Ninja ZX-12R and ZX-14. It delivers very stable yet highly responsive handling characteristics — just what is needed for a transcontinental supersport bike.

Stiffer steering head, upper plate and swingarm bracket give the Concours 14’s frame 20% more torsional stiffness than that of the ZX-14, ensuring that light, natural handling is preserved.

Compared with the ZX-14, the Concours 14’s frame has a greater caster angle, moving the front axle 30 mm forward. The swingarm was also extended, moving the rear axle 30 mm further back. The result is a front/rear wheel weight bias only marginally different from the ZX-14. And because the Concours 14 was developed primarily with baggage attached, when riding two-up or with baggage, its impeccable handling is a quick twist of the remote preload adjuster away.

The backbone of the monocoque frame doubles as an airbox, contributing to the Concours 14’s compact and narrow dimensions.

The fuel tank is centrally located on the chassis and extends vertically below the seat. The battery and ABS unit are also centrally located, ensuring both excellent front/rear and vertical mass centralization.

The electrically adjustable windscreen and the saddlebags are also mounted as close to the bike’s centre of gravity as possible, contributing to the Concours 14’s nimble handling, and ease of manoeuvrability when off the bike.

Thanks to the Tetra-Lever swingarm, the virtual swingarm pivot location remains ideal, reducing the up/down movement associated with conventional shaft drives.

26.1° castor angle (ZX-14’s is 23°) ensures superb straight-line stability.

Riding stability is excellent, thanks in part to the 1,520 mm wheelbase (60 mm longer than that of the ZX-14). In spite of this, the Concours 14’s sporty cornering performance rivals that of many pure supersport bikes.

Inverted Front Fork
Sturdy 43 mm inverted fork compliments the high-rigidity frame and delivers brilliant high-speed handling performance, whether on winding roads or on high-speed highways.

The fork is adjustable for rebound damping and preload.
New – Higher oil level for the front fork offers sharper (lighter-turning) handling.

Single-piece Swingarm
One-piece cast aluminium swingarm is lightweight and rigid.

The dual-sided Tetra-Lever design has much more torsional rigidity than singlesided swingarms, an essential component of the Concours 14’s sport riding potential.

Using the torque rods on top of the unit as stressed members reduces the loads on the swingarm. Locating the swingarm pivot inside the frame (as on a chain drive bike) results in a very rigid structure.

 

Ergonomics

A spacious and comfortable riding position reduces fatigue during long rides and makes it easy for the rider to shift their weight forward or rearward.

Compared with the ZX-14 , the Concours 14’s grips are located 96 mm further back and 100 mm higher, giving a more relaxed and upright riding position than a pure supersport bike, but a sportier riding position than conventional sport touring bikes.

The fuel tank extends beneath the seat, contributing to mass centralization. This layout results in an overall slim design and a more natural, more comfortable riding position.

The front seat is relatively firm and uses thick cushion material, providing excellent comfort during long distance tours. The passenger section of the seat is specially shaped and cushioned for comfortable tandem riding.

To ensure a deep lean angle while offering improved comfort (thanks to less bend at the knees) during long hours in the saddle, the seat height is 15 mm higher than that of the ZX-14 .

The footpegs are lower and further forward than on the ZX-14 , which, together with the higher seat, creates a more relaxed riding posture.

The tandem seat is stepped to allow the passenger better forward vision and to make the passenger feel closer to the rider, all of which improves the passenger’s enjoyment.

The passenger footpegs are also designed for less bend at the knees and a more relaxed posture.

 

Instruments

Sporty Instrumentation
Sporty, multi-function instrumentation is the same type as found on the ZX-14 and features an easy-to read black instrument panel.

New – Multi-function display now includes outside air temperature. The sensor is located at the intake duct (the furthest point from the engine). The value is locked when travelling under 20 km/h as engine heat affects the reading.

New – Other new instrument functions include the K-ACT mode indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, and Fuel Economy Assistance Mode mark.

New – 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 grip. Riders can toggle through average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, remaining range, tire pressure, battery voltage and outside temperature.

 

Suspension


Tetra-Lever Rear Suspension
The fork is adjustable for rebound damping and preload.

Tetra-Lever Rear Suspension
The Tetra-Lever rear suspension is supported at four points on the left and right side and mounts to Kawasaki’s unique Uni-Trak suspension system. This system almost completely eliminates the up/down movement associated with shaft drives during acceleration and deceleration, resulting in a very natural ride feel.


Tetra-lever shaft drive

While using arms that were in perfect parallel would completely eliminate this shaft effect, a certain amount of rotation was desired to offset the shift in weight balance that occurs under acceleration and deceleration. With the Concours 14, the Tetra-Lever settings were designed to deliver pitching characteristics closely resembling those of a chain-drive motorcycle.

To ensure both high comfort during long-distance touring and sporty handling performance, the link characteristics, linkage ratios, stroke length, spring rates and damping characteristics were specially calibrated for the Concours 14. The suspension offers excellent bump absorbing performance, and is only minimally affected when riding with a passenger or with luggage on board.

The rear suspension has rebound damping adjustability, and is fully adjustable for preload via a remote hydraulic adjuster that negates the need for additional tools.

 

New

– Fine-tuned rear suspension settings also contribute to the sharper handling. A slightly softer spring and slighter greater preload are used.

Wheels & TiresWheels & Tires
The lightweight front and rear wheels feature the same sporty design as the ZX- 14’s. However, to meet the greater loads associated with the weight of the shaft drive and luggage, the rear wheel is stronger and more rigid.

Tire size is the same as that on the ZX-14 (Front=120/70ZR17; Rear=190/50ZR17).

New – Front and rear tires contribute to sharper (lighter-turning) handling while maintaining stability.

New – Bridgestone BT021F front tire also has thicker rubber for longer wear life.

 

 



 


2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – USA Specifications
MSRP: $15,599 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 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.
Front brakes: Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston calipers (optional ABS)
Rear brake: Single 270mm petal disc (optional ABS)
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
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.
Curb weight: Concours 14 ABS: 688.0 lbs.
Color: Atomic Silver / Flat Super Black
Warranty: 36 Months

 



 

2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS – Canada Specifications
MSRP: $20,199 CDN

ENGINE
Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement 1,352 cc
Bore and Stroke 84.0 x 61.0 mm
Compression Ratio 10.7 :1
Valve System DOHC, 16 valves with variable valve timing
Fuel System Fuel injection: ø40 mm x 4
Ignition Digital
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump

DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Shaft
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.556 (84/54)
Gear Ratios: 1st 3.333 (50/15)
2nd 2.412 (41/17)
3rd 1.900 (38/20)
4th 1.545 (34/22)
5th 1.292 (31/24)
6th 1.074 (29/27)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.036 (14/22 x 32/10)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME
Type Monocoque, pressed-aluminium
Wheel Travel: Front 113 mm
Wheel Travel: Rear 136 mm
Tires: Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tires: Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W)
Caster (Rake) 26.1°
Trail 112 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 31° / 31°

SUSPENSION
Front: Type 43 mm inverted fork with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload
Rear: Type Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, Tetra-Lever
Rebound damping Stepless
Spring preload Fully adjustable

BRAKES
Front Type Dual semi-floating 310 mm petal discs
Front Calipers Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, 4-pad
Rear Type Single 270 mm petal disc
Rear Caliper Opposed 2-piston

DIMENSIONS
Overall Length 2,230 mm
Overall width (without saddlebags) 790 mm
Overall height / High position 1,345 mm / 1,465 mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Seat Height 815 mm
Curb mass (without saddlebags) 304 kg
Fuel Capacity 22 L
Fuel Consumption 6.6 L/100 km (43 MPG)

PERFORMANCE
Maximum Power 115 kW {156 PS} / 8,800 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air 118.4 kW {161 PS} / 8,800 rpm
Maximum Torque 139 N·m {14.1 kgƒ·m} / 6,200 rpm

DETAILS
MSRP* $20,199
Colour Ebony / Flat Super Black, Atomic Silver / Flat Super Black
Warranty 36 months

ADDITIONAL COST OPTIONS
Good Times Protection Plan 12 or 24 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)


* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

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