2010 Concours 14 Review
There’s no denying the impact Kawasaki made on the sport-touring world when they introduced the Concours 14 just two short years ago. Ballistically fast, thanks to the lightly revised 1352cc Ninja ZX-14 powerplant lurking under its slick, stylish skin, the first generation Concours 14 took the performance envelope in this class and ripped it up.
After a six-year leave from the highway, Kawasaki is reentering the full-dress touring market with the technologically forward, nostalgically styled, 2009 Voyager. Kawasaki is touting their new Vulcan 1700 series as a bellwether for the company’s future in the cruiser segment, and the reimagined Voyager has been commissioned as their cruise line’s luxe flagship.
The Tiger and The River
Astride the metal horse conferred upon me by my hosts, I looked down from my vantage point into the valley formed by the crater of a dormant volcano. But a few hours ride from the medieval city of Kumamoto in Southern Japan, I was certain the ghosts within the walls of the city’s fortress had followed us here.