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.
2009 Concours 14 Review
In the Concours 14, Kawasaki has engineered a first-class vision of the ultimate highway eating, mountain conquering device-a motorcycle with enough power and comfort to take you across the country while providing the performance necessary to turn a quiet back-country road into a thrilling experience.
2010 Concours 14 Preview
Performance touring comes naturally to Kawasaki, seeing as how we already had the performance part of the equation nailed with the incredible Ninja ZX-14 sportbike. That motorcycle’s amazing 1,352cc engine and unique monocoque frame lent themselves perfectly to this exciting new class of transcontinental sport touring motorcycles, and the original Kawasaki Concours 14 and Concours 14 ABS rose immediately to the top of the critics’ lists just two short years ago. But the people who ride these motorcycles are not known for their patience.
The perfect touring motorcycle has the ability to adapt to the wide variety of roads and conditions found across America—from ruler-flat superslabs, to tight backroads with crumbling asphalt. I have ridden the new Kawasaki Concours 14 on both of those types of road, and everything in-between. Fast, slow; bumpy, smooth; straight, twisty; up hill and down dale; the Concours 14 handled them all with aplomb.
Kawasaki Concours 14
A common observation our test riders have when getting off the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14 is that the long-legged, big-hearted beast would make an outstanding platform for a high-velocity, long-distance sport touring steed. Clearly, enthusiasts in Kawasaki’s engineering and marketing departments had the same idea. Thus, we are presented with the 2008 Kawasaki Concours 14.