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.
Kawasaki’s hard-hitting Ninja ZX-14 has a well-deserved reputation for outputting prodigious amounts of power. Capable of swallowing miles quickly and easily, it snarls derisively when confronted with the possibility of a long-distance ride. However, true sport touring actually requires more than a fearsomely capable motor. Kawasaki clearly agrees, and has produced a touring-specific version and leaves the vaunted muscle-bike to the dragstrip heroes and salt lake junkies.
With a powerful silhouette and low screen angle, it is only the hard luggage that gives away the Concours’ intentions.