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Old 03-06-2007, 05:46 PM   #41
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Default Re: Kawasaki Concours 14 with Variable Valve Timing!

Which is only 2% less than if you rode without a helmet.
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:44 PM   #42
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Default Re: U.S. Kawasaki Concours 14 Videos

Go to www.kawasaki.com, click on "Motorcycles" then click on "Sport" then select "Concours 14" and once you're at the Concours 14 page, click the "Photos & Videos" tab. That's all there is to it.



Here's a DIRECT LINK if if you still can't find the videos.



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Old 03-06-2007, 07:57 PM   #43
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Explanation: 2008 Kawasaki Concours™ 14 Variable Valve Timing (VVT) System



This animation shows a cut-away of the variable timing actuator which is located at the end of the intake camshaft. A key-component of the 2008 Concours™ 14’s new Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system, this variable timing actuator is hydraulically-powered using low-pressure engine oil modulated through an oil control valve (OCV). The OCV controls the direction of oil flow inside the variable timing actuator housing which causes the camshaft to advance or retard through an operating range of 23.8 degrees. The entire process is orchestrated by the Concours 14’s 32-bit Electronic Control Unit (ECU) which determines the ideal intake cam timing by analyzing data from the crank position, camshaft position, throttle position and water temperature sensors in real-time.



Sure, itÂ’s a lot to keep track of, but the surprise is that this system actually has very few moving parts and since itÂ’s operated at low-pressure, it will function consistently and reliably regardless of engine oil condition. In other words, the Concours 14Â’s VVT system is complex to engineer and manufacture, yet simple to operate and maintain.



Once it's built, no further tuning or adjusting of this system is needed. Valve adjustments require no additional effort and involve the same complexity as any other non-VVT DOHC 16-valve inline-four.



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Old 03-06-2007, 08:30 PM   #44
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I think Kawi should have kept the original looks of the current Concours and put the new motor in it.


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Old 03-06-2007, 08:31 PM   #45
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I have an ST11 and my life is simple. Change the oil and filter sometimes, every 5 years coolant, 100,000kms or so, or 10 years, do a bit of other maintenance.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:33 PM   #46
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I had a customer that's an ER Doctor, and he refers to the vehicles that we ride as "Donorcycles"



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Old 03-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #47
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I have been following all this for months, price is still speculation (around or less than the FJR many hope), not even basic specs like fuel capacity and weight are yet available. The bike has seemingly been in pre-production mode for months, so they may tell us details once it is ready to be made in quantity.
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:41 PM   #48
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Doh! You're supposed to ride it every day!



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Old 03-06-2007, 08:57 PM   #49
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Default Re: Kawasaki Concours 14 with Variable Valve Timing!

But there's only a 50/50 chance of that.
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Old 03-06-2007, 10:29 PM   #50
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I clicked on the "babes" link and saw a bunch of pictures of you. My eyes started bleeding and I'll never be the same again.
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