2009 Kawasaki Concours 14

  • Year: 2009
  • Color: Metallic Diablo Black / Flat S
  • Location: MAUMEE, OH, US
  • Price: $11,199

Product description

Beauty and brawn balanced for exhilarating travel and comfortable style.

With its combination of healthy power, comfortable cockpit and adept handling, the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 and Concours 14 ABS sliced through the sport-touring world like a Ninjas blade through warm butter. In its first year on the scene, the powerful, supersport tourer racked up a sizeable collection of shootout wins, accolades and several Motorcycle of the Year awards.

Brute strength and finesse are adjectives you dont often see used together, but the Concours 14 motorcycle doesnt bow to convention. Its prime motivator - all 1352cc of smooth fury offers the brute strength. With items like ram air induction, digital ignition, digital fuel injection and sub-throttle valve equipped throttle bodies, this four-cylinder engines portfolio reads like a top-end racer. However, this is no high-strung track tool. The Concours 14s engine delivers strong torque off the line, followed by an impressive mid-range surge that transitions into a top-end rush that any sportbike would be proud to call its own. It achieves this miraculous powerband via variable valve timing (VVT). VVT provides smooth power delivery free of harsh power spikes, by altering the camshaft profile to boost low-end and mid-range torque without sacrificing top-end power.

While the high-tech engine supplies the power, the Concours 14s aluminum monocoque chassis provides a responsive platform to convert that thrust into comfortable, rapid progress. Combined with a sophisticated inverted fork and smooth, reliable shaft drive system, this agile chassis transfers the potent engines torque to the pavement with quiet efficiency. The clean, low maintenance Tetra-Lever shaft drive utilizes a special four-link design to offset the lifting and squatting tendencies of shaft drive when the throttle is opened and closed, in-effect isolating torque from suspension action in a manner thats remarkably-similar to chain drive. The overall design of the Concours 14s powertrain has earned critical acclaim for its ability to reliably deliver silky, lash-free thrust.

Massive acceleration capability demands maximum stopping power and the brakes on the Concours 14 are more than up to the task. With radial-mount front calipers operated by a radial-pump master cylinder and petal-type discs on both ends, the brake system gives riders the powerful, reliable braking performance and confidence inspiring control they want. The Concours 14 ABS raises that stopping control level another notch with the reassuring control of an advanced anti-lock brake system (ABS).

The refined chassis, confident brakes and all-conquering power blend together and render the competition as an ever-shrinking dot in the rear view mirrors. An integrated high-speed touring machine with an unquestionable supersport core, the Concours 14 has all the features required for a safe and exciting long-distance ride. Functional touches like Kawasakis Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KI-PASS), an electrically adjustable windscreen, locking and detachable side cases and an accessory power outlet make this a grand touring machine line no other.

The electrically adjustable windscreen reflects the Concours 14s genetic roots. It utilizes a supersport-style design philosophy of aerodynamically curving the wind around the rider - and passenger - to help avoid the buffeting that comes from wind curling around less-advanced windscreens. These genes show again in the slim, integrated design of its hard luggage, which are mounted closer to the machines centerline for excellent mass centralization.

The Concours 14s touring prowess doesnt stop with its impressive physique. Its loaded with the high-tech electronic wizardry expected of a modern long-distance machine such as a Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges. The CAN uses fewer wires than a traditional wiring harness, so a greater volume of information can be exchanged and then displayed on the multi-function LCD digital dash. Included in the easy-to-read instrumentation are a speedometer, tachometer and odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, estimated fuel mileage, gear position indicator and a clock. Also available to the rider is information from sensors monitoring tire pressure in the front and rear wheels - more peace of mind so the rider can focus on the road.

Summed up, the Concours 14 platform is ready for spirited journeys short or long while providing comfort and confidence for maximum rider enjoyment.
1,352cc Four-Cylinder, DOHC Engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)Tuned to provide smooth power across a wide rev range
Variable valve timing improves the engines flexibility and efficiency by altering the camshaft profiles to boost low-end and mid-range torque without sacrificing top-end power
Compact and narrow engine design
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 BalancersAlready in perfect primary balance, dual secondary balancers virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for extremely smooth engine operation and enhanced rider comfort
Ram Air InductionRam air ducts provide a straighter path to the airbox for maximum intake efficiency
Supplies cooler, high-pressure air to the engine for maximum power output via the air filter
Digital Fuel InjectionDigital computer feeds the engine exactly the amount of fuel it needs for cleaner emissions and maximum fuel economy
32-bit electronic control unit works with dual throttle valve system to further enhance throttle response and control
Throttle bodies are fitted with sub-throttle valves that are controlled by the ECU to provide smooth, precise response similar to constant velocity carburetors
Digital IgnitionDigital Timing Advance enhances low-and mid-range power
Four individual spark plug-mounted ignition coils fire each spark plug independently to achieve the optimum timing for that cylinder at that instant
Idle speed control system included in ECU for easier starting and warm-up
Radial Pump Clutch Master CylinderHydraulic clutch features a radial-pump clutch master cylinder for smooth and precise clutch engagement
Monocoque Aluminum FrameHollow aluminum box sections arch over the engine from the steering head to the swing arm pivot, the frame is narrow, rigid and very light
Rigidly mounted engine acts as a stressed frame member to increase the frames torsional rigidity and saves approximately four pounds
Engine positioned forward in the frame, wheelbase and front/rear weight balance were carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and responsive handling
Massive steering head casting contributes to frame rigidity
Radial-mount Petal-type Front Disc BrakesRadial design utilizes integrated mounting points at both the top and bottom of the caliper, with the mounting bolts inserted through the rear of the caliper instead of the side/front. This makes the caliper more rigid, which improves brake feel over a wider range of operation
Separate brake pads are used for each piston to 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 DriveUnique 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 engines incredible power output
Virtually maintenance free, the Tetra Lever system dramatically reduces routine maintenance requirements
Bodywork Optimized for Sport TouringFairing design promotes smooth airflow around the rider and passenger with minimal buffeting
Integrated, locking hard luggage offers plenty of storage, without disrupting the Concours 14s style or performance
Electrically adjustable vented windscreen
Large, comfortable seat offers long-distance comfort for both rider and passenger
Glove box mounted on the fuel tank cover
Full InstrumentationEasy to read speedometer and tachometer
Multi-function LCD digital display includes an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator and a clock
Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the gauges uses fewer wires and allows a greater volume of information to be exchanged than traditional instrument panels
Kawasakis Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KI-PASS)
Tire pressure sensors
SpecificationsEngine Type: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valve per cylinder, inline-four with VVT
Displacement: 1,352 cc
Bore and Stroke: 84.0 x 61.0mm
Maximum Torque: 100.3 LbFt @ 6,200 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel Ignition: Digital Fuel Injection
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 6-Speed
Final Drive: Tetra-Lever shaft drive
Rake/Trail: 26.1 degrees/4.4 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR-17
Rear Tire Size: 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 Brake Type: Dual floating 310mm petal discs with four-piston calipers
Rear Brake Type: Single 270mm petal disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.8 gal.
Seat Height: 32.1"
Curb Weight: 670.3 lbs.
Wheelbase: 59.8
Overal Length: 89.4 in.
Overall height windscreen min / windscreen max: 50.8/55.3
Overall width at handlebars / at saddlebags: 30.7 in. / 39.4 in.
Color: Metallic Diablo Black / Flat Super Black, Candy Diamond Red / Flat Super Black
Warranty: 36 Months
Good Times™ Protection Plan: 12, 24 or 36 months
Specifications and pricing are subject to change.

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