2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Review

Skillfully blend high performance and functionality at long range, the Concours ™ 14 ABS inspired pilots to withdraw their large maps, and exploit the capabilities of this bike Sport Touring. Extension of 26-year tradition of Sport Touring Concours offers just the right mix of technology, comfort and reliability to attract riders to soak up the miles.

The Sports Tourer oriented can go the distance with the best rigs in the world tour still cornering Backroads of America ultimately inspired Ninja tradition. Through gorges, roads and even through the cities in the Contest is a motorcycle category to define.

Concours 14 boasts several features that enhance comfort, convenience and security, the consolidation of its position at the top of the heap Sport Touring. Dynamic body for maximum comfort, directing heat away from the rider and passenger. Long, the cockpit creates an electrically adjustable windshield help calm the channels over the dashboard, which is to equalize the pressure inside and outside the screen. Heaters taken as standard, offering comfort when the temperature falls uncomfortably cold.

2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
The competition is equipped with technology that improves the driving experience. The bike of K-ACT (Kawasaki coercive braking Technology) braking system offers two connection modes, antilock brakes and great overall performance. A high-traction control technology (KTRC: Kawasaki Traction Control) not only reduces slippage on slippery surfaces, offering a more pilots feedback that inspires confidence, but can be easily cut to the discretion of the pilot.

Heart Concours sport-touring package is unbelievable and the modern DOHC 1,352 cc inline-four from the legendary ZX ™ -14 wheel racing. Concours 14 engine delivers good power at low to medium range, followed by the whole class more quickly, which in turn green with envy is the most open-class sport bikes. A large part of his vast power delivery thanks to its variable valve timing (VVT) system, which automatically switches the cam profiles of more power at low revs and high speeds, without sacrificing the top. Advanced fuel injection, ram-air induction and decades of experience in the construction of world's most powerful motorcycle engines simply match a source of incredible strength, which makes the Concours 14 ABS power with the performance of sport-touring segment - just like the original Concours was 26 years ago.

2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

The Competition 14 chassis is very well meet the challenge to control this wonderful engine. Monocoque structure provides a rigid mass along excellent handling characteristics and a high degree of information the pilot. Balancing the engine from above, the compact structure of the plot continues to narrow the bike where it is needed and allows optimum packaging of the vital systems of the bike. The drive shaft Tetra-Lever, which offers all the power to the rear wheel, using a four-link design to offset trends squat lift and minor axis systems when the throttle is opened and closed, which results in true sportbike handling. In addition, Tetra-Lever system is virtually maintenance free. There is no mystery, then, why the power train 14 Contest has gained worldwide critical acclaim for its smooth power delivery.

The amazing solid foundation has been expanded with a carefully sculpted saddle and very comfortable and all the comforts you would expect from a top-shelf sports-GT, including a pair of beautifully built, roomy and waterproof bags. Concours 14 ABS: A high speed passenger vessel with unquestionable supersport DNA. It has everything you need to go far - and have tons of fun doing it.

2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

2012 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Features and Benefits

The main features of

• Ninja ZX-14-based 1352 cc in-line four with variable valve timing provides smooth power across a wide speed range

• Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC) reduces engine power when it detects slip, helping to make the rear tire to regain control

• Kawasaki Coactive braking Technology (K-ACT) to the front and rear brakes of links and have two modes according to different driving styles

• Monocoque aluminum is light, thin and rigid

• Tetra-Lever outweighs the drive shaft lifting and squatting tendencies tree

• Fuel economy mode compatible priority to fuel economy, giving a boost mileage by 25 percent

• The standard heated grips help comfort, even in difficult conditions

Kawasaki's Intelligent Proximity Activation • Easy start system (KIPASS)

• windshield is the memory function electrically adjustable and a variety of costumes for the pilots

1352 cc four-cylinder, DOHC, variable valve timing (VVT)

• Designed to provide a steady flow in a very wide range rpm, 14 competition has the power to spare

• The time variable valve engine improves flexibility and efficiency by altering the camshaft profiles to improve low-end and midrange without sacrificing high power quality

• Compact and slim design to minimize the weight of the engine for maximum performance and handling

• Chrome-plated composite aluminum cylinder bores are lightweight, durable, and to quickly heat away from the combustion chamber and piston for durability under high loads

Gears double-balanced engine

• Already in perfect primary balance, the competition of four-cylinder dual-use secondary balancers virtually eliminate unwanted vibrations for operator comfort

Ram Air Induction

• Ram air ducts provide a direct way cool, high pressure air to the airbox without the maximum efficiency and power

Digital electronic injection

• A digital computer feeds the engine exactly the amount of fuel needed for cleaner emissions and maximum fuel economy

• A unit of 32-bit electronic control system works with dual throttle valve to further enhance throttle response and control

Digital Power

• Four separate candle mounted ignition coils fire each spark plug independently to achieve the optimal timing of

• An idle control system included in ECU provides easy starting and warm-up

KTRC traction control

• Kawasaki traction control system reduces engine power when it detects a wheel slip to help the rear wheel back to the socket

• Advanced, 3-way control (air flow, ignition, fuel supply) offers KTRC operation, natural feel and the ability to operate for long periods of bad roads

• KTRC adds no weight, since it uses the existing ECU and ABS sensors

The second generation of the K-ACT ABS

• Second generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Technology Coactive-brake) ABS brakes front and rear links for the most effective front-rear distribution of braking force

• Small and lightweight, the K-ACT ABS unit high-spec ECU to the detailed calculations to guarantee a smooth operation

• The driver can choose between two ways to adapt to driving conditions or rider preferences: the front brake lever connected to the flu is very similar in both ways, but linked to the force, when the current control of the brake pedal back is very different

• Normal mode, the control of the pilot is a priority, with the effect of reducing the limit of the original pedal stroke feel natural, while the Sport Horse

• High in combined mode, there is clearly linked from the beginning of the pedal travel - ideal for long distance highway use and two-up

• the status of the battery to keep the ABS function best when the battery is low. Low battery power, ABS, and the timing of the pressure relief functions are maintained, the effectiveness of the brakes is maintained (even if the pilots found the ABS function is not as smooth). K-ACT is blinking and "Low Battery" will be displayed on the LCD screen. The system is reset when the engine is off

Fuel Economy mode support

• Activation of using fuel cuts the engine at a finer card, which gives priority to fuel economy as a boost of 25 percent of MPG

Fuel assistance • works in a machine as long as the plan is less than 6000, throttle opening less than 30 percent and speeds below 80 km / h

Advanced KIPASS

• Each Concours 14 comes with a keychain (kept in a pocket) and a small card-type key in case of emergency use / backup

• The key card type includes an immobilizer function (but no external activation) and is extremely portable, measuring only 1.2 x 1.6 x 0.25 inches

Clutch master cylinder radial pump

• Radial master cylinder hydraulic pump Smooth, precise clutch engagement

Self-supporting aluminum

• Hollow aluminum box arc on the engine of the riding position of the head to the swingarm pivot of a narrow rigid and very light

• The engine rigidly mounted acts as a stressed frame member to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame while reducing the weight

• Front engine placement, the length of the wheelbase and weight balance front / rear have been carefully designed to achieve high-speed stability and maneuverability

In the radial-mount brake petal disc type before

• Radial design utilizes mounting points at the top and bottom of the bracket with mounting bolts inserted from the rear of the caliper instead of the side / front for increased rigidity and improved braking feel

• Separate brake pads for each piston caliper to provide a more efficient cooling of the brakes and feel more consistent in extreme conditions

• Petal design front and rear brake rotors provide better cooling and better warp resistance

• Radial pump-pump front brake improves brake performance and lever feel

Drive shaft Tetra-Lever

• Unique design compensates for the four-arm lifting and squatting tendencies tree when the throttle is opened and closed, reduced transmission lash during sport riding and provides smooth acceleration when operating incredible engine power

• Virtually maintenance free, Tetra-Lever system reduces routine maintenance

Plenty of storage space

• Concours 14 high-volume, are easily removable panels integrated event, designed to complement the rest of the machine. Water resistant, they can easily hold a full face helmet

• The cases are mounted as close as possible to the axis of the bike center of gravity, with a lightweight construction that minimizes its impact on the management of

• lightweight rear rack capacity is designed to be compatible accessories trunk

• Versatile 40 watt accessory socket is mounted on the dashboard, which provides convenient access to power electronics

Full instrumentation

• Easy to read speedometer and tachometer, multi-function LCD digital display, such as an odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, gear position indicator, tire pressure indicator and a clock are only a partial list of 2012 Concours 14 -screen features

• Controller Area Network (CAN) interface between the indicators used less child and allows a greater volume of information exchanged as in the classical music charts

• Other features are an essential tool for the K-ACT indicator, riding economic indicator, fuel economy and service mode indicator

• Multi-function includes the outside air temperature, the sensor is in the inlet (point farthest from the motor)

• The mode selection button on the front left of the handle so you can change the LCD controller without having his / her hand out of the way, switch to the average fuel consumption, instantaneous consumption, remaining range, the pressure tires, battery voltage and the temperature outside

Touring comfort and potential

Ventilation • Aggressive compensatory material is specially designed to facilitate heat dissipation, which reduces the amount of hot air is supplied pilot

• A windshield with upper upper upper body reduces turbulence. The screen is electrically adjustable, with four programmable positions

• When the power is off, the windshield is at its lowest position. When you turn on the memory function of the windshield it is for the selected preset position

• Tickets slots breeze of air directly through the inner fairing holes near the instrument panel, reducing the lowest pressure prevents turbulence around the driver's head

• A guard exhaust attached to the top of the line mid exhaust pipe helps protect the rider from the heat off

• The handle stepless heater are standard, with an easy access switch on the front of a lockable storage box on the left inner fairing panel

• This case can be locked storage in the left inner fairing panel uses a magnetic lock to prevent entry when the engine is off

• Mirror is ideally positioned to increase rear visibility and gives the best hand to protect from the wind

• Hooks in front of the tank to facilitate tank bag securely

Fit and finish quality and design

• plateau shape and the final results of high quality and luxurious feel

• Stylish muffler end cap to the muffler in appearance


• Engine guard, a large box above, tank bag, GPS mount, a low seat and side spoilers - and more - is on the list of approved accessories, Kawasaki, available from your local Kawasaki