Concours 14

Kawasaki Concours 14: Transcontinental Supersport Tourer.

The C14 was announced in 2006, and became available for sale in July 2007 as a model year 2008 machine (unusual). This bike replaced the Concours ZG1000 that had been in production since 1985. Rider magazine (July 2008) awarded the Kawasaki C14 as “Best Sport-Touring Bike” for 2008 and then went on to knight it as “Motorcycle of the Year,” which makes it their top choice for all the categories of bikes they awarded. Here’s what Rider mag wrote: “This stylish sport-tourer…has an impressive list of standard features that are both fun and useful, including KIPASS key fob security, a tire pressure monitoring system, electric windscreen, remote rear spring preload adjuster and large, functional, locking side cases.”

Cycle World (July 2008) bestowed the C14 as the “Best Sport-Tourer” of the year. Here’s what Cycle World wrote about the Concours14: “It moves with an athletic confidence and over-powerful ease like nothing else on the road.”