Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kawasaki Concours 14 sport

A rather small storage compartment that was on the previous C-14’s fuel tank has now been replaced by a more usable compartment on the left portion of the inner fairing directly below the left grip.

This new space is not only bigger but is sealed shut via an electromagnet that locks when the ignition is off or the bike is moving above 25 mph. When the ignition is on, or the bike is (somehow!) moving under 2 mph, the compartment is unlocked. You’re good to get at least a pair of gloves in there, maybe a mobile phone, and possibly even more.

Where the old tank top storage existed is a new plastic “tankbag panel” with integrated hooks, and now allows use of either a magnetic or non-magnetic tankbag. A Kawasaki bag designed specifically for the Connie is en route soon according to Edmondson.

Sitting just below the new storage is a new rheostat dial that will be a welcome feature to all those looking at the new Connie. It’s your new heated grip temp adjuster!

Although the numerous ride-enhancing features listed above came about mostly at the request of riders and not so much from Kawi engineers, Kawasaki did have every intention of giving the new Concours updated linked ABS (K-ACT) and traction control (KTRC).

The previous Connie was available with optional ABS. The 2010 model also has optional ABS, but now it's also a new second-generation version of the linked system found on the Voyager. The system on the Connie is 25% smaller, 30% lighter and operates with an upgraded ECU.

Kawasaki Concours 14 sport touring that was carried to make every rider who rode the iron horse will look very handsome. Design of a typical sport can be seen from the form of head lamp combined with a windshield and fairing of character. Touring impression strengthened by the position of the steering handlebars that are designed high and trunk (box) on the right-left motor. Advanced features are also equipped to facilitate motorists during the trip. Kawasaki Concours 14 features such as the K-ACT (for ABS brake systems) and KTRC (for wheel traction control), all these features into a single unit on the instrument panel, such as horns and lights.

But what really sets the new linked-ABS apart is the rider-selectable level of linking. For starters, ABS cannot be disabled, but by pressing the orange K-ACT button (bike must be stopped to select modes) the rider can choose the “high-combined” effect in Mode 2 or the lesser-combined effect in Mode 1.

K-ACT mode selection impacts the amount of front brake application (only one of the two front calipers are involved regardless of Mode 1 or 2) when applying only the rear brake. The amount of linking applied to the rear when using the front brake remains constant.

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