Kawasaki unwrapped their new 2010 Concours and it's obvious they haven't ignored this super sport touring machine since the new version appeared in 2008. With a couple of years and many thousands of miles, they refined the bike to reflect feedback from riders and added some extra technology, too.
The bodywork has been changed a bit for better heat management so riders don't get uncomfortable on those hot days. The windshield is now larger, that had become a common upgrade among buyers of the first version. Heated handgrips are also new, something many said was missing for a bike aimed at the long range touring rider.
Traction control is now part of the package on the ABS equipped model. Using a combination of computer engine control and the ABS sensor, the Concours reduces engine output using airflow, ignition timing and fuel delivery when wheel slip is detected. Since it uses existing components, no weight is added for this extra function.
There's a new fuel economy assistance mode that should substantially extend the range of this powerful long range cruiser. Activating fuel economy assistance mode changes the engine to a leaner map which prioritizes fuel economy, for as much as a 25 percent MPG boost. Fuel economy assistance works in any gear, as long as rpm is below 6000, throttle opening less than 30 percent and speed less than 80 mph.
There's a lot to like in the Concours 14 and Kawasaki intends to make this a real flagship in their fleet. If you think a fast coast to coast jaunt would be fun, this could be your machine.
Here's the full rundown of what's new for 2010:
Enhanced Comfort & Touring Potential
* A completely redesigned, more aggressive fairing with new inner guide surfaces and outlets is designed to facilitate heat dissipation, greatly reducing the amount of hot air transmitted to the rider
* A 70mm taller windscreen with a wider upper portion reduces upper-body turbulence. The screen is electrically adjustable, with four new programmable preset positions
* When the power is turned off, the windscreen goes to its lowest position. When the power is turned back on, the windscreen’s memory function returns it to the selected preset position
* Passages from windscreen slits direct air through the inner fairing to vents next to the instrument panel; alleviating the lower pressure helps prevent turbulence around the rider’s head
* An exhaust pipe guard added to the upper part of the exhaust mid-pipe helps protect the rider from heat when stopped
* Stepless adjustable grip heaters are standard, with an easy-to-reach switch located in front of the new lockable storage case on the inner left fairing panel
* A new, lockable storage case in the left fairing inner panel uses an electromagnet lock to prevent entry when the engine is off
* New mirrors positioned 40mm higher increase rear visibility and provide increased hand protection from the wind
* New hooks at the front of the tank facilitate securing a tank bag
New KTRC Traction Control (Concours 14 ABS only)
* KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control): Kawasaki’s first traction control system reduces engine output when wheel spin is detected, allowing the rear tire to regain grip
* Advanced, 3-way control (airflow, ignition timing, fuel delivery) gives KTRC smooth operation, natural feel and the ability to operate on long stretches of bad road
* KTRC adds no weight, since it uses the existing ECU and ABS sensors
New 2nd Generation K-ACT ABS (Concours 14 ABS only)
* 2nd Generation K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS links front and rear brakes for most effective front-rear brake force distribution
* A smaller, lighter K-ACT ABS unit with a higher-spec ECU is capable of more detailed calculations for smoother operation
* The rider can choose one of two modes to suit riding situation or rider preference: The linked effect from front brake lever actuation is largely the same in both modes, but the linked effect when actuating the rear brake pedal is quite different
* In Standard Mode, rider control is prioritized, with linked effect reduced at initial pedal stroke for natural sensation when sport riding
* In High Combined Mode, there’s a more pronounced linked effect from the beginning of the pedal stroke — ideal for touring and two-up highway use
* A low-battery mode maintains the ABS function as best possible when the battery charge is low. In low-battery mode, ABS timing and pressure relief functions are maintained, so brake effectiveness is preserved (although riders will notice that ABS operation is not as smooth). The K-ACT lamp will flash and “Low Battery” will be displayed on the LCD screen. The system resets when the engine is turned off
New Fuel Economy Assistance Mode
* Activating fuel economy assistance mode changes the engine to a leaner map which prioritizes fuel economy, for as much as a 25 percent MPG boost
* Fuel economy assistance works in any gear, as long as rpm is below 6000, throttle opening less than 30 percent and speed less than 80 mph
* Now each Concours 14 comes with one key fob (kept in a pocket) and a small card-type key for emergency/backup use.
* The new card-type key includes an immobilizer function (but no remote activation) and is highly portable, measuring just 1.2 x 1.6 x 0.25 inch
Improved Finish, Higher Quality Design
* Improved overall fit and finish results in a higher quality, more luxurious feel
* A revised muffler end cap gives the silencer a more compact appearance; internal construction is unchanged, but the end cap itself is 1.6 inches shorter
* Multi-function display now includes outside air temperature. The sensor is located at the intake duct (the furthest point from the engine)
* Other new instrument functions include the K-ACT mode indicator, Economical Riding Indicator, and Fuel Economy Assistance Mode mark
* The Mode-Select button on the front of the left grip lets the rider change LCD modes without taking his/her hand off the grip, toggling through average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, remaining range, tire pressure, battery voltage and outside temperature
* Engine guards, a larger top case, tank bag, GPS bracket, a low seat and side spoilers join the list of authorized Kawasaki Accessories.