The Kawasaki Concours, known in Europe as the GTR1000, is a 997 cc, six speed, four cylinder, liquid-cooled sport-touring motorcycle with shaft drive. The bike can reach speeds over 120 mph (193 km/h), offers nimble handling and – with its full fairing, tall screen, twin locking panniers, and 7.5 US gallon fuel capacity – is suited to cross-country two-up touring.
Kawasaki introduced the Concours in 1985, based on their Ninja 900 and Ninja 1000 models. Key differences between the Ninja 1000 and the ZG1000 included 34 mm instead of 36 mm carburetors, less aggressively ramped cams, shaft drive, front and rear sub-frames, hard luggage, and full fairing.
From 1986 to 1993 the design was largely unchanged aside from modifications to the screen, handlebars and other very minor changes. In 1994 Kawasaki updated the instrument cluster, forks, controls, front fender, front brakes, and the front wheel. From 1994 to 2006, the design again experienced only minor changes: fork protectors and exhaust tips. As the Concours first generation endured with few revisions, experienced mechanics and used parts are readily available.
The GTR1000 has 10 20 percent less horsepower than the US Concours, varying by country.
Also called 1400GTR
Production 2007 present
Transmission 6 speed, shaft drive
In September 2006, Kawasaki announced a new generation Concours, know as the Concours 14 in the USA, or 1400GTR in other markets. Introduced in September 2007, the new bike is based on the ZX-14 platform with features similar to the original Concours – an inline-4 engine, luggage, shaft drive and a full fairing.
In addition to optional ABS, the new bike offers an electrically controlled screen, an innovative pass-key system, and a sophisticated rear suspension-drive system known as Tetralever – not unlike BMW's Paralever and Moto Guzzi's CARC rear suspensions – to handle the conflicting drive and suspension forces (known as shaft effect) typical when shaft-driven motorcycles carry powerful engines.