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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-15-2004, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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2005 Kawasaki Concours preview

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KAWASAKI CONCOURS™
The long-distance rider’s bike
The Kawasaki Concours™ motorcycle is designed for well-seasoned sport-touring riders
who demand spirited performance from their machine, as well as the comfort and convenience
needed for extended road trips.
As a true sport-touring motorcycle, the Concours handles twisty backroads as easily as it
cruises the highway, thanks to a rigid chassis and 997cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine. The
engine produces strong power throughout the rev range and a gear-driven counterbalancer
smoothes vibration. The engine is matched to a six-speed transmission to keep the engine at a
relaxed rpm at highway speeds.
Of course, comfort is a high priority on the Concours. It features a triple-density foam
saddle, which is deeply contoured to comfortably seat both the rider and passenger. A full fairing
creates an aerodynamic envelope for two when riding in a relaxed, upright riding position. Two
lockable bins are on either side of the fairing for added convenience.
The Concours also features a 7.5-gallon fuel tank for long-distance touring, and locking
luggage detaches with the flip of a latch for overnight trips. Plus, the smooth flowing lines of the
Concours adds an aesthetic touch, and special panels can be secured to the sides when the
saddlebags and mounting brackets are removed.




Features and Benefits
Liquid Cooling
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
Includes temperature gauge
Radiator with Auxiliary Cooling Fan
Engine is maintained at optimum temperature for best performance, fuel economy and reliability
Four-valve Cylinder Head
Better breathing for more power at high rpm
Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today’s gasolines
Boosts low-end torque
Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Gear-driven Engine Balancer
Smoothes engine vibration for comfort on the road
Lower vibration levels increase electrical component life
Oil Cooler
Increased reliability and durability
Handlebar-mounted Choke
Conveniently located choke makes starting and warm-up easier
Push-to-Cancel Turn Signals
No fumbling, just a simple push on the switch cancels the turn signals
Six-speed Transmission
A gear for every situation gives better acceleration
Allows more relaxed highway cruising while utilizing the engine’s full potential
Kawasaki’s exclusive Positive Neutral Finder
Transistor-controlled Breakerless Ignition with Electronic Timing Advance
A hot spark at all rpm for easy starting, smooth running and good fuel economy
Full Fairing
Two lockable bins in the fairing for convenience
Instrumentation based on the NINJA® ZX-11 sportbike also includes a digital clock
Provides an aerodynamic envelope for rider and passenger
Special cool-air ventilation ducts to maximize comfort
Triple Density Foam Seat
Deeply contoured seat gives exceptional comfort two-up on long trips
7.5-gallon Fuel Tank
Provides exceptional touring range
Locking Detachable Luggage
Detaches with the flip of a latch
2005 Kawasaki Concours™, page 4 of 5
Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension with Four-way Rebound Damping
Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride
Lightweight aluminum components provide quick suspension response
Remote adjuster makes it easy to tune the suspension based on riding style, load and road conditions
Features air-adjustable shock absorber
Dual Front Disc Brakes
Balanced actuation caliper front disc brake for excellent feel and long pad wear
Large, 300mm diameter front discs are drilled to reduce unsprung weight
Reliable stopping power under demanding conditions
Five-spoke Wheels
Wide rims handle large, low-profile radial tires
Shaft Drive
Quiet and low maintenance



2005 KAWASAKI CONCOURS™ SPECIFICATIONS*
Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, 16-valve in-line four
Displacement 997cc
Starting Electric
Bore x stroke 74.0 x 58.0mm
Compression ratio 10.2:1
Cooling Liquid
Carburetion Keihin CVK32 x 4
Ignition Transistor Controlled Breakerless Ignition (TCBI)
with electronic advance
Transmission Six-speed
Final drive Shaft
Frame High-tensile steel diamond design
Rake / trail 28.5° / 4.8 in.
Suspension, front 41mm preload-adjustable fork
Suspension, rear Air-adjustable UNI-TRAK® single-shock system
with four-way adjustable rebound damping
Wheel travel, front 5.5 in.
Wheel travel, rear 5.5 in.
Tire, front 120/70VR18 tubeless radial
Tire, rear 150/80VR16 tubeless radial
Brakes, front / rear Dual hydraulic discs / Single hydraulic disc
Overall length 90.2 in.
Overall width 36.6 in.
Overall height 55.7 in.
Ground clearance 5.1 in.
Seat height 31.1 in.
Dry weight 595 lbs.
Fuel capacity 7.5 gal.
Wheelbase 61.2 in.
Color Pearl Luster Beige/Metallic Dark Bronze
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-16-2004, 07:54 AM
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The Concours is almost like a cult bike. It's been around so long and has changed so little.
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I'm sorry but that bike is lame if you ask me. That's something my grandpa would ride. I can't believe people still buy them.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 11:31 AM
 
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I picked up an '86 Concours back in April. Got it DIRT CHEAP! It's a good all around utility bike. The luggage and wind protection make it handy for my work commute and this bike is helping to keep the miles down on my Vette and FZ1.

It's not the most exciting bike to ride by any stretch but anything with two wheels and an engine is FUN.

I highly recommend the Concours if you can find one for the right price.
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Originally Posted by MIKER
I picked up an '86 Concours back in April. Got it DIRT CHEAP! It's a good all around utility bike. The luggage and wind protection make it handy for my work commute and this bike is helping to keep the miles down on my Vette and FZ1.

It's not the most exciting bike to ride by any stretch but anything with two wheels and an engine is FUN.

I highly recommend the Concours if you can find one for the right price.

The cool thing about the C is that they've not changed much. There is a TON of info and parts out there for them.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-28-2004, 05:04 PM
 
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Basically the Kawa. version of the Interceptor....both are pretty rock solid, without alot of changes needed over the years.
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