Friday, July 06, 2007

Kawasaki 1400GTR Concours: Can a 153bhp bike be boring?


190bhp, 1.4-litre engine, variable valve timing and 300km/h top speed. And we still don't want the Kawasaki 1400GTR!
We are big fans of big, fast and brutish Kawasakis here and yet somehow we don't really like the 2008 Kawasaki 1400GTR Concours too much. How could that be? The bike is powered by the ZZR1400's engine (detuned from 190bhp down to 153...), is packed with cutting-edge technology and going by most road test reports, is fast, smooth, safe and comfortable.

We guess our problem with the bike is that it looks a bit dull. While it may be efficient and hassle-free, shaft-drive belongs on old-school BMWs and Moto Guzzis. And the 1400GTR also looks too big and bloated. Since the ZZR1400 can't possibly compete with GSX-R1000s and R1s on twisty mountain roads, isn't it already a hyper-fast sports-tourer? Where's the need for a GTR1400? Fast it may be, but isn't the Concours too much of an old man's bike?

While we don't like the GTR too much, we guess the bike would have some fans among our readers. If you like the 1400GTR, read Lance Oliver's first ride report, at the AMA website here.


No, the 1400GTR doesn't do anything for us. We'd much rather take the ZZR1400 or even the 2008 Hayabusa...
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