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 (190 km/h), offers nimble handling and – with its full fairing, tall screen, twin locking panniers, and 7.5 US gallons (28 l; 6.2 imp gal) fuel capacity – is suited to cross-country two-up touring.
Kawasaki introduced the Concours in 1986, based on their Ninja 900 and Ninja 1000R models. Key differences between the Ninja 1000R and the ZG1000 included 32 mm instead of 36 mm carburetors, less aggressively ramped cams, shaft drive, front and rear sub-frames, hard luggage, and full fairing. The Concours was introduced into the USA the year after the slower BMW K100LT at less than two-thirds the price of the BMW machine. Both bikes were tested by the magazine Motorcyclist, which came out in favor of the Kawasaki concluding that it was “the most practical, useful and competent motorcycle made” and “superior to the BMW in almost every aspect imaginable.”
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.
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If winding backroads are the mainstay of your tour’s itinerary, then the Kawasaki rules. Its combination of performance-based engine, firm springing and damping rates, Dunlop K700 series Sport Radials, and sporty riding position form an excellent handling platform that eats up both high-speed sweepers and sinewy mountain curves. The semi-floating dual front discs and powerful twin-piston, single action calipers inspire late braking confidence, even with fully loaded saddlebags and passenger. Generous ground clearance allows you to attain impressive lean angles, especially for such a large bike (585 pounds dry). At speed the Concours hides this weight well, feeling light, nimble, and very responsive to rider input at the bars. The smooth-shifting six-speed gearbox is a delight to use, and its ratios help keep the high-revving engine in the powerband. Shaft effect is not too obtrusive, but is noticeable during spirited riding with the bike fully loaded for touring.
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The original ZG1000 was based on the ZX1000 Ninja, a sportbike with a box-section perimeter frame and chain final drive. To create the Concours, Kawasaki converted the ZX’s power transfer system to a driveshaft and stuffed the engine into a tubular-steel frame. But that liquid-cooled, transverse-mounted, 997cc DOHC four-cylinder engine remains at the heart of the matter to this day, and that’s a big part of the draw. Bore and stroke are still 74.0 x 58.0mm, a short-stroke design that yields a redline of 10,500 rpm. Compression ratio is 10.2:1, and Kawasaki recommends 87-octane regular fuel.
The European GTR1000 is similar in design to the U.S. Concours, with the exception of handlebar switches, and conformance to European engine limitations. While the U.S. model is rated at 108 hp, the European GTR varies from 100 hp to 69 hp, depending on country.