If the Concours 14 is competitively priced with the FJR, it is going to give the FJR a serious run for the money. More than likely, it will have more horsepower. The ZX14 based engine has variable valve timing, there are sub throttle valves in the throttle bodies that should smooth out the fuel injection, and the tetra lever shaft drive should greatly reduce drive line lash while riding the twisties.
From pictures, it appears the rider will sit more upright compared to the FJR, and the handle bars appear to be higher. Come April 2007, I'm adding the Connie 14 to my "stable."
I already told Holly I just might have to get another bike. She just rolled her eyes. My only worry is if they worked all the bugs out of it. Now we know if it was a GL1800 there would still be bugs with it even after 6 years in production. LOL's
I'm thrilled that Kawasaki has finally updated the Concours. I've owned 2 of them in the past, and they were very competent bikes. But give me a break - that muffler and the ridges on the saddlebags are hideous! Yamaha need not be concerened about the Kawasaki cutting into the FJR's sales - the new Concours is just too ugly. It's a shame too, because the connie was in sore need of an upgrade.
The Connie 14 is certainly better looking compared to the K1200GT. The single muffler is similar in looks to what is on the FZ1, but it is longer. Perhaps it contains the catalyzer. It has to be large to flow the amount of gasses that it has to pass. (No pun intended) At least it extends beyond the bag so exhaust residue on the bags won't be a problem like it is on the present Connies. I can live with the raised grooves on the bags.