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Review: 2017 Kawasaki GTR1400 (aka Concours 14)

The market for sport-touring motorcycles seems to have cooled in recent years. Unless you count KTM’s 1290 Super Duke GT, we’ve not seen a truly new sport tourer in quite some time. Stalwart machines like the Kawasaki GTR1400, Honda ST1300, and Yamaha FJR1300 have received tweaks here and there but generally look exactly the same as they did a decade ago. It’s the ebb and flow of motorcycling, I suppose; things fall in and out of fashion. But with more and more adventure-styled bikes being designed with no intention of going off road, I can’t help feeling that – in terms of purpose, at least – the sport tourer is ripe for a comeback. 
So, last autumn, when I had reason to want a bike that meshes the concepts of fast and comfy, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to throw a leg over a model I’ve long admired: the Kawasaki GTR1400 (better known as the Concours 14 in the United States).

I spent several weeks with the Kawasaki, primarily using it as transport to attend EICMA, which is hel…

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