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Kawasaki Recalls Concours 14 Hot

Kawasaki is recalling Concours 14 models made between 2008 and 2012. Pictured: 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS.

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Manufacturer

Kawasaki USA is recalling 13,289 model year 2008-2012 Concours 14 (ZG1400 A/B/C/D) motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall was issued due to a gap between the brake pedal and guard. Small stones or debris may become lodged in the gap, creating a brake drag. Such an occurrence may cause the rear brake to overheat, leading to rear brake damage and lock-up failure.

The recall notice also states that front brakes may be affected on the ZG1400C model. The consequence of brake lockup or failure is the increased risk of a crash.

The Recall

Kawasaki is set to being notifying customers of the recall on, or about, July 30, 2012. Owners of affected vehicles will receive a new rear master cylinder rod and brake guard, free of charge.

Owners may contact Kawasaki at 1-866-802-9381. Kawasaki riders may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov. The NHTSA Campaign ID Number is 12V343000.

Other Concours 14 Problems

Kawasaki issued another recall on black porn Concours 14 motorcycles earlier this year over electrical system concerns. The recall affected 273 units and only pertained to police-spec versions of the 2009-2012 Concours 14.

Unlike regular Concours 14 models, the police issue models contain ad-on equipment like sirens, radio equipment, additional battery and wiring harness. As a result, the supplementary electrical components could cause an overload in the charging unit, according to the NHTSA.

The first report of a blown fuse occurred in November 2011, prompting Kawasaki to investigate the problem. In March, Kawasaki concluded their investigation and determined that add-on equipment installed by Idaho-based companies BMS and Beaudry Motors was responsible for the defect.

Kawasaki Ninja Recalls

Aside from its Concours 14 model, Kawasaki also issued a safety recall on just over 20,000 model year 2009-2012 Ninja ZX-10R and Ninja ZX-6R sportbikes in February 2012. Affected vehicles may suffer from insufficient battery charge due to a manufacturing error. Not surprisingly, battery discharges may result in the vehicle stalling, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

Kawasaki Concours 14

Introduced in 2007, the Concours 14 is a sport touring motorcycle based on the ZX-14 platform. The Concours 14 features a 1,352 cc inline 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed shaft drive transmission. Upon its introduction, the Concours 14 was the only motorcycle to feature an engine with variable valve timing. Also known as the ZG1400, the Concours 14 replaced the GTR1000, which was manufactured from 1986 to 2006.

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2012 BMW K1600GT vs. 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

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0 # Paul Houle 2013-03-02 10:37
Nice little review. I know everyone is head over heels for the new Beemer, but realistically the Kawasaki provides much more value for the dollar. BMW is famous for gouging it's customers with expensive options and if I was to dig into my own pocket for a new sport tourer, it would be the Concours14 hands down.
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+2 # mike white 2013-03-19 09:23
Is anyone having problems with there front tire pressure sensor battery running down every year
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0 # harold griffith 2013-05-07 10:21
I just had my front sensor replaced the battery was low.
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