If you've been riding for more than a few years you know that the Kawasaki Concours has been around for what seems like an eternity. Neither a cover model nor an athlete, the Connie was the studious one. With standard-setting ergos, a large windshield, plenty of practical storage space and a liter-size engine with plenty of performance, this bike quickly became a favorite, achieving cult status over its 21-year life span.
For Kawasaki, the year 2008 could be dubbed the "Year of Change." First, the King of Dualies, the KLR650, received some revisions earlier this year for the first time in about an eon. But even greater anticipation awaits the all-new Concours 14. The ZX-14-based hyper-tourer was unveiled in late 2006 as a '08 model that would be available mid-2007. For Connie loyalists, this bike was the stuff dreams are made of. One thing is for sure: The Concours as we knew it is no more.