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Last Updated : 02 July 2012

This page is a comparison between the latest 2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 otherwise known as the 1400GTR and the 2nd generation Suzuki Hayabusa. They are technically not directly comparable because the Kawasaki Concours 14 is significantly more on the tourer side than sports while the Hayabusa is clearly on the sportier end of things. However a Kawasaki vs Yamaha FJR comparison would probably be spot on since the FJR is arguably the most popular tourer in the country. However based on past emails visitors are comparing the Hayabusa and the GTR motorcycles for various reasons so I decided to put this comparison up.

The current generation 14000GTR was released in 2007 about a year after the release of the original ZX-14. The 14000GTR's engine is essentially the same engine as the ZX-14 re-tuned for touring purposes. Although I haven't ridden a 1400GTR yet it is clear that it has the specifications to take on the very best. It has inclusions like ABS brakes, a combined braking system, traction control, keyless ignition, 'Eco mode' for fuel efficiency, tyre pressure monitor. However it is not without its flaws as demonstrated by recalls regarding various parts of the motorcycle. Regardless of the recalls there is only one other short fall worth noting and that is the small fuel tank! What is go Kawasaki - Perfect motorcycle for long distance comfort and only 22 litres at the most! 25 litres would be a huge selling point compared to other in this class.

As per the current ZX-14 I do like the latest 1400GTR just based on its looks and build quality. I do think it has the edge on similar models from BMW - so unless you are a brand snob the appropriately named Concours 14 is a bike worth serious consideration.

  2nd Generation Hayabusa Kawasaki 1400GTR
Kawasaki Concours 14

2008 Suzuki Hayabusa Image

Engine :
Bore :
Stroke :
Displacement :
Compression ratio :
Air Cleaner :
Starter :
Lubrication :
Fuelling :
Overall length :
Overall Width :
Overall Height :
Wheel base :
Ground clearance :
Seat height :
Kerb weight :

In-line 4 DOHC TSCC
81.0 mm
65.0 mm
1340 cc
12.5 : 1
Non-woven fabric
Wet sump
Electronic Fuel Injection
2190 mm
735 mm
1165 mm
1480 mm
120 mm
805 mm
260 kg
449 kg
In-line 4 cylinder DOHC
84 mm
61 mm
1352 cc
10.7 : 1
Non-woven fabric
Wet sump

Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI)
2230 mm
1345 mm
1520 mm
815 mm

Security System :

Standard Standard

Gearbox :

6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Chain Drive
6 speed constant mesh
Wet multi-plate hydraulic clutch
Shaft Drive

Suspension  (front) :

Inverted telescopic,
coil sprung, oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable rebound damping force 10-way adjustable
compression damping force 10-way adjustable
43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping, adjustable spring preload.

Suspension  (rear) :

Link type, coil spring,
gas/oil damped,
spring preload fully adjustable force 22-way adjustable?, compression damping force 22-way adjustable
Tetra lever type

Brakes / Tyres :

320mm Disc
Tokico - Front twin 6 piston calliper
260mm Back single 4 piston calliper

Front 120/70 ZR17 
Bridgestone BT-015
Rear 190/50 ZR17 Bridgestone BT-015
Cast aluminium alloy

310mm Disc Front twin 6 piston
270mm Back single 4 piston calliper
Optional ABS

Front 120/70 ZR17 
Bridgestone BT-015
Rear 190/50 ZR17
Cast aluminium alloy

Fuel tank :

2008 : 21 litres
Canadian : 20 litres
22 litres

Fuel consumption :

Highway 5.4 litres (Premium) @ 100kph avg per 100kms
City 7.8 litres (Premium) per 100kms average
Various corners minimal hills and mid 25 Celsius.
A-Mode only.

Exhaust :

4 into 2 - 1 - 2  (standard) 4 into 2 - 1 - 2  (standard)

Frame :


Colors :

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Power :
Torque :

(Claimed) 197hp
(Claimed) 146Kw @ 9800rpm
(Claimed) 154Nm @ 10200rpm
(Claimed) 153hp
(Claimed) 114Kw @ 8800rpm
(Claimed) 136Nm @ 6400pm

Approx Pricing (AUD) :

2010 - $18,990
2009 - $18,990
2008 - $18,790
2010 - $24,999 (K-ACT)
2010 - $23,999 (ABS)





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