BMW K1600GT vs. Kawasaki Concours 14 vs. Triumph Trophy SE vs. Yamaha FJR1300 | Conquering The Divide

Four STs, Twice Over the Prow of America

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

BMW K1600GT
Price: $25,035 (As Tested)

Engine type: l-c inline-six
Valve train: DOHC, 24v
Displacement: 1649cc
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 67.5mm
Compression: 12.2:1
Fuel system: EFI, ride by wire
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Measured horsepower: 128.5 bhp @ 7800 rpm
Measured torque: 106.4 lb.-ft. @ 5100 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.86 sec. @ 124.20 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 3.37 sec.
Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 43/32/37 mpg
Front suspension: Duolever with ESA II
Rear suspension: Paralever with ESA II
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 320mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rear tire: 190/55ZR17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rake/trail: 27.8°/4.3 in.
Seat height: 31.9-32.7 in.
Wheelbase: 66.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 7.0 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 756/714 lbs.
Colors: Dark Graphite Metallic, Light Gray Metallic, Montego Blue Metallic
Availability: Now
Warranty: 36 mo., 36,000 mi.
Contact:
BMW of North America
P.O. Box 1227
Westwood, NJ 07575
800.831.1117
www.bmwmotorcycles.com


Kawasaki Concours 14
Price: $16,199

Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1352cc
Bore x stroke: 84.0 x 61.0mm
Compression: 10.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum monocoque
Measured horsepower: 132.6 bhp @ 8800 rpm
Measured torque: 87.5 lb.-ft. @ 7200 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile: 10.70 sec. @ 125.98 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph: 4.78 sec.
Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 46/33/36 mpg
Front suspension: Kayaba 43mm inverted fork with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 310mm discs with ABS
Rear brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 270mm disc with ABS
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rear tire: 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rake/trail: 26.1°/4.4 in
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty): 690/655 lbs.
Colors: Metallic Nocturne Blue, Metallic Spark Black
Availability: Now
Warranty: 36 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact:
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

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jbutrus
I ride a 2012 Concours and agree with your assessments pro and con. Given the competition, I expect  Kawasaki to update the Concours reasonably soon. Updated instrumentation, improved integrated braking, electronic cruise control, and a slightly larger windshield would address most of the issues you raised and put the Concours well ahead of the Yamaha FJR-1300.  To put the price differential between the BMW K1600GT and the Concours in perspective, one could purchase a new Connie AND a one year old ZX-6 for the cost of the Beemer. Of course, if money were no object the 1600GT and a 1000RR for track days is a Sport Touring/Sport combination no manufacturer can touch. Great article!
jbutrus
I ride a 2012 Concours and agree with your assessments pro and con. Given the competition, I expect  Kawasaki to update the Concours reasonably soon. Updated instrumentation, improved integrated braking, electronic cruise control, and a slightly larger windshield would address most of the issues you raised and put the Concours well ahead of the Yamaha FJR-1300.  To put the price differential between the BMW K1600GT and the Concours in perspective, one could purchase a new Connie AND a one year old ZX-6 for the cost of the Beemer. Of course, if money were no object the 1600GT and a 1000RR for track days is a Sport Touring/Sport combination no manufacturer can touch. Great article!
Africord
I don't have a problem with your analysis.  But a shorter rider may come up with a different analysis.  One look at the specs flips the choice for luxo ST to the Triumph for this inseam challenged rider.  I also expect that my shorter arms (32" sleeve length) would not feel cramped at all. Different horses for different riders.
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