California Adventure Tour | Coyote Ugly

Putting an unlikely quartet of traveling bikes through the wringer on a high-mileage adventure tour of California

By Jamie Elvidge, Photography by Kevin Wing

2011 Honda Gold Wing ABS/XM/NAV
Price (As tested): $26,599
Engine
Type: Liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed six-cylinder
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1832cc, 74mm x 71mm
Valve train: SOHC; two valves/cylinder
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Fuel system: EFI
Transmission: 5-speed, plus electric reverse
Final Drive: Shaft
Chassis
Overall length: 103.7.
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
Wet weight: 895-928 lbs.
Seat height: 29.1 in.
Rake/trail: 29.15 degrees / 4.3 in.
Front tire: 130/70R-18
Rear tire: 180/60R-16
Front brake: 296mm dual discs, 3-piston calipers
Rear brake: 316mm disc, 3-piston caliper
Front suspension: 45mm cartridge fork; 5.5 in. travel
Rear suspension: Pro-Link single damper; 4.1 in. travel
Fuel capacity: 6.6 gal.

2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS
Price (As tested): $15,299
Engine
Type: Liquid-cooled, inline four
Displacement, bore x stroke: 1352cc, 84.0mm x 61.0mm
Valve train: DOHC, four valves/cylinder
Compression ratio: 10.7:1
Fuel system: EFI
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Shaft drive
Chassis
Overall length: 89.4 in.
Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
Wet weight: 679.1 lbs.
Seat height: 32.1 in.
Rake/trail: 26.1 degrees / 4.4 in.
Front tire: 120/70 ZR-17
Rear tire: 190/50 ZR-17
Front brake: 310mm dual discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear brake: 270mm disc
Front suspension: 43mm inverted telescopic fork; 4.4 in. travel
Rear suspension: Tetra-lever; 5.4 in. travel
Fuel capacity: 5.8 gal.

By Jamie Elvidge
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