2004 Kawasaki Concours Review


When Kawasaki introduced the Concours to the world in 1986, it took the Sport Touring category of bikes to a whole new level. Similar in style and performance to the Ninja 900 and Ninja 1000 models, Kawasaki was determined to explore new avenues without tampering with the previous lines. The Concours was given slightly smaller carburetors, a shaft drive, front and rear sub-frames, and modified ramp cams. However, in 1994 the bike was given a major upgrade with the latest in digital instrumentation, controls, as well as redesigning the shock and brake systems to create a machine the likes of which had never been seen before. A full decade later, with minimal changes to the motorcycle, the Concours Base was still a force of modern innovation other manufacturers envied.

The four-stroke 997cc engine is a big reason why the Concours connected with bikers, and it is still used in many Kawasaki models to this day. It delivers an impressive 95.5 horsepower at around 9,000 rpm. The pulling power peaks at about 6,000 rpm where the maximum torque of 65.7 lb-ft is reached. There's still plenty of pulling strength, anywhere between 3,000 to 9,000 rpm range, as the engine was designed to keep a fairly high torque between the top four of the six gears.

One of the big advantages to the bike is the extra-large fuel tank. When reading the specifications on the Concours, it could easily be thought that the 7.5-gallon fuel capacity must be a typo. Fortunately, this is not the case and, with a relatively high-for-its-weight 37.5 average fuel economy, riders enjoy almost 300 miles of roadway between every fill up. The seat houses an inner layer of triple-density foam so those extended journeys down the open road are less taxing on the riders rear end.

It's not just the fuel tank that's large – the entire motorcycle is impressively exaggerated, compared to most bikes in the same class. The bike stands 55.7 inches at its peak, though the seat height is low enough (at 31.1 inches) to accommodate all but the shortest of riders. While not the longest bike ever produced, it's just a hair over 7.5 feet in length. While the size certainly commands respect, perhaps more important is it allows for a good amount of storage space that other models lack. The two saddlebags are 17.0 inches long, 12.5 inches wide, and 12.0 full inches deep, providing nearly three cubic feet of storage which could easily fit a full grocery bag of goodies with room to spare. The Concours Base doesn't stop there with storage. Two locking compartments in the front make it easy to store a wallet, house keys, gloves and other small items with no worries. If that's not enough (and apparently Kawasaki felt it wasn't) the rear of the bike is fitted with a rack to hold even more items should the saddlebags and front compartments become full. It's easy to see why Kawasaki kept this design around for so long, and while 2007 ushered in a new era for the line with the Concours 14, it was more out of the desire to do something new rather than because the motorcycle was outdated.

New For 2004

  • No major changes took place for the Concours Base in 2004.

2004 Kawasaki Concours Specs

  • Model: GTR1000
  • Engine Type: Liquid-Cooled, 997cc, Inline, 4-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 74 x 58 mm
  • Compression Ratio: 10.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, Variable, 4 Cylinder, 4 Valves per Cylinder
  • Induction: 32 mm Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
  • Transmission: Manual Six-Speed
  • Maximum Torque: 70.1 lb-ft @ 6,000 rpm
  • Final Drive: Shaft
  • Fuel Capacity: 7.53 gals
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 42.2 mpg Combined
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Disc Hydraulic System, 300 mm
  • Brakes (Rear): Single Disc, 220 mm
  • Suspension (Front): Single Cartridge Shock, 5.5 inches
  • Suspension (Rear): Single Shock Swingarm, 5.5 inches
  • Wheel Base: 60.8 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches
  • Overall Height: 55.7 inches
  • Overall Length: 90.2 inches
  • Overall Width: 36.6 inches
  • Curb Weight: 676.8 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 R18
  • Tires (Rear): 150/80 R16


  • Ground Control VI Full Face Helmet Sound System
  • Ground Control VI Open Face Helmet Sound System
  • Backrest / Rear Rack
  • Black Aluminum Backrest / Rear Rack
  • Black Vinyl 1/2 Coverage Tank Protector
  • Black / Gray Vinyl Tank Bag
  • Black Vinyl Tail Bag
  • Deluxe Cover
  • Extra Tall Windshield and Trim
  • Fairing Side Protectors
  • Saddlebag Liners

Key Competitors For The 2004 Kawasaki Concours

  • 2004 BMW K 1200 GT
  • 2004 Yamaha FJR 1300
  • 2004 Honda ST1300 Base