Kawasaki ZG1000A

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Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours
Manufacturer
Also called GTR1000, Concours, ZG 1000, Connie
Production 1986 - 89
Class Sport touring
Engine
Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Compression ratio 10.2:1
Top Speed 216.0 km/h / 134 mph
Air Filter K&N KA-9084 `86-06[1]
Ignition Electronic
Spark Plug NGK BA8ES '86
NGK D8EA '87-95 , '98-06
Battery YUASA YB18L-A '86-95 , '98-06
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension Front: 41mm Telescopic, air-assisted adjustable preload
Rear: UNI-TRAK with adjustable preload, rebound damping and air pressure
Brakes Front: 2x 272mm discs 1 piston caliper
Rear: Single 280mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 120/70-18 '98-06
110/80-18 '86-95
Rear Tire 150/80-16 '86-95 , '98-06
Wheelbase 1554 mm / 61.2 in
Seat Height 797 mm / 31.0 in
Weight 270 kg / 595 lbs (dry), 296.0 kg / 652.6 lbs (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-401[1]
Fuel Capacity 28.5 Liters / 7.5 US gal
Related Kawasaki ZG1000A
Kawasaki ZX1000A
Competition BMW K100LT
Manuals Service Manual

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The Kawasaki Concours, known in Europe as the GTR1000 and in USA as the ZG1000, is a 997 cc, six speed, four cylinder, liquid-cooled motorcycle with shaft drive. It was produced by Kawasaki from 1986 to 2006. The bike can reach speeds over 190 km/h (120 mph), offers nimble handling and with its full fairing, tall screen, twin locking panniers, and 28 liters (6.2 imp gal; 7.4 US gal) fuel capacity is suited to cross-country two-up touring.

Overview[edit]

Kawasaki introduced the Concours in 1986, based on their Ninja 900 and Ninja 1000R models. Key differences between the Ninja 1000R and the ZG1000 included 32 mm instead of 36 mm carburetors, less aggressively ramped cams, shaft drive, front and rear sub-frames, hard luggage, and full fairing. The "Connie" will carry its pilot and passenger, plus accoutrements, across a continent in relative comfort and economy hence the "touring" part of the "sports-touring" depiction. The Concours was introduced into the USA the year after the slightly faster (137 mph) BMW K100LT at less than two-thirds the price of the BMW machine. Both bikes were tested by the magazine Motorcyclist, which came out in favor of the Kawasaki concluding that it was "the most practical, useful and competent motorcycle made" and "superior to the BMW in almost every aspect imaginable."


From 1986 to 1993 the design was largely unchanged aside from modifications to the screen, handlebars and other very minor changes. In 1994 Kawasaki updated the instrument cluster, forks, controls, front fender, front brakes, and the front wheel. From 1994 to 2006, the design again experienced only minor changes: fork protectors and exhaust tips. As the Concours first generation endured with few revisions, experienced mechanics and used parts are readily available. The GTR1000 has 10 - 20 percent less horsepower than the US Concours, varying by country.


In an era when the evolution of a motorcycle model may seem as short-lived as some women's fashions, the Concours is unique in having been around since 1986 without many revisions. A Concours manufactured in 1986 looks largely similar to one manufactured in 2006. Due to its longevity, many motorycle mechanics already have experience working on Concours motorcycles, which means a new owner has a better chance of receiving experienced service on the bike. As well, for a do-it-yourself mechanic, there exists a substantial market for used parts that can be purchased at reduced prices through motorcycle salvage yards. There is also a fair amount of after-market accessories available to a Concours owner to better personalize his/her vehicle.

The Concours may be the best definition of the "ultimate utilitarian" motorcycle, since it has been around a long time, is generally very reliable, can be used for weekend "get aways," for multi-week cross-country excursions, is an able commuter bike, can handle many errands, and is considered the best motorcycle value in its class. Often referred to as motorcycling's "Best Bang For The Buck".


An additional benefit to the Concours owner is the support of the Concours Owners Group which is comprised of helpful, knowledgeable and in some cases, quite passionate members who enjoy their Concours and like to help other Concours riders.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a Liquid cooled cooled Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.. The engine featured a 10.2:1 compression ratio.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 110/80 VR18 front tire and a 130/80 VR16 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via 2x 272mm discs 1 piston caliper in the front and a Single 280mm disc 1 piston caliper in the rear. The front suspension was a 41mm Telescopic, air-assisted adjustable preload while the rear was equipped with a UNI-TRAK with adjustable preload, rebound damping and air pressure. The ZG1000 Concours was fitted with a 28.5 Liters / 7.5 US gal fuel tank. The bike weighed just 270 kg / 595 lbs. The wheelbase was 1554 mm / 61.2 in long.




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2002 Kawasaki Concours (ZG1000) in Silver


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2006 Kawasaki Concours in blue



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Specs[edit]

Make Model Kawasaki GTR1000 / ZG 1000 Concours
Year 1986 - 89
Engine Type Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
Displacement 997 cc / 60.8 cu-in
Bore X Stroke 74 x 58 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression 10.2:1
Induction 4 x 32mm Keihin CV carburetors
Ignition Electronic
Starting Electric
Max Power 110 hp / 85 kW @ 9500 rpm (ZG 1100 - 97 hp / 72.3 kW @ 7000 rpm)
Max Power Rear Tire 94.4 hp / 70 kW @ 9500 rpm
Max Torque 10 kgf-m @ 6500 rpm
Transmission 6 Speed
Final Drive Shaft
Front Suspension 41mm Telescopic, air-assisted adjustable preload
Front Wheel Travel 140 mm / 5.5 in
Rear Suspension UNI-TRAK with adjustable preload, rebound damping and air pressure
Rear Wheel Travcel 140 mm / 5.5 in
Front Brakes 2x 272mm discs 1 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 280mm disc 1 piston caliper
Front Tire 110/80 VR18
Rear Tire 130/80 VR16
Rake 28°,
Trail 100 mm / 3.9 in
Wheelbase 1554 mm / 61.2 in
Seat Height 797 mm / 31.0 in
Dry Weight 270 kg / 595 lbs
Wet Weight 296.0 kg / 652.6 lbs
Fuel Capacity 28.5 Liters / 7.5 US gal
Consumption Average 14.0 km/lit
Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0 15.1 m / 39.8 m
Standing ¼ Mile 11.7 sec / 180.7 km/h
Top Speed 216.0 km/h / 134 mph


External Links[edit]

Concours Owners Group (COG)

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.