This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the Kawasaki Concours 14, also known as the Kawasaki GTR1400, 1400 GTR, or ZG1400 in different markets, for all years from 2007 to today (2021+).
(These are all the same bike — slight variations on power, depending on market — but mostly the same, with different names!)
This is the second generation concours, with a 1352cc inline-four cylinder engine, a significant update from the GTR1000. It’s the same engine as in the Kawasaki ZX-14, but tuned for touring. In the Concours 14, the engine makes 114 kW (155 bhp) at 8800 rpm, or more with ram air, and makes 136 Nm (102 ft-lb) of torque at 6200 rpm – though a lot of torque all through the rev range.
The Concours 14 had some upgrades in the years since it was launched in 2007, but nothing significant enough to change the way it’s maintained. Most of the parts are the same. The major changes have been technology upgrades, plus a few other ones to improve rideability slightly. ABS was added, but it didn’t change the brake pads.
Even the exterior appearance mostly stayed the same — check out the pics below.
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What you need to service the Kawasaki Concours 14
To service your Concours 14/GTR1400, you need some general consumables like oil etc., plus some specific parts.
The Concours 14 is pretty low-maintenance, having a high-reliability engine and a shaft drive.
|Part||Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 Spec|
|Oil||You need 4-4.4L (depending on whether you change the filter or not) of SAE 10W-40 engine oil “with API SG, SH, SJ, SL or SM with JASO MA, MA1 or MA2 rating”, preferably Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil.|
Don’t over-torque the drain bolt (spec is 30 Nm/22 lb-ft per the manual) — use a torque wrench if you don’t have experience with how much torque is enough.
|Oil filter||Oil filter is part 16097-0008, or you can use Hiflofiltro HF303RC. Torque for oil filter is 17 Nm (13 ft-lb) (use a torque wrench)|
|Front brake pads||Genuine part number for front brake pads is 43082-0122 for the Kawasaki Concours 14. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA417/4HH (all years, ABS or not).|
|Rear brake pads||Genuine part number for rear brake pads is 43082-0055. Get double-sintered EBC brake pads for better bite and wear — code FA254HH.|
|Spark plugs||NGK CR9EIA-9, with a spark plug gap of 0.8-0.9mm (use a spark plug gapping tool), torqued to 13 Nm or 9 ft-lb (use a torque wrench)|
|Air filter||OEM part number is 110130014, available from the dealer. Use intercompatible K&N part KA-1406.|
|Cable lubricant||Remember to lubricate your clutch cable (and brake cables if you have them) with a cable lubricant. Protect All Cable Life is a good general-purpose lubricant.|
|Final drive oil||Spec is API GL-5 or GL-6 with SAE-90 (riding above 5 C / 41 F) and SAE-80 (if riding below 5 C / 41 F). Lucas Oil 80W-90 is a popular choice.|
|Brake fluid||Spec is to use DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4|
|Coolant||Use 3.4L (about 3.6 US qt) of nitrate-free, phosphate-free, ethylene glycol-based coolant with anti-corrosion inhibitors, e.g. Valvoline Zerex G05.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap based grease for all the important greasing points.|
Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400.
The maintenance for the Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 was originally broken into three sections: Change/Replacement Items, Engine Related Items, and Chassis Related Items. But in more recent years, it was combined and re-ordered. The most recent maintenance schedule (for the 2015+ version) is below.
Generally speaking, service intervals for the Concours 14 are every 7500 miles / 12000 km (for oil changes and most specs), but Kawasaki recommends that between those services you do other checks of safety items like brakes and clutch.
- Kawasaki recommends you get anything related to emissions or safety (e.g. vacuum sync fuel hoses, wheel balancing, steering play, or the brake system) serviced by a dealer.
- At the end of the maintenance schedule, keep following service intervals of every 6000 km / 3750 miles.
- Follow the earlier of time or distance intervals. E.g. replace the oil every 7500 miles or year, whichever is earlier.
|mi x 1000||0.6||7.6||15.2||22.8||30.4|
|km x 1000||1||12||24||36||48||Every|
|Engine oil (Kawasaki 10W-40 Engine Oil) and oil filter (HF303RC)||R||R||R||R||R||Year: R|
|Air suction system||I||I||I||I|
|Air cleaner element (KA-1406)||R||R||More often if riding in dusty/rainy conditions|
|Spark plugs (CR9EIA-9)||R||R||R||R|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Clutch fluid level||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Clutch fluid, hose, and pipe||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||R||R||2 years: R|
|Clutch hose / rubber parts of clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder||R||4 years: R|
|Brake system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake pad wear||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid level||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid (front and rear) (Castrol DOT 4)||R||R||2 years, R|
|Brake hoses||4 years, R|
|Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper||R||4 years: r|
|Brake light switch operation||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Cooling system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Coolant level||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Coolant, water hose, and O-ring||R||3 years: R|
|Final gear case oil level / leaks||I||I||I||I|
|Final gear case oil (Lucas Oil 80W-90)||R||R||R||R|
|Fuel system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Fuel hose||5 years: R|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Engine vacuum synchronization||I||I||I||I|
|Tire air pressure||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheels and tires||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheel bearing damage||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Suspension system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering play||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering stem bearings||L||L||2 years, L|
|Electrical system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Chassis parts||L||L||L||L||Year, L|
|Condition of bolts, nuts, and fasteners||I||I||I||I||I|
|Evaporative emission control system||I||I||I||I|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Kawasaki Concours 14/ GTR1400 ABS
The Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 ABS has the following tyre sizes standard, and recommends these tyre pressures (when cold):
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58 W)||290 kPa/42psi|
|Rear||190/50 ZR17 M/C (73 W)||290 kPa/42psi|
Stock, the Kawasaki Concours 14 ships with Bridgestone Battlax BT021 sport touring tyres.
About the Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 ABS
The Kawasaki Concours 14 is a big sports touring motorcycle that goes fast, for long distances, and in comfort. It’s a worthy competitor to other big touring rigs like the Yamaha FJR1300.
Like the FJR1300, the Concours is also a popular choice for motorcycle or government escort departments.
The heart of the Concours 14 is its massive 1352cc DOHC inline-four engine. The engine has dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, liquid cooling, and fuel injection.
The Concours 14 in its latest spec makes peak torque of 137 Nm (101 lb-ft) at 6200 rpm. Claims to power output vary, but they are all around 155 bhp / 116 kW at 8800 rpm, give or take a few ponies.
The Concours 14’s engine isn’t of course just about peak power. It has loads of torque everywhere, but it finishes it off with a top-end rush that would put a quick end to most high-speed races.
A big part of its tremendously wide power delivery in the Concours 14 is due to its variable valve timing (VVT) system, which automatically alters camshaft profiles according to rpm to boost low-end and mid-range power without sacrificing top end. The engine has had VVT since inception.
Since its launch in 2007 (2008 model year in most places), Kawasaki has updated the Concours 14 in a few ways.
- In 2010 there was a significant update. Kawasaki added traction control and ABS, as well as linked brakes. Kawasaki also revised the bodywork to improve cooling and reduce engine heat to the rider, raised the mirrors, and redesigned the dashboard.
- In 2012, Kawasaki changed the front rotors slightly, reducing the size of the carrier to resist warping (but brake pad spec stayed the same). Kawasaki also changed the tyre pressure sensors.
- In 2015, Kawasaki made a number of rideability improvement, including a shorter first gear ratio for better acceleration, revised fuel mapping, a different steering stem seal for lighter steering, stiffer rear suspension, revised ABS, and many other changes.
Those changes might sound significant, but what didn’t change was the engine, which is why the maintenance schedule remains the same.
Like a few other Japanese sports tourers, what makes the Concours strong vs its big V-twin rivals is that it handles well. Everything’s a balance, of course, but suffice it to say that the Concours 14 can lean without scraping and won’t feel unwieldy on sweepers and curves. FJR owners admit the Concours handles well despite its weight (but loyalty is strong!). Speaking of which, the Concours 14 weighs 313 kg / 690 lb with saddlebags fitted — and most owners don’t take them off (though they might take off the top box).
Most importantly, the Concours 14 is one of those motorcycles that can be ridden quickly and in comfort all day. That’s why it’s a popular choice for police forces around the world who can use it to catch up to pretty much any car at any speed.
Front suspension on the Kawasaki Concours 14 is via a 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable preload and rebound damping. The rear tetra-lever swing-arm’s shock absorber is adjustable for preload and rebound damping too.
Front brakes are 310mm petal discs with 4-piston calipers, as you’d expect on a bike of this heft.
Since 2010, the Kawasaki Concours 14 has had quite a bit of rider aid technology, including linked ABS, KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control), and a unique fuel economy assistance mode, which switches to a leaner map, prioritising range over power.
While the Concours 14 has always come with heated grips, it has never come with cruise control.
Oh, and the Concours 14 is these days only sold new in American markets.
Manual for the Kawasaki Concours 14/GTR1400 ABS
Since 2015, Kawasaki has simplified the maintenance schedule. Below is one from the most recent revision, which shows simpler 7500 mi / 12000 km maintenance intervals.
The main differences are that in previous years, Kawasaki recommended checking the brake and clutch system, as well as the evap canister, every 3750 miles or 6000 km — basically, between services. All other items were at the present 7500 mile / 12000 km intervals.
See the archive copies below, for example the one below is from 2010 (when it just got ABS / KTRC).
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the Kawasaki reference site for manuals, including the Concours 14 / GTR 1400 ABS, which is available here.