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Kawasaki Concours 14 Police Bike Is Bad News For Hoons

Posted in General, Motorcycle, Police by Kurt Ernst | July 13th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Police

If you’ve been known to occasionally exceed the speed limit behind the wheel of a car or behind the bars of your motorcycle, Hell For Leather has some bad news for you: with the introduction of the Kawasaki Concours 14 Police, cop bikes aren’t slow, lumbering beasts anymore.

Traditional police bikes from Harley-Davidson and BMW have always favored comfort and durability over outright speed and handling. Even Honda’s ST1300 Police bike wasn’t cause for concern, since it leaned heavily towards the “touring” side of sport-touring. The new Kawasaki police bike, on the other hand, definitely tips the scale towards the sport side of the category.

Running from the police is never a good idea, but I’ll bet lots of you considered it when you saw that ancient KZ1300 or Harley ElectraGlide in your rear view mirror. Given that the new Concourse 14 Police packs 153 horsepower and features a top speed of 155 miles per hour, anyone with a hint of sanity will quickly abandon that thought and comply with the nice motor officer. Besides, as my brother likes to remind me, you can’t outrun a police radio.

2010 Kawasaki Concours 14 Police

A view of the Concours 14 Police that you don't want to see.

There’s no word on how many departments will be adding the new Kawi to their fleets, especially since it hasn’t yet been proven in the field. Kawasaki claims the Concours 14 Police is priced competitively with its rivals from BMW and Harley Davidson, and will actually feature a lower cost of operation. With officer safety in mind, the new Kawasaki comes with ABS, traction control and some big honkin’ crash bars. Let’s hope I don’t see one in my rear view mirror any time soon.

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7 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    “Running from the police is never a good idea, but I’ll bet lots of you considered it when you saw that ancient KZ1300 or Harley ElectraGlide in your rear view mirror. ”

    As one of my fathers friends told me when I was about 13 years old, “It doesn’t matter what you’re driving and how fast it may be, you will NEVER-EVER outrun Motorola.”

  2. nospaces says:

    ahh but if i pass the officer at 170, and he calls out a small black coupe, and I happen to be driving a bat shit insane miata, well I throw the top back now Im in a small black convertible .

  3. dodahman says:

    If you’re intent on trying to outrun a cop on a motorcycle, all you’ve gotta do is to get them to chase you and then slam on your brakes. The bike will just bounce off your rear bumper and you can just drive away. Of course the charges against you just went up, but hey, you ditched him right? Can’t do that with a patrol car.

  4. Kurt says:

    nospaces, I’ve never seen a Miata do 170 with the top up, let alone the top down. If you could get a forced induction Miata to that speed, opening the top would be a mistake you only make once – I guarantee it would get torn clean off.

    dodahman, don’t forget that bikes can out brake and out accelerate most cars. Instead of having him bounce off your bumper, all you’ll do is piss him off (even more).

  5. DaveMofo says:

    Yow. Some cops call the brake check maneuver the “airbag” move, and would def. get anyone trying it out an assault against peace officer charge. I know this bike is fast enough to catch mine, but I wonder how many agencies would authorize their officers to ride at those speeds in traffic to catch another bike/REALLY fast car,( not that you could drive that fast in a car in traffic). It would involve lane splitting at suicidal speeds, and most cops just wouldn’t be willing to put that much on the line. That said, the fucking radio gets you every time. A friend of mine had the State Troopers meet him at his house after a fast run down the tollway. Gotta make that license plate a *little* less visible!

  6. rock says:

    i love the harley-bashing slant to this article.

    no shyt it’ll reduce running cost!!!!!

  7. Kurt says:

    rock, you didn’t like my BMW or KZ1300 bashing, then?