Kawasaki’s flagship sports tourer, the 1400 GTR, will celebrate its 8th anniversary by welcoming some upgrades for 2015.
But as the old adage goes, why change something which ain’t broke? Precisely what Kawasaki’s top brass must have thought because the main amends for the model are, wait for it, a new wind screen and a more comfortable seat. Oh but that’s not all, Kawasaki also say the bike will benefit from ‘engine and chassis fine-tuning’.
The 1400 GTR still offers and immense package of combining sports-like performance with the practicalities and comfort of a long-distance tourer and the new models refinements are certain to add to its supremacy. The bike retains its ZZR1400-based 1,352cc in-line four, motor with variable hydraulic valve-timing which propels the shaft-driven, 312kg (curb weight) machine along with 153bhp at 8,800rpm.
The all-new electronically adjustable wind screen comes with a new directional vent which is adjustable in two open positions while a more sculpted seat offers better ground reach and extra comfort for a pillion.
Existing cleverness comes in the shape of the keyless ignition, advanced traction control tyre pressure monitors, power mode settings, adjustable heated grips and 37-litre colour-coded panniers.