Traction Control, ABS, Tyre Pressure Sensors, Grip Warmers, Center Stand, Panniers, Keyless Ignitions, Remote Pre-load adjuster and Electrically Adjustable Windscreen are all a part of the standard features on the 2017 1400GTR.
The 1400GTR features KTRC, Kawasaki’s traction control system, giving riders the piece of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. The system looks for difference in front and rear wheel speed. When rear wheel spin is detected, engine output is controlled to allow the rear wheel to regain grip.
The Tetra-Lever rear suspension is supported at four points on the left and right side and mounts to Kawasaki’s unique Uni-Trak suspension system. This system almost completely eliminates the up/down movement associated with shaft drives during acceleration and deceleration, resulting in a very natural ride feel.
A first in the touring category, variable valve timing alters the camshaft timing in response to rpm and throttle position. The result is high torque output in the low and medium rpm ranges and awesome high-rpm power at the top end. Combustion efficiency is also improved, contributing to enhanced fuel efficiency.
KIPASS (Kawasaki’s Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System) is a master key system that allows remote activation of the bike’s main switch. The 1400GTR implemented the first application of an electronic authorisation system to a touring machine and greatly enhances rider convenience as well as security, thanks to the incorporation of an ignition immobiliser.
Stepless adjustable grip warmers are fitted standard the switch is located close to the rider for easy access.
Redesigned seat offers increased comfort for both rider and passenger. The rider portion is narrower at the front, making it easier to reach the ground, and a flatter seat area offers increased comfort. Double-stitch finish on key areas contributes to a high-quality image. Tandem footpegs with rubber pads offer better vibration absorption for increased passenger comfort.
Pressed stainless steel rings for the speedometer and tachometer dials add a higher-quality image to the cockpit. Smoke-coloured brake and clutch reservoirs contribute to a higher-quality image. Larger exhaust heat guard offers increased protection for the rider’s leg/foot while creating a more integrated design with the silencer cover. Previously available as an accessory, a resin tank pad is now fit standard. The tank pad helps prevent wear and damage to the tank.
K-ACT ABS settings reduce the linked braking effect on the front brake when the rear brake is applied. This allows a more natural brake feeling for low-speed manoeuvres like U-turns. An upgrade to the latest-model ABS unit offers an even more compact size, as well as more precise control, which contributes to improved K-ACT ABS input character.
Like a supersport bike, the GTR uses a radial-pump master cylinder and radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers gripping semi-floating 310 mm petal discs. Braking performance is simply outstanding. Because touring riders tend to rely more heavily on the rear brake, the GTR is fitted with a 270 mm rear disc (20 mm larger than that of the ZX-14). Large brake pedal surface area eases operation. Like the front brakes, a petal disc is used at the rear. It is operated by an opposed 2-piston caliper. Smoke-coloured brake and clutch reservoirs contribute to a higher-quality image.