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Kawasaki Edges BMW at Michigan State Police Motorcycle Test

Kawasaki's Concours 14P scored highest in acceleration, top speed and quickest braking.

September 21, 2010  |  by - Also by this author


A trooper with the Michigan State Police Precision Driving Unit runs the Kawasaki Concourse 14 ABS P through a curve during annual vehicle tests. Photo courtesy of Kawasaki.

The newest entry to the police motorcycle market turned heads at the Michigan State Police's annual vehicle testing of 2011 model-year vehicles, running away with top scores in performance and braking.

The Kawasaki Concours 14P recorded the highest speed of the four two-wheel vehicles tested, reaching 131 mph on the 4.8-mile speedway at the Chrysler Proving Grounds in Chelsea, Mich., on Sept. 18.

The Michigan State Police's Precision Driving Unit also tested BMW's R1200 RTP, Harley-Davidson's Road King and H-D's Electra Glide.

With the bike, Kawasaki is re-entering the police motorcycle market after discontinuing the KZ1000P in 2005. It's a conversion of a civilian Concours 14 with more durable brakes and other police-specific features.

The police Concours 14 also reached 0-60 mph fastest, hitting the mark at 4.5 seconds. The BMW bike, which reached a top speed of 127 mph, came closest in that test with a 4.7-second time.

Because motorcycles are intrinsically more challenging for riders and require specialized skills, acceleration from a dead stop to catch speeders can at times present more perils to the motor officer, according to Sgt. John Steele of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's motorcycle training detail.

"We're looking for a motorcycle to get up to that [0-60 mph] time frame and do it safely," Steele tells POLICE Magazine. "You have to look at the big picture."

Kawasaki's police bike also reached a dead stop from 60 mph quickest of the motorcycles, needing 141 feet to stop. BMW's bike, which also arrives with ABS, was close behind, needing 142.9 feet.

Grabbing a handful of brake on a motorcycle can also be perilous, and this is where ABS offers a crucial safety feature to the motor officer. Essentially, the bike instantly calculates a safe braking distance and decelerates the bike at a steady pace rather than locking the brakes.

Look for more in-depth coverage of the testing in our December print issue. And view our archive of Michigan State Police testing from past years.

Tags: Motorcycles, Michigan State Police, Kawasaki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Vehicle Testing


Comments (5)

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kawasaki kid @ 10/9/2010 8:10 AM

This is a great bike!!! Don't underestimate this company. They are the real deal and will make your job safer, quicker and cheaper then the rest.
5 STARS!!

Leonardo @ 9/22/2011 9:37 AM

I worked with Kawasaki KZ 1000 eight years ago, but this bike is much better. I wait that it come to Brazil faster.

Jim @ 3/27/2012 7:59 AM

This is a great motor!! Have been riding this bike for over a year now in Arizona and it does a great job. Our city purchased these motors through Kellys Kawasaki and then they were outfitted by Probity Cycle. The bike looks great and handles even better.

Dave @ 3/29/2012 7:08 PM

I am one Missouri Trooper who wishes I could trade my Harley-Davidson Electra Glide for the Kawasaki. The HD just can't provide the performance I need. I have heard, however, the CHP is having issues with the Kawi's breaking during training drops. I'm hoping Kawasaki beefs up the protection a bit, if this is true.

KPM @ 6/11/2012 6:27 PM

saw one Kaw, i believe, finished in Mi state blue with a motor officer aboard- she was grinning-

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