Safety & Accident

Kawasaki Suspends Shipments of Concours 14P Motorcycle

August 15, 2012

Photo courtesy Jose Ybarra.
Photo courtesy Jose Ybarra.

SANTA ANA, CA - Kawasaki Motors Corp. has suspended shipments of its Concours 14P police motorcycle program, after determining that dealer modifications were causing a blown main fuse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Kawasaki's decision deals a blow to the cycle's prospects for wider police adoption and curtails the return to the police motorcycle market of a company that produced the "CHiPS"-era KZ1000P.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a recall notice in April for Concours 14P motorcycles produced during the 2009-2012 model years. The recall affects 268 motorcycles that were equipped with police equipment by Idaho-based Kawasaki dealers Beaudry Motors and BMS Inc.

When contacted by Government Fleet magazine, Kawasaki's Mark Hosbach said the bike is no longer being sent out to dealers for law enforcement sales.

"We're currently on hold through the end of the year for shipping any Concours for upfitment for law enforcement as a result of the NHTSA recall," said Hosbach, the senior manager for the Concours 14P project. "We do not sell a police bike and at this time Kawasaki endorses no upfitter for law enforcement."

Police equipment such as emergency lighting, radios, and other gear powered by a second battery were causing the cycle's 30-amp main fuse to blow in some cases, according to NHTSA documents. If the fuse blows, the engine may stall, and the vehicle could crash.

In April, Kawasaki sent letters to its law enforcement clients informing them to bring the motocycles to dealers for the fix.

One of the motorcycle's biggest customers, the California Highway Patrol, has taken its 65 Concours 14P enforcement cycles to dealers who have addressed the issue, agency spokeswoman Fran Clader told POLICE Magazine.

"None of our motorcycles had experienced any issues," Clader said. "There were no problems detected ... The safety of our officers is our number one priority."

In August of 2010, C.H.P. fleet managers signed a purchase agreement with Beaudry to begin replacing its fleet of nearly 400 BMW motorcycles with Kawasaki Concours 14Ps. The agency is expected to go out to bid for a new motorcycle contract later this year, Clader said.

Other agencies who have purchased the bike include the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Nevada Highway Patrol, Idaho State Police, Mesa (Ariz.) Police Department, Austin (Texas) Police Department, Colorado Highway Patrol, Sanford (Fla.) Police Department, Boise (Idaho) Police Department, Seattle Police Department, and Portland Police Department.

The problem was first reported to Kawasaki by a law enforcement agency in November of 2011. On March 23, Kawasaki determined the equipment installed by Beaudry and BMS had caused the defect and decided to issue a recall, according to the NHTSA documents.

The motorcycle also will not be tested by the Michigan State Police's Precision Driving Unit at the annual testing of law enforcement vehicles in September, Sgt. Matt Rogers said. When it was tested in 2010, the motorcycle edged the competition in acceleration, top speed and quickest braking.

By Paul Clinton


  1. 1. Bob Young [ August 16, 2012 @ 01:38PM ]

    This is NOT a "NHTSA recall." In compliance with legal requirements, Kawasaki notified the agency that IT was recalling the referenced police bikes. It is a Kawasaki safety-related recall. Your story (and Kawasaki's Hosbach) gives the impression that somehow Kawasaki had nothing to do with its own action.

  2. 2. Greg Basich [ August 16, 2012 @ 03:06PM ]

    Hi Bob, the author was pretty careful to specifically state that Kawasaki was the entity recalling the vehicle, in three specific places in the article, in fact (first paragraph, 7th paragraph, and 12th paragraph). Also, when the author mentions NHTSA, he specifically states that "NHTSA issued a recall notice in April." There are 3 recall notices for the Concours 14P on NHTSA's website for the month of April 2012. That doesn't assert that NHTSA recalled the bike, it only states that NHTSA issued a notice of the recall, which it did in fact do. As for Hosbach's quote, that's his quote and not an assertion by the author.

  3. 3. James [ August 16, 2012 @ 04:52PM ]

    The problem is with the consumer side (main battery) of the Kawasaki Concours 1400 not the Police up fit side auxiliary battery which has a separator to protect it. The Concours alternator produces 41 amps and flows it through a 30 amp fuse into the main battery. This is a Kawasaki consumer bike issue not a Police bike issue.

  4. 4. Greg Basich [ August 16, 2012 @ 04:56PM ]

    With regard to the electrical system issue, in the letter that Kawasaki issued, they specifically addressed vehicles used by law enforcement. Here's the letter from Kawasaki on NHTSA's website:

    Edit: I should clarify that the motorcycles are specifically Concours 14 bikes that were upfit for police use, as you noted.

  5. 5. PROBITY CYCLE INC. [ August 17, 2012 @ 10:44AM ]

    The Probity Cycle Kawasaki ZG1400-P Enforcer does not use an "auxiliary battery system" period.

  6. 6. [email protected] [ August 18, 2012 @ 04:34PM ]

    Probity is junk. Those guys market a lower quality accessories and technology around their huge crash bars. If I were buying a kawi it would be Beaudry! Kawasaki will get the bikes back out quickly. This is a minor delay. In the meanwhilebuy an out dated Honda.

  7. 7. PROBITY CYCLE INC. [ September 08, 2012 @ 08:49AM ]

    [email protected] "people who think they know
    everything are very annoying to the ones who do".

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  10. 10. Tom [ January 28, 2015 @ 05:22PM ]

    Have any of you guys ridden the new "Rushmore" Police Harley's? I own a 2015 FLHP and it is light year5s ahead of the older 13 on down models. They have made 130 improvements in all. Might be worth your while to throw a leg over might be impressed. I was...enough to buy my own!


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