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Chronological history of the Kawasaki Concours.

Chronological history of the Kawasaki Concours.

Unless otherwise noted, specifications apply to the 49 state version of the US model Kawasaki Concours. Similar changes are made to non US models, colors often vary though. "No production US model" often denotes excess manufacturing, which is often sold the following model year. The information is deemed reliable, but can not include all modifications or changes.

1986
ZG1000-A1
Introduction
Color: Pearl Gentry Gray, aka silverdammit among COG members :)

1987
ZG1000-A2
No US production
Candy Wine red (Canada)
Bars and windscreen raised approximately 1"

1988
ZG1000-A3 and A3a
Color: Candy Wine Red

1989
ZG1000-A4
No US production
Color: Candy Persimmon Red (Canada)

1990
ZG1000-A5
Color: Candy Persimmon Red
Cam chain tensioner design changed to ratcheting type.
Case half modified in several locations for larger case half bolts.

1991
ZG1000-A6
Color:Candy Persimmon Red

1992
ZG1000-A7
Color: Ebony
Clutch and brake lever reach now adjustable on some models.

1993
ZG1000-A8
Color: Ebony. (Black with red pin striping)

1994
ZG1000-A9
Color: Luminous Vintage Red and Cosmic Gray (Wineberry, gray)
New design instrument cluster (ZX-10).
New design dash cowl and inner fairing panels.
Wider front rim width.
New design wheel pattern, front and rear.
Dual piston front calipers, with semi floating front rotors.
New design 'stepped' seat profile.
Air adjustable front suspension replaced by spring preload forks.
Brushed chrome exhaust canisters replaced with bright chrome.

1995
ZG1000-A10
Color: Luminous Vintage Red and Cosmic Gray.

1996
ZG1000-A11
No production US model.

1997
ZG1000-A12
Windsor Green, Cosmic Gray lower

1998
ZG1000-A13
Windsor Green, Cosmic Gray lower

1999
ZG1000-A14
Candy Amaranth Red, gray lower.
Fork tube protectors added, fork seals 'double' lips
Clutch 'star spring' redesigned mid year

2000
ZG1000-A15
Candy Persimmon Red, Cosmic Gray lowers
Recall notice to replace star spring nut on several Kawasaki models. Engine numbers ZGT00AE025431 through ZGT00AE028058 (1999 - 2000 model years)

2001
ZG1000-A16
Metallic Sonic Blue, Cosmic Gray lower

2002
ZG1000-A17
Metallic Phantom Silver, Cosmic Gray lower

2003
ZG1000-A18
Candy Cardinal Red, with dark bronze lower
The news here is, Kawasaki finally ran out of "Cosmic Gray" paint for the lower

2004
ZG1000-A19
Pearl Black, Chateau Gray lower

2005
ZG1000-A20
Pearl Luster Beige, dark bronze lower.
20th Anniversary :)
The pipe into the muffler is now chromed.

2006
ZG1000-A21
"Metallic Nocturne Blue", "Metallic Graystone" lower
21 years now. Like a Timex, the Concours keeps on ticking ;)
 

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1986 Kawasaki Concours ZG1000 Literature

1986 Concours ZG1000 Brochure:











1988 Kawasaki Good Times:







Cycle, May 1986













Cycle World, September 1986











 

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1990 Concours

1990 Kawasaki Good Times









Motorcyclist, August 1990, Concours vs. ST1100



















 

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1991 Concours

1991 Kawasaki Good Times









Cycle World, February 1991, Sport-Tour Shootout











 

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1993 Concours

1993 Voyager XII ZG1200-B7, Concours ZG1000-A8











1993 Kawasaki Good Times





 

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1994 Concours

1994 Voyager XII ZG1200-B8, Concours ZG1000-A9











1994 Kawasaki Good Times









Motorcyclist, April 1994, Concours Reader Report













Motorcyclist, June 1994, Kawasaki ZG1000 Concours













Motorcyclist, September 1994, Sport-Tour Comparison













 

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1996 Concours

1996 Kawasaki Good Times










1996 Concours







Cycle World, January 1996, Concours Long-Term Wrap-Up




 

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1999 Concours

1999 Kawasaki Green Lights









1999 Concours





Motorcyclist, June 1999, Bang for the Buck









Cycle World, December 1999, Peter Egan on Sport Touring


 

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2000 Concours

2000 Voyager XII and Concours











2000 Concours





2000 Kawasaki Touring Bikes


 

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2001 Concours

2001 Touring Series











Motorcyclist, August 2001, Smart Money





Cycle World, September 2001, Forgotten Four















2001 Kawasaki Touring Bikes





2001 Concours












 
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