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Title: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on September 26, 2015, 12:20:05 pm
I was getting tired of not being able to figure out which colors were what/where/when.  So I spent a few hours doing the research to bring all the info I could find together in one place which includes the market, the official color name, and some type of sane (non-marketing) description of the color.

Most years, Kawasaki offers the Concours in two colors for each market.  There are several markets, the biggest probably being the US (United States of America) and second EU (European Union) and third CA (Canada).  In most markets, for most years  (excluding 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018 in the US), Kawasaki offered two colors- some type of black and some type of non-black.  Who knows why they choose what color(s) for what market.  See this thread: http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=10709 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=10709)

I will continue to update this first posting with any corrections and new information I can find.  At the moment, the US and EU info should be complete, but the CA (Canada) info is incomplete.

2008
US/CA/EU: "Neutron Silver" (light stone blue/"silverdamnit")
EU: "Metallic Diablo Black" (black)

2009
US: "Candy Diamond Red" (burgundy-ish dark red)
US/CA: "Metallic Diablo Black" (black)
EU: "Metallic Midnight Sapphire Blue" (very dark blue)
EU: "Metallic Moondust Gray" (medium grey)

2010
US/EU: "Candy Neptune Blue" (dark blue)
EU: "Metallic Magnesium Gray" (medium brownish grey)

2011
US: "Atomic Silver" (light/true silver)
US/EU: "Ebony Black" (glossy black)
EU: "Metallic Dark Green" (dark green/"forest green")

2012
US/EU/CA: "Candy Arabian Red" (dark brownish red/"rootbeer")
US/CA: "Ebony Black: (glossy black)
EU: "Metallic Midnight Sapphire Blue" (very dark blue)

2013
US: "Metallic Nocturne Blue" (medium blue)
US/EU/CA: "Metallic Spark Black" (black with reflective flake)
EU/CA: "Perl Mereor Gray" (very dark grey/light black)

2014
US/CA: "New Candy Cardinal Red" (light red/"cherry red")
US/EU/CA: "Metallic Spark Black" (black with reflective flake)
EU: "Metallic Graphite Gray" (dark brownish grey)

2015
US/CA: "Candy Lime Green" (light green/"Kawasaki green")
US/CA/EU: "Metallic Spark Black" (black with reflective flake)
EU: "Metallic Moondust Gray" (medium grey)

2016
US/EU/CA: "Metallic Moondust Gray" (medium grey)
US/CA: "Metallic Spark Black" (black with reflective flake) with green pin-striping on sides and panniers
EU: "Metallic Slate Blue" (medium greyish blue)

2017
US/CA: "Candy Imperial Blue" (medium blue)
EU:  "Metallic Carbon Gray" (black) with green pin-striping on sides and panniers

2018
US/CA: "Metallic Carbon Gray" (black) with green pin-striping on sides and panniers
EU:  DISCONTINUED!!  :(

2019
US/CA: "Metallic Matte Fusion Silver" (Atomic [true] Silver,  without gloss) but with a "Metallic Spark Black" gas tank and leading fairing sections, and with green pin-striping under front logo.

2020
US/CA: (same as 2019) "Metallic Matte Fusion Silver" (Atomic [true] Silver,  without gloss) but with a "Metallic Spark Black" gas tank and leading fairing sections, and with green pin-striping under front logo.



Attached below is a color diagram supplied by "blue72beetle" (with a few errors on the black models being repeated).

Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 26, 2015, 12:58:29 pm
 :hail: :thumbs: :goodpost:
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: twowheeladdict on September 26, 2015, 06:25:31 pm
Wheel colors make a difference as well.  I choose a new 2012 over a leftover 2011 for the black wheels.    Were those the only two wheel color offerings?
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on September 26, 2015, 07:53:38 pm
Wheel colors make a difference as well.  I choose a new 2012 over a leftover 2011 for the black wheels.    Were those the only two wheel color offerings?

Yes.  In 2012 they went from super silver to bland black :)  (and have stayed that way)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: gPink on September 27, 2015, 06:05:28 am
Yes.  In 2012 they went from super silver to bland black :)  (and have stayed that way)

Is this the official color name,or some type of sane (non-marketing) description of the color.  :)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 27, 2015, 06:57:44 am
Max, if you don't mind, I'm going to copy your OP and put it into the FAQ section.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on September 27, 2015, 07:26:59 am
Is this the official color name,or some type of sane (non-marketing) description of the color.  :)

LOL
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on September 27, 2015, 07:27:41 am
Max, if you don't mind, I'm going to copy your OP and put it into the FAQ section.

Works for me.  I am hoping to add more info and make corrections.  I can't believe it is all correct on the first try.  That just doesn't happen.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 16, 2015, 05:48:17 am
2016 US/EU added.  CA not announced yet.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: DaddyFlip on October 16, 2015, 06:27:56 am
Wheel colors make a difference as well.  I choose a new 2012 over a leftover 2011 for the black wheels.    Were those the only two wheel color offerings?

I like the silver wheels better so I chose a leftover 2011 over 2012-15. I also like ebony better than metallic spark, so no more excuses.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: SilverConnieRider on October 19, 2015, 07:15:38 pm
In 2010 you only list the Candy Neptune Blue.

In the MCN August 2010 magazine it ALSO lists Flat Super Black.



Never have figured out why every year they offer black and only one another color.
I know a lot of you like black - it's just not my choice for any vehicle I would want to own.
Black can look really good when clean and shiny.  Hard to keep it clean though and it gets hot.

So many other colors to choose from, I really don't why they think they have to offer black every year.
Especially since they don't offer it in other countries.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 19, 2015, 09:33:41 pm
In 2010 you only list the Candy Neptune Blue.

In the MCN August 2010 magazine it ALSO lists Flat Super Black.


That article was probably just wrong.  See:

http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-abs-ar80297.html (http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-abs-ar80297.html)  "The only 2010 color available is Candy Neptune Blue/Flat Super Black."

and

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-review-88880.html (http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-review-88880.html)  "If you want the 2010 Concours 14 you can have it any color you want as long as it's Candy Neptune Blue."

and

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_concours_14_2010.php (http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_concours_14_2010.php)  "Color options:   Candy Neptune Blue"


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Never have figures out why every year they offer black and only one another color.


Every year except 2008 and 2010.  I don't know why either.

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I know a lot of you like black - it's just not my choice for any vehicle I would want to own.
Black can look really good when clean and shiny.  Hard to keep it clean though and it gets hot.


Black looks really great, but only when is good condition and when perfectly clean, which is about never.  It shows every speck, every scratch, has poor visibility, is very hot in the sun, and is difficult to clean.  I owned only one black vehicle in my life, and never will again.

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So many other colors to choose from, I really don't why they think they have to offer black every year. Especially since they don't offer it in other countries.


For some reason they believe it is what we USA'ians want.  I suppose they have some type of marketing data to back it up.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 20, 2015, 04:00:43 am
For some reason they believe it is what we USA'ians want.  I suppose they have some type of marketing data to back it up.


Top 10 auto colors for 2015.. Black is near the bottom of the list with white at 10.  Both of those colors I've had and will never buy again.

http://top10for.com/top-10-popular-car-colors-2015/ (http://top10for.com/top-10-popular-car-colors-2015/)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 20, 2015, 05:34:54 am
Top 10 auto colors for 2015.. Black is near the bottom of the list with white at 10.  Both of those colors I've had and will never buy again.

[url]http://top10for.com/top-10-popular-car-colors-2015/[/url] ([url]http://top10for.com/top-10-popular-car-colors-2015/[/url])


I am not sure I believe that site.  The most popular 2015 color is "golden"?  I have never seen a single "golden" car.  Second most popular is brown?  I have seen brown, but that is pretty rare.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Blown32 on October 20, 2015, 05:44:33 am
 Just looked at it and the #1 color (gold) is on 1% of cars and the #7 color (silver) is on 65%. 

Fluff/space filler article for sure; the author may be on some sort of mind altering medication as well. 


That being said, I reside on a gravel road so no black cars or bikes for me!
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: elp_jc on October 20, 2015, 12:48:23 pm
Black is the worse color on a fully-faired bike from a safety standpoint. It's MUCH better to be more visible. In fact, no black bike, jacket or helmet were the 'conditions' my wife gave me to ride. I personally believe we all should ride like if were invisible (I do), meaning color doesn't mean much when you ride defensively. But doesn't hurt to be visible either. So to keep her happy, I comply with her wishes. That meant a freaking frog green bike at my 53, but nobody can see that with a helmet on ;D. And if somebody ever hits me, they won't be able to claim they didn't see me. He he. Bottom line is most mature people I know prefer other than black colors (probably for the reason mentioned above), and Kawasaki should deliver that on a sport-touring bike bought by  mature people IMO. Having said that, the green is not that bad, and visible from space, so all good 8).
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: SilverConnieRider on October 20, 2015, 08:04:14 pm
That article was probably just wrong.  See:

[url]http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-abs-ar80297.html[/url] ([url]http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-reviews/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-abs-ar80297.html[/url])  "The only 2010 color available is Candy Neptune Blue/Flat Super Black."

and

[url]http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-review-88880.html[/url] ([url]http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2010-kawasaki-concours-14-review-88880.html[/url])  "If you want the 2010 Concours 14 you can have it any color you want as long as it's Candy Neptune Blue."

and

[url]http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_concours_14_2010.php[/url] ([url]http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_concours_14_2010.php[/url])  "Color options:   Candy Neptune Blue"


Every year except 2008 and 2010.  I don't know why either.

Black looks really great, but only when is good condition and when perfectly clean, which is about never.  It shows every speck, every scratch, has poor visibility, is very hot in the sun, and is difficult to clean.  I owned only one black vehicle in my life, and never will again.

For some reason they believe it is what we USA'ians want.  I suppose they have some type of marketing data to back it up.


Well I guess I can't believe everything I read -  THANKS for setting the record straight.   :chugbeer:
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Jim M. on October 21, 2015, 05:16:44 am
  I was in Belgium a couple of years ago and as I was passing a Kawasaki dealer, I happened to see the Metallic Green (Forest Green) C-14 sitting out front. Wow! What a gorgeous color! It looked so classy. If they would bring that color here in the US, I might think about trading the old '08.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on December 11, 2016, 04:34:56 pm
Never have figured out why every year they offer black and only one another color.

Updated for 2017.
This is the third time they have NOT offered black.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: fartymarty on December 11, 2016, 07:32:25 pm
Hmmm, 2010 Neptune Blue was so close to appearing black I'm sure they thought why offer it that year. My '10 is frequently mistaken for black unless
it is sitting in bright sunshine. My favorite color in photos is the European Green from 2011. I've never seen it first hand.  :(

So, no 2017 model for the EU...some new stricter emissions restrictions cause that or...what??
edit: Ok I just read this:http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=22019.msg273367#msg273367
 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=22019.msg273367#msg273367)
Black is the worse color on a fully-faired bike from a safety standpoint. It's MUCH better to be more visible.


Agreed, especially at night. However there are some that have other thoughts on the subject.
 Second/multi-hand story so actual source is in doubt: A truck driver said that "Silver and Gray are the worst colors because blacktop is only black for the first 4 months. Then it becomes gray like concrete roads. The silver and gray bikes disappear into the pavement if their lights are out or misaimed. Black bikes are much easier to see down the road than silver ones are, but nothing "POPS" like those Yellow Goldwings do."
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Ron Dawg on December 12, 2016, 06:33:14 am
" Second/multi-hand story so actual source is in doubt: A truck driver said that "Silver and Gray are the worst colors because blacktop is only black for the first 4 months. Then it becomes gray like concrete roads. The silver and gray bikes disappear into the pavement if their lights are out or misaimed. Black bikes are much easier to see down the road than silver ones are, but nothing "POPS" like those Yellow Goldwings do."

I discovered long ago when traveling heavy highway miles with a radar detector that asphalt grey cars give you "just a little more chance" to spot speed traps than a bright red or yellow car. They don't show road grime (snow excepted of course) quite so badly either.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on December 12, 2016, 04:52:25 pm
Speaking as someone with a silver car AND bike, I know that they (silver/grey) are not the most visible color.  They are indeed difficult to see in many road conditions.  I love the color, and it really stays pretty and cleaner than any other color.  But visibility is a good reason to have ample lights and reflectors (which is why I added reflectors on bags, extra tail/brake light, and front/side running lights).  So I can have my cake and eat it too.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: PlaynInPeoria on December 13, 2016, 07:13:46 am
Silver detunes visibility during fog and rain also. 

I have a white helmet and a DayGlo jacket for hot weather, but my serious gear is leather and it's black, grey and white.  I like visibility but it's always a fashion struggle between that and something more stylish.   But fancy helmet paint jobs always cost more, so I rationalize my non-fashion helmet as frugal and visible.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: connie14boy on December 13, 2016, 11:03:46 pm
In 2010 you only list the Candy Neptune Blue.

In the MCN August 2010 magazine it ALSO lists Flat Super Black.



Never have figured out why every year they offer black and only one another color.
I know a lot of you like black - it's just not my choice for any vehicle I would want to own.
Black can look really good when clean and shiny.  Hard to keep it clean though and it gets hot.

So many other colors to choose from, I really don't why they think they have to offer black every year.
Especially since they don't offer it in other countries.

IMHO the Gen 1 black Connie with silver wheels is awesome when clean. I have gotten a lot of compliments over the years, and it still looks and runs like new after 78000 miles .
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: fartymarty on December 14, 2016, 10:34:25 am
In 2010 you only list the Candy Neptune Blue.

In the MCN August 2010 magazine it ALSO lists Flat Super Black.


I'm fairly certain that they are simply referring to the frame/lower fairing colors. In some photos or poorly lit showrooms the Candy Neptune Blue can look black, so that year they (Mama Kaw) frequently mentioned the secondary color to highlight that there are really two colors there. Just a guess, but then maybe somewhere someone actually wanted a Sport tourer painted flat black? :o  oops..sorry I meant flat SUPER black...I'm sure there's a difference. ::)


IMHO the Gen 1 black Connie with silver wheels is awesome when clean. I have gotten a lot of compliments over the years, and it still looks and runs like new after 78000 miles .

I think every year with silver wheels looks awesome when clean. It's just so darn hard to keep 'em that way if you ride 'em.  I do agree with many that the Gen Is are the more stylish and svelte looking C14s even though I own a Gen II.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on December 14, 2016, 03:50:41 pm
I think every year with silver wheels looks awesome when clean. It's just so darn hard to keep 'em that way if you ride 'em.

I don't have personal experience with black wheels, but I can't imagine that glossy black wheels would be any easier to keep clean than the silver ones.

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I do agree with many that the Gen Is are the more stylish and svelte looking C14s even though I own a Gen II.

Well, I am not one of them :)  The only real "looks" difference between the gen1/2 is just the side fairings (and perhaps mirror placement).  I prefer the gen2 look.  That is not to say the gen1 isn't nice too, I just think the gen2 looks even nicer.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: connie14boy on December 14, 2016, 07:49:27 pm
I'm fairly certain that they are simply referring to the frame/lower fairing colors. In some photos or poorly lit showrooms the Candy Neptune Blue can look black, so that year they (Mama Kaw) frequently mentioned the secondary color to highlight that there are really two colors there. Just a guess, but then maybe somewhere someone actually wanted a Sport tourer painted flat black? :o  oops..sorry I meant flat SUPER black...I'm sure there's a difference. ::)


I think every year with silver wheels looks awesome when clean. It's just so darn hard to keep 'em that way if you ride 'em.  I do agree with many that the Gen Is are the more stylish and svelte looking C14s even though I own a Gen II.

I meant to say that the black Gen 1 without the black bazooka donkey dong  ;D is my favorite color.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: fartymarty on December 14, 2016, 08:36:42 pm
I meant to say that the black Gen 1 without the black bazooka donkey dong  ;D is my favorite color.


Well, now you're just wrong. I love my big black bazooka donkey don......ah.....wait, what?  :o  :yikes:  :doh:

...er... I like a nice quiet performance neutral muffler like the one that came stock on my C14,
 it just happens to be mostly black and a little larger than it should be.
 (http://rs407.pbsrc.com/albums/pp159/jufconnie/Smileys%20Hyves/smiley_talktothehand.gif~c200)

(There, I think I saved that from where it was headed. ?)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: O.C. on December 15, 2016, 12:40:37 am
I don't have personal experience with black wheels, but I can't imagine that glossy black wheels would be any easier to keep clean than the silver ones.

Correct, I have Black wheels on my current C14 and they aren't easy to keep clean (not that I'm a polisher) I have had Silver wheels on previous C14s and they don't show dirt quite so obviously
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on November 03, 2017, 09:52:04 pm
Corrected 2017, added 2018
http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=20250.msg250498#msg250498 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=20250.msg250498#msg250498)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: gPink on November 04, 2017, 06:29:00 am
Black is the new black.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on November 04, 2017, 11:20:46 am
Black is the new black.

Yeah, really.  I am constantly amazed at how many different names Kawasaki slaps on the bike for what is essentially just "black".  Admittedly, they are sometimes slightly different shades of black and with more or less metallic "glitter" in them, but if you don't like/want black, none of that matters much.

Trivia- the 2017 "black" with green pin-striping is the color combo that became the US/CA 2018 color.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on January 23, 2018, 12:47:25 am
RE: Pin-striping on 2016?

Kawasaki used the same image on their website for both the 2016 and 2018 models. (See first image below). Second image is an actual US 2016 which had the green piping. (I almost bought that one). The last image is of a 2018 that I just found on a google search. That picture wasn't available back when I was trying to figure out the difference between the 2 colors.

Interesting.   The issue is that I didn't see that in 2016 myself (and I am pretty sure I would have seen it) and from what I remember, the pin-striping was introduced with "Metallic Carbon Grey" in the EU in 2017 and just carried over to the US/CA in 2018.  It doesn't seem likely they mixed the pin-striping with "Metallic Spark Black" of 2016.... and yet.....

When doing my own research, I keep finding a mix of with and without the pinstriping for 2016.  The most compelling evidence is this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0c7YN2_k-M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0c7YN2_k-M) posted on Jul 27, 2016.  He even correctly pronounces "Concours" (so rare) (was a great price, too).

For now I will at least edit it with the info and a "?"
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Impster on January 23, 2018, 05:37:57 am
RE: Pin-striping on 2016?

Interesting.   The issue is that I didn't see that in 2016 myself (and I am pretty sure I would have seen it) and from what I remember, the pin-striping was introduced with "Metallic Carbon Grey" in the EU in 2017 and just carried over to the US/CA in 2018.  It doesn't seem likely they mixed the pin-striping with "Metallic Spark Black" of 2016.... and yet.....

When doing my own research, I keep finding a mix of with and without the pinstriping for 2016.  The most compelling evidence is this:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0c7YN2_k-M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0c7YN2_k-M) posted on Jul 27, 2016.  He even correctly pronounces "Concours" (so rare) (was a great price, too).

For now I will at least edit it with the info and a "?"

As more evidence, my '16 is in the metallic black with pin stripes.

Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on January 23, 2018, 05:43:04 am
As more evidence, my '16 is in the metallic black with pin stripes.

Well, I guess it is settled, then!  Will remove the "?"
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: motonerd14 on February 24, 2018, 07:25:35 pm
Black is the worse color on a fully-faired bike from a safety standpoint. It's MUCH better to be more visible. In fact, no black bike, jacket or helmet were the 'conditions' my wife gave me to ride. I personally believe we all should ride like if were invisible (I do), meaning color doesn't mean much when you ride defensively. But doesn't hurt to be visible either. So to keep her happy, I comply with her wishes. That meant a freaking frog green bike at my 53, but nobody can see that with a helmet on ;D. And if somebody ever hits me, they won't be able to claim they didn't see me. He he. Bottom line is most mature people I know prefer other than black colors (probably for the reason mentioned above), and Kawasaki should deliver that on a sport-touring bike bought by  mature people IMO. Having said that, the green is not that bad, and visible from space, so all good 8).

 :goodpost:

I only buy red or orange motorcycles precisely because of this. Shame the C14 never came in yellow!
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: blue72beetle on August 03, 2018, 01:33:48 pm
I put this together for a color reference while I shop for a C14. Maybe this can be put in the Colors sticky in the FAQ?
Click link for larger version:
https://photos.smugmug.com/Concours/i-nhPfKcC/0/80b9c8a4/O/C14%20Colors.jpg

Oh, and this is US market only.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Concours/i-nhPfKcC/0/80b9c8a4/X3/C14%20Colors-X3.jpg)
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on August 03, 2018, 01:58:28 pm
I put this together for a color reference while I shop for a C14. Maybe this can be put in the Colors sticky in the FAQ?
Click link for larger version:
[url]https://photos.smugmug.com/Concours/i-nhPfKcC/0/80b9c8a4/O/C14%20Colors.jpg[/url] ([url]https://photos.smugmug.com/Concours/i-nhPfKcC/0/80b9c8a4/O/C14%20Colors.jpg[/url])

Oh, and this is US market only.

([url]https://photos.smugmug.com/Concours/i-nhPfKcC/0/80b9c8a4/X3/C14%20Colors-X3.jpg[/url])


could put it here
http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?board=24.0 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?board=24.0)

a better spot, or contact Virginia Jim, from this post (send him a p/m via his linked p/m feature), and have it added to his posting, it's locked, but I'm sure he would at it...
http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=20253.msg250551#msg250551 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=20253.msg250551#msg250551)

Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on August 03, 2018, 02:45:05 pm
I put this together for a color reference while I shop for a C14. Maybe this can be put in the Colors sticky in the FAQ?  Oh, and this is US market only.

Neat!  I have downloaded and uploaded to the primary post (linking is bad, because it can disappear).  Did you make that yourself?  If so, how (it is impressive)?  A few of the colors are a bit off (like the 2008), but I did verify it is generally good and 100% matched the info I had already supplied (for USA).  Thanks
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: blue72beetle on August 03, 2018, 03:36:35 pm
Yeah, I made it myself using Photoshop. I just did a google search for the images, and used the FAQ here and Kawasaki's site for the years/names. It was a little tough finding pictures of just the left side in front of a plain background for every single one. A couple of the black ones might not be EXACT but you can't see the metal flake in that small of a picture anyway. I also made a fairly obvious error in one, I'm waiting to see if anyone catches it.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on August 03, 2018, 04:03:41 pm
I also made a fairly obvious error in one, I'm waiting to see if anyone catches it.

yes, I caught it right off, when I scrolled down the list....
the 2012 Ebony Black photo is actually a 2011 Ebony black bike...

2012 began the "Black Rims" which are so desirable... or so people say.. some powder coat them odd colors, and even Gold Anodize them and clearcoat them... because they have disposable incomes..   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on August 03, 2018, 05:13:23 pm
Yeah, I made it myself using Photoshop. I just did a google search for the images, and used the FAQ here and Kawasaki's site for the years/names. It was a little tough finding pictures of just the left side in front of a plain background for every single one.

Well, great job.

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A couple of the black ones might not be EXACT but you can't see the metal flake in that small of a picture anyway.

Meh, black is black :)  <evil grin>

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I also made a fairly obvious error in one, I'm waiting to see if anyone catches it.

Your 2015 black is not a 2015, because it doesn't have the correct windscreen and the 2012 Black is not a 2012 because it has the silver wheels instead of black :)  Of course, you already mentioned you repeated some of the black models.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on August 03, 2018, 05:45:32 pm
Well, great job.

Meh, black is black :)  <evil grin>

Your 2015 black is not a 2015, because it doesn't have the correct windscreen and the 2012 Black is not a 2012 because it has the silver wheels instead of black :)  Of course, you already mentioned you repeated some of the black models.

well, I admit I was just doing the 'paint color schema'

so, one for you, and one for me also...

 :hitfan: :hitfan:
I'm sure he didn't catch both.. as he only mentioned one mistake..

it's cool... great job.  :thumbs: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: blue72beetle on August 03, 2018, 05:52:27 pm
Haha, I didn't notice the 2015, but I did notice the silver wheels after I finished it. Was too lazy to change it.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Rubber_Snake on August 03, 2018, 06:24:23 pm
Haha, I didn't notice the 2015, but I did notice the silver wheels after I finished it. Was too lazy to change it.

Well....

Fix it!

You did such a good job to start out with.  It looked so official.  Somewhere down the road this could mistaken for being correct.  Don’t stop now!  Get on it, bugman!
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on August 03, 2018, 06:41:31 pm
Haha, I didn't notice the 2015, but I did notice the silver wheels after I finished it. Was too lazy to change it.


YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

(http://myfrugaladventures.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/winner-sign.jpg)

BUTT.. i'll toss the wings and The Pope's Nose to max... whats' a The Pope's Nose you might ask...?  :yikes:
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on August 03, 2018, 07:31:55 pm
I'm not sure I want to know...  so you can keep it
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on August 03, 2018, 08:45:25 pm
I'm not sure I want to know...  so you can keep it

my old Hunky dad used to fight over it, said it was the best part...
and actually, is considered as extremely good and nourishing... I don't mind them..

it's, as he would say, "the part that went over the fence last"....
some folks call that the 'deckle', but that is incorrect terminology.

peace, and happy chicken dinner...
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 07, 2019, 05:57:14 pm
2020 color (same as 2019) added on first post.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 08, 2019, 06:46:05 am
They're just selling off left over bikes then..
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: Poseidon on October 08, 2019, 07:24:24 am
They're just selling off left over bikes then..

Possibly, but other manufacturers have done the same thing in the past. For example, Suzuki produced a new color for the M109R every year since 2006. Then in 2017, they carried over the same two colors from 2016 and everyone thought 2017 was going to be the last year they would make it. It wasn’t. They brought out new colors in 2018 and 2019.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 08, 2019, 03:34:58 pm
They're just selling off left over bikes then..

That is my thought, too.  But the VIN number includes the model year.  So somehow they can sit on un-VIN'ed vehicles until they ship, or they are not actually finishing the assembly until ready for the new VIN series.

There is obviously still a market for the C14.  How big that is, who knows.  It would be interesting to know if they are still producing new part runs, or sitting on large stockpiles.  Since all the infrastructure is in place, it probably doesn't cost them much to keep cranking them out.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on October 08, 2019, 06:54:38 pm
I firmly say boycott '19 and '20 models, and tell Kaw we won't stand for this.. if you blew the "wad" on the '15 Metalic Green.. get with it.. It's a ploy to make us all hate the new release, and give reason to them "shutting down" the ZG1400.. so they can rake money hand over fist, on HS2's.. fug that.   oh yeah... it's supercharged..... well, if you can't even adjust your valves, or won't, a blown supercharger for $5k added onto the price of $25k originally.. you simply have toooo much money.
C10>>>>>> $8k
C14>>>>>>$15k

HS2>>>>>> $25k...... screw that.


'78 KZ1000Ltd>>> $3400......(bought mine used w/ 1800 miles, for $2900)  I ain't letting that bike go.
Title: Re: Concours 14 Paint Colors
Post by: maxtog on October 08, 2019, 09:45:44 pm
I firmly say boycott [non C14] '19 and '20 models

Fixed!

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C10>>>>>> $8.5k (inflation adjusted, it would be almost $11k now)
C14>>>>>>$15.6k
Versys 1000LT >>>>  $18K
H2SX>>>>>> $25k...... screw that.

Fixed that too, you left off the Versys- how that can be $2.4K more than a C14 is beyond me.

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'78 KZ1000Ltd>>> $3400

Inflation adjusted- that would be $13.3 now :)