Kawasaki Police ZG1400

I have an update to the post on Mesa, Arizona ‘s police department switching to the new Connie for duty motorcycles, thanks to a reader.  Apparently Kawasaki has nothing to do with kitting out a police version of the bike.  Instead, Wattco/Whelan is offering a ZG1400 kit for police work.  Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Kawasaki Police ZG1400
Kawasaki Police ZG1400

Wattco has lots more info here, including a video of drop-testing the crash bars.

Honda VFR1200F Pricing Announced…Partially

Honda USA has announced the pricing for the manual-transmission version of the VFR1200F as $15,999.  Still no pricing for the dual-clutch model, but we can expect it to be significantly higher, I suppose.

I guess I still don’t get it.  Who is this bike for? Certainly not touring people, who will hate its “fuel-suckery +_small tank = limited range/no standard luggage” equation.  Not sport-bikers, who’ll hate dragging around it’s lardy bulk.  Honda had the chance to bring out a really game-changing sport-tourer or hyperbike.  People who’ve rode it say it’s nice, but not spectacular.

Even the old VFR fans I’ve talked to seem disappointed by the specs for the 1200.

And, for 16 grand–probably 17 grand for the duel clutch version…well, that’s almost in BMW territory.

Somehow, I don’t see K13GT riders making a switch to the VFR any time soon.