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Old 11-10-2010, 03:23 PM   #166
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And here's his 08 he bought as a wreck and rebuilt.Decided to paint Acura pearl white!With ghost blue on the fins and emblems....

Nice color......he did a great job.
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:24 PM   #167
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Actually Im the one that painted it.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:36 PM   #168
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That white looks REALLY nice!
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:04 PM   #169
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We keep trying to get him to get a cudtom license plate 7MRY3
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:08 PM   #170
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And here's his 08 he bought as a wreck and rebuilt.Decided to paint Acura pearl white!With ghost blue on the fins and emblems....
Love the pearl white. Fantastic looking.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #171
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I purchased a 2010 Concours (GTR1400 in Australia) last January and to be honest was not impressed by a number of areas of the bike in it's stock form, so much that the Kwaka often sat forlornly while I preferred to ride other bikes in my line up. Many words have been penned on this bike in many forums but here is my (abrieviated) list of it's good and bad points. Keep in mind that my bike is the 2010 model so a number of issues such as excessive engine heat, size of windscreen, inclusion of heated grips etc have been addressed by the factory.

My biggest critisms of the 2010 model are the linked brakes and 'flat as a pancake' power delivery below 3000-4000rpm. The linked brakes work fine when riding in easy touring mode but become a right pain in the butt when the red mist descends when you attck your local twisties. It becomes difficult to ride smoothly at speed in the corners when braking and trail-braking on the rear when setting up for a corner becomes problematic. This braking issue encroaches into the area of handling so that I am left with the impression of an uninspiring bike when it comes to spirited riding. Although the chassis and suspension do the job without fault, I am not left in awe of the handling like I was when I hired the nimble by comparison R1200RT in The States for a 14 day period. Let me stress that in normal touring mode, the bike is fine.

In stock form, the power through the midrange (4000-5000rpm) is good and the top-end above 5000rpm is brilliant but down low around 3000rpm the bike cant pull the skin of a rice puddin'! Last Feb about a month after I bought the bike, I did a 5000km road trip to Victoria taking plenty of secondry roads such as Grafton to Armidale, Putty Road and the run over Mt Hotham. This lack of bottom end became very apparent when trying to lay down the power on the way out of the corners so much so that by the time I got home I'd fallen well out of love with the damn bike and have only used it since when the wife wanted to come for a ride because she winges about riding on the back of the Speed Triple. So to keep the peace, I take the GTR.

That's the bad news. Now the good news. I had been thinking for awhile about un-linking the brakes so a couple of weeks ago I had a brake line specialist make me up a special brake line that runs directly from the rear master cylinder to the rear caliper. I then removed the two lines that connect to the ABS and plugged the holes in the ABS control block. Viola, no more linked brakes!

Since the fuel tank has to be removed to do this, I figured, why not remove the secondry butterflies from the inlet tracts while I'm at it.

Result? These two mods have transformed the bike in my two major areas of complaint and am now finding excuses to ride. The brake line mod has no adverse effect on the general operation of the bike except that there is no ABS on the rear wheel but it works just the same on the front wheel where it really matters anyway. The brake action, feel and power at the pedal/lever is perfect and there are no crazy warning lights flashing at me to remind me of a system that has been tampered with. The traction control works on the rear wheel as before so no issues there either.

Regarding removing the 'flies', this has been well documented by many other owners and I can also report that there are no side issues. The fuelling is still good just of a closed throttle and the bike runs perfectly in all other ways. The difference is that the bike now pulls good from 2000rpm, pulls like a barstard from 3 and goes ballistic from 4. The pull off the bottom is similar to my 2009 Speed Triple and not far off the exceptional B-King that I owned before the Triumph so I am now a happy chappy!

Another critisim I had of the bike was the stock muffler but I fitted a Remus c/f pipe earlier in the year. The stock pipe sounded less inspiring than Grandma's old Singer and it looked plain ugly so it had to go. I have retained the mute in the Remus so it is not too loud at touring speeds but the note when pressing on is a thing of beauty to the ear! I did note at the time of fitting the pipe that there was a small performace gain and the weigh saving was exactly 5kg.

On a comfort level, I fitted a set of Heli Risers as I found the windscreen sucked me forward putting too much weight on the wrists in touring mode. The other thing this bike needs badly when touring is a cruise control. Although we sell the friction type units from our shop (Kaoko and Vista), I have just purchased a proper electronic CC from MC Cruise Control and will be fitting this over the next few days. Will post pics of this (and the brake line mod in a few days). Griz
So, here are the pics as promised. The last pic is from Mt Hotham taken during a ride to Victoria last Feb.


These two pics show the new brake line that runs directly from the master cylinder to the rear caliper. I cannot find enough words to say how good this mod is because this one mod alone has transformed a bike that was a bitch when it came to the "sports" end of the "sports/touring" envelope into a bike that, as far as braking performance goes, is next to perfect! As stated in my original post, removing the secondry butterflies has restored the missing bottom end so now we have a bike with true sporting performance in both 'go and whoa'!



The Remus adds to the aural pleasure without being monotenous out on the highway. Saves 5kg and by the feel of things, there are a few extra horses at the rear wheel.


The Heli Risers plus the cruise control are concessions to comfort that make this bike a pleasure to ride if there is no option but to take the super slab.

How freakin' ugly is that stock 'zorst!
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:27 PM   #172
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Damn that connie looks awsome in bronze!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #173
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Actually Im the one that painted it.
My bad......Nice work.
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Old 11-11-2010, 03:48 PM   #174
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How freakin' ugly is that stock 'zorst!

The stock exhaust from the '09 is ugly too and it weighs a ton!

The new middle fairings on the '10 sure do look sweet! Wasn't too excited about the glovebox relocation. How is that working out for you??
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:38 PM   #175
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Definitely have to agree on the ugliness of the stovepipe exhaust. If I wind up keeping my Connie for the long haul, I think I'll get the Vance and Hines slip on and either gut the cats out of the stock exhaust, or just get a set of the Area P headers.
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Old 11-12-2010, 08:45 AM   #176
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Two Brothers Carbon

I went with the Two Brothers Carbon slip-on because I was able to get a GREAT deal. It's very light & sounds great but there is an annoying buzz at about 4k rpm....other than that, its been a good addition.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:14 AM   #177
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Very nice!

I was, actually, looking at the Two Bros cans as a second choice. I think the new black series ones are real sharp looking.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:49 AM   #178
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My 2009 C14 is, IMHO, an excellant Sport-Touring mount and, with price weighted into the equation - it's fantastic.

I do wish I had the 2010 as the changes are needed and nice but the difference is not worth changing bikes.

It's not a dirt bike, not a super-motard, not a 1/4 mile racer (though pretty darned quick), not a light weight/flickable 500 or 650, not a dual purpose adventure bike. Acutually, it's not a lot of things. With that said, it's peachy plus for touring with a sport slant. It's plenty powerful in stock form and, for what it is, handles well and stops decently. Oh, it has really good panniers and can haul gear, haul a partner - and haul a$s.

If there was one perfect bike for all mission profiles, we could all get off the net and just go out and buy that one bike. Such is not the case, obviously, and within classes there is room for healthy debate. For touring, making miles at super-legal speeds and sport riding within the touring environ - I'll take a C14.
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Old 11-14-2010, 01:32 PM   #179
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I know this is C-14 thread....but....Let's see some pics of that '08 Fat Boy.

A Fat Boy is still on my list of bikes to have.

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My 2009 C14 is, IMHO, an excellant Sport-Touring mount and, with price weighted into the equation - it's fantastic.

I do wish I had the 2010 as the changes are needed and nice but the difference is not worth changing bikes.

It's not a dirt bike, not a super-motard, not a 1/4 mile racer (though pretty darned quick), not a light weight/flickable 500 or 650, not a dual purpose adventure bike. Acvtually, it's not a lot of things. With that said, it's peachy plus for touring with a sport slant. It's plenty powerful in stock form and, for what it is, handles well and stops decently. Oh, it has really good panniers and can haul gear, haul a partner - and haul a$s.

If there was one perfect bike for all mission profiles, we could all get off the net and just go out and buy that one bike. Such is not the case, obviously, and within classes there is room for healthy debate. For touring, making miles at super-legal speeds and sport riding within the touring environ - I'll take a C14.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:18 PM   #180
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2010 C14/abs

Purchased an 10 C14 ABS. I had a ST1300 at one time. This bike handles much better and there is NO HEAT ISSUES. I had my eye set on an 10/11 R12RT but just could not wrap my brain around 22 thousand dolllars when it was all said and done. Taxes, etc. I rolled out for under 14k OTD and that included tax with this one. The motor is supurb and the heated grips are much better than any of the the say, 9 BMW's I have owned. I am now looking for a thumper, or perhaps and Italian to add to my world/cylinder count theme....Its sick....but cheaper than crack.. Oh yeah, I have a 36 month unlimited mile warantee. Unlike most BMW dealers who have seasoned mechanics, the KAW dealers are a pure crap shoot as far as expertise.....Will keep everyone posted.
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