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Old 12-07-2008, 06:06 PM   #46
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I hear one owner loves his so much that he is riding it in the Iron Butt Rally in '09
80,000 klms so far on 1400GTR's / Concours14

Put a little extra fuel on it.

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Old 12-07-2008, 11:53 PM   #47
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Since you can't make the bags bigger...

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I can't get my briefcase/laptop in them no way
How 'bout this bag size solution?

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Kind of a diversion from the topic...but I wrestle with it myself.

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I hear one owner loves his so much that he is riding it in the Iron Butt Rally in '09
80,000 klms so far on 1400GTR's / Concours14

Put a little extra fuel on it.

Damn fine looking machine.
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:36 AM   #48
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Did Kawi start offering heated grips yet?

Exchange the funny key tech for real cruise control.
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Old 12-09-2008, 12:08 PM   #49
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Did Kawi start offering heated grips yet?

Exchange the funny key tech for real cruise control.
No Kawi has yet to offer heated grips. We complained about it to Kawasaki.

I've got 16K miles on the bike. Love it. Changed the windshield to make it more Goldwing like. Added a VStream and find it performing really well.

The Motorcycle Consumer News article really slammed the C14. Don't believe they were unbiased. They complained the brakes were too strong. Did not like the engine even though it was fastest in all the tests.

Kawi limited the power delivery down low with a second set of Butterflies. They don't really open till after 6K RPM. People have removed the flies and have near ZX14 performance with the comfort of a Touring bike. Nice low maintenance shaft drive. Easy oil changes. Can't say enough about the bike.
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Old 12-09-2008, 01:14 PM   #50
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I sat on both the C-14 and the new bandit a few weeks ago.

The C14 sure does have allot to offer. And at quite the fair price.

But cut another ~$3K and thats were the Bandit can be had...

Granted, not the same as far as amenities. Shes got a chain. Weaker element protection...

But -what do you think?

Would you actually compare them with a ~3K difference?



How much of that 3K would the lowers and panniers take up?
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Old 12-09-2008, 02:20 PM   #51
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Kawi limited the power delivery down low with a second set of Butterflies. They don't really open till after 6K RPM. People have removed the flies and have near ZX14 performance with the comfort of a Touring bike.
Us zx-14 riders remove the secondary butterflies as well, HUGE performance gains in the 06-07 models with very little work involved. Not to be off topic, I find myself lusting after the c14 at times, something about the saddlebags, electric windshield, etc... Would make a nice addition to the 14, one for terrorizing and one for long distance terrorizing
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:11 PM   #52
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Us zx-14 riders remove the secondary butterflies as well, HUGE performance gains in the 06-07 models with very little work involved. Not to be off topic, I find myself lusting after the c14 at times, something about the saddlebags, electric windshield, etc... Would make a nice addition to the 14, one for terrorizing and one for long distance terrorizing
I'd be curious to know what you, a ZX-14 owner, think of the C14 after riding one.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:21 PM   #53
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Ride a C14 with the flies removed and a Dynojet PCIII with Jamies map. Unbelievable! I've "pulled" GSXR 1000's and Hayabusa's on the interstate...sure, they could've came by me...but it would've been at somewhere over 120mph.

The C14 bags are different shape than the C10 bags (I had a 91 and 95 C10 with 100k miles between them) and the C14 bags USING THE CB LINERS are easy to load and more capacious than the C10 bags (hard to get on/off; with an awkward inside contour). The C14 bags are a snap to get on/off with no awkward contours, and really waterproof. Big K did their homework on this bike and hit a Grand Slam IMHO.

Awesome motor (with minor mods), flawless tranny, great ergos, good range, blah, blah, blah.

If there's a better bike out there for 14k, I'm not sure I could stand it (and I've ridden BMW K1200S, K1200R, K1200RT, K1100LT, R1100RS, etc).

YMMV.
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Old 12-09-2008, 08:37 PM   #54
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I'm on my second FJR. Happy with the bike, but I really want to try
one of the 1400s. Several people on the FJR site jumped ship and are
very happy with the Connie. Hmmm. Like most of the posters here I
have had zero mechanical complaints just the grass always seems
"Greener" on the other side. Anyone in the Salt Lake City area want to
to trade bikes for the day???
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Old 12-10-2008, 01:39 AM   #55
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Ride a C14 with the flies removed and a Dynojet PCIII with Jamies map. Unbelievable! I've "pulled" GSXR 1000's and Hayabusa's on the interstate...sure, they could've came by me...but it would've been at somewhere over 120mph.
YMMV.
Same here, flies removed, muzzy muffler, PC3 mapped to suit and stuff.
Not just on the highway, I have nailed Gixer's and R1's in the twisties on mine.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:21 AM   #56
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How much of that 3K would the lowers and panniers take up?
C14 = $12,999 USD MSRP

B1250 = $8,799 USA MSRP

The Bandit isn't in the same league as the C14, that's clear enough, but even after fitting lowers and 3-cases of luggage you'd still have close to $3,000 in your pocket. Touring on a budget is what the 1250 does best...

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Old 12-10-2008, 10:18 AM   #57
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C14 = $12,999 USD MSRP

B1250 = $8,799 USA MSRP

The Bandit isn't in the same league as the C14, that's clear enough, but even after fitting lowers and 3-cases of luggage you'd still have close to $3,000 in your pocket. Touring on a budget is what the 1250 does best...

trey
whatever floats your boat.

Perhaps you would be more comfortable here.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412653
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:33 AM   #58
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whatever floats your boat.

Perhaps you would be more comfortable here.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412653
Calm down Captain Defensive, I'm already over there:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=14

The first thing I said was that the Bandit wasn't in the same class as the C14. Sure, you've got $3k in your pocket, but you've still got a bike with minimal protection from the elements, chain final drive, a 1 year warantee, and less gadgetry. I was just answering pacman's question, hence the quote.

I'm not knocking on the Connie at all, and I'm not comparing the two bikes... apples and oranges. I'd own one in a heartbeat if I needed that much bike, I just don't for how I ride...

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Old 12-10-2008, 01:11 PM   #59
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Calm down Captain Defensive, I'm already over there:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...7&postcount=14

The first thing I said was that the Bandit wasn't in the same class as the C14. Sure, you've got $3k in your pocket, but you've still got a bike with minimal protection from the elements, chain final drive, a 1 year warantee, and less gadgetry. I was just answering pacman's question, hence the quote.

I'm not knocking on the Connie at all, and I'm not comparing the two bikes... apples and oranges. I'd own one in a heartbeat if I needed that much bike, I just don't for how I ride...

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Trey;

I'm not being defensive.

Thanks for answering the question. I didn't know you were already over on that other thread. The C14 is a great bike. It's just not for everyone. If you're happy on the Bandit, that's great.
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Old 12-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #60
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Had a B1250. Loved it. Rode a BKing. Found the Bandit somewhat lacking afterward.

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