Concours C14 thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Wout67, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. tjhess74

    tjhess74 Been here awhile

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    my rear tps has already been replaced. the front is just now giving the low battery warning when temps are in the 20's or lower. so i know end is near, but warranty will cover it.

    as far as the warranty...standard is 3 years unlimited mileage. it also has an extended three year warranty (6 total) for around $500. i say its worth it for a couple reasons. most people say extended warranties are useless, and thats usually true, but think about this... this is a first (now second) year bike...ALOT of new, untested in time technology. there is a masssive amount of electrical things on this bike. the enemies of electronics are temp, vibration, and exposure to elements. our bikes encounters all three. SO, the cost of the warrany, 5 or so years from now, will MORE than pay for itself when the ecu or kipass, or whatever system goes tits up at 100k miles. hopefully that wont happen, but that $500 will give me some great peace of mind when this bike rolls 6 digits on the odo. even if your bike doesnt rack up mileage, it will still rack up the years. i say get the warranty...you can purchase it at any time during your existing warranty.
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  2. Bugnut

    Bugnut Dude

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    Only time she let me down (due to service tech torque wrench):
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    This bike flat out runs perfectly (compared to a Ulysses). Not a single complaint @ 10k in just 7 months. Heat is a non-issue, (again, compared to a Uly) seat is perfect for my pampered tush, a set of risers and drops for my monkey arms and giraffe legs set everything perfect. Goes where I want it to and quickly if I so choose. Putters around if I don't.
    Mike
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  3. johnnyc14

    johnnyc14 Been here awhile

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    I've had mine since last spring and put 18000 km on it over the summer. Ive owned dozens of bikes over many years and this is the most enjoyable one yet. I agree that the seat sucks, I replaced mine with a ZX14 seat which I find to be more comfy. I also installed bar risers, foot peg lowering brackets, and the Kawasaki tall windshield. With those mods this is a genuine all day bike. I hated the look of the muffler but I am getting too old for loud pipes so I shortened the stock one. Heat and vibration are not issues for me. I've owned lots of bikes that made more heat and this is by far the smoothest one I've ridden. It's way smoother than my friends 04 FJR1300.

    Here's how it looks with the ZX14 seat
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    Here's before and after pics of the muffler, I shortened it by 4 inches.
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    This was taken in mid September, we've got snow now so the c14 is stored away till spring.
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  4. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I've had my C14 since February. Just rolled over 21,000 miles last week on the way back from Las Vegas, NV (rode 2800 miles in 4 days). Best bike I've ever ridden. Super smooth, great suspension, awesome brakes, good fit/finish, blah, blah, blah. I really like this bike.

    Mods: Cee Bailey Euro Tour windscreen, Murphs Fenda Extenda, Symtec heated grip elements with Galindo Superbike grips, PCA Bar risers, RAM mount for GPS (on clutch side bar), Givi 460L trunk mounted on a PCA Rack, Wagner 90/130 headlight bulbs, Cee Bailey bag liners, Throttle Rocker, Flies out and Dynojet PCIII (whoa, Nellie!) which supposedly results in nearly 150hp at the rear wheel and upper 90's for torque. Pulling the flies adds a bunch of HP on the bottom end. By far, the best mod for LD Riding is the $8 beaded seat cover from WalMart. Makes 1000 mile days effortless (I did 3 this year).

    MPG to date is around 45mpg. Had the Tire Pressure Sensors replaced under warranty (inop on delivery) but have had no other issues. I should probably inspect the valves sometime soon. I run synthetic oil and change it every 5000-10000 miles.

    Tires: The OEM Bridgestones were alright but the front was worn out @ 3500 miles. Went with Michelin PR2's. Replaced the rear tire at 18,xxx...yes, that's right the rear tire lasted 15,000 miles and was just down to the wear bars. The front still has several thousand miles of tread left! I check the PSI via the TPS every ride.

    Saddlebags are huge, waterproof and easy to remove.

    There's not a thing I don't like about this bike. I've ridden it in about 20 states this year in temps from 20deg F to 119 (Death Valley in September!) with nary a complaint.

    YMMV.
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  5. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    they are not huge, the old Conni had big bags, big RECTANGULAR bags, the new ones are f'd up on the shape, but large inside.
    oh, and they force you to mount this beast like you are climbing on "ol' paint" cowboy style, lest you scar the right side bag every time you get on... alllly ooooop.

    :huh I can't get my briefcase/laptop in them no way, gotta go in the tail trunk... it takes some creative thinking, judicious restraint on stuff carried, and compression sacks to pack for a 2 up week long ride (in the summer).
    I wish they would have made a newer version of the old bags a part of this bike.... But I still love it.:rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl :rofl
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  6. aussiedav

    aussiedav ... it's just a road

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

    Put a little extra fuel on it.

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  7. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    How 'bout this bag size solution?

    HP Mini 1000 XP edition series

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

    Damn fine looking machine.
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  8. andmoon

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    Did Kawi start offering heated grips yet?

    Exchange the funny key tech for real cruise control.
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  9. scooter_scum

    scooter_scum Been here awhile

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    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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  10. pacman1

    pacman1 Long timer

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    How much of that 3K would the lowers and panniers take up?
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  11. bigtallguy

    bigtallguy Sasquatch Jr.

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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 :evil
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  12. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    I'd be curious to know what you, a ZX-14 owner, think of the C14 after riding one.
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  13. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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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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  14. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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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???:deal
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  15. aussiedav

    aussiedav ... it's just a road

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    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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  16. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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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
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  17. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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    whatever floats your boat.

    Perhaps you would be more comfortable here.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412653
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  18. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    Calm down Captain Defensive, I'm already over there:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=8555927&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...

    trey
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  19. Wout67

    Wout67 Long timer

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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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  20. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Had a B1250. Loved it. Rode a BKing. Found the Bandit somewhat lacking afterward.

    Love is fickle.
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