Concours C14 thread

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

  1. MAN OF BLUES

    MAN OF BLUES COG #5977 EX-TECH EDITOR

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    2 up and carrying an extra 50# of necessities, makes no difference in the mileage that I have seen, carried the wife + stuff for over 5,000+ miles this last year, and it made no diff, fuel light comes on around 210, and ya have about 50 miles left before pushing it down the road.

    Frankly, I really hated the distance capacity of my old Conni, especially when riding with a certain close freind, seeing as he wouldn't stop till he was on reserve.... that last hour was a killer.....:shog :bow :rofl :rofl
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  2. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I don't know how you guys do long stints in the saddle like that. I'm ready for a break after an hour and half, just a simple stretch and pee break, then it feels good to get back on the bike, but if I push past 2 hours then I start to get stiff and the breaks take longer to shake the stiffness. Just an old geezer I guess. :freaky The only time I enjoy pushing past the 90 minute mark is when you're riding endless twisties, then I don't want to stop, but I think the adrenaline has something to do with that. :deal
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  3. RoyQ

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    Bookworm I never brought up race until you spouted off you were king of C14 land. Numbers mean nothing and I will race you on anything I have, I like racing fools that live by numbers & glossy magazines over the commode.:lol3

    B1250
    GSX-R1000
    GSX-R600
    or
    BKing

    or should I just bring my dirtbike

    How about Barber Motorsports March '09 with NESBA but of course you will have to get in "A" group (that might take you a year or two but I'm willing to wait) 1st since they will not let me ride down in beginner.:rofl

    your turn I'm all:ear
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  4. RoyQ

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    maybe out of an airplane at 50,000 ft.:rofl
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  5. HyperPete

    HyperPete Been here awhile

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    :ear:ear how much work was involved in changing the shaft-drive to chain drive on the C-14 ??? (or did I miss the joke???)

    Great interest in the C14, lets get back on track and maybe get a pic or two of someone's Concours14 ???


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  6. wibornz

    wibornz Been here awhile

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    You missed the joke. Apparently so did the real racer RoyQ.
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  7. wibornz

    wibornz Been here awhile

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    Ok boy lets race you said

    Bookworm I never brought up race until you spouted off you were king of C14 land. Numbers mean nothing and I will race you on anything I have, I like racing fools that live by numbers & glossy magazines over the commode.:lol3

    B1250
    GSX-R1000
    GSX-R600
    or
    BKing

    or should I just bring my dirtbike

    I say bring what you want. Since you are the challenger, I get home track. I say we race from Lansing Mi, to the Paradise Mi. and back. I am good to go this weekend or next. I ride year round just like you. So bring it with your gloves. Sissy boy. Its time to ride. You do not know what a 140 is until you do it at 10 degrees. PM me your number lets set this up... I for one am ready to ride. Just got back from Caddilac only about 2 feet of snow. Just be easy in the corner and be ready to counter steer. It's only about 700 miles, maybe you should bring the gsxr 1000.
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  8. KenB

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    Don't be so sure! A new 1250 with the Holeshot Stage 1 and 2 is running 138HP and 98 ft lbs. Factor in the significant weight difference and you have a very close call.
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  9. Wout67

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    a pissing match over who's bike is better isn't exactly what I had in mind when I started this thread.

    Frankly, who cares if it's the fastest, or has the most hp? It's a damn fine bike, and more than fast enough for anyone who wants to use it for what it was designed for. Sport touring.

    gtrpete is right.

    Can we get this thread back on track, pls.?
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  10. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    This thread is useless without pics...

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    Spider Rock Campground in Canyon de Chelly NP, AZ

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    Sagebrush, Sagebrush, Concours 14..

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    NW UT

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  11. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    It sure felt like 1000 miles. Good times.

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  12. funhouse

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    I've heard the shop rate to change the plugs and adjust the valves is something like eight hours labor......??? Bruce
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  13. wibornz

    wibornz Been here awhile

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    The C-14 and The Bandit S. The Bandit S is the wifes bike. I had a zx 10 before the concours, but the ZX10 gave up the gost at about 113,000 miles.

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    Nothing like a brisk ride, only a couple hundred miles to go. Temp...19 degrees. Wipe the frost off and ride. Just remember the roads are slick until the sun comes out.

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    I understand the feeling of a thousand mile ride. I did an Iron butt back in May. We circled Lake Michigan. 1033 miles in about 17 hours of riding. Geoff my number one clown on a Vulcan 900 went with me. Here is Geoff crossing the Big Mac on our way back down state.

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    How about some shopping riding in early Dec. No snow yet, but we put on 300 plus miles that day and I don't think it got above freezing.

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  14. westnash

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    Looks good in black! The only negative I hear is they are a bit hot in the summer and Kawa still has more warranty issues than other Jap makers.
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  15. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I'm ATGATT which insulates me from any heat. The once or twice I rode without my 'stich pants, the heat was just a tick more than I used to get from my Bandit 1200s.

    As far as warranty issues..I don't see much popping up over on concours.org...it comes standard with 3yr/UNLIMITED mileage which is pretty unbelievable.

    My MPG to date (11 months, 22,000 miles) is 44.9.

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    And since this is ADVRider...a "bacon" photo..

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    YMMV.
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  16. Jack90210

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    I'd love to see a good comparo vs. an RT.
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  17. dolomoto

    dolomoto Destroyer of Motorcycles

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    I can do that!

    Rode a R1200RT a few times for about 100 miles total.

    Vs. a Concours14...

    The RT: Great fit/finish, lots of high tech stuff, smooth ride (with the ESP), engine was surprisingly powerful. For me (6'1", 200lbs), the ergos were great as delivered. Comfortable seat (in highest position). Nicely designed stock windscreen. But, the price..OUCH!

    The C14: Also nicely finished, fantastic engine (stock)...unbelievably powerful when liberated (flies out, remapped FI), ergos...I added 1.5" bar risers and a beaded seat (WalMart) for the LD rides (>300 miles). FI was flawless. Stock windscreen is suited for someone shorter than 6'1". OTD with ABS was 13,799 from Hilton Head Motorsports.

    To the C14, I've added: Cee Bailey (CB) Euro Cut windscreen, Kevins Bar Risers, CB headlight protectors, Murphs Fenda Extenda, Symtec Heated Grip Elements with Galindo Superbike Grips, Garmin 2610 Streetpilot (getfeetwet.com), WalMart beaded seat cover, Givi 460L, Premier Cycle Accessories rear rack with Givi mount kit, removed restrictive butterfly valves, remapped FI with Dynojet PCIII with a custom map from FuelMoto, AreaP carbon fiber slipon, and a hookup for my 10yr old Unobtanium Aerostich electric vest.

    For me, my C14 is a perfect bike.

    YMMV.
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  18. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    I rode my R1200RT on our Kootenay ride this summer and traded for a day with a friend on her C14. First impression is the C14 is hot, especially compared to the RT which gives off zero heat. It was a 100+ day and I was keeping my right leg away from the fairing due to the heat. Now to be fair, I forgot my chaps at home which I normally wear all the time and heat isn't usually an issue, but I was just wearing my draggin jeans and it was uncomfortably hot.

    I was taking it easy, mainly because I didn't want to bin the C14. I found the C14 sort of heavy steering, hard to describe and the feeling was going away near the end of the day so it may have just been getting used to the new bike. We were riding in a group so I wasn't as free to put the bike through it's paces like I normally would on a "demo" ride. Power is immediate and everywhere, obviously and what kind of surprised me was how easy it was to ride, it wasn't scary fast. I only took it up over 6000rpm a few times before I had to back off, we were on some fairly tight twistie unfamiliar roads, so again not the best place for me to see what the bike could do. I wasn't sold on it and definitely came away with the feeling that I don't really see owning one in my future.

    I did sell my RT this summer right after we got back from that trip and bought a Honda CBF1000 to replace it. The CBF has similar power characteristics as the C14, it has power everywhere and shifting is optional, but just obviously not in as big of doses as the C14. I'm a naked bike guy at heart, the RT was actually my wife's bike that we ended up with sitting in the garage after she bought her Ninja and I rode for 33,000kms. I was just telling a friend who rides a ZX14, it's his wife who owns the C14, that Kawi needs to come out with a naked 14 like Suzuki did with the B-King, but just make it a basic naked bike and not some space age looking weird bike. After all, that's what the ZX14 and C14 are all about is the motor, show that baby off! :deal :freaky
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  19. dolomoto

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    Ride a C14 with the flies out and remapped FI. Whoa, Nellie. Dyno's at 150rwhp and 99ft-lb torque.

    The flies out/FI mod adds 35 hp on the bottom end and accentuates the top end rush (gotta give it WOT at 8k rpm). Keep in mind it has variable valve timing cued for a soft bottom end and a hard hitting top end with ram air.

    Too bad no mag has reviewed the C14 "uncorked".

    YMMV.
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    Bookworm I never brought up race until you spouted off you were king of C14 land. Numbers mean nothing and I will race you on anything I have, I like racing fools that live by numbers & glossy magazines over the commode.:lol3

    B1250
    GSX-R1000
    GSX-R600
    or
    BKing

    or should I just bring my dirtbike

    How about Barber Motorsports March '09 with NESBA but of course you will have to get in "A" group (that might take you a year or two but I'm willing to wait) 1st since they will not let me ride down in beginner.:rofl

    your turn I'm all:ear
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    Geeez Roy, how does that swollen head of yours fit through the gate a Barber?
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