Kawasaki ZX14..Who haz one??

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Davo-55, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. motoracer51

    motoracer51 Been here awhile

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    Given the context, I'm assuming Two Brothers Racing, an exhaust manufacturer that is very popular in the States and especially on the ZX14
  2. cls

    cls Long timer

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    Yes, sorry, TBR is Two Brothers Racing. Had their full system on my '06 14 (and I've had it on a bunch of other bikes), but I did the Brock's on my '12 14R. Also had a couple Yosh. Good stuff, just not my favorite.
  3. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    I actually have not ridden it a lot since 09, when I bought a KLR. Keeping the KLR. Most recent bike is a 2013 KTM 990SMT.
  4. jules083

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    Sounds like me. You don't 'replace' bikes, you just sell them when you get done with them and buy them when you want them. If only guys like us had more money..... :lol3

    I've kicked around getting rid of my 14. Dunno. I love it though, and the resale is shit on an 07 at this point. My riding situation is changing drastically over this summer for other reasons though, I'm going to keep what I have and see what happens. Looks like more free time and less bills, but looks can be deceiving.

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  5. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    I love my ZX14 but after only a couple of years it was obvious that it is way more bike than I am comfortable with. I do not care to ride faster than about eighty mph, which is still 15 mph above legal almost anywhere. The ZX14 hits 80 in about 3.5 or so seconds and is only in second gear. I feel way more comfortable on a slower bike. After owning the Ninja for eight years, I admit I am still some what afraid of it. It is fun to take it out once in a while and enjoy the pure power, but I think it is time to pass it to a new owner.
  6. Donkey Hotey

    Donkey Hotey De Jo Momma

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    It's probably also related to your location. I only got a 4-5 mile test ride on a 14R and I'm freaking hooked...hence participating in this thread. I've had an 11 for fourteen years. It can be an exercise in frustration to ride it on tight, slow or narrow roads. On the right road, though... :evil

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  7. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Have any of you owners put LSL or dirt bike style bars on a 14? I installed LSL bars on my zx12 as a kit with brake lines and such years ago, and it was more bearable for my 6'4'' . Wondering if anyone tried it on 14. D.
  8. motoracer51

    motoracer51 Been here awhile

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    My first streetbike was a ZX6 in that color. Great memories on that thing!

    I've owned MANY bikes in the 20+ years I've been riding on the street. I own 9 currently.

    Everytime I ride my ZX14R, I think to myself it's an awesome "Do-It-All" bike, and my other bikes sit idle in the garage. Bikes like BMWS1000RR, RC51, Ducati, etc.

    I'd have to say though, I have almost as much fun tooling around slowly on my DR650 as I do stretching my arms on the fast bikes. I've actually thought many times of selling everything and keeping just the DR650. Something to be said about simple, low powered machines.
  9. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    I installed the LSL super bike bars a few years ago. The kit came with new ss front brake lines. Made a big comfort improvement IMHO.
  10. jules083

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    Did you lose any turning radius? I put them on a gsx-r 600 a few years ago and lost some, enough to make it noticeable.

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    I am glad to here, I might have to get a new 14 and add LSL bar kit. My 12r was a wheelie machine after the bar addition. Too easy to loft front end with wide flat bars. Best wishes to you. D.
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    Had a great day riding today with my friend and his Kawasaki Zephyr750:D
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  13. Davo-55

    Davo-55 Long timer

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    Only problem is slow tight turns like parking or having to turn sharply at very slow speeds. If you turn too sharply, the front brake lever can hit the windscreen and apply the brakes. Just pay close attention to this and otherwise, no problem
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    It'd take me a few wrecks to figure that out. Thanks for the tip.


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    I sold my '08 last summer, and apparently the numb-nuts that bought it never swapped the registration into his name. I received a letter a couple of days ago from the local PD's Auto Theft Unit that it had been recovered stolen, and was at the impound lot.

    So naturally I had to go see what it looked like...

    It wasn't pretty, like visiting an ex-girlfriend at the county jail that you broke up with last year, and seeing how far down into gutter she's slid.

    Before, in sport-touring mode...

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    After, in whatever mode...

    They covered the beautiful Midnight Metallic Sapphire with cheap, poorly applied speckle-black paint.

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  16. Worroll

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    So did you get it back?
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    kwb377 Non-Professional Rider On A Not-So-Closed Course

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    Not mine anymore...I signed the title over to his finance company last summer when they cut me the check. I'm just the last registered owner showing when the tag is run on NCIC (tag expired Feb. '14).
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  19. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    That's one reason I hate selling bikes. Years of care, thrashed in sometimes months.


    Had mine out yesterday, first ride of the year. Missed it. My butt still hurts. :lol3

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  20. Davo-55

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    As the OP I just sold my 2006 last Saturday. I took it for one last ride a couple of weeks ago. Behaved myself for most of the 168 miles. No wheelies. Kept it under 90 MPH. Then about 2 miles from home, I decided to crack it at the crest of a hill, at about 30 mph. No wheelie, just a nice long black mark on the pavement. New owner lost about 200 miles on the life of the rear tire. Too bad , so sad. I miss it already.