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« on: July 20, 2009, 05:00:00 pm »
Ok folks, I need real serious input here.  I need your thoughts on the C14 Engine Guards as sold everywhere else in the world but here.  I need feedback on what you think of them styling or otherwise and how much you would be willing to pay.  Please be reasonable with that as I doubt very seriously they'll be under $500 dollars.  They ain't gonna give them away.  A lot depends on the exchange rate for this pricing though.  I am going to throw a price up in the air say.......$700 tops.  Don't ask me where I got this information as I'll have to kill you or just give you a mean look.    I think that one of our GTR compatriots was looking at being the middle person to be an 'exporter' so to speak.  I don't remember what he was looking at in the way of pricing them.  That could be very important to know that pricing as well.    The more feedback the more power we'll have with the powers that be.....    I'll start.....the styling has me sold but I am not sure about the pricetag.  I would be more comfortable in the high 5s or low 6s.....      
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 05:40:00 pm »
Jim, if what you are talking about are frame sliders go to www.projektd.com they have the sliders for $166.00. Hope this help you.  
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« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2009, 07:57:00 pm »
Nope, these are the official Kawasaki 'Engine Guards'.  You can see them on the Kawi UK site under accessories.      http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/product.asp?Id=340E4DCABBC&Sub=5&SId=34047629662    Hopefully that will get you there.....  

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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 10:00:00 pm »
Jim  I was very interested in the Kawasaki C14 OEM engine guards and actually responded to a new owner survey from Kawasaki about the fact that they are not available in the US after almost 2 years.  As you would expect, they look nice fitted to the C14, but the estimated price tag is more than I'm willing to pay, even at $500.  I'm currently looking into the GSG sliders from Germany that mount exactly the same way as the OEM guards, but are styled like traditional engine sliders.  I've received estimates of $275 in bright metal and $300 in anodized black brackets.  Check out the following website for more information:  http://gsg-moto.de/  Click on Kawasaki and look for GTR 1400.    Kevin  

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 06:09:00 am »
Looks like they mount and protect in a similar manner to the KWAK design and they don't look bad either.  $300 is a better sell price than $532 for the KWAKs.  Is there an American distributor or is this something that would have to go direct?  Another selling point is the ability to replace the end cap should it get scraped up.      
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 07:47:00 am »
The UK ones look a lot nicer. It would be nice for Kaw or someone else in the US to build something like it. The German ones are not bad looking either.  
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 07:55:00 am »
Someone buy a set, send them to me along with a bike, and we'll "creatively modify" the thing to keep patent infringement at bay.    I see that they're a cast part, with a single mounting point on the back?  Wonder if they'll snap like the C-10's footpeg bracket?    There has got to be a mounting point through that front vent opening.  I might have to take a trip to Ridersville tomorrow to see if they have one on the floor.  While it wouldn't have the same lines as the fairing, I don't think it'll detract from the overall look and top end. 3/4" square tube in 14ga, mandrel bent, powdercoated black would be a simple fix that wouldn't snap like cast.  Probably under $100 if there was an easily accessable mounting point under that vent.    But, since I don't have a bike.......(but I'll sure be checking measurements on one at Dog Days)    http://millerized.com/pegs  I'll be in the garage  COG 6425, CDA 111 a through g    
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 07:12:00 pm »
Yes Jim.  The company is called Wild Hair Accessories out of Glendale Arizona.  Price includes all shipping costs from Germany to your door according to the email they sent me.    Kevin  

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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 07:14:00 pm »
Forgot to send you the website:  http://www.whaccessories.com/    Kevin  

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« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2010, 05:20:00 pm »
Well, just my .02 here.    I like the Official Kawi guards.  they look like the will afford the fairing some additional protection.  They remind me of the ST1300's "tipover wings" which, I thought were a great idea.    Frankly, Kawasaki should have made these part of the stock Connie.  Perhaps I can talk a dealer into throwing in a set of them when I buy my C-14.  
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Re: Official Kawi Engine Guard for US....need feedback
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2011, 04:27:09 am »
Been checking out the old topics, etc. and came across this one.

Still wondering WHY Kawasaki won't sell  the engine guards here in the states???  Is there a Kawasaki rep who monitors the Forums and drops a line or two from time to time?

This honestly seems like a no brainer. 

That and the deep metallic green paint...
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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2011, 03:06:55 pm »
+1 to the notion that they should be on the bike from the factory (as in the ST 1300).  That said, I like this engine guard better than any other on the market, especially since they protect the entire bike (front and back, including saddle bags) in the event of a tipover.  But I think they are overpriced.  My price point for tipover protection is $300, which ain't gonna happen with the Kawa guard, so I will wait for a cheaper alternative that protects the entire bike.
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Re: Official Kawi Engine Guard for US....need feedback
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2011, 01:01:57 am »
If they came stock, Kawi would lose all that money from tip overs! Tupperware is expensive!

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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2011, 01:53:17 am »
Yeah, that is more truth than fiction. 

I experienced this a few months ago.  A friend of mine was on his ST1100 and I was on my ZX-11.  We got side-swiped by a truck on Mt. Washington and both of us had to bail - both bike fell on the right side at low speed in a hairpin at a turn off.  My right side was pretty well scratched up, his "wings" protected just about everything but the right hand mirror.

I'd really rather not experience that with my Connie.  (Kind of put a damper on what was otherwise a great riding experience with an old friend.)

I guess I'm at a loss as to why they offer this particular accessory only in certain countries! 
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2011, 08:20:30 am »
Wow, that really sucks!   :o

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Re: Official Kawi Engine Guard for US....need feedback
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2011, 12:36:18 pm »
Nope, these are the official Kawasaki 'Engine Guards'.  You can see them on the Kawi UK site under accessories.      http://www.kawasaki.co.uk/product.asp?Id=340E4DCABBC&Sub=5&SId=34047629662    Hopefully that will get you there.....


Arent' these the same as Top Block protectors?
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Re: Official Kawi Engine Guard for US....need feedback
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2011, 01:05:55 pm »
Yup. . . those look just like a Kawi-branded version of the Top Block slide protectors. . . for the 2008-2009 bikes. The design has changed for the 2010-2011-2012 bikes (I think the older guards looked better, but there you go). I'd find a way to get the logos off anyway.

Ridiculously expensive, particularly when you factor in the crummy exchange rate ($1 = € .7185 or thereabouts).

Mine will be here in about two weeks, they said. Had a zero-MPH tipover that ended up costing way more than these babys, so I'm all in for any reasonable protection these days. These satisfy the functional requirement, and my aesthetic requirements.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2011, 12:51:54 am »
What did they end up costing?  Did you order direct or through a US supplier?
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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2011, 01:24:29 am »
Let's just say they cost as much as a new set of good tires. Actually, way more. Ugggh.

I ordered direct from TopBlock in France, and used the PayPal option which added 5% to the total.

Top Block was very responsive, and their english is way better than my french!

I have not seen anything else that is remotely as "attractive" as these. . . but I am super finicky about the way things look (can't help it - I'm a professional designer). Many others are completely satisfied with the many different frame slider pucks available, and they are probably the smart ones, having saved literally hundreds of $$.
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« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2011, 01:59:08 am »
I think 450 upper end price would make me happier.... And buy....

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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2011, 02:07:04 am »
I agree with the Professor, pricey but very nice and Top Block was very responsive. 
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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2011, 01:28:59 pm »
Maybe COG could become a "dealer" for this extremely nice, extremely effective, extremely expensive Top Block item. Or try for a group purchase at a dealer price level and combine the shipping into one?

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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2011, 04:01:38 pm »
Maybe COG could become a "dealer" for this extremely nice, extremely effective, extremely expensive Top Block item. Or try for a group purchase at a dealer price level and combine the shipping into one?


I doubt it. COG is not for profit. And to buy a few to stock in the COG  store would eat up way too much capitol. It's probably better to work on a group buy or something.

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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2011, 04:12:37 pm »
May I formally propose a group buy?
I'll attempt contact with Top Block and ask formterms/conditions for a group discount.
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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2011, 04:15:32 pm »
May I formally propose a group buy?
I'll attempt contact with Top Block and ask formterms/conditions for a group discount.
Who's in?

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Depending on pricing and terms, I can speak for two sets for '11 models. I would be willing to accept the shipment and send out the individual sets if that would help.
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