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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2011, 05:09:26 pm »
I finally spent the time to work out International wire transfer with Tatiana.  The cost for the Top-Block for a 2011 C-14 was 490.00 Euros.  That exchanged to $717.00 US dollars.  And in addition, there was a $35.00 wire transfer fee charged by the bank.  I'm buying into the notion that this investment in protection is less than than a single tip-over, with less down time for repairs.  Without the Top-Block, money spent fixing one tip over, would still not protect against a possible second or even third tip-over.   So to me it's a worthy investment since I plan to keep the bike a minimum of six years.... and hopefully never join CDA.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #26 on: September 02, 2011, 05:16:57 pm »
I finally spent the time to work out International wire transfer with Tatiana.  The cost for the Top-Block for a 2011 C-14 was 490.00 Euros.  That exchanged to $717.00 US dollars.  And in addition, there was a $35.00 wire transfer fee charged by the bank.  I'm buying into the notion that this investment in protection is less than than a single tip-over, with less down time for repairs.  Without the Top-Block, money spent fixing one tip over, would still not protect against a possible second or even third tip-over.   So to me it's a worthy investment since I plan to keep the bike a minimum of six years.... and hopefully never join CDA.

Congrats 4B!  :beerchug:

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #27 on: September 02, 2011, 05:55:22 pm »
ZG, the pictures will be showing a Silver C-14, so you are not going to like them so much....... ::)  I'm a woodworker, so I look forward to carefully laying out and drilling those two holes.  Measure twice and cut once applies now more than ever, since this is an expensive and appreciated machine.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #28 on: September 02, 2011, 06:13:02 pm »
4B I agree with on that it is a worthy investment. Should of had it on the bike B4 I dropped. will be getting it by the spring though, no need to spend thousands, specially if it protects the bags too.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #29 on: September 21, 2011, 11:33:14 am »
Ordering the Top-Block Sliders took some time, but the installation was not hard at all.  I was surprised the fairings didn’t need to be removed, and that made the job that much easier. Do not fear drilling the two holes.  There is almost no way to screw it up.  If you ever decide to remove the Top-Block, 1” black grommets would easily make the holes go away.   

One of the challenges was the fact that the instructions were in French, and Top-Block ignored my request for English instructions :-[.  I was going to just use Fred’s photos (http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/topblock), but then I saw the word Carenage (I was thinking carnage=bad!) and thought I should follow the instructions and Torque specs.   I translated the French to English using a web app (carenage=fairing).  I’ll post the English Instructions along with the instructions for placing a wire transfer.

The fit and finish of the Top-Block is excellent.  It looks like original equipment on the C-14.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2011, 02:27:17 pm »
Congrats 4B! Glad to hear you finally got them, they look great!  :beerchug: :great:
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #31 on: December 12, 2011, 03:07:02 am »
Did anyone who purchased the Top Blocks write up the process?  (Point of contact, how to wire, etc?)
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #32 on: December 12, 2011, 03:26:29 am »
Did anyone who purchased the Top Blocks write up the process?  (Point of contact, how to wire, etc?)

Send an email to Tatiana, she'll take care of you brutha.  :13:

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2011, 04:11:44 am »
Thanks!  Although pricey, I haven't seen anything else on the market that integrates as well into the body work and doesn't look downright ugly.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #34 on: December 12, 2011, 02:17:01 pm »
The instructions for ordering the Top-Block sliders can be found here.
http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,29494.msg134495.html#msg134495
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #35 on: December 12, 2011, 04:23:13 pm »
Great! Thanks. 

I like the look and they seem to provide the protection needed. Unless someone knows of a better product (that doesn't look like plumbing fixtures coming out of the engine)?

With as many C14's sold I can't imagine why a US company has produced a similar product or at the very least, obtained dealership rights here in the States.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #36 on: December 12, 2011, 05:55:25 pm »


Unless someone knows of a better product (that doesn't look like plumbing fixtures coming out of the engine)?



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« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2011, 03:06:41 am »
Thanks!  Although pricey, I haven't seen anything else on the market that integrates as well into the body work and doesn't look downright ugly.

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2011, 04:53:43 pm »
Got email from Tatiana. Ouch, $732 US to get them delivered. Someday......
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #39 on: December 14, 2011, 02:36:18 am »
I'm gearing up to install my Top Block TOPD (tip-over protection device). Probably after the holidays. . .
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I felt going with a matte black look would better complement the '11s frame and Atomic Silver bodywork. I used Brownell's Aluma-Hyde spray epoxy on fully prepped surfaces to get a tough, solvent-proof coating. A spent .308 shell casing will turn into the threads on the bar ends to protect from paint and for ease of handling. I used three coats, applied about 15 minutes apart. Don't touch anything unless you want your fingerprints permanently embedded! Let it dry overnight, then bake at low heat for as long as you are allowed to commandeer the oven. Take out the parts, and let them sit for a week to fully cure the epoxy. This stuff is almost as tough as Cerakote and is easier to work with. Tip: heat the parts before painting, and heat the spray can (hot water bath in sink) before painting (unless you live where it's already hot), and shake the dang paint can every 20 seconds. Also, when you order the Aluma-Hyde order a set of spare spray nozzles. . . I change nozzles between coats with this stuff for the best results.

I'm digging the all-black look. I found some black hex head screws (5mm x .80 pitch) at the local hardware store. Cut them to length, cleaned up the threads with a die, and we're good to go.

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #40 on: December 14, 2011, 03:11:14 am »
How much did the paint, etc. set you back?  Just wondering if it would be cheaper to go to a shop that could powder coat, heat treat, etc. a semi-gloss look?

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« Reply #41 on: December 14, 2011, 04:09:16 am »

I'm digging the all-black look.

It's an obsession. . .

Look great PK!  8)
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #42 on: December 14, 2011, 06:11:10 am »
Ensoniq,
I would have gone for the powder coat if it was easy to get where I live. I may do it yet. . . depends on how durable this job is. The Aluma-Hyde is used on gun barrels, can take shock and heat, and is impervious to solvents, brake cleaners, etc.
IIRC the Aluma-Hyde was about $13 each can.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #43 on: December 15, 2011, 01:36:06 pm »
Gotcha.  I may ask a guy who has done work for me in the past.  Not sure if I want to add to the already high price tag for this particular farkle.
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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #44 on: December 21, 2011, 01:02:14 am »
I emailed Top Block today to check on the price and availability of sliders for my '08 C-14 today.  I put 10K miles on mine without any problems whatsoever, then a couple of months ago, a car started backing out in front of me in a parking lot, I got woahed up in time, but I had the handlebars turned and she just eased over, on concrete.  The insurance estimate was $1400.  I really don't want to have to make another claim any time soon.  I've been riding my KLR until I can get some kind of tip-over protection.

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #45 on: December 21, 2011, 03:11:50 am »
I emailed Top Block today to check on the price and availability of sliders for my '08 C-14 today.  I put 10K miles on mine without any problems whatsoever, then a couple of months ago, a car started backing out in front of me in a parking lot, I got woahed up in time, but I had the handlebars turned and she just eased over, on concrete.  The insurance estimate was $1400.  I really don't want to have to make another claim any time soon.  I've been riding my KLR until I can get some kind of tip-over protection.
Not sure if there is a price difference, but Kawasaki sells the "Top Block" model as an OEM accessory in England. I know a couple of dealers over there sell on ebay and know how to ship to the U.S.

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #46 on: December 21, 2011, 03:57:12 am »
Here is a link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/KAWASAKI-GTR-1400-ENGINE-GUARDS-123CPS0032-/190474501560#ht_1569wt_181

IIRC from the old board, they would not ship to US. But we do have a few members on here that live in the UK, might get one to ship them over??

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2011, 04:08:00 am »
Definitely want to work with vendors who explicitly know how to expedite international shipments through Customs. Unexpected duty fees can ruin yer day, as well as slow up delivery. BTDT. Just sayin'. . .

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Re: Top Block tip over protection
« Reply #48 on: December 21, 2011, 01:31:26 pm »
What's the going rate (converted to US $'s) for a Kawasaki set in England?

I really want the Top Block but $725+ is a tad bit pricey for me right about now.

Any cousins from across the pond want to chime in?
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« Reply #49 on: December 21, 2011, 02:36:27 pm »
They are listed as 375.84 (pounds) on Cornwall Kawasaki's web page.  I calculate that as $601.34.  I emailed them today to check on shipping cost.  If I get a reply, I will post the info here.