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Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« on: January 08, 2019, 08:56:29 pm »
The C-14 is incredibly reliable and delivers awesome multiple day rides being a sport  tourer.   That reliability and performance cannot be underestimated, and good maintenance helps that.  The fact the Kawasaki continues to  produce essentially the same motorcycle since the substantial upgrade in 2010, keeps me holding on to my 2011. I have essentially farkled this beast almost to the max (?), but nowhere near to ZG’s standards in looks and paint and brakes and other accessories. 

I listed my modifications and maintenance as I like wrenching as much as riding. I’m not suggesting in any way that I thought of or got to everything, so input is welcome. Every farkle I added was in search of seeking the better ride and performance within reason.   

My latest work included replacing the cooling hoses with Samco Blue silicon hoses (shipped in two days from the UK for free) and replacing the brake and clutch lines with Galfer stainless steel lines with the understanding that these are life time will never wear out components.  I know some will argue that check them and replace them as needed is fine.  I replaced them at 65,000 miles which is more than double the Kawasaki periodic replacement recommendations. The fact that I did this and spent the time and money gives me peace of mind and I won't be worrying about them again. 

Here is my list of major items, and I suppose most write these up when selling. Hopefully the spending is over.....  :)

Long Term Preventative Maintenance
Link with part numbers  http://forum.cog-online.org/concours-14-zg1400-general-chat-and-tech/observations-after-the-second-valve-check/
-Valve adjustment 13,800 Mi (2 Exhaust and 4 Intake valves tight-15 valves adjusted)
-Valve Check 40,000 Mi (no movement)
-Radiator Guard
-Earthx Lithium Battery and Optimate 471 Lithium Charger
-Galfer Stainless Steel Brake and Clutch Lines
-Samco Silicon cooling hoses
-Need to get to the steering bearing maintenance. 

Performance/Looks
-Delkevic Tri-Oval Carbon Exhaust Pipe
-SISF Decel Flash
-Fuse Block Installation including wiring
-Fender Extender
-Murph's  Kits Bearing Shifter kit
-Traxxion AK-20 Shock and Penke Rear Shock

Safety
-Hyperlights flashing Brake lights
-Stebel Horn, replaced with PIAA Dual sport
-LED Headlights
-Mondomotos MM10 LED driving lights
-Switchback LED lights
-Top Block Tip Over Protection
-Wide angle 1.25 In convex mirrors
-Murph's Oil filter protector
-STS Smart Turn System self cancelling turn signals

Comfort/Convenience
-Cee Bailey Ultra Tour Dome Windscreen
-Throttle Rocker
-Grip Buddies
-Phil's rack
-BDF Low Fuel Warning eliminator adapter
-Kawasaki Touring seat
-Air Hawk
-HVMP Stainless Steel Bar end Weights

If I'm missing anything other than cruise control, let me know!

Edit to add more stuff that I forgot about......
« Last Edit: January 27, 2019, 10:54:06 pm by 4Bikes »
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2019, 09:32:13 pm »
The backup cam Steve

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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2019, 09:53:35 pm »
Wouldn’t I need reverse as well Rich?   ;)  Swampcat showed me his video recording system at the Helen National and for a time I really thought I needed that. Must have dropped off my radar.
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2019, 11:13:02 am »
You for got the auxiliary fuel bottle. Scottie's favorite farkle. :beerchug:
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2019, 11:48:51 am »
You forgot the auxiliary fuel bottle. Scottie's favorite farkle. :beerchug:
Yeah, he still owes me bigly for saving him in Ohio.   :beerchug:  I have yet to need it, even with the BDF low fuel warning eliminator. 
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019, 12:32:56 pm »
Thanks for the helpful list. Interesting that my bike has many of the same upgrades as yours. Next for me will be brakes lines and coolant hoses - I may follow your lead. I agree that this bike is remarkably reliable and will probably outlast me.
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2019, 12:55:16 pm »
You need a CC.   :))

Oh wait....

Seriously -- most complicated install of my farkles, but by far the best one.  I don't use it THAT often, but man it's nice to have on long stretches of slab to give the right wrist a break.

My bike is also very close to yours in farkles.   :beerchug:
I really can't say you NEED anything.  I personally couldn't live without my Baldwin seat and bar risers, but I'm tall -- to each his own.

I like where you went with the coolant hoses and hydraulic lines.  Good insurance.

We REALLY need to get that Steering Head Bearing Tool back up and traveling.
Curse that a****** that kept it and didn't keep it moving around the country.

good post.

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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2019, 01:13:50 pm »
The steering head tool gone missing, is why I didn't tackle that one when I did the Traxxion upgrade.  Would have been the perfect time for that.   :'(

The coolant hoses are simple to install.  I used the Honda Coolant in the parts link above. The part number for the Samco Sport Silicon hoses is KAW-86-BU  I choose blue.  You will also want to get the smooth stainless clamp kit CKKAW-86 since they won’t cut the soft silicon.  Amazon sell the hoses in limited colors.  I got them from the UK at RACEBikeBitz.  I ordered them 11:00 AM on a Monday and they were on my porch Wednesday 9:00 AM with free shipping from the UK.  Here is the link to the 2010 and later models.  They fit perfectly and look great. 
https://racebikebitzusa.com/street-bike-hose-kits/Kawasaki-Street-Road-Samco-Silicone-Hose-Kits/C/year-2011/kawasaki-concours-c14-1400-gtr-zg1400-2010-2016-samco-sport-hose-kit

Here is the part numbers for the Galfer Stainless lines.  I should have mentioned they also include the Clutch Line.  You choose the color you want at checkout.  I chose clear to show the stainless.
https://galferusa.com/product/kawasaki-2011-zg-1400-concours-abs-multiple-lines-fk003d937-11

The stainless steel lines aren’t too difficult to install, but you will want to get a set of flare wrenches.  The hardest parts are the 5 short lines coming off the ABS pump (needs to be loosened) and bleeding the air out of the lines.  You will need to work the master cylinder bleeder valves, and I ended up removing the front brake calipers to push the pistons in an out (after cleaning them) to finally get air out of the lines.  My rear brake pedal has never had such a solid feel and actually works way better.  The front brake lever is firmer too.

Flare wrenches
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EFL01AY/ref=pe_861660_138883610_fxm_4_0_n_id

I see under safety I forgot to add the radiator guard and Murph's Oil filter protector.  Probably forgetting more stuff...
« Last Edit: January 09, 2019, 01:18:32 pm by 4Bikes »
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2019, 08:35:46 pm »
The steering head tool gone missing, is why I didn't tackle that one when I did the Traxxion upgrade.  Would have been the perfect time for that.   :'(


Sticking with the title theme.....

Since I have freshly upgraded Traxxion forks coming my way in another week, I should probably heed that warning, and DO this while the bike is apart!

Can anybody suggest a good place to buy that Steering stem nut wrench?  ^^edit^^

Correct part # is 57001-1100, according to the manual.  And is $41.57 on partzilla right now.

Maybe i'll have an odd moment of generosity and get the traveling steering stem nut wrench head tool going again.  >:D

Also - I was looking at the rear suspension, to see where I may need to grease any bearings while I have the rear shock off, in lieu of a new Penske ( grins widely) and wondering if I may need to also purchase the swingarm pivot nut wrench, but I don't think that's necessary for greasing bearings in the rear.

^^edit^^
Swingarm Pivot Nut wrench Kawi part # 57001-1597.  Currently $54.74 on partzilla.

Advice welcome. (still on topic, and NO COLLUSION!!)  :D

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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2019, 08:58:11 pm »
if ya talk nice and pm your address I could send you a steering stem bearing tool and a front fork service tool kit to use courtesy of a couple of other Coggers. The stem tool was donated to me by a forum subscriber who wishes to remain anonymous but would like to give back to the club. Old Man On a Connie is owner of fork service kit and has been generous to share with whom ever wishes to pay postage and keep it moving. Let me know when and where.  :beerchug:

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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2019, 09:09:40 pm »
PM Coming. 

Sweeeeeeet.  :great:
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2019, 09:55:47 pm »
if ya talk nice and pm your address I could send you a steering stem bearing tool and a front fork service tool kit to use courtesy of a couple of other Coggers. The stem tool was donated to me by a forum subscriber who wishes to remain anonymous but would like to give back to the club. Old Man On a Connie is owner of fork service kit and has been generous to share with whom ever wishes to pay postage and keep it moving. Let me know when and where.  :beerchug:

Good deal!   :great:
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2019, 11:57:09 pm »
Air Hawk? :017:

Custom seat and you could lose that thing! ;D :beerchug:


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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2019, 12:14:33 am »
I hear ya Tom ::)  It might not be considered custom, but the Kawasaki touring seat is much better than stock. The Airhawk is great to put on for multi-day rides.  It doesn’t look great, but if filled properly you can ride hours and hours and days on end with no issues.
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2019, 03:25:09 pm »
One reason I didn't like the Airhawk (tried one) is that it jacked-up my arse in the saddle by more than a few inches.

Needless to say.....I didn't NEED that.  :-[

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« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2019, 03:29:37 pm »
That is a common complaint and why folks buy them and sell them.  I hated mine right up until I figured out I was waaaaaaay over filling it.  It needs a minimal amount of air and will appear deflated until you sit on it.  if done right, your overall seat height should be essentially the same. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2019, 12:41:00 pm »
That is a common complaint and why folks buy them and sell them.  I hated mine right up until I figured out I was waaaaaaay over filling it.  It needs a minimal amount of air and will appear deflated until you sit on it.  if done right, your overall seat height should be essentially the same.

Agreed.
I too, fig'd that out, but it was STILL too high for me.
Were I to insist on a seat cover, i'd get a thinner single layer, like a sheepskin or one of those hippie-dippy bead things.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2019, 12:53:05 am »
I have an Alaska Leather Saddle sheep seat cover. Not ridden on it yet but the reviews seem to indicate its OK. I had a Maddog foam pad on it prior but the inside of my legs get chapped and red even using monkey butt powder or zinc creams to reduce the redness.

I tried a Saddleman seat with the memory foam, that did not turn out well. Lots of hot spots (the raised MF was the culprit) and the stitched seam in the front was a chafe/hot spot nightmare. I actually used duck tape to cover the seam but at the end of my trip the seat came off and its sitting gathering dust.

Beer me!  :beerchug:
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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2019, 10:52:52 pm »
I was reminded at a COG meet and greet that I forgot to mention the STS-Smart Turn System self cancelling turn signals. I added it to the Safety items. Definitely worth it and after having it for an entire season I never once rode with my signals endlessly flashing. Don’t care how good you are, everyone eventually does it without this system, and often at the worst time when you are preoccupied in a strange traffic pattern, and that is where you don’t want them signaling a turn you are not making.  There is a link in another thread discussing the STS system and installation with a discount.

https://safer-turn.com

Edit:  Here is the link to the instructions and discount.

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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2019, 02:24:14 am »
Horn upgrade.
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« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2019, 07:43:28 pm »
I have an Alaska Leather Saddle sheep seat cover. Not ridden on it yet but the reviews seem to indicate its OK. I had a Maddog foam pad on it prior but the inside of my legs get chapped and red even using monkey butt powder or zinc creams to reduce the redness.

I tried a Saddleman seat with the memory foam, that did not turn out well. Lots of hot spots (the raised MF was the culprit) and the stitched seam in the front was a chafe/hot spot nightmare. I actually used duck tape to cover the seam but at the end of my trip the seat came off and its sitting gathering dust.

Beer me!  :beerchug:
Have you tried that sheepskin cover yet?  I'm really curious about that.  Nice thing about it would be that I could use it on multiple bikes.
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Re: Upgrades To Keep This C-14 Forever
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2019, 07:50:01 am »
I have an Alaska Leather Saddle sheep seat cover. Not ridden on it yet but the reviews seem to indicate its OK. I had a Maddog foam pad on it prior but the inside of my legs get chapped and red even using monkey butt powder or zinc creams to reduce the redness.

I tried a Saddleman seat with the memory foam, that did not turn out well. Lots of hot spots (the raised MF was the culprit) and the stitched seam in the front was a chafe/hot spot nightmare. I actually used duck tape to cover the seam but at the end of my trip the seat came off and its sitting gathering dust.

Beer me!  :beerchug:
Have you tried that sheepskin cover yet?  I'm really curious about that.  Nice thing about it would be that I could use it on multiple bikes.
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