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Title: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 28, 2015, 10:41:08 pm
Do they give a sticker for 150,000 miles? 150,000 trouble free miles! :beerchug:
(http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/gallery/150000miles.jpg)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Canadian Steve on October 28, 2015, 10:46:38 pm
Congrats, very impressive. Any abnormal types of maintenance needed yet? Done timing chains yet ? etc
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: ZG on October 28, 2015, 10:47:47 pm
Nice, grats!!  :08:

Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: MizzouMike on October 28, 2015, 10:52:59 pm
Very Nice!!
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Charlie_Gary_AAD on October 28, 2015, 11:00:06 pm
I believe there is a sticker for that.  COG Mileage Awards Coordinator: Eddie Minter is now the contact person.   email: eminter@bellsouth.net  Contact Eddie and he'll let you know what you need to do.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: MikeB_CA on October 28, 2015, 11:01:27 pm
Congratulations! :beerchug:

I have a question for you since you've gone through so many. Tires ... what are the best in your opinion?

Mike
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Fais on October 28, 2015, 11:03:01 pm
Even better: 2 stickers! 100k and 50k  - Eddie Minter can set you up.

Nice how you caught it right at 150,000.

 :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: zigzag on October 28, 2015, 11:12:31 pm
Sweet!have u looked into uber?what yr is she?from the the pic it looks like u do alot of dirt roads or outback?big discussion on valve checks lately...ever done1?I say keep on trucken!
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: EZ on October 28, 2015, 11:20:53 pm
 :beerchug: Awesome,  keep gettin it!   :motonoises:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: SilverConnieRider on October 28, 2015, 11:52:50 pm
Do they give a sticker for 150,000 miles? 150,000 trouble free miles! :beerchug:
([url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/gallery/150000miles.jpg[/url])


Trouble free?  Can't be 100% sure but is your front tire pressure really 34?  Do you have a slow leak?   :D
Hard to read with something on your readout screen or is it cracked?

Also your windscreen brackets there appears to be a knob on the right side but don't see one on the left side?

Anyways nice job on 150K.   :great:
I'm going to assume you can ride year round - that has got to make a difference.  :motonoises: :motonoises: :motonoises:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Just Cliff on October 29, 2015, 12:20:35 am
Nice lather, now just keep riding it. This is the first one that I know of to hit it. Yes there's a sticker for it, then again for 200,00.

I'm not to far behind.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: 4Bikes on October 29, 2015, 10:48:33 am
Great to know.  The rider gets a lot of credit too for keeping it upright, and well maintained.   :great:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 29, 2015, 11:49:49 am
Thanks for all the replies.
I've done only normal maintenance. Nothing has been replaced except normal wear items:
tires, brake pads, about 20 valve shims, spark plugs,  fluids. Replaced brake rotors that had worn below minimum thickness at
124,000 miles. Replaced rear shock with Ohlins at 108,000, front forks with ZX14  and GP Suspension kit at 120,000. My favorite tires have been Bridgstone T30 front and Michilen PR4 rear. I have tried Shinkos, Dunlops, Contis, Pirellis and Avons with mixed results. Use a K&N air filter. Have always used Shell Rotella T6 except twice.

I bought my 08 in October 2007. In Louisiana most of us do ride all year. A motorcycle has been my main transportation since 2005 but I have 3 other bikes that I ride regularly. But the Concours does all the trips. Wife and I do two long trips two-up every year and I do 3 or 4  solo trips.

I put the crack in the console in the first 6 months. People said rain would get in and ruin the gauges so I stuck celephane tape over it. It actually says 39, which is what I prefer to run in the front. I took the photo a day after riding in the rain and have not washed it yet. Noticed my left Madstad knob missing right after I took the picture. I will contact Eddie.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: SilverConnieRider on October 29, 2015, 02:44:15 pm
Thanks for the report.

If you get a chance I would really like to see what a clean bike with 150K on it looks like.

So when it cleaned up, take a picture, please - Then I might know how far south I have to go to keep my bikes looking good.   :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Cold Streak on October 29, 2015, 03:24:12 pm
Referring to your avatar, does it really count when you have your bike pushed by two women, instead of going on it's own?   :)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: GreeneGigantor on October 29, 2015, 04:27:27 pm
Can you please explain the benefits of running 34 psi in the front tire?
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: KevinRLI on October 29, 2015, 04:32:40 pm
Can you please explain the benefits of running 34 psi in the front tire?

Read again. He's running 39.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 29, 2015, 05:38:48 pm
Referring to your avatar, does it really count when you have your bike pushed by two women, instead of going on it's own?   :)
It counts double :nananana:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on October 29, 2015, 05:48:43 pm
Thanks for the report.

If you get a chance I would really like to see what a clean bike with 150K on it looks like.

So when it cleaned up, take a picture, please - Then I might know how far south I have to go to keep my bikes looking good.   :beerchug:

you would..... but at the point of 150k, why even wash it...

kudos on 150k, there is no 150 sticker I am aware of, just 50k, and 100k, and a big COG 200k...
so ask for a second 50k and you're covered...


 :beerchug: :great: :great: :great:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: IronButtAl on October 29, 2015, 06:13:14 pm
Eddie was supposed to working on a 250K sticker for me. Need to ping him.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Eddie-FL on October 29, 2015, 07:20:13 pm
We do have a 150K sticker! Bob has contacted me and we have the process moving. Al, I have an idea on 250K. Get with me at Coney Island RTE.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: ConcoursKZ on October 29, 2015, 07:32:29 pm
How many valve adjustments? Have you checked the compression? Does it run hotter than when you got it or cooler? Does it lose any fluid or leak? Is it the best bike you have ever owned?
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: TimR on October 29, 2015, 07:39:48 pm
Wow, I don't think ant one else has reached this milestone on the C14. Could be wrong though.

One has to admit that is a lot of saddle time. Heck, I was feeling good with my puny 40K.  ;)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Shoe on October 29, 2015, 07:43:22 pm
Congratulations you should be due for 3 stickers. 50K,100K and 150K!
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 29, 2015, 11:41:16 pm
will try to answer all the questions. I got the 100 sticker some time ago but it either faded or peeled off, can't

remember which. Looking for my COG card so I can send a copy to Eddie.
I've done two valve adjustments. Each time some were tight. Second time I set all to loose side. Also did a TB

balance. I am undecided whether to check the valves again. Planning to go to 200,000. (At least) By then I will

probably be ready for a new bike. At this time the Connie 14 is top of the list. We rode a BMW R1200RT in Europe

last month and the wife wants one. That is number two on my list. Number three is FJR.

I installed ZSteves foam heat blockers and that was a big improvement. No heat issues now. It has used some oil from day one, about a quart in 3000 miles. That has not changed over the years. I tried some Motul 20W50 super ester synthetic $55 dollars a gallon oil and no difference. I did back to back Blackstone lab anals on the Rotella T6 and the Motul $$$ and the Rotella won. No compression checks. The motor still pulls hard enough to scare the crap outta me. That's good enough for me. It is the best bike I have ever owned. I still have a 99 Honda VFR 800 with 146,000 miles on it but had many issues with it, mainly the electrical and cooling systems. The C14 handles 90% as well as the VFR and is 150% more comfortable and has been trouble free. Only seen a service bay once for bag latch recall. 

and by the way...
for those interested in tracking mileage I invite you to my Mileage Log site:
http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp (http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: bid caller on October 30, 2015, 02:45:55 am
I am impressed!!!   :motonoises: 
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: 2linby on October 30, 2015, 07:10:59 am
Even better: 2 stickers! 100k and 50k  - Eddie Minter can set you up.

Nice how you caught it right at 150,000.

 :beerchug:

Three stickers, 50K, 100K and 150K
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: C. Moore on October 30, 2015, 10:15:46 am
Good to know on the valve adjusts. Kawasaki does make a good motorcycle. The more I ride mine the more I like it.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: R Nelson on October 31, 2015, 12:23:54 am
That's awesome.  It's great to see how long they can go.  I went a couple years without riding my 08 a whole lot, but have been giving it some good loving this year.  Even so, I only have 40,000.  Keep it up.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Alan_Yucius_FL on October 31, 2015, 12:57:41 am
will try to answer all the questions. I got the 100 sticker some time ago but it either faded or peeled off, can't

remember which. Looking for my COG card so I can send a copy to Eddie.
I've done two valve adjustments. Each time some were tight. Second time I set all to loose side. Also did a TB

balance. I am undecided whether to check the valves again. Planning to go to 200,000. (At least) By then I will

probably be ready for a new bike. At this time the Connie 14 is top of the list. We rode a BMW R1200RT in Europe

last month and the wife wants one. That is number two on my list. Number three is FJR.

I installed ZSteves foam heat blockers and that was a big improvement. No heat issues now. It has used some oil from day one, about a quart in 3000 miles. That has not changed over the years. I tried some Motul 20W50 super ester synthetic $55 dollars a gallon oil and no difference. I did back to back Blackstone lab anals on the Rotella T6 and the Motul $$$ and the Rotella won. No compression checks. The motor still pulls hard enough to scare the crap outta me. That's good enough for me. It is the best bike I have ever owned. I still have a 99 Honda VFR 800 with 146,000 miles on it but had many issues with it, mainly the electrical and cooling systems. The C14 handles 90% as well as the VFR and is 150% more comfortable and has been trouble free. Only seen a service bay once for bag latch recall. 

and by the way...
for those interested in tracking mileage I invite you to my Mileage Log site:
[url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp[/url] ([url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp[/url])


   :bravo_2:   Bob CONGRATULATIONS on your Connie carrying you so many miles.   :great:  My 09 has 111,800+ and still runs strong   :motonoises:  w/no leaks and no major repairs. Just renewed my EXTENDED WARRANTY for 3 more years. Love it!   What name are you using in the record mileage sheet?  Ride SAFE and I don't have to say RIDE OFTEN!!    ALAN in S. Fl     ;)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: zigzag on October 31, 2015, 02:27:00 am
Got 135k on my 2011 .....was thinking of rebuild soon but he'll maybe I'll keep on keep on!does any one know the most miles on a 1400 ?
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 31, 2015, 12:16:59 pm
Thanks Alan. My name on the Mileage Log site is Ninja Bob. A nickname giving to me by Dana Sawyer, founder of HSTA (Honda Sport Touring Association, now MSTA) when I showed up at the national on my 84 Ninja 900. At that time it was a club for Honda owners but my 82 Honda Sabre V45 was not "sporty" enough for my taste! I've been a Kawasaki rider ever since.

will try to answer all the questions. I got the 100 sticker some time ago but it either faded or peeled off, can't

remember which. Looking for my COG card so I can send a copy to Eddie.
I've done two valve adjustments. Each time some were tight. Second time I set all to loose side. Also did a TB

balance. I am undecided whether to check the valves again. Planning to go to 200,000. (At least) By then I will

probably be ready for a new bike. At this time the Connie 14 is top of the list. We rode a BMW R1200RT in Europe

last month and the wife wants one. That is number two on my list. Number three is FJR.

I installed ZSteves foam heat blockers and that was a big improvement. No heat issues now. It has used some oil from day one, about a quart in 3000 miles. That has not changed over the years. I tried some Motul 20W50 super ester synthetic $55 dollars a gallon oil and no difference. I did back to back Blackstone lab anals on the Rotella T6 and the Motul $$$ and the Rotella won. No compression checks. The motor still pulls hard enough to scare the crap outta me. That's good enough for me. It is the best bike I have ever owned. I still have a 99 Honda VFR 800 with 146,000 miles on it but had many issues with it, mainly the electrical and cooling systems. The C14 handles 90% as well as the VFR and is 150% more comfortable and has been trouble free. Only seen a service bay once for bag latch recall. 

and by the way...
for those interested in tracking mileage I invite you to my Mileage Log site:
[url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp[/url] ([url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/miles/miles.asp[/url])


   :bravo_2:   Bob CONGRATULATIONS on your Connie carrying you so many miles.   :great:  My 09 has 111,800+ and still runs strong   :motonoises:  w/no leaks and no major repairs. Just renewed my EXTENDED WARRANTY for 3 more years. Love it!   What name are you using in the record mileage sheet?  Ride SAFE and I don't have to say RIDE OFTEN!!    ALAN in S. Fl     ;)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 31, 2015, 12:23:14 pm
Got 135k on my 2011 .....was thinking of rebuild soon but he'll maybe I'll keep on keep on!does any one know the most miles on a 1400 ?
I knew of a rider who beat me to 100,000 by a good margin but I think he trade for something else. Have not heard of anyone else with 150,000 on either forum but I am sure there a a few out there at 200,000. Probably don't have time to post on forums though ;D
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: R Nelson on October 31, 2015, 12:26:00 pm
Several of you guys have really logged up the miles.  I remember some of you when we all got our 08's new.  What ever happened to BDF?  I remember he used to be really active and logged a lot of miles.  I recall he did a 50CC a few years ago on his Connie.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on October 31, 2015, 02:41:31 pm
Several of you guys have really logged up the miles.  I remember some of you when we all got our 08's new.  What ever happened to BDF?  I remember he used to be really active and logged a lot of miles.  I recall he did a 50CC a few years ago on his Connie.

Brian (BDF) is still active on the other forum. If I remember correctly he hit 100,000  about 6 months ago.
He makes and sells a couple of work-around gadjets at http://www.incontrolne.com/ (http://www.incontrolne.com/)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Bruiser on November 01, 2015, 09:31:33 pm
Lather, congrats on that milestone! I really like the scotch tape fix.  :)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: stevewfl on November 02, 2015, 01:51:44 am
Congrats!  :great:   :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Jeff on November 02, 2015, 05:59:23 pm
Hum second  extremely high mileage Rotella T6 oil bike?????  Makes you wonder about some comments on previous oil posts saying not to use it as it's not 10W40?
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: cb900toconcours on November 02, 2015, 08:00:08 pm
Congrats.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Michael on November 05, 2015, 06:14:11 am
Outstanding.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on November 05, 2015, 01:35:30 pm
Thanks to all for the kind words. It has been a great 8 years  :great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Mk2wilson on November 05, 2015, 02:47:27 pm
Hum second  extremely high mileage Rotella T6 oil bike?????  Makes you wonder about some comments on previous oil posts saying not to use it as it's not 10W40?

I previously owned a 04 FJR. Over on that forum there are several that swear by Rotella.  Some of them even have over 300,000 on their bike with no major repairs. I used the Rotella in my fjr and never had an issue. The only thing keeping me from using it in the c14 is my bike is under warranty. Not sure if the Rotella meets the specs called for in the manual and I don't want to have to fight the dealer if I ever do have a warranty issue, but I have no doubt that it is good oil.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: MrSkydriver on November 05, 2015, 04:02:21 pm
Makes my 80,000 look puny!  :-[   ...but then I got it 2 years 7 months ago with 12,091 on it..... :-\

I use Mobil 1 car oil and have never done a valve adjustment..... :-\  ....too busy riding   :motonoises:
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Alan_Yucius_FL on November 05, 2015, 05:30:07 pm
Makes my 80,000 look puny!  :-[   ...but then I got it 2 years 7 months ago with 12,091 on it..... :-\

I use Mobil 1 car oil and have never done a valve adjustment..... :-\  ....too busy riding   :motonoises:
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   Gregg,  I called MOBIL about their synthetic MOBIL ONE before I bought it and they told me to use the MOBIL 1  MOTORCYCLE SYNTHETIC OIL    RACING 4T.    The car oil has different additives in it and it would cause my clutch to slip.   :'(   Been using the 4 T for over 100,000 miles in my 09 C14 and no problems.  Good LUCK.   ;)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: stevewfl on November 05, 2015, 11:54:32 pm
If we're going to oils.....   ROTELLA T6 in my C14 bike has served me well for > 109,000 miles now. 

I could credit KiPass, but that oil worked especially well in my high RPM track bikes too (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: SteveJ. on November 08, 2015, 11:16:42 pm
Both syn, 5w40, and non syn, 15w40 Rotella meet the JASO spec, according to the fine print on the bottle. Don't use the 10w30, however.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on November 09, 2015, 01:51:58 pm
Thanks Eddie!
(http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/150ksticker.jpg)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Jet Jocky on November 10, 2015, 03:39:35 pm
Hey Ninja Bob congrats on the 150k milestone.

We have a few things in common. I too had a 82 V45 Sabre, a red one. Great motor but the handling was a bit weird.

Also had a Ninja 1000 but they don't call me Ninja Tim... Lol.

The other similar thing is I too am a Rotella guy. I run it in everything I own. I am curious are you running the regular 15w-40 or the 5w-40 Synthetic?

I got turned on to Shell Rotella back in my dirt bike days. An engine builder and diesel mechanic had a local lab do analysis on most of the major oil brands after a 20 minute practice in a MX bike. Rotella came out on top which was good enough for me.

Curious what your lab reported on your 2 samples?

Cheers and ride safe.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on November 10, 2015, 03:52:34 pm
Hey Ninja Bob congrats on the 150k milestone.

We have a few things in common. I too had a 82 V45 Sabre, a red one. Great motor but the handling was a bit weird.

Also had a Ninja 1000 but they don't call me Ninja Tim... Lol.

The other similar thing is I too am a Rotella guy. I run it in everything I own. I am curious are you running the regular 15w-40 or the 5w-40 Synthetic?

I got turned on to Shell Rotella back in my dirt bike days. An engine builder and diesel mechanic had a local lab do analysis on most of the major oil brands after a 20 minute practice in a MX bike. Rotella came out on top which was good enough for me.

Curious what your lab reported on your 2 samples?

Cheers and ride safe.

Thanks. Yeah, my Sabre would get into a wobble at 140 mph and the side stand would drag too soon.
I will try to find the reports and post them.
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on November 10, 2015, 05:28:50 pm
Here are the two Rotella T6 Synth 5W40 VS Motul 300V 15W/50 back to back Blackstone oil reports plus one from Joel with Mobil 1 Racing 4T 10W/40.
(http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/rotellaReport.jpg)
(http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/motulReport.jpg)
(http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/mobil1Report.jpg)
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: Jet Jocky on November 10, 2015, 07:01:18 pm
Good info

Thanks!
Title: Re: 150,000 miles
Post by: lather on November 11, 2015, 11:16:40 pm
Thanks Eddie!
([url]http://www.wfr-ridersclub.com/150ksticker.jpg[/url])

Just wanted to let ya'll know I took a daylight pic of the 150K sticker cuz the flash really spoiled the one I took in the dark.