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« on: July 10, 2009, 08:56:00 am »
Just received the August issue of Cycle World. The C-14 was one of the 10 best bikes for 2009.  The C-14 was the only ST in the top 10.They also did a comparison in another article with the new BMW K 1300GT. The C-14 won and was $8745.00 LESS than the bike BMW sent for the test. To be fair Kawasaki sent a non ABS bike and the BMW had the Premium Options Package. For $22,245 for the BMW you could have the C-14 AND a C-10 as backup.    :)  

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 09:30:00 am »
Both articles were very good and the C14 finally is getting its' due. Comparing stock bikes the 14 would still have bested the BMW due to the wierd tranny ratios - top gear in the BMW is like 4th on the C14. It was really revving and not easy to ride like the C14 tho' gas mileage was close to better.     You could buy a new C14 and a really nice used ZZR1200 for trips to the dark side, track days, times when you ride solo, want the younger look, etc. Read the reviews in my signature and you will get the idea. :)  David in Jax COG# 7898   NE FL AAD & COG Vendor www.dreamjobresumes.com preparing resumes for COG members and friends  I ride a KAWASAKI ZZR1200   Euro Review http://www.motorbikestoday.com/reviews/Articles/ZZR1200.htm  US Review http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/roadtests/2002_kawasaki_zzr1200/inde
2002 Kawasaki ZZR1200 for riding with the wife
2004 SV650S for riding solo and on the track
2007 DRZ400SM for riding solo and on the track (lots of fun in 38hp)
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009, 01:25:00 pm »
I'm still waiting for my copy. I'm a B. Why is W getting it first? :p Maybe it will be here today.  As much as I would like a C10 for a back up. I would probably do what I already have done. I would get a totally different bike. I have a Mean Streak for my other bike. It's great for when my mood is completely opposite.    On the C14 I have all the known attributes. On the mean Streak, it's feet forward, V-twin power, totally in the wind. It's really nice for a change. And in a pinch, I can slap on the windshield and bags for a trip. I've had her a quite a few. One of which was the Dragon.   But since I acquired the C14, it tends to be my longer distance bike. :)    Bionic Bob  COG & AMA member  First C14 CDA member #0220  2008 C14 & 2003 Mean Streak  

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 01:52:00 pm »
Know what you mean about a cruiser. I've got the ZZR and a Suzuki Intruder 1500LC cruiser, 2004. Love them both, one for performance and one for two-up with the wife and when I'm looking for a more relaxed ride. Still want a C14 someday though....  David in Jax COG# 7898   NE FL AAD & COG Vendor www.dreamjobresumes.com preparing resumes for COG members and friends  I ride a KAWASAKI ZZR1200   Euro Review http://www.motorbikestoday.com/reviews/Articles/ZZR1200.htm  US Review http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/roadtests/2002_kawasaki_zzr1200/inde
2002 Kawasaki ZZR1200 for riding with the wife
2004 SV650S for riding solo and on the track
2007 DRZ400SM for riding solo and on the track (lots of fun in 38hp)
Responsible for wrenching on all those plus my daughters' 2007 ZZR 600
US Review http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ro...200/index.html
EU Review http://www.motorbikestoday.com/revie...es/ZZR1200.html

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 02:44:00 pm »
I just met a guy last night at bike night that recently bought his 1984 Ninja 900 at a divorce yard sale a couple of doors down for $700. It sat in the garage most of it's life. He said he put new fork seals, tires, fluids and clean out the jets. It has 9,300 miles on it. The thing looks like brand new. He rode it from New Jersey down into Maryland for the weekend, last weekend. He said the bike seems like a brand new 1984 Ninja. How come I never come across deals like this. Imagine how many project bikes you could do with that C14 savings over the BMW.    Bionic Bob  COG & AMA member  First C14 CDA member #0220  2008 C14 & 2003 Mean Streak