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Offline smithr1

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List me your failures
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:44:44 pm »
Just thought I would start a thread about common failures on the C14 and see how it flies.   My goal is to help everyone make decisions about what maintenance they should perform and when.

Please list the type of failure you had, at what year and mileage and your bikes year model. 

Example:
Lower Radiator Hose Leak
At 26k miles in 2015
Bike: 2010

PS:  I am really interested in failures of parts that the manual says to change more often than we tend to like hoses, cables and rubber.  All reports are welcome though.

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 04:13:34 pm »
Gearbox:
3rd gear lost 2 teeth, other gears started looking rounded as well.
5000 miles in 2017
Bike: 2012
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2017, 04:26:26 pm »
Front rotors
Approx. 20,000 miles (replaced under warranty) in 2014 or thereabout.
Cam sensor o'ring about 25,000 miles.
2009

« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 08:40:23 am by EZ »
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2017, 04:43:28 pm »
I must be really lucky. 09 C14, 55k miles, no failures. Yet. Now I suppose I'm jinxed and everything will start to break.
 :'(  I do lots of preventive maintenance like change All fluids at least annually, oil to often, valves 3 times so far, use a high quality torque wrench like religion, clean the brake calipers when changing pads and ride, ride, ride. :) :)
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2017, 07:03:22 pm »
09, 50K

Final drive leak in 2013. Repair paid for by extended warranty #1.
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2017, 07:39:12 pm »
I must be really lucky. 09 C14, 55k miles, no failures.

Me too. 08 C14 40k miles, no issues.
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2017, 08:06:14 pm »
64k, 2011, under warranty til mid 2020. Only issues, TPMS batteries and cam sensor o-ring. Fluids changed religiously, T6 Rotella and clutch/ABS bleed every 5k.

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2017, 08:16:05 pm »
2016 c14 5500 miles.. final drive leak,fixed under warranty,, seat latch malfunction, seat coming unlatched by itself, kaw working on fix..2009 c14 84000 miles, bevel drive bearing failure, repaired under extended warranty in 2012... :1rij:
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2017, 08:43:58 pm »
'08 model, KiPASS issue back in Feb this year, mileage at time was ~41k.  >:(  Bought BDF's bypass switch to resolve.
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2017, 08:53:27 pm »
2013 34K miles, zero issues. :beerchug:
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 09:25:41 pm »
Forgive me Father for I have sinned.....  :) oops, by the subject line I thought Rev might be on the other side of the screen.

'08...40k....zero mechanical failures

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2017, 12:21:23 am »
I must be really lucky. 09 C14, 55k miles, no failures. Yet. Now I suppose I'm jinxed and everything will start to break.
 :'(  I do lots of preventive maintenance like change All fluids at least annually, oil to often, valves 3 times so far, use a high quality torque wrench like religion, clean the brake calipers when changing pads and ride, ride, ride. :) :)
This is almost my story, same mileage but a 2011. The only mechanical (if you can call it that) I ever had was the rear brake banjo bolt needed tightening on a ride.  A very reliable machine. 
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2017, 12:30:20 am »
2008 C14 currently has 186,000 on it.

Not a failure so to speak, but I did have a grounding block in the harness corrode up. Which in turn caused a lighting problem. Required no parts to fix, just took 3 days to trace the problem. Bike had maybe 135,000 miles at the time. Still got me home from out of state.

There are 11 of those little blocks through out the harness best I can remember.

Otherwise no failures, just a few things worn out.

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2017, 12:50:06 am »
2011 C14 that I bought used in 2015 with 6,000 miles on it. Currently has 38,000 miles and has had zero actual failures other than both headlight bulbs burned out about 30,000 miles and the battery ground loosened up and had to be cleaned and tightened. I consider both of those maintenance items. UPDATE: I forgot about the battery going dead in my front TPMS last year. Sent it to Fred Harmon for a new battery and good ever since.
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 01:22:55 am »
Bike is JUNK

every time I leave the key in the on position , the dang battery goes dead

Time for a BMW >:(
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2017, 02:04:10 am »
Bike is JUNK

every time I leave the key in the on position , the dang battery goes dead

Time for a BMW >:(

Maybe don't leave the key on?

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2017, 03:55:52 am »
Formed habit = muscle memory. R/H kill switch off, stove knob off and locked. So far so good.


Now I'm really jinxed, I'll have a dead battery by morning. >:( Gee thanks :nananana:
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2017, 11:42:48 am »
Forgive me Father for I have sinned.....  :) oops, by the subject line I thought Rev might be on the other side of the screen.

'08...40k....zero mechanical failures

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2017, 12:16:52 pm »
'08 ABS model. TPMS batteries low and have been for a couple of years. Clutch slave cylinder might be leaking as I get a soft clutch lever if the bike hasn't been ridden in a while.

Other than that, neither it or my '12 have given me any issues apart from normal maintenance-related stuff.

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2017, 02:09:01 pm »
Front TPMS is now dead.  :(  I should have known better than say nothing had failed, now I really am jinxed. >:( >:( :'( :'(
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2017, 02:31:16 pm »
Ah man, now "Transponder battery low" I know it's an easy fix and not really a failure but it's one more new thing.
The OP should be flogged right along with Steve :beerchug: maybe me too for getting myself jinxed. :'( :'(
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2017, 02:41:06 pm »
2011, 117k miles, starter stopped working at around 85k. I replaced with new one. The old one had lots of oil and dirt and crud in the armature area. 

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2017, 03:42:29 pm »
Bike is JUNK

every time I leave the key in the on position , the dang battery goes dead

Time for a BMW >:(

Maybe don't leave the key on?

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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2017, 10:13:03 am »
I had the cam sensor leak, valve cover gasket, gear position indicator and TPMS sensors

Otherwise, buy and ride... :motonoises:
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Re: List me your failures
« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2017, 02:31:28 pm »
2013 34K miles, zero issues. :beerchug:

EDT: I don't consider a TPMS dead battery as a failure, but both of mine have been replaced under warrantee.
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