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Offline Rodney

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« on: November 13, 2009, 09:34:00 am »
Good day all  Haven't posted here much lately, but keep looking.  Turned over 60,000 miles on the way home from work yesterday on my C14 after 2 years and 1 week.  Has been running great.  No problems, just normal maintenance, adjusted valves twice, change oil and tires every once in a while and add gas!!  Kawasaki really did a good job.  Still miss cruise and am   disappointed they didn't put that on the 2010.  Yall have a great day.    
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 10:06:00 am »
You were going to let us know how you liked the tires , miles etc.  I've been running the pilot II and like them a lot. maybe 8000 miles on the rear tire if I behave most the time......      Ted  
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 11:44:00 am »
Man that's the most miles I have seen posted on the C-14. Anyone able to beat that? I owned mine for the same period of time and only have 15,000.  
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2009, 01:16:00 pm »
Here is a cruse that someone has put on the C14.  Murphs got it.  http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=369  Photos[/url]
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2009, 08:07:00 pm »
OP,      did you perform the valve adjustments yourself?      Both times, were the valves out of adjustment?  

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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2009, 10:18:00 pm »
Guess I forgot aout the tires.  I tried the Dunlop Street Smart tires after having used several Michelin PR II's.  I have a little over 9,000 miles on the rear and probably have a couple thousand more.  Will probably be about the same or a little less than the PR II's I had used.  Only a little over 3,000 on the front.  As far as performance, I would say they are as good as the Michelins.  I don't ride anywhere near their limits, but for my riding they do great.  I do like to take corners at a brisk pace (for me) which may not be so for other riders.  Yes, I did the valve checks myself and changed 2 shims the first time at 24,200 miles and 3 the second time at 45,000 miles.  It takes me a while, but I take my time to make sure I don't have any problems.  I also had the front TPS replaced a couple months back under waranty.  I would probably have more miles, but bought a VV1700 in June and have been taking that on trips since then.  Just turned over 15,000 miles returning from my last trip a week ago.  They are both great, but I would have to say I enjoy the C14 a little more, but the VV1700 is nice with cruise.  I know there are kits out for cruise, but I just have not installed one.  No reason, just haven't.  
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2009, 11:59:00 am »
Morning  can you tell me what your average gas millage is overall, and when you heat up the tires.  Most of the ridding I do is in 50mph areas so I usually run 60mph/100kph  Cops in Ontario are really happy to hand out tickets when you do 15kph/8mph over the posted limit.  John   You'll never know where I'll be or when I'll be their as i'm riding in the wind.
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 12:18:00 am »
My gas mileage has been around 43 MPG.  It goes down in the winter as I only ride 10 miles to work and with the enrichening for the cold it uses more gas.  Then it is down to about 39 or 40 MPG.  Trips get around 43 also.  Most of my riding around here is 60 MPH or better.  Often 65 or 70.  When I went to Roswell for lunch a week ago about 40 miles was a little to a lot faster and I still got 43 MPG for that 150 miles.  As far as when the tires heat up, as I said I don't push the tires anywhere near their limit, so I can't really talk about that aspect.  I do enjoy the twisties though and do push my limits.  The tires haven't given me any scares though.  Both the Dunlop and Michelin have been great.  I will probably stick with the Dunlop for the next set.  No reason, just that I have had good luck with Dunlop in the past on other bikes.  
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