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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #225 on: February 28, 2018, 12:50:29 am »
rode to work today. 30 degrees, very light snow, it was sublime pre dawn.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #226 on: February 28, 2018, 04:57:08 am »
Today was the culmination of a two week project to perform the "15k" service on my 2009 Concours 14 ABS.

Actually I had 14,505 miles...  But close enough...  And I wanted to get the service performed before riding season went into full swing.

I did the valve inspection.  Four exhaust valves were just outside of spec -- 0.007".  Three intake valves were severely out of spec -- 0.003" -- and an additional three intake valves were just outside of spec -- 0.004".  Since I had to go through the labor of removing the camshafts, I decided to change all sixteen shims to get the valves as close to perfect, as I could.  I had to purchase 13 new shims and was able to swap 3 existing shims.  After the adjustment all my exhaust valves measured 0.009" and intake measured 0.006".  To make it easy, I ordered the valve adjustment kit from Murphs.  I was surprised to discover that the kit doesn't include a gasket for the chain tensioner...  I re-used my old gasket, but next time I'll have to remember to order one of those...  I prefer not reusing gaskets.  Cheap insurance.  After removing the oil pipes from the head I inspected them and found several of the o-rings to be in poor shape.  I replaced all 12.

I replaced my spark plugs.

My exhaust camshaft sensor was leaking, so I replaced the o-ring with the "MOB" style.

I sync'd the throttle bodies.  I found it easy to install vacuum line on the throttle bodies while I had the valve cover off for the valve adjustment.  I didn't have to remove the gas tank, despite that being the procedure shown in Fred's videos.  I routed the lines over to the left side of the engine, and zip tied them in place.  I installed some plugs in the end of the lines so that I could leave them there, permanently.

I tightened my header bolts.  I was surprised at how loose they were!  I notice my C14 runs much quieter, now.

I lubricated the levers and windshield tracks.

I did an oil change.  I used to use Mobil 1 4T 10W40 but it is hard to find, in my area.  Stores seem to have shelf space for it, but are always either out of stock, or have too few bottles.  Even the dealer only had 3 quarts...  Why?  It doesn't make sense to me.  Last time I ended up just buying Amsoil 10W40 Metric Motorcycle Oil because the dealer had it, and I just wanted to be done with it. I had previously avoided Amsoil because I loathe the "inverted funnel" model by which they sell it...  But it did seem to work fine, so I decided to keep-it-simple and used Amsoil, again.  The dealer had sold out all of their -0004 oil filters and now only carries the -0008 filters.  I'm sure they're "fine" but I've gone this long without using them and I'd prefer not starting, now.  Some people swear by K&N but I can't stand that company.  I'm basically all out of "motorcycle" filter options.  I needed something so I used a Purolator Boss PBL14610.  Of course Purolator insists I shouldn't use their filters on my motorcycle...  But I'm out of other options, and the Purolator is readily available.

Replaced gear oil in final drive with Mobil 1 LS 75W90.

I installed Galfer stainless steel lines on my clutch and front brakes.  I've got the Rear brake line sitting on my workbench, but installation has been delayed, as I stripped the fitting on the hard line.  I'll have to order a new hard line and will do the rear SS upgrade at a later date.

I installed new Kawasaki gen-2 brake pads in both front calipers, and the rear.

I bled all the brake and clutch systems with new DOT4 fluid.  Installed speed bleeders in all relevant orofices.

I did the "bearinged up" shifter upgrade from Murphs.

Replaced the engine air filter.

My windshield dampers were in poor shape when I removed the windshield -- one was even torn.  So I replaced both.

I removed the radiator and flushed it thoroughly.  I also scrubbed the exterior and cleaned out all the bug guts and straightened a few fins.  I installed a Cox Racing guard when I re-installed the radiator.  Replaced coolant with Honda Type 2 Long Life.

I replaced my headlights with H4 R3 LEDs.  I replaced my front and rear turn signals with 7507 amber LEDs.  I replaced my city lights with 194 LEDs.  I replaced my license plate light with a 67 LED.  I replaced the stock flasher relay with a solid-state flasher relay so the LEDs would flash at a normal cadence.

I found a few plastic rivets to be in poor condition upon removal, so I replaced them.

I recently learned about potential loss of hard cases, despite being "locked".  I decided to implement a popular "pinning" option by removing one of the bolts in the lower bag stay, drilling a hole through the bag, and installing a longer stainless steel bolt from the inside of the bag, into the lower bag stay.  I used a stainless steel fender washer to spread the load, and a rubber fender washer between the bag and SS washer to provide some "cushion" and to hopefully provide some weather sealing.

All said, it was a fun project.  I've done valve adjustments on other vehicles -- as well as rebuilt engines and restored two vehicles -- so I had no doubt in my ability...  Even so, I still get butterflies when starting a vehicle for the first time following a major service.

It felt great to take a test ride, today.  I don't think my bike ran poorly, before, but even so it feels noticeably better, now.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #227 on: February 28, 2018, 01:47:15 pm »
Fantastic work. Interested in the LED options on my 2013 C14

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #228 on: February 28, 2018, 02:53:04 pm »
rode to work today. 30 degrees, very light snow, it was sublime pre dawn.

You are hardcore.   :beerchug:

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #229 on: February 28, 2018, 03:46:29 pm »
P07r0457,

Yeow!  You should be committed, er. ah, I mean Commended!  That is a lot of activity to take on and I for one am impressed.  Makes my paltry strip down of my Connie to take to my painter seem somehow grossly insufficient.  I resolve to do more...I will disavow all other pursuits and hobbies and recommit my life to my bike. I am so unworthy...

Safe Riding!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #230 on: March 03, 2018, 10:29:34 pm »
ECU MR Flash- DONE
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #231 on: March 03, 2018, 10:32:22 pm »
Got my lowering brackets mounted and a ram ball to stem nut mount with the x mount thing for Cell Phone!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #232 on: March 03, 2018, 11:23:59 pm »
today the weather is fair enough to install the admore top box light kit on the c-14.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #233 on: March 04, 2018, 02:06:41 am »
Today was the culmination of a two week project to perform the "15k" service on my 2009 Concours 14 ABS.

Actually I had 14,505 miles...  But close enough...  And I wanted to get the service performed before riding season went into full swing.

I did the valve inspection.  Four exhaust valves were just outside of spec -- 0.007".  Three intake valves were severely out of spec -- 0.003" -- and an additional three intake valves were just outside of spec -- 0.004".  Since I had to go through the labor of removing the camshafts, I decided to change all sixteen shims to get the valves as close to perfect, as I could.  I had to purchase 13 new shims and was able to swap 3 existing shims.  After the adjustment all my exhaust valves measured 0.009" and intake measured 0.006".  To make it easy, I ordered the valve adjustment kit from Murphs.  I was surprised to discover that the kit doesn't include a gasket for the chain tensioner...  I re-used my old gasket, but next time I'll have to remember to order one of those...  I prefer not reusing gaskets.  Cheap insurance.  After removing the oil pipes from the head I inspected them and found several of the o-rings to be in poor shape.  I replaced all 12.

I replaced my spark plugs.

My exhaust camshaft sensor was leaking, so I replaced the o-ring with the "MOB" style.

I sync'd the throttle bodies.  I found it easy to install vacuum line on the throttle bodies while I had the valve cover off for the valve adjustment.  I didn't have to remove the gas tank, despite that being the procedure shown in Fred's videos.  I routed the lines over to the left side of the engine, and zip tied them in place.  I installed some plugs in the end of the lines so that I could leave them there, permanently.

I tightened my header bolts.  I was surprised at how loose they were!  I notice my C14 runs much quieter, now.

I lubricated the levers and windshield tracks.

I did an oil change.  I used to use Mobil 1 4T 10W40 but it is hard to find, in my area.  Stores seem to have shelf space for it, but are always either out of stock, or have too few bottles.  Even the dealer only had 3 quarts...  Why?  It doesn't make sense to me.  Last time I ended up just buying Amsoil 10W40 Metric Motorcycle Oil because the dealer had it, and I just wanted to be done with it. I had previously avoided Amsoil because I loathe the "inverted funnel" model by which they sell it...  But it did seem to work fine, so I decided to keep-it-simple and used Amsoil, again.  The dealer had sold out all of their -0004 oil filters and now only carries the -0008 filters.  I'm sure they're "fine" but I've gone this long without using them and I'd prefer not starting, now.  Some people swear by K&N but I can't stand that company.  I'm basically all out of "motorcycle" filter options.  I needed something so I used a Purolator Boss PBL14610.  Of course Purolator insists I shouldn't use their filters on my motorcycle...  But I'm out of other options, and the Purolator is readily available.

Replaced gear oil in final drive with Mobil 1 LS 75W90.

I installed Galfer stainless steel lines on my clutch and front brakes.  I've got the Rear brake line sitting on my workbench, but installation has been delayed, as I stripped the fitting on the hard line.  I'll have to order a new hard line and will do the rear SS upgrade at a later date.

I installed new Kawasaki gen-2 brake pads in both front calipers, and the rear.

I bled all the brake and clutch systems with new DOT4 fluid.  Installed speed bleeders in all relevant orofices.

I did the "bearinged up" shifter upgrade from Murphs.

Replaced the engine air filter.

My windshield dampers were in poor shape when I removed the windshield -- one was even torn.  So I replaced both.

I removed the radiator and flushed it thoroughly.  I also scrubbed the exterior and cleaned out all the bug guts and straightened a few fins.  I installed a Cox Racing guard when I re-installed the radiator.  Replaced coolant with Honda Type 2 Long Life.

I replaced my headlights with H4 R3 LEDs.  I replaced my front and rear turn signals with 7507 amber LEDs.  I replaced my city lights with 194 LEDs.  I replaced my license plate light with a 67 LED.  I replaced the stock flasher relay with a solid-state flasher relay so the LEDs would flash at a normal cadence.

I found a few plastic rivets to be in poor condition upon removal, so I replaced them.

I recently learned about potential loss of hard cases, despite being "locked".  I decided to implement a popular "pinning" option by removing one of the bolts in the lower bag stay, drilling a hole through the bag, and installing a longer stainless steel bolt from the inside of the bag, into the lower bag stay.  I used a stainless steel fender washer to spread the load, and a rubber fender washer between the bag and SS washer to provide some "cushion" and to hopefully provide some weather sealing.

All said, it was a fun project.  I've done valve adjustments on other vehicles -- as well as rebuilt engines and restored two vehicles -- so I had no doubt in my ability...  Even so, I still get butterflies when starting a vehicle for the first time following a major service.

It felt great to take a test ride, today.  I don't think my bike ran poorly, before, but even so it feels noticeably better, now.



Wow I should have rode over  I'm just about to pay for all that work  :beerchug:  60,000 mile service
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #234 on: March 04, 2018, 03:46:48 am »
Installed T-Rex engine guards,  relocated fog lights to front wheel, installed NC V-Stream windshield, cleaned air filter, installed foam grips, installed Ram Ball mount and oil/filter change
Having fun!!!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #235 on: March 04, 2018, 12:01:05 pm »
T-Rex engine guards?
Another farkle?   >:D
This I got to see!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #236 on: March 05, 2018, 02:58:31 am »
Started the Painting Project on my '12 Connie.  Check out a few of the photos.  Went with Vision Collision in Burien, WA.  Justin Knowles is a Turbo Busa Rider and his father Brad rides a '13 Connie.  We picked a really nice Blue based on the Subaru WRX and he added pearl and glass to it.  We masked off the "fins" on the Cowling Centers, the Bags and my Top Case and made them High Gloss Black.  Also made the Cowling Lowers, Tank Cover, Mirror Mounts, Fork Covers and the Cowling Center that sits behind the Windshield, and the Front Fender Covers Glossy Black.  Finally, decided to paint the Mirror Mounts Glossy Black and the Mirrors the same Pearl Blue as the bike. I will publish photos of it when it is back together in a week or so after it is rubbed out. Justin is an Artist, with capital A and has done a perfect job.  I cannot recommend him highly enough in the way he worked with me helping me decide what would or would not work for colors and layout.

Send me a PM to get his contact info.

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #237 on: March 05, 2018, 03:05:22 pm »
Looks great!!!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #238 on: March 06, 2018, 03:23:43 am »
That is going to look good! :great:

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #239 on: March 06, 2018, 03:30:18 am »
Nice Blue fer sure. Your going to have to find a COG event to show that thing off to us when your done.  ;)
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #240 on: March 06, 2018, 03:21:22 pm »
Thanks all!  I can't wait until I can get it all back together to see what it is like as a bike vs. parts.  Should be really nice in the sun, which we do get once in a while up here in the PacNW.  I would like to attend a CoG event this year.  Might even get a ride release from the Warden for good behavior, one can only hope...lol

Thanks!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #241 on: March 06, 2018, 04:06:18 pm »
Thanks all!  I can't wait until I can get it all back together to see what it is like as a bike vs. parts.  Should be really nice in the sun, which we do get once in a while up here in the PacNW.  I would like to attend a CoG event this year.  Might even get a ride release from the Warden for good behavior, one can only hope...lol

Thanks!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #242 on: March 12, 2018, 02:08:19 am »
The weather here in the Pacific Northwest was absolutely beautiful today so let her out of the paddock and I let her run. A short but great ride with a couple of good friends.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #243 on: March 14, 2018, 11:48:54 pm »
Pulled all the fairings off to give everything a nice once over, found every nut on the header pipes loose, not just a little, VERY loose. pulled the filter and drained the oil. Will finish servicing tomorrow and start cleaning it up really good.

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #244 on: March 15, 2018, 03:40:17 pm »
n.e.mich,That is a really good point.  Now that I have all the plastic of the bike I need to check every nut and bolt I can get to and assure that they are properly torqued in.
Going in to the body shop tonight and this weekend to fine sand and buff out the paint job so I can hopefully, finally put her back together and get on the road.  Just ordered the TopBlock tip over protectors from Murphs's (they had just sold out so I am about 4 weeks out on delivery) but will get them installed ASAP whenever Murph tells me they are on the way.
BTW, Murph is a great guy and very effective with customer communication.  I appreciate that he alerted me to the fact that he was out of stock and asked if I wanted to wait or go another way...of course I will wait.

Thanks for the reminder on bolt tightening!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #245 on: March 15, 2018, 03:49:37 pm »
All,

I was fascinated by how much I learned about painting two weeks ago when my friend Justin painted all the plastic on the Connie.  Significantly, perhaps like many not in this industry, much happens behind the curtains as they say.  I did not realize just how much can go into a professionally done paint job.  It is not a trivial matter, and I will never again doubt the pricing quoted to repair or repaint a vehicle again, at least not by someone like Justin who is clearly an "Artisan" in the truest sense of the word.  There is a lot to know and he makes it look easy...

I compressed 2 days of work into a 2+ minute set of stills on YouTube if you are interested:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waCT2m7dIDQ

Working on the video of it as we speak.

Safe Riding!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #246 on: March 15, 2018, 03:59:44 pm »
rode in the 12 miles to work, 30 degrees dropping to 23 out in the micro climates. Noted to self 'again' how top heavy she feels after filling to the brim with fuel, took it easy on the cold tires rushing to make a yellow light and really could feel it.

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #247 on: March 17, 2018, 01:31:29 pm »
Ordered a PR4 GT in 55 series. Coming off a PR3 in 190/50.
We'll see if I can tell a difference. Don't have a lot of time on it yet.

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #248 on: March 18, 2018, 12:30:22 am »
I sold it!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #249 on: March 18, 2018, 11:38:50 pm »
Friday Talked to Steve and ordered the Mountain Runner today placed an order for a Delkalvic 14" slash cut corbon fiber slip-on. Getting ready for the Bun Cooler so also got room reservation and last week a Sena 20 for my helmet...
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