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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #800 on: November 04, 2019, 01:27:05 pm »
Sun was out so I took a 275+/- mile trek on Sunday – my new ECU (reflash) is the conservative Mountain Runner (Steve’s), so I headed to the mountains (or at least that’s what they call the apple-chain hills) over one way, go a bit south, come back the other way (90-degrees to Skyline drive), get lost, see signs for Richmond, say oops, turn around and head back towards F’burg.  My riding was absolutely terrible – only defense is that it has been 12-15 years since I’ve been over there, and never on a bike with C14 capabilities… on the other hand, the only bike that passed me was a very well ridden KLR… my cornering technique was unique; rather than the old fashions analogue style – smooth trail-brake in, late apex, and power out, was more in the contemporary mode – digital, characterized by multiple apexes, connected with abrupt acceleration, then an OH #$%!! expletive and sharp braking, on to the next incremental apex, more accel/decel and so on – string enough of them together and you can get through any corner…  Surprisingly, my fuel mileage was about 10% better through the day than previous steady riding – most of it spent in 3rd-4th-5th gear rather than droning along, so that was a happy result – I suspect it will be better still when not mistreated so badly, but I’m happy… thankfully the reflash smothered some of the rider-induced-abruptness (or something did), but I didn’t test the 89 octane capability until I was back on the flat…

PS -- On a different note; the Kawasaki Touring saddle felt better this go-round (now about 700-750 miles on it (gluteus supremmus may be beating this thing into submission).  It isn’t a BMS or RDL, but I was surprised at the 200 mile point that I was actually reasonably comfortable and all told the day was about 8-8.5 hours in the seat so it will suffice for local riding anyway… the aforementioned Gorilla-tape windshield gasket seems to have done the trick – the V-Stream still vibrates, but not like it was…
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #801 on: November 06, 2019, 08:42:25 pm »
Rotella oil change, Avon 3D-XM tires, front and back, new EBC front brake pads. Its like new!

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #802 on: November 07, 2019, 04:54:18 am »
Installed a rejiggered seat with some reshaped foam and a new cover, installed Tusk heated grips, they get nice and hot!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #803 on: November 07, 2019, 04:30:15 pm »
Finished with a new home for my 2012 C14.  Just completed the epoxy floor last night and it looks GOOD!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #804 on: November 07, 2019, 05:01:21 pm »
Hey Jeff....note the title of the topic is NOT: "What have you done to your floor today".  ;)

Kidding of course.  Floor looks great.  Looking forward to hearing how it handles the side and center stand of the bike. 
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #805 on: November 07, 2019, 07:42:37 pm »
Hey Jeff....note the title of the topic is NOT: "What have you done to your floor today".  ;)

Kidding of course.  Floor looks great.  Looking forward to hearing how it handles the side and center stand of the bike.
Jack,

I figured some smarty pants like you would chime in on this.  :D  I'll be sure to send you personal updates on how the floor holds up to the wear and tear of a side/center stand.  I suspect I may end up using some material to lessen the impact.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #806 on: November 07, 2019, 08:19:07 pm »
Finished with a new home for my 2012 C14.  Just completed the epoxy floor last night and it looks GOOD!

Looks fantastic but no little red and blue flakes?

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #807 on: November 08, 2019, 04:41:40 pm »
Finished with a new home for my 2012 C14.  Just completed the epoxy floor last night and it looks GOOD!

Looks fantastic but no little red and blue flakes?
I decided to go with just the solid color since the floor was in such great shape (new garage).  I helped a buddy do his garage in April and he did the 3 color flakes, it looks good, but it's also sort of distracting.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #808 on: November 08, 2019, 05:57:51 pm »

I figured some smarty pants like you would chime in on this.  :D  I'll be sure to send you personal updates on how the floor holds up to the wear and tear of a side/center stand.  I suspect I may end up using some material to lessen the impact.


My floor is painted also, as was my last shop's floor. I use the small rugs used in front of exterior house doors (welcome mats) for the sidestand / centerstands.  I also have some 6"x6" pieces of rubber floor mat that I use for sidestands. HTH, Steve
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #809 on: November 09, 2019, 03:50:20 pm »
Yep. Easier to find that dropped fastener without flakes I bet.


Finished with a new home for my 2012 C14.  Just completed the epoxy floor last night and it looks GOOD!

Looks fantastic but no little red and blue flakes?
I decided to go with just the solid color since the floor was in such great shape (new garage).  I helped a buddy do his garage in April and he did the 3 color flakes, it looks good, but it's also sort of distracting.

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #810 on: November 09, 2019, 09:20:27 pm »

My floor is painted also, as was my last shop's floor. I use the small rugs used in front of exterior house doors (welcome mats) for the sidestand / centerstands.  I also have some 6"x6" pieces of rubber floor mat that I use for sidestands. HTH, Steve

Steve, thanks for the suggestion, I'll probably go that route.  Sounds like a good idea.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #811 on: November 09, 2019, 09:22:15 pm »
Yep. Easier to find that dropped fastener without flakes I bet.

Good Point!

Hadn't even thought of that, but as much of a fumble fingers as I am, this will probably be an unintended benefit to the solid color.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #812 on: November 09, 2019, 10:03:17 pm »
many moons ago (like 30 years...) I epoxy painted my garage/shop floor, did it in a solid gray, (actually was gonna do flakes, but decided it would be tough to see dropped screws and such...) and kinda liked it... but any liquids made it really slippery... like anything that leaked, or dripped off the car or bike... that part I hated... but, it made for easier "hose down cleanups"..

Pick up some odd "open box"  floor tiles from Lowes, or even carpet squares glued to 1/2" thk plywood,  placing them fabric side down on the floor when you park the bike, with one under each tire, and stand, allows you to easily spin the bike around 360 for ease of storage.. especially as glossy as that looks...

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #813 on: November 10, 2019, 12:39:45 am »
Replaced bike (not FOB) battery. Got nearly 4.5 yrs off old one.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #814 on: November 10, 2019, 01:21:42 am »
Replaced headlights with LED bulbs.  :great:
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #815 on: November 10, 2019, 01:31:03 am »
Replaced bike (not FOB) battery. Got nearly 4.5 yrs off old one.

Probably due.. what did ya get?
I do them pretty much every couple years. Having 3 bikes, 2 of which have deceased batt's, I always ask...

Frankly, I wouldn't have bought a new batt at the beginning of winter tho.. just would have pulled it, and mega charged it, nd pulled it out for the winter on a trickle unit inside the house... which is what I'm doing now... trying to save it for spring....

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #816 on: November 10, 2019, 01:59:38 am »
Replaced bike (not FOB) battery. Got nearly 4.5 yrs off old one.

Probably due.. what did ya get?
I do them pretty much every couple years. Having 3 bikes, 2 of which have deceased batt's, I always ask...

Frankly, I wouldn't have bought a new batt at the beginning of winter tho.. just would have pulled it, and mega charged it, nd pulled it out for the winter on a trickle unit inside the house... which is what I'm doing now... trying to save it for spring....

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #817 on: November 10, 2019, 02:10:42 am »
Yep. Easier to find that dropped fastener without flakes I bet.

Good Point!

Hadn't even thought of that, but as much of a fumble fingers as I am, this will probably be an unintended benefit to the solid color.

My last shop floor was white. My new shop has a light blue / green called "seasalt" My wife had chosen this color for the inside of the house, and it's such a nice calming color I painted the shop floor with it. And no flakes ever...eyes, you know. Speaking of that I have 4 8' dual LED lights in the shop - it's lit up like an operating room. The light floor reflects the light really well.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #818 on: November 12, 2019, 02:10:46 pm »
Changed my air filter with another OEM one yesterday.  I thought the PO had done this, but recently discovered that wasn't the case.  At 32.8K miles, it was nasty!
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #819 on: November 13, 2019, 02:26:23 pm »
Installed a new battery.
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #820 on: November 13, 2019, 09:52:59 pm »
Removed the muzzy lowering links from my new-to-me 08 because I was scraping pegs to easily here in "no-twistie " Nebraska  >:( ,... I could only imagine what it would be like running the twisties in Arkansas next spring.  :motonoises:
 
Also thanks to whoever suggested using a two by four to lift rear tire to make removing the bolts easier.  Just another reason $37 for membership is small potatoes for all the tips and good info you can find in this group.  :motonoises:
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #821 on: November 14, 2019, 07:48:20 pm »
Removed the muzzy lowering links from my new-to-me 08 because I was scraping pegs to easily here in "no-twistie " Nebraska  >:( ,... I could only imagine what it would be like running the twisties in Arkansas next spring.  :motonoises:
 
Also thanks to whoever suggested using a two by four to lift rear tire to make removing the bolts easier.  Just another reason $37 for membership is small potatoes for all the tips and good info you can find in this group.  :motonoises:

And here I thought I was the only person in Nebraska with a Concours!  I'm in Lincoln, what part of the warm and sunny state do you call home?
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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #822 on: November 15, 2019, 02:36:34 am »
Removed the muzzy lowering links from my new-to-me 08 because I was scraping pegs to easily here in "no-twistie " Nebraska  >:( ,... I could only imagine what it would be like running the twisties in Arkansas next spring.  :motonoises:
 
Also thanks to whoever suggested using a two by four to lift rear tire to make removing the bolts easier.  Just another reason $37 for membership is small potatoes for all the tips and good info you can find in this group.  :motonoises:

And here I thought I was the only person in Nebraska with a Concours!  I'm in Lincoln, what part of the warm and sunny state do you call home?

Eric,  I call Fremont home.  Not too far from you. Maybe next spring we can meet up and ride!  :motonoises:

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #823 on: November 15, 2019, 01:40:27 pm »
Removed the muzzy lowering links from my new-to-me 08 because I was scraping pegs to easily here in "no-twistie " Nebraska  >:( ,... I could only imagine what it would be like running the twisties in Arkansas next spring.  :motonoises:
 
Also thanks to whoever suggested using a two by four to lift rear tire to make removing the bolts easier.  Just another reason $37 for membership is small potatoes for all the tips and good info you can find in this group.  :motonoises:

And here I thought I was the only person in Nebraska with a Concours!  I'm in Lincoln, what part of the warm and sunny state do you call home?

Eric,  I call Fremont home.  Not too far from you. Maybe next spring we can meet up and ride!  :motonoises:

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Re: What have your done to your C14 today
« Reply #824 on: November 23, 2019, 09:15:52 pm »
Boy, this rascal puts a smile on yer face -- just got back from a 9-10 day, 4K+/- UHaul trip and it was supposed to rain, so crowded in a short ride... rain started right on time, but got about ten miles of therapeutic, dry road (40F, so felt pretty nippy) before the wet stuff turned me around -- grinning...
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