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Title: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 18, 2017, 08:11:14 pm
I have seen this thread on other bike forums like the BMW GS and FJR and these threads always cost me money   :D by seeing what other people have done to their bike.  I didn't see one for the C14 so I thought I would start it.   ;D

Today I installed the G2 throttle tamer to my 2013, fairly straight forward and easy job, then I put the throttlemeister on (thanks Reid) took a little adjustment to make it work right, but now I am ready to go, well after I get a new LED headlight for the one I mucked up  >:(

So, what have you done to your C14 today.   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ChrisM on July 18, 2017, 08:17:25 pm
Pulled the plastic off to get ready for a coolant flush and air filter change, just waiting for the parts guy to call and let me know the copper drain gasket and air filter have come in.  Went by the Honda dealership and picked up some Honda Type 2.  Lubed the clutch and brake levers, side stand, and shift lever pivot.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Deepsea on July 18, 2017, 08:55:06 pm
Pulled the ECU and sent it back to Steve for another upgraded flash :great: . Hope to have it back by Friday.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Dirtwiz on July 18, 2017, 08:58:38 pm
I rode mine 290 miles today and got caught in rain for a while. It was 104 degrees when I got home. Now I get to clean it up but not until I cool down. :>(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on July 18, 2017, 09:16:45 pm
Like this one:
http://forum.cog-online.org/say-anything-here-except-that (http://forum.cog-online.org/say-anything-here-except-that)!/what-have-you-done-to-your-connie-today/2500/

or this one:
http://forum.cog-online.org/other-motorcycles/what-have-you-done-to-your-_______(insert-other-bike-here)-today/msg576887/#msg576887 (http://forum.cog-online.org/other-motorcycles/what-have-you-done-to-your-_______(insert-other-bike-here)-today/msg576887/#msg576887)

 :nananana: :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 18, 2017, 09:29:01 pm
Like this one:
[url]http://forum.cog-online.org/say-anything-here-except-that[/url] ([url]http://forum.cog-online.org/say-anything-here-except-that[/url])!/what-have-you-done-to-your-connie-today/2500/
 :nananana: :beerchug:


The one in say anything forum must be non specific.  So this one is specific, so I can find new ways to spend my social security   :))
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Swedge on July 18, 2017, 10:44:53 pm
Went for a ride this AM, then got a Crampbuster 'cuz I have problems with my hands going numb  :??:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: reid53 on July 19, 2017, 11:55:37 am
Rode to work for the first time in awhile.  Been raining everyday. :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Jim on July 19, 2017, 01:38:09 pm
Rode about 65 miles around Paris, Kentucky past the beautiful horse farms.  :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on July 19, 2017, 07:05:49 pm
Have had the new C-14 for about 3 weeks now.
Changed out the oil/filter and final drive fluid at 300 mi.
Added Murphs 2" risers, fenda extenda, Phils rack, Bestem top box and passenger lower pegs.

Now for a good wash & wax following last Saturdays NC RTE w/rain showers.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on July 21, 2017, 10:24:00 am
Rode it to work like normal...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 21, 2017, 02:44:34 pm
Rode into Savannah this morning to get some keys made for the bike and check out the EVO flash for intown performance.  Very docile and easy to manage at slow speeds.  Other than two asshats wanting my lane it was a nice smooth ride.

I bought some key blanks and there is an old time locksmith in downtown Savannah who made the keys for $2 each, the keys cost me $2.00 each shipped to me.  I should have taken pictures of this place, he must have a million keys hanging down from his wooden low ceiling.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Arabian Red on July 21, 2017, 03:38:46 pm
Last weekend went for a ride from San Bernardino through Palm Springs (talk about hot) up through the back way to and through Idlewild and back down into Banning into the heat again. Nice desert, mountain, desert trip for a day.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Christopher on July 21, 2017, 06:08:26 pm
I put on Speedpass :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JTX on July 22, 2017, 07:57:41 pm
I put a K/N air filter in.


Though their instructions about a 'bead of sealant' around the edges of the filters were kind of vague.  I smeared some on there and stuffed it in.  Seems like I did it right.


Buttoned it all back up.  I had everything torn off on the right/left panels. Top and bottom to clean out some MONTANA ASPHALT.  Finally got that all done.  I bled the brakes last week.  I'll go test ride it later tonight when the temps back off a bit.


Just hit the 10K on the odometer.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Lurch71 on July 22, 2017, 11:53:58 pm
My Sargent modular seat was delivered today.  Installed and went for a 110 mile ride.  So far so good.  The seat is a little harder and flatter than the stocker.  More comfortable and doesn't push you forward, smashing the family jewel's.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JTX on July 23, 2017, 10:56:20 am
My Sargent modular seat was delivered today.  Installed and went for a 110 mile ride.  So far so good.  The seat is a little harder and flatter than the stocker.  More comfortable and doesn't push you forward, smashing the family jewel's.


The best quality a seat can have is to take pressure off the center of your a** and provide support on the bigger portion of the backs of your legs.


I would go numb within an hour on the stock seat.  Now, never.

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 23, 2017, 03:12:46 pm
I installed the front fender extender I got from Blue One on this forum.  Very nicely made and extra long to better protect the raidator.

I also washed and waxed the bike   :-\   LOL, yep I did it twice today, my first time and my last time   :))  I just bought the bike 3 weeks ago, so she was due for her initial wash and wax.  I used RejeX wax I have been using for a while.  It states that nothing sticks but the shine   :rotflmao:   and it does a great job and slicker than owl s*** 

Black Lightening looks pretty good all cleaned up

(http://m0.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/165880010.xiQSAvfE.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: sininja on July 23, 2017, 06:13:33 pm
Changed oil with Bel-ray Synthetic for the first time and took it for a 170mile spin with my son.  Shifts nice, but Maxima shifts just as good and is cheaper.  Steve's flash never ceases to amaze...  It makes this bike so good there's nothing out there I can find to replace it  :))
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on July 24, 2017, 12:27:02 am
Just the usual routine stuff, changed the oil & filter along with a new set of tires.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: robertv on July 24, 2017, 01:44:16 am
Went for a nice long weekend ride after doing a number of maintenance upkeep...in no particular order, replaced with a new set of Pirelli Angel GT A spec tires, replaced a new front set of brake pads which were dangerously low (yea I need to check these more often) and replaced the air filter with a K/N.

It's so nice to have new rubber but also brakes working properly again! I can tell you at first I thought it was warped rotors  but once I took out the old pads, one side was beyond the wear limit. Now that I've replaced it with a new set, on this weekend's long riding the front reservoir was leaking a bit. Obviously the summer and motorcycle heat had some effect now that I pushed the pistons back a bit, on the return trip things were all settled in and tires were sticking in the curves. Not that it matters with Steve's flash able to get me through the twisty curves around Coeur d'Alene lake, but the punchiness when needed was unbelievable to pass traffic. More miles to come on this awesome K machinery!


Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Matthew on July 24, 2017, 07:32:28 pm
I changed out the (original) clutch and brake fluid. Man that stuff was nasty.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: curt1480 on July 24, 2017, 07:53:40 pm
Installing a mount for the GoPro today
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 24, 2017, 09:05:45 pm
Looks like Mama Kaw didn't eliminate the problem of the bags flying off while traveling so i pinned mine today just to be sure.

I also mounted a ram ball on the left clutch gear so I can mount my GPS.  I am gettting ready for the rally at Ironhorse this weekend   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on July 24, 2017, 11:52:56 pm
Oil change, new Pirelli GT's. New GPX routes downloaded to the Garmin. Hotels booked and the C14 will sit till Sept 8th and off I go through WA/ID/OR/MT/WY on a 3100 mile 5 days ride. I fully expect the front GT to be toast when I return.

Oh and I hope to have my new Cee Bailey Mini mini Euro Sport installed.

C14 will get a washed this weekend just for yucks. :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 25, 2017, 09:54:17 pm
Hooked up the GPS today, using the acc wires on the front left for now.  I am waiting on some bars from ProkekD that extend from the handle bars so you can mount ram mounts for a 7/8 bar.  In the meantime I used a ram mount that goes where the clutch lever mount is.

Ready to rock n roll to the beat the heat rally Thursday.  Radar detector is mounted on the right side
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tinsailor on July 26, 2017, 03:58:12 pm
Gonna pin the bags tonight before leaving for the Ironhorse tomorrow
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: sfsokc on July 26, 2017, 05:43:10 pm
COGnosticator:  how do you like that "shorty shield"?  Is you head fully in the non-turbulent air?  Might be a good choice for the triple digit heat I have in Texas!

I installed the front fender extender I got from Blue One on this forum.  Very nicely made and extra long to better protect the raidator.

I also washed and waxed the bike   :-\   LOL, yep I did it twice today, my first time and my last time   :))  I just bought the bike 3 weeks ago, so she was due for her initial wash and wax.  I used RejeX wax I have been using for a while.  It states that nothing sticks but the shine   :rotflmao:   and it does a great job and slicker than owl s*** 

Black Lightening looks pretty good all cleaned up

([url]http://m0.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/165880010.xiQSAvfE.jpg[/url])
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 26, 2017, 07:29:21 pm
COGnosticator:  how do you like that "shorty shield"?  Is you head fully in the non-turbulent air?  Might be a good choice for the triple digit heat I have in Texas!

I installed the front fender extender I got from Blue One on this forum.  Very nicely made and extra long to better protect the raidator.

I also washed and waxed the bike   :-\   LOL, yep I did it twice today, my first time and my last time   :))  I just bought the bike 3 weeks ago, so she was due for her initial wash and wax.  I used RejeX wax I have been using for a while.  It states that nothing sticks but the shine   :rotflmao:   and it does a great job and slicker than owl s*** 

Black Lightening looks pretty good all cleaned up

([url]http://m0.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/165880010.xiQSAvfE.jpg[/url])



It works great, my whole head is in still smooth air, no turbulance buffetting or anything negative to me.  Every bike I get I cut the windshield down to nothing because I like air, hell I need air, with COPD.  I almost suffocate behind a tall shield.  I leave it that way summer or winter, but I do have heated gear.  The bike came with I think the stock shield with an adjustable spoiler on top and I may just use that during the winter months.  The screen on there now is one I had with my '09 that I kept.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on July 26, 2017, 07:35:18 pm
I had fun this afternoon   :-[  I got these in today http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=162 (http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=162)  and decided to install them to mount my GPS and radar detector, since I am leaving for the COG beat the heat rally tomorrow.  Who said don't muck with your bike the night before a ride   ;)

To install them you have to take out the bolt that holds the handle bars on. The one on the clutch side must have been on at 100 ft pounds and and as I was unscrewing it the clutch master cylinder spun until it was upside down, I went to grab it and of course I pulled in the clutch lever just grabbing in a hurry and of course I got air in the line and I had to bleed the clutch   Anyway, I got it bled and the gps and detector mounted and I am ready to rock n roll tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on July 26, 2017, 08:34:52 pm
[url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=162[/url] ([url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?cPath=27_39_46&products_id=162[/url]) 

I put a cup holder on one of those, it holds my beer while I am working on bikes in the geerage. :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ghostrider990 on July 27, 2017, 11:28:49 am
Peeled off the Left Side Tupperware (i can do it quick now!) to replace a broken power-lead to my radar detector.
It's wired into Fuze block mounted on the foam heat shield just behind the stowage compartment.

Decided that while I'm in there, I needed to inspect/clean the Resusable K+N style Air Filter that I intalled last year.
At about 5k miles, it was barely even dirty, but I cleaned it out anyway.

Anybody ELSE find accessing the air filter portal is a H U G E  PITA???  :-[
Particularly after installing a ROSTRA??

I knew this was going to not be fun, but it was hard to avoid.  It was also not easy to extract the after market filter with rubber surrounds from the airbox housing.  Yikes.

Plan to button it up after the filter dries and gets re-oiled.

Safe Riding!

gr
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Pilgrim on July 28, 2017, 12:43:51 pm

Moved it over in the garage to get the boat out.   Otherwise, it is used regularly from April to November for commuting to work.    :popcorn:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 01, 2017, 10:16:17 am
Rode it to work again
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on August 01, 2017, 10:35:07 am
(Last few days...)

Installed AST peg lowering brackets, plugged the rear tire, rode it to the Beat The Heat Rally & back (highly recommended next year).

Washed it, waxed it, filled it up with gas, put her on the tender to wait for me for next time.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: TimR on August 01, 2017, 07:43:10 pm
Wasn't today but a couple of days ago replaced a 7 year old battery. The starter motor turns over much faster now for some reason.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 02, 2017, 08:16:53 pm
(http://m9.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/165949829.lxoltKRC.jpg)

Installed the Ohlins this afternoon. A couple of hour install but pretty straight forward, thanks to Fred Harmon for his pictorial install it made it easy to do.  Now to get out and try it out   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: seagiant1 on August 03, 2017, 01:11:17 am
Hi,
       Now you will be able to keep your filling's.... :o

In your molars, where they belong!! ;D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Haring_Araw on August 03, 2017, 07:28:24 pm
Rode it to work as usual. Came home and changed the engine oil, filter and final drive oil.  :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: robinl1 on August 04, 2017, 12:39:39 am
Wash and wax, oil change today, leaving for the East Coast on Saturday. 10 day trip through Canada, New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and back down to Pennsylvania!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 04, 2017, 10:00:12 am
And I rode it to work again.

Oil change and final drive change coming in a couple of weeks, maybe I'll treat her to a good wash...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on August 04, 2017, 12:48:11 pm
Bought two sets of PR4-GT's for the bikes.

'12 gets its first non-OEM set. '08 gets its TPMS sensors removed and shipped to Fred for battery R&R after the '12 is done, then I'll have its tires mounted upon the sensors being returned.

The only other thing I'm planning for the C14s this year is to get one of the new Givi V46L trunks plus accessory backrest pad and luggage rack then mount it up.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on August 04, 2017, 09:32:40 pm
Installed my Cee Bailey Mini Euro in a reduced size (custom order) today. Its 2 inches less tall and a bit wider at the mid-point so I should get a good blast of air for the summer rides. I have the original Mini Euro.

I am 5 foot 7 and wanted clean air to hit my helmet, the original ME had the air hit just about at chin level and a bit of buffeting and noise.  in the fully up position was never an issue, just fully in the down position.

test ride tomorrow!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 04, 2017, 10:41:44 pm
Installed my Cee Bailey Mini Euro in a reduced size (custom order) today. Its 2 inches less tall and a bit wider at the mid-point so I should get a good blast of air for the summer rides. I have the original Mini Euro.

I am 5 foot 7 and wanted clean air to hit my helmet, the original ME had the air hit just about at chin level and a bit of buffeting and noise.  in the fully up position was never an issue, just fully in the down position.

test ride tomorrow!

Just cut your windshield down to nothing like I did, a lot of good air that way
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: BRECK on August 06, 2017, 03:16:20 pm
Today I rode it in to work. Bought my 2016 13 days ago and have been able to already do the 600 mile service and now have 1432 miles on it, installed the ThrottleMiester, snake skin tank protectors/knee grips, decided it is getting new tires very very soon and received the Giv 47 with LED kit and Cee Bailey new wind screen yet to be mounted.
Have a good friend with a 2012 and cant agree more that this is one of the best sport tour bikes I have ever owned.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on August 06, 2017, 03:22:54 pm
I have the MRA Vario on mine. Can't say e'nuff about the shield.
Gives me the capability of adjusting the air any way I want.

I didn't actually do anything on my C-14 today, but I made a copy of the {C-14} Vario for my C-10.
Does that count?

Ride safe, Ted

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on August 07, 2017, 12:26:57 am
pinned the bags today.
No more worries about them flying off
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: scooter trash on August 08, 2017, 04:00:20 pm
Well, this is a prep week for the RWTW rally so this is what I've been doing this week. I'll be doing about 7,200 miles on this trip total so here goes,

1) Change engine oil/filter and differential fluid.

2) New tires.

3) New brake pads front and rear and flushed/bleed brake/clutch fluid.

4) Removed ECU and sent to Shoodabeen.

5) Installed side case retaining clips.

6) Replaced air filter.

7) Set appointment with Traxxion Dynamics for Sept. 6th.

  That's it! :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: dlama on August 09, 2017, 01:17:59 am
I sold it. With all the Farkles. To a fellow COGster. A bit sad to see Connie go. 52,000 miles and every mile was a smile. I didn't try to recover the $$$ I invested. I passed on the awesomeness to a very lucky buyer. I also sold my 2005 C10. Same thing. A stunned purchaser rides away in disbelief. Too good to be true? Not this time!

So I am currently without a ride. I am shopping for a K1200LT for a 2 UP long distance touring replacement. I will always be a COGster and I know I will miss the horsepower of the C14. But I enjoy this bunch and have learned a lot from the sage advice and the timely input.  But comfort wins out for now.

I'll be AROUND...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on August 09, 2017, 04:18:24 pm
Denny,,, PLEASE tell me this is a April fools joke!!!    >:(

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rony6ble on August 10, 2017, 08:37:25 am
More than one thing during Saturday:

*** D O N E ***

Power Distribution Module - PDM60

Mounts:
Take down light bracket (over the mirror mount)
PCA (under the mirror mount)
Shelf
Three 1" RAM ball to the shelf
1" RAM mount bracket on the right handlebar with a RAM X-grip for phone

Auxiliary lights:
Denali Dx (spot) dual intensity to mounts over the mirror
Denali D4  (flod) to the mounts under the mirror

Horn:
Denali Soundbomb split horn (120 dB)

GPS:
Garmin Zumo 395LM hard wired

Puppy grips

Fixed the mount of the Garmin Nuvi 57LM

*** T O   D O ***

ADVMonster 30 to the front fender
Rear lights (don't know what kind but would like the once that flash 3 or 4 times)
Auxiliary fuel cell
Add the lights to the Givi trunk (current rack does not allow installation, don't want to go back to the Givi rack so maybe drill a hole and keep it waterproof?)
Russel Day Long seat (heated), the thing is this is a 2up seat and will not work with the fuel cell in the passenger seat location. Current seat on the bike is a 2 piece Corbin (not heated) that would work for the fuel cell
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: CultLdr on August 11, 2017, 07:22:59 am
Installed the C14 SportShield but need to also hardwire my GPS
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 11, 2017, 10:04:42 am
Rode to work for the 4th day this week... :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tim on August 13, 2017, 10:33:01 pm
Installed Pazzo shorty clutch & brake levers, a ProjektD radiator guard, and Throttlemeiser throttle lock.

Last Sunday I installed T-Rex engine guards, luggage guards and front axle sliders. :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bowyerv on August 14, 2017, 04:21:38 am
Installed Rostra cruise control this weekend to my 2010   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on August 14, 2017, 11:35:42 am
Attempted to finish a tire change/driveshaft spline lube on my '12.

See thread elsewhere in the forum on how THAT job is progressing... >:(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: strum on August 17, 2017, 09:29:41 pm
Just put on a Michelin Pilot4 GT ordered a Murphs bearing shifter kit.
 What Im finding as is as I add little tweaks it just gets better and better.
 The Evo flash was the best improvement to date but add in the throttle tamer and bearing shifter among other small tweaks it all adds up to large changes.
  Love the Pilot 4 !!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on August 18, 2017, 12:55:27 pm
Dressed the boogered-up area of my left sub-frame bracket then painted it.

For anyone needing to touch up or repaint frame parts on these bikes, VHT's Engine Metallic SP405 (Black Pearl) is almost an identical match. ("Almost" as the OEM paint is a tiny bit flatter; less metallic.)

Prep, apply a few coats in 10min intervals...let sit for 2-3h then bake for 1h in a 200 degree F oven. My hot-rod buddy/gal pal who stopped over as I was finishing up the baking said she couldn't tell the finishes apart.

(https://repaintsupply.com/images/products/48244.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Goldenhornplayer on August 18, 2017, 01:22:17 pm
Installed Kaoko throttle lock. I'll have to ride some to give it a more meaningful report but I am a little concerned that it seems to take more degrees of movement for full lock to full unlock than I hoped. What that may mean is that I will have to first rotate the Kaoko as I twist the throttle and then, reach back over and rotate the Kaoko a bit more to really get it to hold. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but that's my initial finding. BTW, the instructions were not clear but I did use BOTH thrust washers (a thin, flat one and the other one they described as "spigoted" that actually engages the throttle tube).
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Syxxphive on August 19, 2017, 10:16:52 pm
Oil change, rear drive oil change, and clutch fluid change.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tim on August 19, 2017, 11:07:22 pm
Installed a lightly used Corbin seat (thanks jumbo_sf), one of Phil's outstanding luggage racks, a Givi V47NNT topcase, and TechSpec tank grips. :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: scooter trash on August 20, 2017, 02:55:23 am
Installed Kaoko throttle lock. I'll have to ride some to give it a more meaningful report but I am a little concerned that it seems to take more degrees of movement for full lock to full unlock than I hoped. What that may mean is that I will have to first rotate the Kaoko as I twist the throttle and then, reach back over and rotate the Kaoko a bit more to really get it to hold. Maybe I'm doing something wrong but that's my initial finding. BTW, the instructions were not clear but I did use BOTH thrust washers (a thin, flat one and the other one they described as "spigoted" that actually engages the throttle tube).

Don't worry, that is the best lock money can buy! Had mine for over 35K and loving it!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Skiee on August 22, 2017, 09:58:27 pm
Battery R&R and added Murphs dual horn setup. Much better!!!

Norm
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 23, 2017, 08:09:56 am
Battery R&R and added Murphs dual horn setup. Much better!!!

Norm

How did you mount the horn?  Any pictures?  Thanks
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 23, 2017, 06:59:20 pm
Installed the Evitek LED headlights today, pretty simple job.   :great:

Got in my Bridgestone T30 EVO GT tires, took the stretch wrap off them and realized I ordered a 120-70-18 front tire  >:(  :-[

Damnit, called Jake wilson, ordered the correct tire which I will have on Friday and they sent me a return lable free shipping back even though it was my screw up.   :beerchug:  To Jake Wilson, I told the woman they have excellent customer service, and she is filing the $50 rebate for me, and I had $18 of Jake cash from other orders, so when all is done, the tires will cost me $198   :))  for the set

I will install them this weekend after the ride to eat in Hazlehurst GA
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Skiee on August 24, 2017, 12:05:37 am
Battery R&R and added Murphs dual horn setup. Much better!!!

Norm


How did you mount the horn?  Any pictures?  Thanks
Jerry, I just used the same mounts on the bike. I bought the harness for the Steble horns so it was much easier to connect everything.
(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t114/NORM40/Mobile%20Uploads/20170823_170843.jpg) (http://s158.photobucket.com/user/NORM40/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20170823_170843.jpg.html)

(http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t114/NORM40/Mobile%20Uploads/20170823_170909.jpg) (http://s158.photobucket.com/user/NORM40/media/Mobile%20Uploads/20170823_170909.jpg.html)

Norm
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 24, 2017, 08:21:59 am
Thanks Skiee
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ken on August 24, 2017, 04:30:20 pm
I changed the final drive oil.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: smithr1 on August 24, 2017, 05:10:14 pm
I looked at it on the way by in the garage heading to the car for work.    :(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 24, 2017, 09:59:41 pm
I put the green pin stripe tape on the bags

(http://m6.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/166086046.1rrt6rsc.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: old fart on August 25, 2017, 12:34:04 am
Rode it to a cajun resturant.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on August 25, 2017, 01:29:47 am
I put the green pin stripe tape on the bags

([url]http://m6.i.pbase.com/g10/75/452075/2/166086046.1rrt6rsc.jpg[/url])


Nicely done.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 25, 2017, 10:08:11 am
I looked at it on the way by in the garage heading to the car for work.    :(

Ride it to work... :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 27, 2017, 04:47:04 pm
Mounted a pair of Bridgestone T30 EVO GT tires this morning.  Waiting on my $50 rebate now   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on August 28, 2017, 05:08:36 pm
Got my '12 back together over the weekend. Swapped antenna mounts so my antennas will clear the Givi V46NT I added to the existing Phil's rack.

New PR4GTs feel good.

Next on the list is wiring the trunk for a running/brakelight setup them plumbing the bike's wiring harness for the required voltages. Probably install the brakelight when I have the trunk apart for a luggage rack/passenger backrest addition.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on August 28, 2017, 07:16:57 pm
Installed BDF's low fuel warning eliminator, wow, took me 5 minutes, 4 to read the instructions, 1 to hook it up   ;D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: PeteTN_zgtr on August 30, 2017, 02:01:50 am
Put a Shinko Verge 011 on the front over the week-end (rear was already installed). Handles pretty nicely. 

BTW cleaning the rotors thoroughly with brake cleaner made them feel much better. Might be a good regular maintenance to clean them at oil changes.

Last week-end installed some Kuryaken dually pegs in place of stockers.  The stock narrow pegs make my arches sore. I had to lengthen the shift lever but the brake side was fine.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Deepsea on August 30, 2017, 04:06:14 am
Haven't installed yet, heck don't even have it yet. Purchased a Full Area P today. Now i'm going to have to sent my ECU back to Stave     AGAIN. :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on August 30, 2017, 03:15:03 pm
i gave my 2012 a oil, air and final drive change today. it seemed to like it a lot.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: scooter trash on September 01, 2017, 03:01:09 pm
Ordered new set of PR4 GTs. Installed Gerbing harness and packed my heated gear for the upcoming trip. :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Haring_Araw on September 01, 2017, 10:48:06 pm
Got some PR 4 GT's put on a couple days ago. I went to a 55 series in the rear as well. So far I really like them.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Speedie on September 02, 2017, 07:49:48 pm
Took my niece for her first real bike ride today, she'd only been on the back of a Ducati before for a few minutes. Perfect early Fall day in Rhode Island, temps in the low to mid 70s, hardly any traffic, and she turned out to be a great passenger. Kept still and in line with the bike, very pleasant conversations the whole time (thank-you Sena), and giggled like a schoolgirl when I got on the throttle.

Wound our way up through Scituate and Foster, stopped for lunch in Watch Hill, then went through Galilee, Point Judith, Narragansett, and Wickford before heading home.

This was my first time 2-up after Steve's Evolution flash was installed. I really appreciated the extra low down grunt when pulling away from uphill stops, and the less binary power delivery coming out of corners. We both used the Alpine MotoSafe earplugs that I received a couple of days ago, and they were very impressive. They cut the wind noise down to almost nothing, but our conversations were still crystal clear.

Overall a great day to be out and about on a C14  :great:

(https://scontent.fbos1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21191919_10210679031397846_1562354116197116951_n.jpg?oh=45206d1597bfa60dd5d0c8cedc15febc&oe=5A1A48A1)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on September 04, 2017, 08:06:47 pm
...appreciated the subtle technical elegance of its design (IOW, few reported difficulties) after having to flat-bed one of my Valkyries home yesterday from BFE, Outer Nowhere...

This due to a bad diaphragm in its vacuum operated petcock. Which, coincidentally, I rebuilt about 2kmi ago.  >:(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: NukeWorker on September 05, 2017, 03:39:29 pm
Fixed a flat (really a slow leak) on the rear tire.  Took me 2 weeks to finally locate it.  $8.00 patch kit, 30 minutes of work, and it's all good again.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on September 05, 2017, 04:12:46 pm
...appreciated the subtle technical elegance of its design (IOW, few reported difficulties) after having to flat-bed one of my Valkyries home yesterday from BFE, Outer Nowhere...

This due to a bad diaphragm in its vacuum operated petcock. Which, coincidentally, I rebuilt about 2kmi ago.  >:(

I'm assuming the diaphragm had a hole in it and was leaking gas out the vent hole?

If it was leaking gas, there is a temporary fix that would have gotten you home easily.

ie; Remove and plug the vacuum line.
      next,,, plug the diaphragm vent and vacuum port with face soap.
         Scrape a little e soap from a bar of face soap and add a little water to soften it. Plug th4e holes with the soap putty.
     The soap will stop the gas leak, AND GAS DOES NOT MELT SOAP.

Turn the petcock to prime, and ride home.  Works perfectly...

Ride safe, Ted





Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on September 05, 2017, 04:57:53 pm
Oil and filter change

Final drive oil change

and a WASH!!!, I think the 3rd time since I bought her, 4 years ago...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on September 05, 2017, 09:55:59 pm
Installed the Murphs wedges.  I will see how I like them this weekend at RWTW
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on September 05, 2017, 10:34:27 pm
Checked the air in the plugged tire (added 1.5#), filled up with gas. Ready to load for RWTW on Thursday am.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Saint_Arc on September 06, 2017, 04:58:22 am
Hard wired my new Garmin Zumo 395L, installed new triple tee ram mount for the GPS, and cleaned up all the wiring below the handlebars.  :)

 From there I sat down on my bike while up on the centered stand and dreamt of hitting up some scenic routes and twisties  :bedtime2: while wondering when my title and license plates are ever coming in from Alaska?   >:(

Tomorrow will probably go ahead and wire in the new tail light and put my fender eliminator back on.   :))
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Baggerjohn on September 06, 2017, 03:05:49 pm
I'm assuming the diaphragm had a hole in it and was leaking gas out the vent hole?
Nope - there's a line from one of the intake runners which applies vacuum to the petcock. Said diaphragm then moves and allows another rubber part (deeper inside the petcock body) to displace and flow fuel.

Except with a pinhole, no vacuum - and no flow.

One can convert the petcock to manual mode and I'm considering doing that to both of my Valkyries.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Deepsea on September 09, 2017, 07:37:47 pm
Two new tires, Dunlop Q3+ on both ends.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tim on September 11, 2017, 12:36:11 am
Installed T-Rex lowering links & replacement kickstand, and handlebar risers.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Diz on September 11, 2017, 09:17:41 am
Installed Switchback Lighting from Gixerhp. Makes a real impression on other drivers versus the standard lighting. I now have running LED lights through my signal lights when the turn indicator is not in use. LED tail lights plus the turn indicator lights now light up as brake lights when the brake is engaged. The installation finished as night fell so my first run with them was on a divided highway in the dark. The new lights made it seem as if the bike was in a globe of light as we went down the road. Everything was plug and play. Thanks John!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JDSCO on September 11, 2017, 01:47:38 pm
I washed my fob in the wash machine.
I wrapped it up in my KLIM jacket so it woudn't get banged around.
It's very clean, now!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on September 11, 2017, 06:18:12 pm
I washed my fob in the wash machine.
I wrapped it up in my KLIM jacket so it woudn't get banged around.
It's very clean, now!

Does it still work or are you letting it dry a day or two? Sounds like something I'd do. I washed a 32 Gb thumb drive a couple of weeks ago. It works - sometimes...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JDSCO on September 11, 2017, 06:34:19 pm
^It still works.
I disassembled the fob, removed the battery and blew it all dry with 20psi compressed air.
The jacket looks and smells summer fresh, like a spring shower!

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Lurch71 on September 13, 2017, 03:05:52 am
I had the MC Enterprises Canyon Cages installed.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Diz on September 13, 2017, 09:00:18 am
Switchback lighting has this effect. .a COG industry member makes the kit. The running lights make you really visible to oncoming traffic. The photo doesn't capture how much brighter the brakes become with the change but it does show the turn indicator lights working as brake lights.  :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: flashback50 on September 13, 2017, 10:26:59 pm
Switchback lighting has this effect. .a COG industry member makes the kit. The running lights make you really visible to oncoming traffic. The photo doesn't capture how much brighter the brakes become with the change but it does show the turn indicator lights working as brake lights.  :great:


Do the rear turn signals stay on steady as running lights when turn signals and brake light is off?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Diz on September 14, 2017, 09:01:42 am
Only the center rear light is a running light. The turn indicators flash yellow (much brighter than before) when in use and you will have 2 brake lights when using a signal light. Of course the turn indicator light could be a running light if you are like me and forget to turn it off  :-[
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Haring_Araw on September 15, 2017, 09:04:55 pm
Switchback lighting has this effect. .a COG industry member makes the kit. The running lights make you really visible to oncoming traffic. The photo doesn't capture how much brighter the brakes become with the change but it does show the turn indicator lights working as brake lights.  :great:

Looks good Diz! I might have to add to my list of things for down the road. Right now I have my sights set on a Evolution tune from SISF.  :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on September 18, 2017, 10:10:42 am
Back on it riding to work after Irma
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on September 18, 2017, 02:24:57 pm
I stopped doing Honey-doo's and took my bike out for a ride!
Was a great day!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: RoadKillHeaven on September 19, 2017, 08:48:11 am
Today I've taken my DuckTape on a first rainy ride. BT021 tires do not inspire confidence!
I desperately have to make a decision which tires to get before a nasty spill happens. 
Made it home safe, although I got some water seepage. Time to switch to real rain gear...

Cheers...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 19, 2017, 11:53:25 am
Dreaming about riding it, it only has 61 miles on it got it Saturday and it has been raining hard since.
Friday is supposed to be nice so I will hopefully be riding it to work then.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Akumu on September 19, 2017, 06:49:03 pm
Just found out that I, apparently, ordered the last Concours 14 CeeBailey's windscreen they'll ever make. They've discontinued all motorcycle windscreens. (Mine's an XT model.)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on September 19, 2017, 08:11:05 pm
Just found out that I, apparently, ordered the last Concours 14 CeeBailey's windscreen they'll ever make. They've discontinued all motorcycle windscreens. (Mine's an XT model.)

Wow that's strange, I just got a new short version on the Mini-Euro a while back. I have a new ECU flash coming for my C14 this week.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on September 19, 2017, 08:12:01 pm
Just found out that I, apparently, ordered the last Concours 14 CeeBailey's windscreen they'll ever make. They've discontinued all motorcycle windscreens. (Mine's an XT model.)
:-\

Yep, if you click on this link it says nothing about motorcycles   https://www.ceebaileys.com/motorcycle-windshields (https://www.ceebaileys.com/motorcycle-windshields)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Haring_Araw on September 21, 2017, 11:39:52 pm
Just found out that I, apparently, ordered the last Concours 14 CeeBailey's windscreen they'll ever make. They've discontinued all motorcycle windscreens. (Mine's an XT model.)
:-\

Yep, if you click on this link it says nothing about motorcycles   https://www.ceebaileys.com/motorcycle-windshields (https://www.ceebaileys.com/motorcycle-windshields)

I noticed that the other day, but I didn't know they weren't going to make Concours windshields anymore. I just thought their site was acting up. I guess I'm not getting one of their shields.  :truce:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 22, 2017, 02:24:29 am
First day not down pouring since I got it so I rode it to work for the first time.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 22, 2017, 04:39:31 pm
Second day in a row I have gotten to ride to work now I sit in a dump truck here in Seattle.
Sure wish I wish I was riding  :motonoises: been on standby for over two hours. :??:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Deepsea on September 23, 2017, 01:00:29 am
Nothing.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on September 27, 2017, 11:08:48 pm
Picking up my new to me 2009 C14 on Saturday!!

She will share the garage with my 2017 Yamaha FZ10  :great:

(https://image.ibb.co/bQWWDk/6000000003.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/j5UdBv/20170913_112550.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/hWLUJa/20170913_112129.jpg)
(https://image.ibb.co/kZuXH5/12.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 28, 2017, 11:54:57 am
Sent a message to the dealership in order to get an appointment to have the break in oil dumped and changed and have a good first inspection done, she now has 500 miles on her...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on September 28, 2017, 02:48:51 pm
Welcome Bogie.
Grant, best of luck with your new toy.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: roy826 on September 28, 2017, 04:41:08 pm
Ordered new tires after only 3 months of ownership  :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on September 28, 2017, 08:03:17 pm
Rode up on the FZ10 to pay for it today.  Will get dropped off Saturday and ride her home. 

They are already going at it!!!  :rotflmao:

(https://image.ibb.co/jD2K1G/22117774_1730517533917741_1438051311_o_pe222.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on September 28, 2017, 09:57:00 pm
Replaced the rear wheel bearings & seal. At a 189,500 miles it just seemed like a good idea even though they seemed fine.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: roy826 on September 29, 2017, 12:49:39 am
Replaced the rear wheel bearings & seal. At a 189,500 miles it just seemed like a good idea even though they seemed fine.

Cliff   :beerchug:

Amazing  :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 29, 2017, 02:03:16 pm
Rode up on the FZ10 to pay for it today.  Will get dropped off Saturday and ride her home. 

They are already going at it!!!  :rotflmao:

(https://image.ibb.co/jD2K1G/22117774_1730517533917741_1438051311_o_pe222.jpg)

I love it, THAT'S TOO FUNNY!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on September 30, 2017, 08:28:22 pm
Brought it home today!!!

(https://image.ibb.co/hYFWYw/20170930_151626_pe.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Syxxphive on September 30, 2017, 10:00:24 pm
Replaced my fork seals today. For any of you guys that don’t a headstand, the scissor jack out of a car works perfect. I placed on the header pipe and lifted the front about 1.5”. Perfect height to get the forks out.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on October 01, 2017, 04:27:59 pm
Ordered a Cover Anything five layer all weather cover and Kawasaki OEM tank bag.
I have also been researching changing the big a** single exhaust out for a ZX duel system to give the bike a little more symmetry. I wanted to get a full Area P ZX system and make a left side muffler mount but the Area P ZX system is a 4 into 1. Looks like if I want a duel system I will either have to modify the stock ZG head pipe or use a stock ZX head pipe and use Area P ZX slip-on's. Hey Steve!!! What do you think would be easier to tune???
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on October 02, 2017, 10:33:20 am
They are already going at it!!!  :rotflmao:

(https://image.ibb.co/jD2K1G/22117774_1730517533917741_1438051311_o_pe222.jpg)


Just remember that fat bottomed girls make the world go round...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on October 02, 2017, 09:58:28 pm
Same thing I did 27 days ago, spooned on another new set of tires  :'(.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: mqqn on October 02, 2017, 11:09:57 pm
Over the past week - installed J&M CB, Canyon Cages, Throttlemeister, highway pegs, Givi monokey trunk mount from Advanced Sport Touring.

Canyon cages went on smooth - despite the lackluster instructions, everything else was smooth, although the CB was interesting having to remove the fairing and gas tank - there is just not a lot of room under the panels on this bike....

Getting ready to leave on a week+ tour on the new Concours.

best

mqqn

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Akumu on October 03, 2017, 10:09:13 pm
Rode up on the FZ10 to pay for it today.  Will get dropped off Saturday and ride her home. 

They are already going at it!!!  :rotflmao:

(https://image.ibb.co/jD2K1G/22117774_1730517533917741_1438051311_o_pe222.jpg)

Funny. I also run a super naked (16 Blue Tuono V4 1100) and a C14. (08 Silver ABS)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on October 03, 2017, 11:19:52 pm


Funny. I also run a super naked (16 Blue Tuono V4 1100) and a C14. (08 Silver ABS)

Awesome!!! If they hadn't brought the FZ10 to the states I would have ended up with a Tuono Factory most likely. Great bikes too.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Akumu on October 04, 2017, 12:45:14 am


Funny. I also run a super naked (16 Blue Tuono V4 1100) and a C14. (08 Silver ABS)


Awesome!!! If they hadn't brought the FZ10 to the states I would have ended up with a Tuono Factory most likely. Great bikes too.  :beerchug:


Yup, mine is an RR. I fell in love with the blue...and the Sach's suspension is just sweet it's self.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/qq1uyq.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/29ctj42.jpg)

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on October 04, 2017, 01:23:35 am
Rode it just over 200 miles, from home to a job site in Bothell then to our shop and home again. Ain't nutten better than getting paid to ride!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on October 04, 2017, 11:40:46 pm
First thing I noticed with my new to me 09 Connie was that the gas cap lock is one sticky SOB!!! Damn near broke a key the first time.  This will no longer be an issue ever again.  LOL  I have run keyless on all my bikes.  :great:

(https://image.ibb.co/c17cvb/22278928_1732501627052665_632613930_o.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: bid caller on October 05, 2017, 12:05:53 am
Rode from Santa Rosa,Fl to Panama City,Fl then rode to Pensacola,Fl then back to Santa Rosa,Fl. Not much of a beach person would rather ride  ;) Heading back to Nashville,Tn in the morning.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on October 05, 2017, 10:09:25 pm
Bogie, I like the looks of that cap more than the others I've seen.
Looks good....
Info on it?

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on October 06, 2017, 09:24:44 am
Bogie, I like the looks of that cap more than the others I've seen.
Looks good....
Info on it?

Ride safe, Ted

Hey Ted,

Here is the link to it and you would select the cap for the 2009 ZX14R as they are the same fit.  :great:

https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/vortex-fuel-cap-for-late-model-kawasaki?gclid=Cj0KCQjw09zOBRCqARIsAH8XF1boBdoWeBh388nk8yexvUz2OKQrFSp9LNR_EunVltvWta3daM43UAAaAkFPEALw_wcB#fitment_tab (https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/vortex-fuel-cap-for-late-model-kawasaki?gclid=Cj0KCQjw09zOBRCqARIsAH8XF1boBdoWeBh388nk8yexvUz2OKQrFSp9LNR_EunVltvWta3daM43UAAaAkFPEALw_wcB#fitment_tab)

Cheers,

Bogie
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on October 06, 2017, 01:22:34 pm
Thanks.
My stock cap is getting harder and harder to open/close.
I recently oiled it a bit, and it improved a lot.
Will use that method for now.
If it gets to the point that I need to disassemble it, I'll be moving to a new cap.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Haring_Araw on October 07, 2017, 07:10:06 pm
Finally got around to pinning my bags. I haven't had any issues with them, just wanted peace of mind.  ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on October 07, 2017, 10:12:41 pm
Replaced the nasty gouged mirror with a new one.  Previous owner tried to buff it out but that gouge was way to deep for that and he just ended up thinning out the paint in that spot.   :beerchug:

(https://preview.ibb.co/hiwHwG/22312291_1733461030290058_879013965_o.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fvvo3w)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: joliver on October 10, 2017, 01:21:14 am
I gave her a bath, oil change, added stabilizer to the tank and removed the battery. Pushed in her into my neighbor's garage, covered her and said, "See you in April."
The season is done. Feels like it will snow pretty soon.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Bogie on October 10, 2017, 09:34:53 am
I gave her a bath, oil change, added stabilizer to the tank and removed the battery. Pushed in her into my neighbor's garage, covered her and said, "See you in April."
The season is done. Feels like it will snow pretty soon.

Worst time of year.  I will be doing the same here very soon.   :( :( :( :( :(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on October 22, 2017, 12:14:44 am
Here in middle tn the weather was in the low 70's so I went to find a series of roads called the Devil's triangle. It starts near Oliver Springs tn. and involves highway 62, then 116 and 330 in the shape of a triangle. highway 116 has the most tight curves. it definitely keeps you focused. 330 is mainly sweepers. Devils triangle is really closer to Knoxville tn then Nashville. it's about 50 miles for the loop. But round trip for me happened to be about 350 miles. 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on October 22, 2017, 12:36:42 am
Here in middle tn the weather was in the low 70's so I went to find a series of roads called the Devil's triangle. It starts near Oliver Springs tn. and involves highway 62, then 116 and 330 in the shape of a triangle. highway 116 has the most tight curves. it definitely keeps you focused. 330 is mainly sweepers. Devils triangle is really closer to Knoxville tn then Nashville. it's about 50 miles for the loop. But round trip for me happened to be about 350 miles.

 :beerchug:
That's on my "to do" list.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on November 22, 2017, 07:42:48 pm
Replaced the air filter for the first time. Followed the  owner's manual instructions which were surprisingly good and completely removed the mid fairing on the left. That made it a piece of cake so I could pull it  straight out. Took my time and only wasted one push rivet (hate those things).
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on November 23, 2017, 03:33:20 pm
Well, not actually today,  but installed the ECU after the third flash from his greatness Steve. Version 18.6!   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on November 23, 2017, 08:40:14 pm
Tore the bike down to prepare for valve check/adjustment work tomorrow. Changed air filter in process and also plan to drain and refill coolant while I'm at it. Spark plugs changed out ~21K miles ago so no need to touch them
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LinuxGuyGary on November 24, 2017, 02:43:27 pm
Commuted to work today @ 30º  not bad ..  no show or ice yet .. stopped on the way via the local coffee shop for a latte'   I use a small short thermos that fits perfectly in my tank bag to carry it to the office.


 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on November 24, 2017, 04:17:24 pm
Commuted to work today @ 30º  not bad ..  no show or ice yet .. stopped on the way via the local coffee shop for a latte'   I use a small short thermos that fits perfectly in my tank bag to carry it to the office.


 
Ith has been unusually warm here unfortunately very wet and not warm enough to make wet bearable.  I really want some good winter gear got this thing too late in the season and it is killing me to not be riding it...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 25, 2017, 05:54:33 am
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on November 25, 2017, 01:07:03 pm
Oil, filter change
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on November 26, 2017, 10:24:40 pm
Tore the bike down to prepare for valve check/adjustment work tomorrow. Changed air filter in process and also plan to drain and refill coolant while I'm at it. Spark plugs changed out ~21K miles ago so no need to touch them

Just completed the valve check & adjustment (+ other items listed above) this Thanksgiving weekend. I was able to tear the bike down to get it to the valve check point, then called in technical help to have someone check them while I recorded results ... then we dove into the adjustment to correct those out of spec. That part was over my head (mechanically) ... knowing my limitations now). We got her done and I've almost got the bike all back together. Looking forward to taking her for a spin again ...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on November 26, 2017, 10:55:59 pm
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.

Lurch, "really" anxious to hear how it worked out?
Power/sound/torque/etc etc etc??

Ride safe,Ted

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on November 27, 2017, 01:18:33 am
Got down low and gave the exhaust a close look for space and routing then did some comparisons to pictures of ZX exhaust. Just compiling information and ideas for building a duel system for the C14. Got a few pretty good ideas between what info Ted has rounded up this forum and what I have researched.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 01:39:53 am
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on November 27, 2017, 02:32:56 am
I have checked your work out. Very nice. I am actually working on a prototype head pipe that is tuned better for the Concours than the ZX pipe. Paying close attention to what Ma. Kaw did.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 03:27:16 am
Like to see that.I don't care what everyone says that zx conversion is a pain and to many modification
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 03:42:09 am
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.
Tore the bike down to prepare for valve check/adjustment work tomorrow. Changed air filter in process and also plan to drain and refill coolant while I'm at it. Spark plugs changed out ~21K miles ago so no need to touch them

Just completed the valve check & adjustment (+ other items listed above) this Thanksgiving weekend. I was able to tear the bike down to get it to the valve check point, then called in technical help to have someone check them while I recorded results ... then we dove into the adjustment to correct those out of spec. That part was over my head (mechanically) ... knowing my limitations now). We got her done and I've almost got the bike all back together. Looking forward to taking her for a spin again ...
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.

Lurch, "really" anxious to hear how it worked out?
Power/sound/torque/etc etc etc??

Ride safe,Ted


Quote from: connie_rider
link=topic=71316.msg620130#msg620130 date=1511740559
Installed a 2007 ZX14 header and twin two brothers pipes and cans.

Lurch, "really" anxious to hear how it worked out?
Power/sound/torque/etc etc etc??

Ride safe,Ted


Well I finally got the system installed. I'm really surprised by the power increase was not expecting that. I no longer have to downshift from o/d to keep from lugging the engine that's a big plus,but the system is loud and at 60-70 mph it's causing more vibration in the bars and it took some work and adapters to get it to fit perfect. I'm not thrilled about having to modify the kickstand and cut and reconfigure the center stand. It really looks much better and runs better as for the sound well I'm 61 but the juvenile delinquent in me likes it.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on November 27, 2017, 04:04:12 am
Have you addressed the kick and center stand issues yet?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 03:02:53 pm
I ordered a ZX14 kickstand and I have yet to take the center stand to a welder to adapt it because I'm not going to do without a center stand as soon as I get that done I'll be happy with everything
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on November 27, 2017, 03:04:18 pm
I keep planning to install the ZX headers on mine, and {also} keep putting it off..
I'd like to know more about the stands as well??
  What mods are needed?

On your TB pipes, which did you use? (ie; what year ZX-14 were the mufflers supposed to fit?)
From your photo's it appears that the mid pipes were not long enough {or they were not the correct diameter} and you had to install adapter pipes?

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 09:07:18 pm
The header was from a 2007 and supposedly the seller a different person said the mid pipe and two brothers mufflers we're also for a 2007. Now they would have fit with me taking them to a shop to have them re bent to get out away from the final drive and down away from the bag but having worked in my youth at Midas I thought if I could just extend them 3 in straight off the header that should fix the problem and it did the pipes went on without a hitch. As for the kickstand it had to be moved out 1/2 of an inch and could probably be bent a little more to clear the pipe the center stand as most people are doing has to have the foot that sticks out extended so that it goes out around the mid pipe right now it hits the bottom of the mid pipe not allowing the kickstand to go up far enough if you're not doing Twistys you probably would not have a problem with that but it most definitely will drag going around a corner so I'm going to take the kickstand to a welder on my bike show him what I need done have the factory arm cut off and a new gusset and arm put on just extending it should take care of the problem. Right side hanger had to be extended 2 inches so the pipe did not hit the bag and you just have to fabricate a hanger for the left side however you want to
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 09:13:35 pm
With four back operations I don't bend too well so these are the best pictures I could take of the adapters you can't see them unless you get down under the bike and nothing is hanging any lower than the factory exhaust clamp
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on November 27, 2017, 09:21:06 pm
Get yourself 2- m10-1.25 x 2 1/2" long for the kickstand shim you'll have to make
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: turbojoe78_MA on November 29, 2017, 12:29:54 pm
Rode it to work for probably the last time this year.

Got the stabilizer with me and will throw it in and top off the tank on the way home.

Valve adjust and lots of other maintenance over the winter to get ready for the spring.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rob9876 on November 29, 2017, 10:40:55 pm
Today I rode to work and ended up taking a little 30 minute ride for fun during lunch.  :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on November 30, 2017, 03:51:38 pm
Took mine out for a quick ride yesterday {in Houston traffic}. 
  Bad idea!!!!!
Spent more time at red lights and in traffic than riding.    :angry:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: LURCH on December 05, 2017, 04:52:48 pm
Got my European labels
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on December 05, 2017, 09:43:00 pm
Traded it for a Triumph Speed Triple   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: flashback50 on December 06, 2017, 01:41:59 pm
Here's my hanger I made that worked great. If you get time check out what I just did with my duals.

I'm wondering if the screws in the side case pucks will be strong enough to hold the weight of the exhaust with all the stress it will have on it going down rougher roads?  Looks great though   :great: :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: freebird6 on December 08, 2017, 12:29:08 pm
Put it away. Winter is finally here and I am having both knees replaced Monday :truce:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on December 11, 2017, 09:06:24 pm
I had a serious talk with Santa last week.

Just noticed a box w/a shinny new Delkavic exhaust system and another box from Project D w/a handle bar extension and oil filler cap setting on the front porch.

Santa was in a hurry, so he asked the wife to wrap the boxes nice and pretty for the 25th.

Merry Christmas to all !! :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on December 11, 2017, 11:51:12 pm
I had a serious talk with Santa last week.

Just noticed a box w/a shinny new Delkavic exhaust system and another box from Project D w/a handle bar extension and oil filler cap setting on the front porch.

Santa was in a hurry, so he asked the wife to wrap the boxes nice and pretty for the 25th.

Merry Christmas to all !! :great:

Thanks and Merry Christmas to you as well. Enjoy your presents ... know you will   :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on December 12, 2017, 12:21:01 am
Looked at it in the garage as I went to drive a car (GASP!!!) into work today, damn ice and cold temps, but at least my driver is a Mazdaspeed 6 with some tasteful mods.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on December 12, 2017, 01:47:39 pm
Put it away. Winter is finally here and I am having both knees replaced Monday :truce:

Checkin' on ya Tom.
How'd the surgery go?

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Nodesurfer on December 14, 2017, 06:30:34 pm
I just added a pair of Grip Puppies to my '09 C-14.

I like the thicker, grippier, more commanding feel in my hands. Particularly with leather gloves, the stock grips can be a little slippery. When I twist it open in 1st or 2nd, I feel like I have a lot better hold of it now. Plus, they're comfortable and I'm sure will reduce vibration on long trips.

AND, they look great. And I was able to put the "Go Cruise" cruise control back on with it's rubber grip ring and it all works nice. For $18 on Amazon, I feel they were a good add.

Pictures:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1w5I3pshTSBMOc--BgTvGDqNPbarGJKlp/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AaBlKvwmeV1eYIXwyX-8215dxRR8YYWP/view


Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on December 14, 2017, 07:22:41 pm
Pulled the battery out, as she just really is slow to start and throws the low battery error since the temps have dropped to the 20-30 range, (45-50 in my garage even it drags after all week on the tender!)  Rode it to work one day last week, 19 degrees in the AM and at 36 for the afternoon high I was almost afraid it was not going to fire! Pretty sure after looking closely it is the OEM battery for a 2013, so it is time. Do not think the PO bothered with a tender much, thought he leads were installed he had no idea what they were.

I have had good experiences with the WPS LI Featherweights in 4 or 5 other rides, so that is going in tonight.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: roy826 on December 18, 2017, 01:34:22 pm
Started on my valve cover / cam sensor oring oil leak. Plus a coolant flush ,spark plugs and a valve check.

Friggin nightmare of a bike to work on  >:(

Had her down to the cams in sight in 2 1/2 hours though. Murphs kit ordered this morning and hope to button it all back up in the next week or so.

Hour or so in  >:D

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/8A3C9D75-8B00-4B68-8393-60EC2B324EA9_zps2wbfpsyk.jpg) (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/rholmes18/media/8A3C9D75-8B00-4B68-8393-60EC2B324EA9_zps2wbfpsyk.jpg.html)

oil leaker  :( be advised I degresed it a week ago in preparation for this so build up not quite as bad as it was before the cleaning.

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/F5008602-80D2-498E-9C76-D5D34A621BA4_zps2ov7ag3p.jpg) (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/rholmes18/media/F5008602-80D2-498E-9C76-D5D34A621BA4_zps2ov7ag3p.jpg.html)

2 1/2 hours in  :'(

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/925FA8F1-DE0D-4539-A94D-3EF25A883B0D_zpsthhcfanm.jpg) (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/rholmes18/media/925FA8F1-DE0D-4539-A94D-3EF25A883B0D_zpsthhcfanm.jpg.html)

(http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r173/rholmes18/854FC793-D79A-4215-AE0A-B7EB2579C5A9_zpsc0veekqe.jpg) (http://s144.photobucket.com/user/rholmes18/media/854FC793-D79A-4215-AE0A-B7EB2579C5A9_zpsc0veekqe.jpg.html)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on December 19, 2017, 12:45:16 am
How many exhaust bolts nuts are loose? I have a set of Motion Pro locktite nuts to install when it comes time to do the valves.

Motion Pro Nut - Fuji-Lock 8mm/Head138mm 30-0308
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: roy826 on December 19, 2017, 02:00:22 am
How many exhaust bolts nuts are loose? I have a set of Motion Pro locktite nuts to install when it comes time to do the valves.

Motion Pro Nut - Fuji-Lock 8mm/Head138mm 30-0308

All of mine were tight. To bad they can’t make oil stay in them. One should not be bothered with this issue in today’s quality tolerence manufacturing.

Never had a Suzuki or Yamaha leak from the valve cover or a oring on a sensor.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on January 01, 2018, 12:46:36 am
Installed a passenger backrest from Advanced Sport Touring. Nice looking. My girl will like it.  I just bought a new (2016) C14 (finally replacing my 2004 FJR1300). We did a 6k tour on that FJR last year... I hated to replace it but I have to say, I've really been lusting after this C14 for a looooong time!  A new ('16) for $11k out the door !?!? I couldn't pass that up!!!

Next up: 2" risers, front fender extender, rear tire hugger (if I can find one! - I'm on the "group purchase": list), throttlemiester .... and I'm sure I'll think of more.

http://www.advancedsporttouring.com/Concours_Removable_Passenger_Backrest_p/c14-22.htm (http://www.advancedsporttouring.com/Concours_Removable_Passenger_Backrest_p/c14-22.htm)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on January 01, 2018, 04:56:53 am
Nice buy... Here's the tire hugger you're looking for. http://forum.cog-online.org/accessories-c14/rear-fender-72271/msg622733/?topicseen#new (http://forum.cog-online.org/accessories-c14/rear-fender-72271/msg622733/?topicseen#new)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on January 01, 2018, 09:16:32 pm
Installed a set of the 2" handlebar risers today (also from Advanced Sport Touring). I accidentally ordered the Silver color (my bars are black) so I painted them a matte black finish that looks like a good match.  Some things I noticed during the install (on a 2016 C14) include: Left side wire bundle had a wire tie instead of the clamp (right side wire bundle has the clamp). Simply cut the wire tie. There is PLENTY of wire to feed up to give the slack needed to raise the bars the extra 2". Also, the "banjo" nut for the front brake didn't need re-positioned at all - it was pointed perfectly where it needed to be - I guess every bike assembly has a little bit of difference.  I was glad not to have to adjust it. Finally, the brackets that hold the hydraulic lines to the riser blocks have to be "flattened" a bit as there is a "L"  bend in the bottom of the brackets. I used vice grips to take the bend out (mostly) and the set screws did the rest. 

Unfortunately, it's too cold in Colorado Springs (20's) to get the bike out for a test ride but the "before" rides certainly convinced me this was a needed modification (for my comfort). As far as technical skill, I'd rate this job a 1 out of 5 job (1 being oil-change easy and 5 being very difficult). 

Next up: front fender extender (on order), rear tire hugger (I'm on the "group purchase" list), throttlemeister (also on order) .... and I'm sure I'll think of more.

https://www.advancedsporttouring.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=C14-02 (https://www.advancedsporttouring.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=C14-02)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on January 07, 2018, 09:43:23 pm
Removed the rear drive hub & pulled the driveshaft. Cleaned & inspected everything then lubed front/rear splines. With right at 195,000 miles on the clock I was really expecting some slop in the u-joints. They were nice & tight!   :) Splines & all looked great also.

Only the third time I'd done this & should be my last.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on January 08, 2018, 08:42:26 pm
Installed a Pyramid Plastics front fender extender.

Pulled & shipped the ECU for a Mountain Runner flash by Steve @ Shoodaben Engineering.

Installed Throttlemeisters.  Spacers = .110 on left bar end and .120 on right bar end

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/fenda-extenda-fender-extender-by-pyramid-plastics-kawasaki-concours-gtr1400-08-zx14r-zzr1400-06 (http://www.twistedthrottle.com/fenda-extenda-fender-extender-by-pyramid-plastics-kawasaki-concours-gtr1400-08-zx14r-zzr1400-06)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on January 14, 2018, 01:43:45 am
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I took her on a ride
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on January 14, 2018, 02:18:35 am
Oh and just ordered the Skidmarx hugger fender and a front fender extension from Murph's. :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on January 14, 2018, 04:23:38 pm
Quote
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on January 14, 2018, 05:31:24 pm
Quote
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Lurch71 on January 15, 2018, 12:19:06 am
Nice day yesterday in SoCal, about 78-80 degrees.  Did a 370 mile ride.  Started in Orange County, rode to Pala Casino, continued past Lake Henshaw to Ocotillo Wells, Salton Sea, Palm Springs then back home.  The bike is a 2017, has about 4700 miles, did an oil/filter change today along with final drive oil. 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Lurch71 on January 15, 2018, 12:23:37 am
Quote
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!

I’m not a fan of them, I’m pretty cautious on twisty highways with them.  Looking at a set of Roadsmart 3’s.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on January 15, 2018, 12:40:34 am
Quote
It was a beautiful winter day here in Western Washington :) sunny and 54° so I

Lucky!! Take off any sweet jumps?

Took it really easygoing, although it was sunny and warm the roads were wet and learned what in quickly what everyone dislikes about the stock Bridgestone's. No close calls they just felt really unsettled!!!

I’m not a fan of them, I’m pretty cautious on twisty highways with them.  Looking at a set of Roadsmart 3’s.

Yup me too...they are being recommend by most over anything else...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on January 15, 2018, 12:50:18 pm
Still cold here in NEFL, but finally not wet and misty...


So, I'm riding!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on January 15, 2018, 02:54:44 pm
Still cold here in NEFL, but finally not wet and misty...


So, I'm riding!!!

Yeah buddy!!!!  :motonoises:

26 and clear in beautiful N. GA at the moment. Bah..
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on January 15, 2018, 03:15:42 pm
Gonna be nice here today (blue skys and about 60*), but getting bad tomorrow.. (rain/Sleet and some freezing temps)
  Unfortunately, I had cataract surgery last week and can't ride..
    (err, Eye feels good, so, I probably could, but my wife would kill me)

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JPlug on January 15, 2018, 04:06:16 pm
Changed engine / filter & drive gear oil Thursday. Friday left Orange County up Hwy 395 to Lone Pine and through Death Valley and Red Rock to Las Vegas & Hoover Dam. Sunday back home through Ortega Hwy. Perfect riding conditions 35 deg.F.-80 deg.F. 780 miles and seen a herd of Big Horn sheep!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on January 16, 2018, 12:49:28 am
first ride of the new year on Jan. 1st
9 degrees heading out to traditional club RTE. Warmed up nicely to 21 on the way home.
Back in the garage for now, got the new exhaust on, mounted Project D handy stick and oil cap.
Just finished adding new Mobil 1 oil, filter and final drive fluid.
Ready for warmer temps.


Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on January 19, 2018, 04:23:38 pm
Getting the bike ready for the Sport Touring School in Feb...

Last night I pulled the front wheel for a new front tire.
Rear was done last week.

Decided to go to the Avon 3D XM's... {Per Cliff's suggestion}

Ride safe, Ted

Update: New front tire now on the bike...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: barberman on January 20, 2018, 06:35:32 pm
Since it's raining here in Rochester, Wa.   I changed out the fork oil in my 2012.  Used a wood rasp to take down foam in the seat by at least a half inch.   Installed Soupys' lowering links. "Moly'd" the rear splines/cleaned wheel and swing arm.. Great garage time and not missing ride time! KJ
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on January 21, 2018, 04:16:49 pm
Installed my ECU which had been flashed by Steve (Mountain Runner Flash). Took the bike on on an approx. 200 mile ride here in the mountains near Colorado Springs & Canon City (this was yesterday - 65 degrees and full sun). I found the flash to be perfectly dialed-in... every gear and throttle combination I could find delivered perfect performance. I believe I averaged 42 mpg at a not too aggressive pace (I was riding two-up).

BTW - if there are Colorado Springs folks on this serve, reach out... Al
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on January 26, 2018, 09:25:33 pm
32 degrees this am...plugged in the battery tender...saw it was fully charged. Walked outside and saw thick frost still on the asphalt....debated...drove the Chevy to the Levee. :(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rob9876 on January 26, 2018, 09:31:31 pm
Rode to work today for the 2nd day this week -- nice to have a break from the colder weather of last week.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: strum on January 26, 2018, 09:45:49 pm
Decided to start some winter maintenance yesterday. First thing i did was pull my air filter. It wasnt as bad as I was expecting but it was time.
  Its all cleaned and ready to go back in (these K&Ns use sealing grease so im waiting for a tube to be delivered) and ill start my oil change and flush my brake/clutch fluids next.
 While Im on the subject of air filters. I have seen guys talk about how hard this is and while its not as simple as the C10 its not as bad as some say.
  I had it out in less than 15 mins .
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: strum on January 26, 2018, 09:54:48 pm
 I should also say before I did any work It was a spectacular day up here in N Ga so I took it out for a ride.  I was a beta tester for Steve's Mountain Runner flash and while I had ran a few different versions of it this was the first time I was able to test the final one. This is by far the most refined tune Steve has put out.
  If you havent tried the MR yet or  are still on the hook about it I can tell its the best mod there is for this bike and well worth the money. 
 Also if you wanna talk about it and need some input ill be happy to help . PM me or call 706-897-ten eighteen

 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on January 26, 2018, 09:56:23 pm
 "While Im on the subject of air filters. I have seen guys talk about how hard this is and while its not as simple as the C10 its not as bad as some say.
  I had it out in less than 15 mins ."

I could've done mine in 15 minutes with a Sawzall, but putting it back together might have taken a little longer.... ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: strum on January 27, 2018, 01:31:33 am
"While Im on the subject of air filters. I have seen guys talk about how hard this is and while its not as simple as the C10 its not as bad as some say.
  I had it out in less than 15 mins ."

I could've done mine in 15 minutes with a Sawzall, but putting it back together might have taken a little longer.... ;)

Lol Ron   . I said i got it out in 15 mins I still dont have it back in . If I had it to do over again and had a prepped K&N or a new OEM filter ready I think I could do it in 20-25 mins.
   Mine is an 08 maybe the gen 2s are harder
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on January 27, 2018, 01:43:03 am
Actually mine was not hard to do and I followed the OEM Owner's Manual instructions which basically said to take off the black tank plate, pull the fairing and pocket. Swing the pocket out of the way, remove the foam heat shield, remove two bolts, then pull out the filter and stare at it.

Then reverse.

Took about an hour of which half the time was spent reading the book, finding the (right) wrenches, scratching my head, putting antibiotic salve on scratched places (on my hands)  :-[, THEN getting gloves, and proceeding.  Piece of cake!

30 minutes next time (I'll start with gloves)...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on January 27, 2018, 11:13:58 pm
32 degrees this am...plugged in the battery tender...saw it was fully charged. Walked outside and saw thick frost still on the asphalt....debated...drove the Chevy to the Levee. :(

Was it dry    ;D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on January 28, 2018, 01:30:14 am
Yep, still drinking my whiskey and Rye to boot!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on January 29, 2018, 11:59:34 am
Dropped mine off at the stealership for new shoes.

Apparently me asking for a 55 rear went in one ear and out the other >:(, so waiting on a 55 to show up now...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on February 18, 2018, 09:30:17 pm
Installed new Dunlop Road Smart 3's, bled the rear brake and clutch and installed new/used OEM brake pads on the right front caliper. left side pads look great. The linked brakes seem to use up the right front faster than the left fronts. 34K miles on mine now.

Trying the RS 3's this time instead of the Avons 3DXM's. Liked the Avons, but severe head-shake on the last 3 sets. Sept trip 2017 in ran the Angel GT's (one of my favorite tires/don't last long though) and the head-shake went away. Hoping the RS-3's don't have a head-shake either.  :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on February 18, 2018, 10:27:43 pm
Over the past few days I've greased shaft splines, greased steering stem bearings, changed oil & filter, changed differential fluid & mounted up new tires. Had the valves checked, installed new plugs & chain tensioner along with valve cover gaskets.

From now on just tires, oil changes & clean air filter. No more big services, I'll just ride it til it quits!  :)

Installed new Dunlop Road Smart 3's, bled the rear brake and clutch and installed new/used OEM brake pads on the right front caliper. left side pads look great. The linked brakes seem to use up the right front faster than the left fronts. 34K miles on mine now.

Trying the RS 3's this time instead of the Avons 3DXM's. Liked the Avons, but severe head-shake on the last 3 sets.

On my 13th or 14th set of 3D's & never had a head shake. I am anxious to try out the new Spirit ST's once I use up all my 3D's I have on the shelf.  :motonoises:

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Diz on February 20, 2018, 09:46:03 am
Put a new battery in my transponder
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on February 20, 2018, 10:51:27 am
Put a Motorcycle Larry stem nut for the ram ball ,the stock nut was not tight at all, it calls for 80lbs torque. No way it way that tight!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Speedy on February 20, 2018, 12:43:19 pm
Added Murph's lowering pegs.  You wouldn't think an inch or so would make that big of a difference (easy boys...), but it does.  Not a big fan of the chrome look or the lack of rubber grip, but overall a nice improvement in comfort.  With the risers I added, she's almost as comfortable to ride as my naked FZ-09....strange but true.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Jerdurr on February 20, 2018, 06:58:48 pm
Bled the clutch slave cylinder, changed the air filter (it was filthy!), and installed a Stebel Air horn! :) :celebrate:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: COGnosticator on February 20, 2018, 10:41:48 pm

From now on just tires, oil changes & clean air filter. No more big services, I'll just ride it til it quits!  :)

Cliff   :beerchug:

Why don't you put a few miles on it before you make that decision   :rotflmao:

Have you hit 200k yet
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on February 21, 2018, 12:20:54 pm

From now on just tires, oil changes & clean air filter. No more big services, I'll just ride it til it quits!  :)

Cliff   :beerchug:

Have you hit 200k yet

Haven't ridden much this winter. Here lately if I'm not traveling & crossing state lines I don't even bother with local riding. Not even sure I remember where our good roads are!  :??: 

Been stuck at 195,000 all year, can't seem to get past it.

Cliff  :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: turbojoe78_MA on February 21, 2018, 02:37:48 pm
Rode the C10 to work today.  Supposed to be 70* and sunny by the time I get to head home.   :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on February 21, 2018, 06:09:16 pm
Installed Rear Wheel Hugger kit from Murph's. See "Accessories" thread for before/after photos.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Akumu on February 21, 2018, 09:31:18 pm
Installed a new battery. Not sure how old the previous one was, but it died some time over the off season here. New Yuasa in and go to go...in late March/early April.

What can I say, it was 78 degrees in Feb in SW PA. Had to work on the bikes in those temps. (Tuono got a slip on and OFT ECU flash, as well. Damned bike sounds like Satan clearing his throat...)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on February 22, 2018, 11:52:55 am
Last ride before I have to prep the bike for the track.

Scrubbing in those new Angels GTs... :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on February 22, 2018, 03:27:03 pm
Coggers,

So having bought the new Connie, this one a '12 in that dark red or root beer which I don't personally care for, so have been prepping it to go to the painter for a nice coat of something.  In the meantime installed a PDM60 to start the reorganization of the powered stuff.  I mounted the Back Off and the PDM60 inside the tool tray which I didn't use for tools anyway and it made for a nice install.  I have the Stebel, and Denali's wired in so far and am happy with the PDM.  It works as advertised.  Next will be an HID upgrade for the main lights and I am thinking about adding more Denali's this time the DR1 2.0's wired into my hi/lo switch for weed burning capability on those dark night rides, mounted under the mirrors.

Other than that, nominal...

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on February 26, 2018, 12:00:44 pm
Saturday at Doug's school

(https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/28423698_10211894108571607_2079175352217562250_o.jpg?oh=a8110fea39f42d29cde07b06aaef532f&oe=5B01A96B)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ruger on February 26, 2018, 02:52:48 pm
Removed stickers and added a little color to my top case after getting it home from the dealership.  I think it matches better.
Plan on getting handle bar risers, different engine guards (if any are interested in the type installed I will be offering a good deal) and different windscreen.
Just need time and money  LOL!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Jeremy on February 26, 2018, 06:31:37 pm
This past weekend I flushed out front brakes, rear brake, and the clutch. Also plugged a breather tube back into the airbox that I accidently left dissconected last weekend when I dropped in new plugs and air filter. Today rode the 112 miles one way to work, will do it in reverse this afternoon.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rony6ble on February 27, 2018, 02:47:48 am
Added even more lights:

Skene lights: P3 System with Decelerometer & Turn Signals
Skene lights: Photon Blaster - Alert & Turn Signals
SoCal motogear: KAWASAKI CONCOURS LED KIT - PH4LED+OPTIONAL T10 POSITION BULBS

Coax connector for heated gear

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on February 27, 2018, 02:18:36 pm
Added even more lights:

Skene lights: P3 System with Decelerometer & Turn Signals
Skene lights: Photon Blaster - Alert & Turn Signals
SoCal motogear: KAWASAKI CONCOURS LED KIT - PH4LED+OPTIONAL T10 POSITION BULBS

Coax connector for heated gear
Pictures?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on February 28, 2018, 12:50:29 am
rode to work today. 30 degrees, very light snow, it was sublime pre dawn.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Guest 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.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rock on February 28, 2018, 01:47:15 pm
Fantastic work. Interested in the LED options on my 2013 C14

Phil
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B 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:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan 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!

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JDSCO on March 03, 2018, 10:29:34 pm
ECU MR Flash- DONE
Traxxion AK20's- DONE
Penske 8983- DONE
Skidmarx Inner Rear Hugger- DONE

That's enough for now
Spring is 16 days away
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 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!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 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.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Pittsburgh_Clem 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
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ruger 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!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on March 04, 2018, 12:01:05 pm
T-Rex engine guards?
Another farkle?   >:D
This I got to see!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan 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.

Happy Riding!

Gilbysan

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on March 05, 2018, 03:05:22 pm
Looks great!!!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on March 06, 2018, 03:23:43 am
That is going to look good! :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: TimR 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.  ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan 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!

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant 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!

Gilbysan

Just wait till you get it in the sun, booth lights never do pain any Justice....
Looks great hope you make that COG event and I am there to see it in person...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant 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.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: n.e.mich 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.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan 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!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan 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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waCT2m7dIDQ)

Working on the video of it as we speak.

Safe Riding!

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy 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.

Still wonderful though!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit 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.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: old n slow on March 18, 2018, 12:30:22 am
I sold it!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant 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...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on March 19, 2018, 10:40:28 am
Rode it to Daytona BikeWeek and back.

In the garage today because of thunderstorms here in Jville.

Going to pull the ECU tonight to send to SiSF...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: NukeWorker on March 19, 2018, 10:52:19 am
Finished Valve Adjustment- Most shims had to be replaced
Removed, flushed, cleaned, and reinstalled Radiator with SS hose clamps and SISF's "Coolant Cocktail"
Removed and reinstalled gas tank with SS hose clamps
Installed Murphs' Dual Stebel horn and wiring harness, with some modifications


Thanks so much to Fred for his videos that helped guide me through the valve inspection and to everyone else that gave me help and support on this project.
Edit: Forgot, replaced City lights with LED's and replaced Air Filter
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on March 19, 2018, 01:39:28 pm
Rode it to Daytona BikeWeek and back.

In the garage today because of thunderstorms here in Jville.

Going to pull the ECU tonight to send to SiSF...

Was Bike Week a good time...how was the weather overall?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on March 19, 2018, 03:03:22 pm
Home from work sick as a dog today  ::) but managed to get myself together enough to go out into the garage and pull the ECU and bring it in so I can prepare it for its journey to Shoodaben Engineering.
Now I just have to get myself together enough for a track to the post office.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on March 20, 2018, 12:15:54 am
Made it to the post office and the ECU is on its way to Steve, I can't wait...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gsun on March 20, 2018, 01:47:57 am
Finished Valve Adjustment- Most shims had to be replaced
Removed, flushed, cleaned, and reinstalled Radiator with SS hose clamps and SISF's "Coolant Cocktail"
Removed and reinstalled gas tank with SS hose clamps
Installed Murphs' Dual Stebel horn and wiring harness, with some modifications


Thanks so much to Fred for his videos that helped guide me through the valve inspection and to everyone else that gave me help and support on this project.

How far out were the valves? First adjustment? 15K?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on March 20, 2018, 10:23:21 am
Rode it to Daytona BikeWeek and back.

In the garage today because of thunderstorms here in Jville.

Going to pull the ECU tonight to send to SiSF...

Was Bike Week a good time...how was the weather overall?

Depended on the day.  Some were fairly cold, but it was 85F Saturday and clear and sunny...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on March 20, 2018, 10:15:31 pm
Installed new aftermarket brake/clutch reservoir covers and new adjustable levers.
Pulled the seat, cleared out some of the elect components & pulled the rear fender so I can begin the install of some aux LED run/brake lights.
Fabbed a bracket to mount the lights on the side of the license plate bracket.
Hopefully I'll have time during the week to finish.  ;D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on March 21, 2018, 03:45:26 pm
Coggers,

Finished reassembly of my '12 Connie after going through the painting process.  Two things were a revelation to me; 1) I never realized just how much was involved in doing a professional paint job. In fact "paint job" does not do justice to the art and craft of the gentleman who did the work.  2) Connies have a crap load of plastic that you can paint, 27 separate pieces in my case.

The results are IMO wonderful and amazing.  Check out the attached photos; we did a couple of what I feel are cool touches, for example painting the Full Mirrors the same color as the bike, painting the mirror mounts, the cover plate beneath the windscreen, the tank cover, the fork covers and the fairing lowers glossy black sets the blue with pearl and glass off nicely.  Also, black on all the fins and ridges on the fairing centers, bags and top case.

I am very happy with it, and now am VERY anxious to get my Top Blocks in from Murph's.

Life is Good!

Safe riding! 

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on March 21, 2018, 05:30:02 pm
Looks VERY GOOD!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on March 21, 2018, 07:45:17 pm
gilbysan

VERY NICE paint job.

That's a great shade of Blue.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gsun on March 22, 2018, 02:46:15 am
 :great: :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on March 22, 2018, 10:21:50 am
Sweet!!!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: NukeWorker on March 22, 2018, 03:23:52 pm

How far out were the valves? First adjustment? 15K?

First valve adjustment at 19,344 miles.  The Exhaust were almost all out at least .002 and the intake by .001.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: n.e.mich on March 23, 2018, 12:16:36 am
Finished reassembling after winter cleaning/service...Gave it a bubble bath and wax.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on March 27, 2018, 02:04:47 pm
Finished reassembling after winter cleaning/service...Gave it a bubble bath and wax.

That 08 still looks like new.    I also clean everything I can...even things you can't see when I did the valve adjustment and had the panels off.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Deepsea on March 27, 2018, 04:04:51 pm
Absolutely nothing! >:( :'( 
Still trying to untangle the mess my tool box arrived in. Work on the bike starts Thursday. :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on March 27, 2018, 07:02:18 pm
Finished reassembling after winter cleaning/service...Gave it a bubble bath and wax.

That 08 still looks like new.    I also clean everything I can...even things you can't see when I did the valve adjustment and had the panels off.

 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
That's because it ain't an '08...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: n.e.mich on March 27, 2018, 07:33:42 pm
Finished reassembling after winter cleaning/service...Gave it a bubble bath and wax.

That 08 still looks like new.    I also clean everything I can...even things you can't see when I did the valve adjustment and had the panels off.

 :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
That's because it ain't an '08...


LOLOLOLOL
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: freebird6 on March 28, 2018, 11:45:05 am
Panels off, wired in Radar detector, cleaned up GPS wiring, attacking the STS tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: robertv on March 28, 2018, 12:23:28 pm
Wow, that looks great Bob! Glad to hear you're back up and riding too!  :great:

Maybe my 08 can use a refresh  >:D


The results are IMO wonderful and amazing.  Check out the attached photos; we did a couple of what I feel are cool touches, for example painting the Full Mirrors the same color as the bike, painting the mirror mounts, the cover plate beneath the windscreen, the tank cover, the fork covers and the fairing lowers glossy black sets the blue with pearl and glass off nicely.  Also, black on all the fins and ridges on the fairing centers, bags and top case.

I am very happy with it, and now am VERY anxious to get my Top Blocks in from Murph's.

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: tthompsr on March 28, 2018, 01:48:10 pm
I finished up yesterday with oil change,rear drive disassembly to grease everything,rear drive fluid change,brake and clutch flush,removed cleaned and painted centerstand, greased and reinstalled centerstand,air filter removed and cleaned, removed,cleaned,inspected front and rear brakes, and a good cleaning and waxing!
Took it for a ride yesterday, she's ready for another season of riding! >:D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on March 28, 2018, 04:47:28 pm
Rode it to work yesterday I yesterday I reinstalled the ECU with SISF's Mt.Rider and installed a 14" Delkalvic slip-on.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on March 29, 2018, 01:09:26 pm
Awaiting SiSF's flashed ECU to return

Then more healing before I can ride :(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on March 30, 2018, 03:33:43 pm
Coggers,

Got the Top Blocks mounted yesterday and I am very happy with them.  Nice clean install. I had to relocate my Stebel horn which was under the left side center fairing by the fins to the upper right under the ABS panel which works just as well.  The steel bracket that bolts to the left side top block slider would not allow the horn to remain in place where it was.  Just made a steel bracket to hold it by using a longer bolt for the fairing hold down and added another nylon locking nut to hold it in place.  Seems to be a solid location.

The next current challenge will be to figure out where to mount the Morimoto HID Ballasts.  They are pretty large. Got them from my son as he just upgraded his '15 Connie to a projector lens, Angel Eyes & LED set up which is looking pretty good.  He did this through Shane at Mod my Gauges in Auburn, WA.  Shane did our Switchbacks and Instrument cluster LEDs color changes and gauge faces as well and does excellent work.

Now just need to make a set of highway pegs that are functional and do not take away from the lines of the TopBlocks.  Stay tuned, or if you have already done this and want to share, that would be wonderful!

Finally, went to my local dealer in Bellevue and ordered a couple of efob keys since the new Big Blue did not come with an efob or ekey.  $17/each.  The Service Manager did me a good turn and used his KDS to bond the old eFob with the bike's systems and did not charge me for the service.  These guys are great, not just because of the freebie but also because of their high level of customer service.


Safe Riding!

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on March 30, 2018, 10:55:00 pm
Canyon cages yesterday and Laam seat today!,
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on March 31, 2018, 08:06:22 pm
Used up my Plexus making it clean and shiny!!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: RoadKillHeaven on April 01, 2018, 06:09:43 am
I've installed CeeBailey 2" taller screen and discovered it cannot be lowered with side winglets in place. Also noticed increased turbulence when fully raised. Since then, I've gone back to stock screen and put winglets back on. My search for "better" wind protection is over...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: khsgt on April 01, 2018, 10:14:43 am
I've installed CeeBailey 2" taller screen and discovered it cannot be lowered with side winglets in place. Also noticed increased turbulence when fully raised. Since then, I've gone back to stock screen and put winglets back on. My search for "better" wind protection is over...

Try the MRA X-Creen Tour on top of the stock windshield.  Massive adjustability, and zero turbulence and cuts wind noise in half.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: khsgt on April 03, 2018, 03:55:52 am
I have been on a Farkle Bender lately....this is not a cheap hobby.  In the last month:

Shoudabeen Mountian Runner Flash
Vince and Hines CS1 Slip On
LED Light from SoCalMotoGear
ProjektD Aerowings
ProjektD Helmet Lock
15,000 mile service including valve adjustment  :-X
New Avon 3D-XM Tires

I think I’m done for a while......it’s time to just ride and enjoy what is now a very perfect motorcycle.  :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: al_ferguson01 on April 08, 2018, 05:08:17 pm
Installed a Two-Brother Exhaust Canister and mid-pipe today (a 20 minute job). No "Power Tip" (yet).  Really nice sound out of the box but I haven't yet blasted  through my daily 120 mile (RT) interstate commute. If too loud, I can put one of their tips on to quiet things down a bit. The weight difference between the stock can and the Two-Brothers is remarkable.  Also, installed the light Brackets (on the forks) that Lee made and shipped out to the group (see accessories forum thread)  Really nice brackets.

Update - did an interstate blast and this Two-Brothers canister is not loud from the rider seat at all - passenger said the same. No "Power Tip" needed.

Also, installed a MRA X-Creen Tour (clear) with the stock windshield - a GREAT addition - especially with all the interstate miles I'm running right now. 

BTW - with the 2018 Mountain Runner Flash, I'm averaging 45.8 mpg doing mostly interstate runs at "significant" speed.

UPDATE: Over 500 miles, the AVG Fuel Economy, if you are to believe the computer, has gone up by 1 mpg. Pretty nice bonus. Now averaging 46.8 with the flash and canister combination. Power was ridiculously high to begin with so I can't tell the difference but it sure sounds nice!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: n.e.mich on April 08, 2018, 07:13:37 pm
Went shopping and bought a baby brother....
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on April 08, 2018, 08:01:37 pm
Coggers,

Installed Murph's bar risers yesterday.  Nice difference in the seating position and the install could not have been any easier.  Loosen the brake line blocks, pull up some slack in the brake line and cables on each side, install the new risers under existing bars and done.  Further, there is no conflict at Left and Right steering locks with the windscreen, a CB standard Tour Dome.

Thanks Murph!

Also, not long ago I plasti-dipped my bars black because I preferred the black look like newer C14s.  It is holding up really well so far, no chipping or peeling even after several washes and weather.  If you do this it is recommended that you do at least 3 coats of the spray, in my case I did 5...

Safe Travels!

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on April 09, 2018, 10:00:45 am
Installed SiSF's flashed ECU.

Still can't ride the bike yet, :'( but hopefully by next week...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JaL3 on April 09, 2018, 08:46:10 pm
Installed Knight Design lowering pegs (super awesome quality)

(https://i.imgur.com/jbHNHvE.png)

 and Puig spoiler, no more buffeting, yay!

(https://i.imgur.com/WMFfLuw.png)

Next ones are to finalize the radar detector wiring and send the ECU to Ivan for re-flash.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: reid53 on April 18, 2018, 10:38:13 am
Changed oil/filter Rotella T6 synthetic.  Fram 6017A filter.  Also changed final drive lube.  Mobil 1 synthetic 75-90w.  Next will be new tires and brake pads.  :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: flashback50 on April 18, 2018, 10:31:40 pm
Installed Knight Design lowering pegs (super awesome quality)

(https://i.imgur.com/jbHNHvE.png)

 and Puig spoiler, no more buffeting, yay!

(https://i.imgur.com/WMFfLuw.png)

Next ones are to finalize the radar detector wiring and send the ECU to Ivan for re-flash.

Do you notice any additional vibration coming thru those pegs that don't have a rubber cover?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Doc on April 18, 2018, 10:48:10 pm
Murph’s wedges and Top Block bars installed today!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Hosspower on April 19, 2018, 12:59:23 am
What a day!
New CB antenna mount from Phil's Farkels.
Shoodaben this smooth ECU flash with the Mountain Runner tune.
It's a good day!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on April 19, 2018, 03:16:35 pm
Added the Kawa badges that I have been obsessing about since I got the Bike painted last month.  Finally settled on some Black ones I found on eBay at http://stores.ebay.com/wheelieracing/ that turned out pretty nicely.  Much easier to mount than I thought and they appear to be as durable as the factory types.  Got 8"x1" set for the Center Fairing, and 5" set for the trunk and front plate behind the screen.  $20 for all.  Have not found any in Black that say "Concours 14" for the side panels, so if anyone knows of any please let me know.

Cheers!

gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JaL3 on April 19, 2018, 04:02:41 pm
Sent my seat to Spencer (www.greatdaytoride.com (http://www.greatdaytoride.com)) and ECU to Ivan (www.ivansperformanceproducts.com (http://www.ivansperformanceproducts.com))
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on April 19, 2018, 08:04:56 pm
Rode to work for a shakedown, recently installed new brake pads, tires, battery and bled the brakes. want to be sure all is normal. In 2 weeks I head out for my annual Northern CA 5 day trip. :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on April 20, 2018, 02:09:44 pm
Added the Kawa badges that I have been obsessing about since I got the Bike painted last month.  Finally settled on some Black ones I found on eBay at [url]http://stores.ebay.com/wheelieracing/[/url] that turned out pretty nicely.  Much easier to mount than I thought and they appear to be as durable as the factory types.  Got 8"x1" set for the Center Fairing, and 5" set for the trunk and front plate behind the screen.  $20 for all.  Have not found any in Black that say "Concours 14" for the side panels, so if anyone knows of any please let me know.

Cheers!

gilbysan


I have a blue 2010 and I noticed the blue reflective tape you have on your bike and thought it looked good and a good idea so I ordered a roll of blue on ebay last night.  $2 shipped, 2" wide by 10' long.  Not bad.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on April 20, 2018, 02:19:49 pm
Added the Kawa badges that I have been obsessing about since I got the Bike painted last month.  Finally settled on some Black ones I found on eBay at [url]http://stores.ebay.com/wheelieracing/[/url] that turned out pretty nicely.  Much easier to mount than I thought and they appear to be as durable as the factory types.  Got 8"x1" set for the Center Fairing, and 5" set for the trunk and front plate behind the screen.  $20 for all.  Have not found any in Black that say "Concours 14" for the side panels, so if anyone knows of any please let me know.

Cheers!

gilbysan


I have a blue 2010 and I noticed the blue reflective tape you have on your bike and thought it looked good and a good idea so I ordered a roll of blue on ebay last night.  $2 shipped, 2" wide by 10' long.  Not bad.

Did you also put reflective tape on the side panniers?  I'll probably put a strip around the bottom portion of the bags and try to make it look like it was factory.  So it can be seen from the rear, side, and front.   I like the safety part but want to minimize the ugly.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on April 20, 2018, 07:57:56 pm
I used red 3M reflective triangles on my cases and top case. I have some blue 3M tape so I am going to the garage right now to see what I can think of. I like the blue tape, have it on my KLR as a tribute to the LEO's.

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on April 20, 2018, 11:03:35 pm
Cleaned it, aired the tires. Put it on the stand for tomorrow's departure to the Carolina Conclave @ 7:00 am.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MarkP on April 24, 2018, 11:56:48 am
Installed a 2010 ZX14 Header with cats removed and Vance & Hines CS One dual mufflers! Turned out great and only took me about 3 hours. Fits perfect after a few tweeks. Big torgue difference too. ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on April 24, 2018, 04:50:21 pm
the bike went for rear tpm warranty and they put the t31 on the rear for nothing. I'm getting ready for the carving the cumberland.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JaL3 on April 24, 2018, 07:18:52 pm
Got my ECU back from Ivan and installed it, switched the yellowhis city lights to LED's and front signals to LED switchbacks ($17 from eBay, let's see how long they last). Put in Murph's "Bearinged up" shifter https://www.murphskits.com/product_info.php?cPath=130_133&products_id=463 (https://www.murphskits.com/product_info.php?cPath=130_133&products_id=463) and got fresh Pirelli on the front.
Now I'm just waiting for my seat to come back from Spencer (this Friday) and I'll be happily on the road again!
(https://i.imgur.com/ui8a7Mn.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NQJYxi3.jpg)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on April 25, 2018, 05:06:20 pm
I just changed oil, and i am using rotella t6. There is a rebate going on right now. the auto parts store where i bought it had 7 dollars in rebate if you send for it.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: GIant81 on April 26, 2018, 12:58:49 am
New air filter
https://imgur.com/f4TGcwR

before that this spring
 * new front wheel
 * new front rotors
 * new front fender
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rev Ryder on April 26, 2018, 04:04:32 am
Got it out of the garage and rode it a couple of hours in the rain.  6900 miles now.   :D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Throttle 8 on May 01, 2018, 01:07:08 am
New air filter. Topped up coolant reservoir tank (it was a bit low). Tomorrow is install Project D rad guard, and change oil.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: C44 on May 02, 2018, 08:15:47 pm
Put on a HM Quick shiftier on my 2010. I had my buddy do the install. I bought the quick shiftier used from my brother for $350 CAN. Rode it for the first time this morning. It works amazingly well!
Here is some info http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html (http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html)

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tri-J on May 05, 2018, 05:30:13 am
Installed the MC Enterprises saddle bag guards.
Still trying to decide what front guards....
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on May 05, 2018, 09:14:23 pm
Installed the MC Enterprises saddle bag guards.
Still trying to decide what front guards....

 :great: If it were me, I'd also install the MC Enterprises' Canyon Cages. They server their purpose well and look sharp + you can add highway pegs to them. Hey, wait ... I did just that (i.e., took my own advise)   
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gsun on May 06, 2018, 03:57:34 am
Put on a HM Quick shiftier on my 2010. I had my buddy do the install. I bought the quick shiftier used from my brother for $350 CAN. Rode it for the first time this morning. It works amazingly well!
Here is some info [url]http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html[/url] ([url]http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html[/url])


$650 retail? Holy crap! Looks cool, but...

You in the Vancouver area?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: C44 on May 06, 2018, 01:24:35 pm
Put on a HM Quick shiftier on my 2010. I had my buddy do the install. I bought the quick shiftier used from my brother for $350 CAN. Rode it for the first time this morning. It works amazingly well!
Here is some info [url]http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html[/url] ([url]http://hmquickshifter.com.au/kawasaki-concours-14-hm-motorcycle-quickshifter.html[/url])


$650 retail? Holy crap! Looks cool, but...

You in the Vancouver area?     Yes I live in the Vanouver area.

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on May 09, 2018, 11:44:19 am
Changed oil & filter, cleaned air filter & installed my 38th set of tires!  :??:

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on May 09, 2018, 03:24:23 pm
Changed oil & filter, cleaned air filter & installed my 38th set of tires!  :??:

Cliff   :beerchug:

Cliff, do you do your own tires?      I remove my rims and take them to a shop to have them put the tires on the rims.   I order the tires online.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 12, 2018, 12:17:39 pm
Do to the crank  breaking in my daily driver I have been riding in the rain and she is a dirty girl. Today she gets a bath and I got new boots (Forma Adventure lows) the to box is a little thicker than what I was riding in before so I will also adjust the shifter lever to compensate.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on May 12, 2018, 12:21:44 pm
Broken crank on your diesel?

Ouch..

Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 12, 2018, 12:35:52 pm
Broken crank on your diesel?

Ouch..

Ted

Yes Sir hard pill to swallow, it's going to require I refinance the truck that is oh so close to being paid off. You know the truck isn't stock, going to be about a $15,000 dollar replacement long block.
The good thing is the long block I am looking at is guaranteed 5 years up to 1,000 hp. The truck had put down 650 hp 1200 flbs to the rear wheels so it was about 800 hp at the crank.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on May 12, 2018, 12:42:53 pm
Daily driver??  :-\
Geez,,,, I bet no one beats you to the next red light.  :great:

Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 12, 2018, 01:08:04 pm
Daily driver??  :-\
Geez,,,, I bet no one beats you to the next red light.  :great:

Ted
It's amazing what you can do to a Duramax, it's addictive. LOL
When I first got the truck the wife deemed it my penis enlargement, after the addiction started and about 12 grand into modifications she nicknamed it the mistress.... It weighs in at 7,800 lbs and runs 12.88 @ 104 mph I am no wear near the fastest either there now a few 1,000 +  hp trucks running the streets around here.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Just Cliff on May 13, 2018, 12:23:14 pm
Changed oil & filter, cleaned air filter & installed my 38th set of tires!  :??:

Cliff   :beerchug:

Cliff, do you do your own tires?      I remove my rims and take them to a shop to have them put the tires on the rims.   I order the tires online.

Yes I mount my own tires & buy them online.

Cliff   :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on May 14, 2018, 08:12:54 pm
I {somehow} suspect I know why the Crankshaft broke....    :16:

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tri-J on May 17, 2018, 08:28:01 pm
Back ordered trunk arrived. Installed the Admore lights.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Steve in Sunny Fla on May 17, 2018, 08:49:14 pm
wearing it out on the dyno   ;)

Steve
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on May 17, 2018, 10:12:57 pm
 I finally got off my butt and installed ZX-14 headers, Muzzy Mufflers, and valve today.
      Still have some fabricating to do, but I'll get it all worked out..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 18, 2018, 01:56:05 am
wearing it out on the dyno   ;)

Steve

Heading out for the Bun Cooler tomorrow going to put you tune through extensive testing :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Vic on May 18, 2018, 12:53:56 pm
New OEM air filter and cowling lowers, left and right. New rear tire replaced: $105 for Dunlop Roadsmart II in 190/50... !
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Akumu on May 19, 2018, 05:31:13 pm
changed the clutch fluid and put in the new spring, seal and spacer seal for the clutch slave cylinder. Used the Mighty Vac I bought to help this along, as I hear things are a bitch of a bitch if done any other way.

My clutch wasn't engaging until the lever was near the bar, but it would work great when the bike was heated up.

I'd say it needed cleaned. It's an 08, and who the hell know how the previous owner(s) took care of it? The dealer I bought it from last year did bleed the and refill the system as the fluid was barely yellow, and they said they do for all fluids. The clutch was fine last year, but it's been an extremely cold winter. So, I don't mind doing this.

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Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Clip67 on May 19, 2018, 09:27:58 pm
Wow, looks like it was ready for a clean-up! 

 :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rob9876 on May 20, 2018, 10:24:57 pm
I installed Tech Spec Tank Grippers yesterday, and Grip Puppies today. 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Jeremy on May 21, 2018, 01:34:19 am
Put on a new RS3 on the front yesterday and broke it in today.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Mabupa on May 21, 2018, 04:33:44 am
Installed some used lowering pegs I bought off a member here and adjusted the shift lever, but still playing with the brake lever. I think I ran out of adjustment and still not completely happy with how high the brake lever feels in relationship to the lowered peg.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JaL3 on May 21, 2018, 04:00:06 pm
Installed some used lowering pegs I bought off a member here and adjusted the shift lever, but still playing with the brake lever. I think I ran out of adjustment and still not completely happy with how high the brake lever feels in relationship to the lowered peg.

I ran into same issue when I installed my Knight Design lowering pegs a couple weeks ago so yesterday I got the old Dremel tool out and cut about 1/4" off the push rod.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 21, 2018, 06:53:10 pm
Nothing yet but have about 2,000 miles of Bun Cooler bugs to remove :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on May 23, 2018, 08:02:24 pm
New air filter. Topped up coolant reservoir tank (it was a bit low). Tomorrow is install Project D rad guard, and change oil.

Throttle 8

Exactly how did you top off the coolant tank?
Best suggestion I've heard was to pull the top vent line off the radiator fill neck then using a turkey baster squeeze the coolant into the line until the tank shows proper level?
Is this what you did or do you have another trick.

Thanks,
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on May 29, 2018, 05:03:08 pm
Topped off the oil & coolant. Then installed Murph's bearing up shifter kit. This is a nice up grade. I immediately felt less free play in the shift lever and generally much better feel when up/down shifting. Not a bad deal for $ 21
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on May 29, 2018, 06:30:31 pm
Installed Piaa horns and replaced the license plate light with a small license plate/running/brake light...
The extra brake light pulses a few times when I brake, and then stays on..

Installing tires next..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on May 30, 2018, 12:35:07 am
Ordered up new PR4GTs.   Michelin site says PR5 GTs will  be available July 2019.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on May 30, 2018, 12:50:47 pm
Ordered up new PR4GTs.   Michelin site says PR5 GTs will  be available July 2019.

Well I guess that answers my question as to if the RP5 is good for our heavy bikes... Bummer I don't think these stock bridgestone's will last that long, looks like RP4s are in my future.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: TJ on May 30, 2018, 02:44:10 pm
Madstat bracket installed and MC Cruise installed. Very positive results with both. 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on May 30, 2018, 08:01:18 pm
Trying to get the last 1000 miles out of the OEM tires and like Ron203 posted, I have a new set of PR4GT's in the garage waiting to be mounted.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on May 30, 2018, 08:15:29 pm
Finally added a tender pigtail , compressor works good!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ram on May 30, 2018, 08:21:06 pm
Bought some generic bead seat cover from Walmart for $15. Fixed it over the Corbin. Feels cooler already.

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Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Throttle 8 on May 31, 2018, 01:59:56 am
New air filter. Topped up coolant reservoir tank (it was a bit low). Tomorrow is install Project D rad guard, and change oil.

Throttle 8

Exactly how did you top off the coolant tank?
Best suggestion I've heard was to pull the top vent line off the radiator fill neck then using a turkey baster squeeze the coolant into the line until the tank shows proper level?
Is this what you did or do you have another trick.

Thanks,

I had the side Tupperware off to install the air filter. I could probably have changed the filter without disassembly, but it was raining and I had nothing else to do; plus I really wanted to do a good snoop around without the plastics for the very first time.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on May 31, 2018, 02:53:18 am
Installed PIAA 85112 115db 500HZ + 600HZ Sports Horns today

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on June 01, 2018, 09:47:12 am
New PR4 GTs. 7,200 on the old ones with a few miles left to the wear bars.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on June 01, 2018, 12:10:10 pm
Avon agreed to replace my tires due to a wobble, but won't do so until they see my current tires..
So, I temporarily installed Shinko's so I can ship these back to Avon.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ram on June 04, 2018, 11:34:56 am
Replaced one of the faulty headlights and swapped the city lights to LED. Next up to switch exhausts.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: AmphibSailor on June 04, 2018, 04:25:56 pm
Picked up my spare set of C14 rims.  Had them powder coated flat black.  Really have been too busy shopping for farkels, in preparation for the Twisted Sisters.  New to me 2015 V1K..blank slate...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on June 04, 2018, 04:50:50 pm
TRex Lowering links
TRex Adjustable Kickstand
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on June 05, 2018, 04:54:42 pm
New Tires front and rear

Fluids changed (Oil, Brake and clutch, final drive)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Ram on June 05, 2018, 05:05:16 pm
Swapped my 08 Stock Exhaust to Delkevic. Now it sounds sweet.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on June 05, 2018, 05:53:04 pm
I went from angel gt's to bridgestone t31 gt's, at least for me there is not much of a handling difference. they perform in the rain as well as the angel's did.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on June 06, 2018, 07:36:35 pm
Sargent low seat installed
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: turbojoe78_MA on June 07, 2018, 10:44:40 am
Rode it to work for the time in a few weeks after finishing up some work.

Valves checked and shims adjusted, throttle bodies sync'ed, coolant changed, new air filter, clutch speed bleeders added and fluid flushed, new front tire, ECU flashed and full Muzzy ZX14 exhaust installed.   :motonoises:

This weekend I'll install the rest of the speed bleeders and flush the front and back brakes.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on June 07, 2018, 03:54:02 pm
installed dual slimline PIAA horns.

Washed and waxed :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on June 09, 2018, 06:59:53 pm
Installed Grip Puppies. Next to the SISF flash it is the best upgrade and I do not know why it took me so long. My right hand with the MotPort gloves was starting to cramp from gripping so hard to keep it from slipping even with a few wraps of rescue Tape. Rode home from camping via the freeway and it just takes the weight of my hand now to keep the throttle open and both hands feel relaxed and vibe free. Best 21 bucks ever!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wolverine on June 10, 2018, 02:33:14 pm
Pirates Lair Rack and Backrest
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on June 10, 2018, 02:48:21 pm
Installed Grip Puppies. Next to the SISF flash it is the best upgrade and I do not know why it took me so long. My right hand with the MotPort gloves was starting to cramp from gripping so hard to keep it from slipping even with a few wraps of rescue Tape. Rode home from camping via the freeway and it just takes the weight of my hand now to keep the throttle open and both hands feel relaxed and vibe free. Best 21 bucks ever!

Have you had the opportunity to use the grip heaters with the and if so do the heaters work well with the puppies on?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on June 10, 2018, 04:50:13 pm
Grant, they say they do not impede the heated grips, but I have not used the heat more than 5 times anyway, I have really good cold weather gloves.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on June 15, 2018, 10:24:35 am
Finally got back on it and rode it to work.

First time with Steve's flashed ECU.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on June 15, 2018, 11:34:32 am
Rode it with new Grip Puppies and tested heated grips. Turned them on high and it took maybe 1 or 2 minutes longer for me to start to feel the heat, but they were warming up, so yeah..they still work. :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on June 16, 2018, 01:16:29 pm
Rode it with new Grip Puppies and tested heated grips. Turned them on high and it took maybe 1 or 2 minutes longer for me to start to feel the heat, but they were warming up, so yeah..they still work. :)

Good to hear got to get me some.  :beerchug: :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: okrider on June 16, 2018, 08:16:06 pm
Got a passive key from the local dealership today. I really don't like going to dealerships. I know the part's $27 on partzilla.com and I know the dealership is going to want more. They want $32. OK, whatever.

If you are in the Atlanta area, you usually have to go through Mountain Motorsports as they have a couple locations and they are the closest Kawi dealership to the city. I call their Marietta location. Ask how much it'd be to program the ECU to my bike they say $110, which I had read somewhere on the forum before. I figured I'd ask around and gave their Lithia Springs location a call. Programming an ECU, $38.  :-\ So instead of a total cost of $150, it was going to be half that. Awesome. I order the key through their parts department. It's very interesting how the same company charges two different price for the same service. But of course I didn't mention that to the person on the phone.

This morning, I head over to the dealership first thing. Get there, pick up my part from the parts department, go to the service department, ask them to program it, no problem. I sign the thing, give them both keys. The service guy takes the key to the mechanic. Comes back a minute later, tells me this isn't a fob that'll run the bike, it's what the spare key goes into. Just a key holder. I tell him he's wrong, it's an RFID thing and it starts the bike, it just needs to be programmed to the ECU. He goes back in, the mechanic comes out and tells me the same thing. I tell them it's an RFID key, like a barcode. it's a passive key. They look at me like I have 6 eyes. The service guy tells the mechanic that he's on his side in the matter. I have no idea what this means. They are trying to form an ally against the crazy guy who thinks a $30 piece of plastic is actually a key? The mechanic says he's never heard of something like that and that he'd have to do research on it. So I ask him to please do the "research" while I go to talk to the parts department. He's not happy with my request. I go back to the parts guy to ask him if the key came with a number or anything to put in the Kawasaki program. He goes and talks to the mechanics while I google how the programming works. 10 minutes later, parts guy comes back to tell me they figured it out. I pay the money and hop on my bike and leave.

The system's only been out for 10 years. I guess it's normal that they've no idea how to program it. I'll try again in 10 years.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on June 17, 2018, 08:40:21 pm
They probably quoted you a price off the cuff, too. But that's scary. I'm near the one in Buford. I bought my Goldwing there and they had a deal on tire mounting @ $26 each, so I got two tires. When the C-14 needs help, I'm going to have to think through my options.   :(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on June 17, 2018, 10:23:52 pm
Got a passive key from the local dealership today. I really don't like going to dealerships. I know the part's $27 on partzilla.com and I know the dealership is going to want more. They want $32. OK, whatever.

If you are in the Atlanta area, you usually have to go through Mountain Motorsports as they have a couple locations and they are the closest Kawi dealership to the city. I call their Marietta location. Ask how much it'd be to program the ECU to my bike they say $110, which I had read somewhere on the forum before. I figured I'd ask around and gave their Lithia Springs location a call. Programming an ECU, $38.  :-\ So instead of a total cost of $150, it was going to be half that. Awesome. I order the key through their parts department. It's very interesting how the same company charges two different price for the same service. But of course I didn't mention that to the person on the phone.

This morning, I head over to the dealership first thing. Get there, pick up my part from the parts department, go to the service department, ask them to program it, no problem. I sign the thing, give them both keys. The service guy takes the key to the mechanic. Comes back a minute later, tells me this isn't a fob that'll run the bike, it's what the spare key goes into. Just a key holder. I tell him he's wrong, it's an RFID thing and it starts the bike, it just needs to be programmed to the ECU. He goes back in, the mechanic comes out and tells me the same thing. I tell them it's an RFID key, like a barcode. it's a passive key. They look at me like I have 6 eyes. The service guy tells the mechanic that he's on his side in the matter. I have no idea what this means. They are trying to form an ally against the crazy guy who thinks a $30 piece of plastic is actually a key? The mechanic says he's never heard of something like that and that he'd have to do research on it. So I ask him to please do the "research" while I go to talk to the parts department. He's not happy with my request. I go back to the parts guy to ask him if the key came with a number or anything to put in the Kawasaki program. He goes and talks to the mechanics while I google how the programming works. 10 minutes later, parts guy comes back to tell me they figured it out. I pay the money and hop on my bike and leave.

The system's only been out for 10 years. I guess it's normal that they've no idea how to program it. I'll try again in 10 years.

well, after reading this exact posting on the other forum... I just went ahead and copy/pasted it here also, as it should be shared knowledge, and a lot of folks don't follow both forums...

here

sad the mentally lacking tech people expected to operate the machine to 'program' said installed, and other parts, simply can't or don't read the book... or the screen in this case, for the CD that came with the KDS software...

I found, and downloaded the KAWASAKI DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM KDS VER. 3 INSTRUCTION MANUAL Dated 12/2009, Version 3.0.9
(kawasaki p/n 57001-1650)

it comes on the actual software disc, that came with the KDS unit....duh.
 completely free online... can't remember where, nor would I send out copies, as it is marked as copywritten...
But... it completely, step by step, walks thru all the programming.
I've found it priceless in researching 'what is/is not' required for replacement of any part that ties into the "smart parts" of this bike...

might want to highlight, and print that 'bold letter stuff', and hand carry it to the OWNER of that dealership.. and he can hand it to the "tech".....

having noted this, they should also have the newer versions, that accomodate the linked brakes, and new passive 'card' fob...

I think it is now
Manufacturer # 57001-1802

Superseded part number(s)
57001-1650

google it up.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on June 17, 2018, 11:12:24 pm
Installed a radiator guard and gave the C-14  good wash down.

She's all pretty again
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: JeffP on June 19, 2018, 02:24:56 pm
Complete brake caliper rebuild for all three calipers.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Roger B on June 19, 2018, 02:54:06 pm
Got a passive key from the local dealership today. I really don't like going to dealerships. I know the part's $27 on partzilla.com and I know the dealership is going to want more. They want $32. OK, whatever.

If you are in the Atlanta area, you usually have to go through Mountain Motorsports as they have a couple locations and they are the closest Kawi dealership to the city. I call their Marietta location. Ask how much it'd be to program the ECU to my bike they say $110, which I had read somewhere on the forum before. I figured I'd ask around and gave their Lithia Springs location a call. Programming an ECU, $38.  :-\ So instead of a total cost of $150, it was going to be half that. Awesome. I order the key through their parts department. It's very interesting how the same company charges two different price for the same service. But of course I didn't mention that to the person on the phone.

This morning, I head over to the dealership first thing. Get there, pick up my part from the parts department, go to the service department, ask them to program it, no problem. I sign the thing, give them both keys. The service guy takes the key to the mechanic. Comes back a minute later, tells me this isn't a fob that'll run the bike, it's what the spare key goes into. Just a key holder. I tell him he's wrong, it's an RFID thing and it starts the bike, it just needs to be programmed to the ECU. He goes back in, the mechanic comes out and tells me the same thing. I tell them it's an RFID key, like a barcode. it's a passive key. They look at me like I have 6 eyes. The service guy tells the mechanic that he's on his side in the matter. I have no idea what this means. They are trying to form an ally against the crazy guy who thinks a $30 piece of plastic is actually a key? The mechanic says he's never heard of something like that and that he'd have to do research on it. So I ask him to please do the "research" while I go to talk to the parts department. He's not happy with my request. I go back to the parts guy to ask him if the key came with a number or anything to put in the Kawasaki program. He goes and talks to the mechanics while I google how the programming works. 10 minutes later, parts guy comes back to tell me they figured it out. I pay the money and hop on my bike and leave.

The system's only been out for 10 years. I guess it's normal that they've no idea how to program it. I'll try again in 10 years.

well, after reading this exact posting on the other forum... I just went ahead and copy/pasted it here also, as it should be shared knowledge, and a lot of folks don't follow both forums...

here

sad the mentally lacking tech people expected to operate the machine to 'program' said installed, and other parts, simply can't or don't read the book... or the screen in this case, for the CD that came with the KDS software...

I found, and downloaded the KAWASAKI DIAGNOSTIC SYSTEM KDS VER. 3 INSTRUCTION MANUAL Dated 12/2009, Version 3.0.9
(kawasaki p/n 57001-1650)

it comes on the actual software disc, that came with the KDS unit....duh.
 completely free online... can't remember where, nor would I send out copies, as it is marked as copywritten...
But... it completely, step by step, walks thru all the programming.
I've found it priceless in researching 'what is/is not' required for replacement of any part that ties into the "smart parts" of this bike...

might want to highlight, and print that 'bold letter stuff', and hand carry it to the OWNER of that dealership.. and he can hand it to the "tech".....

having noted this, they should also have the newer versions, that accomodate the linked brakes, and new passive 'card' fob...

I think it is now
Manufacturer # 57001-1802

Superseded part number(s)
57001-1650

google it up.



Thanks for the info MOB.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Clip67 on June 27, 2018, 03:23:37 am
Installed foam grip covers and the Throttlemeister CC I had previously used on my old ZX-14.   :motonoises:

I also ordered the fender extender and Bearinged upshifter from Murph's kits. Picked up some Tech Spec tank protectors as well.

 
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on June 27, 2018, 03:27:27 am
Put its brain on a plane & and ordered Murphs shifter bearing!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Paulc_FL on June 28, 2018, 02:49:10 am
Installed ram phone holder.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rev Ryder on June 28, 2018, 04:48:32 am
Killed a buncha skeeters wit it tonight riding home from a late meeting in Collegeport.  Just got home.  Started at 4AM and finishing up about 1AM the next morning.  Connie got me home safe but bug splattered.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on June 30, 2018, 08:23:57 pm
finally got the Mich PR4 GT's mounted :beerchug:
very nice ride and drive improvement. so much easier to get into/out of corners.
got 6500 mi from the OEM tires and they were about shot.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on July 02, 2018, 09:32:13 am
Rode it with my daughter on her Ninja 250 to a fireworks display last night
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Eric on July 02, 2018, 05:28:24 pm
I drained the break in oil from the engine and the final drive.  I finally have more than 600 miles on it going to work and back.  Holy cow was that factory oil filter tight!  2 different filter wrenches wouldn't budge it, finally bought a strap wrench that got the job done...  So far, I love this bike!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: glenn 12 on July 07, 2018, 05:07:12 pm
i just got back from North Dakota, the c-14 did great. round trip miles about 3800. i went to see my mom and do some work around her place for a couple of weeks. Now it's time for another oil change.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on July 07, 2018, 09:13:00 pm
Removed most of the fairings looking for the key from the fob I dropped in there last week.
I was pretty sure it was still there but never found it. I did however get more familiar with my bike LOL. While I was in there I pulled the air filter out, vacuumed it off and reinstalled it wow shocked at how dirty it got in just 7,000 miles.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on July 09, 2018, 03:02:00 am
Washed it and took some Mothers clay bar to it then some rubbing compound and got rid of the scratches on the tank from the tank bag. I also polished the windscreen, oh and took all the warning stickers off. She is sure a good looking bike...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Paulc_FL on July 09, 2018, 08:17:43 pm
First oil change. Used Shell T6 5W-40. Seems to like it.
Rode it over 200 miles in two days. So far so good.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on July 10, 2018, 03:24:30 pm
Grant,
Have you checked this area?  The Cowling Center in between the exterior (painted) piece and the inner (black) part?  I fumbled a screw and it fell deep down in there. Took me awhile before I finally tore it apart and located it.
Good luck!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gsun on July 10, 2018, 10:45:03 pm
Removed most of the fairings looking for the key from the fob I dropped in there last week.
I was pretty sure it was still there but never found it. I did however get more familiar with my bike LOL. While I was in there I pulled the air filter out, vacuumed it off and reinstalled it wow shocked at how dirty it got in just 7,000 miles.

There is a black hole in the fairing. What goes in never is to be found again.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on July 11, 2018, 03:02:42 am
Grant,
Have you checked this area?  The Cowling Center in between the exterior (painted) piece and the inner (black) part?  I fumbled a screw and it fell deep down in there. Took me awhile before I finally tore it apart and located it.
Good luck!
Gilbysan
Yes sir I did. Where ever it went it must have made its way out???
Removed most of the fairings looking for the key from the fob I dropped in there last week.
I was pretty sure it was still there but never found it. I did however get more familiar with my bike LOL. While I was in there I pulled the air filter out, vacuumed it off and reinstalled it wow shocked at how dirty it got in just 7,000 miles.
Yes sir there is and ironically my bike is black. You think that makes it a blackhole???
There is a black hole in the fairing. What goes in never is to be found again.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: AmphibSailor on July 11, 2018, 05:19:06 am
Its down there right next to that 10 mm socket! :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on July 11, 2018, 02:06:03 pm
For sure, LOL.

Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Matthew on July 13, 2018, 02:57:18 pm
I tried to take the front wheel off for a tire change but had a huge fail. I was able to remove three of the bolts for the two calipers, but the forth one is stuck. stripped out, broke off an easy-out inside of it. Don't know what to do now, that bolt is shaped so that you can't get a vice grips on it.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on July 13, 2018, 03:02:29 pm
Crap!  Got any pics of the broken off bolt and easy out I can see maybe?  Not going to be easy I know but there must be a way...
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Matthew on July 13, 2018, 03:30:16 pm
I even tried cutting a slot in the head of the bolt with a dremel and using an impact screwdriver. The bit got all bent outta shape. I'll get pictures when I can.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on July 13, 2018, 03:33:12 pm
Matthew,
Looking like maybe you will need to remove the assy. from the fork tube and have it machined/drilled out then heli-coil it back together...
Hope not but it doesn't sound good. 

Keep the faith!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Staylo on July 13, 2018, 03:45:08 pm
I added some Grip Puppies.  Due to multiple injuries to my throttle-hand thumb, I have some weakness gripping the throttle, and fatigue over longer rides.  I'm hoping the larger diameter of the grip+Puppy, and the additional 'traction' of the material over the stock rubber grip, will alleviate the problem.  Dry run sitting in the garage with gloves on was positive!  Can't wait to see how it goes.  Should also help create smoother throttle application with the larger diameter as well.  Bonus!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gsun on July 13, 2018, 04:41:25 pm
I tried to take the front wheel off for a tire change but had a huge fail. I was able to remove three of the bolts for the two calipers, but the forth one is stuck. stripped out, broke off an easy-out inside of it. Don't know what to do know, that bolt is shaped so that you can't get a vice grips on it.

Can you grind flat spots in the head so you can get vice grips on it?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit on July 26, 2018, 11:04:12 am
ECU is on the way back from Steve! Can't wait to try it. My Nephew with the FJR will be surprised....Coolant flush, air filter & Oil change.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ghostrider990 on July 26, 2018, 11:18:03 am
ECU is on the way back from Steve! Can't wait to try it. My Nephew with the FJR will be surprised....Coolant flush, air filter & Oil change.

Mileage?  ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Eric on July 26, 2018, 12:38:38 pm
I installed 1 5/8" bar risers with a ram ball mount from Murphs.  My hands aren't tingly now when I get to work and the overall I'm more comfortable on the bike.  My mirrors now show more road behind me, instead of just bar ends and saddle bags, which is a plus.  The only downside is that my hands aren't in the dead air behind the mirrors anymore...  Overall, well worth the money!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit on July 26, 2018, 09:29:08 pm
ECU is on the way back from Steve! Can't wait to try it. My Nephew with the FJR will be surprised....Coolant flush, air filter & Oil change.

Mileage?  ;)

I'll let you know this weekend ghostrider990. Just put it in tonight. It will get some miles on it this weekend for sure!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on July 27, 2018, 02:08:38 pm
Went out in the garage, raised the cover and checked on it.
Been away for awhile....

But, "I'm baaaackkk"...

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit on July 27, 2018, 10:08:45 pm
 :) Welcome baaack!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit on July 27, 2018, 10:23:35 pm
ECU is on the way back from Steve! Can't wait to try it. My Nephew with the FJR will be surprised....Coolant flush, air filter & Oil change.

Mileage?  ;)

Classic flash mileage. 2009 17k miles. Slip on muffler.
Did a 29 mile rural route to start with. 55-65 mph some stops along the way = 42.7 mpg with a few
hard roll ons. That's about 4 higher than usual.
Reset gauge and rode a 10 mile stint on the freeway with rolling hills at a steady 70 mph with gusty winds netted 50.6 mpg. Did not reset gauge and kept riding another 15 miles rural 55-65 mph. It only dropped to 49.7. I'm more than happy with that especially considering the extra power and smoothness.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Jeremy on July 29, 2018, 05:00:59 pm
Last weekend I synced the throttle bodies and today I am going to give her a bath. https://www.facebook.com/groups/480386472332563/permalink/640284236342785/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/480386472332563/permalink/640284236342785/)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on July 30, 2018, 12:04:28 am
Change oil & oil filter, and replaced final hear oil. Inspected tires, brake pads, etc. Found my front pads are about shot. Guess they should be at 45K miles. Changing out asap.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on July 30, 2018, 07:02:33 pm
Dropped it!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Gumby on July 30, 2018, 07:44:44 pm
Dropped it!
Doh :-[
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: FTB530 on July 30, 2018, 09:51:02 pm
Dropped it!
Doh :-[

Minor paint damage on canyon cage!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on July 31, 2018, 10:12:48 am
Dropped it!
Doh :-[

Minor paint damage on canyon cage!

Exactly what they are there for...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Eric on July 31, 2018, 10:42:16 am
Canyon cages were down the list of things I want to add, but after almost dropping it twice already I think they're moving up near the top!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Mikecon on July 31, 2018, 11:43:52 am
Had a Michelin P5 put on the rear of my 2011. Not a GT so we'll see how it lasts. A few months ago I put a set of them on my 2015 Multistrada 1200S (over 100 lbs. less wet weight) and really like them.



Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on July 31, 2018, 01:37:49 pm
I rode it for the first time yesterday. Added about 9 PSI to each tire. A little low out of the consignment dealer's place...   Tightened up the throttle cables and got rid of most of the on/off switch affect.

Leo
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on July 31, 2018, 01:41:30 pm
I rode it for the first time yesterday.

Was this the first time you "ever" rode the bike?
Need more info on the bike...……

Welcome to the COGdom!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on July 31, 2018, 03:04:28 pm
I picked up a 2015 Black C14 with 8990 on the clock yesterday morning. The PO had installed a Kawi top case, 2" risers, Snake Skin tank protectors, Michellin RP4 GTs and provided an extra main fob and a bike cover. The PO also installed the battery tender lead and heated gear lead. The dealer said they've sold several bikes for the guy and he's very meticulous. It shows, not a scratch or scuff on it. Tires look new with the rear being a 55 aspect ratio, so the speedometer is pretty accurate.

Pretty happy with it for $10k (with tax) out the door of the consignment dealer. Dealer is well establish and has a 5 star Google rating (146 reviews) but has a no test ride policy... Assume that is because of the consignment aspect and not owning the bikes.

So, no, I did not test ride this particular bike before the purchase. But, I have done a couple of C14 test rides this year and really like the bike.

D*mn, it rides nice!! Can't wait to get it up into the foothills west of Denver!   :motonoises: :motonoises:

Leo
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on July 31, 2018, 03:22:06 pm
MtnRider; Great!
  Welcome to the COG.

Come ride with us...

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 01, 2018, 10:05:49 am
Canyon cages were down the list of things I want to add, but after almost dropping it twice already I think they're moving up near the top!

Should be almost the first thing added to a C14
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Matthew on August 01, 2018, 01:27:37 pm
I tried to take the front wheel off for a tire change but had a huge fail. I was able to remove three of the bolts for the two calipers, but the forth one is stuck. stripped out, broke off an easy-out inside of it. Don't know what to do know, that bolt is shaped so that you can't get a vice grips on it.

Can you grind flat spots in the head so you can get vice grips on it?

The head of the bolt is kind of like an acorn nut, so you can't really get a vice grips on it. I tried drilling the head off, like one does to remove rivets, but it was impossible to drill through the hardened steel of the easy out that had been further work hardened by attempting to drill through it. What I ended up doing was getting more aggressive with the dremel tool and cut a slot all the way down to the shank of the bolt, then was finally able to use the impact screwdriver with the largest slotted tip I could find to get it loose. I was about to just cut off the caliper and just buy a new one, but luckily I didn't have to. When it came to removing the axle, that was also retard tight too and had a bit of a struggle getting it to break loose, but I was able to get it. Now to remove the old, crusty tire!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Road Runner on August 02, 2018, 12:19:24 am
Canyon cages were down the list of things I want to add, but after almost dropping it twice already I think they're moving up near the top!

Should be almost the first thing added to a C14

+1  :great:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Mikecon on August 03, 2018, 06:26:24 pm
Installed a Throttlemeister. Had one on a previous C14 and really like the way it works and how it looks.
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Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 03, 2018, 06:40:27 pm
I added a GPS digital speedometer to the right of the tach. I haven't ridden with it yet (raining today  :() but will post how I like it (or not) with pics after some miles. Also, got 3 keys cut at a locksmith for convenience.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 05, 2018, 05:16:59 pm
Installed LED headlight and city light bulbs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCD3CRN/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCD3CRN/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 07, 2018, 12:01:46 am
Pinned the bags and added Grab On foam grips. Hope the added diameter will help with some arthritis in my hands. The bigger grips on the old Nomad didn't bother the arthritis.

Yeah, I've been planning the things I wanted to do to the bike right away well before I bought it.   :)  :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 07, 2018, 10:03:29 am
Installed LED headlight and city light bulbs. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCD3CRN/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FCD3CRN/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

Do you have a pic of your install from the rear?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 07, 2018, 10:41:05 am
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)

I did have to cut the rubber boots to get them over the heatsinks. Just used an exacto knife at the base, about 1 1/4" diameter, nice snug fit. I haven't ridden at night with them so no report on beam patterns thou the reviews were positive in that respect.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Sailor_chic on August 07, 2018, 12:57:45 pm
I measured the amount of dust collected on mine.  :'(
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Smitty on August 07, 2018, 04:48:00 pm
Wasn't today, but last week I had my ECU upgraded by SISF to the Mountain Runner Flash.  Looking forward to getting out and seeing the differences between it and the Decel Flash. 
 :beerchug:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rock on August 08, 2018, 12:14:38 am
All:

New Michelin Pilot Rd 4 tires on my 2013 C14. Second set, this set going 15k and still probably 1l left. Going on a 55o mile ride next week so needed new shoes. I'm not one to blast through the corners like some folks I know. But, I do go Mach 1 occasionally!

For my kind of riding, mostly freeway/highway they have been great.
Burned off lots of tread couple weeks ago at the Beat the Heat Rally in NC.

Phil

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 08, 2018, 10:12:53 am
I did have to cut the rubber boots to get them over the heatsinks. Just used an exacto knife at the base, about 1 1/4" diameter, nice snug fit. I haven't ridden at night with them so no report on beam patterns thou the reviews were positive in that respect.

Thanks, that's what I wanted to avoid, but it seems to work out pretty good in there
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 08, 2018, 10:16:13 am
I measured the amount of dust collected on mine.  :'(

Finally rode mine into work today

Otherwise the dust was beginning to get too thick
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on August 08, 2018, 04:08:06 pm
Hey MtnRider,
Where did you get your GPS Speedo from?
Cheers!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 08, 2018, 04:51:15 pm
See this thread:  http://forum.cog-online.org/accessories-c14/digital-speedometer/ (http://forum.cog-online.org/accessories-c14/digital-speedometer/)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on August 10, 2018, 02:54:42 am
Installed a Copper Dawg windscreen
https://photos.app.goo.gl/hZKjAxV7RcF3UpCfA
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tri-J on August 10, 2018, 05:11:21 am
Installed the Kawasaki touring seat and gave it a ride. It's a keeper.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on August 10, 2018, 01:55:31 pm
New set of Dunlop Road Smart 3's going on today.


Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Tinsailor on August 10, 2018, 01:58:15 pm
Does totaling one out count?
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on August 10, 2018, 03:15:47 pm
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Yes but thats just sad.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on August 10, 2018, 03:41:38 pm
Does totaling one out count?
Say it isn't so... :??: hope you're ok!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 16, 2018, 01:30:48 am
I received Larry Toews front &  rear fender extensions in the mail today. All mounted up and ready for the commute tomorrow. I like that the front is so long. Hoping that rear one helps keep the crap off the back end in the Colorado late afternoon rains.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on August 16, 2018, 10:06:23 am
I received Larry Toews front &  rear fender extensions in the mail today. All mounted up and ready for the commute tomorrow. I like that the front is so long. Hoping that rear one helps keep the crap off the back end in the Colorado late afternoon rains.

The rear one helps a lot
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 19, 2018, 02:37:51 am
I rode my one thousandth mile in just under 3 weeks of ownership.
Installed the STS turn signal canceling system. Mounted the PIAA Slimline horns, wiring them up tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on August 19, 2018, 02:07:26 pm
Are you adding a relay to the horn wiring?
The 2 horns are going to pull more amps..

If interested; I found where you can buy an inexpensive harness you can use to add the relay.

NOTE: My bike is lowered and the 2 Slimline horns were a difficult fit in the stock location.
             Can send photo's of how I did it {if needed}.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Buzzard on August 20, 2018, 12:23:44 am
Fresh Mobil 1 oil change, new filter and final drive oil

Ready to ride
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 20, 2018, 01:21:27 am
Thanks, Ted.  Yes, they are running thru a relay. I mounted them on the left side right behind the radiator, where some mount the Rostra CC. I'll post a picture tomorrow. I've seen your photos of your installation but I I just didn't  see how I could get my hands up there and do the work.   ::) :truce:
I didn't know the wires to the stock horn are always hot. I tied the relay to one with other side of the relay to ground. So, when I turned on the ignition the d*mned things go on and stay on.   :-\ :-\ :rotflmao:  I'm  doing a "What the....!!"   :-[ :truce:   I spent a half hour looking thru horn threads here before figuring out to run both sides of the relay thru both stock horn wires in series.    :great: :beerchug:  Anyone know why the horn is wired this way instead of one side grounded and the other on a normally off circuit?

Leo
(Sorry, but you are not allowed to access the gallery)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on August 28, 2018, 12:21:24 am
Got home from a 4 day golf trip and installed the T-Rex lowering links and adjustable kickstand that arrived from Gary while I was gone. They dropped the rear 1 inch and I lowered the front forks the same (2" riser came with bike). I'm now flat footed instead of on the balls of my feet. And it's a heck of a lot easier to get my old leg & foot over the bags without scuffing them. I haven't had a chance to ride it yet but it certainly makes me feel steadier sitting on the bike in the garage.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ron203 on August 29, 2018, 10:11:51 pm
I don't know, but suspect  there's another horn relay hidden somewhere  in the stock arrangement,that keeps the horns off until the button is pushed to close the circuit and the (hidden) relay fires the horns.

When I upgraded mine, I tied a relay into the stock  wires and it works  fine.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on August 30, 2018, 12:34:30 pm
Replaced the mirrors the mirror stay and front upper fairing that was damaged in my accident.  This required disassembly of the entire fairing, it's amazing how much stuff can be in there I found the key I had written off and Hardware that must have been dropped in there by Kawasaki during the original assembly????
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on August 30, 2018, 06:50:47 pm
At 4AM I decided to top off my coolant reservoir which was very low using the technique MOB and others here discussed. What a God send! So easy to do and with the veterinary syringe I was given years ago it only took a few squirts and not even 1 drop hit the floor. All ready for a 4 day solo camping ride in one week!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Egodriver71 on September 04, 2018, 10:39:03 am
Oil change to Rotella T6 and new batteries in both transponders

No ridey today because of Gordon
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Eric on September 07, 2018, 11:16:32 am
I had a new PR4GT installed on the rear.  The stock tire "found" a small staple and no shop in town would put a patch in it.  I considered plugging, but since I may occasionally, slightly, exceed the speed limit it's not worth the risk.  I also had no idea how expensive tires would be.  After the $40 install fee (I pulled the wheel and brought it in) and taxes it was $260!  Hopefully this one doesn't find any sharp objects for a long time.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 07, 2018, 09:36:52 pm
Put a cover on it and drove the cage to work today. Only posted because I usually ride so she got a rest today.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gpd323 on September 09, 2018, 12:03:48 pm
All packed and ready to go on my annual Sept trip.  Leave Monday and return on Sunday. All days 500+ miles.

I am sure the new Dunlops RS3's will be finished when I get home.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: joliver on September 10, 2018, 03:39:02 am
Going on a short trip and we are starting to get snow in the middle of the night. Set up the cold weather gear. Did a test and we are good.

We had the coldest spring the hottest summer and now were working on the coldest fall.

Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on September 11, 2018, 11:34:44 pm
Wiped a few of the million bug splatters off and finished unpacking from my 4 day/1214 mile solo photo-shoot ride through Oregon. Now to sort through 500 pics.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on September 12, 2018, 02:12:14 pm
I have been trying to figure out how to mount highway pegs to the Top Block Racing (TBR) that I bought from Murph's awhile back.  I have been very happy with the TBRs.  Have not had the misfortune to test them in a tip over, but they sure do look like a part of the bike.  Ended up machining the actual blocks which are made from Delrin.  Delrin is easy to machine using a table saw or router mounted in a table.  Had to get some spacers and longer M10 1.25 x 60mm vs the 50mm that come with the pegs so that the pegs would clear the TBRs when folded up.  Once mounted I found that when opened they canted forward not just looking funny but not providing a secure footing.  I drilled and tapped the pegs close to the pivot point and used set screws and Locktite red to hold the screws in place, adjusting them until I got the best angle for my feet to rest on.  I am happy with the install, the pegs are not too far forward and for my height, 5'9" they place my legs and knees in a comfortable position.  We will see how they hold up on rides.  You may notice that the bike is "dirty."  We finally got some rain in Seattle and I have not cleaned it up yet.

If you have TBRs and want to mount pegs like these, PM me and I can send along the full set of photos and some short instructions on how to do it.
Safe Riding!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Cali Cruiser on September 12, 2018, 07:17:35 pm
For the last five days straight I spent hours and hours removing any and all traces of carbon from
The combustion chambers at redline. Time well spent. I’d like to thank Russ, Steve Cox and Super Charby for their assistance!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: markpgavin on September 16, 2018, 03:37:11 pm
I just picked my 2012 up from Lloyd's Performance Motorcycle Center in Apple Valley, MN.

Major service tune:
Every possible item removed/cleaned/greased/adjusted
Valve adjustment
New fluids ALL around
New NGK plugs
K&N air filter cleaned and oiled
New valve cover gasket and cam position sensor o rings
New front brake pads
New tapered roller bearings for the stem
Higher weight fork oil for, ahem, higher weight pilot
Murph's lowering footpegs and bearinged-up shifter kit installed
New Dunlop Roadsmart IIIs (yes, 55) mounted and balanced
Major amounts of knowledge dropped on me.

Holy Hosannah! Rides like a new damn motorcycle again, only better because it's mine!

I can't speak highly enough about Lloyd's service.  If you are in the area, or clear across the country, consider Lloyd.

Notes: https://tinyurl.com/y978mwtw

Mark


Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: connie_rider on September 16, 2018, 05:54:07 pm
Finished installing a pair of Area P mufflers.
To build the left side, I had to modify a (right) Area P muffler and midpipe.
Really happy with the results..

Looks good, sounds good, & runs good too..
Much quieter than the Muzzy's I had on it previously.
        {But, not too quiet}.. 
                       ;)

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: luv2fly on September 17, 2018, 12:05:24 am
Been detailing mine - long over due.  Got the Admore light kit done on my Givi 55.  Working on doing a paint correction.  I really enjoy doing that.  Instant gratification! ;D
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: spartan1984 on September 18, 2018, 02:33:23 am
hmmm, let's see, so far I've added:

1. Pathfinder LEDs
2. PIAA Horn
3. C14 Oil Filter Protector (Murph's Kit)
4. OEM Tank Pad
5. Bracket with SW-MOTECH kit (Phil's Farkels)
6. Givi Monokey V47 Top Case
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 20, 2018, 11:43:57 am
Last night after work rode to Robert (gilbysan) Gilbert's and picked up a replacement left hand bag this morning swapped the blue lid for my black lid and she is now a touring bike with proper luggage again. Thanks Robert for a great price I am very happy to have a complete bike again.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on September 22, 2018, 02:17:51 pm
I swapped out the lock for the one off my original bag so they are keyed the same again.
The Color Right matched paint came this week so after the wife and I do some shopping I will set out to make the rest of the scratches disappear. It's a good day even if I am missing the I Hop ride ;)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: gilbysan on September 22, 2018, 03:58:38 pm
Grant,
My pleasure!  Glad that you and your machine are whole again.
See you soon!
Gilbysan
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on September 22, 2018, 09:56:16 pm
Well today saw an oil change and final drive lube change. If I get ambitious I will get the rear tire changed to a used DUnlop Q3 to match the front and finish out the season. I really like this bike.
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: MtnRider on September 23, 2018, 12:30:02 am
Installed BDF's low fuel warning eliminator. No more mamma Kawa nagging...    :great: :motonoises:
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: spartan1984 on October 03, 2018, 07:15:44 pm
Had the original OEM tires replaced with Michelin Pilot Rod 4 GTs. Holy cow what a difference  :)
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Grant on October 03, 2018, 11:52:23 pm
Put the fairing extensions back on for winter. Got cold yesterday 34° on my ride to work
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Wingedspirit on October 03, 2018, 11:54:11 pm
Suspension adjusted at Maximum Performance & Handling in Ohio.
Great!
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: ZXtasy on October 04, 2018, 09:13:30 pm
Had the original OEM tires replaced with Michelin Pilot Rod 4 GTs. Holy cow what a difference  :)

I can just imagine the smile on your face...
Title: Re: What have your done to your C14 today
Post by: Rock on October 04, 2018, 11:08:54 pm
Don't jump on me for an oil thread, just interesting.
Changed oil after 5K easy miles, mostly freeway. Note: this oil change I used a Kawasaki oil filter and even after 5k the oil looked much better than my other oil changes and usually would do at 3-4K. The oil still had a slight "golden appearance".  Been using K&N 303s? that I got a deal on long time ago. I use Rotella T6 oil, have on my bikes since 2003. Really noticeable difference in the oil this change. Could the Kawasaki filter be much better?