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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #25 on: June 15, 2017, 11:11:20 pm »
Ive had my 95 since 2000 I just havent found anything that just trips my trigger
I view the C10 like Burt Munro did his Indian
Ive got a sidecar to mount when I get to the point I become a regular CDA contributor 
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #26 on: June 16, 2017, 01:30:39 am »
I'm going to keep my '98 as long as I ride.... I'm 64 and the bike has 95K miles. Still looks pristine  and runs great. Oh, sometimes my eyes wander - maybe a bike to look cool riding through town might be fun, but for what I need, the Concours is the bike. We tried out a C-14 and just didn't care for it, plus I'd need to find a wife with longer legs. The C-14 is a great bike, but I'm happy with what I have.
Lately I've been riding 10K miles a year and trips to Mexico still give me hope to make it through another winter - something to look forward to.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2017, 12:10:01 pm »
 The new Africa Twin is a winner to me. I still gravitate to my Connie.
 Still regularly ride the V65 Sabre now mine is 32 yrs old. Continued support from Dave Dodge and elsewhere. What a bike and with modern radial tires handles fair for it's age.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #28 on: June 16, 2017, 12:29:25 pm »
nice to know there's still lots like me that love our old girls!   :beerchug:
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2017, 03:01:08 pm »
I still have plans to bring back at least one Concours, I have my first one's frame with a clean title and lots of odd and ends. Affordable full fairing or naked bikes that can carry people and gear, the Connie is such a great value. We just saw a member make an awesome naked Concours that has the beautiful ZRX front end, the bike sold quick and the new owner registered with COG.

Unfortunate that the C10 is valued so low, but the purchase price is likely the lesser amount a member will spend, when upgrades are done. Look at the poor ZRX, they don't get sold at all. They get parted, for much higher return..  :-[
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #30 on: June 16, 2017, 04:18:01 pm »
There seems to be plenty of parts out there. Good riding examples are out there for around $1500. No bike has a better support system. Where else can you buy a bike for $1500, ride to a national event with 400 others on the same bike, be welcomed into the club regardless of age, sex, lifestyle, political beliefs etc... And feel right at home. Or if something happens you can pull out the COG Membership Book, make a few calls and have a herd of riders waiting to help out like AAA. As long as this site thrives and it seems to be growing there will be parts and quality examples at a good price. The C10 is by far the best deal in motorcycles today when you consider the price and the community.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #31 on: June 16, 2017, 05:58:31 pm »
At 78 years (soon to be 79), this is the last bike I'll own or ride, so I'm like you wondering how much longer I'll be able to service this bike. Support from this group, COG, makes me feel like I'll be able to do OK.

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So it looks like I could be riding for another 20 years to reach Bob's age.  Now if my '01 C-10 could hang in there with me, I'd be fine riding by blue steed long in to the sunset.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #32 on: June 16, 2017, 06:30:17 pm »
There are so many out there, I think you can run one almost forever.  I have had numerous men come up to me and tell me that they used to own one and what a great bike it was.  Good mechanical design, good looks, decent handling even if bone stock.  The real question is when will they start to go up in value?  I don't see it anytime soon, but it will happen one day.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #33 on: June 18, 2017, 10:31:27 am »
I'm still run on my 1987 C10, at least for maybe 4000 Kilometers through Europe, guiding the OtP-Travellers, and with minor Problems, we could fix it beside the Road.
There was a broken throttle cable, we take the other one, and put it on with a little bit of farkle, and it works.
The other one was crap in the carb float bowls, we fixed it with drain the bowls twice,
and the third was a broken footpeg, and a broken saddlebag antler on the right side.
we could fix it with minor farkles in a friends garage.

Now, i'm back at home, the bike runs great, no worries about the motor, drivetrain, and other mechenical parts.
I replace the fixed parts with spare parts from my storage,
the broken parts will be welded soon, and stay in my storage for use if another one will be broken.

so my c10 can stay on the road for many years again...
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #34 on: June 18, 2017, 12:09:13 pm »
Look at the poor ZRX, they don't get sold at all. They get parted, for much higher return..  :-[

Need to look a little closer at those. I see them sell from $2k -$5k.
Still a big following for a bike sold in the US for six years.
And great support on the ZRX forum.
Still plenty of factory and after market parts readily available
I'm sure any model bike gets more $$ when parted out.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #35 on: June 18, 2017, 03:24:13 pm »
Without any available parts source Cubans have
kept 60 year old cars on the roads.
I'm sure C-10s will continue to viable as long as
their owners are determined to ride them.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #36 on: June 18, 2017, 05:44:45 pm »
Quote:  I'm sure C-10s will continue to be viable as long as
their owners are determined to ride them.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #37 on: June 19, 2017, 02:49:13 pm »
Without any available parts source Cubans have
kept 60 year old cars on the roads.
I'm sure C-10s will continue to viable as long as
their owners are determined to ride them.


Hahaha absolutely true
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #38 on: June 22, 2017, 05:03:31 pm »
I'll bet the C-10 outlives the C-14 !!!

I have stated the reasons for this before.

It's funny every time I think about what would replace the C-10, I can only think of one bike the FJR-1300

Regarding the viability of the C-10 just as Steve stated the Carburetors, are going to be the determining factor long term.

I bought mine at the end of 2011 with 43K on here and now have 110K she still has many more years of viable service left in her and yes my Carbs were overhauled last year.

Realistically I could buy 2 or 3 more C-10's for the cost of a decent late model used FJR.   So for now, and probably for the next several years maybe up until 2026 which would be the 40'th anniversary of her birth I see her being a viable option for a cheap all around sport touring/Swiss army bike.

Think about that kids 40 years as a viable mode of transportation is unbelievable.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #39 on: June 23, 2017, 02:11:21 am »
For some of us, the question could also be "How much longer will I be viable"  I will turn 70 in November, got my '02 C-10 not quite 4 years ago, and have put 20K on it since. It now has a little over 34K. If I manage to keep putting 5K a year on it I will be 82 by the time it has 100K. I think it will be viable longer than me.  ;)

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #40 on: June 23, 2017, 03:30:42 am »
It's funny every time I think about what would replace the C-10, I can only think of one bike the FJR-1300
I have 150K on my 03 C10 & about 68K on an 05 FJR. The bags on the C10 are not as aesthetically pleasing but more functional. My FJR would probably get me killed if used it to commute to work like I have on the C10 for the last 12yrs., the feej just makes me a bad man on occasion where the C10 has just the right amount of oomph (not excessive). My FJR has some quirky electrics (ignition switch) from time to time whereas the C10 is pretty solid for me electrically. I can adjust the valves on my C10 but haven't done it to my FJR, and probably won't, just because it's too much hassle. I put a two up Russel Day-Long and an FJR forum group buy suspension upgrade on the feej so she's definitely the flagship for going the distance (A 6200mi trip with the wife certifies the Day-Long upgrade.  ;D ). JMHO   
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #41 on: June 23, 2017, 03:58:19 am »
I'll bet the C-10 outlives the C-14 !!!

Regarding the viability of the C-10 just as Steve stated the Carburetors, are going to be the determining factor long term.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #42 on: June 23, 2017, 07:32:15 pm »
I'm kinda with my brother of a different mother - my 194K 95 C10 and 42K KLR will probably be the last bikes I will own. Age (73) and this imbalance crap is beginning to bug the beejesus out of me making it more and more difficult to just go out and ride like I used to. Frustrating as hell. Have thought that I eventually might resort to a Spyder, but that may be another matter altogether. Only time will tell.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #43 on: July 05, 2017, 02:58:46 pm »
I've owned many older bikes, and parts availability has *never* been a concern. There's always ebay, wreckers, parts bikes. Dealers were never the cheap place to go anyway.

That said, it's always nice to have a convenient place to go, but the stuff that tends to go out of production early are the big expensive painted/chromed parts, which I'd never buy new anyway.

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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #44 on: July 05, 2017, 05:53:55 pm »
As long as Wizard stays in business, I guess we'll be ok, huh?   :)
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #45 on: July 06, 2017, 02:58:14 pm »
Looks like the answer to this thread is "Forever"
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #46 on: July 06, 2017, 04:23:39 pm »
Precisely!
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2017, 10:13:15 am »
Dan Bergman did such an outstanding job on the ZGRX 1200 I also call the 'C12' that it is reliable, powerful, smooth and the upgrades make it a pleasure to ride, still on the 2003 frame.

I have the other ZGRX 1200 that Colin Prior built here is Australia.  Awesome bike !
It always was and always will be abig, top heavy bike, but if you respect the limits it's hoot to ride.
Even with the ZRX brakes pulling it up from 125 MPH is hard work. At speeds above that when you roll off the throttle it kinda floats on air for a brief moment. At 90-100 MPH it's rock solid and hardly working.
My biggest day on the bike was over 1100km / 700 ish miles mostly twisty country back roads.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #48 on: July 07, 2017, 06:26:35 pm »
Dan Bergman did such an outstanding job on the ZGRX 1200 I also call the 'C12' that it is reliable, powerful, smooth and the upgrades make it a pleasure to ride, still on the 2003 frame.

I have the other ZGRX 1200 that Colin Prior built here is Australia.  Awesome bike !
It always was and always will be abig, top heavy bike, but if you respect the limits it's hoot to ride.
Even with the ZRX brakes pulling it up from 125 MPH is hard work. At speeds above that when you roll off the throttle it kinda floats on air for a brief moment. At 90-100 MPH it's rock solid and hardly working.
My biggest day on the bike was over 1100km / 700 ish miles mostly twisty country back roads.
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Re: How Much Longer Will the C10 be Viable
« Reply #49 on: July 28, 2017, 02:01:02 am »
I'm still run on my 1987 C10, at least for maybe 4000 Kilometers through Europe, guiding the OtP-Travellers, and with minor Problems, we could fix it beside the Road.
There was a broken throttle cable, we take the other one, and put it on with a little bit of farkle, and it works.
The other one was crap in the carb float bowls, we fixed it with drain the bowls twice,
and the third was a broken footpeg, and a broken saddlebag antler on the right side.
we could fix it with minor farkles in a friends garage.

Now, i'm back at home, the bike runs great, no worries about the motor, drivetrain, and other mechenical parts.
I replace the fixed parts with spare parts from my storage,
the broken parts will be welded soon, and stay in my storage for use if another one will be broken.

so my c10 can stay on the road for many years again...

I haven't broken a foot peg but I have experience in your other repairs.
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