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Offline Daniel_Wolter_MN

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Hello from Minnesota!
« on: February 23, 2009, 11:14:00 am »
Hi All!  My name is Dan and I live just south of Minneapolis, MN.  I am brand new to the world of the Concours 14 and I couldn't be more excited!  I honostly think I have devoured everything and anything to do with the C14... I'm kinda nerdy that way.  I purchased a Black 2009 C14 ABS.  Dealer is holding it for me until I pick it up in March.    I come from the Harley world, my last bike that I just traded in was a beautiful chromed out V-Rod.  I really enjoyed that bike but wanted something more comfortable that I can start touring/traveling with.  I am finding myself wanting to ride without wind blast on a bike that handles like a dream.  Something tells me I won't be disappointed with the C14!!!    Once we warm up and can ride again I will let you know what I think of my first impression after a little saddle time.... can't wait!    Dan
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« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2009, 11:46:00 am »
Welcome Dan and congrats on the new bike,,I'm sure you will love it !!  :)  CT AAD  COG #7011-A  2003 Concours-Mary Ann  1995 Honda Nighthawk 750 wifes  

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« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2009, 12:08:00 pm »
Welcome Dan.  Did you try any of the other STs before deciding on the c14, or was it love at first sight?  :D  

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009, 12:10:00 pm »
I like the black, I think it's gorgeous. I'm a C10 owner like Norm but there are no shortage of people here completely in love with their C14s. The C14 puts a healthy dose of Sport in her Sport Touring. You're going to be very happy with her... if you can keep your license. :)     Welcome aboard!  
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2009, 12:43:00 pm »
I did indeed research all the others but the C14 definitely stood above the rest.  Best warranty says a lot too.  I extended out to 5 years.  Plus, to my eyes the C14 looks the best, heck it looks fast sitting on the centerstand!  Also, the C14 fit me like a glove... no stretching or reaching, totally natural feel.  I really like the black,(my V-Rod was black), color and how the bike isn't all closed up behind panels from front to back.  I think that looks generic and prefer to see all the bits and pieces.    Regarding the power and speed.  Believe me... I can't wait to unleash all the performance this bike offers but will definitely take my time getting use to the power and handling.  Probably going to be a big change at first for the better coming off a V-Rod with a 260 rear tire!    Step 1, keep front wheel on ground... :)  
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« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2009, 03:33:00 pm »
Welcome Dan,    Enjoy the site and let us know if there is anything we can do for you or do better.   ----------------------------------  South Central Area Director  Email scad@cog-online.org    <p align="left">My Photos<br
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2009, 12:16:00 am »
Hi Dan and welcome from a little farther south of Minneapolis. Congratulations on your new bike. If you are interested, we do get together for rides or tech sessions on a fairly regular basis.    Hope to see that beautiful bike someday.  
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2009, 10:22:00 am »
Hi Jeff,    That would be great!  Would definitely like to make some new friends in the area that like the same bike.  Please keep me posted with any dates/info as the season rolls on.  Would love to participate!  My email is in my profile for contact info.    Thanks!  
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2009, 09:07:00 pm »
Welcome again. I live in Bloomington so probably in the same neck of the woods as yourself.  I'll also be hosting the next get together on a Saturday in March.  We generally work on C10's but we will not look down upon you for having the newer version.  ;)  But with that extended warranty there won't be much for us to wrench on your bike anyway.  I'll make sure you get the invite once the details are set for March.  
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2009, 08:07:00 pm »
I've posted some info for our March get together under the "Scheduled COG" forum section calling it the "Bikes in Bloom."  If you can join us it would be a pleasure for us to meet you.  
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2009, 03:17:00 pm »
Welcome from a C-10 rider in the Southwest Desert of Arizona.    Yuma,    Summer in Yuma is not hell, but hell is a local call :-)  2006 Connie http://community.webshots.com/user/Lateck?vhost=community  
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2009, 03:45:00 pm »
Welcome, Dan....    A C14, eh?   Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! :)  Bob "Flylooper" Burns  COG #5887  E Clampus Vitus, YB#1  '04 FJR 1300  
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« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2009, 10:18:00 pm »
Hi Dan    If your willing to share. What dealership did you get the bike from and how has your experience been so far?  
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Offline Daniel_Wolter_MN

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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2009, 08:16:00 am »
Thanks for the warm welcome everyone!  Hope to perhaps meet/ride with some of you one day.    Got my bike at "Cities Edge" in Shakopee, MN.  These guys were a dream to deal with.  Gave me the ABS for the same price as the non-ABS and knocked $500 more off to boot!  Never once tried to pressure me on the sale.  Offered to hold the bike until spring for free and didn't try to sell me extra stuff.  I did extend the warranty out to 5 years but that was my choice.  If you are in Minnesota I would HIGHLY recommend this dealership.  Can't speak for the service department yet but will update if/when I use them.    It's getting closer everyday... Can't wait to pick up the bike and fire her up and let that clutch out for the first time.  Just hope I remember to turn around and go back home!   :)  
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2009, 11:17:00 am »
Hello Dan    I got both our bikes there. The Connie I did not shop much for as at that time the dealership was within 2 miles of where I worked and a coworker new them really well. The 650 we shopped all the city dealers and also drove out to Delano they still had the best price and were easiest to deal with. I take care of my service myself so I don't have much to say about the service department.  Hope to see you at Thomas's  
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2009, 04:31:00 pm »
Welcome Dan!  I'm a '99 C-10 owner, but regularly ride down to my local dealership to drool on the red '09 that's in stock.  I think you're going to love the bike, and certainly know you'll get a lot out of the association online and in-person.    Ride safe!  
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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2009, 05:50:00 pm »
Welcome Dan, is the snow gone yet so you can get out and ride?  Dave Muzzey  St. Charles, IL  COG#7957  '01 Connie  
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« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2009, 09:33:00 pm »
 
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 Welcome Dan, is the snow gone yet so you can get out and ride?  
   You are a cruel man Dave there is still lots of snow left and more on the schedule for thursday last I looked  
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« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2009, 08:03:00 am »
So true!  Picked up another 9" last week.    Worse yet, I had carpal tunnel surgery on my wrists and won't be healed enough to ride until about mid-April... bummer!  Will be picking the bike up the last weekend in March so at least I can go out to the garage and stare at it for a few hours each day :)  Waiting for my left wrist to completely heal (had surgery on left wrist on Monday) is going to be pure hell....ARG!  
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« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2009, 01:12:00 pm »
Dan best of luck on the wrist as well as the bike. Will be praying for a quick and complete healing of the wrists. Also will try to keep you in mind as I ride to Fla tomorrow for bike week. Welcome to a great Club.    ride safe & ride long  kawcon14rider  Sammie Timmons  74 gt380 totaled  74 gt750 totaled  80 gs850 totaled  05 vulcan 750 traded  08 c14 my baby  08 versys (my wife's)
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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2009, 02:14:00 pm »
If you're looking for someone to ride the bike occasionally to make sure it runs alright I'd be willing to volunteer to break it in for you. :)  I'm sure Jeff would be willing to put a few miles on it for you as well.  Just ask, us Coggers are giving people.  
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2009, 03:51:00 pm »
Sad news just received,      This is Harry Wolter. I am sorry to report that my son Dan picked up his new bike on Friday April 10 about noon.     Left for a "get acquainted" ride about 2:30 pm. Lost control of the bike about 9:30 pm on road #29 in Wisconsin and did not survive.He was wearing all the protective gear. He was propelled through the air and his helmet hit a tree No one else on the road at that time. A resident  in the area heard the crash and reported it.       http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=126113523  CT AAD  COG #7011-A  2003 Concours-Mary Ann  1995 Honda Nighthawk 750 wifes  

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« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2009, 11:30:00 pm »
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2009, 10:58:00 am »
This is such sad news.  His posts sounded like he had the right attitude to taking a long learning process to the new bike and was looking forward to enjoying his new C-14.  My condolences to Dan's family.    I'd like to add a question here:    What the HELL is going on!?  This is the second death in the past week among members of this forum and concours.org. Plus, there have been reports of 2, maybe 3 or 4, other wrecks recently.  We can try to chalk it up to the new riding season and inattention by cage drivers, but I've never seen anything like this.  This is getting crazy.  PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!!  I am tired of reading these kinds of threads.  
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« Reply #24 on: April 20, 2009, 07:32:00 pm »
This is so sad I was really looking forward to meeting this guy.    Norm is there a way you can send mine and I am sure the other guys who contacted Dan on this forum our deepest condolences any more directly than posting it on this forum?          
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