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Offline Jonbo

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Hey there from sunny Florida
« on: October 21, 2018, 07:21:43 pm »
Although I have yet to acquire my first C14 (currently shopping) I am very impressed by the forum and hope to be in possession of a suitable specimen within the next couple weeks. I will be changing from a Triumph Sprint GT to a C14. I stumbled on this site in my quest for familiarity and had no idea that such a great community existed, what a wealth of knowledge. Now I have only to decide weather to go new or used. :great:

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2018, 02:12:39 am »
Welcome! New or used? If you are a true COGGER it will be used. Did I say frugal???  :)

And then you will spend more on farkles than you did on the bike!

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2018, 05:09:25 pm »
I don't know, some of the left over deals seem hard to pass up.

FYI, from florida eh....   mind if we call you Steve :rotflmao:

Welcome! New or used? If you are a true COGGER it will be used. Did I say frugal???  :)

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2018, 06:36:29 pm »
Welcome aboard from onna The Florida Steves.

What part of Flowriduh? It's a big state. I live in Lake County.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2018, 10:41:45 pm »
I live in Clearwater but spend all my riding hours putting as much distance between myself and Pinellas county as possible. That being said I am trying to decide between a low mileage 2012 @13000+ with some nice after market additions and several new  units ranging between 2016-18  all on the showroom floor at the near & neighborly dealerships it is hard to be patient. I wish I had a better understanding of model year differences. 

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2018, 01:03:35 am »
Welcome... we're in Orange Park, Clay County.
If you're considering 2012 or newer, I think you have tbe "big stuff" already there... the newer fairing that keeps you cooler for warm/hot weather riding, the ABS (no debates, please - this was a biggy for me). Perhaps someone that's ridden a pre-2015 and has a 2015 or newer can fill you on the advantages.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2018, 07:58:16 pm »
I'm right up 75 in Wesley Chapel. I know a little about these bikes. PM me with a phone # and I can give you a quick rundown. Steve
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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2018, 06:54:39 pm »
Thank ya'll for the warm welcome. My search has taken me to a couple dealerships with both used & left over stock. So far have not encountered the perfect combination of price, color and mileage. I am going to take a look at a 2017 left over stock Saturday morning could be the one. Haven't talked to any private sellers yet but I will leave that door open as well. I will keep you informed as to progress.   

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2018, 10:20:42 am »
The guy SISF knows a bit more than you might suspect, he can flash your new bike’s ECU to perform much better then Mama Kaw does...you’ll see the truth of it. But gives yourself a few weeks to enjoy your unmolested baby, then let your curiosity take you to Wesley Chapel. Focus on low speed ride ability for the most obvious benefit.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2018, 04:04:10 pm »
Welcome Jonbo! You'r going to enjoy it here, and gets even better once you're on your Concours.  :great:
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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2018, 07:51:01 pm »
Hi all ,the latest and greatest is I may have a Concours by Sat.. At this time the leading candidate is a black 2012 w/ 13,000+ and cosmetically very appealing no noticeable dents or dings. Cranks right up with no tell tale nastiness, rattles, smoke, leaks or obvious malevolence. On the plus side it has a Corbin solo heated seat w/ a smuggler and an after market smoke windscreen as of yet  unknown origin. There are still more questions that need to be answered and inspections done before I pull the trigger and I will probably need to get some tires in the next 5000 mi. The alternative was a couple new and left over stock units that were of course very nice but the listed price VS. OTD price made me feel the victim of bait and switch ( too harsh?).  just a thought to keep everybody posted and to let ya'll know progress is being made. It is hard to be patient.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2018, 11:38:47 pm »
Welcome aboard. I’m in the Riverview area and ended up traveling out of state to get a good deal on a 2016 with 3k plus miles. Dealers around here are a joke with all their added fees the come up with to jack up the OTD prices. Good luck on the search.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2018, 10:24:28 pm »
I GOT ONE!,Bought a 2018 Sat. The 2012 I had looked at and had arranged to purchase was sold before I got there with the cash. So... feeling a bit cheated I made a stop at another dealer that I have done some business with to see if they had anything on the floor that appealed to me and they didn't. However, being that they are part of a larger dealership group we started looking at stock from the parent dealership and they put together a couple attractive deals on used units that unfortunately had higher mileage than the Triumph Sprint GT that I was trading one of which was a 2014 C 14 but with 54,000+ miles. As I refused and began to bid them farewell they gave me an OTD deal of $12,000 on a new 2018 then transported it 40 miles the same day to close the deal. I am now a new owner completing his first 100 mi. with many more to come I hope. Thank Ya'll for your warm welcome and from here on out will be posting on parts of the forum other than "Introductions".

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2018, 11:29:35 pm »
Congratulations, enjoy your baby! Now begins the farkle-itis! If Mama Kaw is still putting out the 50-series Bridgestone’s, consider the 55 series and some Pirelli Angels GT’s in...oh 5k miles, and coupled with SISF ECU flash and your gonna fall in love all over again!

Promise you will.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 09:19:06 pm »
Farklitis is right. Got my SW-Motech tank ring for the C14 today and promptly installed that and the corresponding tank bag( from my other bike) now I have someplace to put little things so I can easily access them. Next step is getting a Throttlemeister. Does any body know if the model for 2017 will work for the 2018 model year I suppose that all that has to happen is that the bar diameters are the same. I called the outfit that manufactures the item and got no meaningful response and I truly require some matter of cruise control. As for Steve and a reflash, we had a very informative conversation and a reflash is on the horizon can't wait to have a face to face with Steve he is only about 30 miles away and get it done after break in ;)WOW this is Great.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2018, 10:31:57 pm »
Congrats on the new bike!!!! No changes on the handlebars from 2017 to 2018 that I know of and I would consider a cruise control unit, before I spent money on the throttle lock. Moly rostra was $180 and took a few hours to install.

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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2018, 12:23:57 am »
^^^I second the Rostra, worth it on those long hauls....but your in Florida, where there’s few ups/downs in the road to affect speed control, so maybe the throttlemeister might work for you after all? A TM would be a poor substitute in hilly regions where it will not compensate or maintain a set speed particularly well.
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Re: Hey there from sunny Florida
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2018, 12:46:36 am »
Welcome from Titusville, FL.  Throttlemeister is dead simple and the company is easy to work with.  Any questions, you should just call them.  However, having cruise on my Ultra Classic, I can see how great it is.