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I too have a Versys 1000, and they are changing it significantly for 2019.  The SE LT will have cruise  control, Showa electronic suspension,  shift assist (clutchless shifting), a new TFT display, ( quote from the literature, "Taking a page out of the H2SX SE's playbook, the SE LT+features a strikingly similar dash".  it has throttle by wire, a 6 axis IMU which means that the suspension and traction control now will be active in cornering.  AND, the list price is going to be--------$18000.  Kawasaki seems to think this is the way the market is going.  I don't usually appear on this C 14 forum, I am a member or COG, an ex C10  owner.  I was just curious as to whether Kawi was going to upgrade the C 14 with some of these goodies.  maybe, as some of you suggest, Kawi is not interested in the C14 anymore.  I gather a lot of you won't go for the fancy Versys because it doesn't have shaft drive, which would be real nice, but I somehow don't think that is in the cards.
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Northeast Events / Re: 2019 Rally
« Last post by Tour1 on Today at 04:51:40 am »
A little thread drift, maybe, maybe not:  I notice you are 15 miles south of Dimock PA which was featured in an e-book I have about fracking land.  I'd really like to ride around there sometime and see what it looks like.  Just opening that on my phone I see something was in 2009, so it's 9 years later and I recall the wells were predicted to produce for about 5 years (I am no expert, & I suppose they're all as different as people).  I remember a video that also talked about the Enchanted Mountains, as I recall, and I thought that was somewhere in PA but I haven't seen anything like that on a map.  Are they anywhere near Williamsport?  I've been to the Seneca Oil Spring (in NY 157 mi north of Williamsport) where I think a Jesuit missionary discovered oil at the surface in 1627.  They had no use for it then, of course.
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Southeast Events / Re: Spring Rally in the Valley - April 26-27, 2019
« Last post by Volcantour on Today at 04:09:55 am »
Did I mention the area has some attractions?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum
Blue Ridge Parkway
Cherokee Indian Reservation (and Harrah's Casino!)

Go to this link for more information:
https://maggievalley.org/
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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Today at 03:32:17 am »
If all of the bad comments about Fram filters were true they would have been out of business years ago. So why the hate.


no hate from me Jim, I have no issue with the top tier product, and would recommend it for automotive use...(probably installed 30-50 in my life) as I noted, I don't use the "el-cheapo" bottom line they manufacture...

If all of the bad comments about Fram filters were true they would have been out of business years ago. So why the hate.


I agree with your statement. I just like to use something that is better made.

I was hoping this was going to be an entertaining and fun thread, thus the "OH NO!!" title. Guess that didn't come across and it went south quickly.   :-[ ::)

Oh well...


I found it entertaining, up to the point of:

Well MoB, we all know who the main know it all a** is around here.

Sure Fram filters may get the job done but why not buy something that is obviously superior for some piece of mind, let alone not putting rust particles through your engine.

But you keep the cheap a** flag up & flying. Btw, how did those retreads work out for you...??

 where it went south.

http://forum.cog-online.org/forum-info/general-forum-rules/msg641349/#new
specifically #1 , #2 and #6
please don't bring up #7, as I'm just helping you acclimate you to the structure. In a constructive manner, and I really hate the 'report to mod' feature.

ride safe,

so, on a lighter side, what is recommended by 'experts', when using $$$$ synthetic motor oils, rated for XX miles, and sticking a 3k-5k interval filter in the mix?
internet jargon:
"The great majority of new vehicles today have a recommended oil change interval greater than 3,000 miles," said Mobil spokeswoman Kristen A. Hellmer. The company's most advanced synthetic product (Mobil 1 Extended Performance) is guaranteed for 15,000 miles."

hmmmm? Bueller? Bueller...?   Bueller......?

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Tires/Suspension C14 / Re: Shinko 016 Verge 2x impressions.
« Last post by Douglas on Today at 03:22:50 am »
If you like that you should try a 110 front next time. It'll amaze you. Save the 120 for the track
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: metal shavings in oil?
« Last post by Skidmark on Today at 12:52:18 am »
     Hello fellas and others
   On the timing chain, the inner side that contacts the gears, shows similar marks in it as the oil pump impeller. The water pump has coolant residue coming from the weep hole, and inside from the weep hole where the water pump mates to the side of the engine, there is a small portion of debris where it could settle. Other than that it has very light indications of wear from the seal.I will get an appropriate kit or 2 coming. I would like to know exactly what is in the cooling system as well, I think they can test coolant. Thanks  guys
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: metal shavings in oil?
« Last post by JerBear on Today at 12:00:59 am »
this is where that was MOB


   Hello all COG folks
     I have been able to sneak on a friends computer for a minute, so I will give you a brief update. Last week while I was looking through the engine with a bore scope, I took a close look at the timing chain, and it does have significant damage to the inner surfaces. I sat back and the coolant I had drained from the system looked to have a unusual appearance, and upon a closer inspection, there is similar metal particles in the cooling system, and I can see that its enough where I do believe the life expectancy of the engine will be rather short. So I am at a slight impass of to continue tearing it down or run her till it just wears itself out. The more I look the more things I really do want to find. Bud has been helping me with the pics and has been good to talk to, I believe he sent a computer, so I should be up and running soon. I am very grateful for all the help and insights, and time doing research. Any ideas at this time are good ones. thanks again all and have a good evening.

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Accessories C14 / Re: OH NO!! Another oil filter thread
« Last post by MtnRider on Yesterday at 11:39:00 pm »
If all of the bad comments about Fram filters were true they would have been out of business years ago. So why the hate.

I agree with your statement. I just like to use something that is better made.

I was hoping this was going to be an entertaining and fun thread, thus the "OH NO!!" title. Guess that didn't come across and it went south quickly.   :-[ ::)

Oh well...
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: metal shavings in oil?
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Yesterday at 11:30:00 pm »
Can you see what the timing chain is rubbing?

Ride safe, Ted


where is this new thing coming from?

 :??: :??: ::) ::) ::) ::)

I missed it somewhere?

never mind, I went back and read again...


...but I got a text from Jason today stating that most lower bolts on the engine had been touched before.  He found metal and unknown stuff in the coolant.  The timing chain has been chewed on by something.  That should give everyone something to think about for a while.


    Last week while I was looking through the engine with a bore scope, I took a close look at the timing chain, and it does have significant damage to the inner surfaces.

there are simply too many issues reported, that seem to be "wear" and the word "excessive/significant" is being used in a manner that may seem as such, but to others may be a 'normal' or irrelevant appearance. Until another trained eye, with regards to normal is involved, I'm bowing out as this has gone from a perfectly running bike, with some shiny bits in the oil, to a disassembled pile of parts, looking for every possible cause.


I'm truly sorry to have to bow out, because I greatly enjoy a tech challenge, and find great enjoyment giving assistance, and seeing a successful outcome. I feel very proficient at specific motorcycle repairs and maintenance but I'm not perfect. I highly regard Steve also, as a fellow with the same passions I have/had, with a subsequent timeline. I'm 63, been doing this "hobby" for almost 50 years. I really have to rationalize statements, in dealing with mechanical issues, especially this one when reading something like this:
...... Many replies and insights are correct, of the descriptions of my findings  do appear to be an exaggeration, and on that I personally have not seen this in any of the thousands of engines I have worked on, no I cannot explain what I have discovered.


To tear down an engine, analyze it, reassemble it, even one engine every week: would take 20 years, to total 1000. If I had done that for a living, I don't think I'd be here doing and asking such as this.

I would highly suggest kawasaki be involved on an upper tier level, if all this has been found, found that is, by a trained Kawasaki technician, at corporate level.
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Concours C10 / ZG1000 General Chat and Tech / Re: TPS Sensor Mod/Hack
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Yesterday at 11:22:44 pm »
Thank you everyone for your quick replies. As Murphys law would have it I found old posts where members did solder a battery holder into the TPMS sensors. After the movie Office Space my wife and I always joke about TPS reports and that shorthand translated to this post. Thank you for keeping me honest.


 :)) :)) :)) :)) :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :great: :great:

one of my favorite's
wife bought me 'the Kit' when it came out...

https://www.amazon.com/Office-Space-Kit-Sarah-OBrien/dp/0762428112

I was forced to take down the "is this good for the company" sign about 10 minutes after I put it up... still, I pinned it on my "cube wall"... we used to play "jump to the conclusions" all the time, actually made a big 8x10 ft board on the shop floor, and had many hours of fun, sending the "entitled" higher-up's to go use it...
Still wear the buttons of 'flair' on occasions...

we even took it to the point of buying a Hula-Hoop, and a bag of Beggi'n Bits dog treats, which we had setting on the entrance to our engineering "cube section", which we made every idiot that wanted us to do something stupid, to make them look good, and give them Brownie Points for, to utilize; they had to "jump thru the hoop", and then catch the "beggin'Bits" before we would even entertain listening to the questions... before we barraged them with our "computer controlled foamy rocket blasters" (5 of us had them), and sent them running..


we all had them on our computers,
https://www.vat19.com/item/usb-missile-launcher

but, we did actually do productive work... surprisingly...
later, we got Drone technology, and chased them down the halls using Mini Copter Drones...
http://amazingtechdepot.com/hm92.html

we got scolded about those.
 :)) :)) >:D >:D >:D >:D >:D
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