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Wile I agree with checking for leaks in the air box, I think the dark spot is in line with where the crankcase ventilation ties into the air box.  It's a sign of some blow-by, but probably isn't anything serious.  IF the air filter is fouled and becomes a restriction to airflow, the engine will run excessively rich.  If you have air leaks in the box, it will run excessively lean.
Accessories C14 / Re: Lower handlebar options?
« Last post by Syxxphive on Today at 02:28:00 am »
Talk about poor form on Kawi’s part. That means that, potentially, each batch of castings could be a different alloy, and exhibit different properties. Goes against everything I’ve learned in manufacturing as a foundryman and machinist. I understand the cost savings involved of going with a casting rather than a real forging, but at least they could have spec’d 356. Which is chemically the same as 6061, just cast rather than billet or forging. At least then they could have predictable properties.

Quick question...

Yesterday when I was accelerating at high rpms (while my gas was low) my bike was producing some loud popping/backfiring. Why and how did that happen? Never happened before. Is it time for more carb work?

I did realize soon after that I was running out of gas so I switched to reserve and all seemed fine.

Riding buddy says he will buy one when it comes with CC and the larger ZX14R engine, only then.  :beerchug:

Well who says Kawasaki has to do it??? We have some pretty Savvy guys here, Steve with his tuning experience needs to find an unused PID in the ECM and then we need an electronics wiz who can build a plug and play system. I know it can be done!

I believe it could easily be piggybacked... now or anytime in the last several years using a standalone ECU while retaining the stock ecu to run the bike.  Though Traction control might be lost.
Did a little bodywork on a front fairing mold.  May or may not pan out.
Tires/ Suspension C14 / Re: Why I use Dunlop Q3+'s
« Last post by ZXtasy on Today at 02:01:17 am »
Nice! I love the Q3's on my ZX-10 until I went to the Michelin Power RS.....fantastic! So I am thinking instead of PR-4 on the Connie, why not the RS and screw it if they last 1500 or 2K miles! So far they are holding up very well but then the 10 at 426 lbs fully fueled is rather lithe. Gawd I hate these BT-021's the PO put on.

Nice battle scars!
Ride Reports, Roads, Routes, and Places / Mother Road RT 66
« Last post by Old Man on a Connie on Today at 01:55:00 am »
This may have been discussed before. I've had the privilege of touching the Mother Road in every State from ILL. to CA. What State do you think gives the mother road proper due? For me it is AZ. Well marked and decent asphalt. Great small town renaissance. I lost the route a couple times in OK and TX leading to gravel, closed bridges and u turns. CA is a close 2nd. What say you?  :beerchug:
C-14 Emporium / Re: Looking for a 2008 Potato Launcher
« Last post by Deepsea on Today at 01:36:46 am »
I have the one off my 09 including the mid pipe with zero miles. It was removed before the bike was ever ridden. If you're interested I'm in 95628.
Tires/ Suspension C14 / Why I use Dunlop Q3+'s
« Last post by Deepsea on Today at 01:30:43 am »
Down hill decreasing radius almost going to fast? Keep pushing the handle bar, lean some more, it's rock solid.
Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: 2018 C-14
« Last post by JDSCO on Today at 01:20:43 am »
^I'm kidding.
I'm having fun with "which color is the fastest" and my 2008 was the best/fastest Kaw color:).
When I bought the 2016, I was hoping that Neutron Silver would have a comeback, eventually.
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