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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: "Top Tier Fuels, In Your C14???
« Last post by JDSCO on Yesterday at 01:41:42 pm »
Whether it's "Top Tier" or the cheap stuff water will not be an issue. At the refinery it all comes out of the same tanks and the additives are put in at the loading rack.

Isn't the "water in gasoline factor" based on gas stations, the end of the line for mass storage, that have water/condensation issues with their holding tanks?
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C-14 Emporium / Re: Bike For Sale Kawasaki concours 14
« Last post by Bigman on Yesterday at 01:23:43 pm »
Last deal........you can have it the way it sits for $3800 or I will have the new tires installed for a total of $4000.   Last Call!!!  Making room for another bike.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: "Top Tier Fuels, In Your C14???
« Last post by Jim on Yesterday at 01:18:16 pm »
Hi,
       I had a forum discussion awhile back with Matt....

Talking about the fuel BRAND you run in your scooter!

One of the things he warned about was the amount of WATER in the lower brands of fuel!

Also I guess the higher brand has some beneficial additives already included?

Saw this list and thought I would put it up!

Admittedly the top tier brands are a little more expensive! ;D

http://www.toptiergas.com/licensedbrands/


Whether it's "Top Tier" or the cheap stuff water will not be an issue. At the refinery it all comes out of the same tanks and the additives are put in at the loading rack.
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Sort of spur of the moment to make it work with some (re)scheduled surgery for my dad and other plans besides a careful check of the weather reports. I installed the RDL seats, rear top box and Bagster tank bag. Loaded up the luggage and me and the wife headed out on our first overnight longer distance ride on the ST1300.
After waiting out a morning rain shower we headed out for the north up to the little town of Bigfork, then east toward the Boundry Waters Wilderness Area access town of Ely, MN. About 10 miles east of Ely we had almost an hour delay from some road "construction". Since it's a lot of Canadian Shield rock, they drill and blast. Apparently the blast went better than expected as we had to wait for bigger equipment to arrive to clear the debris from the road. State Highway #1 is a very curve/turn infested old road. The recent heavy rain and seasonal dropping of the pine tree needles made for a lot of extra attention to corners. Wet pine needles are incredibly slippery and a lot of the road is like a tunnel thru the forest. Many corners are 90* and posted at 10 mph with a large portion of the road posted at 50 mph. A good share of it is due for repaying after many years of freeze/thaw taking its toll.
We made the west shore of Lake Superior well before evening and headed north up the shore to find a room. Most places had "No Vacancy" signs out, but pulled out all the stops since it is/was our 40th anniversary, and checked into Bluefin Bay resort. A bit spendy for my usual "frugal" (cheap, as most refer to it) ways, but the views and accommodations were worth it. Complimentary bottle of champagne for the anniversary couple didn't hurt, I guess.. Lake Superior almost calm at sunrise from the bed is a pretty nice view.
Next morning load up and north up the shore to Grand Marias for some late morning breakfast and too soon time dictates it's time to turn around in order to make it home thru local deer infested rural country before dusk. The San Francisco type hills in Duluth made for some challenging red light uphill starts but all went well with (hopefully) minimal clutch abuse. Some supper at Savanna Portage in Floodwood and then on to home. The Honda performed flawlessly and averaged 50 mpg.

Learned a few things. I guess I already knew them but had them impressed upon me clearly. The ST (like the Concours before her) is a top heavy beast when loaded up and full of fuel. Having never been close to a tip over before I was humbled by two on this trip. One on each side. Both while stopped, one at the gas station coming down off the center stand the other while parking at a way side rest. The factory tip over bars worked perfect and prevented any damage to side luggage or footpeg brackets. A couple scuffs on the covers. The tip over at the gas station was almost disastrous. It went over on the right side toward the pump. How the top box didn't hit the pump, I'm not sure but the image that sticks in my mind is the big crash barrier pipe at the end of the pump island went between the tank and windshield/faring. Didn't touch a thing it appeared, but later inspection revealed a bit of red paint on the throttle cable housing and front brake master cylinder. Wow!! Once it's over center a bit a guy my size isn't going to keep it from going over. The Bagster tank bag limits the turning ability a lot in parking and other low speed turning. RDL seat needs some (re)work for both riders, maybe some beads. Other lessons(s) learned were mostly clothing, gear, equipment related and easy to correct.
Sorry to ramble but had a good shake down run and the passenger was a real trooper with no complaints other than a bit of sore butt.
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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Look what just showed up
« Last post by gpd323 on Yesterday at 01:16:46 pm »
Riding buddy says he will buy one when it comes with CC and the larger ZX14R engine, only then.  :beerchug:
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It’s because the valving inside the master cylinder is tiny. It can let more air in than the fluid it pushes out. If that makes sense. If you are replacing the clutch line, it can help to prefill the line before you install it. Or just use a mighty vac.
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C-14 Emporium / Re: Looking for a 2008 Potato Launcher
« Last post by Gumby on Yesterday at 01:11:13 pm »
I wonder how many people have thrown them away?
:truce:
I took all of the screws out of mine and then left it out for our local metal guy to pickup after it sat in the attic for four years.
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C-14 Emporium / Re: Looking for a 2008 Potato Launcher
« Last post by ConcoursKZ on Yesterday at 12:49:31 pm »
Does anyone have a 08 or 09 muffler (AKA Spud Launcher) lying around? Paint is looking a little rough on mine.

A can of Hi temp muffler paint will be a lot less than shipping that anchor.

I painted it all black in the past with Hi Temp. But it looks pretty bad on the lower. Figured I would go back to the stock look. I wonder how many people have thrown them away?
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This stand showed up on my carport this morning:



Perfect for hanging an aux tank on for test running and/or syncing carbs. The ability to raise it up high enough, even with a bike on the lift (when elevated) insures a good head of fuel is available  Perfect!

When not in use for a bike, I can hang my bladder bag on it so it can follow me around the shop. :(
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C-14 Emporium / Re: Looking for a 2008 Potato Launcher
« Last post by ConcoursKZ on Yesterday at 12:47:32 pm »
I have one from my '09, only has about 2,000 miles before I got a Muzzy slipon.  Been in my garage for 7 years   ;D

Yours for the cost of shipping to you from Savannah GA  31408.  If you want it I won't be able to do anything until Monday next week.

Thanks COGnosticator pm sent.
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