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Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Valve Adjustment C14
« Last post by Road Runner on July 14, 2018, 02:16:58 am »
I’m originally from North Carolina, which I still live there! I’m in California now and literally 9 miles away on my odometer from 26,000. Really dreading the idea of doing this job, but I’m going to use a local place called Moto Guild that offers their garage to people who need to use it for these types of things and mechanics on site who you can pay for their time. So I will get the bike stripped down and get to the point where it’s time to make the valve adjustments and then leverage the mechanic if needed. Otherwise, I’ll end up spending $200 total to store the bike (up to 30 days which obviously won’t be needed—I might need 3-5). 200+ the cost of all parts and other stuff I change out as a crapload better than the stealership!

The fun part? I’ve NEVER done this before, and have Canyon Cages. Great......

If you made the hidden cuts in each of the left and right fairing, then you can remote them (the fairing) around the in-place canyon cages. You don't need to remove the canyon cages to do the valve check/adjustment. If I recall, however, on the right side you may need to move one slightly out of the way to remove a bracket, but none need to be completely removed. I've complete 2 valve adjustments with them on.
Introductions / Re: New Concours owner
« Last post by Road Runner on July 14, 2018, 02:09:18 am »
Hi All, glad to see you have a great concours owners group here. I'm 41 years old and live in Pittsburgh pa, I've ridden since i was 12 years old and have had all sorts of different bikes, but I just bought a 2004 concours and it was the best thing I have ever done, not only am I comfortable when riding, but that thing hauls along pretty nicely. I'm in the process of fixing her up and was wondering if anyone would have any used side panels where you can cover the saddle bag mounts. Looking for cheap ones (found them on bike bandit for $81 dollars a piece  :o), don't care about the color or even if they need repaired. Thanks for your time and enjoy your next ride, Josh

Welcome to the world of COG !
Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Thinking about hanging it up...
« Last post by Bowyerv on July 14, 2018, 01:42:55 am »
What a thoughtful and moving discussion. This is why forums should exist and I'm glad they do. I don't need to know the politics of anyone on this site, or what they do or did for money. I don't need to know where they live or what music they like. There is a shared humanity in this thread, that connects us all, despite our superficial differences....

Salish14, my thoughts (and feelings) exactly.  Very well said.

Mike, thanks for your post and thank you everyone for your REAL responses.  I feel privileged to share in this community :beerchug:.

I am 61 and have been riding for 40 years. There was a period about 20 years ago when I hung up my boots.  No reason except that it just didn't feel right to be on a bike. So I stopped. I felt too uncomfortable riding ...  Sounds dumb, I know, but its as if the Holy Spirit wasn't going to be pillion anymore.  And if He wasn't going to be there, neither was I.

I am glad that "season" only lasted 2-3 years.  ;)

I T-boned a bull (oh the pun!) on a dark country road two years ago. Wrote off my ZRX12. Lying still on my back in the gutter, waiting for someone to find me, I was struggling to breathe and not convinced I would be able to. My jaw felt like it had been hit with a sledge hammer (full face hat still on my head.) My back felt like a formless lump of pain. My mind was surprisingly clear.  I didn't know if I was going to die, live, or live disabled.   At no time did I feel I was in the wrong place.  I was convinced then, as I am now, that when the Lord wants me Home, I am going to go - whether its by bike, bus, mugging or sleep.

Introductions / Re: New Member in South Florida
« Last post by Road Runner on July 14, 2018, 01:34:41 am »
Hi all! I'm trading in my gOLD Wing this Sat for a 2016 Concours 14 in Metallic Moondust Gray. I'm looking forward to the sport side of sport touring. The bike has 4k mi and has had it's first service with an additional oil change. Other than riding and smiling, what should I know or look out for?

Welcome! Enjoy that new-to-you ride; know you will ... :great:
Shoodaben Engineering / Re: "This Flash is Better"... comparing flashes
« Last post by Road Runner on July 14, 2018, 01:25:40 am »
Thanks Steve for sharing this info. It was helpful !
Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Thinking about hanging it up...
« Last post by ZXtasy on July 14, 2018, 01:17:21 am »
Sorry for your loss Gilby san. We all take a turn...
Ride Reports, Roads, Routes, and Places / Re: British Columbia Trip - July 2018
« Last post by ZXtasy on July 14, 2018, 01:11:45 am »
VEry nice....have been there many times on 2 and 4 wheels. Great shots.
Ride Reports, Roads, Routes, and Places / Re: British Columbia Trip - July 2018
« Last post by SteveJ. on July 14, 2018, 12:19:10 am »
I spent over a month there last year. Awesome, awesome place.

On TDY near Montrose Co.
Concours 14 / ZG1400 General Chat and Tech / Re: Thinking about hanging it up...
« Last post by antibus on July 13, 2018, 11:53:32 pm »

You ask a good question almost all of us have. Other people's experiences, decisions and opinions are interesting, however in the end everyone has to make their own decision. Live well.
 Chris. Thanks for the pics. It has been a number of years since my tour there.
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