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What have your done to your C14 today

texas.devops

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Hopefully, your state has the legalized bribery program they call "deferment". Jack up the fine and they forget all about it. My last ticket in my Mark VII was about $250 under the deferment program. I passed an unmarked car. As soon as I got back in my lane, here come the lights. Oops.

Yikes. At that price point you must have been in the triple digits. That was about 8 tank fill ups at today's $/gal. LOL
 

Bud

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Nope. 2 lane road 55 mph speed limit. I pass quickly and hit 72 mph when I got back in my lane. Ticket without deferral I think was $175.
 

chrismpero

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Hopefully, your state has the legalized bribery program they call "deferment". Jack up the fine and they forget all about it. My last ticket in my Mark VII was about $250 under the deferment program. I passed an unmarked car. As soon as I got back in my lane, here come the lights. Oops.
I did that on Memorial day weekend on the highway here in Ct. I was going between the middle and right lanes as all the idiots are in the passing lane. I was doing 80 plus, he wasn't happy lol. I think it was $400
 

headstill2172

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What did they pop you for? Glad my state does not use the point system.
They were pretty clever I will give them that... This was 6:45 but traffic felt like 5, anyway, 4 lane HWY, guards locked on the inside, on the outside, they had a SUV with hood open, and a cop with laser gun , looking like he was a pedestrian under the hood, I barely saw him shoot me, but had that feeling like" was that a...?" right after him was a long tall bridge about 1.5 miles long from end to end, no way to get off, or change direction. once I crested the bridge you could see 6-8 cop cars sitting at the bottom. There was no way for anyone to tag WAZE because it was 2 miles past the guy lasering. I squatted coming down the bridge behind/side a 18 wheeler but he was ready for me. I thought for a second to let it fly, but this is a cop bike, and there are very few c-14 in this town, maybe 5 and mine, I am betting is the only blue one, so that idea was bad. I whipped over, flipped him my DL, he didn't even ask for registration, or ins.. I was ROLLIN too. He took it down to the least amount he could... 2 points and $76. I could do a defensive driving school for 8hours to dissolve the points but may not. I haven't gotten a ticket in 20 years but this bike is going to test that. It was also a good reminder NOTHING will stop the police from catching you speeding if they want to. Those 8 cop cars had 8 speeders all lined up on the side, quick tickets...in an out.. I bet the whole "sting" took them less that 15 minutes to tag, ticket, an out....They know WAZE obviously and know how to beat it. The final was 76 in a 65, I thanked him.
 

texas.devops

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They were pretty clever I will give them that... It was also a good reminder NOTHING will stop the police from catching you speeding if they want to. Those 8 cop cars had 8 speeders all lined up on the side, quick tickets...in an out.. I bet the whole "sting" took them less that 15 minutes to tag, ticket...

Depending on which department it was, they're just hitting quotas and send a message for regular motorists. I've spoken with a few of my LEO freinds and they say these "wolf packs" are designed by the local troop to calm down an area that has started to get outta hand. Too many complaints of people cutting across multiple lanes or racing will draw attention to a section of highway.

Sometimes they're also working the kinks out of new tactics, disguising them in the form of speed traps. What they're actually for is snatching up HVTs (high value targets) like dope runners or fugitives. The general public only sees the lines of cars with emergency flashers, other vehicles with red and blue flashing lights, and tickets being handed out. It'll reverberate through the community for about a month before things return to normal.

Spring break is upon us and the college kids are let loose on our roadways. Depending on where you're at it could be on the route commonly used by people heading to certain venues. I remember in FL when I was heading downtown to Gasparilla one day and got clipped doing 90+ by a FHP Trooper. Oof, that was expensive ($300+) and I had to listen to the wife nag about it for 6 months (which was worse than having to take the driver safety course LOL). Trooper knew right away where I was headed because 90% of the traffic was heading down there.

Have fun. Ride safe! :^ ) AB
 

Pr356

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Changed my fuel filter and air filter. The fuel filter wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The air filter was way worse than I expected.

Next up, a trip to Fred's for it's first valve adjustment. Approximately 18,000 on the clock.

Be safe and stay healthy,
Dale
 

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2andblue

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Changed my fuel filter and air filter. The fuel filter wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The air filter was way worse than I expected.

Next up, a trip to Fred's for it's first valve adjustment. Approximately 18,000 on the clock.

Be safe and stay healthy,
Dale

I feel the 7.5K mile platinum NGK spark plug mileage change is hogwash, however, air filter replacement interval is 11K miles ➡️ mine is always ready for a change by that point. So no surprises how dirty your air filter was.
 

chrismpero

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I checked my tires pressures, inspected for rodent damage and rode 115 miles with my better half. :)
I really need to flush my brake/clutch tho, its been 3 yrs...
 

turbojoe78

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Yesterday,
Cleared out the front of the garage and moved the bike from the back to the front where it belongs.

Checked the tire pressures, (down around 4 psi from November) aired them up to 42 psi and turned the key to be greeted by "Low Transponder Battery". (also from November) Pushed the starter button and ... It's Alive!

Went into house and got my helmet and my 14 yr old daughter asked if she could go for the ride ... YES!

Went for a nice 20 minute ride on my favorite local loop and parked it back at the front of the garage.
 

freebird6

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Murphs Bearinged Up shifter last week on the new to me 2018. .. TOok it for a ride. I had forgot what a difference in feel. Shifter is accurate and positive. Had been noticing that I was feeling unsuredness with the shift but Murphs piece is really a difference maker for me. Click Click Click.
 

kzz1king

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I feel the 7.5K mile platinum NGK spark plug mileage change is hogwash, however, air filter replacement interval is 11K miles ➡️ mine is always ready for a change by that point. So no surprises how dirty your air filter was.
Changed my plugs at 34k and 78k. Looked great both times.
 

laker9142

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I just finished up with a spring tune up on a fellow cogger/good friend's concours. I can do one of these in a week if anyone is interested. I don't work too hard! $1000 for everything you see, plus parts. I buy from Partshark.com, which is the cheapest I've ever found. I can do about anything else on a concours you can think of without needing a KDS.
 

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texas.devops

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Just did my first update. Madstad windshield bracket. There is a bigger gap on the side than I care for, but it will work for now.

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Next up is this crampbuster and tie down rings. Anyone have a picture of locations to add the tie down bracket? I have 4 I want to place.
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Yeah, I had a feeling those brackets were going to make a pretty sizable gap, thus making a channel for any rain to rush straight up and into the pocket.

Thx for the excellent photos!
 

donjuan97447810

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Yeah, I had a feeling those brackets were going to make a pretty sizable gap, thus making a channel for any rain to rush straight up and into the pocket.

Thx for the excellent photos!
I'm hoping the gap underneath is ok for rain. Someone mentioned there is no issue.

What I don't like is that the fairing has a big cap. See pic. Not the end of the world, I can live with it.
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Just Cliff

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Just did my first update. Madstad windshield bracket. There is a bigger gap on the side than I care for, but it will work for now.

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That gap does take some getting used too. I hated it at first also, just depends on your priorities looks or function. RDL seats, canyon cages & fender extenders are all ugly as hell, but they work.

Yeah, I had a feeling those brackets were going to make a pretty sizable gap, thus making a channel for any rain to rush straight up and into the pocket.

This keeps getting brought up by someone with no experience with these brackets, much like saying a tire is junk you've never tried. Speaking with many miles of rain riding with these brackets it's non-issue!
 

donjuan97447810

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That gap does take some getting used too. I hated it at first also, just depends on your priorities looks or function. RDL seats, canyon cages & fender extenders are all ugly as hell, but they work.



This keeps getting brought up by someone with no experience with these brackets, much like saying a tire is junk you've never tried. Speaking with many miles of rain riding with these brackets it's non-issue!
I agree. Always prefer function over looks. I may try to tighten it down a little more. But I've accepted it. This weekend I get a new helmet and will test her out.
 

texas.devops

South Central AAD
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This keeps getting brought up by someone with no experience with these brackets, much like saying a tire is junk you've never tried. Speaking with many miles of rain riding with these brackets it's non-issue!

Cliff, apologies if it’s been coming across wrong. Based on what you’re saying, I’m interested to hear what DonJuan’s experience is going to be. Not trying to kick dirt on your shoes amigo!

My experience with the stock windshield is that when I have it up in a rainstorm I get a lot of spray over the instrument panel, and it worse if I have the vent open because I’m trying to cut down on the buffeting. You’ve got infinitely more miles in the saddle than I do so I’ll take what you’re sharing on faith and wait for more input.

Hope you have an excellent weekend of riding! AB
 

Pmack

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Installed new Lithium battery. The engineer responsible for ease of battery replacement should be fired.
Body color battery cover(1 bolt) on top of black battery cover(4 bolts).
Remove those covers to reveal a metal bar holding the battery tray(2 bolts).
Remove -/+ lead wires from battery as you are sliding battery tray out(2 bolts), then remove the strap holding the battery to the battery tray.
My ground wire ring terminal was cracked where it attaches to the frame, so I replaced the ring terminal.
New battery in, now I can go wash and get it ready to ride for the season.
 

kzz1king

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I seen a heat shield on another Delk a guy was selling. Got one on amazon for $16. I have burnt my leg, boots and pants so this was worth a shot. It didn't fit the curve well so I shortened it and it's not to shabby for a generic part . Pics aren't to good. It's crammed in the corner waiting for a bit of good weather.

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kzz1king

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I seen a heat shield on another Delk a guy was selling. Got one on amazon for $16. I have burnt my leg, boots and pants so this was worth a shot. It didn't fit the curve well so I shortened it and it's not to shabby for a generic part . Pics aren't to good. It's crammed in the corner waiting for a bit of good weather.

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Just Cliff

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Cliff, apologies if it’s been coming across wrong. Based on what you’re saying, I’m interested to hear what DonJuan’s experience is going to be. Not trying to kick dirt on your shoes amigo!

My experience with the stock windshield is that when I have it up in a rainstorm I get a lot of spray over the instrument panel, and it worse if I have the vent open because I’m trying to cut down on the buffeting. You’ve got infinitely more miles in the saddle than I do so I’ll take what you’re sharing on faith and wait for more input.

Hope you have an excellent weekend of riding! AB
I probably could have worded that differently. I don't always translate my thoughts into written words well, forum, text or emails it doesn't matter.
 

Bagger John

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Spent more money on the electronics side of my '12 project. Got a pair of Auxito 600K headlamps to replace the HID units I have been running. Installed the radio control unit mount on the riser blocks and installed the arm for my IC-703+ control head. Found a bracket (that I hope works) for the control head of my Motochello MC-200, and managed to snag another complete unit...cheap. That one will probably go on the '08 after this project is finished.

Had designed a bunch of handlebar mounting brackets on CAD for the various control switches for my HF/6M and 2M/440 ham rigs. Got prototypes back...corrected all my "off by one" errors and will resubmit the files for the final versions.

As soon as it gets warm enough to remove the tank I've got to pop it off and install all the various control and power lines this project will need. There's a bunch.
 

texas.devops

South Central AAD
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I probably could have worded that differently. I don't always translate my thoughts into written words well, forum, text or emails it doesn't matter.

No blood, no foul Cliff. :^ ) It's all good. I don't sweat the petty stuff, but have been known to pet the sweaty stuff (when she ain't too mad about me riding all the time). LOL
 

KiowaEagle

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Installed an Admore Light Bar Pro to make my a$$ look brighter (it already looks big).

I purchased the Kawasaki wire harness and it was easy. Except for the part clearly marked in the instructions that I didn't bother to read that said if the tail light doesn't work to swap the red & blue wires. The rest was literally plug & play.

This light is BRIGHT and I especially like the fact it has an accelerometer to activate the brake light when engine braking. Plus it has progressive turn signals. I've wanted them since I first saw them as a kid on the Mercury Cougar!
 

Bagger John

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Installed an Admore Light Bar Pro to make my a$$ look brighter (it already looks big).
For the '12 project I mentioned above I'm going to use two pairs of Whelen TIR3/LIN3 amber and red lights mounted to the rear of the police radio box in a dual light housing. It's already configured for this particular light model combo (I researched the required parts for months). The sides of the box will accommodate a single -3 series light along with an 0S-series marker. I'll set these up with red lights and control them via a handlebar mounted switch.

Rear ambers become auxiliary turn signals and rear reds, auxiliary brake/running lights.

My '08...originally I was going to utilize a set of Feniex lights and a custom mounting arrangement on the radio box. Finding the correct Whelen lights eliminated the need and now I have a couple of pairs of excess lights. What to do? Well, mechanical engineering via CAD is like riding a bicycle: You never really forget how. Both of my C14s have a custom antenna mounting bracket/trunk plate riser that's 1" high; it mounts atop the OEM tail rails and a Phil's Farkles trunk plate is mounted atop it.

The rear horizontal arm of this mount is where the antenna brackets themselves attach, along with a pair of helmet locks. I started thinking about designing a unified mounting plate which will allow the Feniex lights to be attached along with a pair of SO-239 mounts for the antennas; one on each side of my V46L. SendCutSend (who I use for my laser-cut prototypes) now offers bending services. As soon as I get the '12 far enough along I'm going to design a few different models of the bracket (for various types of lights) and provide details for it and the trunk riser/mount assembly for anyone who's wanting to reproduce the setup. One of my old coworkers originally did the parts for me, and he or Phil could fabricate them if anyone wants a set.

Somewhat of a niche market item, but I can't be the only Concours 14 rider running radio gear on the bike.
 
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Strawboss

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As it was snowing, I lit off the wood burner in the garage and went about looking over the new bike. I was able to transfer the Throttlemeister from the C-10 and it looks like if I want to, the peg lowerers from the C-10 will bolt up also with minimal work. I plan to ride the bike this season to see if I need to change the ergos at all.
 

Bud

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I'd get pulled over with it and the cop would probably sting me harder. I used one in the 55 mph days on the interstate. Now it seems nobody notices or cares about 80 mph out there. I really don't like spending money on speeding tickets so I try to keep it reasonable. The only time I see really high speeds is out in the sticks on two lane roads where I have never seen a cop.
 

brobbins671440

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Would have made zero difference in my case, laser instant.

My concern with rigging up a radar detector is thinking I am invincible with it, just me, but that is how my mind works.
You can get lucky and pick up laser bouncing off other cars assuming there's enough traffic ahead. I've found the bigger threat to invincibility to be running up on an unmarked car that isn't running any radar. Either way, you're right and will eventually get popped if you push your luck.
 

ZXtasy

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Speeding on straight stuff to me is like, well...kissing your sister. I only tend to ignore posted suggestions of velocity as mentioned, on back roads and twisty bits where there are fewer cops and they usually only get a dab of the brakes and then say, oh heck...let em go.
 

texas.devops

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Was time to change air filter. Actually late by 2.5k miles, but I’m not overly concerned. Not too much riding around salt water or construction zones.

OEM wasn’t actually all that bad. Was at the end of lifecycle for those who care about such things though.

K&N has gone in and will be washed & dried at next fluid change cycle.
 

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kzz1king

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Speeding on straight stuff to me is like, well...kissing your sister. I only tend to ignore posted suggestions of velocity as mentioned, on back roads and twisty bits where there are fewer cops and they usually only get a dab of the brakes and then say, oh heck...let em go.
I ride almost entirely 2 lane rural roads. It's gets pretty boring slugging across the prairie. I'm gonna speed despite your analogy 😄
 

Strawboss

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Ordered one of Phil's racks, a set of Hyper-Lites, and a Fenda Extenda. Looked at the Admore stuff but liked the hyper-lites like I have on my C-10, almost the same but half the price.

 

robby1953

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In the last week replaced my angels with new home mounted and balanced angels on my modified Harbor Freight motorcycle tire changer, yet to replace the windscreen with a new OEM windscreen this week, ready for coolant flush and replace with new coolant this weekend. getting ready for the 22 Nationals in Arkansas.
5/03/22 Update, also replaced batteries in TPMs, installed the new windscreen, replaced 7 of the 8 coolant hoses after a complete coolant flush, still waiting on the last hose to be delivered. Apparently the oil cooler to radiator hose is a endangered species unless maybe some dealers have in stock, most of the parts on line shops I searched were back-ordered from Kawasaki, finally scored the last in stock at Partszilla.com to be delivered this week I hope. Then re-fill with new coolant, run checking for leaks finally replacing all the plastic (I hope successfully) and a road test before loading up for Arkansas.
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danmcdermott@me.com

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Just did my first update. Madstad windshield bracket. There is a bigger gap on the side than I care for, but it will work for now.

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I am curious to hear your impressions of the windshield bracket. When I installed one on my bike I noticed an instant and dramatic improvement in wind noise and buffeting.
 

donjuan97447810

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I am curious to hear your impressions of the windshield bracket. When I installed one on my bike I noticed an instant and dramatic improvement in wind noise and buffeting.
Major improvement. I'm able to ride the highway now and enjoy it. On regular roads I barely feel any buffeting. I like the second notch from the top and put the factory windshield about eye level. I do feel like the factory windshield indents in the side do add some wind. So not critical now, but I may get the MRA X-Creen at some point.
 

fastenova

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(Yesterday) I installed the McCruise kit on my '11 C14. Went very smoothly, took my time and everything came online as expected when I turned the ignition on the first time. Took me a couple of tries to get the servo calibration/freeplay set correctly, but I am 95% sure it was user error. I was able to run through their 'diagnostic' process to make sure all of the safety mechanisms were functioning.

I was hoping to take it for a quick spin around the block to test the cruise control at 25MPH before I put all the fairings back on, but we got snow last night... so I may end up just putting it all back together, as it will be a few more days before it's nice enough to ride.

Their kit is essentially plug and play, with very detailed instructions. The wiring harness is perfectly designed, and my friend who helped with the install and I both think it all looks OEM.

Anyway, keeping my fingers crossed for some better weather so I can test it out!
 
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2andblue

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(Yesterday) I installed the McCruise kit on my '11 C14. Went very smoothly, took my time and everything came online as expected when I turned the ignition on the first time…..
I currently have a new in box Rostra cruise control and been eyeing if McCruise is more of what I really expected. I am not a fan of splicing wiring and wish I knew how to make pig tails and convert the Rostra to more plug / play.

Looking forward to hearing how your system works.

Lastly, When did you order the McCruise system and how long did it take to get?

Wayne, Carol & Blue
 

fastenova

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Wayne,

I ordered on 3/14 and received via DHL on 3/24. I'm in Oregon, I'd guess that elsewhere in the states may add a day or two, as I believe this went through customs in Los Angeles?

While I do have the knowledge and experience needed to make up my own wiring harnesses, I don't have the time! I had considered the Rostra, and while I think I probably could have knocked that out in a long weekend after poring over the factory wiring diagrams, I felt it was better to spend the extra $$ and know that it'll work the first time and I'd have great technical support if needed. Plus, I intend to take this bike a long ways from home, and if something goes wrong, I don't want to be stuck on the side of the road wishing I had a multimeter to test connections on a universal kit that has multiple solder joints in hard to access locations!

I'll report back on the functionality once it dries out & warms up a little bit. We had snow in April - the first time in the last 80 years that they've been taking records. 🤷‍♂️
 
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prock1951

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I'd get pulled over with it and the cop would probably sting me harder. I used one in the 55 mph days on the interstate. Now it seems nobody notices or cares about 80 mph out there. I really don't like spending money on speeding tickets so I try to keep it reasonable. The only time I see really high speeds is out in the sticks on two lane roads where I have never seen a cop.
Reasonable is the key word! I've done some crazy riding (speed) and sense(d) the "man" and slow(d) down immediately! 9 out of 10 times I was correct, he was sitting off to the side! I hope my old age will save me a really expensive paper!
 
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