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May 7th 2016, 04:17 PM   #31
 MadMeanstreak's Avatar
 
  Mar 2016
  Bellingham

  Kawasaki Connie14
lol, so many Connies.... I'd be down for an All-Connie ride at some point, would be fun/cool event. Just an idea
May 7th 2016, 06:36 PM   #32
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Quote:
Originally Posted by MadMeanstreak
lol, so many Connies.... I'd be down for an All-Connie ride at some point, would be fun/cool event. Just an idea
The COG forum has the Bun Cooler coming up. C14's and C10's from all over the USA attend.

Bun Cooler 25th Anniversary Information - May 13 - 15, 2016
May 8th 2016, 04:11 PM   #33
 KRUKOV's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  "A" Town

  2 Kawi
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadMeanstreak
lol, so many Connies.... I'd be down for an All-Connie ride at some point, would be fun/cool event. Just an idea
I'm in
May 9th 2016, 07:55 PM   #34
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  16' Tuono Factory, 15' Kawi Concours
So after a couple of hundred miles in the saddle last weekend, I can say that now I get it. I had ridden a friends Connie for a short ride and liked it, but now I get it.

My first impressions are 95% percent positive. The surprisingly agile handling, power, wind protection etc are all incredible. Why not 100%? I have long legs and the seat feels like it could use some tweaking. I'll put a few more miles on it before I make any kind of decision as to whether I do anything with the seat. I couldn't come up with much that I want to change, tank grips, throttle lock and eventually a Corbin top box and that's about it. Damn near perfect. Hell, the suspension feels like it's been tuned. The only thing that I've put a wrench to was to take a ton of slack out of the throttle. The windshield vent is interesting. When you get up to about 70 mph with the windshield fully raised there is an odd pressure that pushes you forward in the saddle. Open the vent and it all but disappears.

I will say that I prefer to use the windshield in the raised position in the 50-60 mph range. Below or above that the down position feels better. I'm looking forward to many years, many miles and a million smiles from this one.

An odd bit occurred regarding the fob and keys. When I pick up the bike it had one fob, one small transponder with a key in it and the primary key in the ignition. The key that slides into the back of the fob was missing. I asked my friend who had a Connie how many fobs he had and with his he had received two (2008). Later models on came with one. So I'm missing the one key. I ordered one from my local dealer to replace it. This weekend I was digging around under the seat familiarizing myself with whats there, and I see a bit of a zip lock sticking out from under the aft most portion of the tail fairing. Whoohoo! Found the key.
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Edited by Boatdriver on May 9th 2016 at 08:03 PM
May 9th 2016, 09:16 PM   #35
 Balut's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Bellingham

Maybe the R6 throttle mod will work on that.
May 10th 2016, 03:58 AM   #36
 GPD323's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

I regards to the FOB. You better lanyard it and find a good place to secure it like a pocket and put a "if found" reward on it. Go to the COG forum and read the lost fob stories. I am one of them.

I have never carried a spare key in my lifetime riding, the C14 now I always carry the spare because mine disappeared over a bridge railing in a quilted liner never to be found again. Stuck in Willow Creek CA for 1.5 days till UPS could deliver my spare. I also encountered severe cold inclement weather (ice/snow) and hit a deer on the maiden trip on my C14. Quite the first long distance ride on the C14. Deer just bounced off the canyon cage and cracked the lower fairing! Stayed upright!

Get the MCE canyon cages!
May 10th 2016, 09:20 AM   #37
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  16' Tuono Factory, 15' Kawi Concours
Quote:
Originally Posted by Balut
Maybe the R6 throttle mod will work on that.
5 minutes with a pair of wrenches and it's perfect
May 10th 2016, 09:24 AM   #38
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  16' Tuono Factory, 15' Kawi Concours
Quote:
Originally Posted by GPD323
I regards to the FOB. You better lanyard it and find a good place to secure it like a pocket and put a "if found" reward on it. Go to the COG forum and read the lost fob stories. I am one of them.

I have never carried a spare key in my lifetime riding, the C14 now I always carry the spare because mine disappeared over a bridge railing in a quilted liner never to be found again. Stuck in Willow Creek CA for 1.5 days till UPS could deliver my spare. I also encountered severe cold inclement weather (ice/snow) and hit a deer on the maiden trip on my C14. Quite the first long distance ride on the C14. Deer just bounced off the canyon cage and cracked the lower fairing! Stayed upright!

Get the MCE canyon cages!
That was certainly a rough start. I'm thinking of putting a spare key somewhere on the bike, just not somewhere that you need a key to get to. Not quite sure what the previous owners plan was.
May 10th 2016, 04:34 PM   #39
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  Jan 2016
  Spanaway

Quote:
Originally Posted by Boatdriver
That was certainly a rough start. I'm thinking of putting a spare key somewhere on the bike, just not somewhere that you need a key to get to. Not quite sure what the previous owners plan was.
better research the KIPASS because having a spare key is worthless unless you can get the stove top key out of the IG. You need the transponder and or the emergency key.

Kawi used to give you 2 transponders and many would stash it somewhere on the bike, but guess what, all the person needed to do was press on the IG and off they went

google the KIPASS and lost/dead battery/spare key to understand what you are up against.

And you don't want to take the IG stove top key in and out all the time for gas and open the luggage, that introduces potential IG failures.

Get some steel keys made and use them. Leave the stove top key in its place at all times.

bEER ME!
May 10th 2016, 08:54 PM   #40
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland Area

  Kawasaki Concours 14 (2014)
I have a 2014, black, and really like it. I live in Gresham.
I see a lot of these in videos on the web, but have only seen
one other on the road (in Portland).
15K miles, I just installed new PR4 tires, what a ride...
May 10th 2016, 09:10 PM   #41
 
  Jan 2016
  Portland Area

  Kawasaki Concours 14 (2014)
Here's a ride review video. I think the guy liked it:

Kawasaki GTR1400 Review & Testdrive

May 11th 2016, 07:51 AM   #42
 Boatdriver's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Washington

  16' Tuono Factory, 15' Kawi Concours
Quote:
Originally Posted by mototourist
Here's a ride review video. I think the guy liked it:

Kawasaki GTR1400 Review & Testdrive

That's funny. He was apparently having a great time.
May 11th 2016, 08:42 AM   #43
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  Jan 2016
  Dallas, Oregon

  Baby Ninja
So. When ya' gunna bring that thing down here so we: can see it? (oh, and see you too???)
May 11th 2016, 10:38 AM   #44
 KRUKOV's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  "A" Town

  2 Kawi
Quote:
Originally Posted by Balut
Maybe the R6 throttle mod will work on that.
That it does, I've installed it on 4 C14's to date
May 11th 2016, 05:58 PM   #45
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  Jan 2016
  Bellingham

Quote:
Originally Posted by KRUKOV
That it does, I've installed it on 4 C14's to date
Do you have a spare throttle I can put on my bike? Or maybe pm me the Part number so I can get one.
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