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Apr 3rd 2019, 06:34 PM   #1
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Bought this today...

Guy delivered it...from Oregon.
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Replaces the C14, which was getting...heavy.
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Apr 3rd 2019, 07:25 PM   #2
 TREX600's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro
Nice :
Apr 3rd 2019, 08:21 PM   #3
 Rock Dodger's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Washington

Looks like FUN!
Apr 3rd 2019, 08:54 PM   #4
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Sweet!
Apr 3rd 2019, 09:06 PM   #5
 Bald Guy's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  KTM SAR Husqvarna Strada, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Sweet!

Wear a blue and black jacket, white and black helmet and pucker a few assholes as you cruise down the highway.

People are going to behave around a black and white bike.

My Concours got heavy a year ago. Miss it, but she is a heavy girl!
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Apr 4th 2019, 04:05 AM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Noice! Yea, the C-14 is heavy but mine serves as my workout plan! But I do have a 420 LB wet ZX-10 in the stable as well.
Enjoy
Apr 4th 2019, 08:39 AM   #7
 Mudslinger's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Seabeck

  Africa Twin
Black and whites freak me out. I planned on a ride today after lunch if you want to go give it a shakedown.
Apr 4th 2019, 09:38 AM   #8
 
  Jan 2016
  Oregon

  2018 Kaw Ninja H2 SX SE
Bitchin' Ride dude...

2013?

I have a Ninja 1000. Similar bike.

Get busy on those Mods!
Apr 4th 2019, 10:20 AM   #9
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mudslinger
Black and whites freak me out. I planned on a ride today after lunch if you want to go give it a shakedown.
Thanks.

But it is not registered yet and it has a big orange oregon plate on it with a big fat "2018" sticker on it so it aint a wise decision to ride until I "render unto Ceaser"...

Gonna do that after work today.
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Apr 4th 2019, 10:57 AM   #10
 Pavement Tested's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Seabeck

  '08 GSX1300R, '06 GSX-R 750, '17 KTM 690 Duke
Thought you previously had one of those?

I see you reached the same realization as I did. The Conny is a good bike but it kind of purpose built and it isn't for fun jaunts.
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Apr 4th 2019, 12:55 PM   #11
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  Feb 2016
  Rent'n

  2002 Honda RC51, 2005 Honda RC51
Sooooooooooooooo….you like Kawi's..eh?

Lovely bike.

Whoa, 1 liter, huh? All right! Well, see you later. (<- I hope folks get this)
Apr 4th 2019, 01:16 PM   #12
 
  May 2016
  Milwaukie, OR

  2016 ZX-10R; 2004 DR-Z 400
Congrats! That looks like a frolicsome machine.
Apr 4th 2019, 01:55 PM   #13
 Sentinel's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
Yeah. I had one a few years ago. GREAT bike. THIs one's a bit more "used" but I'm freshening it up.
Apr 4th 2019, 02:19 PM   #14
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  Mar 2017
  Hillsboro, OR

  Ninja 1000
Nice! I did a similar downsize a few years ago from an FJR1300 to the '14 Ninja 1K. What the engine lacks in character it makes up for in smooth power delivery, though many swear by the Ivan tune: Ivan's Performance Products (Plus if you do that you can drop those really heavy stock cans).

If that rear tire isn't already a 55 series, then moving from a 50 to a 55 on your next change will help speed up turn-in nicely (though here again, many also say you need to additionally raise the forks in the trees to get it proper flickable)...the 55 rear was enough for me.

My biggest issue has been the vague and soft front suspension (though I'm a fatty and it may not be as bad for lighter riders). The suspension is fine until I started to push it and then was miserable at the track regardless of how much preload I put in it. I took it to EDR for heavier springs in the front, but they talked me into a GPSuspension valve kit instead to make the hydraulic damping actually worthwhile. We'll see how much that improves things this year.
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Apr 4th 2019, 04:02 PM   #15
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2013 Kawasaki Ninja 1000 Harlequin
I go maybe 190 in full gear. I like it comfortable for the street, and will not track the bike ever. Also, my knee-dragging days are a few years back, and so comfier is moar better.

That said, the difference between the bikes is ... stark.

that C14 engine is a beautiful thing. Smooth as oiled glass.

The N1K is more ... motorcycle-y.

And, yeah, the 50 on the rear makes all the big Kaws handle heavy. Every review notes it, and my own experience on several of them agrees. BUt the tires on there now have like 100 miles, Road Smart 3's, and so it will be next season when I change them out and I'll go to a 55 Angel.

Just got back from GH.

Had to do it.

Orange plate and all.

Love this bike.

I have done the math, accurate to 3 decimal places, and I have scientifically determined, objectively and irrefutably, that Kawasaki makes the funnest bikes.

;^)
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