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Jul 20th 2018, 06:23 AM   #1
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Tahuyah

Tiniest ride report follows:

I have been riding in and around Kitsap since 1991.

Yesterday evening I went for a ride after dinner.



By about halfway through the ride I noticed something was different from almost every other ride I've ever had in this county.

There were no cars.

I mean, it was freaking eerie how few cars there were on the road.



And it changed everything.

I cruised along, riding how I wanted to ride instead of how Jethro wanted to drive.



I saw things I've never seen before.



There were no emergencies or near-misses (near-hits?).

I felt great.

I've never hit so many green lights.

I felt like Mav, but, you know, before he killed Goose.



I think I am going to become a night rider.

NOT THIS KIND:



It was brilliant.

Had to stop here and turn around because C14 not-equals good ADV.

What a great ride it was.



BTW: I think the C14 might just be the best bike I've ever had or seen or been near. What a beautiful piece of engineering. Just.Wow.
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Edited by Sentinel on Jul 20th 2018 at 07:00 AM
Jul 20th 2018, 09:07 AM   #2
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Nice write up, yo... occurrence's such as yours are rare and few and seemingly far between. But when they do happen, one enters a zen like state and re-appreciates why we do on two wheels what we do. When something like that happens to me, it makes me feel so grateful to be alive, to be fortunate enough to experience these technological wonders that move us from place to place with joy and verve.

I've been thinkin about trading in my Aprilia for a ZX-14R, and to read that you're so enjoying your C14 only inspires me to move forward. The Ape is great, but she's getting up there in miles and parts are becoming scarce and I don't have the mechanical aptitude or patience to maintain her the way she deserves. Not only that, but it's a challenge to say the least to find a decent mechanic who will work on them. The Ape dealer in PDX has not instilled confidence in me with their expertise (or lack thereof), so i'm left with little choices. Time to move to the Kawasaki beast...
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Jul 20th 2018, 10:16 AM   #3
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Just Do It.

Free advice - if you find one that has more than about 15000 miles make sure the initial valve adjustment has been done. Very expensive to do and many guys sell their bikes when they are due for that maintenance rather than pay the thousand bucks for it.

Other than that - bullet-proof and amazing. I have a story about a guy on a ZX14 who I was riding with in the mountains. I thought I could beat him up the hill on my Ninja 1000 but he rode that ZX like it was nothing. It was embarrasing how fast he got that thing up the mountain.

I am averaging almst 46 mpg on the C14 and I love they way I can scoot around at 70 mph at 3200 rpm. That's the beauty - it just feels like everything comes EASY to this bike. No stress no strain.

And - heated grips!!!!

Edited by Sentinel on Jul 20th 2018 at 10:21 AM
Jul 20th 2018, 10:34 AM   #4
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Aww...heated grips. Never had them on any of my bikes. 1st world problem, right? So i'm reading all the reviews and such, wondering which gen I should get. Pro's and con's for all. But I think I'm leaning toward the 012 and later. Might as well move up to the 1441 cc beast. I'm not sure about the TC and all that crap, but if ya can't beat em, join em. I've never had a bike with all the electronic gadgetry that the newer ones have, so that'll take some getting used to, but it'll give me something to play with on the new ride...
Jul 20th 2018, 10:57 AM   #5
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
That electronic stuff is an interesting phenomenon in bikes. On one hand I don't want a bunch of self-adjusting forks and throttle modes and such. But I can say that ABS has saved me already at least once I know of on the C14 as I was getting used to the bike. I did a last-moment stop to take a picture and hit the front brake really hard. As I moved toward the edge of the road there was a bit of actual sand. As the front tire rolled over it I could feel that ABS pulsing, keeping the wheels underneath me instead of the reverse. Would have dropped it for sure otherwise, I think. And yesterday I ran into some newish pavement and there was a stripe of sand in the middle of the lane from inadequate cleanup. I was on the gas when I hit it and I could feel the TCS modulating the throttle to keep me from spinning the rear wheel. I felt....weird. But it saved me with no fuss no muss. So I would pay the ABS and TCS on a Kawasaki. Don't know about any other bikes though. I have heard some of them are clunky and anoying. But Kawasaki has got it figured out at least as far as I am concerned.
Jul 20th 2018, 11:19 AM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Molalla

  2007 Aprilia Tuono Factory, 2010 Honda VFR 1200f DCT
Chya, all the mags seem to like the fact that Kawi has it all dialed in, in the sense that it compensates for our "lack of skills", for safety's sake, but doesn't over do it in the sense that it takes over everything, more or less. I'm not a fan of the Euro manufacturers insistence on creating software that seems to override all the riders' inputs at the expense of "safety". I can't imagine the repair bills 5 years down the road when the sensors and modules go tits up.. job security for maintenance and repair bills, I guess. I can say, however, that I agree with you regarding the ABS systems tho, the awesome MotoGP derived linked braking system on my VFR is simply outstanding. That being said, I am old school in wanting to be in control of the throttle and suspension settings. Oh well...s'all good in the hood. Rubber side down, me brudda..
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