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« Reply #60 on: February 08, 2009, 11:32:30 am »


Beautiful Bikes! I always get tempted looking at zx14s on the showroom floor, just not sure if it would be a practical ride for me (I need the bags, bars etc) You all have just added another choice to my list of "next bike", now if Kawasaki could offer it with a shaft, ala K1200s we'd be talking...


It is called the Concours 14 Wink
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« Reply #61 on: February 10, 2009, 10:42:47 pm »

You are so right, and I suspect if I decide to plunk down my hard earned cash with Team Green, it will be for the Concours, but that ZX-14 still stirs the stale brew of my aged testosterone tank...
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« Reply #62 on: February 11, 2009, 09:23:03 am »

very nice bike keendog Thumbsup
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« Reply #63 on: February 11, 2009, 02:59:42 pm »

Here's what I use for my long distance doings: http://www.cycleventure.com/products/pack_system/index.htm

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii304/Motorsyko/Rack003.jpg
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« Reply #64 on: March 28, 2009, 01:08:22 am »

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e365/motordog1/swmotechattachments.jpg

This is what is left when you take the SW Motech racks off. It takes just 30 seconds to take them on or off. You can also use these racks with a fender eliminator.

The Rick Mayer seat is just a little lower than the stock seat but is also a bit wider so you end up at about the same place.
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« Reply #65 on: March 28, 2009, 10:29:45 am »


http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e365/motordog1/swmotechattachments.jpg

This is what is left when you take the SW Motech racks off. It takes just 30 seconds to take them on or off. You can also use these racks with a fender eliminator.

The Rick Mayer seat is just a little lower than the stock seat but is also a bit wider so you end up at about the same place.


If you eliminate the fender, don't you lose that 4th mounting point across the back of the plate bracket?
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« Reply #66 on: May 25, 2009, 11:30:51 pm »

Oh shit! Now I'm gona spend some money. Where you at, motordog1. I wanta see it in person.
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« Reply #67 on: March 18, 2010, 08:12:24 pm »

Ok all you zx14 touring nutbags, bumping this up for some insight. I'm considering getting one, test riding one tomorrow with the wife, and want to know how you guys are making out so far. What kind of mileage can you realistically do in a day, or say a 4 day trip, is it painful, if so, is it worth the pain, do you have trouble controlling your speed, etc., etc.

We'll be coming off a C-14, just kinda tired of the weight, don't need a full out touring bike anymore (did an 8K mile trip last year), and want something with better power to weight ratio. I love the black ones in this thread. Would set it up similar to what we have with the Connie (bags, heat, seat, screen, bar risers), I know it won't be as comfy as the Connie, but I can get it close, right?

Speaking of heat, can the alternator handle 2 sets of heat, heated grips, GPS, and radar at the same time? We like to ride in the cold. What have some of you done for wind management?

Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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« Reply #68 on: March 18, 2010, 11:57:27 pm »

Here's my rendition....

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/dmarklar/ZX/Marsh.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/dmarklar/Yose09/19Fastcouch.jpg

With Speigler bars, Buell pegs, and a custom Corbin seat, it's almost as upright as my '98 Bandit(which also has taller bars). It's a slightly more sporting position, but not really less comfortable. I Don't really enjoy doing anything over about 400 miles or so in a day, whatever the bike. Being 6-4 has something to do with that I'm sure. Wink 300ish is a perfect day ride for me.  I've done 450 in a day on the ZX(mostly twisties), and the last 50 miles(of slab) I was ready to get off the bike, but it wasn't too bad. That's the farthest I've ever gone in a day, on any bike.

It's an awesome machine, quite sporting, and hides it's weight well. Not quite as quick as my '99 Bandit, but still fun. Wink Lol
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« Reply #69 on: March 19, 2010, 12:07:24 am »

Forgot to say....  low to mid 30s on gas, depending on throttle abuse. If I'm not on it, I can get 150 mile before gas, with a little bit left. I did a 4 day 1000 mile Yosemite ride last summer, just a few months after buying it, and it was great.

My only complaint is engine heat. There are many fixes for this, and I will be pursuing some this spring.

Search around over here----> zx14ninjaforum for a ton of info.
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« Reply #70 on: March 19, 2010, 03:42:22 am »

   I have 43,000 on my 07 with no problems. Mine has the Kawi centerstand and passenger grab handle, both invaluable for maintenance and touring. Pillions find it comfortable enough. I did a 11k trip in 07 averaging 550 a day with no nightime riding. I put on Heli bar risers and an Airhawk seat pad for that trip.
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« Reply #71 on: March 19, 2010, 03:48:01 am »

 Ok all you zx14 touring nutbags, bumping this up for some insight. I'm considering getting one, test riding one tomorrow with the wife, and want to know how you guys are making out so far. What kind of mileage can you realistically do in a day, or say a 4 day trip, is it painful, if so, is it worth the pain, do you have trouble controlling your speed, etc., etc.  Speaking of heat, can the alternator handle 2 sets of heat, heated grips, GPS, and radar at the same time? We like to ride in the cold. What have some of you done for wind management?  Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.  


There's a very big difference in real world terms between the ZX and C14.  I've done 300-400 mile days easily.  Last summer did an 8 day 1800 mi trip but that included some dirt and many smaller back roads (and even a gravel road).  I easily go from 9- 3 or 4 without too much fatigue.  The bike is so smooth.  But I have a Corbin; for long days the stock seat doesn't cut it.  I have alarm, heated grips, powerlet and Zumo on my bike and used all three without any problem.  I have the ZG touring screen; it provides the best protection, Gen Mar risers (give a slightly higher rise) and use soft bags for touring.  Tank runs about 180 depending.  Certainly long enough that you want a stretch.
Beware; the power on the ZX is so much more thrilling than the C14.  Take my word for it, there's no comparison; you will truly sport tour.
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« Reply #72 on: March 19, 2010, 07:18:00 am »


Ok all you zx14 touring nutbags, bumping this up for some insight. I'm considering getting one, test riding one tomorrow with the wife, and want to know how you guys are making out so far. What kind of mileage can you realistically do in a day, or say a 4 day trip, is it painful, if so, is it worth the pain, do you have trouble controlling your speed, etc., etc.


I've done 1000 miles in one day, and I was a bit tired after that but it wasn't too bad.  On the slab I usually get about 200 to a tank before I'm looking, at about 85 mph.  If I'm wicking it up, or in some serious twisties, I'm filling between 160 and 170.  I've got a Corbin, Throttle Meister, and my Givi bags, and no other comfort mods.  I'm considering doing the Buell pegs to give my 37" inseam a bit more leg room, and perhaps a slightly higher double bubble wind screen, and my pipes when I get off my lazy butt, but that's about it.  I had 40K on my 2006 before I got hit, and I'm nearing 10K on my 2008 and she still makes me giggle in my helmet like a mad hatter when I grab a bit of the go handle...which is often...
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« Reply #73 on: March 24, 2010, 03:02:33 pm »


Here's a couple pictures with the Corbins.
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/keendog42/100_2984.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg74/keendog42/100_2991.jpg
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Hooooly crap that is a good looking bike!  I love the beetle bags...definitely go with the bike and the bars look awesome too.  Just curious but can a full size helmet fit?
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« Reply #74 on: April 02, 2010, 12:57:58 pm »

Several nice looking ZX14's setup for touring.  Now who wants to sell theirs to me?   Bigsmile
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« Reply #75 on: April 21, 2010, 06:56:02 am »

not done yet...sargent seat, zg screen, coocase, genmar risers and peg extensions, crampbuster....givi e41 sides (silver tops) and sw quick release will be in and installed next week.

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« Reply #76 on: April 23, 2010, 09:41:40 pm »


Here's my rendition....

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/dmarklar/ZX/Marsh.jpg

http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k227/dmarklar/Yose09/19Fastcouch.jpg

With Speigler bars, Buell pegs, and a custom Corbin seat, it's almost as upright as my '98 Bandit(which also has taller bars). It's a slightly more sporting position, but not really less comfortable. I Don't really enjoy doing anything over about 400 miles or so in a day, whatever the bike. Being 6-4 has something to do with that I'm sure. Wink 300ish is a perfect day ride for me.  I've done 450 in a day on the ZX(mostly twisties), and the last 50 miles(of slab) I was ready to get off the bike, but it wasn't too bad. That's the farthest I've ever gone in a day, on any bike.

It's an awesome machine, quite sporting, and hides it's weight well. Not quite as quick as my '99 Bandit, but still fun. Wink Lol


Big D, that is one purdy ZX in silver.  Nice job! Thumbsup
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« Reply #77 on: April 24, 2010, 04:15:43 am »

Thanks! Bigsmile
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« Reply #78 on: April 27, 2010, 04:15:25 am »

Big D, I'm 6'3" 260.  I don't have bags yet, just pulling a small trailer.  Have you done any rear suspension mods?
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« Reply #79 on: April 27, 2010, 07:22:02 pm »

No, suspension is all stock. I'm 6-4 and around 215, it's not maxed at all, and does fine with ~40lbs in the trunk and tail bag.
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