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« Reply #100 on: October 19, 2010, 07:50:24 pm »

SquareMan,

What frame sliders do you have on your ZX?

I'll be doing some more mods to mine over the winter.

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« Reply #101 on: October 19, 2010, 08:20:54 pm »


People crib a lot about hayabusa brakes. Thats the only beef I have heard not to say the beluga whale looks. ZX-14 is more like a blue whale though - prettier than the beluga  Twofinger



   Blue whale, white whale, it all looks pretty good, don't you think?
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« Reply #102 on: October 19, 2010, 11:37:10 pm »


SquareMan,

What frame sliders do you have on your ZX?

I'll be doing some more mods to mine over the winter.

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Tuner X Factory No Cut frame sliders.  They have multiple mount points, supposedly for better dispersion of energy in a drop to keep from damaging the mounts or the slider base.  For reference, here is a link to them on eBay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/No-Cut-Frame-Sliders-KAWASAKI-ZZR1400-ZZR-ZX14-ZX-14-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem563beb428cQQitemZ370372461196QQptZMotorcyclesQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

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« Reply #103 on: June 15, 2013, 01:07:18 am »



I had the Heli risers on for a while and they worked great for shorter trips but as I started to do longer trips my neck would bother me so I went with the LSL kit which worked out great; then I mounted a set of Renthal bars and picked up another inch or so.

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bringing this back from the dead.   any one know the model number or link to these exact bars. Im looking  to use this bar with the lsl kit too.
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« Reply #104 on: June 15, 2013, 09:49:53 pm »






bringing this back from the dead.   any one know the model number or link to these exact bars. Im looking  to use this bar with the lsl kit too.



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« Reply #105 on: March 31, 2015, 05:06:43 pm »

Since selling the FJR1300 I've been experimenting on how to set-up the ZX14 for long runs. Notice the homemade ball mount for my XM radio and 12V outlet on handlebars. Of course, I do have handlebars and lowered footpegs. The only thing I need now is a bit higher windscreen. The MRA out of Germany looks good but I'm still checking.

The large bag on the passenger seat has my tent, sleeping pad and sleeping blanket(55* plus). I've also got in the bag a rear wheel roller and lube for  every other gas stop. The side bags have clothes, toiletries/towel, jacket and shoes. The tank bag has heated pants, warm gloves and balaclava(sp?), maps and camera.

I'm ready for the road!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #106 on: April 04, 2015, 12:33:53 pm »

Nice work.  ZX14R is high on my next bike list.  Had a C14 and loved the smooth engine, which is one of the very few I4 I like, but didn't like the 700lbs weight.

One draw back of the ZX is insurance.  I checked and I would have to change ins co to keep from being hammered.
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« Reply #107 on: April 05, 2015, 09:26:31 am »


Nice work.  ZX14R is high on my next bike list.  Had a C14 and loved the smooth engine, which is one of the very few I4 I like, but didn't like the 700lbs weight.

One draw back of the ZX is insurance.  I checked and I would have to change ins co to keep from being hammered.



You and I seem to have very similar tastes in bikes. I was this  >< close to buying a ZX14 instead of the VFR. Toured out ZX14's are beautiful bikes, and while different in delivery, the power kills anything short of a Busa. I'd say the refinement level of the ZX14 is also an unsung quality - still want one.

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« Reply #108 on: April 07, 2015, 09:04:55 am »

I believe part of the reason the C14 is so well liked is precisely because it is based on the very refined ZX14 package.  With the immense power and classy cockpit, it plays the role of a flagship sportbike very well.  IMO better than the VFR1200 did for Honda.  Most of Kawasaki's ZX14 advertising emphasize drag racing and HP bragging rights, which is unfortunate, as it tilts the demographic towards risk takers and jacks up the insurance premium.

I look at it as an open class sportbike that tours well.  I still like the overall package of VFR1200's narrow V4 and shaft drive better, but now that I just sold off my SV1000S, it's time to get serious about finding a stablemate.
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« Reply #109 on: April 07, 2015, 11:22:44 am »

I liked my first one so much I bought another and set it up exactly the same.  I was able to transfer all of the aftermarket goodies from my first one to the second one.  My local body shop threw a new coat of paint on the saddle bags for me and the transformation was complete.  Here are pics of both bikes on sport touring duty.

My first one doing what it did best (I returned it to stock configuration and sold it after buying the second one).



My second one (and current ride) farkled out and once again doing what it does best.



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« Reply #110 on: April 07, 2015, 11:40:36 am »

Vol- Full coverage insurance is a bit over $300 per year for the ZX14. I sold the FJR so next bill will reflect only one bike which may raise the rate.

Vol and Dan- When I bought the ZX14 new I could not believe how smooth and vibration free it was. Smoothest bike I'd ever ridden.

NDY- How does the Laminar Lip work? I just bought a Zero Gravity touring windscreen that is in the mail and will be on bike this weekend. I actually like the looks of the LL better than what I bought but I'm thinking the barn door ZG will be better for the riding I will do. Blue bikes run best!!!!!

I'll post some pictures of new windscreen and soft bag brackets I made to secure them and keep them off painted parts this weekend.
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« Reply #111 on: April 07, 2015, 11:49:51 am »


NDY- How does the Laminar Lip work? I just bought a Zero Gravity touring windscreen that is in the mail and will be on bike this weekend. I actually like the looks of the LL better than what I bought but I'm thinking the barn door ZG will be better for the riding I will do. Blue bikes run best!!!!!


The laminar lip in the pics on both of my bikes is mounted in the recommended position over a stock windscreen.  It works well for me.  I'm 5'10" and the wind hits me just at the top of my helmet with the lip installed.  I know some guys who have drilled another set of mounting holes into the lip and have mounted it so it sits higher up on the windscreen.  They may be taller than me, I guess that would direct the wind up a bit higher for a taller rider, I don't find it necessary.  I also ran a laminar lip over the stock windscreen on my old ZZR1200.  I'm a fan of the product.
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« Reply #112 on: April 07, 2015, 07:09:20 pm »

BiB, I did a check with Progressive to see what a late model ZX14R would be.  Progressive now requires a VIN to do a quote online  Sad so I grabbed a '13 ABS model off the web and plugged it in... HORRORS!!  EEK! more than double what I'm paying for the Speed Triple R, which is known for being a hooligan bike.  And that's with multi-bike discount with my VFR1200 Headscratch  I would hate to see what it would be as my only bike.

Just for giggles, I checked Geico and they are a bit more reasonable.  Still a few $100's/yr more than the S3R.

I'm sure an earlier ZX14's would be cheaper to insure.  I remember both my '08 ZX10R and '08 RSV1000R Factory were both way much cheaper to insure than their late model equivalent.   But... if I do decide on a ZX14, I really want a '13+ with TC+ABS.
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« Reply #113 on: April 08, 2015, 01:18:08 pm »


BiB, I did a check with Progressive to see what a late model ZX14R would be.  Progressive now requires a VIN to do a quote online  Sad so I grabbed a '13 ABS model off the web and plugged it in... HORRORS!!  EEK! more than double what I'm paying for the Speed Triple R, which is known for being a hooligan bike.  And that's with multi-bike discount with my VFR1200 Headscratch  I would hate to see what it would be as my only bike.

Just for giggles, I checked Geico and they are a bit more reasonable.  Still a few $100's/yr more than the S3R.

I'm sure an earlier ZX14's would be cheaper to insure.  I remember both my '08 ZX10R and '08 RSV1000R Factory were both way much cheaper to insure than their late model equivalent.   But... if I do decide on a ZX14, I really want a '13+ with TC+ABS.


Nice thought, but no, the older ones aren't much cheaper. Over $1000 per year for my 08, clean record, no claims or tickets, just shy of 50 years years old with 30+ years riding experience and insurance history. Apparently you gots to pay to play...
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« Reply #114 on: April 08, 2015, 01:29:22 pm »


Apparently you gots to pay to play...

Or, in my case, it would be to pay for somebody else to play.  Lol

Back when I had the C14, I felt the exact opposite, riding that "old man's bike" like a madman, and paying pretty much cruiser/bagger rates for insurance.   Razz
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« Reply #115 on: April 08, 2015, 07:11:18 pm »

Every state is different on insurance. Don't see how I'm getting off so lucky. Although, I have a $1,000 deductible.

Some pictures of my new fairing. Ordered it over weekend and got it last night, Tuesday. Can't beat that for free shipping! I've never been a fan of the Zero Gravity sport touring windscreen and how it looks. But I got it for the function. I think I will be pretty much free of wind.

I've got the XM radio and 12V plugged in on the handlebars. And the brackets I made for the soft bags. They are made of 1 1/4" aluminum angle and 1/4" steel. Work great to keep the bags off paint and I use small bungees to wrap around the soft bags they don't bounce around and follow lines of bike.     Bigok

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« Reply #116 on: April 11, 2015, 10:00:51 am »

Statefarm will take care of you Volfy.  
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« Reply #117 on: April 12, 2015, 10:28:39 am »


Statefarm will take care of you Volfy.  

I might give them  a try again, but IIRC they require you to do auto and bike together.  I was a loyal SF customer for 15+yrs.  Never ever filed a claim.  Then they started to screw me on my homeowners premiums, raising rates yrs after yr.  Finally got fed up and left.

I'll see if they do online these days.  Don't  much care to go thru agents, now that I got used to online.
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« Reply #118 on: April 12, 2015, 11:03:46 am »

Anybody have Givi V35s and a top case mounted on 2012+ ZX14R?  I sorta remember reading somewhere that the exhaust cans needed to be lowered slightly to clear the V35s.

Right now, it's between ZX14R,  K1300S, and Sprint GT.  The Kawi's refinement and power puts it up front.  Take in insurance cost as a consideration and it's dead last. Sad  With the BMW and Triumph, my insurance premium actually decreases vs. The S3R... with Progressive, Geico and DairyLand.  Nuts, when I'll be doing the same sort of sport touring on any of the 3.
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« Reply #119 on: April 12, 2015, 02:18:25 pm »

State farm insures my 14 only.
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