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« Reply #200 on: June 02, 2016, 06:29:02 pm »

I've taken a few trips.  Added 2015 Concours Touring Seat last year.  It is about 1" taller than the ZX14r seat.  The seat surface is grippy and the vinyl stays cool to the touch.  I wonder if the Vinyl is Sunbrella material?  I added 2-1" GenMar risers per side.  But adding the Touring Seat knocked off some of the handlebar rise so now I've ordered Convertibars.  I've been reading about McCruise control system and that may be my next modification.
Getting ready for another ride, changing fluids today.
I thought this thread was about modifying a ZX14 for traveling?
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« Reply #201 on: June 02, 2016, 07:49:14 pm »

Bike looks good. Sorry for the derailing of the thread!

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« Reply #202 on: July 11, 2016, 10:59:44 am »

The Convertibars is worth the money.  The kit comes with an 8" vertical shaft that I cut to 4" to clear the fairing.   When I added the handlebar that gives me a 5" rise over the original location.
I mounted my collars directly behind the Fork Tubes and nothing touches the tank plastic.
The photo of the toilet paper tubes on the bars shows the difference of the original bar location and a 6" rise-WOW!
I had to re-route all my electrical lines and the clutch hose.  I added a 6" longer brake hose.
My new handlebar location is 5" higher and 4" pullback.  www.cycle-egro.com  I'm riding in a completely different location.
Reminds me of my 1986 Kawasaki Concours.
I'm 5'10" with average length arms and a 32" inseam.
I've turned my Ninja into a true Sports Tourer.
Save your money on GenMar or Heli spacers, get my setup for handlebar conversion.
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« Reply #203 on: July 11, 2016, 11:05:46 am »

Old position with 2-1" GenMar spacers per side compared to Convertibars.
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« Reply #204 on: July 11, 2016, 01:32:37 pm »

Aside from the brake and clutch lines, what else did you have to extend?

You should think about grinding down the OEM shield so it doesn't show the ridge and mounting tabs. That's a hell of an idea though.
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« Reply #205 on: July 11, 2016, 01:44:01 pm »

Have to go with handlebars!!!!!!! I ordered the LSL top clamp only as I had a couple of handlebars laying around. Then I lengthened the brake side hose only four inches. Local shop charged $25.00 for that job. Lowered the footpegs with Buells and bingo. I'm 5'8" and it was comfortable and didn't take anything away from my peg scrapping days. I also put several 800 + mile days on the ZX14.
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« Reply #206 on: July 11, 2016, 03:22:43 pm »

Never did get to do a long day ride with the 14R, but it felt about as good an "all day tolerable" bike as the VFR1200.  I had just a single set of Genmar risers and it felt about right to me.  For me, the handlebars felt more of a long reach than they are high.  The fuel tank sides offer excellent knee support, which added to high speed cruising comfort.

Speaking of high speed... it seems that the faster I went on the 14R, the more comfortable the bike felt.  That's good - or bad - depending on your POV.  Lol
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« Reply #207 on: July 11, 2016, 06:05:32 pm »

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« Reply #208 on: August 15, 2016, 11:17:19 pm »

I've returned from 2800 miles ride to Glacier Park.  The Convertibars are worth buying.  I did have vibration in the throttle grip.  After I returned home, I looked for a heavier Bar End.  I also have a Bandit 1250s that my older Brother (69 yrs old) accompanied me on this trip.  I removed the Bandit's Bar ends and compared them to Convertibars.  Their bolt threads were the same.  I ordered a set from BikeBandit.com ($56).  I removed the metal pieces and bolted them on.  They work great.
I have Arthritis in my hands and installed Johar #JO1102 foam grips.  I'm ready for my next adventure.


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« Reply #209 on: August 15, 2016, 11:29:15 pm »

You should think about grinding down the OEM shield so it doesn't show the ridge and mounting tabs. That's a hell of an idea though.

I used the bottom holes to bolt the OEM shield to ZG touring screen.  My next thought is making side wings on each side making the shield wider.  I kill a lot of Bugs on my Arms and Shoulder of my Leather Jacket.  
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« Reply #210 on: September 01, 2016, 12:25:16 am »

If you install Buell Foot pegs, be sure to replace the long Feeler screws with shorter ones.  Then you will not be dragging your pegs in the corners.
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« Reply #211 on: September 01, 2016, 06:09:31 am »

On my ZX14 I did replace the stock foot pegs with Buell pegs. But I LIKED dragging the pegs, especially, when going around another bike or car!!!!!!!!!! They didn't/don't know that I was not near cornering limit.

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« Reply #212 on: December 13, 2016, 01:03:11 am »

I re-routed my Clutch hose, it is plenty long.  I only added a longer Brake hose.  I also re-routed several electrical lines on the throttle side.  I really like my setup.
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