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« on: June 16, 2014, 06:18:37 pm »

Other than insurance (I already have a request in to my agent for what the change would be), give me a reason why I should not replace my perfectly running and well modified (for me) 2006 Sprint 1050 ABS with 18,500 miles with a 2008 ZX-14 with 3000 miles?

I'm ready to actually push the sale of the Sprint, dropping the price and selling the extra parts separately, or trading it in for this ZX-14.

I loved the Busa I rode for 2 days, I love my buddys' K1300S (lot's of seat time on both), and really enjoyed the refined feel of the ZX-14 I rode (although it was in the rain). Ergos were also fine, altho the one I'm looking at already has bar risers installed (otherwise stock).

I love my Sprint, but new bikeitis strikes and I've never had a superbike, despite a serious love (and awe) of the effortless power these bikes have. While I've never really pushed the K1300 or ZX-14 I've ridden, I did push the Busa in some high and slow speed turns, and the handling doesn't seem all that far off the Sprint with stock suspension (from what I can remember). The ZX-14 suspension is fully adjustable like the Busa.

Any reason I shouldn't do this? It would be for my 46 mile highway/tollway commute, trips back and forth from Chicago to Michigan (200 miles each way, 7-10 trips a summer), other touring and dedicated day rides. I live in Illinois. I'll still have my 2003 Tuono.  Give me any subjective or objective reason I should keep the Sprint, no matter how ridiculous. I'm thinking ride over to the shop with my title in hand and some cash and make them an offer for trade.

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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 06:28:06 pm »

Go grab your wallet and the title...there just isn't any reason not to go for the 14.
Well, except it can be hazardous to your license.
I bought one 2 years ago and absolutely love it.
42 mpg highway, rarely goes below 38.
No oil consumption. Tires can last 10,000-12,500 miles, depending on the rider.
Hard bags and quick detach racks are available as well as a better seat for 2 people.
The wife and I are heading to New England for a week and even she can't wait.
It cruises effortlessly at any speed or is quite content to be ridden at a slow pace.
Fully adjustable suspension, great brakes,great dash.......absolutely reliable.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2014, 06:30:57 pm »

 Headscratch Ummmm......there is no good reason. You will love it. Plus, one upside to the trade is value if you wish to resell at some point. But yeah, definitely wait to see what the insurance will be. That can be an eye opener. Oh, and if doing 200 miles at a time, invest in a good seat.

Oh wait.....I think I misread your post.....a reason to keep your current bike? Paid for, set up for you already. Probably does everything you ask it to do with little to no effort. 18,500 miles isn't all that much if properly maintained.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2014, 06:31:28 pm »

DAN, you don't need a bike with this much POWER! Bigsmile

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2014, 06:34:22 pm »

I say go for the ZX14. Go to Ebay and you can get the factory centerstand option for $150-175. Chain maintenace is then taken care of. Put on some slip-ons and lose 20 lbs and add some sound. The ZX14 has one of the most vibration free motors out there. Your daily drone will be a marvel.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2014, 06:36:14 pm »

How is the lighting on a zx-14 at night? THat's literally the only complaint I have about the Sprint - the projector lights cut off to the point you cannot see what's ahead of you in the dark when at lean.

YEah, I even used my lawyer skills and drafted an assumption of risk/waiver if they give me any shit for wanting to take a test ride first.

Can top case racks still be found for these bikes? Twisted throttle says call for availability...

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« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2014, 06:40:24 pm »

Dan, nobody in their right mind would go SPORT TOURING on one!  Bigsmile

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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2014, 06:53:35 pm »

Is that a K bike in the background?

Yes, this would be for touring. Might even add side bags along with a top case, although I have a set of throw over bags I've never used...

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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2014, 07:34:43 pm »

If you're leaning toward the '14 and you plan on going 200+ miles, definitely invest in an aftermarket seat.  One of the other forums mentioned doing the seat swap with the Connie because they had the same hole arrangement.  While it was an improvement over the stock seat, I think a Sargent/Corbin would allow even more miles without "sore-butt-itis".  This, along with the higher windscreen, heli's/genmars, and I'd even so go with the extra cost of the full Akrapovic exhaust instead of the slipons.  Just this mod alone will drop 11 pounds.  Plus the sound is a-MAZing.  YouTube zx14 akrapovic to get an idea.  If it hadn't been for the insurance, I'd still own one.  Definitely the smoothest engine (and transmission) of any bike I've ever owned.  As soon as I get back on my feet financially, I'll be looking for another.
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2014, 08:53:32 pm »

Whaddaya want for the Sprint?
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« Reply #10 on: June 16, 2014, 09:13:56 pm »


How is the lighting on a zx-14 at night? THat's literally the only complaint I have about the Sprint - the projector lights cut off to the point you cannot see what's ahead of you in the dark when at lean.

YEah, I even used my lawyer skills and drafted an assumption of risk/waiver if they give me any shit for wanting to take a test ride first.

Can top case racks still be found for these bikes? Twisted throttle says call for availability...

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The lighting is great, should have no problem. I'm not much for the hard cases or top box. I made a brackets for both sides to keep paint safe and run soft bags.
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2014, 09:21:07 pm »

The Sprint sucks. You should sell it to me & buy the Ninja.   Bigsmile
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The lighting is great, should have no problem. I'm not much for the hard cases or top box. I made a brackets for both sides to keep paint safe and run soft bags.


My lights were to low to start but I found information on one of the ZX forums describing how to adjust the headlights...
Bingo...They're really very good for non HID.
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2014, 09:44:22 pm »

Sprint is still for sale. Unless I get a chance to ride to that dealer and trade it in (and they take my offer), I'll have it at Clay's.

May strip it down to stock and sell the parts so I have enough in the bike budget to buy the ZX. Wife will be a little upset if I just buy it...
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2014, 09:50:44 pm »

If the insurance is not a problem, I'd say go for it as well.  

This only thing I'd say is to have a hard look at the 14R, they made some pretty substantial updates.  I haven't ridden either, but they do say it's quite an improvement.
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2014, 12:23:31 am »

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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2014, 12:19:11 pm »

Reason not to buy?
Ok, the Busa's better.  Wink
Seriously though, the only "complaint" I've ever heard about the 14 is mediocre gas mileage.
One guy mentioned 42hwy which is about what I've heard. To me, that's pretty bad. My Busa would reward responsible riding with 48-50mpg on the road (well over 50 at std. 2-lane speeds). My everyday commuting would have me at 43-45mpg and with a 5.5gal tank fillups were 180+mi apart without ever having to see the "low fuel" light.
Still, the 14 is an incredible bike and I wouldn't hesitate to own one.  Thumbsup

One thing I did find though is that the big hyperbikes make it TOO easy to be going warp speed. A simple twist of the wrist will have you shooting past 100mph so fast you won't even have time to react.  Crazy  I actually found that although I LOVED my Busa for gobbling up miles, it was simply "too much of a good thing" for daily commuting. What I mean is:  all that power made riding at even semi-sane speeds almost boring. I actually have a lot more fun on my MUCH slower Buell for day-to-day riding.
If you're looking for 'effortless' though a 14 will fill the bill like few other bikes in the world can.  Cool
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2014, 12:29:02 pm »

Just do it!!  I have almost 50,000 trouble free miles on my 07 that I bought brand new.  It's the best bike I've ever owned, and I've owned lots!  Last fall I found a low mileage garage queen 2006 that was too good a deal to pass up.  Now I have both.  I will sell the 07 when I find someone that wants to give me a reasonable offer.  The next sport touring bike to come into the stable will be a low mileage ZX14R.  I may have a hard time convincing honey I need one though.  As for the lighting I run a full set of PIAA bulbs in both low and high beam.  Once you get them set up right the lighting is better than any bike I've ever ridden.  Depending on where you live insurance can be a problem.  I only carry PL / PD on all of my motorcycles.  Collision coverage becomes cost prohibitive when insuring numerous bikes.  As for the seat, I have a corbin with a back rest for two up riding or sport touring.  Did I say I love the ZX14!

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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2014, 12:41:02 pm »

And for st2sam - because I see you have one too.

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And for st2sam - because I see you have one too

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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2014, 09:58:17 pm »

So the insurance agent says... When I renew as of August 1, if I replace the Sprint with the ZX14, it is basically double the Sprint...plus the Tuono goes up $76.



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366.00  Sprint  
170.00  Tuono
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536.00  Total    
 
Renewal With Kawasaki
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246.00 Tuono
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When replacing the Sprint with the Kawasaki the Tuono increases. I called Progressive to ask why, they explained that the Kawasaki is a performance vehicle so the assumption is that you would drive the Kawasaki less and the Tuono more which then increases that rate. I only quoted with Progressive, but  I'll shop around tomorrow and see what we can do for you.


$430 extra a year? Let's see what else she can find when she shops. Do these numbers seem out of line?

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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2014, 09:59:08 pm »

Seems right.
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2014, 10:11:43 pm »

"$430 extra a year? Let's see what else she can find when she shops. Do these numbers seem out of line?"

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Seems a bit high to me. I went from a 2007 Sprint to a 2011 K1300s and my premium only went up about $50 a year for the same coverage. I'd shop around.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2014, 07:15:52 am »

Check with State Farm...they go  by displacement only but will not insure bikes only.
I have homeowners, a car, a truck, a bike (all with full coverage) and an umbrella policy and the ZX-14 is under $400.00/year.
I live in northern New Jersey and mv insurance around here is traditionally fairly expensive.
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2014, 01:36:30 pm »

Numbers seem OK on the 14, I pay over $1K per year, full coverage with a bike friendly company and a clean record. The logic about the Tuono increase is fucked up though...
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So the insurance agent says... When I renew as of August 1, if I replace the Sprint with the ZX14, it is basically double the Sprint...plus the Tuono goes up $76.





$430 extra a year? Let's see what else she can find when she shops. Do these numbers seem out of line?

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They seem pretty jacked up to me. For full coverage on my Hayabusa I was paying just over 300/yr. Insurance varies GREATLY by region, person, bike, time of day, phase of the moon and general climate though.

I'd say anything over 400-450/yr (assuming clean record and decent credit) for the 14 means it's time to shop around. Switching companies took coverage on my XB down from 360+/yr to $90/yr (no that's not a mis-type!)  EEK!
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2014, 06:30:32 pm »

Checking with State Farm. SafeCo was even more expensive at $994 for both.

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« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2014, 08:37:45 pm »


Checking with State Farm. SafeCo was even more expensive at $994 for both.

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Who are you using now? Allstate had good motorcycle rates for me. But not as good as progressive. I used to sell Allstate and State Farm in Florida. Both are very good if you have the car with them.
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« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2014, 10:56:03 pm »

As a Canadian, everytime I see American insurance rates I get depressed.  Sad  You guys don't know how good you've got it.
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Who are you using now? Allstate had good motorcycle rates for me. But not as good as progressive. I used to sell Allstate and State Farm in Florida. Both are very good if you have the car with them.



I may have to consolidate for better rates.  I have one set of policies with SafeCo, one progressive and one State Farm. Not going to stop me,must need to get the bike at a good price.
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« Reply #30 on: June 19, 2014, 11:05:05 am »

Hey Dan,

I wouldn't count a K1300S out just yet... An awesome balance of sport and touring with more emphasis on sport...  Had a 2011.. Took one look at the 30th anniversary edition and I was done  Inlove  Not sure what the rates would be for you.  Whatever you decide Brother,  the best of luck to  you.  All great bikes you are considering.
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« Reply #31 on: June 19, 2014, 11:55:46 am »

If I wasn't on the ZX14 I think I would be on the K1300s.  I have been watching the used market and they are starting to show up at reasonable prices.  I looked at the K1200s when I bought my first ZX14 but I was buying new at the time and the difference in price was just too big a step for me.  I am also a bit gun shy of the BMW's with all of the final drive, electronic and now suspension issues I've been hearing about.  I'm also not a fan of the one and only dealership in my area.  Having said that the BMW is a really good looking and technologically sophisticated motorcycle.   Inlove  I would love to have one in the stable.
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« Reply #32 on: June 19, 2014, 02:03:49 pm »

I feel ya' on all points brother..  The price is starting to come down a bit.   I was concerned with the very things that you mentioned and once I was comfortable  with knowing that the K1200S issues were not issues on this bike and the initial stalling problems were addressed,  I purchased my 2011 for like 12.6 with nearly 2000 miles on it. That was a great deal because the bike was pristine.   After seeing the Anniversary and knowing that I would not eat the depreciation  by trading in, I made the deal and got that 3yr/36K mile warranty as a bonus.   I feel a lot more comfortable should one of those  Crazy moments pop up.  However,  "Me thinks" I'll be just fine.   LOL!
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« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2014, 03:27:44 pm »

Your anniversary edition bike is stunning Inlove.  I have never encountered one in person.
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« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2014, 04:06:30 pm »

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« Reply #35 on: June 19, 2014, 05:30:02 pm »

I don't understand why you'd replace a Sprint with a flying pig  Bigsmile
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« Reply #36 on: June 20, 2014, 12:15:41 am »


I don't understand why you'd replace a Sprint with a flying pig  Bigsmile


Because 90% of my riding is commuting to work and going back and forth to Michigan, where even on the back roads I need to be going really fast to enjoy the curves. I assume I'll equally enjoy the sweepers I like to call turns on a bike like the ZX, and I know I'll prefer the refinement and extra power.

But most importantly, I'll still have the Tuono for carving the roads in Wisconsin and for track days.

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I wouldn't count a K1300S out just yet... An awesome balance of sport and touring with more emphasis on sport...  Had a 2011.. Took one look at the 30th anniversary edition and I was done  Inlove  Not sure what the rates would be for you.  Whatever you decide Brother,  the best of luck to  you.  All great bikes you are considering.



Don't think  have the scratch in the bike find to pick up a nicely used K1300S, which I would likely prefer - I agreed to keep bike budget separate from the family budget, and I likely have enough to trade in the Sprint with some cash for the ZX. If they don't take my offer, or my offer with a few hundred of family cash, I'll put the Sprint back to stock, sell the upgraded parts like rack and TOR exhaust and extra fairings and parts, and then buy a used ZX, or if I can save enough more cash, maybe a VFR1200 (which I still haven't ridden...)

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« Reply #37 on: June 20, 2014, 04:42:58 am »

There are ways of getting cash in lieu of giving up the title to a car and/or low interest credit card loans if you have good enough credit.

That way you can put liability only on the 14 and give the insurance companies the finger... just a thought.  I might have to do something like that, but then again, how confident are you it won't get wrecked or stolen?
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« Reply #38 on: June 20, 2014, 08:43:35 am »

Do It!

Shop around on insurance, $38.75 a month for me with S.F. - high limits and full coverage. But I do have policies on all my vehicles and houses with them. Clean record too.

The 14R is very docile, until it's time not to be    Surprisingly nimble for a big bike as well, but I'm used to bigger bikes.

I think I finally got finished equipping mine for touring duty with hard bags, centerstand, GPS, radar detector, lowered pegs, Helibars, $$$$, etc...

I going to get the ecu flashed today, supposed to totally transform the bike and I already love it!

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« Reply #39 on: June 20, 2014, 09:27:08 am »

NFS,  Beautiful setup.  First I'm seeing the sergeant with pod on the ZX14...very similar to mine..   Very Nice!
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« Reply #40 on: June 20, 2014, 10:16:04 am »

NFS, got any side shots of it with the bags on?

Keep us posted on the re-flash too sounds awesome, did you have any fueling problems with the exhaust change?
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« Reply #41 on: June 20, 2014, 01:55:44 pm »

NFS - beautiful bike.  I love the pipes you put on.  Now you need to paint the luggage inserts to match.  Reflashing the 14R - yikes - I can't imagine what a beast that must become.  Although having said that the first thing I did to both my 14's was to pull the flies and put power commanders with custom maps on them.  As you noted it totally transforms them.  I must confess to lusting after the 14R.   Inlove
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« Reply #42 on: June 20, 2014, 02:29:21 pm »

Reading these posts over the last few days got me to thinking what I pay for insurance. For both the FJR and ZX14 I pay $950/year for full coverage. The FJR is MORE than the ZX14!!!!!! FJR about $540 and the ZX14 a touch over $400.

I went with the TRE08 from Ivan's to quicken the opening of the secondaries as opposed to removing them. I can have my bike back to stock in five minutes. Well, a bit more as I would have to replace the stock pipes!!!
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NFS, got any side shots of it with the bags on?


Certainly, she sure looks loaded down when I hang the bags. Probably to my advantage, hopefully the po po will ignore me  Embarassment

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Keep us posted on the re-flash too sounds awesome, did you have any fueling problems with the exhaust change?


No fueling problems, they are just mid pipes and slipons. Major weight savings though, seeing how they are titanium and carbon fiber. The stock cannons are ridiculously  heavy.
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NFS - beautiful bike.  I love the pipes you put on.  Now you need to paint the luggage inserts to match.  Reflashing the 14R - yikes - I can't imagine what a beast that must become.  Although having said that the first thing I did to both my 14's was to pull the flies and put power commanders with custom maps on them.  As you noted it totally transforms them.  I must confess to lusting after the 14R.   Inlove


Just got back from a brief test ride, post ecu flash. All I can say is wow  EEK! Smoother, more responsive and pulls even better than before - who would have thought that was possible?!?!

I would paint the inserts to match, but I share the luggage (for now) with my Blackbird and they look good that color on that bike.

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« Reply #46 on: June 20, 2014, 05:39:18 pm »

Are there good years and bad years when buying used ZX14?
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Are there good years and bad years when buying used ZX14?



I don't think you can go wrong with any year ZX14, just keep in mind that the Gen2, with the bigger, more powerful motor and traction control started in 2012.
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« Reply #48 on: June 20, 2014, 06:06:20 pm »

2006 and 2007 are same bike, just different colors. They have two catalytic converters. The secondary throttle butterflys are controlled by the computer and really don't open much until about 5,0000 rpm in the lower gears no matter what you are doing with the throttle. Hence, the "I took out the flys" routine. If you do that you MUST get the bike reprogrammed. Otherwise you're running WAY lean.

2008-2011 had some minor changes but the biggest is changing the programming of the secondary throttle valves. They open much quicker so you've probably heard those years have more torque. But, they also have three catalytic converters. Less top  end.

2012 and up are monsters. 1443cc motor and bazillion hp.

I bought a new 2007 in early 2008 as I didn't want three cats and wanted the blue color(blue is best!!!) I added an electronic widget that tricks the computer into thinking the bike is in 6th gear all the time which makes the throttle response way better in the lower gears.

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« Reply #49 on: June 20, 2014, 06:18:13 pm »

As noted above there really aren't any bad years.  There was a factory recall on some 06 /07's.  There was an issue with some frame bolts having been tightened too tight and there were a very few instances of cracked frames as a result.  I took my 07 in and they loosened and re-torqued the offending bolts and gave it a visual inspection to ensure there was no damage to the frame.  I was in and out of the dealership in 20 minutes.  I never bothered to get my 06 checked.  Most of the them were inspected shortly after they were sold.  You can double check the vin number with a Kawasaki dealer and they can tell you if it was done or not.  I still have both the 06 and the 07 and now I'm lusting after a ZX14r.  I don't think honey would be too happy if I brought one of those home unless I sell or trade at least one of the bikes in the garage.
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« Reply #50 on: June 20, 2014, 09:00:37 pm »

Nothing wrong with using a ZX14 for your intended purpose.  A few tidbits from a "non-owner":

1. Mirrors.  They offer great view and are steady at hwy speed.  I actually have these on my SV1000S and like them a lot better than the cheap Suzuki stock POS.  Bad thing... they don't fold.  I'm spoiled with foldable mirrors on various bikes that the adjustments don't get knocked out of whack when the mirror stalk gets bumped (and they always do).  For Kawis, I would've preferred ZX10 foldable mirrors.  Had an '08 and also used those same mirrors on different bikes and liked them a whole lot better.

No real biggie, but living with a bike on a daily basis does reveal "refinement" bits like this that some mfrs do better than others.

2. Seat.  I had a ZX14 stock seat on my C14.  It was about an inch lower than C14 stock and more rounded in shape, which makes it very nice for daily commute and sliding around on the seat.  For longer rides, though, it was not ideal.  I would switch to a Kawi accessory C14 gel lower seat, which was all-day comfortable for me.  Something you could consider, as the seats are compatible with C14.

3. Gauge cluster.  Shared with the C14.  I found the MPH dial difficult to read... day or night.  Younger eyes will see no evil, I'm sure.  Otherwise good layout and lots of good info.  Dunno if later models have bar mounted pushbuttons (much more user-friendly) but my '09 C14 didn't.
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« Reply #51 on: June 20, 2014, 10:38:17 pm »

Oooh ohhh!  NFS you had a blackbird?  Extensive comparison info please!!! Inlove
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Oooh ohhh!  NFS you had a blackbird?  Extensive comparison info please!!! Inlove


Had? Still have, been riding Blackbirds of one flavor or another for the last 10 years. There is no way I will part with my current one, despite how fantastic the ZX is. Way too much $ and time to get it exactly the way I like it  Inlove

What can I say? The 14R is a very capable bike that is somewhat similar to the Blackbird until you wick it up. Then everything changes    Even more so now that I had the ECU flashed.

Superior power deliver, awesome brakes, fully adjustable suspension, ABS/traction control, etc...

It is what Honda should have evolved the XX into  Sad
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« Reply #53 on: June 24, 2014, 08:30:53 am »

You should not buy the zx14.  It is way to fast, unsafe, to pretty, draws to much attention from LEO and a couplete waste of money.  Go buy your wife a tennis bracelet and get yourself a bmx bike.  This way you will not need to buy new gear.
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I say go for the ZX14. Go to Ebay and you can get the factory centerstand option for $150-175. Chain maintenace is then taken care of. Put on some slip-ons and lose 20 lbs and add some sound. The ZX14 has one of the most vibration free motors out there. Your daily drone will be a marvel.


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« Reply #55 on: August 11, 2014, 09:24:27 am »

XXMan, I've hear different things about the 1st Gen ZX14's and the heat it puts off.  I thought my XX was a hot bike, really hot.  How hot does the 1st gen ZX14 get compared to the Bird?
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« Reply #56 on: October 01, 2014, 04:18:12 pm »

Just got back from my Fall Color Tour through Colorado.  I've raised the bars 2" (Genmar x2), dropped the foot pegs (Buell), added hard luggage and a Corbin-rock hard.  The Bike cruised through the corners.  One other thing, after talking to my Dealer I've switched to Mid-Grade fuel and it runs fine.  Saves $.15-.20 a gallon
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« Reply #57 on: October 01, 2014, 04:52:59 pm »

I spent two days in Colorado, mostly on a rented FJR, with maybe 1/4 seat time on a C14. Loved that ride, including Independence Pass, especially on the way down.

Unless someone decides to buy my Sprint in the next few weeks, I see myself holding on to it until next season. I'll then reinstall stock parts, sell them and save extra $$$ so I can afford either a newer model ZX14 or possibly a VFR1200 (a guy is selling one perfectly set up locally, and he let on he'd let me ride it).

Rode a Ninja 1000 in the interim - loved it, fit and finish were top notch and it handled beautifully... but it had a buzz that I couldn't handle and didn't want to have to try to address just so I could own the bike. The ZX14 had the same refinement, with no buzz and even more power. I'll still have the Tuono for track days and dedicated rides in the twisties.

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« Reply #58 on: October 03, 2014, 02:51:57 pm »

Just rolled over 10,000 miles on my '13 ZX14R (rode 9,000 miles between June and the middle of last month), and still digging it for Sport-touring duty   Inlove

I have been all over the place in WA, ID, MT, OR, CA, etc and it did everything I asked of it and more. And with the flash, I got more usable power and a little better fuel mileage. Now if I could just get a little better mileage out of my PR4's!

I do believe it is the ultimate Sport-touring machine  Thumbsup

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« Reply #59 on: October 04, 2014, 07:43:54 pm »

Purchased a left over 2013 14R in August.  I've done a couple longish rides including one 8 hour day and I love the bike.  I had been riding a full on sport bike but needed something with a little less aggressive ergos following surgery on my cervical spine.  I had heli risers installed to further reduce the ergos on the 14.  After the 8 hour ride my butt was a little sore, but I've found you need to give any new bike at least 5k miles if not 10k before making a decision on a seat.  

The bike is sooo smooth.  You can pull from 2k RPM in any gear.
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