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What have your done to your C14 today

kzz1king

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Started tearing it down for valve clearance check,plugs, air filter and a bunch of other stuff.
 

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Bagger John

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Rode my '08.

The '12's top end work is finished. Bodywork is still off because I'm redoing a lot of the accessory electronics, and this involves building and routing lots of wiring bundles.

Also spent some time with a CAD program designing brackets for the switches, head mounts for one of the radios and for a RAM ball...the usual tedious skull work.
 

texas.devops

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Added my new tank bag. Kawasaki OEM. Very nice quality fit and finish. A little pricey but I'm very happy with the investment. It's bigger than I thought it would be, especially when unzipped and fully expanded. This gets me one step closer to being ready to make an Iron Butt attempt.
 

Just Cliff

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After 13 years & a quarter million miles of riding my C14 I felt the need to install some bar risers. Haven't ridden it yet, but just sitting on it & looking at it I'm not sure how I feel about them. Guess I need to go for a ride! :)

Does this mean one is really never finished? :unsure:
 

Pr356

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After 13 years & a quarter million miles of riding my C14 I felt the need to install some bar risers. Haven't ridden it yet, but just sitting on it & looking at it I'm not sure how I feel about them. Guess I need to go for a ride! :)

Does this mean one is really never finished? :unsure:
I'm interested in what you think after riding with them because twice I've been real close to taking mine off. The only reason I didn't is because I would have had to run to the hardware store to get some shorter bolts. Lmk

Dale
 

Just Cliff

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If you need a set (old guy), I have some.

Ted

I maybe getting old, but at least I'm not old & crusty! 😛

Thanks, but I already bought them & installed yesterday.

Just a suggestion....jettison that plastic luggage rack and add a gorgeous Phil's Farkels machined aluminum rack. Thank me later.

Plastic rack has long been gone!

I'm interested in what you think after riding with them because twice I've been real close to taking mine off.

Dale

It was sunny & low 60's today so I went for a test ride on all (most) of Ted's favorite roads. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna like them, or at the worst cut them down a 1/2".

If I had a stock or a low seat I wouldn't like them I'm sure of it. My seat is a 1 1/2" - 2" taller than stock which increases the reach noticeably. I had found myself seating up straighter & barely holding the bars with my finger tips on 500 - 800 mile highway runs when traveling. That's what got me thinking I might want to try them, actually been on my mind a couple years. At the same time I thought I would hate them in the twisties, but after todays ride I found my arms to more relaxed in the curves.

Should you want to pick up the bolts to have on hand in case of riser removal, the OEM size is M8 x 1.25 x 1".

Time will tell Dale.
 
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connie_rider

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It was sunny & low 60's today so I went for a test ride on all (most) of Ted's favorite roads. I'm pretty sure I'm gonna like them, or at the worst cut them down a 1/2".
I have to have the risers as I lowered the front to match the lowered rear. Had to have room for the forks to slide up.
Didn't like the height so I removed 1/2" of material from mine.
Worked for me.

Ride safe, Ted
 

IKnowYouRider

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I’m thinking about getting the pull back adapters from ast in addition to my risers. Anyone have them to give feedback on?
 

Konehead34

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I had them on my 2010, with 1 1_2 risers and the wedges. This was the best arrangement until i found a used set of helibars. Im 5'10" 220 with short arms and a 30" inseam. I,.like most of us, started with risers, i then added the AST set back plates and thought i had the best possible compromise. I then read some nice comments about the wedges and couldnt believe how much better the wrist position was with these little slices of aluminum. Lol.

But i always knew that the helibars would solve all my arm/wrist positional issues.....and they did.
 

danmcdermott@me.com

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Not today, however it has been an ongoing project after a rock knocked an auxiliary light off the mount next to the front axel and somehow it found a way to puncture the radiator. Here is what has been done so far (some improvements are opportunistic):

* Improved Auxiliary light mount.
* Fixed radiator.
* Front wheel (damaged by hanging auxiliary light) sanded, gouges prepped, primed with high build primer, painted and clear coated.
* New TPMS sensors installed (purchased on ebay after front stopped working despite battery changes).
* KDS3 software successfully used as seen above! (thank you to members on this site that helped me get the KDS software up and running!!)
* Extra active and passive FOB's registered (always nice to have a back up for long planned tripps).

I struggle with my painting skills, however they have improved to slightly less than decent. Thank you to members that helped me getting my KDS system functioning and allowing me the ability to register new equipment!

Dan
 

IBAJIM

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Changed oil & filter, filled tank, added Stabil, covered with bike cover and placed some moth balls under the bike to help keep the mice away.
 

IBAJIM

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View attachment 30955Added my new tank bag. Kawasaki OEM. Very nice quality fit and finish. A little pricey but I'm very happy with the investment. It's bigger than I thought it would be, especially when unzipped and fully expanded. This gets me one step closer to being ready to make an Iron Butt attempt.


Trust me, you don't need a tank bag to do an Iron Butt ride, especially a SS1K. Just make sure you get good receipts ( date, time & Location ) and don't forget to get a starting & ending witness to verify your odometer reading. Assume your odometer is not accurate and use a mapping program to determine the miles of your route. And make sure you get corner receipts ( where your route changes directions ).

I did a Great Lakes 100 on my C-14 a few years ago. Took a hit paying for premium gas up in Canada.
 

brobbins671440

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ECU shows up early. Thanks for the ultra quick turn around Steve! Was able to get a 10 mile around the block test ride in and all I can say is WOW. Glad I didn't wait to do this.

Even with the limited ride, the Mountain Runner Premium flash promises to be outstanding. Would be worth the cost just to remove the fuel injection shut off behavior.

The Area P can sounds phenomenal. Not too loud at cruise speed but gets freaking angry when you get on it.
 

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IKnowYouRider

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I went for another 50 mile ride today. I decided to remove the foam grips I bought. I'm not sure why but I feel like the bike handles without them. Which I guess means I handle the bike better without them. Acceleration seems better too without them. I can't explain it.
 

connie_rider

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Did you have foam grips, or foam Grip Puppies?
I tried the Grip Puppies and didn't like them as the OD was too big.
But the OEM Grips were too small OD and hard for my tastes.
I eventually installed BMX bicycle slip on cover's over the OEM Grips.
The setup is slightly bigger than OEM, but smaller than Grip Puppies, and the Heated grips still work.
That combination works well for me.

Ride safe, Ted
 

Bagger John

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Lately...spent some time in my CAD program designing some brackets for the radio-control switches that will interface with two amateur radio rigs. They're going into a re-purposed police top box. Converting this particular C14 to solo use; a high-speed pursuit bike. (I can pursue both of my favorite hobbies at speed with it.)

These brackets replace the ones which came with parts I got from Beaudry Motors (Gem Police) and I've indicated that if the designs work, they're free to do whatever they want with them. I'll also make the files available to whomever would like them as well, along with designs for a plate for the sub-fender which incorporates marker lights and a helmet lock.

Also got a Motochello MC200 audio system to tie all the comms together. Lots more wiring and mechanicals to build inside the top box before this is ready; I'm basically re-inventing the "police bike wheel" from scratch here and hopefully eliminating all the gotchas which caused that program to ultimately fail.
 

kzz1king

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Over the last few weeks I have been dedicating a couple hours a day to taking care of maintenance issues. Checked valves, flushed brakes/clutch, oil and coolest change, air filter, fuel filter, cleaned and lubed windshield , and LEDs in the headlights.

Next on the list when it warms a bit is getting crash bars painted and polishing everything up and put the bodywork on. Should be good for another 80k.
 

ZXtasy

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Looked at the long range forecast, snow and temps not getting above freezing, so took the battery out of her to avoid the drain. Might even clean some bugs and mud off in the weeks to come.
 

Steve in sunny Fla

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What? Another upgrade? I was under the impression that once upgraded and done , as far as the ecm was concerned.
What? Another upgrade? I was under the impression that once upgraded and done , as far as the ecm was concerned.
The post you quoted is over 4 years old. He sent the ECU back because he had started with a stock header, and replaced it with the largest header available, the area P header. Obviously the tuning would need to be changed for the new header.

Steve
 

danmcdermott@me.com

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I am sorry to ask and please forgive my ignorance. This thread is, "What have you done to your C14 today".

The post from viper717220005600 is resurrecting another post that is years in arrears and seems devicive or wanting comment to be used in another way. There is no mention of what they have done to their C14 today.

To me this post seems incicere. My apologies in advance to viper717220005600 if I am reading between the lines too finely.
 

Viper

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The post you quoted is over 4 years old. He sent the ECU back because he had started with a stock header, and replaced it with the largest header available, the area P header. Obviously the tuning would need to be changed for the new header.

Steve
As I am fairly new to the site, I only figured the date out AFTER I made the comment. OOPS! Also, a header change would definitely be cause for an upgrade. My Bad.

Ivan
 

connie_rider

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Not a problem Viper.
People take typed messages wrong.
The reply to your question was not derogatory.
It's just an explanation of the answer.

Ride safe, Ted
 

nickrides

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Got out the Lemon Pledge and a soft cloth, gave her a little sponge bath and love.
That Pledge smells good!
Shes happy in a heated garage w/ a tender and new RS3's and a oil change.
I hope Santa doesn't spot her and ditch the reindeer for something faster/ more fun.
Nick 2014 C-14
 

fastenova

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Lubed the windscreen tracks. I noticed the FSM calls for silicone on the two outside tracks and 'olefin' grease for the center. I also searched the digital FSM for any other mention of this grease and the word is used only one time in the whole manual! Now, I've worked on lots of cars and a handful of motorcycles and never seen a grease called out that way, so I did some research... turns out that in most cases this is just synthetic grease. Olefin = Polyalphaolefin or PAO and is the most common base stock for synthetic automotive or industrial greases. So weird that Kawi would call that out specifically...

I ended up using a synthetic lithium grease as I couldn't find any other clear indication of the correct grease to use on this.

Also received a shipment notification for my 2.225mm shims I've been waiting on so I can finally finish my valve adjustment and get the motor back together. I can't believe that valve shims are on backorder everywhere, I guess just another instance of the global supply chain being disrupted.
 

ron203

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Replaced the top box lock. Recently installed T-Rex engine guards. Replaced a low fob battery. Exercised the bike with a 100 mile ride.
 

ZXtasy

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She needed some new pads and rotors due to wear. Did the rear pads too. Next weekend is fluids.

Any idea why a single pad out of eight would wear so much quicker in the front?
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Heard uneven wear can be caused by the linked brakes when using only or mostly front brake. Some guys flip them every year to get even wear. I went and checked mine and they all looked the same. You could have had one really sticky piston/pin.
 

kzz1king

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Heard uneven wear can be caused by the linked brakes when using only or mostly front brake. Some guys flip them every year to get even wear. I went and checked mine and they all looked the same. You could have had one really sticky piston/pin.
👆My bike the PO used the rear brake alot I think. One set of pads was wore and the other looked like new. I rarely use the rear and I polish the pins now and then. Pads wear evenly.
 

freebird6

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Did you have foam grips, or foam Grip Puppies?
I tried the Grip Puppies and didn't like them as the OD was too big.
But the OEM Grips were too small OD and hard for my tastes.
Interesting ....I had the same problem and settled on Original Grip Buddies https://www.shop.originalbeemerbuddies.com/SMARTSKIN-OBB-AB-SS-OBB-AB-SS.htm with the thinner material being much more to my liking. Went through a couple sets in 145K as my Motoport gloves are a little rough on grips.

Unfortunately the only thing i did to my baby today was work on my helmet comms and headset/ear buds and walk down to the barn and say hello and pat her on the haunches.
 
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