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Tundra Tom


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posted June 25, 2007 11:21 AM        
quote:
[quoteApparently it completely escapes people that a "First Look" is just that... nothing more and nothing less... certainly just as much, if not more info you'd get from the press launch. Kinda cracks me up.. people chomping at the bit for a 13 page long term review... How that would be generated in such a short period of time is beyond me...

Fellas (and ladies).. please! Don't take out your anger at a lack of information and product from Kawasaki on us! We're trying to get stuff turned around as fast as we can, but we need to RIDE the bike to give a complete evaluation...

We'll update everyone daily with our impressions as best we can...




I smell what your stepping in. The negativity surrounding the C-14's delay has got everyone on edge. Keep up the objective reports, many members including myself have a fair amount of money 'riding " on this,

Thanks again,

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BarBender


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posted June 25, 2007 06:06 PM        Edited By: BarBender on 26 Jun 2007 02:10
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quote:
...why not entrust the bike to someone who CAN take a month off riding it long distances and report back to us?...a life on the road with a C14 journal...I volunteer my services to test a future Kawasaki touring bike when I retire in five years


ya... right.... don't think so, wormie!


funny to see some of the comments floating around online about our "First Look"....


Apparently it completely escapes people that a "First Look" is just that... nothing more and nothing less... certainly just as much, if not more info you'd get from the press launch. Kinda cracks me up.. people chomping at the bit for a 13 page long term review... How that would be generated in such a short period of time is beyond me...

Fellas (and ladies).. please! Don't take out your anger at a lack of information and product from Kawasaki on us! We're trying to get stuff turned around as fast as we can, but we need to RIDE the bike to give a complete evaluation...

We'll update everyone daily with our impressions as best we can...





Apologies if I came across like an asshole mate - I can appreciate that you guys have to spend more time on the bike. I wasnt aware of that.

Looking forward to further reports.

Cheers

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fish_antlers


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posted June 25, 2007 09:33 PM        
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Apologies if I came across like an asshole mate



No prob! It would be a dull world if stuff like that never happened
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princesskiwi


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posted June 25, 2007 11:33 PM        Edited By: princesskiwi on 26 Jun 2007 07:39
I can't wait to take the bike on a trip to see if it can really tour with 2 up.
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VincentHill


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posted June 26, 2007 02:29 AM        
I feel that I am stronger than you ever will be and I know that holding a large loaded bik up to begin with is not fun but to add Gravel, you are a brave lady! I am not sure I would have even gone into the lot!
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Dick Turpin


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posted July 04, 2007 06:22 AM        
Bin reading these blogs, hoping to find some decent info on the new Concours14. In the market for a newbie, looking at Honda ST1300, FJR1300, and know the Kaw. Any one out there capable of giving some decent advise which one to go for?? Currently riding a 96Triumph 900 Sprint. low miler, pretty fast, shit load of power. Its classed as a ST but lacks the fairing like the Triumph Trophy. Being Englisshh I would like to fly the flag, but the company doesnt want to go there anymore.
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Stalwart


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posted July 04, 2007 08:07 AM        
I saw a C14 yesterday and it sure was purty.
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08CC14


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posted July 06, 2007 10:42 AM        
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I can't wait to take the bike on a trip to see if it can really tour with 2 up.


When I get mine in a few weeks I'll give ya a call.

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snakebite


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posted July 08, 2007 03:18 PM        
Is there a center stand?

Will a magnetic tank bag work or do you need straps?

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87gtNOS


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posted July 08, 2007 09:59 PM        
There was one on the dyno the other day. It made 134 rwhp....my ZX14 made 171.
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fish_antlers


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posted July 09, 2007 10:53 AM        
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There was one on the dyno the other day. It made 134 rwhp....my ZX14 made 171.


then my "seat of the pants" dyno is working properly!
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MAN OF BLUES


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posted July 11, 2007 04:23 AM        Edited By: MAN OF BLUES on 11 Jul 2007 12:25


I guess I was a bit hastey....I think I'm the first U.S. COG'r to get one, Second COG'r so far, first is Sam a Canadian...

Second One delivered to Va.

I'm one happy camper !!!!!
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AllStingNoBling


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posted July 11, 2007 07:09 AM        
MAN OF BLUES, congratulations

I'm in Lorton, VA, just south of DC, where did you pick your up?

Long rides,

Mike

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MAN OF BLUES


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posted July 12, 2007 01:39 AM        
Ultimate Cycle, Midlothian Turnpike, on the southside of Richmond (Chesterfield?)

They still have one non-ABS on the floor... and the price was right!!
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AllStingNoBling


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posted July 12, 2007 10:09 PM        
Thanks, I'll give them a call.

The bike doesn't look as big as it does in an actual picture vs. press kit pictures. I'm a bit over 5'7", so getting my feet on the ground is going to be my issue.

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supergaleb


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posted July 16, 2007 12:46 PM        
Hi,

I got my c14 (non ABS) two weeks ago, since than I did just over 1000 km on it.
My first impressions:
1. Very smooth engine and gear shifting (in 6th gear engine is running under 4 000 RPM with speed indicator reading 140 km/hr
2. A lots power especially above 5000 RPM
3. Did not notice any stability issues so far (at high speeds and during hard stopping).

Things that may be an issue:
1. Mirrors positioned in such a way that you do not get very good rearview visibility (1/4 is blocked by sidebags). I am still playing with the position of the same as I am trying to get it right so I can see better what is behind.
2. Did some 150 km at night and found that headlights (low and high beam) were rather weak (I missed one from my old conie). I will have to check and see if they are correctly positioned before I go riding at night again.

Other than that I am very happy with this bike so far.

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BlackMagic14


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posted July 16, 2007 01:01 PM        
I rode one for about 15 minutes today at our local Kawi dealer I was quite impressed, it actually looks much bigger in person than it does in the pictures but it handles much smaller then it actually is. If fly removal has the same effect on this bike as it does on the 14 I might be trading in a couple of ZX10's on one LOL
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moonpie


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posted July 17, 2007 04:54 AM        
I may try to get one of those when they work the kinks out.
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princesskiwi


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posted September 11, 2007 12:52 AM        Edited By: princesskiwi on 11 Sep 2007 08:59
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Is there a center stand?

Will a magnetic tank bag work or do you need straps?


Yes there is a center stand - it comes with one.

Magnetic Tank bag - don't know if it would work with the plastic glove box....

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worm~hole


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posted November 19, 2007 12:01 AM        
...if there is enough of a gap one could hot-glue some thin metal plates under the faux-tank cover which will make it possible for mag-bags to adhere itself to it from the outter surface...just make sure the plates are padded with rubber between it and the actual tank to prevent any metal-to-metal contact....
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tater


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posted November 20, 2007 02:36 AM        
I went to look at a concours before i bought the Mighty 14. I thought it was a spectaclur looking bike. But personally i am not ready for saddle bags just yet
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fj40dave


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posted February 20, 2008 11:27 AM        
Thanks for the write-up.

Went and looked at one today.....selling the Harley(s) as we speak!

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fj40dave


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posted February 22, 2008 12:40 AM        
Thanks for the write up and the links - appreciate it.

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fish_antlers


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posted February 22, 2008 12:58 PM        
did you pick one up?
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eastbaydave


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posted February 24, 2008 09:47 PM        
wonder what would happen if you left it in gear, and tried that remote start thingie????

.....= crunch?
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