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Phil


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posted April 19, 2011 11:51 AM        
C14 vs ZX14 horsepower

Seriously considering an `10 C14 at the dealers. Sold my `08 ZX14 a while ago. Curious about the horsepower difference between the two. Not that its that important but just curious.
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zeexman


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posted April 19, 2011 12:56 PM        
There is a difference. My ZX seem to have unlimited HP and you could twist the throttle forever. The power band seems more defined on the C14. The C will throw you back but not off as it felt sometimes on the Ninja.
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posted April 19, 2011 01:50 PM        
If you buy the conny, you will forget how fast the ZX was...but if you get on the ZX after riding the conny for a while the ZX will take your breath away with it's speed and power....get back on the conny and you will forget again...
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TedG


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posted April 20, 2011 02:46 AM        
I think that for someone who came off the ZX and is concerned about the power they should remove the flies and from what everyone says it is day and night.
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Phil


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posted April 20, 2011 10:16 AM        
As much as I hate to admit it I guess I`m to the point in my life where I have to go for a bit more comfort this time around. Hopefully I can sit on this thing for more than 30 minutes without my neck and bony ass getting sore.

Now the question is an `10 in blue ,my favorite color or an `11 in silver, haven`t been to the dealer yet to see that one.
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TedG


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posted April 21, 2011 05:22 AM        
Phil, I too have a bony ass and a bad back and my normal weekend ride is seldom less than 400 miles. Stopping only for gas and bladder drainage. Fuel and bladder are timed well.
I have done over 1000 in a day and lived to tell the tale. Not to say I wasn't sore from such a long day but it didn't cripple me either. That was almost a 20 hour day.
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Phil


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posted April 21, 2011 10:38 AM        
Well Ted, maybe I can actually get some use out of this bike.
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TedG


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posted April 22, 2011 04:16 AM        
Seriously, it is the finest motorcycle I have ever owned.
The only problem is the stock tires, when new they aren't too bad but the handling goes downhill fast. Put some Michelin PR2s or PR3s and you get a new motorcycle.
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Phil


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posted April 22, 2011 12:56 PM        
Hey Ted , I`ll keep those tires in mind. Right now the tire problem I have is for the `79 X. Anyway I will be rideing the `11 silver C14 home tomorrow. Can hardly wait.
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TedG


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posted April 25, 2011 05:43 AM        
Well WTF? Where is your first story? The tires that are on it are just fine to break in the bike and flog for a while, the good part is the new ones will make you swear it is a new sport bike.
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Phil


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posted April 26, 2011 10:53 AM        
Not much to tell yet Ted, buy the time I got it home I had just enough time to get the grass mowed before more rain. Thats all it`s been doing around here is raining. Getting sick of it.

I do get the feeling I`m going to like this bike more than I thought I would. Looks like sunny weather friday and maybe saturday so hopefully will get some miles on her.
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TedG


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posted April 27, 2011 03:13 AM        
Let me give you a hint. That big faring protects you from the rain. Even the shit tires work better in the rain than sport bike tires. Get some waterproof gear and head out. I do it all the time and have had a ball.
Also stiffen up the suspension a bit and add a bunch of rear damping, it will handle well.
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Phil


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posted May 07, 2011 12:58 PM        
Rode her to work all week. Temp in the low 40`s in the mourning with drizzling rain. Still it was pretty comfy, tires seem to stick good, better than I thought.

Starting to look like a cold, wet, windy summer.
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posted May 13, 2011 10:21 AM        
quote:
If you buy the conny, you will forget how fast the ZX was...but if you get on the ZX after riding the conny for a while the ZX will take your breath away with it's speed and power....get back on the conny and you will forget again...

Truer words have never been spoken...but my Connie is plenty quick and wheelies quite effortlessly!
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Larry_Seratt


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posted May 15, 2011 02:09 AM        
Hi guys,

Been ages since I've been on. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember my old account info, so created a new one.

*formerly known as Swft*

Picked up the 2011 C14. Very happy with it, big improvement over my 2005 Sprint ST.

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posted May 17, 2011 06:12 PM        
I have got to get me another one..ugggggggggg
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2000redrocket


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posted May 25, 2011 07:58 AM        
just put road smarts on my 08. OMG does it turn like a ninja now.
i burned up two front tires to the rear. the rear was done at 11,000mi
i am pushing it with my friends on sport bikes. but i can carry a bottle of water. haha

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oldkawboy


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posted June 08, 2011 09:51 PM        
Pulling the flies does give the Connie more grunt but swapping the 40mm throttle bodies with a set of 44's from a ZX14 is the ticket. Install those, a full pipe & PC with a BMC filter and it's a new beast.

Great bikes them Connies!!!!

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wrongway


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posted July 31, 2011 05:53 AM        
quote:
Pulling the flies does give the Connie more grunt but swapping the 40mm throttle bodies with a set of 44's from a ZX14 is the ticket. Install those, a full pipe & PC with a BMC filter and it's a new beast.

Great bikes them Connies!!!!

Dan



I have been doing some port work on the zx-14. I also grabbed a connie head for parts (same valves and buckets ) and was surprised that they flow the same as a zx-14 .....


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2000redrocket


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posted July 31, 2011 08:51 AM        
so head wise the valves are the same and port size? only difference is cam profile and throttle bodies? that is great.
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Phil


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posted July 31, 2011 10:35 AM        Edited By: Phil on 1 Aug 2011 00:36
Just going to guess that the C14 is down on compression a bit to????
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wrongway


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posted August 01, 2011 11:31 AM        
quote:
Just going to guess that the C14 is down on compression a bit to????


correct. Some turbo guys use Connie piston on their 14's.
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2000redrocket


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posted August 01, 2011 12:12 PM        
great. i did not get this bike for this crap. i still take my 12 out to the track. now i want a ported head ap pipe 44mm throttle body 170hp connie. but will i get 45 to 50mpg in the summer that way?
i doubt it LOL

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wrongway


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posted August 01, 2011 09:43 PM        
quote:
great. i did not get this bike for this crap. i still take my 12 out to the track. now i want a ported head ap pipe 44mm throttle body 170hp connie. but will i get 45 to 50mpg in the summer that way?
i doubt it LOL


sure , as long as you dont keep the throttle pinned all the time :-)


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posted August 09, 2011 09:21 AM        
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Hi guys,

Been ages since I've been on. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember my old account info, so created a new one.

*formerly known as Swft*

Picked up the 2011 C14. Very happy with it, big improvement over my 2005 Sprint ST.



Larry!! How are you doing? Glad to see you back on the board. How is the Connie treating you? How many miles so far?

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