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Old 11-06-2011, 02:23 PM   #451
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I've been seriously considering getting rid of my Shadow and buying either a C14 or an FJR. I am leaning towards the C14, as I will be carrying my wife on it it about 50% of the time. Does anyone know if they have moved the mirrors up on the newer model ones? I looked at a 09, but it was really hot (I've heard this was fixed in the 10 & newer models) and the mirrors were really blocked by the bags.
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Old 11-06-2011, 03:38 PM   #452
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I've been seriously considering getting rid of my Shadow and buying either a C14 or an FJR. I am leaning towards the C14, as I will be carrying my wife on it it about 50% of the time. Does anyone know if they have moved the mirrors up on the newer model ones? I looked at a 09, but it was really hot (I've heard this was fixed in the 10 & newer models) and the mirrors were really blocked by the bags.
Mirrors were raised on the 2010 and newer models. The mirror placement on my `09 isn't as bad as most like to make it out to be. Yes you see a little bit of the bag in the mirror, but it's only maybe 10-15% of the total view. If I were to complain about anything it's that the lower height on the 08-09's put the controls in your line-of-sight for the mirror when using bar risers. I actually have to raise my head up to see over the controls to see out of the mirrors with my 2" risers.

As for heat, my `09 it isn't any hotter than any other fully faired sportbike I've ridden in the past (ZX-7, Katana 750, CBR600F2, etc.). I wouldn't be surprised if most of those complaining about the heat on the 08-09 models are people whose last bike was an unfaired bike (cruiser, dual-sport, standard, etc.) where the engine heat isn't confined. It's actually cooler than the air-cooled Road Star I came off of. lol
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:30 AM   #453
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I have a 2010 and have ridden my buddies 2008. The mirrors are much improved on the 2010. Also the new fairing pretty much eliminates the heat issue from the 2008/09 models. The 2010 is completely closed off at the rear so any hot air is forced down and out the sides via the undated fairing vents.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:43 AM   #454
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Might be worse for tall folks.

I think the mirror issues is worse for tall people.
I am only 5'10" and i dont have an issues with the location of them on my 09.
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:47 PM   #455
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I'm 6'1" and never noticed a problem with the mirrors on my '08. Nor the heat? Sweet bike. I love the power and smoothness. Put about 10k miles on it this year so far. No issues.

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Old 11-08-2011, 06:12 AM   #456
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Are there any mirror obstructions when using risers for those of you with 2010 models and newer ?

Double risers on the FJR make the stock mirrors useless, adding the FZ1 mirrors were a must for me. Don't see any options with the C14.

There seems to be riders on the COG forum who experience more vibrations in the bars than others, not sure what to make of that. Maybe this is personal or maybe some bikes are smoother that others?
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:48 AM   #457
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No issues with risers on the 2010. I can still see behind me pretty much unobstructed.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:20 PM   #458
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Bar risers

I have Murph's bar risers on my 2012 and they do not block the mirrors any.Very good product and easy to install without having to buy new hoses and cables.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:30 AM   #459
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Murph's stuff is top shelf with great customer service.
i would not hesitate to buy from him again.
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Old 11-11-2011, 12:51 PM   #460
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Great Thread!

Not quite ready to get rid of my Vulcan 1500, but after touring with friends that have Beemers, I started looking at STs. (Couldn't keep up, had to stop more often for gas, took forever to take my luggage off the bike). Winnowed it down to the Connie and am looking to pick up a '11 to add to the collection in December.

This thread has been hugely helpful in making the decision. Would love to hear more from anyone that bough a Corbin Trunk Box (The rear 70 lt, not the small one that replaces the passenger seat: http://www.corbin.com/kawasaki/kc8trnk.shtml).

Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-11-2011, 01:21 PM   #461
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Yikes! That thing looks like it would break the mounting rails with nothing in it. I have a Givi E55 that works out well. It will hold two full face helmets with no problems.

I just recently took a weekend camping trip with my wife and we had no problems packing for two including 3 man tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 sleeping pads, stove, clothes, etc.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:21 AM   #462
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Yikes! That thing looks like it would break the mounting rails with nothing in it. I have a Givi E55 that works out well. It will hold two full face helmets with no problems.

I just recently took a weekend camping trip with my wife and we had no problems packing for two including 3 man tent, 2 sleeping bags, 2 sleeping pads, stove, clothes, etc.
Thanks cablebandit. I like to take extended tours (2 to 4 weeks) that frequently require me to work from the road, so a typical packing list for me has to cover all weather riding equipment, my traveling office load, photography equip, and camping gear. And given the Vulcan's lack of hard case storage - I have to keep a constant eye on the bike at every stop. A challenge when you mostly ride alone.

So....the additional space inside the trunk is a big plus for me besides the fact I think it just matches the bike better than the Givi.

Also, my bike is my primary mode of transportation, (in the last three years, I've put over 40k on the bike and 3400 miles on my truck). So having a rear case that will easily hold a computer briefcase, a non-motorcycle jacket and a pair of dress shoes on the way to a clients would be a big plus.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:19 PM   #463
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I'm 6'3" and never had a problem with the mirrors on my '09. Nor the heat!!! Put almost 40k miles in less than 3y. No issues other than tires. See mods below sig.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:21 AM   #464
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I'm 6'3" and never had a problem with the mirrors on my '09. Nor the heat!!! Put almost 40k miles in less than 3y. No issues other than tires. See mods below sig.
How do you like the Sargent seat????? My only complaint on 2010 is the seat.
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Old 11-14-2011, 10:33 AM   #465
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My Sargent has been great. 400+ mile days are just normal riding days. I had the Sargent ordered before I even took delivery of my 2010.
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