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Old 04-09-2009, 05:06 PM   #31
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I have the C-14....I love it. I am 6'4" with a 34" inseam. I have the MCL footpeg lower. A thousand mile day is very doable and it is all day comfy.
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Old 04-09-2009, 05:31 PM   #32
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Which one has more horsepower and torque stock?
That'll answer which one is best for fat peope.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:28 AM   #33
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Which one has more horsepower and torque stock?
That'll answer which one is best for fat peope.
Hmmm, a good indicator for ergos and reliability would be the Iron Butt Rally (11,000 miles in 11 days). Seems to me that in last year's rally the top dozen finishers had 4 FJRs & 4 Beemers. There may've been one C14.

Just teasin, I'm sure the C14s will show more over time & the one I rode last year was a great ride. The width of the tank, gas mileage, & amount of raw black plastic aren't my cup of tea, but this really gets into another Chevies versus Fords discussion.

btw - Nice job with bringing the Rex back to life (Cliffdiver thread)
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Old 04-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #34
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there were 2, and they had only come out 2 months prior to the rally.....
check the roster for this year....(!)
I think there will be a few this time, and I'm sure they won't be cursing at the bike if they don't do well....

I'm pretty partial to this bike because it fits me perfectly, and hauls my wife and I + gear effortlessly...

add on a Rostra $150 electric cruise unit, a Shad 42L trunk, and a good tankbag and have a ball...
I got the first one in Va, have put 15k+ on it, and have zero bad to say about it.
YMMV, the money was well spent, and the money saved was well spent also!!!


just saw this one...about time...
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:25 PM   #35
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Hmmm, a good indicator for ergos and reliability would be the Iron Butt Rally (11,000 miles in 11 days). Seems to me that in last year's rally the top dozen finishers had 4 FJRs & 4 Beemers. There may've been one C14.

Just teasin, I'm sure the C14s will show more over time & the one I rode last year was a great ride. The width of the tank, gas mileage, & amount of raw black plastic aren't my cup of tea, but this really gets into another Chevies versus Fords discussion.

btw - Nice job with bringing the Rex back to life (Cliffdiver thread)
And a ST13 won in '05. But it is not the bike.....
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:56 PM   #36
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Looks like some varied opinions; let's hear some more!
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:50 AM   #37
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my take

I just test rode two of these this past week...have been looking for a better tourer than my Sprint ST 1050. I'm 6'3". After test riding 2 BMW's (which I liked), I gave the Japanese a shot. I always liked the looks of the FJR, had sat on them before, and was pretty sure it would be the next bike. I threw a ST in there too, for comparison.

To me, both were pretty comparable in terms of fit...similar upright position (relative to my Triumph) and I felt that leg room was okay with the seat in the highest position on both, though the ST had a little more. The Honda surprised me. More protection, better passenger comfort according to the Boss, and it reeked of quality. Seriously refined. It is heavier, I guess, but the difference wasn't stark enough to be a factor. It handles well. Great transmission. The FJR hauls ass for sure and had similar pull to my Sprint; in fact, it felt like a long wheelbase version of the Sprint with a slightly better windshield. Hard to keep at the speed limit. Sharp looking bike, too. Noisier at speed. Like the LCD dash info.

I wanted more tour than sport this time around, and the ST isn't exactly a slouch anyhow. So I bought an immaculate used ST13 ABS. I've seen a number of FJR's on the road since, and have no regrets. I see lots of threads here where people complain how old the ST is and how it is no longer competitive in this field. Sure glad I rode it for myself...you never know what will work until you try it.

Never rode the Connie...wasn't crazy about the looks, and it didn't feel too good when I gave it a sit. YMMV...
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Old 04-13-2009, 05:56 AM   #38
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Looks like some varied opinions; let's hear some more!
Add the Beemers to the list and none of these are losers, just slight differences in flavor. Any of them are uber-smooth, take discipline to keep in reasonable limits, adaptable, and comfy enough to head for the other coast. You really have to get your own butt on each to know which is for you.

So, do you like Columbian coffee, Nicaraguan, or Jamaican Roast? From Starbucks or Seattle's Best?
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Old 04-13-2009, 01:33 PM   #39
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They are seem great, but only time will tell which is best

I own the 04 St and its typical Honda which is good or bad depending on your style of riding. I would think the FJR and ST are getting long in the tooth so if you are willing to wait you may have better options are available. I have had 30,000 trouble free mile on mine, so reliability is not an issue. I think its been said before that the St is more like a baby Gold Wing so keep that in mind. I can't say at 6' 4 I've been really comfortable on mine, but it is easy to ride for long periods and nothing really gets annoying after long rides.
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Old 04-17-2009, 07:10 PM   #40
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I am very happy with the C14 ergos but ...I cannot say the same about the pillion ergos. I have plenty complaints from my wife. I have added pillion C10 rubber pegs and extenders, I just replaced the GIVI windscreen by a taller Cee Bailey Ultra Tour, got a Sargent seat, etc etc, all to meet pillion demands!!! My wife is still stuck with the CapoNord as the best 2up bike.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:25 PM   #41
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I have the C-14....I love it. I am 6'4" with a 34" inseam. I have the MCL footpeg lower. A thousand mile day is very doable and it is all day comfy.
Geez, MCL footpeg lower. Tell me more, I've never heard of them before.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:52 PM   #42
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Geez, MCL footpeg lower. Tell me more, I've never heard of them before.
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While the drivers lowering kit does give you a bit more leg room they seriously reduce the lean angle of the bike.

I have them for my passenger. She is 6" shorter than me but inseam is only
2" less than mine. They do not interfere with the driver's feet or handling.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:02 AM   #43
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Well I tried the C-14, FJR and ST for short rides. I ended up buying a used ST1300. I have a Hayabusa and Tuono which fill my need for speed and agility. I just finished a 3 day ride with a friend on his FJR. He added the tall windshield. I am 6'3" and I find the wind protection of the ST to be outstanding. I can raise the windshield above my eyes. The FJR buzzes my helmet with wind noise and buffeting, he added the 4' Yamaha shield and is not totally satisfied with the weather protection. We rode in damp to wet conditions early in the trip and got tired of that so headed west and went from 88 to 21 degrees in temperature, Texas in spring. The ST handled the curves very well, I was greatly surprised. It is heavier than my other two bikes but not to the point that it is an issue once the wheels turn. If you want good weather protection go with the ST the engine is surprisingly strong and quick. It has a lot of torque and does not care what gear you are in. The others have more top end but the ST has a great mid range and will run with the other two up to 100 or so which is fast as you can reasonably go most of the time without a ticket. Good luck.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:04 AM   #44
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06 FJR here

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Love this puppy, but a gen 2 and smile every time you get on it.
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Old 06-04-2010, 07:00 PM   #45
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I have the C-14....I love it. I am 6'4" with a 34" inseam. I have the MCL footpeg lower. A thousand mile day is very doable and it is all day comfy.
how did this affect the shift lever position for you?
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