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Old 11-21-2010, 07:34 PM   #31
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A short sound check vid I made in the garage today :
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:25 AM   #32
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Would take some serious work to make one of these a good looking naked bike...

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Old 12-05-2010, 03:06 PM   #33
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Sorry, but no pics. I have an 08 silver with Ti AK. Carbon fiber can & PCIII. Saying she will "Haul" is an understatment..
Haven't topped her out with a gps yet , but she will take the needle all the way around & back to the pin on 0

I also have two other ..Slower bikes... 04 ZX636 & 05 ZRX 1200R.
Just love the 14..


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Old 12-05-2010, 04:56 PM   #34
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Great looking 14! Can you tell us more about your bag set-up and any other touring mods you've made? This is the second zx-14 I've seen set up for sport-touring and I'm smitten!
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:30 AM   #35
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Great looking 14! Can you tell us more about your bag set-up and any other touring mods you've made? This is the second zx-14 I've seen set up for sport-touring and I'm smitten!

Sure,

The bags are the GIVI V35's attached withe the SWMotech brackets. I ordered them through twisted throttle as they have on their website a video that shows the installation. The video is very helpful and installation was very easy, (the employees could use some acting lessons..). Also, the bags and brackets can be removed in under a minute. Overall very very happy with the bag set up. When riding I don't even know they're there. I don't ride two up so I can't comment on if they interfere with a passenger.

One note is that the bags will not hold a XL helmet. Its more the shape of the bags then the capacity.

I also installed the COX radiator guard as there are a few reports of rocks damaging it. Other than that its just a gps and heated grips. I recently ordered some genmar risers, just have to get them installed. Tires are now pilot road 2's. Everyone loves em and I agree, they do all you could ask of a sport touring tire.

I hear a lot of people comment, "just get a C14". Well... I went in to buy the C14 and came home with ZX. "For me", it just feels better. I have ~11,000 miles and all the bike has needed is gas, tires and oil.

If there is a nit, it is that this puppy puts out some heat.
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Old 12-07-2010, 05:38 AM   #36
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:17 PM   #37
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hey 14 riders, can you please field some questions for me?

without riding like a total hooligan, how long do your tires/chains/sprockets last?

thanks so much!
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:33 PM   #38
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I have 16,000 miles on my original chain and sprockets. Metzeler Z6's last a long, long, time in sportbike terms. Rears last me 6000, fronts...much longer.

I use my ZX as a sport tourer. It's an amazing motorcycle.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:56 PM   #39
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I have 16,000 miles on my original chain and sprockets. Metzeler Z6's last a long, long, time in sportbike terms. Rears last me 6000, fronts...much longer.

I use my ZX as a sport tourer. It's an amazing motorcycle.
thank you for the answers

i'm really on the fence between a few bikes, but i have about 5 months to decide, thank god. what's splitting hairs is insurance costs ($100-125/mo quoted) and maintenance costs. (valve re-lashing, tires, chains...you know, the things that you go through when you actually ride a bike and not let it be a dust magnet)

if i got a 14 it would primarily serve sport touring & commuting duties, to the tune of about 300-400 miles a week. 6k for a rear sounds fine for a bike like that.

with your sport touring riding, what's your fuel economy like?
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Old 01-12-2011, 06:45 AM   #40
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thank you for the answers

i'm really on the fence between a few bikes, but i have about 5 months to decide, thank god. what's splitting hairs is insurance costs ($100-125/mo quoted) and maintenance costs. (valve re-lashing, tires, chains...you know, the things that you go through when you actually ride a bike and not let it be a dust magnet)

if i got a 14 it would primarily serve sport touring & commuting duties, to the tune of about 300-400 miles a week. 6k for a rear sounds fine for a bike like that.

with your sport touring riding, what's your fuel economy like?
It was up around 40 stock, taking it easy, but it's in the low-mid 30's now. It has a Brock Hindle Street Meg exhaust, custom mapped Power Commander, BMC race air filter, and the secondary throttle bodies have been removed. It makes about 180 RWHP and 105 lb-ft of torque, IIRC.
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Old 01-12-2011, 09:38 AM   #41
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It was up around 40 stock, taking it easy, but it's in the low-mid 30's now. It has a Brock Hindle Street Meg exhaust, custom mapped Power Commander, BMC race air filter, and the secondary throttle bodies have been removed. It makes about 180 RWHP and 105 lb-ft of torque, IIRC.
wow, you filled in all the info i needed, even down to the upgrades i was considering. thank you so much!
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:44 PM   #42
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Here is my girl loaded up on a camping trip last year. The saddlebags won't work unless you have short pipes. The tank bag is a magnetic Rapid Transit that works great. The duffel is a scuba gear bag so it's waterproof. I used 4 1" fasteners to clip the duffel to the saddlebags which had the receivers for a tail bag. It all held up to a couple thousand mile trip including a lot of playing on the dragon and Interstate speeds .
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:22 PM   #43
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I just sold my 2001 750cc katana and looking to buy either a zx-14 or a busa. A good friend of mine owns a zx-14, but he has also owned Kawasaki all of his life so he might be a bit biased. That said, I have a few questions:

1.- How are the ergonomics, I mean which biks is more comfortable for 300-500 mi a day rides?

2.- Which bike is smoother?

3.- How does a busa measure up to a zx-14?

Thank you.
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Old 03-22-2011, 09:33 PM   #44
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I have had both a 2000 Hayabusa and now a 2006 ZX14 and i think the zx14 is a better machine than my Busa ever was. Both had suspension work done with full aftermarket exhaust and Power commander and secondary throttle slides yanked out,And the 14 outhandled and out stopped the Busa. The only place the Busa had an edge is maybe in low end grunt .Had them also on the dragstrip and the 14 was always faster in ET and speed by about 5mph at the end of the 1/8 mile. Also i like it better for touring as well.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:29 AM   #45
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I have had both a 2000 Hayabusa and now a 2006 ZX14 and i think the zx14 is a better machine than my Busa ever was. Both had suspension work done with full aftermarket exhaust and Power commander and secondary throttle slides yanked out,And the 14 outhandled and out stopped the Busa. The only place the Busa had an edge is maybe in low end grunt .Had them also on the dragstrip and the 14 was always faster in ET and speed by about 5mph at the end of the 1/8 mile. Also i like it better for touring as well.
No comments on how the ergo's compare...or ride and engine smoothness? I doubt the drag strip is where most people will spend majority of time on a bike.
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