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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Last post by Dreedo on Today at 06:34:45 pm »
Update. Local service manager had never seen anything like it. The underside shows no signs of impact, which I already knew, so he said he would send pics to Kawasaki to see if they would make it right as my warranty went out this last April. The other side has an open crack about 3 to 4 inches long. Will wait and see what they do. Thanks for the input.
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Open Forum / Re: Another insurance thread aka when to go liability only?
« Last post by gPink on Today at 06:17:06 pm »
I've got an agreed value policy from american collectors on my 1982 GS1100GK.  They've been raising the agreed value $500 per year every year.  It now costs me about $220 a year with 250/500k liability limits.  2500 miles per year allowed. If I total it today, they will pay me $6000 for that bike.  If that happens, I'll miss her.  I think 6 grand will soothe my broken heart!

Does coverage include it falling off a trailer?  8)
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Last post by jwh20 on Today at 05:20:45 pm »
Unfortunately there no really no way to repair that.  The only fix that I can imagine here is a frame replacement which is a big and expensive job.  Hoping your dealer is able to help out.  One possibility might be an appeal to the Kawasaki Factory if there is any evidence that this is defect-related vs. having been caused by some impact or other careless handling of the bike.

Good luck!
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Last post by maxtog on Today at 05:01:31 pm »
it probably got whacked hard on a curb or something[...]tough to predict when it occurred, but I'd bet it's the reason it got sold...

My thoughts, too.  I don't believe that is any type of fault of Kawasaki (not warranty covered).  I hope that is a reputable dealer, it is likely to get really messy...
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Open Forum / Re: Another insurance thread aka when to go liability only?
« Last post by maxtog on Today at 04:56:55 pm »
Wow. I'm paying $250 for liability only on my 2011 C14. Tried adding collision and comprehensive. Literally doubled the amount. I'm alright the way it is.

Well, as you know, there are a zillion factors that can affect the rates.  I do have a perfect record (zero traffic citations, high credit rating, no claims, on-time payment, etc), which matters a lot.  Location and age also matter a lot (I am NOT 50 quite yet, however).  And some insurance companies look at the 1400 Concours and see it as a super-bike ($$$), and others as a touring bike ($), and perhaps some actually see it for what it is- a sport touring ($$).
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Last post by Tree on Today at 04:41:50 pm »
C'mon.  Seriously?  That'll buff right out.
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Open Forum / Re: Why I'm no longer impressed....
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Today at 04:12:01 pm »
I'll bet that wheel hub would have glowed in the dark before or as it turned into a solid mass. It could have been worse, had it branded you in the a$$.
Never did any high speed runs with the bikes as a kid. Towed a few contraptions behind snowmobiles way faster than ever should. Mostly those turned out to be bad ideas, also.

I would rather have had that Branding on my azz, than the nice 'tatoo's I still have on both my forearms today...
the only GOOD luck I had, was my pal turned around, and came back to help me untangle myself out of the mass of wreckage, twisted up all around me... and get me up off the ground... I immediatly crawled down into the creek at the roadside, and laid in it moaning and trying to 'scrub' the skin and debris off my arms... OMG... that hurt bad... then we tossed the bike into the car, and when I got home, I snuck into the house and wrapped my arms up so my mom wouldn't see....
the next day, at school, I was trying to get my gym teacher to let me 'sit on the side', and when he made me unwrap my arms... sent me to the school nurse.... who promptly scrubbed the livin'crap off both arms with PhisoHex, and a bristle brush.....yeeeeeeoooowwwwwwwww...
it healed, but she didn't get all the cinders out, and I still have tatoos
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The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 / Re: Cracked frame at shock
« Last post by MAN OF BLUES on Today at 03:54:03 pm »
Never seen that one.   I have heard of stress cracks in MC frames but this looks like it took a severe hit.  What year is the bike?

I'm thinking the same thing, and also never seen this pop up before..

it does look like it took a severe whack to the lower (front, left in photo) part, as that area has some  darker residue, like aging, to it.. it probably got whacked hard on a curb or something, and after time the crack grew and finally failed (as seen by the clean metal at the rear and top).

tough to predict when it occurred, but I'd bet it's the reason it got sold...
bummer, best of luck getting this taken care of...
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Open Forum / Re: Another insurance thread aka when to go liability only?
« Last post by okrider on Today at 03:41:30 pm »
Wow. I'm paying $250 for liability only on my 2011 C14. Tried adding collision and comprehensive. Literally doubled the amount. I'm alright the way it is.
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Open Forum / Re: Why I'm no longer impressed....
« Last post by jettawreck on Today at 03:41:19 pm »
stupid teen as i was, experimented, to test the theory "mass vs speed/ with gravity...as the control factor"


hit 43 mph and chicken'd out..... but I wasn't done...

added a 30# sandbag to rear rack, and with my 260# body, hit 63 mph..(verified by my pal I was following down hill who was driving his car). before chickening out again, and hitting rear coaster brake....(it was my heavy old Murrey, which I trusted, as it was 10x stronger, and didn't have rubber brake pads like my $$$ C.Itoh 10 speed...)

note to self;
bad, really bad, stupid idea....
when a coaster 'brake' welds up solid in the hub... at about 40 mph, after it did it's best to 'scrub' off speed... a bicycle wheel turns into a taco, and will... without any care, throw you on the ground.... the 'braking effect' of 2 teenage forearms far excedes anything you can imagine.. and the 'skin skidmarks/ scars" will be the reminder... ow, omg, OWeeee..

I'll bet that wheel hub would have glowed in the dark before or as it turned into a solid mass. It could have been worse, had it branded you in the a$$.
Never did any high speed runs with the bikes as a kid. Towed a few contraptions behind snowmobiles way faster than ever should. Mostly those turned out to be bad ideas, also.
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