Kawasaki Concours Forum

The C-14, aka Kawasaki Concours-14, the new one :) => The Bike - C14/GTR 1400 => Topic started by: sailor_chic on September 08, 2014, 06:40:51 pm

Title: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 08, 2014, 06:40:51 pm
Ill start off with my list ...

* Wash and wax
* Gas cap mod
* Handlebar risers
* Throttlemeister
* Tankslapper paint protection
* Partial de-badging. Removed those huge Kawasaki letters.

I have new grips that I was wanting to install, but was severely depressed to find out that it is the actual grip itself that is heated and not an element inserted inside the bar end. I really hate the stock grips!! They are very uncomfortable without gloves on.

Tomorrow it will be a fender extender and Canyon cages, and Phil's rack
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: SapperLdr on September 08, 2014, 07:20:32 pm
I did my Concours a favor today and left it in the garage.  One of the largest rain storms ever in Phoenix today. 

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Sly on September 08, 2014, 07:42:31 pm
Looked at it while I cut the grass, took apart a part of the deck, took out the trash and recycling, as I left to go to the grocery store  and did the laundry..... tomorrow she’ll be washed before we go for a ride  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on September 08, 2014, 07:57:31 pm
Hooked her up to the battery tender, but alas her heart has given out.  I guess the original battery from '08 had to go sometime, but just before a ride???  On a happy note, new gps on the way, and within a week or so of sending my seat to Baldwin :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Justin726 on September 08, 2014, 08:32:10 pm
Rode it to work and back.  When I got home the reflective saddlebag decals that I had ordered were waiting for me in the mail.  Cleaned up the bags and stuck on the reflectors.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: martin_14 on September 08, 2014, 11:32:28 pm
I did my Concours a favor today and left it in the garage.  One of the largest rain storms ever in Phoenix today.

I'll go totally off topic here: that's one of the best pictures I've seen in my life. Where did you get it from? Link, please?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 09, 2014, 04:34:52 am
Day before yesterday, bedding in new EBC sintered brakes...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 09, 2014, 05:34:46 am
Hooked her up to the battery tender, but alas her heart has given out.  I guess the original battery from '08 had to go sometime, but just before a ride???  On a happy note, new gps on the way, and within a week or so of sending my seat to Baldwin :)

A battery going just before a ride is perfection.  On the ride itself, not so much.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on September 09, 2014, 06:18:10 am
Rode her hard.....just the way she asked to be ridden!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cuda on September 09, 2014, 01:27:30 pm
Rode her hard.....just the way she asked to be ridden!




Oh boy we're going to fantasy land ... I'll wear my Miss America Crown  for you ::) GIDDYUP :censored:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 09, 2014, 01:35:49 pm
Rode her hard.....just the way she asked to be ridden!

I was gonna make a horse reference, something about "put up wet", but I like yours better, Cuda...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on September 09, 2014, 02:04:54 pm
Ok...i see we are there now that your wearing a miss america crown....but please dont worry about wearing it for me!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 09, 2014, 02:17:38 pm
Started getting it ready for my trip to Ohio..organizing tools and other gear.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 09, 2014, 02:49:34 pm
Started getting it ready for my trip to Ohio..organizing tools and other gear.

Does that mean we will be without our fearless leader and moderator?   Lord forbid this becomes an ADVrider  forum... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 09, 2014, 02:55:01 pm
There are the 'others'.  If invoked, they are merciless.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 09, 2014, 03:31:31 pm
There are the 'others'.  If invoked, they are merciless.
No anarchy here, or even Sons of.... Good to know.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 09, 2014, 04:30:48 pm
Ware the one named 'T'
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 10, 2014, 07:00:27 am
My Stebel horn arrived yesterday, so I installed it. This was by no means an easy project. The "extra" or available space on these bikes is quite minimal. Also installed a radiator guard.
Today is going to be a ride. Im thinking about riding around Lake Okeechobee.

Question... Is there any one in South Florida that has a computer and software that can program a key fob?  I went to my local stealership yesterday and ordered a spare one. They charged me full retail for this fob and then they wanted to charge me $8/qt for Kawasaki oil. OUCH! Then the service dept told me that it was a bunch of data input to program the fob and that it would be an hours labor charge. I believe that this was lies! As I walked out of the place shaking my head, from the horrible experience that I just endured at the parts counter and service desk, I told myself that I would NOT give this establishment anymore of my business. I'm thinking that the blonde hair and boobs is a signal to salespeople that I am an idiot?

Nicole
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 07:07:09 am
I'm thinking that the blonde hair and boobs is a signal to salespeople that I am an idiot?

Nicole

Without pictures, how can we tell, what the salesprople were thinking... ;D ;D ;D 8)

Have a great trip.  Thats a pretty big lake to ride around in a day. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 10, 2014, 07:14:41 am
Without pictures, how can we tell, what the salesprople were thinking... ;D ;D ;D 8)

 :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 07:18:26 am
:rotflmao:

Well, she started it, and I'm just trying to keep things straight, and assist where I can...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on September 10, 2014, 07:23:03 am
sailor chic...$8 a qt is about what i pay at autozone for syn motorcycle oil, which i believe is average. As for the FOB, most likely a 15 minute job but they are going to charge you a full hour regardless. My wife took her car to caddilac for brakes, they told her $620 and a half day! I did them for $117 in parts and took less than an hour. But i am not paying for a building or staff like they do as they are a business.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 10, 2014, 07:28:58 am
The quote for oil was for non-synthetic type. If it was syn, I would understand the price.

Riding around the lake will be about a 200 mile ride for me. I do it a few times a year. I running out of places to ride in this part of Florida, so I have to repeat my day trips

Pictures... I dont want to get banned from here, so I will abstain form posting them. However if you need a visual, I have a big chest.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on September 10, 2014, 07:33:09 am
A dealer can of course charge whatever it wants for services rendered. That said, it seems pretty common that programming a bike to recognize a new fob or TPS sensor a fee of 1/2 hour labor is used. A full hour does seem to be a bit too much to me also.

I do not know how much it happens now but back a while, it was also common for dealers to have to fumble through their first few uses of KDS to program bikes- a reasonable dealer will NOT try to charge a customer for their learning curve. That is on them IMO.

Brian

My Stebel horn arrived yesterday, so I installed it. This was by no means an easy project. The "extra" or available space on these bikes is quite minimal. Also installed a radiator guard.
Today is going to be a ride. Im thinking about riding around Lake Okeechobee.

Question... Is there any one in South Florida that has a computer and software that can program a key fob?  I went to my local stealership yesterday and ordered a spare one. They charged me full retail for this fob and then they wanted to charge me $8/qt for Kawasaki oil. OUCH! Then the service dept told me that it was a bunch of data input to program the fob and that it would be an hours labor charge. I believe that this was lies! As I walked out of the place shaking my head, from the horrible experience that I just endured at the parts counter and service desk, I told myself that I would NOT give this establishment anymore of my business. I'm thinking that the blonde hair and boobs is a signal to salespeople that I am an idiot?

Nicole
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 10, 2014, 07:36:23 am
snip...

Pictures... I dont want to get banned from here, so I will abstain form posting them. However if you need a visual, I have a big chest.


Why would you be banned for posting a pic?  ???

There's a spot for that sort of thing you know?

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=3738.325 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=3738.325)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 10, 2014, 07:42:05 am
 ;D   My reputation precedes me?  I certainly hope not.

Rest assured one won't get banned for posting in the wrong place or posting of pictures.  I may cut off a head or two, but banning....not so much.
 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 07:46:30 am
The quote for oil was for non-synthetic type. If it was syn, I would understand the price.

Riding around the lake will be about a 200 mile ride for me. I do it a few times a year. I running out of places to ride in this part of Florida, so I have to repeat my day trips

Pictures... I dont want to get banned from here, so I will abstain form posting them. However if you need a visual, I have a big chest.

That is high for a qt of dino oil.   I thought it was a longer distance around the lake, but havent been there in over 50 years, now. 
As far as it goes, ALL men become idiots in the presence of big (or even small) chests.  We can't help it...Just messin' with ya.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 10, 2014, 07:56:21 am
And let's keep physical characteristics out of the equation...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 10, 2014, 07:59:17 am
And let's keep physical characteristics out of the equation...

But but, she started it!    :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 10, 2014, 08:02:03 am
But but, she started it!    :P
Oh, blame it on the woman, lol!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 10, 2014, 10:15:45 am
But but, she started it!    :P

Don't care.  My mind (what little of it is left) is made up.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 10:30:00 am
OK...  When is you trip to Ohio?  Is the weather cooling there yet? Spoke to a CS lady up there last week and she said it was really still hot there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 10, 2014, 11:00:02 am
Leaving tomorrow morning..will arrive in Dayton tomorrow evening.  I'll probably get wet with that front coming through, though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 12:29:54 pm
Have a safe and enjoyable time, Jim.  Watch for LEO's, being on such a "fun to ride fast" motorcycle...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JerBear on September 10, 2014, 03:37:11 pm
Changed my rear tire back to a PR2 (from a PR3) and greased the drive shaft splines.  Found out that from the factory the rubber seal in the top of the shaft cover was not installed correctly and the front 1/2 inch or so was shredded from the drive shaft universal joint.  When I took the cover off I found powdered rubber all around the inside of the cover.

 I tried the "Patented Zip Tie" method for removing the tire.  It worked well and just required a grunt or two from my ample frame to get the old one off.  I struggled until I used some soapy water for lube and them it slid right off.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Justin726 on September 10, 2014, 04:18:23 pm
Just got off the phone with Seth Laam trying to get the ball rolling on fixing the stock seat.  Plus, my TechSpec tank pads showed up today.   8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 10, 2014, 08:11:42 pm

Just got off the phone with Seth Laam trying to get the ball rolling on fixing the stock seat.  Plus, my TechSpec tank pads showed up today.   8)
You will love your seat! I just put mine on and really an pleased with it





Riding around the lake will be about a 200 mile ride for me. I do it a few times a year. I running out of places to ride in this part of Florida, so I have to repeat my day trips



I lied, I put 255 miles on mine today :)




Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 10, 2014, 08:33:31 pm
Glad you got to ride today,  I rode probably 5 miles.  Suppose to rain here for the next 10+ days.  May have to live vicariously through others this next week and more. tom 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 11, 2014, 02:38:35 am
Packed to the gunnels and riding into WV and Ohio.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 11, 2014, 06:28:00 am
Ride safe Jim
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 11, 2014, 07:12:51 am
Safe travels Jim!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim M. on September 11, 2014, 05:52:47 pm
 I got tired of the brake lights not working on the Givi Top Case. The two contact points under the box didn't contact the points on the mount under the box very well, so I decided to just hard wire it. I drilled a new hole and ran the wire up through the inside of the box and used a couple bullet connectors so if I ever needed to remove the box, I could just disconnect the wires there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 11, 2014, 06:53:47 pm
Rode the C14 earlier today.  Rode my 1150RT this evening (she has been whining she hasn't been ridden hard lately).   

The RT is so much more flickable  than the 14, but I just feel more satisfied riding the 14. 

The RT has new PR3's, the 14 new Z8's. 

Not sure if the tires are making the difference, but sure wish the 14 handled like the RT.   

Naaahhh, I would "for sure" kill myself on the Connie, "for sure".
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: danl on September 12, 2014, 08:52:59 am
Took mine in for the 30k mile service. It's a big one. Having them fix my oil leak while they are in there, with the aftermarket cam ring. Also having a PR4 put on the rear. When it gets home I might give it a bath too, it's filthy!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 12, 2014, 09:09:52 am
I removed my tank to see if there was an alternate place to install the cruise control and forgot to properly re-install the red fuel line quick connect clip. So last night I did the whole removal and re-install of the tank, only had to raise the front of the tank however. I used an electric drill to remove all the fasteners and it was much faster this time. Plus it’s always easier the second time around :)
I also got in my lowering links and kickstand so that job is next, this weekend. After I do the winterizing of the fifth wheel as I am on the road right now. :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on September 12, 2014, 09:40:36 am
Shhhhhh...Lets not talk about winterizing Rv's yet, i still have one more trip out.

What is the difference between the PR3 and the Z8's? compound? How have the PR3's been wearing?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 12, 2014, 12:11:03 pm
What is the difference between the PR3 and the Z8's? compound? How have the PR3's been wearing?

I'm not techie when it comes to today's tires.  Both are dual compounds and designed for ST style bikes as well as others. I have over 3K miles on the PR3's and they still look new. 
The RT uses 170/60 on the rear and 14 a 190/50.  that difference in width and profile may be what's making the difference in directional changes...   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 13, 2014, 06:32:00 am
snip...


After I do the winterizing of the fifth wheel as I am on the road right now. :o

Shhhhhh...Lets not talk about winterizing Rv's yet, i still have one more trip out.

Yes, let's not talk about winterizing the RVs yet. I have, hopefully, two more camping trips to go on before the 5th wheel gets put up.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 13, 2014, 07:27:56 am
I have my canyon cages sitting in my living room, and cant decide if I want to install them. I really love the look of the bike without them and not sure if I will like the look of the cages. I originally wanted to purchase the Top Block guards, but the price scared me away. Now I'm second guessing my decision.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 13, 2014, 07:31:40 am
I have my canyon cages sitting in my living room, and cant decide if I want to install them. I really love the look of the bike without them and not sure if I will like the look of the cages. I originally wanted to purchase the Top Block guards, but the price scared me away. Now I'm second guessing my decision.

They are ugly but so is dropping your bike. The piece of mind they offer more than offsets the ugliness, IMO. The best way to never drop your bike is to have some drop protection, works for me!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 13, 2014, 08:23:15 am
Got up at 0430 and lowered my front end 1" and .027". I couldn't get 1-1/8" cause the HeliBars wouldn't allow it. The rear was lowered last night.
When I Measured the original position of the shocks from left to right from the top triple tree they were .026" difference side to side.
They are now .002" difference :)
Then I installed the lowered side-stand.
Then I removed my center stand, pain in the keester to get at the nuts on the back side of those.
Anyway my neighbor who is a certified welder is going to lower that for me. Then the pain of installing it begins. If anyone has a suggestion . . .
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 13, 2014, 08:32:53 am
They are ugly but so is dropping your bike. The piece of mind they offer more than offsets the ugliness, IMO. The best way to never drop your bike is to have some drop protection, works for me!

I couldn't agree you you more. I thought that exact same think when I ordered them





Then I removed my center stand, pain in the keester to get at the nuts on the back side of those.
Anyway my neighbor who is a certified welder is going to lower that for me. Then the pain of installing it begins. If anyone has a suggestion . . .



These are very nice stands. I have one in my garage.

http://www.amazon.com/Condor-PS1500-Floor-Stand-Motorcycle/dp/B0083VBDF4 (http://www.amazon.com/Condor-PS1500-Floor-Stand-Motorcycle/dp/B0083VBDF4)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 13, 2014, 08:37:41 am
Yep, I'm going to have to buy one of those when I travel back to Texas. I have with me a 20 foot V-nose with e-tracks and all but I will still need one of those to transport it back.
The center stand I was referring to is the one mounted on the bike, but I'm sure you knew that :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 13, 2014, 09:10:54 am
I have my canyon cages sitting in my living room, and cant decide if I want to install them. I really love the look of the bike without them and not sure if I will like the look of the cages. I originally wanted to purchase the Top Block guards, but the price scared me away. Now I'm second guessing my decision.


I agree with the ugly, especially if you remove the saddle bags. If you install some highway pegs they do offer a fair bit of extra comfort.
http://www.rivcoproducts.com/products/home.php?cat=221 (http://www.rivcoproducts.com/products/home.php?cat=221)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 13, 2014, 04:03:36 pm
Installed soft compound grips on top of the factory ones! Can already tell these will make long rides much better!  Theyre about as thick/ soft as the grip puppies, but theyre rubber so they should last longer.  $11

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 13, 2014, 04:35:05 pm
Nice grips. What style number are those?
I installed the lowered center stand and it wasn't as bad I had imagined. Bike stands right up - easy :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 13, 2014, 04:46:20 pm
Nice grips. What style number are those?
I installed the lowered center stand and it wasn't as bad I had imagined. Bike stands right up - easy :)


That's a good question... lol.  Packaging went out in the garbage can already.
 :doh:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 13, 2014, 05:06:19 pm
Question... Is there any one in South Florida that has a computer and software that can program a key fob?  I went to my local stealership yesterday and ordered a spare one. They charged me full retail for this fob and then they wanted to charge me $8/qt for Kawasaki oil. OUCH! Then the service dept told me that it was a bunch of data input to program the fob and that it would be an hours labor charge. I believe that this was lies! As I walked out of the place shaking my head, from the horrible experience that I just endured at the parts counter and service desk, I told myself that I would NOT give this establishment anymore of my business. I'm thinking that the blonde hair and boobs is a signal to salespeople that I am an idiot?

Nicole
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Well      Paid $251.89 for a Fob then $63.00 to have it programmed and it didn't even come with a key. They wanted more for the extra key.
 No Blond hair and no more man boobs lost that 40lbs last year.  ;) :rotflmao:


As for the bike, today I wash and pledged the dust off from a 2834km ride. Then I performed "SOP's" TPS RECALIBRATION because I had unhooked the battery the other day.

Re: Trying to narrow down an air/fuel issue...
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2014, 11:35:55 am »
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Sure sounds like the TPS.

No idea, none whatsoever if this will work, but I would try it if for nothing else curiosity.  Turn the bike on, do not start it.  Twist the throttle on full, roll off full, do it twice.  Turn off bike, turn back on and start.  Go for a ride and see if it works.  Report back and tell me I am a motorcycle god, or worthless POS   FWIW, this works on GSs that have a similar problem with the TPS, ECU will read the full on/off position and do a rest to the current values.  Same holds true when calibrating the PCV or PCIII.

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cuda on September 13, 2014, 05:59:34 pm
You can forget about getting any deals at a dealership , they do have lots of overhead, I bought my extra FOB when I picked up the bike,  15 % off that day on everything, then it went thru the wash in my jeans and now a new battery only last two weeks then ...dead.

I put those canyon cages on front and rear and took off the rear because I ride a lot with out the bags , I just did not look right ...
If you always ride with the bags , no problem. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 13, 2014, 06:20:46 pm
You can forget about getting any deals at a dealership , they do have lots of overhead, I bought my extra FOB when I picked up the bike,  15 % off that day on everything, then it went thru the wash in my jeans and now a new battery only last two weeks then ...dead.

Hey, at least you have a spare fob that will work for a few hours in case you lose your main!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cuda on September 13, 2014, 06:32:05 pm
Hey, at least you have a spare fob that will work for a few hours in case you lose your main!

Yeah always look for a bright side!
Thanks for making me feel better about SCREWING up a new $300.00 FOB... ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 13, 2014, 07:00:14 pm
Hey, at least you have a spare fob that will work for a few hours in case you lose your main!
.   :D
Then there's that as well. They only supply a battery for "functional use only, battery life may be reduced." Is the quote on the packaging. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 13, 2014, 10:08:06 pm
Installed soft compound grips on top of the factory ones! Can already tell these will make long rides much better!  Theyre about as thick/ soft as the grip puppies, but theyre rubber so they should last longer.  $11
Does it take much longer for the heat to make through those grips?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 13, 2014, 10:21:07 pm
Does it take much longer for the heat to make through those grips?
I dont know yet.  I'll find out Monday.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: harry76 on September 14, 2014, 08:24:20 am
Does it take much longer for the heat to make through those grips?

I think it does take a few minutes longer but they feel warmer because of their foam construction.
They make you grips bigger around which puts more of your palm in contact with the heated surface.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 14, 2014, 09:25:57 am
I dont know yet.  I'll find out Monday.

Are these the grips?:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sportbike-Pro-Grip-GP-Gel-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Grips-714BK-/270645641449?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f03bcc0e9&vxp=mtr (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sportbike-Pro-Grip-GP-Gel-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Grips-714BK-/270645641449?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f03bcc0e9&vxp=mtr)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 14, 2014, 09:28:41 am
Are these the grips?:  [url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sportbike-Pro-Grip-GP-Gel-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Grips-714BK-/270645641449?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f03bcc0e9&vxp=mtr[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sportbike-Pro-Grip-GP-Gel-Motorcycle-Handlebar-Grips-714BK-/270645641449?pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&hash=item3f03bcc0e9&vxp=mtr[/url])



Yup, Those be thems!

Lots of dish soap and water was used... I recommend doing it in the shade on a comfortable day... I was trying to do it in the sun when it was almost 90 yesterday and the soap kept drying on me. made for a royal PITA...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 14, 2014, 09:33:33 am
Yup, Those be thems!
Lots of dish soap and water was used... I recommend doing it in the shade on a comfortable day... I was trying to do it in the sun when it was almost 90 yesterday and the soap kept drying on me. made for a royal PITA...
And you have heated grips? Do they just slip over the OEM grips?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 14, 2014, 09:39:40 am
And you have heated grips? Do they just slip over the OEM grips?

Yeah, I have the factory heated grips. 

The do go over the OEM grips... I wouldnt say they "Just Slip" tho... lol.  Very tight fit... (thats what she said)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 14, 2014, 04:35:34 pm
I rode mine up to Hilton Head Island for dinner. 515 miles one way. Tomorrow I'm going to spend the day at Tybee Island and see if I can work on some tan lines.

Now I can color in that empty spot in my signature map :)

I sure do wish I had those slip in grips right now. After holding the throttle for 10 hrs,  my hand is not feeling good. I HATE  these stock grips!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: phoneman on September 14, 2014, 05:30:21 pm
  Changed the motor oil today to Mobil 1 10w-40 4t synthetic.

  Amazing how much better it shifts now  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 14, 2014, 05:46:24 pm

Yup, Those be thems!

Lots of dish soap and water was used... I recommend doing it in the shade on a comfortable day... I was trying to do it in the sun when it was almost 90 yesterday and the soap kept drying on me. made for a royal PITA...

Those look like regular grips, that go directly on handlebar. Did you cut the ends off of them?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: shreveportSS on September 14, 2014, 07:36:56 pm
I flogged her for 290 miles today. Been riding the Ninja while the heat is on but we had two cool days in a row so I rode the beast.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 14, 2014, 08:16:09 pm
Took a nice highway run with my RT riding friend.  Toodled along at 80-110 MPH, most of the ride.(averaged 39.5mpg, too)

Learned to play Chicken Foot dominos, with other senior aged folks.  Steak and baked for dinner.   A great day all around...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 15, 2014, 09:43:32 am
Took those extra grips off tosay. 80 miles of terriblr new viberations i wanted to kill myself.  As soon as i cut them off the viberations went away.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 15, 2014, 09:59:37 am
Sorry to hear they didn't work for you.  You mentioned Grip Puppies.  I use another brand (don't remember the name) that I get from a big local dealer.  Used them for years, and they have helped with every bike I have used them on to stop all forms of vibrations.  They are foam and install witha large dose of hair spray inside the slip on. 

I've had one set on three different bikes, now.  Just roll them off, kinda like a..., well, you know.  Found that the larger diamiter grip stops me from gripping as hard and they still allow heated grips to work as well as oem.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: harry76 on September 15, 2014, 11:28:57 am
Sorry to hear they didn't work for you.  You mentioned Grip Puppies.  I use another brand (don't remember the name) that I get from a big local dealer.  Used them for years, and they have helped with every bike I have used them on to stop all forms of vibrations.  They are foam and install witha large dose of hair spray inside the slip on. 

I've had one set on three different bikes, now.  Just roll them off, kinda like a..., well, you know.  Found that the larger diamiter grip stops me from gripping as hard and they still allow heated grips to work as well as oem.

These are what I use to and have found them to work great and they are cheap so if they get dirty just replace them.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 15, 2014, 11:50:09 am
Brought it home.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 15, 2014, 11:51:56 am
Brought it home.

Welcome back, hopefully safe and sound.  We were all really good boys and girls during your absence... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 15, 2014, 11:56:50 am
That's good...changes are in the wind...  I'll post a ride report a bit later.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 16, 2014, 04:36:36 am
That's good...changes are in the wind...  I'll post a ride report a bit later.

Rut row raggy.   ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 16, 2014, 02:39:52 pm
Wife text me that my new Baldwin seat is in - Pics to come  :banana
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 16, 2014, 03:36:05 pm
I put another 425 miles on mine today :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 19, 2014, 06:39:31 am
 :'( Well, due to my own stupidity, I found out first hand how well the Canyon cages protect the side of the bike. I won't go into details about what happened, due to embarrassment, but it was a dumb mistake that happened in my own garage and was completely unavoidable!
And this act of stupidity lead me to being able to try the backward lifting technique as well. 

A little bit of sandpaper use, and some satin black spray paint and I was able to go to bike night and show off my new bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on September 19, 2014, 07:53:14 am
:'( Well, due to my own stupidity, I found out first hand how well the Canyon cages protect the side of the bike. I won't go into details about what happened, due to embarrassment, but it was a dumb mistake that happened in my own garage and was completely unavoidable!
And this act of stupidity lead me to being able to try the backward lifting technique as well. 

A little bit of sandpaper use, and some satin black spray paint and I was able to go to bike night and show off my new bike.


Sorry to hear!  At least you had the cages on!   I dropped mine the day i bought it before i even had a chance to order the cages... 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 19, 2014, 09:48:30 am
:'( Well, due to my own stupidity, I found out first hand how well the Canyon cages protect the side of the bike. I won't go into details about what happened, due to embarrassment, but it was a dumb mistake that happened in my own garage and was completely unavoidable!
And this act of stupidity lead me to being able to try the backward lifting technique as well. 

A little bit of sandpaper use, and some satin black spray paint and I was able to go to bike night and show off my new bike.

Hopefully you broke the bike's fall with your body as I did when I forgot to put the side stand down.  Took me awhile to get out from under it and get it righted as no one was at home to help.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 20, 2014, 06:12:03 am
:'( Well, due to my own stupidity, I found out first hand how well the Canyon cages protect the side of the bike. I won't go into details about what happened, due to embarrassment, but it was a dumb mistake that happened in my own garage and was completely unavoidable!
And this act of stupidity lead me to being able to try the backward lifting technique as well. 

A little bit of sandpaper use, and some satin black spray paint and I was able to go to bike night and show off my new bike.

Oh come now! You have to share your story even if it is embarrassing, you may help prevent someone from doing the same.

Most of us have a similar story I'm sure. The first, and only, time my bike went down was because of my stupidity too. I went to move my bike in the garage and didn't realize that I bumped the side stand. I set the bike down and turned around. The next sound I heard was VERY bad and then there was a LOT of swearing.  :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on September 20, 2014, 03:14:23 pm
  Last night got a new PR3 put on to get ready for a couple hundred mile ride today into central Pa's famous route 125.  Took about 80 miles on some nice curvy roads so the tire was getting scrubbed pretty well by the time the real fun started!  The tire really makes you confident in its ability!  WOW.  I went over further and further till just about the edge!  Next time! LOL 

  For those not in the know,  route 125 is like a mini Tail of the Dragon if you will.  When you see the turns that say 15mph that is about all you can do!  There are some wild switchbacks and hard turns.  We decided to go off this route for awhile to go to a part of the mountain hang gliders jump off....what a view.  Then back to 125 down into Pinegrove and 895 back. 

  One last thing,  did it using econ mode for giggles!  I actually got 25 miles further before the low fuel came on and I was not going easy....many high speed runs to pass line of traffic and keeping the revs up thru the tight turns to come out strong.......all in all a great day.  Oh,  put on a Cee Baileys large screen and wow,  the buffeting is gone except all the way down. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 20, 2014, 04:02:10 pm
Sounds like a great time was had.  Roads like that are a good 350 miles for me, one way.  Can't make a day trip like you took.  Is that a State Hiway or a farm road?   

FWIW, rodea while in the typical Saturday heavy traffic, on a bill paying run.  More fun than paying on line or dropping the envelopes in the mail box, even with the traffic.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 20, 2014, 09:10:41 pm
Saw these on line, and decided to post the link.  An '08 w 44k miles at a $6k listing.  I'm sure they will go down some.  This is where I got my 08, and they treated me very fairly. Anyone in the Texas coast area, around Houston, interested, here's an intro into the Concours world, at a seems to me, decent price. 

http://www.wildwestmotoplex.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?veh=54311&pov=3846030 (http://www.wildwestmotoplex.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?veh=54311&pov=3846030)

They have an 08 with 17K miles at $7500, but I'm sure that is negotiable, too.  Strange finding two 14's at one dealer, used.

http://www.wildwestmotoplex.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?veh=54311&pov=3751874 (http://www.wildwestmotoplex.com/new_vehicle_detail.asp?veh=54311&pov=3751874)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: scubadoguk on September 21, 2014, 04:17:09 pm
Not all my own work but my second Concours c10 THIS happen on Friday on the way to work
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 21, 2014, 04:29:30 pm
Took a ride on Fam roads.  Enjoyable time and passed dozens of Harleys.  Most even waved to me.  I guess they are called cruisers for a reason.  Yes I do own one of them too, but today was not a cruising day for me. 

Hope everyone had a good day riding. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 21, 2014, 06:32:43 pm
My new Baldwin seat installed. Rode from Tonopah, NV to Las Vegas, NV and back. Most enjoyable.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on September 21, 2014, 06:35:33 pm
Not all my own work but my second Concours c10 THIS happen on Friday on the way to work
Cool. That's one way to get a new bike. :banana :banana :banana :banana
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 21, 2014, 07:58:54 pm
Not all my own work but my second Concours c10 THIS happen on Friday on the way to work
Congrats :chugbeer: :finger_fing11: going to hang onto it long enough to do it again  :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 22, 2014, 04:39:47 am
Not all my own work but my second Concours c10 THIS happen on Friday on the way to work

 :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 22, 2014, 04:52:09 am
Put my large CB ultra back on the bike in prep for riding in cooler weather...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on September 22, 2014, 06:43:26 am
My new Baldwin seat installed. Rode from Tonopah, NV to Las Vegas, NV and back. Most enjoyable.

How do you like the baldwin seat? what made you chose them over the others?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim M. on September 22, 2014, 06:49:35 am
Put highway pegs on the Canyon Cages. Great to have the option and stretch out my legs for a while!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 22, 2014, 07:38:59 am
How do you like the baldwin seat? what made you chose them over the others?
On my first leg down to Las Vegas I didn't feel my but at all until close to Vegas. On the ride back I didn't feel it at all. So I guess it gets better.
I like it.
Why Baldwin and not Day Long? I don't know. Web site was easier for me to deal with. I got an answer from Loren right away when I asked a question, took a shot. They probably all are close.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 22, 2014, 07:40:48 am
Put highway pegs on the Canyon Cages. Great to have the option and stretch out my legs for a while!
I removed all my middle fairings last night to see what it would take to move the Rostra CC to the right upper fairing area because I so want to install some Canyon Cages and put on highway pegs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: ZG on September 22, 2014, 09:06:15 am
Put my large CB ultra back on the bike in prep for riding in cooler weather...


Yep, I just pulled off my Coperdawg Sportscreen and put my CB mini back on along with my ProjektD hand wings, and got my Stich out, winter and cooler temps is a coming...  :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 22, 2014, 07:13:21 pm
I installed my ProjectD AeroForm helmet lock and Phil's rack tonight. He did an excellent job on this rack! Thanks Phil :)

Tomorrow I have an AM appt at Kawasaki to get my extra CC fob programmed.

Hopefully I am done with these accessories for a little bit. Between the bike purchase last month and some upgrades, my wallets hurts!!




Put highway pegs on the Canyon Cages. Great to have the option and stretch out my legs for a while!
Jim, did you use Rivco pegs? Where/how did you mount them? Pics?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 22, 2014, 08:35:29 pm
Have to sit near the tank for a full stretch  with a 32" inseam.  Back of seat puts the arch centred on the pegs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 238mph on September 22, 2014, 11:56:04 pm

Yep, I just pulled off my Coperdawg Sportscreen and put my CB mini back on along with my ProjektD hand wings, and got my Stich out, winter and cooler temps is a coming...  :(

I can't wait for mine to arrive... I love the look, and since it's warm in Arizona most of the time, I think it will work great... 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 23, 2014, 04:46:50 am

Yep, I just pulled off my Coperdawg Sportscreen and put my CB mini back on along with my ProjektD hand wings, and got my Stich out, winter and cooler temps is a coming...  :(

Don't rush it J! There's still some fine weather to enjoy, at least around here. Low 70's and sunny ALL week here.    :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: ZG on September 23, 2014, 07:20:37 am
Don't rush it J! There's still some fine weather to enjoy, at least around here. Low 70's and sunny ALL week here.    :)


Agreed C, the high temps are still quite nice in the PNW Falls too, it's the low temp's for the morning commutes that require a little more wind/rain protection...  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim M. on September 23, 2014, 09:19:26 am



Jim, did you use Rivco pegs? Where/how did you mount them? Pics?


Yes, I used the Rivco pegs with these clamps-  http://www.amazon.com/BkRider-Black-3-Piece-Clamps-Harley-Davidson/dp/B007KPTDV0/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&qid=1373552137&sr=8-34&keywords=7%2F8+black+clamp (http://www.amazon.com/BkRider-Black-3-Piece-Clamps-Harley-Davidson/dp/B007KPTDV0/ref=sr_1_34?ie=UTF8&qid=1373552137&sr=8-34&keywords=7%2F8+black+clamp)    Here's a couple pics of the location on my '08-
(http://rs544.pbsrc.com/albums/hh357/JRM59/Mobile%20Uploads/001_zps2cb4b458.jpg~320x480)

(http://rs544.pbsrc.com/albums/hh357/JRM59/Mobile%20Uploads/002_zps7adffd9c.jpg~320x480)


Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 12menzer on September 23, 2014, 10:19:15 am
I rode it and will keep riding it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 23, 2014, 10:47:48 am
Yes, I used the Rivco pegs with these clamps.
How is the heat, with your legs in front of the vents?  I've stretched my legs while riding, and found that the heat coming from the vents to be too much for hiway pegs to be useful.for me.  Mine is and 08.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim M. on September 23, 2014, 01:42:50 pm
How is the heat, with your legs in front of the vents?  I've stretched my legs while riding, and found that the heat coming from the vents to be too much for hiway pegs to be useful.for me.  Mine is and 08.  tp

I've never had any heat problem on this bike. The Area P full exhaust was on it when I bought it and I think that is the difference from stock. There is no cat on it to hold heat. My old C-10 was much hotter. I haven't really felt any heat running up my legs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 23, 2014, 01:52:12 pm
Rode down to Ashland, VA for a job and then back home.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 23, 2014, 01:55:18 pm
I've never had any heat problem on this bike. The Area P full exhaust was on it when I bought it and I think that is the difference from stock. There is no cat on it to hold heat. My old C-10 was much hotter. I haven't really felt any heat running up my legs.
Thanks for the info. tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 23, 2014, 08:01:56 pm
Grip Puppies installed! Love em!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 23, 2014, 08:26:23 pm
Grip Puppies installed! Love em!!

+1.  Have them on all my bikes.  It eases the tendency to grip too tightly, as well as lessening the vibes, especially on the Dyna.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rocknrod on September 24, 2014, 04:11:39 pm
I removed all my middle fairings last night to see what it would take to move the Rostra CC to the right upper fairing area because I so want to install some Canyon Cages and put on highway pegs.
I guess I will not move the CC and not install the Canyon Cages. :(
So I'm putting it all back together.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 25, 2014, 06:48:15 am
I guess I will not move the CC and not install the Canyon Cages. :(
So I'm putting it all back together.
So no tip over protection, or are you going with Topblock?



I took my Aeroform helmet locks to the locksmith and she re-keyed them to my saddlebag key. A well spent $20
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on September 25, 2014, 06:24:49 pm
I installed Murph's wedges, since after my last ride I had sore wrists and my elbow ached.  I forgot to get a fenda extenda while I was at it so I get to order again!  I think lots of little packages over time is more fun that one big package all at once.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: zarticus on September 25, 2014, 09:19:00 pm
Today I made a custom black cover for the ugly nut holding the left side of the canyon cages, Also painted the allen bolt heads on the middle mount black & installed some plugs in them to clean up the look. I also fabricated extenders for the Rivco pegs that bring them out a little over an extra inch.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 25, 2014, 09:26:46 pm
Looks great!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 25, 2014, 09:27:39 pm
Cleaned the love bugs off the bike from the last ride.  Those of you that don't have them every year about this time are blessed.  Since they love to couple and fly around, you get a double splat all over the bike.  Have a good  ride planned for next weekend, a long one I hope. 

Everyone have a fun and safe weekend, where ever you are... tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 26, 2014, 04:42:30 am
snip...

I took my Aeroform helmet locks to the locksmith and she re-keyed them to my saddlebag key. A well spent $20


This is the helmet lock from Projekt D correct? http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=163 (http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=163)

When I first bought my locks a few years ago I took a quick look at in with thoughts of having it re-keyed. The bike's key looked so different than the lock's key that I didn't even take it to the locksmith. I may have to give that another thought now. Thanks!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 26, 2014, 04:43:52 am
Today I made a custom black cover for the ugly nut holding the left side of the canyon cages, Also painted the allen bolt heads on the middle mount black & installed some plugs in them to clean up the look. I also fabricated extenders for the Rivco pegs that bring them out a little over an extra inch.

What did you use for the CC nut cover?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 26, 2014, 06:50:29 am
This is the helmet lock from Projekt D correct? [url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=163[/url] ([url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=163[/url])

When I first bought my locks a few years ago I took a quick look at in with thoughts of having it re-keyed. The bike's key looked so different than the lock's key that I didn't even take it to the locksmith. I may have to give that another thought now. Thanks!



Yes that is the helmet lock that I have. I suppose it is the luck of the draw if the key will fit, since our bikes have a left or right hand key.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: zarticus on September 26, 2014, 05:46:30 pm
What did you use for the CC nut cover?
A 3/4" chromed plastic nut cover cut down to make it shorter & then covered with a 3/4" black plastic chair leg bottom also cut down  :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on September 27, 2014, 06:46:20 am
A 3/4" chromed plastic nut cover cut down to make it shorter & then covered with a 3/4" black plastic chair leg bottom also cut down  :chugbeer:

Thanks! I'll see what I can put together.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on September 27, 2014, 08:05:54 am
This is for this Sunday....ride it in circles.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 27, 2014, 09:25:49 am
Both direction to keep it all in check.  ;) ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on September 27, 2014, 02:28:55 pm
washed it finally last night,  went for a ride little over 100 miles and got to meet a member in person.  Good day. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on September 27, 2014, 05:06:18 pm
Let the Bike warm up to 3 bars did TPS re calibration then went for a little ride. Little cool on the Highway had to pull over and put my electric vest on and turn the grip warmer up to half, then all was good. Didn't encounter one bug ;D  .
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on September 27, 2014, 06:31:37 pm
I gave mine a kiss goodbye. I left town for work today and will be gone 22 days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on September 27, 2014, 06:37:02 pm
I gave mine a kiss goodbye. I left town for work today and will be gone 22 days.

Have a great time.  Check in when your return.  I'm sure  you will find every problem resolved, and question answered.  ;D tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Pilgrim on September 29, 2014, 03:56:12 pm

Said Happy 2nd Anniversary to it today. 10,000 miles of smiles.
Embarrassed the guy in the BMW on the highway on the way home from work.
Then changed the oil & filter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on September 29, 2014, 05:28:55 pm
Hard wired the TomTom Rider gps cradle, decided to order a lot of farkles- fenda extenda, fender eliminator, hugger, Top Blocks, sliders, new seat (hopefully) on it's way.  Iffy on keeping the Simtec grip heaters or going with hotgrips....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on September 29, 2014, 06:17:19 pm
 :) ka-chinggggg
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 02, 2014, 04:49:04 am
I replaced the OEM brake pads, front and rear, with EBCs yesterday. I cleaned the rotors, pistons, and calipers really well. Took her for a ride and bedded in the new pads.

These pads are a bit nosier than the stockers but they stop the bike VERY nicely.  :thumbs:

I had a bit of pulsation from the front brakes before the change and that's now gone. The rear pads were wore down to the wear indicators but the fronts were not, except for the outboard left side pads. These pads were WAY past the wear indicators and almost down to the metal of the backing plate. What's up with that? Everything seems to be moving and working ok so I don't understand the uneven wear.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 09, 2014, 06:03:15 pm
Did a good ride past weekend, and got my share of bug guts on it.  Went out to clean them off, but it was too hot (90's) in the garage, so went for a short ride, and parked it.  Suppose to rain all weekend, so maybe bugs be gone then.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 09, 2014, 06:50:40 pm
I'm jealous, I want to ride my bike(s).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: lather on October 10, 2014, 04:02:14 pm
I cleaned 3000+ miles worth of baked on bug guts off with some bug and tar remover. That stuff worked great and the bike looks better than it has in months years. I actually removed the windshield to clean the back of it and behind it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 10, 2014, 04:47:53 pm
Rode mine to a dealership and back home, in typical horrible traffic.  While there, I got a job selling for therm.  They do sell Kawi's, but I will be selling BMW's, Ducati's, and specializing in Triumph's.  FWIW, unemployment sucks, and don't care what I sell, I'm keeping my C14.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jirod on October 11, 2014, 06:28:55 am
Congratulations on your new job, tomp. Best of luck to you!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on October 11, 2014, 06:59:48 am
Yesterday I achieved max lean in a corner... Drug my toe through a good chunk of it lol... Had to keep picking my knee up to keep from dragging my brand new cold weather pants (without sliders) on the ground haha.

Why couldn't I do it before? Lack of confidence in the bike... Amazing what a smooth throttle will do! =D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 11, 2014, 07:15:22 am
Rode mine to a dealership and back home, in typical horrible traffic.  While there, I got a job selling for therm.  They do sell Kawi's, but I will be selling BMW's, Ducati's, and specializing in Triumph's.  FWIW, unemployment sucks, and don't care what I sell, I'm keeping my C14.

Congrats!   Sooo, can we come to you for a good deal on a new bike?   ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 11, 2014, 07:23:23 am
Congrats!   Sooo, can we come to you for a good deal on a new bike?   ;)
A good deal for whom? ;D  ;D I've actually bought two bikes from the dealer in the past, and was treated very fairly, by the man who is to be my mentor.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 11, 2014, 08:21:20 am
A good deal for whom? ;D  ;D I've actually bought two bikes from the dealer in the past, and was treated very fairly, by the man who is to be my mentor.  tp

A mentor eh? Maybe you should be paying them?    ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 11, 2014, 08:34:07 am
A mentor eh? Maybe you should be paying them?    ;)
Probably.  He is the #1 BMW motorcycle salesman in the state.  I've been selling for over four decades, but can and am willing to learn more from those with knowledge and wisdom to share. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 02:11:23 pm
 8) ground off some of my left hero blob. Looks like I'll have to grind most of it off to get rid of all the chicken strips on the PR4 GTs.
So comfortable on these tires I didn't realize I was leaned over that much  ;D
Broke in my new aftermarket seat cover ;D 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 12, 2014, 02:22:21 pm
8) ground off some of my left hero blob. Looks like I'll have to grind most of it off to get rid of all the chicken strips on the PR4 GTs.
So comfortable on these tires I didn't realize I was leaned over that much  ;D
Broke in my new aftermarket seat cover ;D
omg you didn't

what's next? white walls...curb feelers?  :_shudder_Emoticon
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 02:31:37 pm
omg you didn't

what's next? white walls...curb feelers?  :_shudder_Emoticon

Black Dye!  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 12, 2014, 02:39:16 pm
Is that a white sheepskin or some lady's wedding dress?   Very WHITE!!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 04:22:01 pm
Is that a white sheepskin or some lady's wedding dress?   Very WHITE!!!
.  Kinda like me ::)
Glad I had it, it went well with the white stuff I was a riding in. Drove in a snow shower for twenty minutes in the higher elevations. That white thing kept the boys warm when the temp dropped to 28*
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 12, 2014, 04:27:08 pm
Cold weather hit here too.  Gonna be in the 80's for the new couple of weeks.  Heard that sheep skin pads make a huge difference in long distance riding.  Stay warm.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: ZG on October 12, 2014, 04:55:32 pm
my new aftermarket seat cover ;D


 :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 05:10:01 pm
Cold weather hit here too.  Gonna be in the 80's for the new couple of weeks.  Heard that sheep skin pads make a huge difference in long distance riding.  Stay warm.  tp
Six hrs in the saddle today and it didn't feel like I was sitting against the pan for the ride.  So far the best $40.00 I've spent on a seat. Spent $500.00 plus on the last one and it wasn't  as comfortable as this combo  :finger_fing11:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 12, 2014, 05:41:58 pm
Six hrs in the saddle today and it didn't feel like I was sitting against the pan for the ride.  So far the best $40.00 I've spent on a seat. Spent $500.00 plus on the last one and it wasn't  as comfortable as this combo  :finger_fing11:
Where did you get that big of skin for forty dollars?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 12, 2014, 05:54:04 pm
Where did you get that big of skin for forty dollars?

He bought a sheep and sent it to the butcher's for lamb shanks and mutton steaks.  The cover was a freebe.  Seriously, I was wondering the same thing...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 06:15:35 pm
Where did you get that big of skin for forty dollars?
He bought a sheep and sent it to the butcher's for lamb shanks and mutton steaks.  The cover was a freebe.  Seriously, I was wondering the same thing...tp
IKEA, Deerfoot Crossing, Calgary Ab. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 12, 2014, 06:40:39 pm
IKEA, Deerfoot Crossing, Calgary Ab.

Your sales tax is 5%, Ours in Houston, Tx area is 8.25%.  I have an Ikea in the city and will check there.  Thanks, tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 12, 2014, 07:00:19 pm
shows them but won't sell them on the web site
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 08:21:39 pm
Your sales tax is 5%, Ours in Houston, Tx area is 8.25%.  I have an Ikea in the city and will check there.  Thanks, tomp
That Tax is a Federal Tax GST (goods and service tax ),  Alberta doesn't have a sales tax. Most of the provinces up here do have sales tax, so residents  have to pay the 5% plus whatever their provincial sales tax is.  GST  is charged after sales Tax so they actually Tax the Tax from what I've heard but I haven't looked into this statement.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 12, 2014, 08:22:52 pm
shows them but won't sell them on the web site
Same price?   ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: overthehill on October 13, 2014, 09:22:04 am
This is Rocky Mountain National Park last Monday.  Cold, really windy, and snow blowing across the road just a little way up the hill.  Trail Ridge Road is closed again.  May have been the last trip up this year.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 19, 2014, 06:57:19 am
On Tuesday, I ordered a Cee Baileys euro sport windshield I  dark tint. Yesterday I received a email showing a delivery date for the 23rd.  Much faster than I anticipated.  Looking forward to trying a shorter windshield
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on October 19, 2014, 07:38:55 am
 Let me know what you think of the smaller shield.  I had the large shields and really like the Cee Bailey Ultra Domed Tour version.  I just got the medium shields sent to me and put on the med CB.  I went out yesterday for about 10 miles.....really rough out with the wind gusts....pushed me around and actually had a tree down on my 1st part of my ride....so,  not much to report. 
   On a note to keep on topic,  does putting non ethanol gas in count?  LOL  I do have oil and filter to do a change,  will do that next week. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on October 19, 2014, 07:48:05 am
I took it apart. Should be going back together today.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 19, 2014, 12:12:21 pm
Rebuilt a spare fuel pump with a new filter.  Many thanks to Asif for his contribution on changing the filter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 25, 2014, 08:00:26 pm
Warning, Warning. . .  Don't be dumb, like I was yesterday.  It was the last day of my extended warranty.  I was sick  in bed, and didn't realize what day it was.  Forgot to send the reminder calender email, and missed renewing my three year warranty!!!  Been planning to for a month, but the new job is paying me almost nothing, so I was trying to cut the time frame slim. I cut too slim and missed it.   Please pray for me that nothing goes wrong on my 14.   Also, renew early, like I didn't, so you will have no worries. 

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 25, 2014, 08:05:52 pm
Finished replacing the fork fluid and went on a ride.  Feels much better.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 25, 2014, 08:10:13 pm
Finished replacing the fork fluid and went on a ride.  Feels much better.
Never looked. Is there a drain screw at the bottom of ea fork?  What vis oil did you use?  Mine still fees good, but a simple change after six years may be in order, for mine, too... 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 25, 2014, 08:12:55 pm
Nope.  We don't need no stinkin drain plug.  Real men remove them and change the fluid that way.   Honda 5W SS7 Suspension fluid.  Original fluid since 2007.  The front was getting real harsh and I couldn't damp it out.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 25, 2014, 08:20:37 pm
Nope.  We don't need no stinkin drain plug.  Real men remove them and change the fluid that way. 

Hey, I'm old, and we used to have screw plugs and would allow  fluid changes really fast, especially on our dirt bikes, back in the late 60's/early 70's.    Now we need to remove the tire and pull each leg, and pour the old oil out?   Sometimes, progress isn't actually progress...  Thanks for the info, sir.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 26, 2014, 05:18:14 am
Welcome to the world of upside down forks.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on October 26, 2014, 07:26:18 am
Warning, Warning. . .  Don't be dumb, like I was yesterday.  It was the last day of my extended warranty.

:(  Sorry to hear this.  Sounds a lot like something that would happen to me.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 26, 2014, 08:41:11 am
My new Cee Baileys windshield arrived on Friday. The sad part is I'm still stuck on this darn boat and a thousand miles away from my bike :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 26, 2014, 08:44:21 am
You'll get home eventually.. :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on October 26, 2014, 10:56:59 am
You'll get home eventually.. :)

Which one did you end up with? 

Jim
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on October 26, 2014, 10:57:58 am
My new Cee Baileys windshield arrived on Friday. The sad part is I'm still stuck on this darn boat and a thousand miles away from my bike :(

ooopssss   hit the wrong button.....which one did you end up with?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 26, 2014, 03:18:49 pm
Jim you are correct. Anchors aweigh and we're heading into port. Looks like I'll fly out tomorrow... Woo-hoo!

As far as my new windshield, I ordered the euro sport in dark tint.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 27, 2014, 04:30:06 am
Put about 300 miles on her yesterday. Rode up highway 2 in Illinois following the Rock River. Then over to Iowa and followed the mighty Mississippi River down highway 52 and 67.    :thumbs:

LOTS of bikes out yesterday!    :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 27, 2014, 05:29:53 am
Drove to Canmore and back, little bit of snow flying out there. Only seen two other bikes on the road yesterday.
Watched the clock turn 15000km  ;D (9324 mi), not sure how many more rides  :( I'll get in this season.
Noticed a bit of wallowing at 4700 rpm in OD in some of the sweepers. 4mm tread wear left on the PR4s after 7300km (4536mi).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 27, 2014, 05:57:18 am
Drove to Canmore and back, little bit of snow flying out there. Only seen two other bikes on the road yesterday.
Watched the clock turn 15000km  ;D (9324 mi), not sure how many more rides  :( I'll get in this season.
Noticed a bit of wallowing at 4700 rpm in OD in some of the sweepers. 4mm tread wear left on the PR4s after 7300km (4536mi).


You can always wrap that seat cover around you if you get cold.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 27, 2014, 06:02:29 am

You can always wrap that seat cover around you if you get cold.  :)
:D  it keeps the boys warm on those chilly rides :rotflmao:
:chugbeer: 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: bigfraid on October 27, 2014, 04:57:42 pm
well im new here and I have been reading a lot on all topics and love all the info.i have a new 2012 connie I just put on a rad guard on along with a cee baileys headlight guard and a corbin seat and more to come.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on October 27, 2014, 05:13:48 pm
Welcome, bigfraid.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on October 27, 2014, 07:39:32 pm
Welcome to the show Bigfraid  :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: bigfraid on October 27, 2014, 07:49:31 pm
thanks guys,the connie thing is so addictive I just can`t get enough so powerful yet so nimble.i only have alittle bit more riding time left till I put here to bed for the winter but before spring time comes back around she will have a few more goodies added to her.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 28, 2014, 07:25:52 am
I ordered a Givi V47 Tech Monokey Topcase. Should be here Thursday. 

Now I want to order the Admore lighting kit. I see on their site that they have a Kawasaki "adapter" for an extra $20. Is this something that is needed?

Also fighting the strong urge to order an V&H CS One.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on October 28, 2014, 09:01:24 am
You funny.  ;D  Resisting farkle urge. Might as well resist the tide coming in and sun going down.

Seriously, if you order enough stuff in a single day two things happen. The first is that you get farkles littering your mailbox and doorstep for a week or more (YEA!). The second is that if you order enough, you get stuff you actually forgot you ordered and you are not only happy but surprised- like Christmas!

Of course I realize you are not paying attention to any of this because you are probably busy on another web page typing in your Visa number....  :rotflmao:

Brian


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Also fighting the strong urge to order an V&H CS One.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 28, 2014, 10:14:53 am
And before someone says this is ridiculous and can't happen, I say fiddly sticks.  Don't ask me how I know.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on October 28, 2014, 11:22:05 am
I ordered a Givi V47 Tech Monokey Topcase. Should be here Thursday. 

Now I want to order the Admore lighting kit. I see on their site that they have a Kawasaki "adapter" for an extra $20. Is this something that is needed?

Also fighting the strong urge to order an V&H CS One.
The Admore kit comes with vampire taps so you don't really need the adapter.  Unless it's an aesthetics thing.  But those wires get tucked under the seat so you won't see them very often.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 28, 2014, 11:26:13 am
You funny.  ;D  Resisting farkle urge. Might as well resist the tide coming in and sun going down.

Seriously, if you order enough stuff in a single day two things happen. The first is that you get farkles littering your mailbox and doorstep for a week or more (YEA!). The second is that if you order enough, you get stuff you actually forgot you ordered and you are not only happy but surprised- like Christmas!

Of course I realize you are not paying attention to any of this because you are probably busy on another web page typing in your Visa number....  :rotflmao:

Brian

Ya had me laughing as I do know the truth to this. I work out of town for extended periods, so I do order a bunch of stuff. And like you said, one forgets what was ordered.  I'm trying to keep the bigger purchases to a minimum so I can keep putting money in my travel account. Next June, I intend to go on a 14 day trip on Connie. As it is, Im already looking to put new tires on a bike that I just bought 3 months ago.


The Admore kit comes with vampire taps so you don't really need the adapter.  Unless it's an aesthetics thing.  But those wires get tucked under the seat so you won't see them very often.

Does this adapter make it plug and play?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on October 28, 2014, 11:36:39 am
Does this adapter make it plug and play?
What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros?  Elefino   :rotflmao:
Seriously though, if it weren't plug & play I doubt they'd offer it for sale.  I assume the adapter makes it so you don't have to compromise your stock wiring harness.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on October 29, 2014, 09:53:02 am
Rode it into town and back.  I think I'm going to change out the wheel bearings.  I've got this judder that happens when I brake.  I've put on new pads, sanded the rotors and it's still there.  Got EBC pads and rotors.  I've got 60k miles + on it so it probably wouldn't hurt.  I've manually checked the bearing and the wheel feels smooth on the axle and there isn't any play anywhere that I can detect.  I don't know what else to do.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 29, 2014, 10:48:37 pm
I installed my new windshield. After it was on, I stood there observing the new look, and how awesome it looked. At that moment I felt something happening and I think I had a ...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on October 30, 2014, 03:38:26 am
  :banana :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 30, 2014, 04:49:36 am
I installed my new windshield. After it was on, I stood there observing the new look, and how awesome it looked. At that moment I felt something happening and I think I had a ...

 :rotflmao:

I don't think that we've ever had any one report on that side benefit before!    :)

What kind of shield did you say you bought?    ;)

I usually don't get that feeling unless I'm using my right hand, to twist the throttle. What did you think I meant?    :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on October 30, 2014, 08:19:32 am

What kind of shield did you say you bought?    ;)



CB mini Euro dark tint
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on October 30, 2014, 08:43:34 pm
:rotflmao:

I don't think that we've ever had any one report on that side benefit before!    :)

What kind of shield did you say you bought?    ;)

You are supposed to imitate the commercial:

"I'll have what he is having"
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on October 31, 2014, 05:07:09 am
CB mini Euro dark tint

Nice! If not for that massive potato launcher...   ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 01, 2014, 07:57:54 am
Nice! If not for that massive potato launcher...   ;)

Like I said earlier, I am fighting the urge to purchase a CS one
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 01, 2014, 08:00:02 am
My Givi V47NNT arrived on Thursday afternoon. I didnt get to put it on the bike until yesterday. Having Phils's rack, It went on in 5 seconds and looks great!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 01, 2014, 01:11:39 pm
Went for a ride to the foothills then turned back, temp kept dropping. Grips on high and vest on medium got me home in 30* f , toes cold at 150km though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JoeRau on November 01, 2014, 03:37:24 pm
I could only bring myself to walk past my C14 today on the way out the door for work.  16 degrees is not what I consider riding weather.  I'm planning on putting it in storage Tuesday.  Right after I vote, and before I go to my deer stand.  I give up for 2014!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 01, 2014, 04:49:07 pm
I could only bring myself to walk past my C14 today on the way out the door for work.  16 degrees is not what I consider riding weather.  I'm planning on putting it in storage Tuesday.

16F?  Wow.  That is totally too cold :)

And here I was complaining about 48F riding last night.  Getting older sucks, I think my cold tolerance has moved 1 degree every year or something for the last 8 years.  At this rate, I will be a popsicle much of the year.  Of course, my heat tolerance hasn't stayed the same either...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 01, 2014, 06:51:49 pm
Gonna be in the 80's here for a few more days and then drop and stay in the 70s for at least another week.  We have finally gotten our perfect riding weather, and I gotta work 11 hr days, now.  Just NOT fair, dammit...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 02, 2014, 05:16:30 am
16F?  Wow.  That is totally too cold :)

And here I was complaining about 48F riding last night.  Getting older sucks, I think my cold tolerance has moved 1 degree every year or something for the last 8 years.  At this rate, I will be a popsicle much of the year.  Of course, my heat tolerance hasn't stayed the same either...

I don't think that you'd care for the alternative Max!   :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 02, 2014, 05:25:10 am
Like I said earlier, I am fighting the urge to purchase a CS one

Why fight it, go ahead and just give in.    :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 02, 2014, 05:54:28 am
I don't think that you'd care for the alternative Max!   :)
If you successfully tried the alternative how would you know which you'd prefer?  ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 02, 2014, 06:13:33 am
If you successfully tried the alternative how would you know which you'd prefer?  ???


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Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 02, 2014, 07:10:43 am
Why fight it, go ahead and just give in.    :)

I am very weak, so influence like this could cause problems. I do want to change it out, but also have other things on the list that have precedence. Im still in a quandary on what to do with the handlebars. I have murphs wedges already, but still not acceptable. I am leaning towards PE bars, but they are EXPENSIVE!
I also trying to fill my piggy bank for a 14 day road trip in June. So that is the reason I trying to abstain from buying a CS One.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 02, 2014, 07:34:29 am
There is the LSL handle bar option from Murph. http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=387 (http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=387)
I ended up with an LSL adapter/riser with old model C10 Helibars which works well for me. I think you can contact Spiegler...
http://www.spieglerusa.com/ (http://www.spieglerusa.com/) ....and buy just the adapter/riser and then buy this... http://www.dx.com/p/moxi-universal-aluminum-alloy-steering-handle-bar-for-motorcycle-black-308489#.VAuGPPmwK7g (http://www.dx.com/p/moxi-universal-aluminum-alloy-steering-handle-bar-for-motorcycle-black-308489#.VAuGPPmwK7g) .... Just a few more options.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 02, 2014, 08:53:28 am
Woke up to 3"  of crystalline water ice with another 3"-6" in the forecast. Going to add http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=737172&productVariantId=1209999&WT.srch=1&WT.tsrc=PPC&rid=20&WT.mc_id=GOOGLE%7C19357_Boating+Outboards+%26+Accessories_Oil%2C+Lubes%2C+%26+Fuel+Additives%7CUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=43700001029337046&gclid=CJ3guvag3MECFUxsfgodDZ4A1g&gclsrc=aw.ds (http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=737172&productVariantId=1209999&WT.srch=1&WT.tsrc=PPC&rid=20&WT.mc_id=GOOGLE%7C19357_Boating+Outboards+%26+Accessories_Oil%2C+Lubes%2C+%26+Fuel+Additives%7CUSA&WT.z_mc_id1=43700001029337046&gclid=CJ3guvag3MECFUxsfgodDZ4A1g&gclsrc=aw.ds)
and a oil and drive train fluid change. Then make a cover out of a old Canvas Gazeboo cover, put her on stands and give her a hug for the winter sleep. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 02, 2014, 12:02:31 pm
Replaced the front wheel bearings.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Racer Boy on November 02, 2014, 12:15:04 pm
Installed a Throttlemeister.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 02, 2014, 12:42:51 pm
Installed a Throttlemeister.
Wonder if it took you as long as me to install. 10 mins tops, including changing the original count on the spacers. Didn't use the provided sleeve, was no need for it.  :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Racer Boy on November 03, 2014, 08:47:13 am
Yeah, about ten or fifteen minutes. I had to fiddle a bit with the number/thickness of the spacers. I'm still not satisfied with how quickly the throttle will close with the Throttlemeister dis-engaged. If I adjust it so the throttle snaps closed, then there isn't enough drag to keep the throttle open when the Throttlemesister is engaged.

I'll keep fiddling with it.

I didn't use the sleeve, either.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 04, 2014, 04:46:31 am
I didn't use the sleeve when I installed my Throttlemesister either.


Gotta wash the bike today. There are SO many bugs plastered to the front that I can hardly see through the windshield.    :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 04, 2014, 05:57:55 am
Why?  Bugs give a bike character, plus all the pretty colors.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 04, 2014, 06:16:45 am
 ;D
Like riding a multie coloured pinto. Or you can connect the dots and see what you come up with.
 ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 04, 2014, 07:57:13 am
Excellent idea!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 04, 2014, 08:41:27 am
;D
Like riding a multie coloured pinto. Or you can connect the dots and see what you come up with.
 ;)

Maybe I'll connect the dots with a few more bugs before I wash her!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 04, 2014, 03:47:09 pm
Why?  Bugs give a bike character, plus all the pretty colors.

You should see what my screen was like at night when I went through a swarm of lightening bugs...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conniesaki on November 04, 2014, 07:20:48 pm
You should see what my screen was like at night when I went through a swarm of lightening bugs...

The Concours can certainly use quite a few lightening bugs  :thumbs:  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 04, 2014, 07:28:08 pm
The Concours can certainly use quite a few lightening bugs  :thumbs:  ;)


Had to think about the word a while.  Gotta love the interweb...  Your play on words was great and appropriate...

http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/ (http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 04, 2014, 08:04:15 pm
Had to think about the word a while.  Gotta love the interweb...  Your play on words was great and appropriate...

[url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url] ([url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url])


:)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conniesaki on November 04, 2014, 08:33:54 pm
Had to think about the word a while.  Gotta love the interweb...  Your play on words was great and appropriate...

[url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url] ([url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url])


:chugbeer: Just goofin' off  :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: martin_14 on November 05, 2014, 07:07:42 am
Had to think about the word a while.  Gotta love the interweb...  Your play on words was great and appropriate...

[url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url] ([url]http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com/blog/english-mistakes/lightening-vs-lightning/[/url])

and you have no idea how much "fun" it is to learn it as a second language (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked032.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 05, 2014, 03:32:59 pm
and you have no idea how much "fun" it is to learn it as a second language ([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked032.gif[/url]) ([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php[/url])

Cudos to you for learning English as a 2nd language. Being in Germany your working on your third?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 05, 2014, 04:28:23 pm
and you have no idea how much "fun" it is to learn it as a second language ([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked032.gif[/url]) ([url]http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php[/url])


English is a nightmare language.... but there is worse!   Yet the payback is good.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Bourne2Ride on November 06, 2014, 05:26:24 pm
Today, I road mine in the rain, and put it up wet! This weekend, I'm prepping it for the Winter slumber.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Little Joe on November 06, 2014, 06:00:37 pm
Rode mine to work and back home.  At lunch, I took a small trip to Harbor Freight and picked up some Nitrile gloves.
Planning to ride to Cripple Creek and Victor, CO and back on Saturday.

LJ
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 06, 2014, 06:33:47 pm
Looked at mine today.  Would love to ride to work, but the roads I have to travel are highly congested and down right sacry during rush hours.  Hopefully a ride on Sunday will happen. Luckily, we can ride all year, so no winter storage required. 

 A great weekend to all here.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on November 07, 2014, 05:43:09 am
sadly on Wednesday night after my ride home from work I filled her gas tank and parked her for what could be the winter. She will be getting a pipe and cruise while resting during the new England winter in the garage.

Ive already got PMS bad and it is only Friday!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 07, 2014, 08:45:22 am
sadly on Wednesday night after my ride home from work I filled her gas tank and parked her for what could be the winter. She will be getting a pipe and cruise while resting during the new England winter in the garage.

Ive already got PMS bad and it is only Friday!
Today, I road mine in the rain, and put it up wet! This weekend, I'm prepping it for the Winter slumber.


Im sure its sad having to park them for the extended periods of time. I dont really want to rub it in... but here is Florida, it is PERFECT riding weather!   ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 07, 2014, 08:52:20 am
Yesterday and today I worked on installing my Rivco pegs on my Canyon cages. I had originally purchased the clamps to mount them on the bars, but I wasn't so impressed on how they would look and was concerned with how well they would stay in place. So I fabricated some brackets.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 07, 2014, 08:53:54 am
More pics
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on November 07, 2014, 10:00:21 am

Im sure its sad having to park them for the extended periods of time. I dont really want to rub it in... but here is Florida, it is PERFECT riding weather!   ;D

Sure rub it in, but I wouldn't trade 8 months on twisty roads for 12 months on flat roads.....sorry. Besides with the heat in july/august in FLA I would have to ride inside with the AC on!

Don't worry I will make it the next few months, its high season for ATV's up here.

BTW...how do you like the canyon cages?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 07, 2014, 11:50:50 am
Yeah you got me on the curvy road thing.

I had mixed feelings about the Canyon Cages before I even ordered them. I really wanted Top Block bars, but the price scared me away. Unfortunately since I have had the CC on, my bike had been on its side (dont ask how). These cages completely saved the side of my bike. The look of them has since grown on me and I can actually say the I like the looks now. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on November 07, 2014, 01:11:10 pm
nice job on the bars!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on November 07, 2014, 01:13:00 pm
More pics

Great minds think alike!  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 09, 2014, 01:00:48 am
Well looks official now. Have to pull the battery and put her away for the season. Was able to help my brother pick up his new bike today and go for a short ride before we loaded it into his truck.
Winter is arriving as I type this. - teens Celsius next few days.
Already waiting for a Chinook.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 09, 2014, 05:34:59 am
You need a helicopter to get it out of the truck?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 09, 2014, 07:11:33 am
I put 210 miles on mine yesterday testing out my new highway pegs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 09, 2014, 07:17:54 am
I put 210 miles on mine yesterday testing out my new highway pegs.
...and?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 09, 2014, 08:19:18 am
You need a helicopter to get it out of the truck?
:o
Wind .  Chinook Wind  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 09, 2014, 08:32:13 am
...and?

Absolutely love them. Well worth all the effort that I put forth.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 09, 2014, 08:34:03 am
:o
Wind .  Chinook Wind  ;D


Ah, Chinook Wind...right around the 1 minute mark...

http://youtu.be/4jjruraSo_w (http://youtu.be/4jjruraSo_w)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: clogan on November 09, 2014, 09:08:03 am
You need a helicopter to get it out of the truck?

Or a fish?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 09, 2014, 09:31:27 am
It would have to be a rather largish fish indeed.

Back on track...

I'm going for a ride to check out the brakes.  If I don't come back you'll know the test was unsuccessful. :'(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 09, 2014, 09:32:00 am
You need a helicopter to get it out of the truck?

Or a fish?

Ah, Chinook Wind...right around the 1 minute mark...

[url]http://youtu.be/4jjruraSo_w[/url] ([url]http://youtu.be/4jjruraSo_w[/url])





YUP!     ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 09, 2014, 02:10:23 pm
Anyone hear from Jim? Jim.... are the brakes okay?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 09, 2014, 02:11:35 pm


I'm going for a ride to check out the brakes.  If I don't come back you'll know the test was unsuccessful. :'(

Anyone hear from Jim? Jim.... are the brakes okay?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 09, 2014, 02:27:11 pm
I'm ok, thanks for the concern.  The brakes I'm not so sure of....still have the judder so it wasn't the bearings.  Although, they probably needed doing at 61k miles.  I decided to do some hard stops from about 60-70mph to about 30.  Did that about 10 times or so and they seem a bit better.  Next I'll be removing a rotor ( I have spares) and see which one is the culprit.  I'm thinking that I have some thicker deposits on one.  I have the EBC rotors and pads..  I've had the judder since day 1 of using them.  I reported it to EBC but they said it needed some more brake in (pun intended).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 16, 2014, 04:36:51 pm
Today I put 350 miles on mine. Weather here was perfect! I also came real close to testing this speed limit switch that I have read about, that is on these bikes. Tomorrow morning is a quick wash job and going for another ride :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 16, 2014, 04:58:45 pm
Cool and wet here all day.  I did crank it and mess with it for a while, in the garage.  Our week is gonna be cool and/or raining.  Guess I'll see tomorrow. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 17, 2014, 04:32:04 am
It's with great sadness that I prepare my bike for it's winter nap.

Pulled all the plastic off.
Tightened up the exhaust header nuts.
Drained and refilled the coolant.
Flushed and refilled the brakes and clutch.
Changed the oils, front and rear.
Pulled and reinstalled the battery after cleaning all the connections.
Serviced the K&N air filter. (it didn't really need it but while I had access to it I did it)

 :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 17, 2014, 05:28:49 am
 :'(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on November 17, 2014, 07:32:03 am
It's with great sadness that I prepare my bike for it's winter nap.

Pulled all the plastic off.
Tightened up the exhaust header nuts.
Drained and refilled the coolant.
Flushed and refilled the brakes and clutch.
Changed the oils, front and rear.
Pulled and reinstalled the battery after cleaning all the connections.

 :(

Oh man that is sad. It was a chilly 31 but I road mine to work this morning.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 17, 2014, 07:37:07 am
It's with great sadness that I prepare my bike for it's winter nap.

Pulled all the plastic off.
Tightened up the exhaust header nuts.
Drained and refilled the coolant.
Flushed and refilled the brakes and clutch.
Changed the oils, front and rear.
Pulled and reinstalled the battery after cleaning all the connections.

 :(


I've had mine winterized for almost 2 weeks and already starting to twitch when I walk past her in the garage :-\ :-\ :_shudder_Emoticon
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on November 17, 2014, 02:16:51 pm
"Winterizing" is when you ride in sub-freezing temps, right?  Cause I do that all the time...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 17, 2014, 02:46:54 pm
Since we can ride 12 months a year here, when it is below or above a certain temp, I just don't ride.  I'm still hunting for a new job, and depending on the income, I may have to start riding for more than just fun, but economic reasons.  Used to off road ride in the winter on frozen ground and through river beds with ice floating in the water.  Fun all those decades ago, but sure wouldn't do it now. 

Hope those of you who are putting up their bikes are able to do winter sports, snow mobiling, skiing, snow boarding, etc.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 17, 2014, 02:58:18 pm
Since we can ride 12 months a year here, when it is below or above a certain temp, I just don't ride.  I'm still hunting for a new job, and depending on the income, I may have to start riding for more than just fun, but economic reasons.  Used to off road ride in the winter on frozen ground and through river beds with ice floating in the water.  Fun all those decades ago, but sure wouldn't do it now. 

Hope those of you who are putting up their bikes are able to do winter sports, snow mobiling, skiing, snow boarding, etc.  tp

Why would we want to do that? It's freaking cold outside.  :_shudder_Emoticon
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 17, 2014, 03:24:44 pm
Why would we want to do that? It's freaking cold outside.  :_shudder_Emoticon
A person of intelligence.  The winter olympics have never made sense to me.  All those folks out in the cold, watching other people out in the cold.  Just no sense to me... ;D ;D

That's why I live in the Texas Gulf Coast area.  Back into the 70's in a couple of  days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 17, 2014, 06:32:21 pm
"Winterizing" is when you ride in sub-freezing temps, right?  Cause I do that all the time...m




 :-\
So the temp here the other day was -18.4f with the wind chill it was -46.3 now factor in a highway speed (60mi)into the wind works out to -63.63f try that out and let me know how you make out.
Nowadays most sleds have heated grips and seats such as http://www.polaris.com/en-ca/snowmobiles/550-indy-adventure-155/build#sthash.ZYuGo0ZQ.dpbs (http://www.polaris.com/en-ca/snowmobiles/550-indy-adventure-155/build#sthash.ZYuGo0ZQ.dpbs)
 But like gPink says
Why would we want to do that? It's freaking cold outside.  :_shudder_Emoticon


As I get older the bone chilling cold hits way to  :censored: :censored: :censored: hard.



But.........but this does have a certain appeal to it  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 17, 2014, 06:42:27 pm
I have never been able to ride a snow mobile, but it looks like a blast.  Where I live, the humidity makes being out doors, when cold, a misery.  Your low humidity cold up there, has to make winter much easier to accept.  Have a great season, my friend...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on November 17, 2014, 06:55:06 pm


 :-\
So the temp here the other day was -18.4f with the wind chill it was -46.3 now factor in a highway speed (60mi)into the wind works out to -63.63f try that out and let me know how you make out.
Nowadays most sleds have heated grips and seats such as [url]http://www.polaris.com/en-ca/snowmobiles/550-indy-adventure-155/build#sthash.ZYuGo0ZQ.dpbs[/url] ([url]http://www.polaris.com/en-ca/snowmobiles/550-indy-adventure-155/build#sthash.ZYuGo0ZQ.dpbs[/url])
 But like gPink says
As I get older the bone chilling cold hits way to  :censored: :censored: :censored: hard.



But.........but this does have a certain appeal to it  ;D


YIKES!!! Coldest we get around here is teens... And usually we're at least in the 20's.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on November 18, 2014, 12:57:44 am
No need to winterize in Walnut Creek, Ca. Playing with tire pressures, Black Bear (my C-14) with PR2's and 55 aspect ratio on rear, handles best @ 44 psi front and 46 psi rear. Seems 100 lbs. lighter than with 42/42. Fuel mileage also went up to 44.1 doing 75-80 for 350 miles of slabbing. Just sayin', not recommending altering the factory pressures, but I'm lovin' them Michelins. Big difference over the P.O.S. 021 Crapstones.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 18, 2014, 04:44:56 am
Oh man that is sad. It was a chilly 31 but I road mine to work this morning.

"Winterizing" is when you ride in sub-freezing temps, right?  Cause I do that all the time...

It's 8 degrees here now and yesterday's high was 10 and there's two inches of snow on the ground. Sub-freezing? Well, ya.  :_shudder_Emoticon I don't want to be sub-freezing so I'll be putting the bike away this week. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on November 18, 2014, 04:46:38 am
Since we can ride 12 months a year here, when it is below or above a certain temp, I just don't ride.  I'm still hunting for a new job, and depending on the income, I may have to start riding for more than just fun, but economic reasons.  Used to off road ride in the winter on frozen ground and through river beds with ice floating in the water.  Fun all those decades ago, but sure wouldn't do it now. 

Hope those of you who are putting up their bikes are able to do winter sports, snow mobiling, skiing, snow boarding, etc.  tp

Oh heck yeah! Connie is getting put up for the season but that means that the snowmobiles will be coming out soon to play.    :)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on November 18, 2014, 06:49:28 am
A person of intelligence.  The winter olympics have never made sense to me.  All those folks out in the cold, watching other people out in the cold.  Just no sense to me... ;D ;D

That's why I live in the Texas Gulf Coast area.  Back into the 70's in a couple of  days.

I miss Colorado but there are advantages to living in Austin  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 18, 2014, 06:52:37 am
Yesterday, I met up with a fellow Connie owner. There is a bunch of irony in this simple meeting. We met on the other forum and his signature caught my eye, seeing that we were both from the same town. I sent a PM to him and later that day he responded with his contact information. So we scheduled to meet yesterday at 0900 at the local McDonalds. We had a discussion covering employment and found out that we both are employed in the same type of work and that we also work for the same company. So for a quick recap of our similarities so far; same bikes, town, employment and employer. Wow! This just blew my little mind.
So we set off on a ride to Sebring to go get lunch, of course on all back roads. After lunch, we decided to take the long way home and ride around lake Okeechobee. We stopped in Okeechobee and he confirmed that I wanted to ride so much farther. We discussed how much gasoline we had and figured that we could make it to Clewiston. We made it to the south side of the lake and were going thru Moore Haven when he pulled up alongside and indicated he needed gas. Im assuming that he was tired of looking at the flashing dashboard. So he took the lead in a hunt for gas. Well Moore Haven is not a big town and we drove past the only gas station. We both figured that over the bridge would be another station, wrong! I could see him looking at his GPS, guessing that he was looking how far gas was away. Next town Clewiston, 9 miles. About 2 1/2 miles later, it happened. I was reducing my speed as I watched my new friend, who is also an experienced Iron Butt Rally rider, coast to a stop on the side of the road. We laughed for a few minutes and we discussed the importance of 227. That was how far you can ride before running out of gas.
I went down the road and found a Chevron gas station. Went inside for a gas can and quickly learned that they were sold out. So reluctantly I went next store to a Citgo and became a victim of price gouging. $17 for a 2 gallon can. OUCH!! I returned to the roadside to find him still sitting there. He informed me that 3 LEO's passed him and didnt bother stopping of offer assistance. Gotta  love the service we pay for!
He filled up and down the road we went. At the next gas station, he walked over and slid his card in my gas pump, and told me it was hush money. His attempts to pay me off and not tell his story of running out. Did I mention he is an experienced Iron Butt Rally rider? Lol!
The rest of the ride home was uneventful, barely. I was leading and we passed 4 cars in a row. Of course we might have been slightly over the posed speed limit. But for some reason, we both backed down in time to have a LEO pass us. Still amazes me that he didnt want to have a discussion with us.
Back in out home town, we stopped in a parking lot to rehash our great day and to part ways. All was good and ready to leave and he said that he was going to invite me to have a beer, at his expense, in attempts seal up my lips to reduce any embarrassment for not purchasing the low fuel warning eliminator.
Being a weak individual, we shared in some libations and had wonderful discussions.
It was a 340 mile day for us. Met a great new friend, and we have identical riding habits. Looking forward to spending more time with him.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 18, 2014, 06:57:20 am
Sounds like an exceptional day!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 18, 2014, 07:10:24 am
It really was!! I would have never thought that I could meet such a nice guy and we share so many common interests. Got to love fate!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conniesaki on November 18, 2014, 11:09:56 am
Single ... for now!  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 18, 2014, 01:03:46 pm
Single ... for now!  ;)

Perhaps this will change soon :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on November 18, 2014, 01:31:57 pm
 Now if he only has a vmax that could seal the deal!  LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 18, 2014, 04:45:43 pm
Met a great new friend, and we have identical riding habits. Looking forward to spending more time with him.

You meet the nicest people on a Hxxxx Concours...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on November 18, 2014, 06:04:59 pm
Outstanding story. Best of luck to both of you if this progresses..... :-)   

Brian

Perhaps this will change soon :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 18, 2014, 07:21:16 pm
Two Connies in a  garage, with  a happy couple, what could be better?  Enjoy the time you spend together, short or long. . .tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 19, 2014, 01:49:19 pm
Two Connies in a  garage...

Perhaps we could end up with Connie-etts!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: mikeeitup on November 19, 2014, 07:15:38 pm
Today was front end cleaning day. Calipers were cleaned and pads checked. Scrub-a-dub-dub. Took my headers in for some welding. Gonna have the CATs removed and an o2 bung put in for the autotune. Too cold to paint my pipes so I'm gonna wait til next week. Tomorrow is rear end cleaning day whoop! Hey... Any you guys have a good place to put the Autotune and PCV near each other? Thanks!
Mike
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 20, 2014, 03:32:13 am
I put mine under the left side black fairing piece, on top of the air intake tube and got power from the acc leads in the boot behind the dash.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 23, 2014, 08:12:45 am
Tuesday I sent my seat back to Seth Laam for some additional adjustments. My bike looks so sad without a seat on it.

Then On Friday, the driving lights that I ordered, arrived from England after 3 weeks. I then made some brackets to mount them onto the front fender. I still have more work to do before I can mount them.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on November 23, 2014, 09:55:28 am

Then On Friday, the driving lights that I ordered, arrived from England after 3 weeks. I then made some brackets to mount them onto the front fender. I still have more work to do before I can mount them.
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Little curious about the weight of those lights?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 23, 2014, 04:44:33 pm

Little curious about the weight of those lights?

I'm unsure of the weight, however I can say that they are smaller than the palm of my hand. Granted they are an all metal light, so they aren't some piece of crap that is of lesser weight. If your concerned about where I'm mounting them, I believe there is plenty of mass behind the fender and the mount for that will support them. My concern is the fender being able to handle the stress of the compression that is required to hold the light bracket in place to prevent any movement. Having only a single mounting point and nothing to prevent rotation, I am going to have to put plenty of torque on the light mounting bolt. Being that I lack having a degree to mathematically figure this stuff out, I tend to over engineer what I fabricate to compensate for what I think could be a potential downfall.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 23, 2014, 05:05:29 pm
Went out for a ride today and the dash started flashing Transponder Battery Low.  Not wanting to get stranded with a non functioning FOB, I returned home, removed the riding gear, and took the car to a CVS, for new batteries.  Replaced the batteries in both  FOBs, and everything was fine; no more blinking dash.  By the time all this was done, no riding time left.  Oh well, at least I won't need batteries again for years, as these were dated good til 2025.  They'll probably outlive me. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 23, 2014, 05:57:45 pm
The dead battery fob would still work as a passive fob if you remove the key and hold that empty key slot against a corresponding protrusion on the forward side of the ignition switch.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 23, 2014, 06:25:44 pm
The dead battery fob would still work as a passive fob if you remove the key and hold that empty key slot against a corresponding protrusion on the forward side of the ignition switch.

I think I may understand that, but a couple of pics would help.  I have an 08, so I don't know if the technique is the same for all years.  Thanks, tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on November 23, 2014, 07:13:12 pm
some reading...  http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4474.0;attach=5412 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=4474.0;attach=5412)

owners manual.....general information....page 70 +
http://www.kawasaki-techinfo.net/showOM.php?view_lang=EN&spec=US&book_no=99987-1515&lang_code=EN (http://www.kawasaki-techinfo.net/showOM.php?view_lang=EN&spec=US&book_no=99987-1515&lang_code=EN)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on November 23, 2014, 07:20:52 pm
Yep, procedure works for all year C-14's.

Every owner should brush up a little on this because it is not a case of if but when the fob battery goes dead. Mitsubishi put everything needed to work right through that situation effortlessly but it is useless if a C-14 rider does not know how to use it.

Brian

I think I may understand that, but a couple of pics would help.  I have an 08, so I don't know if the technique is the same for all years.  Thanks, tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 23, 2014, 07:26:11 pm
Thanks guys.  This FOB thing is new to me.  Owned 58 bikes, and except for MX machines all have had keys. 

Wow, English sure isn't the first or even second language of the writer of the manual.   Need to read a few times to understand just what was being said.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 23, 2014, 10:08:56 pm
Thanks guys.  This FOB thing is new to me.  Owned 58 bikes, and except for MX machines all have had keys. 


Yep.  Also note that if the battery dies while the engine is running, it won't affect anything until the bike is turned off.  At that point, you would have to go into passive mode to restart the bike (by holding the fob on the ignition while starting)

Quote
Wow, English sure isn't the first or even second language of the writer of the manual.   Need to read a few times to understand just what was being said.  tp


Yep, the owner's manual is a mess.  http://www.engrish.com (http://www.engrish.com)
Strangely, the service manual is perfect English.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 29, 2014, 08:52:51 pm
Was suiting up for a ride today, and a neighbor came by on his '76 CB400 Super Sport,  he had just finished restoring.  Asked me over to see his other new ride, a 2014 CSC Mustang 150cc motor bike.  A 5 speed, rigid, with a springer seat.  A really cool bike, but not as cool as his restored '58 Mustang.  We tinkered with the 400 a while, and enjoyed staring at the new 150.  By the time I left, the sun was setting, and I went all  the way around the block to home.  Gonna try again tomorrow.  Man, he has some cool little bikes.  He has a 750 Griso Moto Guzzi, too.  It was a fun time, even if I wasn't riding... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 29, 2014, 09:04:27 pm
Rode about 300 miles down to southside VA and back.  Spent some time with my wife at her Mother's house.  My wife's sister was in from TN as well.  My wife will be back home tomorrow.  Used the heated gear.  Thank goodness for that otherwise I would have froze to death.  Lots of LEOs on I85 and on I95 in Richmond proper.  Saw one that had two pulled over.  The bike ran flawlessly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 29, 2014, 09:12:58 pm
Sounds like you had a great day, Jim.  At least you rode farther than around the block, as I did.  No need for heated gear here, In the 70's. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 30, 2014, 10:27:00 am
Indeed it sounds like a nice day for both of you. Im kinda jealous that you two get to ride, even if its only around the block.
Im stuck in a shipyard in Tampa, and can only envision my bike and the next upgrades. At least today is a day off, and also my birthday. So Im getting double pay for doing absolutely nothing!!! Gotta  love it. 14 more days and counting.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 30, 2014, 10:36:46 am
. At least today is a day off, and also my birthday. So Im getting double pay for doing absolutely nothing!!! Gotta  love it. 14 more days and counting.


Happy Birthday, to you, sailor_chic.  Hope the day is special for you, even if you can't be riding.  If you get bored, read this RR on  ADV.  One of the best I have ever read, period. . .I've been following it/her story, since almost day one. 

 http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on November 30, 2014, 11:10:19 am
Yep, Happy Birthday! :banana
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 30, 2014, 03:12:40 pm
Sailor_chic, I took an afternoon ride, in honor of your birthday.  Hope you enjoyed it.  I know I did.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 30, 2014, 04:19:26 pm
Awww, thanks tomp. Yes I always enjoy a nice ride  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on November 30, 2014, 04:29:13 pm
Awww, thanks tomp. Yes I always enjoy a nice ride  ;D
  What ever I can do to make things better for you.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on November 30, 2014, 05:28:08 pm
Sailor_chic, I took an afternoon ride, in honor of your birthday.  Hope you enjoyed it.  I know I did.  tomp

I wasted most of the cold/wet holiday days prior and then today had to do all the piled up housework.  Laundry, cat stuff, vacuuming, dishes, trash, flipping the bed, paying bills, cleaning the shower and vanity, washing the car, and finally culminating in the outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.  What a waste for a freaky warm and clear day of 65F :(   I should have done this crap Fri/Sat then been out riding today.

Just call me "Mr. Procrastination.... to the Max"

Happy Bday C14 Chick!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on November 30, 2014, 05:33:33 pm
Thanks hon ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on December 01, 2014, 05:17:59 am
I wasted most of the cold/wet holiday days prior and then today had to do all the piled up housework.  Laundry, cat stuff, vacuuming, dishes, trash, flipping the bed, paying bills, cleaning the shower and vanity, washing the car, and finally culminating in the outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.  What a waste for a freaky warm and clear day of 65F :(   I should have done this crap Fri/Sat then been out riding today.

Just call me "Mr. Procrastination.... to the Max"

Happy Bday C14 Chick!

This sounds like a post for the Crazy and Annoyed thread!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 06:46:51 am
Checked the valve lash. Woo hoo!  Only gave to change the clearance on 14 of the valves!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 01, 2014, 07:21:08 am
Deziner, how many miles on the bike?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 07:34:26 am
48K. I don't think the clearance has ever been done before
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 01, 2014, 07:45:16 am
I would guess you're right. The pattern seems to be they don't move much after the initial adjustment.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 01, 2014, 08:00:46 am
Rode to a client and back this morning.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on December 01, 2014, 01:46:09 pm
  unwrapped an early Christmas present to my self.....AST 2" Pull back risers!  Ordered wed afternoon came today.....Yeah!

Jim H.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 01, 2014, 02:14:09 pm
 :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 03:46:02 pm
Picked up a shim kit. A small dealer here in Phoenix had them in stock. I must have made 30 calls trying to source them locally, finally called North Valley Honda and scored! I know I may have saved a little time and $ by ordering them online but whenever possible I try to spend my money locally.

Also picked up some Irridium plugs from O'riely Auto Parts. Around $10 each. In stock! Sweet!

Went to see a guy I know about some high performance riding lessons.  Ted is a pprofessional AMA Superbike rider and he, along with his SO (Also a AMA pro rider), have a riding school. Going from a worn out Electra Glide to this beast is akin to going from a used up Crown Vic to a Ferrari. I've ridden hundreds of thousands of miles in the last 40 years, most of which have been on Harleys. To think that I have developed the necessary skills to really RIDE this motorcycle in the manner which it was designed to be ridden would be arrogant and ludicrous. I liken it to a private pilot logging 10,000 hours as P.I.C. of a Cessna 172 buying a P51 Mustang and not getting advanced instruction. Early next year I'm getting some one-on- one instruction on a closed track! Boo ya!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 01, 2014, 04:39:54 pm
Picked up a shim kit. A small dealer here in Phoenix had them in stock. I must have made 30 calls trying to source them locally, finally called North Valley Honda and scored! I know I may have saved a little time and $ by ordering them online but whenever possible I try to spend my money locally.

Also picked up some Irridium plugs from O'riely Auto Parts. Around $10 each. In stock! Sweet!

Went to see a guy I know about some high performance riding lessons.  Ted is a pprofessional AMA Superbike rider and he, along with his SO (Also a AMA pro rider), have a riding school. Going from a worn out Electra Glide to this beast is akin to going from a used up Crown Vic to a Ferrari. I've ridden hundreds of thousands of miles in the last 40 years, most of which have been on Harleys. To think that I have developed the necessary skills to really RIDE this motorcycle in the manner which it was designed to be ridden would be arrogant and ludicrous. I liken it to a private pilot logging 10,000 hours as P.I.C. of a Cessna 172 buying a P51 Mustang and not getting advanced instruction. Early next year I'm getting some one-on- one instruction on a closed track! Boo ya!

Sounds like fun! Professional instruction would be awesome.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 05:24:08 pm
I'm really looking forward to it. Excited and a bit apprehensive. Excited about learning new skills, apprehensive about having the multitude of things I have been doing wrong the last 40 years pointed out to me. Oh wel,  better late than never. I can't WAIT to become a better rider!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on December 01, 2014, 05:27:08 pm
I really want to go to one of the adventure riding courses, not for the C14 of course, but for my DR650. I've been doing it for awhile now but I'm sure I could benefit from some professional training. Chet, where are you?  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 05:35:19 pm
The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 01, 2014, 08:01:37 pm
Every single valve I had to adjust had an aftermarket shim in it. All were too tight. Either the same valves required adjustment again, (doubtful) or the person who did the last adjustment was trying to get the absolute minimum lash. Why in the name of Connie would someone do that? A valve that's a little loose is INFINITELY better than one that is a little tight. GRRRRR. >:(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 02, 2014, 03:55:53 am
Every single valve I had to adjust had an aftermarket shim in it. All were too tight. Either the same valves required adjustment again, (doubtful) or the person who did the last adjustment was trying to get the absolute minimum lash. Why in the name of Connie would someone do that? A valve that's a little loose is INFINITELY better than one that is a little tight. GRRRRR. >:(
:o Backwards thinking. Might as well sync the throttle bodies while your in there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: galaxieman on December 04, 2014, 06:05:16 am
Swapped out the stock AGM lump for a Battery Tender LiFE unit.  Dropped 6 pounds like a bad habit, and she's back to starting quickly again.  Granted, that would happen just swapping in any new battery in place of a dead one, but given the size and weight of the new unit, I'm pleasantly surprised.  No issues running the heated grips and seat, although I've taken to cutting both of those off when I'm 3-5 minutes from my destination, just so I'm not draining the battery unnecessarily right before shutting the bike off.  Might help, might not, but it makes sense in my head, so I'll keep doing it.

Using the included foam wedges to make the new unit fit in the space for the old one was less than optimal.  I don't understand why they don't just make a 'racing' version that is reduced size so you can eliminate the battery tray on a race bike, and a 'road' version that weighs maybe an ounce more, but comes in a plastic shell that is the same size as an original battery.  Battery hold-down setups are built by the manufacturers for a given size, and swapping in an equally sized, but radically lighter unit would be easier for the consumer.  Just sayin'...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on December 04, 2014, 07:20:03 am
Swapped out the stock AGM lump for a Battery Tender LiFE unit.  Dropped 6 pounds like a bad habit, and she's back to starting quickly again.  Granted, that would happen just swapping in any new battery in place of a dead one, but given the size and weight of the new unit, I'm pleasantly surprised.  No issues running the heated grips and seat, although I've taken to cutting both of those off when I'm 3-5 minutes from my destination, just so I'm not draining the battery unnecessarily right before shutting the bike off.  Might help, might not, but it makes sense in my head, so I'll keep doing it.

Using the included foam wedges to make the new unit fit in the space for the old one was less than optimal.  I don't understand why they don't just make a 'racing' version that is reduced size so you can eliminate the battery tray on a race bike, and a 'road' version that weighs maybe an ounce more, but comes in a plastic shell that is the same size as an original battery.  Battery hold-down setups are built by the manufacturers for a given size, and swapping in an equally sized, but radically lighter unit would be easier for the consumer.  Just sayin'...

When I google that all I get are battery tenders. Are your referring to something like a Shorai LFX battery? $229 on Shoraipower.com. Been wondering if it is worth it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 04, 2014, 07:23:06 am
http://www.batterytender.com/Batteries/ (http://www.batterytender.com/Batteries/)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on December 04, 2014, 07:26:50 am
This one?

http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-BTL14A240C-Lithium-Phosphate/dp/B00F9LPJ8S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417702942&sr=8-3&keywords=LFX21A6-BS12 (http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-BTL14A240C-Lithium-Phosphate/dp/B00F9LPJ8S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417702942&sr=8-3&keywords=LFX21A6-BS12)

$97.53!! Suddenly Lithium Iron battery starts to make sense.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 04, 2014, 07:32:15 am
If enough interest is generate,  it would be easy for me to whip up PVC spacers for the battery to sit in
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: galaxieman on December 04, 2014, 08:10:14 am
This one?

[url]http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-BTL14A240C-Lithium-Phosphate/dp/B00F9LPJ8S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417702942&sr=8-3&keywords=LFX21A6-BS12[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-BTL14A240C-Lithium-Phosphate/dp/B00F9LPJ8S/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1417702942&sr=8-3&keywords=LFX21A6-BS12[/url])

$97.53!! Suddenly Lithium Iron battery starts to make sense.


That one exactly, bought on Amazon.  It is TINY.  I have pictures on my phone, but no cell phone signal here in the dungeon at work, but the amount of empty space around the battery is rather mindblowing.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: mikeeitup on December 06, 2014, 12:44:15 am
Today I totally messed up my windshield trying to tint it and now I gotta buy a new one. I am a lil pissed least to say.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 06, 2014, 04:18:54 am
Law of unintended consequences strikes again...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on December 06, 2014, 06:01:45 am
Today I totally messed up my windshield trying to tint it and now I gotta buy a new one. I am a lil pissed least to say.

Been there done that. I tried to tint a spare shield and the spray valve on the rattle can started to sputter, messing up my attempt at a nice even coat. It pissed me off and I ended up blacking out the shield entirely. I ended up cutting it down after that and here's the result.

A fine shield for warm temps.

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 06, 2014, 12:20:36 pm
Try using plasti-dip on the inside of the screen.  If you don't like it, just peel it off. 

Found this video this AM.  Thought I would share.  No, no Concours in it, but worth the time to view. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk-R0QjGUVQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk-R0QjGUVQ)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on December 14, 2014, 12:39:42 pm
  Finally got around to putting the 2" pull back risers on and the BDF low fuel override!  Both went on without a hitch! 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 14, 2014, 12:47:30 pm
Rode a while yesterday, and was going to ride again longer today, since we had 0% chance of rain, but it's been raining a while now.  No reason to go out in it, as people get crazy when there's moisture on the ground here...  Hope those who can get out today will do so. . . tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 15, 2014, 06:43:41 am
Jim, your gonna love the low fuel eliminater. You just have to remember to pay attention to the fuel gauge and remaining miles.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on December 15, 2014, 07:12:14 am
Jim, your gonna love the low fuel eliminater. You just have to remember to pay attention to the fuel gauge and remaining miles.

+1 Those Kawi PANIC!!! messages is the most annoying thing about this bike. Thinking of permanently removing the TPMS sensors to get rid the of the low battery panic message. Would rather just go old school then deal with that every time the temperature goes below 40.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on December 15, 2014, 02:46:22 pm
Jim, your gonna love the low fuel eliminater. You just have to remember to pay attention to the fuel gauge and remaining miles.

Not a problem there...remember I had a vmax!  LOL  no gauges and when that red light came on it was a guessing game! HA HA

I actually took the wife out to the pole barn/garage to look at how pretty the risers are!  The weather here is not cooperating....plus they salted the crap out of the roads this past week.  Too dirty to go out and play.  Ride a few miles for me!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 20, 2014, 05:37:15 pm
Today I took the dash apart (twice)and colored the high beam indicator to dim it down. I also started working on installing my Fuzeblock so I can wire my GPS and driving lights. It took all afternoon to do not much. Time consuming stuff.
I was hoping to get on the road Monday and take the long way to Tybee Island GA. But Mother Nature has different ideas :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 20, 2014, 06:20:23 pm
Low 50's here today and overcast.  Went for a ride.  All was fine except my hands got kinda cold.  Going on a 300 mile trip tomorrow with the same conditions.  Wish I had the heated grips, and all would be fine.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 21, 2014, 06:10:25 am
Wish we were closer, we could ride together
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on December 21, 2014, 07:11:35 am
Installed Admore lights, and a Vista Cruise/throttle lock to the bike.
No rain, but overcast and nasty here this morning. Hoping for a break in the clouds this afternoon..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 21, 2014, 04:34:08 pm
Wish we were closer, we could ride together

I think we are only about  1000 miles apart.   How are things with the new riding buddy, or should I not ask?

I did do my ride today, helping a friend deliver Christmas gifts to his family.  An uneventful day except for one thing.  I hit a deer, a fully grown doe, to be exact.  Traveling on a country road at 70MPH, and one second she was no where in my line of sight, the next she was running right in front of me.  She jumped a barbed wire fence, I guess to get to the other side. 

Had I been going 1 MPH faster, or she had been 1 step slower, I would have T-Boned her at 70.  As it was, I struck the right hindquarter at speed, and all it did was shake the bars a little. I know I hit her hard though, from the feel I got.   Stopped to check, NO damage to the bike at all, but bet something was broken on the deer.  Had only been riding for 20 minutes when it happened, and since it happened so fast, I didn't even get an adrenalin rush, so I rode another 250 miles, event free.   

Guess I was prayed up, and being watched over, as I could have been just another motorcycle statistic, had things been just a hair different.  Wishing all a Merry Christmas a little soon, since I can. . . tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 21, 2014, 04:41:59 pm
 :yikes: Glad to see you posting.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 21, 2014, 04:44:28 pm
:yikes: Glad to see you posting.

Thanks.  I am too...  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 21, 2014, 04:53:47 pm
An uneventful day except for one thing.  I hit a deer, a fully grown doe, to be exact. [...]

OMG you are lucky!  I hate hearing stories about deer- they freak me out.  Every time I ride back from Richmond at night on rt 5 I see lots of "eyes" on either side of the road and pray none jump onto the road.  Thank God you are OK.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 21, 2014, 04:55:37 pm
Thanks.  It happened at 9AM, a time when one doesn't expect to see wildlife on the road.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 21, 2014, 05:05:18 pm
Good for you, tomp! May all of your future rides be as blessed.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on December 21, 2014, 06:27:29 pm
Glad your attack :yikes:by deer turned out as well as it did.
Merry Christmas and best of the season to you and everyone here.
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Post by: connie14boy on December 21, 2014, 11:08:54 pm
The lucky stars were with you Tom P. I've had 2 deer strikes in Upstate NY where they grow 'em big. Once on my '74 Z-1, and once on my '82 Maxim 1100. Like you say, I was also lucky not to have T-boned them, but they caused considerable damage nonetheless, and enough damage to my psyche that I gave up riding for a year or two. There are way too many deer in Upstate NY.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on December 22, 2014, 12:07:00 am
Glad to hear that story with a happy ending (at least for you ;D). Deer scare the hell out of me on a bike. I live in the desert, so I only have to deal with deer in mountain trips. When in deer country, I park the bike well before sunset, and don't touch it until the next day well past sunrise. But just like you, I've had TWO deer encounters in the middle of the day (but seldom traveled roads), when I wasn't expecting any. None as scary as the OP's, but enough not to be comfortable on desolated roads. Scary was a bull encounter I had maybe 20' in front of me after a panic stop out of an apex. He was very aggressive, and didn't know what the hell to do. Try to turn my bike around and get charged, or try to get around it with a jack-rabbit start. After some thought, decided walking back with the blinkers on was my best option, and it worked. Second scariest animal encounter was a family of wild pigs (mom in front, dad at rear) while cresting a small hill at about 80. No chance in hell to stop, so aimed between 2 of the 'little' (were still pretty big) ones with great accuracy, probably clearing both by an inch, and all I heard was squealing as I went by, with all pigs scrambling all over the place. I'd have been down in a hurry if I had hit one. And that's it, thankfully :).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 22, 2014, 05:30:17 am
Wow Tom, that is quite a story. Glad to see that your back here, uninjured. You certainly were being watched after.

I have yet to meet up with my new riding buddy again. Our work schedules are opposite right now. He is due home at the end of the month which is about 5 days before I ship out again. So hopefully we get a ride in.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 23, 2014, 04:18:52 pm
Wow Tom, that is quite a story. Glad to see that your back here, uninjured. You certainly were being watched after.

I have yet to meet up with my new riding buddy again. Our work schedules are opposite right now. He is due home at the end of the month which is a bout 5 days before I ship out again. So hopefully we get a ride in.

Hope you are able to spend some fun time together. 

Wishing all here the Merriest of Christmases.  If you ride this week, watch out for reindeer crossing the road, especially if pulling a sleigh with a fat guy aboard.  Lots of kids waiting for him....   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 24, 2014, 06:50:31 am
The past two days were busy days in the garage. On Monday I pulled off my handlebars, risers and upper triple tree. I also removed the passenger and driver foot pegs and mounts, rear brake pedal, shifter and had all this stuff powdercoated black. While that was getting done, I made a mounting block for my Fuzeblock which is now mounted under the right side of the upper fairing. This is powering my new Garmin 660 GPS and my new driving lights that are mounted on the front fender.
I was working on my bike for what seemed like forever. But I can stand back and say that I have achieved professional results.

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Post by: Deziner on December 24, 2014, 07:04:25 am
Congratulations!  I'm glad to hear you got it all sorted out and are pleases with the results!
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Post by: tomp on December 24, 2014, 07:57:43 am
The past two days were busy days in the garage. On Monday I pulled off my handlebars, risers and upper triple tree. I also removed the passenger and driver foot pegs and mounts, rear brake pedal, shifter and had all this stuff powdercoated black. While that was getting done, I made a mounting block for my Fuzeblock which is now mounted under the right side of the upper fairing. This is powering my new Garmin 660 GPS and my new driving lights that are mounted on the front fender.
I was working on my bike for what seemed like forever. But I can stand back and say that I have achieved professional results.
Close up pics when completed, please. . .
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on December 24, 2014, 08:28:26 am
Just ordered a center stand and a radiator guard.   :banana
Any day i get to buy stuff for my primary relationship is a good day indeed
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on December 25, 2014, 11:17:10 pm
Moved her into my garage at our new (to us) house the other day! Also got the delkevic exhaust installed. Booya! (Garage is very much a work in progress...)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 26, 2014, 04:49:37 am
Checked the tire air pressures in prep for my ride tomorrow to southside VA.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 26, 2014, 07:37:06 am
Close up pics when completed, please. . .

Here ya go...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on December 26, 2014, 08:27:32 am
Moved her into my garage at our new (to us) house the other day! Also got the delkevic exhaust installed. Booya! (Garage is very much a work in progress...)


Did you have to pay extra for the curved floor and ceiling? Looks like a very novel idea. :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on December 26, 2014, 08:39:11 am
wide angle lens FTW (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 26, 2014, 08:41:57 am

Did you have to pay extra for the curved floor and ceiling? Looks like a very novel idea. :o
I was going to ask the same question earlier today.  Kinda reminds me of the ceiling of some living rooms I've seen... ;D

What size lens?  Around an 18MM or so?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on December 26, 2014, 10:07:08 am
I was going to ask the same question earlier today.  Kinda reminds me of the ceiling of some living rooms I've seen... ;D


What size lens?  Around an 18MM or so?




Being a retired homebuilder, I would have charged a lot more for that special garage..
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on December 26, 2014, 10:26:20 am
Installed a Baldwin Seat.
Planned to try it out today,,, but it's raining....

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 26, 2014, 11:55:45 am
Here ya go...

Thanks for sharing, nice work.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 3redzxs on December 27, 2014, 04:16:40 am
Rebuilt my rear caliper after finding brake fluid leaking. That got me thinking I'll do the front next pad change. Changed both tires, oil, and dif fluid. That wasn't all in one day. More like three, but that should get me through until spring.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on December 27, 2014, 12:05:37 pm
  Temps here in eastern Pa got nice for a change!  So.....I rode  :)

Jim H
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on December 27, 2014, 12:06:41 pm
Rotated the front tire under the cover to avoid flat spots.  ::) :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: xsv on December 27, 2014, 12:27:55 pm
Here ya go...

Blacked out...NICE!  I might have to spend some more money doing some powdercoating.  However, I have to ask...WTH is that silver thing behind the right footpeg? ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 27, 2014, 02:32:11 pm
  Temps here in eastern Pa got nice for a change!  So.....I rode  :)

Me too!  61F!  Nice 2 hour ride on back roads.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 27, 2014, 03:48:32 pm
Rode about 350 miles today.
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Post by: tomp on December 27, 2014, 04:13:16 pm
Dreary wet weather here with colder winds approaching.  Didn't ride anywhere.  Hopefully nicer Monday.

Hope that those who did get out had a great time...  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 27, 2014, 05:06:45 pm
  Temps here in eastern Pa got nice for a change!  So.....I rode  :)

Jim H

Woo-hoo! Hope you had a nice day.
Rode about 350 miles today.

Thats a good days ride
Blacked out...NICE!  I might have to spend some more money doing some powdercoating.  However, I have to ask...WTH is that silver thing behind the right footpeg? ;)

I think its the brake cylinder
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on December 28, 2014, 06:25:35 am
Blacked out...NICE!  I might have to spend some more money doing some powdercoating.  However, I have to ask...WTH is that silver thing behind the right footpeg? ;)

I think its the brake cylinder

I think that he means the MASSIVE potato launcher.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: xsv on December 28, 2014, 09:04:34 am
I think that he means the MASSIVE potato launcher.

 ;D....I did!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 28, 2014, 09:30:24 am
Filled it up with gas, adjusted the handlebars a bit, and tweaked the damping on the rear.  I nearly have it dialed in the way I want it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 28, 2014, 10:32:40 am
I think that he means the MASSIVE potato launcher.

Oh silly me! Believe me, I am fighting the demons that tell me to change that thing.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on December 28, 2014, 10:38:16 am
Oh silly me! Believe me, I am fighting the demons that tell me to change that thing.



The easiest way to shed 25 ugly pounds is to launch the bazooka into the nearest dumpster.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on December 28, 2014, 10:42:47 am
Oh silly me! Believe me, I am fighting the demons that tell me to change that thing.

Listen to those demons and just do it. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 28, 2014, 12:50:43 pm
Oh silly me! Believe me, I am fighting the demons that tell me to change that thing.


Meh- works fine, looks fine (at least with the bags on).  Don't pay any attention to those demons or their assistants, like Conrad or Connie14boy :)

The easiest way to shed 25 ugly pounds is to launch the bazooka into the nearest dumpster.


Certainly is a lot easier than losing 25 pounds of fat (freaking scale this morning... lies I tell you...)
Anyway, it won't be a net of 25 pounds, since you have to add another muffler back on.   Based on previous threads it is possible to save about 10 to 14 pounds (unless you plan on replacing the entire exhaust system... $$$!)

Hard to believe it was almost 3 years ago now...  http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=7407.0 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=7407.0)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on December 28, 2014, 02:58:49 pm
today I wiped mine down, it was due for its yearly wipe down.

It gets it, whether it needs it or not (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/lol8.gif)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 28, 2014, 06:25:05 pm
today I wiped mine down, it was due for its yearly wipe down.

It gets it, whether it needs it or not ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/lol8.gif[/url])


Say its not true. I rode mine in the fog yesterday and felt obligated to rewash him today. Cant have my kids dirty!

Meh- works fine, looks fine (at least with the bags on).  Don't pay any attention to those demons or their assistants, like Conrad or Connie14boy :)

Certainly is a lot easier than losing 25 pounds of fat (freaking scale this morning... lies I tell you...)
Anyway, it won't be a net of 25 pounds, since you have to add another muffler back on.   Based on previous threads it is possible to save about 10 to 14 pounds (unless you plan on replacing the entire exhaust system... $$$!)

Hard to believe it was almost 3 years ago now...  [url]http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=7407.0[/url] ([url]http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=7407.0[/url])



Thank you Max. There ganging  up up me now and Im feeling weak. Thanks for your support. Here's the part about this that actually upsets me. I guess im kinda frugal and not wanting to spend $500 on an exhaust. I know that I want the cool sound of a pipe and the looks and weight.... Here my story. On Christmas eve I went for a ride around Lake Okeechobee. To get to the lake is about 50 miles if I take the back roads, which I did. So here I actually reached the lake and started to make my trek around, I was about 10 miles into the 110 mile circle, and I feel a thunk and sharp pain on my chin. To shorten the story, I was stung on the chin by a bee or wasp, I'm guessing. Anyways, Christmas day I woke up to a swollen face and had to make a trip to the ER for some meds. This brief ER visit cost me $300 for my co-pay. And thats the part that gets the panties in a wad. I needlessly spent 3/5 of my exhaust on an ER visit.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 28, 2014, 07:25:33 pm
On Christmas eve I went for a ride around Lake Okeechobee. To get to the lake is about 50 miles if I take the back roads, which I did. So here I actually reached the lake and started to make my trek around, I was about 10 miles into the 110 mile circle, and I feel a thunk and sharp pain on my chin. To shorten the story, I was stung on the chin by a bee or wasp, I'm guessing. Anyways, Christmas day I woke up to a swollen face and had to make a trip to the ER for some meds. This brief ER visit cost me $300 for my co-pay. And thats the part that gets the panties in a wad. I needlessly spent 3/5 of my exhaust on an ER visit.

Sorry to hear that.  Got a bee in the helmet last summer that stung my ear.  Nothing like trying to pull a helmet off at 70MPH, right?  Since you belong to the US government, what will they say about you allowing a bee/wasp damage their property, you.  A neighbor, while in the Army, broke a leg, skateboarding, and was given a General discharge, as he was suppose to know not to damage government property.  Some things really suck, for sure.  Hope you are all better, really soon, before you have to shove off on your next afloat duty.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on December 28, 2014, 09:26:33 pm
Thank you Max. There ganging  up up me now and Im feeling weak. Thanks for your support. Here's the part about this that actually upsets me. I guess im kinda frugal and not wanting to spend $500 on an exhaust.

Bee kind to your bike and bee sure to throw that p.o.s. bazooka in the trash. You and the bike will bee very happy. :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 28, 2014, 09:50:44 pm
Funny, but tonight, I have been watching videos of Kawasaki H1 500's, and Suzuki T500 Titians.  I do love the old 2 strokes of my time, vs the perfection of my 08 C14.  If you've never owned or ridden a 2 stroke of significant cc's, you just won't understand.  I would definitely  love to own any 2 stroke from 350cc to 750, and blast the back roads in my locale, today.    Riiiing, ding-ding, ding-dddiiinnnnnggggg.....  Remember?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Stephen.G.Fiddes on December 28, 2014, 11:07:07 pm
I was going to ask the same question earlier today.  Kinda reminds me of the ceiling of some living rooms I've seen... ;D

What size lens?  Around an 18MM or so?

Hahaha noooo. Had i taken it with my 6d and 17-40 it wouldnt have the curved walls lol. I do real-estate and architecture photography for a living.  That was a panoramic with my phone. Heres another showing more of the garage from yesterday.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 28, 2014, 11:35:51 pm
Here my story. On Christmas eve I went for a ride [...] Christmas day I woke up to a swollen face and had to make a trip to the ER

I can relate more than you know.  When I was 18, on Christmas eve, I accidentally ate a nut (we still don't know what, probably a brazil nut).  I went into full anaphylaxis complicated by asthma.  Came very near death and was in intensive care all night and Christmas. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on December 29, 2014, 12:24:29 am
Filled it up with gas, adjusted the handlebars a bit, and tweaked the damping on the rear.  I nearly have it dialed in the way I want it.
Hey Jim, may I ask what method/instructions did you use to tweak the suspension? I've been spoiled by electronic suspension adjustments for many years, and will have to learn how to go about adjusting the Connie. I'm only 155# (sans gear), so might not have to tweak it that much. But like to corner aggressively, so might have to tighten the rear a little bit for what I've read (2015 Connies have stiffer rear suspension). And finally, do the handlebars have any adjustment? Didn't know about that. It'd be great if they do. As long as I'm leaning forward but not exerting pressure on my wrists, I'll be fine. Hope everybody had a great long weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on December 29, 2014, 01:04:12 am
Funny, but tonight, I have been watching videos of Kawasaki H1 500's, and Suzuki T500 Titians.  I do love the old 2 strokes of my time, vs the perfection of my 08 C14.  If you've never owned or ridden a 2 stroke of significant cc's, you just won't understand.  I would definitely  love to own any 2 stroke from 350cc to 750, and blast the back roads in my locale, today.    Riiiing, ding-ding, ding-dddiiinnnnnggggg.....  Remember?


Yep, I kept reminiscing about the smokers I owned in my youth...Kawasaki J1t (85cc), Bridgestone 350 GTR, Husky250, CZ400, Suzuki GT550..

...did that a little more than a year ago..so much so that I was forced to make a Texas to Illinois round trip just to get me another one. In the winter  :loco: :nuts:.  It's an addiction I tell ya.
(http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/Other/GT750/i-8Rctqrj/0/XL/IMG_0055_0056_0057_easyHDR_batch-XL.jpg) (http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/Other/GT750/35269810_Kw4jdd#!i=3066652609&k=NsZKtgc)

 :offtopic:

Hmm returning to the topic...I stared at my Valentine 1 remote display (Valentine calls it a concealed display) on my Connie, trying to determine the best way to modify my magnetic mount so that it doesn't fall off when I hit successive bumps. I think I have it figured out but I won't go into it here until I'm sure it's fixed.

oh oh..off topic again...

.... for what I've read (2015 Connies have stiffer rear suspension).


I'm still doubtful about this, as some of the wording I've seen leads me to believe that the only difference is that the '15 bikes leave the factory with a higher rear preload dialed in on the same exact spring assembly as previous years.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 29, 2014, 04:12:56 am
Hey Jim, may I ask what method/instructions did you use to tweak the suspension? I've been spoiled by electronic suspension adjustments for many years, and will have to learn how to go about adjusting the Connie. I'm only 155# (sans gear), so might not have to tweak it that much. But like to corner aggressively, so might have to tighten the rear a little bit for what I've read (2015 Connies have stiffer rear suspension). And finally, do the handlebars have any adjustment? Didn't know about that. It'd be great if they do. As long as I'm leaning forward but not exerting pressure on my wrists, I'll be fine. Hope everybody had a great long weekend.


Everyone is different as far as setting the bike up for themselves.  Here's a good place to start:  http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15258.0 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=15258.0)

There wasn't any adjustment on the bars on gen1.  Not sure about gen2.  Don't know about the '15s.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 29, 2014, 06:23:13 am
There wasn't any adjustment on the bars on gen1.  Not sure about gen2.  Don't know about the '15s.

There are no adjustments on the bars of any C14 from the factory.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 29, 2014, 06:25:14 am
the wording I've seen leads me to believe that the only difference is that the '15 bikes leave the factory with a higher rear preload dialed in on the same exact spring assembly as previous years.

That is exactly what I believe, also (and will continue to do so until someone can show different part numbers).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on December 29, 2014, 06:54:23 am
today I wiped mine down, it was due for its yearly wipe down.

It gets it, whether it needs it or not ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/lol8.gif[/url])


Say its not true. I rode mine in the fog yesterday and felt obligated to rewash him today. Cant have my kids dirty!

Thank you Max. There ganging  up up me now and Im feeling weak. Thanks for your support. Here's the part about this that actually upsets me. I guess im kinda frugal and not wanting to spend $500 on an exhaust. I know that I want the cool sound of a pipe and the looks and weight.... Here my story. On Christmas eve I went for a ride around Lake Okeechobee. To get to the lake is about 50 miles if I take the back roads, which I did. So here I actually reached the lake and started to make my trek around, I was about 10 miles into the 110 mile circle, and I feel a thunk and sharp pain on my chin. To shorten the story, I was stung on the chin by a bee or wasp, I'm guessing. Anyways, Christmas day I woke up to a swollen face and had to make a trip to the ER for some meds. This brief ER visit cost me $300 for my co-pay. And thats the part that gets the panties in a wad. I needlessly spent 3/5 of my exhaust on an ER visit.


Sad but true!  I keep all my other bikes meticulous, but the C14 is strictly my mile eater.  I recently had it from Tampa to upstate Mississippi (with the heated gear), then Saturday across FL to meet our COG friends for the Dixie Crossroads lunch in Titusville.

On a side note I rode mine 90,000 miles before someone (Steve N Sunny FL) let me hold a stock muffler.  As soon as I felt the weight of that behemoth, I bought a used Vance n Hines in brand new condition.  Had it not been for that find, I'd have purchased the Area P, Kerry product is tops and he and his family are awesome to do business with.  Also all my other bikes and all I've owned in my life have had after market exhaust.  I intended to leave my mile eater stock until I felt the weight of that crappy thing. I wasted a lot of time and miles from canada to california running the crappy stock exhaust, and I rail my bike to the point I touch my left glove on the pavement - weight matters to me (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on December 29, 2014, 07:51:05 am
Sad but true!  I keep all my other bikes meticulous, but the C14 is strictly my mile eater.  I recently had it from Tampa to upstate Mississippi (with the heated gear), then Saturday across FL to meet our COG friends for the Dixie Crossroads lunch in Titusville.

On a side note I rode mine 90,000 miles before someone (Steve N Sunny FL) let me hold a stock muffler.  As soon as I felt the weight of that behemoth, I bought a used Vance n Hines in brand new condition.  Had it not been for that find, I'd have purchased the Area P, Kerry product is tops and he and his family are awesome to do business with.  Also all my other bikes and all I've owned in my life have had after market exhaust.  I intended to leave my mile eater stock until I felt the weight of that crappy thing. I wasted a lot of time and miles from canada to california running the crappy stock exhaust, and I rail my bike to the point I touch my left glove on the pavement - weight matters to me ([url]http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif[/url])


Perhaps we met then on Saturday. Forgive me if we did, and my memory fails. I met a lot of nice people there and its hard to keep all the faces and names straight.

I understand about having a mile eater, and thats the intention for my C14 as well. But I want a clean mile eater. I know one day I will give in a buy a new pipe. I do like the V&H  pipe as my first choice. I did see that Delkevic has a slash cut pipe now, and is a reasonable price
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 11:33:46 am
It's cold and damp, for Texas weather, so no riding.  Found this pic someone shopped, designing the best all around motorcycle.  A little super moto, a touch of V-Max mystery, and bit of Touring via a Concours 14.  Can't imagine how it would handle, but with the stock muffler, it sure would be a quiet ride.    A Happy and Safe 2015 to all.... tomp  Click on image to enlarge. .tp

(http://www.sportrider.com/sites/sportrider.com/files/styles/medium_1x_/public/import/header_images/146_1101_01_z%2B2011_buyers_guide%2BVMax.jpg?itok=ZWaYM2CW)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on December 31, 2014, 11:43:09 am
 :o Enlarge! ! ! What can I click on to make it go away?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 11:52:27 am
:o Enlarge! ! ! What can I click on to make it go away?

Sorry. . . It is a well shopped photo, though. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on December 31, 2014, 11:59:55 am
I've always liked Mr. Max, but was afraid he would kill me.  I like it!  Don't care much for the front fender, though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 01:06:42 pm
  Don't care much for the front fender, though.

Typical super moto/MX fender.  Looks better to me than the duck bills used on so many Euro Adventure bikes.  It's the dual rear brake set ups, dual passenger and rider pegs, that get to me.  Looks like someone started their  New Years imbibing early...  ;D ;D :o ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 31, 2014, 02:32:37 pm
:o Enlarge! ! ! What can I click on to make it go away?

+1 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Photoediting should never be so cruel!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 02:48:31 pm
Should just look like this, I believe, though I wouldn't try super motoing it.  OK to click to enlarge this one. . .AAAAAHHH, Silver.. . .

(http://www.motorcycleshdwallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Click-here-for-a-2008-kawasaki-concours-14-photo-gallery.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 31, 2014, 03:23:47 pm
Should just look like this, I believe, though I wouldn't try super motoing it.  OK to click to enlarge this one. . .AAAAAHHH, Silver.. . .

That is a 1gen- wasn't available in silver (it is more like a silvery, light, baby-blue).  The only true silver C14 was the 2011 Atomic Silver.  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 03:55:05 pm
That is a 1gen- wasn't available in silver (it is more like a silvery, light, baby-blue).  The only true silver C14 was the 2011 Atomic Silver.  :P

Neptune Silver or some such, right?  I used the word silver for the silverdammit folks.  I like the color of my Gen 1, best of all they have used over the years. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 31, 2014, 04:32:42 pm
Neptune Silver or some such, right?

Neutron

Quote
I used the word silver for the silverdammit folks.

:)

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I like the color of my Gen 1, best of all they have used over the years.

I like the Neutron color too, but it isn't ain't never not no silver :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on December 31, 2014, 04:54:09 pm
Neutron


I think it should have been Neptune, as he was of the sea, and the sea is supposedly blueish silver  in the sunlight.  Neutron reminds me of Johnny, and he had a brown Pompadour...  ;D ;D ;D
Kinda bluish silver with a sick green hue. . .

(http://icons.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/d/davemclane/2.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on December 31, 2014, 11:22:30 pm
I think it should have been Neptune, as he was of the sea, and the sea is supposedly blueish silver  in the sunlight.


You do realize you posted a photo of the King Neptune statue at Virginia Beach

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Neptune_statue,_Virginia_Beach (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Neptune_statue,_Virginia_Beach)
http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/king_neptune_statue.aspx (http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/king_neptune_statue.aspx)

This is local to me...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 01, 2015, 12:14:47 am
You do realize you posted a photo of the King Neptune statue at Virginia Beach

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Neptune_statue,_Virginia_Beach[/url] ([url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Neptune_statue,_Virginia_Beach[/url])
[url]http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/king_neptune_statue.aspx[/url] ([url]http://www.visitvirginiabeach.com/visitors/articles/king_neptune_statue.aspx[/url])

This is local to me...
No, I didn't know where it was located.  The image just happened to be the right size and almost the right color.  We don't have a Neptune here, just the Astro Dome, though probably not for long, and the Battleship Texas. 

I was curious about the coloring, and found the statue was made of bronze,ie, mostly copper.  Having been in the Statue of Liberty, I understand the green tinting, now... Our Gen 1's are a much better shade. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 01, 2015, 01:19:20 pm
([url]http://www.motorcycleshdwallpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Click-here-for-a-2008-kawasaki-concours-14-photo-gallery.jpg[/url])

Oh, that can only a mother could love ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 01, 2015, 01:30:17 pm
Oh, that can only a mother could love ::)
A bold statement, coming from a junior member. :P :P ;D  Did you get yours yet?  It's time, ya know... There's a ton of Gen 1 owners and lovers here. . .
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 01, 2015, 01:34:57 pm
He can only have mine if it's pried out of my cold dead hands...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 01, 2015, 01:49:20 pm
A bold statement, coming from a junior member. :P :P ;D  Did you get yours yet?
Hey, hey, working on that man. Waited until the end of the year for only dealer in town to come to its senses on a '14 floor sample scuffed and scratched, but they still think they can get '15 money for it, so I'm done looking. Wanted to avoid having to buy blindly, but have no choice now. Will buy a crated one (obviously assembled and tested), to avoid (or should I say minimize?) any surprises. With no '14s leftover anywhere close, it will be one of the 8 crated black ones left at Power Cycles in Rockingham, NC for $11,498 (+ shipping and TTL here in TX). Hope to be an official owner in a couple of weeks. A little late as a 53rd B-Day present in a few days, but can't use the bike now anyway. Hope everybody had a great new year; best wishes folks, especially health (without it, can't do crap, even with all the money in the world).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 01, 2015, 02:10:42 pm
Hey, hey, working on that man. Waited until the end of the year for only dealer in town to come to its senses on a '14 floor sample scuffed and scratched, but they still think they can get '15 money for it, so I'm done looking. Wanted to avoid having to buy blindly, but have no choice now. Will buy a crated one (obviously assembled and tested), to avoid (or should I say minimize?) any surprises. With no '14s leftover anywhere close, it will be one of the 8 crated black ones left at Power Cycles in Rockingham, NC for $11,498 (+ shipping and TTL here in TX). Hope to be an official owner in a couple of weeks. A little late as a 53rd B-Day present in a few days, but can't use the bike now anyway. Hope everybody had a great new year; best wishes folks, especially health (without it, can't do crap, even with all the money in the world).
Where in TX are you?  I'm in the Houston area.  There are still a  few 13's floating around here, that you may be able to get good pricing on, and not have to pay shipping, if not in Amarillo or El Paso. . . Possibly some 14's too, but of that I am unsure though...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 01, 2015, 08:59:04 pm
Where in TX are you?
Hey tomp, I apologize for not having my location here; updated it. Unfortunately, I live in El Paso, which is 500+ miles away from any decent city in TX. And the difference in shipping from Dallas/Houston areas, New York or Seattle is just like $100, believe it or not. I have about 7 months a year of vacation, but for 5 months I have to bust my a$$ big time, and that still goes on until early February. Then I'm ready for a ride to Big Bend to decompress, and start my riding season (still too cold for the mountains). So unless Las Cruces, NM had one (they don't), I'd have to ship it. I couldn't ride in 2014 because ordered a new BMW R1200RT, and it arrived a month late, so lost my February and March rides. And after I got it, it was recalled a month later, and couldn't make it to Colorado (I got my money back from BMW 5 months later). I'm not getting any younger, so want my freaking bike ready for a Feb ride ;D. And for some weird reason, I'm more excited about this bike than any other in the past. If you know of a black '14 in a crate at a good price, please send me a PM to consider it. I don't think anybody can do better than Rockingham on a '13 though. The moment I get a suitable shipping deal, I'd wire the money for the bike and deal done. In the mean time, I'd consider any other similar deals (hopefully closer, where somebody can check the bike out).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 01, 2015, 09:25:29 pm
elp, For the fun of it, I searched the Colorado dealers for what you want, and found only one, and it was on the floor.  Saw a red one, also on the floor, for $13K.  Looking like the VA quote is going to be your best buy.  Good luck, and I agree about wanting a C14.  I have four bikes and seem to ride the Connie almost every outing.  It simply covers all the bases for me.   

As for today, I never left the house.  Too cold and damp.  Gonna be in the 50's Sunday and not raining, so may get to ride then...   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on January 02, 2015, 03:12:57 pm
Decided to dig out my front stand and prop the bike off the ground. Had to put a 1" block of wood under the center stand to keep the back tire off the concrete. Then wrapped her up in a house wrap.
Trying to decide if I'm going to the bike show next weekend here.  ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 02, 2015, 03:29:34 pm
How you going to a bike show with your bike all wrapped up like that?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 02, 2015, 05:17:28 pm
How you going to a bike show with your bike all wrapped up like that?

LOL :)     He will be driving the house, once he takes the bike cover off the house!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 02, 2015, 05:23:38 pm
Damn  man, looks like a crime scene.  ;D ;D ;D  Hope it's dry enough in the room to keep condensation  build up from hurting the bike... :-[

(http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18000.0;attach=22400;image)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on January 02, 2015, 11:14:09 pm
How you going to a bike show with your bike all wrapped up like that?

 ;D
Have to add this : http://www.gizmag.com/go/5614/ (http://www.gizmag.com/go/5614/)     8)
I guess I could use my cross country ski as well  ;D

Damn  man, looks like a crime scene.  ;D ;D ;D  Hope it's dry enough in the room to keep condensation  build up from hurting the bike... :-[



Wrap is designed to expel moisture. Thought we had low humidity today but we're at 74% today with all the snow falling.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 02, 2015, 11:36:11 pm
Averages 90%+ humidity here during the winter months.   We listen to this, to keep us sane, or maybe we already insane.  Only Frank knows....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4J9N_tzu0&index=5&list=RDZKpERTw8DsE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4J9N_tzu0&index=5&list=RDZKpERTw8DsE)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rhhall on January 02, 2015, 11:58:05 pm
Hey tomp, I apologize for not having my location here; updated it. Unfortunately, I live in El Paso, which is 500+ miles away from any decent city in TX. And the difference in shipping from Dallas/Houston areas, New York or Seattle is just like $100, believe it or not. [...]In the mean time, I'd consider any other similar deals (hopefully closer, where somebody can check the bike out).   elp

I used these guys to ship my Connie from Ft. Lauderdale to East Tennessee and had no complaints. It was in an enclosed carrier.
Excellent Auto Transport 1-877-919-4241. Cost was $525.
HTH
Rick 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 03, 2015, 06:30:49 am
On Thurs I was finally able to meet up with my new riding buddy. Both of our work schedules allowed us to be on shore at the same time. So I had a ride planned on my new GPS for us to take the long and scenic route up to Savannah.The ride went as planned and was enjoyed by both. The weather was all inclusive as well. We had some mild temps, then clouds, then the temp dropped. This was followed by some fog and then light rain, and then we had temps in the low 50's by our arrival. This was a good test for my cold weather riding gear and I only have to make a couple of small adjustments. The days riding total was 480 miles.
Then yesterday we departed the hotel at 0700 and had the sights set at riding all around the state of Florida, so I could earn my Iron Butt SaddleSore 1000 certificate. This ride went according to plans and was very enjoyable. The weather was much of the same, just in reverse order. By the time we arrived back in our hometown, we had ridden 1040 miles in 15.5 hours.
My new bike that I bought July 29, now has 7550 miles on him and looks like I can finally get rid of those nasty Bridgestones. I can once again say that I really love my bike. These C14's are simply put, Amazing Machines!
Two great days of riding and we have very compatible riding styles. Were already looking at the calender and trying to figure out our next ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: st2sam on January 03, 2015, 06:47:02 am
 :thumbs: Congrats Nicole on earning your 1000 SaddleSore certificate.

Now get a set of PR III's on your bike ASAP!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on January 03, 2015, 07:46:19 am
Way to go Nicole!  That would have been hard on the vmax! LOL  Sounds like a great couple days you had.

Jim H
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 03, 2015, 03:24:22 pm
Thanks guys!! Yeah, the Vmax is feeling a bit neglected here lately. Its only been around the block in the past three weeks, and the C14 has been around Fl a couple of times.

I think I am going with the PR4's. Jake Wilson has a good price on them. Good meaning in a relative term.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 03, 2015, 04:47:06 pm
I think I am going with the PR4's. Jake Wilson has a good price on them. Good meaning in a relative term.

Make sure they are PR4-GT if you want them to last...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rhhall on January 03, 2015, 05:08:31 pm
Congrats Nicole!! :thumbs:
Rick
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 03, 2015, 05:16:01 pm
Nicole, may want to check Motorcycle Super Store and Twisted Throttle prices, too.  I've used them both and they had great prices for the tires I've needed in the past.   tomp     Congrats on your success, too...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 04, 2015, 07:34:28 am
Thanks y'all   :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 04, 2015, 06:50:40 pm
PR4's  <---use only when a second best tire won't do  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 04, 2015, 07:14:48 pm
PR4's  <---use only when a second best tire won't do  ;D

That's what I've heard, too.  Like my 3's, but have heard 4's  last longer... TP
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 04, 2015, 08:09:07 pm
PR4's  <---use only when a second best tire won't do  ;D

Correct, because the best would be PR4-GT :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 04, 2015, 08:37:41 pm
guess what I did to my C14 today,... rode the %$#^ out of it  ;D

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10888520_10152976740308390_7050672397607781413_n.png?oh=1563cc1b582462039214805055eac876&oe=553BF78B)

But I did wrench on my little car a wee bit!

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Camaro/camaro_79Z28.jpg)

Inside the door, prior owner did a hack job.  I have the door all apart to weld new metal in place of this hacked up crap  ;D

(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/Camaro/IMG_20140726_184338197.jpg)







Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 04, 2015, 09:41:22 pm
guess what I did to my C14 today,... rode the %$#^ out of it  ;D

Was 74 or something insane here.  I didn't even get to look at mine, since apparently I have the flu :(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 05, 2015, 03:47:04 am
Hope you're wearing a mask so you don't spread the virus to the rest of us.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 05, 2015, 03:55:12 am
Too late, he's already been online.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 05, 2015, 04:35:30 am
Was 74 or something insane here.  I didn't even get to look at mine, since apparently I have the flu :(

Sorry to hear Max! Keep that to yourself thank you!

minus 5 here at the moment, high of 9f predicted today. 5 inches of snow on the ground with more coming at some point. Wednesdays high temp is minus 4f with a low of minus 15f!     :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 05, 2015, 05:05:45 am
Max, hope your feeling better.   Steve, perhaps we need to hook up for a ride someday?

Today I will give my bikes hugs and kisses as I set sail for 3 weeks. Time to go fill up the checking account again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: bigfraid on January 06, 2015, 06:08:39 pm
Well I dropped a few pounds today,I threw one my new slip on from vance&hines cs one.fits nice only took about 1/2 hour and 2 beers.sounds real nice can't wait to take it out but that has to wait for a while going to be 17 below tomorrow with the wind chills so I'm just going  to dream about till it gets a little warmer.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 06, 2015, 06:18:06 pm
Nicole, have a good time at sea.  What type vessel are you on, for these shore times at sea?

Bigfraid, how do you live with such winters?  Gonna actually get below freezing here, tomorrow night.  Might be the coldest time for the entire winter.   Stay warm  and know the 14 is missing you as you are missing it.... tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: bigfraid on January 06, 2015, 06:39:05 pm
I just deal with it tomp,hey I got to ride last Friday it was 34 out and wasn't bad thanks to the windshield so I'm not going to complain to much.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 06, 2015, 06:47:02 pm
I just deal with it tomp,hey I got to ride last Friday it was 34 out and wasn't bad thanks to the windshield so I'm not going to complain to much.
Glad to know.   Wish I had heated grips, for our short time of cold.  Had a BMW R1200RT with heated seat and grips, and rode below freezing without any chills. Shame my 14 has neither.  Stay warm sir, and know that Spring will be upon us all too soon, at least  hope so. tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 06, 2015, 09:04:49 pm
Had a BMW R1200RT with heated seat and grips, and rode below freezing without any chills. Shame my 14 has neither.

Mine has both.... yours can too
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 06, 2015, 09:23:06 pm
Mine has both.... yours can too
A waste of money in SE Texas.  Only used a few days a year. Air conditioning is what we really need around six months of a typical year.  If it had been so needed, I would have kept the 1200RT.   The 14 is a better bike in many ways, even without all the bells and whistles the RT had.  tomp
For those who dig great tunes, this is what's playing in my headphones right now.  ""Yes"......Better than ever....Can't even describe the memories........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSxZHMkZWM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSxZHMkZWM)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on January 07, 2015, 12:13:47 am
A waste of money in SE Texas.  Only used a few days a year. Air conditioning is what we really need around six months of a typical year.  If it had been so needed, I would have kept the 1200RT.   The 14 is a better bike in many ways, even without all the bells and whistles the RT had.  tomp
For those who dig great tunes, this is what's playing in my headphones right now.  ""Yes"......Better than ever....Can't even describe the memories........
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSxZHMkZWM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZSxZHMkZWM)



Saw Yes with Rick Wakeman at Cornell 1974- Good sounds were all around.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on January 07, 2015, 08:15:02 am
Oh, that sounds good!
Ahh the Memories!

Helped Mike put his Connie engine back together yesterday.
Did a little tinkering on my bike this morning and Installed a Tank Bra... 
Cold/wet front coming thru Houston today.
Will be a few days till it gets thru, so I'll wait until it warms up...
(Tomp, we need to get together)..

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 07, 2015, 08:26:57 am
Oh, that sounds good!
Ahh the Memories!

Helped Mike put his Connie engine back together yesterday.
Did a little tinkering on my bike this morning and Installed a Tank Bra... 
Cold/wet front coming thru Houston today.
Will be a few days till it gets thru, so I'll wait until it warms up...
(Tomp, we need to get together)..

Ride safe, Ted

Thanks, Got your PM. Let's talk it up when the weather improves.  Will have cabin fever by then.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: zarticus on January 08, 2015, 04:08:34 pm
Removed the rear tire on my 2012 for the 1st time, Sooo easy & fast  ;D . Putting on a new tire & balancing myself tomorrow after work.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 10, 2015, 09:00:39 am
Cold and wet here this weekend, so no burning of gas.  Will watch the Indiana Jones movies all day long on USA, and just veg. 

FWIW, saw this today.  If you know anyone looking for a C14, this looks like a good price.  tp

http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Kawasaki-Concours-14-ABS-113803882 (http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Kawasaki-Concours-14-ABS-113803882)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on January 10, 2015, 11:56:03 am
Cold and wet here this weekend, so no burning of gas.  Will watch the Indiana Jones movies all day long on USA, and just veg. 

FWIW, saw this today.  If you know anyone looking for a C14, this looks like a good price.  tp

[url]http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Kawasaki-Concours-14-ABS-113803882[/url] ([url]http://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2014-Kawasaki-Concours-14-ABS-113803882[/url])


Marietta, GA is where my Father in law live at the time of his death. True southern Gentleman. going to have to make it down there soon to visit him. Try and time it for Beer-O'clock for him.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: zarticus on January 10, 2015, 03:24:00 pm
Last night I dismounted the old rear tire & put the new tire on, Used my harbor freight  tire changer with mojo blocks & mojo lever. I'm used to doing tires on my old V65 Magnas so the low profile style tire of the connie is much stiffer but I got it with no damage to the air sensor or the rim  ;D . I have a harbor freight static balancer & it took 1 ounce of weight in 1 spot to get a perfect balance. Took it for a quick ride & nice & smooth up to triple digits  :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 12, 2015, 08:08:18 am
Thinking about permanently removing the TPMS from the wheels. So tired of the early morning "PANIC!!!! YOUR GOING TO DIE!!! low battery warning message in the winter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 12, 2015, 08:30:23 am
Thinking about permanently removing the TPMS from the wheels. So tired of the early morning "PANIC!!!! YOUR GOING TO DIE!!! low battery warning message in the winter.

If the sensors are replaced with std tubeless valves, will the computer not still go crazy, looking for the signal?  The read out of current pressures are a good reminder. The the stupid blinking on the screen is annoying, because you just don't know what it is really telling you, just cold or a real problem. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 12, 2015, 09:40:11 am
If the sensors are replaced with std tubeless valves, will the computer not still go crazy, looking for the signal?  The read out of current pressures are a good reminder. The the stupid blinking on the screen is annoying, because you just don't know what it is really telling you, just cold or a real problem.

Nope. I replaced the battery on the front wheel but messed it up. No signal from the front and no messages from the front wheel. All coming from the rear wheel. Thinking about messing that battery up too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 12, 2015, 09:56:08 am
Nope. I replaced the battery on the front wheel but messed it up. No signal from the front and no messages from the front wheel. All coming from the rear wheel. Thinking about messing that battery up too.

Or just let it die on it's own. But if you have the tire off anyways...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 12, 2015, 10:12:01 am
Or just let it die on it's own. But if you have the tire off anyways...

Certainly on the next tire change but I might not wait that long.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 12, 2015, 10:12:22 am
Sorry, but I am a little confused.  The dash is telling me that the battery is bad, when it's cold, but when the battery actually goes bad, the signal will stop and the dash will not give me the same indication I get when it is cold?  Seems a bad battery is a bad battery, and the dash/computer, since it is no longer receiving signal from the TPMS will want to inform me of such.  What stops the computer from notifying me that it is no longer receiving signal. 

This is my first dealings with TPMS and though I like the read outs, I don't like the silly blinking that interrupts everything else the dash is suppose to be telling me. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 12, 2015, 10:15:31 am
Sounds like your not confused at all. Kawi is telling you to PANIC if the battery is low but completely ignore it if there is no battery.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 12, 2015, 10:38:26 am
Sounds like your not confused at all. Kawi is telling you to PANIC if the battery is low but completely ignore it if there is no battery.
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH, I am beginning to see clearly now.  Low battery, fix it; dead battery, who cares. . . 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 12, 2015, 11:03:16 am
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH, I am beginning to see clearly now.  Low battery, fix it; dead battery, who cares. . .

Now your catching on. Just like the "range" functionality. Just when you need it you cannot (unless you talk to Brian) because you must PANIC due to low amount of gas.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 12, 2015, 11:09:10 am
That's why I use a trip odometer, and do fill ups before I ever get to that mess that KHI blessed us with on the 14. tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 12, 2015, 04:35:49 pm
Just change the batteries.  It isn't that hard to do.
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Post by: Rhino on January 13, 2015, 01:32:39 pm
Just change the batteries.  It isn't that hard to do.

I did, after about a year, still get the panic message when it gets cold. Did it again to the front wheel and failed. Now I never get the message for the front wheel. Planning to "fail" again but with the back wheel.
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Post by: bigfraid on January 13, 2015, 02:17:26 pm
Yep my did the same thing 2 weeks ago,stopped at the dealers and told them they had to call Kawasaki  tech to get it approved to replace under warranty  waiting for a call.you are right tomp it sucks when you can't use the read out when it won't stop flashing.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 13, 2015, 02:35:24 pm
Question.  Does the dead battery need to be removed to break some type of signal contact, or can they be left in the sensor once they lose all voltage?  The PO replaced mine a couple of years ago, but I still get the flashing signal in the cold, that goes away once the air in the tires warm.  Found riding the snot out of it on back roads makes it stop quicker... Just saying.  tp
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Post by: Deziner on January 13, 2015, 03:18:16 pm
Stupid question time, Tom. What is the air pressure in your tires when cold? Just curious
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 13, 2015, 03:23:46 pm
Stupid question time, Tom. What is the air pressure in your tires when cold? Just curious
41-43 PSI, is where I keep them.  The read out on screen is normally pretty accurate.  In cold, flashes for a few miles then shows the above 40+ PSI read out, and only when cold.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 13, 2015, 03:24:51 pm
Question.  Does the dead battery need to be removed to break some type of signal contact, or can they be left in the sensor once they lose all voltage?  The PO replaced mine a couple of years ago, but I still get the flashing signal in the cold, that goes away once the air in the tires warm.  Found riding the snot out of it on back roads makes it stop quicker... Just saying.  tp

You can leave the dead batteries in, although they could theoretically eventually leak and cause damage, but I think the point is that you don't care.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 13, 2015, 03:37:57 pm
You can leave the dead batteries in, although they could theoretically eventually leak and cause damage, but I think the point is that you don't care.
Thanks.  Being old skool, or just old, I came from a tube based POV.  Could lose several PSI over night. 

I like the readout, as a reminder to check tire pressure occasionally, but tubeless just aren't as sensitive to pressure loss.

 Only my Dyna still has tubes, and check them before each ride.  A pain in the a$$ to do so, but necessary.  Thanks again for the info.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 13, 2015, 03:57:25 pm
Thanks.  Being old skool, or just old, I came from a tube based POV.  Could lose several PSI over night. 

I like the readout, as a reminder to check tire pressure occasionally, but tubeless just aren't as sensitive to pressure loss.

 Only my Dyna still has tubes, and check them before each ride.  A pain in the a$$ to do so, but necessary.  Thanks again for the info.  tomp

I love the functionality too but have totally had it with that flashing screen every stinking morning. Next time my tires of off, those things are gone! I really don't miss TPMS on my other bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 15, 2015, 07:17:10 pm
 I repaired the broken tabs ont the nose fairing. I think it came out pretty good.
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Post by: tomp on January 15, 2015, 07:23:22 pm
I repaired the broken tabs ont the nose fairing. I think it came out pretty good.
PICS?  Today, no repair can be rendered without dozens of images, ready for posting. . . ;D ;D
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Post by: Deziner on January 15, 2015, 07:32:07 pm
Before



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Post by: tomp on January 15, 2015, 07:36:00 pm
Doesn't look too good...tp
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Post by: Deziner on January 15, 2015, 07:39:23 pm
After
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Post by: Deziner on January 15, 2015, 07:40:55 pm
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Post by: tomp on January 15, 2015, 07:49:06 pm
After
  Looking good, and hundreds saved, too...tp
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Post by: Deziner on January 15, 2015, 08:15:28 pm
Both sides were were broken. I used a part of a pvc conduit to reinforce the the top holes and a smallpiece of sheet metal to rreinforce the edge.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: C14lvr on January 15, 2015, 09:34:53 pm
Today I changed the engine oil and filter, changed the final drive oil, checked the tires and pressure, then went for a 25 mile ride. Refilled the tank with pure gasoline.
Connie ran perfect, and pulled like a freight train. Sure was nice to be back in the saddle after 2 long months of fridgid weather!

Planning on putting on some miles this weekend since temps are going to be in the 60's!
WooHoo!  8)

Will also be wrapping up an Audiovox 100 cruise control system for a friend and his 1999 Honda Valkrye. Hopefully we'll get to try it out!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 16, 2015, 06:16:25 pm
I just placed my order for my Rostra CC. Soon a throttlemeister  will be for sale!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: zarticus on January 16, 2015, 07:19:18 pm
I just placed my order for my Rostra CC. Soon a throttlemeister  will be for sale!
Even with the Rostra I still have my throttlemeister, Many times I just want to lock the throttle for a quick second or 2 without setting the cruise. The throttlemeister is also much heavier that the stock bar ends & seem to smoothen vibrations better. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 17, 2015, 06:38:07 am
I don't have a Rostra but I kept my Throttlemeister from the C10 cause of the weight and it's nice and shiny.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 17, 2015, 10:45:27 am
Hmmm, guess I need to reconsider removing the throttle lock then.  Do you really think the extra few grams makes a difference?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 17, 2015, 10:48:10 am
It does with dope.  I don't see why not on the C14.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on January 17, 2015, 10:55:45 am
You can use a throttle lock, heavier bar ends and anything else you want along with a CC on a C-14. The CC will tie in at the throttle lever and not in any way interact with anything on the handlebars.

As far as the extra weight, I think that ship sailed when Kawasaki made a 700 lb. bike and we bought it. :-)  Anyone who wants to seriously lighten up a C-14 really should start before the purchase and use letter / number combos like RR1000S or R1 instead IMO.  ;)

Brian

Hmmm, guess I need to reconsider removing the throttle lock then.  Do you really think the extra few grams makes a difference?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on January 17, 2015, 10:58:35 am
Went out to the pole building and it is running as we speak.  Might get in the upper 20's????  Freakn weather sucks!  LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 17, 2015, 03:33:23 pm
Decided to add an auxiliary fuse box and add a constant hot power outlet near the gauges. Instead of spending more money I would use some of the stuff I have accumulated over the years. I would have preferred to use a very cool fuse box and a Powerlet outlet but using a fuse box left over from another project and a 1/4" pro audio jack should work just fine.
 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 17, 2015, 05:08:23 pm
Brian, i was referring to the weight of the throttlemeister, as a couple of guys here suggested that I keep it on the bars to help reduce the vibes. After all, I thought that vibrations are good. Ooops, did I just say that?  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 17, 2015, 05:09:28 pm
Nice work Deziner!
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Post by: VirginiaJim on January 17, 2015, 05:09:52 pm
Wrong bike SC, unless you want to sit on the bars.  Might be a tad uncomfortable riding that way, though.  I recommend The Great Idea.
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Post by: Deziner on January 17, 2015, 05:31:31 pm
Nice work Deziner!

Thanks, S_C! While I was in there I also ran a couple extra circuits from the fuse box to the front of the bike so if and when I add driving lights or whatever, the hard part will already be done.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 18, 2015, 06:39:00 am
Brian, i was referring to the weight of the throttlemeister, as a couple of guys here suggested that I keep it on the bars to help reduce the vibes. After all, I thought that vibrations are good. Ooops, did I just say that?  :P


 :)

Good Vibrations (Lyrics on screen) - The Beach Boys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0yoiBYbT2I#)
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Post by: connie14boy on January 18, 2015, 11:00:07 am
:)

Good Vibrations (Lyrics on screen) - The Beach Boys ([url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0yoiBYbT2I#[/url])



Spent almost an hour installing the Throttlemeister my boys gave me for Xmas. Man, are those tiny shims a pain in the arse to get adjusted just right. I also didn't know that 'Black Bear' could pull the front end shifting to 2nd gear when the throttle is stuck wide open  :o Very impressive to passersby.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 18, 2015, 06:06:37 pm
After all, I thought that vibrations are good. Ooops, did I just say that?  :P
Go for a ride on any classic Brit single or twin.  A real thrill I'll bet.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on January 18, 2015, 06:32:51 pm
Ah, I missed that part and of course do not want to stand in the way of anyone's fun and amusement.... :-)

Good luck with the Rostra.

Brian

Brian, i was referring to the weight of the throttlemeister, as a couple of guys here suggested that I keep it on the bars to help reduce the vibes. After all, I thought that vibrations are good. Ooops, did I just say that?  :P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 18, 2015, 08:36:16 pm
Brian,  I hear that your the man that has the know how with the Rostra. Can you offer any installation info to a woman with enough knowledge to be dangerous?
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Post by: B.D.F. on January 19, 2015, 07:50:10 am
Well, if you have not see it, I would suggest reading through the semi- tutorial on the install- there is one here: http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/docs/Rostra%20install.htm (http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/docs/Rostra%20install.htm)

After lots and lots of working with folks doing these installs, I can say without any hesitation that the biggest problem is the electrical side of the install. When I wrote that, I thought for sure that the fabrication / adaption of the throttle hook-up would be the problem area but people having problems doing that part are pretty rare; in fact, some people have come up with some really ingenious, neat and slick methods of routing and mounting (Easy Boys....and Girls!) the cable. But the electrical side has been quite troublesome for many people. So I would suggest a little extra thought on that side to make sure you understand what is going on ("assuming" has been a huge part of installation problems) and required. Also note that there absolutely will be quite a few wires left over; this part seems to annoy some people and they want to do something with those wires.... but this is a universal CC and has lots of wires for different applications, often make- specific, and NO installation will use all the wires as many are redundant.

Lots of Rostras on lots of C-14s performing well. No reason you cannot put one on / have one on yours too. As always, I am around for questions and usually respond pretty quickly.

I would allow at least 3 or 4 full days for this install.

Best of luck if you do install one.

Brian

Brian,  I hear that your the man that has the know how with the Rostra. Can you offer any installation info to a woman with enough knowledge to be dangerous?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 19, 2015, 07:50:41 am
Did a basic oil, filter and final drive fluid change this weekend at 53,200 miles. Bike still runs as well as the day I rode it home. Only maintenance has been oil changes and one valve check. Oh, and changed out the CCT for an Ape.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 19, 2015, 06:23:26 pm
Well, if you have not see it, I would suggest reading through the semi- tutorial on the install- there is one here: [url]http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/docs/Rostra%20install.htm[/url] ([url]http://www.murphskits.com/catalog/docs/Rostra%20install.htm[/url])



I would allow at least 3 or 4 full days for this install.

Best of luck if you do install one.

Brian


Did you say days? Oh my!

Look at my signature below. I am an official IBA member and have my number, Woo-hoo!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 19, 2015, 06:51:54 pm
Did you say days? Oh my!

Look at my signature below. I am an official IBA member and have my number, Woo-hoo!


Congratulations, S_C !!!
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Post by: rhhall on January 19, 2015, 06:57:53 pm
Look at my signature below. I am an official IBA member and have my number, Woo-hoo!

Congrats S_C :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 19, 2015, 07:41:26 pm
Way to go.  The cruise Control will make it even better on the next long journey.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on January 19, 2015, 08:39:47 pm
I assume that IBA certificate was for a SaddleSore 1000? Congrats!

Yep, days.... Earth days. It can be done in less time but some have taken weeks so I never, ever recommend less than a full two days and often that is not enough. As per an earlier thread, you seem fairly new to splicing wires so I thought it might take someone at that level a little longer. Besides, better to be finished before expected than to still be working on the thing long after the time you had supposed it would take, right?

Again, take a good look at the tutorial and see how long you think it will take you, with the tools and abilities available to you, to install one of those.

Brian

Did you say days? Oh my!

Look at my signature below. I am an official IBA member and have my number, Woo-hoo!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 20, 2015, 03:58:30 am
It would take me a lifetime or most likely never get off the shelf.  But then again if it was top shelf, it wouldn't be gathering any dust at all.

Congrats on your SS1000!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 20, 2015, 06:05:19 am
Thanks guys!!  Yes, my IBA is the SaddleSore 1000.

Brian, you are correct that I was learning about crimping a few weeks ago with my lighting project. I did buy a nice crimping tool.
My biggest concern with installing the Rostra is locating the proper wires on the bike to connect into.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JoeRau on January 20, 2015, 12:27:11 pm
I saw my C14 today for the first time in months.  I picked up my registration sticker last week and wanted to get it on the bike before I lost it.   There it was under a cover, tucked between a 'vette & a drag car.  Just like I had left it.  No fob with or I would have turned the key to check the battery voltage.  Should be no problem there with the tender hooked up.  Winter storage is in a friend's heated garage.  I usually just drop it off in November and pick it up in April depending on weather.  My last big ice fishing trip is this week so come on April!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 20, 2015, 06:16:07 pm
The temp was in the mid 70's today, and I had to ride.  Been a while, as unemployment mandates how limited funds are spent.  Filled up, $2.15 a gallon for premium, WOW!  Realized too late that I had left my earplugs at home.  Bad move.  Then realized that every school zone was active at 20MPH.  Was out for an hour and made only 20 miles, added that  home bound traffic jams had already started too.   It was still refreshing just to feel the bike work out beneath me.  Hope to ride again tomorrow, before the cold and wet arrive again. 

A great week to all, riding or not.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 20, 2015, 06:27:42 pm
The temp was in the mid 70's today, and I had to ride.  Been a while, as unemployment mandates how limited funds are spent.  Filled up, $2.15 a gallon for premium, WOW!  Realized too late that I had left my earplugs at home.  Bad move.  Then realized that every school zone was active at 20MPH.  Was out for an hour and made only 20 miles, added that  home bound traffic jams had already started too.   It was still refreshing just to feel the bike work out beneath me.  Hope to ride again tomorrow, before the cold and wet arrive again. 

A great week to all, riding or not.  tomp

^^^good luck finding employment my friend
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Post by: tomp on January 20, 2015, 06:38:15 pm
^^^good luck finding employment my friend

Thanks.  Filed for early Social Security last week.  May be my only option and income, hope not, though.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 20, 2015, 08:10:43 pm
Glad that you were out riding. I'm sure even the short slow ride helped refresh your mind.
You'll find a job.  Positive thinking is key.
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Post by: tomp on January 20, 2015, 08:45:35 pm
Glad that you were out riding. I'm sure even the short slow ride helped refresh your mind.
You'll find a job.  Positive thinking is key.
Thanks Nicole.  Gonna ride tomorrow to see my son who is around half way across town  (Houston is a town?).  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 20, 2015, 09:26:09 pm
After over a week of flu and another week of horrible weather, I finally got out on Sunday for a 2 hour ride.  Rewarded the bike after by washing it (well, and the car too, they were both way overdue).  If the rain chooses not to invade this coming Sun, I will take the bike to RIC on Sun to visit mom.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 20, 2015, 09:59:02 pm
Hope the weather co-operates for you.  Low mid 60's here this weekend.  Need to get the Dyna, RT, and Ninja out soon, before they commit mutiny in the garage.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 21, 2015, 04:19:38 am
Glad you're feeling better Max.

Tom  I can only imagine the ruckus that 4 bikes could cause.  I only have two bikes and have my hands full keeping both happy.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 21, 2015, 05:23:35 am
Hope the weather co-operates for you.  Low mid 60's here this weekend.  Need to get the Dyna, RT, and Ninja out soon, before they commit mutiny in the garage.  tomp

What now,  Mr. Christian?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 22, 2015, 01:23:29 pm
Well, got to ride the C14 yesterday AM, and the Dyna PM.  The RT need a new license plate from the PO, and the Ninja needs a new front tire.  Guess those two will be left in the garage until needed changes can be made them.  Rain here all day today and again tomorrow.  Beautiful and in the 60's the weekend. 

Hope all that can ride get to ride, ASAP....
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Post by: rhhall on January 23, 2015, 12:53:03 am
Glad you're feeling better Max :thumbs:
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Post by: connie_rider on January 23, 2015, 11:33:15 am
Well, got to ride the C14 yesterday AM, and the Dyna PM.  The RT need a new license plate from the PO, and the Ninja needs a new front tire.  Guess those two will be left in the garage until needed changes can be made them.  Rain here all day today and again tomorrow.  Beautiful and in the 60's the weekend. 

Hope all that can ride get to ride, ASAP....

Tomp, I thought you were near me?
Cold and wet here for the last 2 days..

Oops, just saw my error. You rode 3 days ago... Yepp, it was nice that day!

Ride safe, Ted
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Post by: Rhino on January 23, 2015, 11:47:11 am
Tomp, I thought you were near me?
Cold and wet here for the last 2 days..

Oops, just saw my error. You rode 3 days ago... Yepp, it was nice that day!

Ride safe, Ted

Yup, ridiculously nice 3 days ago! I saw 75 degrees on the Connie LCD in Austin. Not so much today.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 23, 2015, 12:05:50 pm
Glad you're feeling better Max.

Tom  I can only imagine the ruckus that 4 bikes could cause.  I only have two bikes and have my hands full keeping both happy.

I'm feeling that pain too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 23, 2015, 06:52:39 pm
Glad you're feeling better Max.

Tom  I can only imagine the ruckus that 4 bikes could cause.  I only have two bikes and have my hands full keeping both happy.

Back in 2012, I had seven road worthy bikes in the garage.  All needed insurance, inspections, and registrations.  All due at different months.  Now that was a simply crazy on my part.  Expensive too. . .tp
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Post by: hlh1 on January 24, 2015, 02:06:57 pm
Installed locking exhaust header nuts and Canyon Cages today:

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u130/hlh111/99%20Concours/IMG_20150124_153654_553_zps07a9cede.jpg) (http://s167.photobucket.com/user/hlh111/media/99%20Concours/IMG_20150124_153654_553_zps07a9cede.jpg.html)


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Post by: maxtog on January 25, 2015, 08:28:57 pm
>"What did you do to your Concours today? "

Took it to RIC and back (mom visit) ((Main St-> 5-> 199)).  Average from RIC to Williamsburg 35F, low 32F.  At low 30's heated vest/grips on max can't keep up anymore (but the seat is on fire).  LOTS of deer tonight.  Yeesh.  One was just standing on the shoulder staring at me, had to slow from 60 to 20 and he finally ran off.

The second leg/half of the trip ((64)) was average of 42F, much better (but boring, of course).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 25, 2015, 08:36:07 pm
Glad you didn't hit a deer like I did recently, scary, for sure.  Next five days, gonna be mid 60's to mid 70's, then cool off for the weekend.  Guess I will ride while the weather is warm..... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 09:57:53 am
FWIW, the March issue of Rider Magazine has a five page article on the new 2015 C14, and they used the Lime Green model.  Haven't read it yet, but Rider is normally pretty accurate in their tests and reviews. 

 Gonna be 75 here today, May ride in honor of  the folks in the NE and all that white stuff now falling there.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 27, 2015, 12:12:47 pm
road the chit out of mine today, can't waste this perfect weather  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 27, 2015, 01:17:22 pm
Well, I'm bringing it home today ;D. And chose the ugly green to please my wife (who didn't want black for safety reasons). Ha ha. It's not that bad, but just a little ridiculous for a 53-yr old fart IMO, but I don't care about colors; that's why I don't understand why some folks got offended when I said it was ugly. Well, I own one now, so I can say it all I want, right? ;). My credit card will be smoking tonight after ordering all the crap I have on my list :o. Have a great afternoon folks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: T Cro ® on January 27, 2015, 03:04:09 pm
Well, I'm bringing it home today ;D

Pics of it in your garage or it didn't happen....  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 03:10:38 pm
Pics of it in your garage or it didn't happen....  ;)
+1 fer sur, as we have all struggled with/for you through this ordeal.  Hee Hee Hee.   ;D ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 27, 2015, 03:19:13 pm
Pics of it in your garage or it didn't happen....  ;)

LOL!!!
You are evil :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 27, 2015, 03:21:18 pm
Well, I'm bringing it home today ;D. And chose the ugly green to please my wife (who didn't want black for safety reasons). Ha ha. It's not that bad, but just a little ridiculous for a 53-yr old fart IMO, but I don't care about colors; that's why I don't understand why some folks got offended when I said it was ugly. Well, I own one now, so I can say it all I want, right? ;). My credit card will be smoking tonight after ordering all the crap I have on my list :o. Have a great afternoon folks.

Pre-congrats!
Yep- all those extras can really add up.  But it is one of the great things about the C14- lots of aftermarket stuff support.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on January 27, 2015, 03:25:01 pm
Pics of it in your garage or it didn't happen....  ;)
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :deadhorse:
Sorry, elp_jc...couldn't resist. Congrats. :chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 27, 2015, 03:40:00 pm
Yep, your wife should be happy.  Everyone will see you coming a mile away with that color.  Congratulations on the purchase!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 03:53:13 pm
Who knows, Kawi Lime Green may become the fast color some day.  Naaaahhh, the original 08 something silver will always be the fast color, but that green looks really great.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 27, 2015, 03:57:21 pm
If I paint my silver '08 black and Kawasaki Green, will the KIPASS overcome the color differential or will I end up losing some on the top end?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on January 27, 2015, 04:06:58 pm
KiPass overcomes ALL obstacles and difficulties as part of its normal operating mode. But one of the undocumented features is its ability to change the perceived color of the motorcycle.... here is what you do..... while holding your fob as tight as you can, squeeze your eyes shut, click your heels together three times and whisper 'Green.....green.....green'. From that moment on, all others will not only see the bike as green, it will be their favorite shade of green.

Disclaimer: if you squeeze your fob too tight you could hurt yourself.

Brian

If I paint my silver '08 black and Kawasaki Green, will the KIPASS overcome the color differential or will I end up losing some on the top end?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on January 27, 2015, 04:15:51 pm
Pre-congrats elp_jc!!

SOON,,, we "want" to see a photo, with "you" in the Pilots Seat..

Then we'll all cheer!

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 27, 2015, 04:21:28 pm
Naaaahhh, the original 08 something silver will always be the fast color,

Except that it is light blue and not silver....  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 04:34:09 pm
Except that it is light blue and not silver....  :)

You keep telling me that, but I'm old and it looks silver to me.  Somewhere on this thread you told me the color, and it was Narcissistic Silver, or something like that, since that was the only color available then.   Looked it up, Neutron Silver, like Jimmy, I guess.  (http://images2.nick.com/nick-assets/shows/images/jimmy-neutron/characters/character_large_332x363_jimmy.jpg?height=363&width=332&quality=0.75)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 27, 2015, 05:20:07 pm
You keep telling me that, but I'm old and it looks silver to me.

Nah, old is no excuse :)

Quote
Somewhere on this thread you told me the color, and it was Narcissistic Silver, or something like that, since that was the only color available then.

That must be someone else.  I just called it "Silvery Baby Blue" or "Silvery Light Blue".  And I like the color a lot, it is just not "silver"

Below you can see the comparison to an actual silver bike paint- the 2011 C14's Atomic Silver
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 05:30:03 pm
Nah, old is no excuse :)

That must be someone else.  I just called it "Silvery Baby Blue" or "Silvery Light Blue".  And I like the color a lot, it is just not "silver"

Below you can see the comparison to an actual silver bike paint- the 2011 C14's Atomic Silver

It was you, alright. .I called it Neptune Silver and you corrected me.  It had to be you( sounds like a song). Well, it could have been Brian, or Jim or someone  else. Told you I'm old.

Yes, I like how it is silvery blue or bluey silver.  It looked good on me today during my ride. 

elp_jc, where are those pictures?   We're waiting. . .tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 27, 2015, 07:39:46 pm
Kind of a cross topic post but,..... Since elp is vertically challenged, he could name his new bike "The Atomic Leprechaun "
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JhVenezuela on January 27, 2015, 07:44:28 pm
Who knows, Kawi Lime Green may become the fast color some day.  Naaaahhh, the original 08 something silver will always be the fast color, but that green looks really great.   tp

Now the Green is the fast color !!!!!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 27, 2015, 07:53:25 pm
Now the Green is the fast color !!!!!!

I LIKE that shade of green.  Great looking 14, sir...  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 28, 2015, 03:29:08 am
Okay, okay, okay, here are some pictures. Was fully debadging/destickering/dereflectorizing the bike, plus installing the battery tender pigtail to easily charge the battery (it was a royal PITA, but left it like factory). And it's freaking 3:30am ;D, but I'm posting pics folks, so you know this time is for real 8). Will start a new thread because have several questions and comments. Now I know why the 2015s weigh 2 lbs more: they all have a charcoal canister now :(.

Hey, am I the first one here with a 2015? Ride home was great, by the way. But when I first fired up the engine, it stalled. Then it barely started the second time. The high-idle never kicked in, and it was about 60ºF. Weird, huh? And now that I adjusted the idle (was too high), it might not even fire up without holding the throttle. Now to good news: SUPER SMOOTH ride. And I was really happy with 6th gear: 4K rpm = 88 mph. That's AWESOME. Still need to do some work for an hour or two folks, so will catch up with you tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 28, 2015, 04:33:10 am
Well, I'm bringing it home today ;D. And chose the ugly green to please my wife (who didn't want black for safety reasons). Ha ha. It's not that bad, but just a little ridiculous for a 53-yr old fart IMO, but I don't care about colors; that's why I don't understand why some folks got offended when I said it was ugly. Well, I own one now, so I can say it all I want, right? ;). My credit card will be smoking tonight after ordering all the crap I have on my list :o. Have a great afternoon folks.

Congrats on the great new bike!

Yep, your wife should be happy.  Everyone will see you coming a mile away with that color.  Congratulations on the purchase!

They'll see you but it won't stop em from pulling out in front of you anyways.    :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 28, 2015, 04:35:46 am
KiPass overcomes ALL obstacles and difficulties as part of its normal operating mode. But one of the undocumented features is its ability to change the perceived color of the motorcycle.... here is what you do..... while holding your fob as tight as you can, squeeze your eyes shut, click your heels together three times and whisper 'Green.....green.....green'. From that moment on, all others will not only see the bike as green, it will be their favorite shade of green.

Disclaimer: if you squeeze your fob too tight you could hurt yourself.

Brian

Except that it is light blue and not silver....  :)

It apparently works in a similar way with Silverdammits too as Max thinks they are blue.    ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 28, 2015, 04:47:16 am
That would be silvery baby blue.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Ghost Rider 2 on January 28, 2015, 05:06:38 am
  Well my 09 is starting to take shape.  I have been working on it as I get time.  The J&M cb audio system is in place. GPS mounts installed.  Trying to discide if I want satellite radio or just a mp3.  Will figure that out by the weekend.  Just need weather to warm up I want to ride!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 28, 2015, 05:10:01 am
Got snow?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 28, 2015, 05:47:47 am
That would be silvery baby blue.

Yep!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 06:39:14 am
Congrats on the new scoot.  I know you will enjoy it, regardless of the color.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on January 28, 2015, 08:01:06 am
Congrats on the new bike. Gotta admit, the Green is starting to grow on me a little..
Shame it's not Red Pink... <sly grin>

It's amazing how ones opinion of color changes over time... (Ain't it)?   ;D

Have no idea if your the first to bring one home, but I think your the first to post photo's...
NOTE: To be official, we need to see a photo of you on the bike...

You removed the Kawasaki emblems?  achhhhhhhhhhhh   Sacrilege!
You must be an "ex" BMW Guy........

Ride safe, Ted

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 09:03:27 am
I rode for 40 years before my first Kawasaki.  Four since then and they have all been fun.  The Connie by far the best, and am proud to ride it.  Personally I wouldn't remove the Name off the bike, but I see it done all the time on KLR's , so different strokes is OK by me. 

Make sure you post a link to the new thread on this one.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 28, 2015, 10:48:22 am
A buddy of mine has an Indian. I think his last count was twenty six places on that bike that says Indian. All stamped or painted.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 10:59:19 am
A buddy of mine has an Indian. I think his last count was twenty six places on that bike that says Indian. All stamped or painted.  :)

That's crazy.  My Dyna has Harley Davidson three places on the tank, and one Bar and Shield logo on the cam cover.  Think Indian has an identity complex?  Did he find the Polaris name anywhere?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 28, 2015, 11:01:09 am
lol no polaris
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 28, 2015, 11:07:59 am
I rode for 40 years before my first Kawasaki.  Four since then and they have all been fun.  The Connie by far the best, and am proud to ride it.  Personally I wouldn't remove the Name off the bike, but I see it done all the time on KLR's , so different strokes is OK by me.

Make sure you post a link to the new thread on this one.   tomp

I don't care much either but I've never understood the phenomenon of trying to disguise the brand of the bike. I once owned a Honda VTX and did a couple of rides with a VTX owners group. I had several people come up to me advising how to remove anything with Honda on the bike. Many of the bikes in the group had all badges and emblems removed. I had no problem with Honda putting a stamp on their bike and was happy to leave the badges alone. Harley owners don't seem to have this problem. In fact they seem to buy shirts, jackets, boots and do-rags to advertise the fact that they have a Harley.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 11:14:49 am
I don't care much either but I've never understood the phenomenon of trying to disguise the brand of the bike. I once owned a Honda VTX and did a couple of rides with a VTX owners group. I had several people come up to me advising how to remove anything with Honda on the bike. Many of the bikes in the group had all badges and emblems removed. I had no problem with Honda putting a stamp on their bike and was happy to leave the badges alone. Harley owners don't seem to have this problem. In fact they seem to buy shirts, jackets, boots and do-rags to advertise the fact that they have a Harley.
You think that those Honda owners thought they could pass them off as Harley's if the logos were gone?  This is the one often found on KLR's, and I do think it is hilarious, even being a long time BMW owner.

 (https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTc-MQdyGyrwSyBquVZpYKxDDaAKpnzS81aZRDP80zrT4fh0Xhl)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie_rider on January 28, 2015, 12:08:41 pm
I guess I'm not picking on JC for removing the Logo's.
To each his own... (I removed them on my first Connie)

I'm picking him for removing them before "we" got to see it with emblems.
AND
I'm picking on him,, because I've been helping him look for a bike, and because,,,,, It's fun....  <evil grin>

NOTE: In a past note I recall someone having a throttle/idle issue.
          I think I recall that they did a "learn" on the ECM?
                ie; Key on, do not start,,,
                     turn the throttle from off to WOT a couple of times.
                     key off,,,
                     Then start the bike and problem was gone.

Anyone else remember that discussion??       May have been on other Forum..

Ride safe, Ted             
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 12:16:49 pm
That thread was here and divided the members for days.  Proof/no proof.  Same thread at UK forum.  They had more positive results, I do believe.  Something to do with the TPS redo. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 28, 2015, 12:33:37 pm
I believe this is the thread:

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18016.0 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18016.0)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 28, 2015, 12:50:22 pm
I should really ban those that want to bring that thread back to life... ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 28, 2015, 01:03:02 pm
Who me?  :-[
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on January 28, 2015, 01:11:05 pm
If the thread fits... ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 28, 2015, 01:51:30 pm
Personally I wouldn't remove the Name off the bike
I do it on ALL my bikes and cars. It has nothing to do with not being proud, ashamed, or anything like that. I simply don't like them, and it's hard to clean around badges. Besides, everybody knows it's a Kawasaki... and it says so on the back  ;D. I removed all badges (front and rear) as well on the 2015 Nissan GTR, and that car some people ask what it is. But it says 'Nissan' on the wheel caps, and 'GTR' on the side fender badges. That's enough for me ;D. By the way, when there's an indentation or holes, I obviously don't remove them.

And yes, will try the TPS calibration and report back. Really hope it works. Thank you for the tip Ted.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 28, 2015, 03:05:22 pm
You removed the Kawasaki emblems?  achhhhhhhhhhhh   Sacrilege!  You must be an "ex" BMW Guy........

Yeah, I would *NEVER* remove the bike's brand or model badges.  On the C14, they are not ugly or overdone. Why would I want someone to not know what I am riding?  Plus it will hurt the resale value- I would seriously avoid a used bike where someone did that, because it often (but not always, obviously) goes along with the mentality of "ricing" and that can do serious damage to the vehicle.

Of course I removed all those stupid warning stickers, though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on January 28, 2015, 03:23:58 pm
Yeah, I remember that 'the Earth is flat' thread. It really was pretty funny, in that same way that leaving a fob near the bike drains the battery faster.  ;)

The first one of those I remember was when I was a kid and the (unfortunately) all too common belief was that you could not / should not put an auto (or motorcycle, I suppose) battery on concrete or the concrete would 'suck the charge out of it'. What amazed me at that time was the number of people who would put down a piece of wood, cardboard, whatever to prevent that 'concrete sucking action'.

Brian

I should really ban those that want to bring that thread back to life... ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 28, 2015, 03:26:27 pm
Yeah, I would *NEVER* remove the bike's brand or model badges.  On the C14, they are not ugly or overdone. Why would I want someone to not know what I am riding?  Plus it will hurt the resale value- I would seriously avoid a used bike where someone did that, because it often (but not always, obviously) goes along with the mentality of "ricing" and that can do serious damage to the vehicle.

Of course I removed all those stupid warning stickers, though.

What's 'ricing'?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 28, 2015, 03:37:34 pm
What's 'ricing'?


http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rice+car (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Rice+car)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_burner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_burner)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 28, 2015, 03:54:32 pm
Congrats on the new bike, elp!

I de-badge my motorcycles. I had one of the Harleys I purchased new painted monochromatic before  I took delivery of it. For me it's just personal preference and I also hate cleaning around the emblems. I will almost certainly paint this motorcycle in the next year or 2 and it won't be the same color, just to make it a bit more "mine".
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 05:17:18 pm

The first one of those I remember was when I was a kid and the (unfortunately) all too common belief was that you could not / should not put an auto (or motorcycle, I suppose) battery on concrete or the concrete would 'suck the charge out of it'. What amazed me at that time was the number of people who would put down a piece of wood, cardboard, whatever to prevent that 'concrete sucking action'.

Brian

Brian, 47 years ago, while in college, I worked for Montgomery Wards, mounting tires and installing batteries.  Battery case construction was very different back then, and we were told by our Battery Manufacturer, to never place a charged battery on the floor without some form of insulation.  Never knew if it was the truth, but did what I was told to avoid any problems.  I know today's batteries have no ill effects from being placed on the floor, but 50 years ago, there may have been valid reasoning for that.  Man, college was a LOOOOOONG time ago.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 28, 2015, 07:14:41 pm
Got the Connie out for the first ride of the year today.  Battery was toast. Had to take the ZX14R. Poor me. ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 07:33:36 pm
Got the Connie out for the first ride of the year today.  Battery was toast. Had to take the ZX14R. Poor me. ::)
Right, POOR YOU.  Are they really that much faster than the C14?  What, 50 more HP, I believe.....Would love to ride one some day... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 28, 2015, 08:11:38 pm
Good news. After reinstalling the battery (this time with the connections tight), and doing the TPS relearn with kill switch in both on and off positions, bike fired up instantly, and at high-idle (1,300 rpm or so). AWESOME!  Also adjusted the lights, which were dangerously low; MUCH better now.  I dislike the lack of a handle for the center stand. The passenger grab handle is just too far backward to help; at least in my case. I have to grab it from under the passenger peg, but the metal is too sharp underneath, so will smooth it out. Set tire pressures at 40/42, and seems to be perfect. Disabled the flashing 'alarm', set the clock, set brake linking to 'solo', and it's ready to go anywhere. What a great machine. Glad I decided to get the Connie instead of the FJR or K1600GT.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: swojo95 on January 28, 2015, 08:54:16 pm
I dislike the lack of a handle for the center stand. The passenger grab handle is just too far backward to help; at least in my case. I have to grab it from under the passenger peg, but the metal is too sharp underneath, so will smooth it out.


I never had an issue with putting mine on the center stand, but I recall at least one company that makes an add on handle for that. Here's a link:
http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=171 (http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=171)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 28, 2015, 08:57:54 pm
I never had an issue with putting mine on the center stand, but I recall at least one company that makes an add on handle for that. Here's a link:
[url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=171[/url] ([url]http://projektd.com/product_info.php?products_id=171[/url])

The third pic, are they selling a lift handle or Viagra.  Sorry,it's been a very long day.  ;D >:( ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 28, 2015, 09:50:29 pm
Good news. After reinstalling the battery [...]


You are double posting in two threads....  Response here: http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18845.msg231661#msg231661 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18845.msg231661#msg231661)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on January 29, 2015, 05:01:38 am
What's 'ricing'?


http://www.riceboypage.com/ (http://www.riceboypage.com/)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 29, 2015, 06:40:18 am
Good news. After reinstalling the battery (this time with the connections tight), and doing the TPS relearn with kill switch in both on and off positions, bike fired up instantly, and at high-idle (1,300 rpm or so). AWESOME!  Also adjusted the lights, which were dangerously low; MUCH better now.  I dislike the lack of a handle for the center stand. The passenger grab handle is just too far backward to help; at least in my case. I have to grab it from under the passenger peg, but the metal is too sharp underneath, so will smooth it out. Set tire pressures at 40/42, and seems to be perfect. Disabled the flashing 'alarm', set the clock, set brake linking to 'solo', and it's ready to go anywhere. What a great machine. Glad I decided to get the Connie instead of the FJR or K1600GT.

What do you mean by "Disabled the flashing 'alarm'"? B.D.F has a product to disable the low fuel warning panic screen. But I still get a low TPMS battery panic screen. What "alarm" are you referring to?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 29, 2015, 07:47:26 am
Guys I have to admit, I removed those huge KAWASAKI  letters from my bike, so I guess that I am in the group of de-bagding. I prefer that clean look.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 29, 2015, 03:07:06 pm
What do you mean by "Disabled the flashing 'alarm'"? B.D.F has a product to disable the low fuel warning panic screen. But I still get a low TPMS battery panic screen. What "alarm" are you referring to?


I didn't know what he meant either.  See: http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18845.msg231682#msg231682 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18845.msg231682#msg231682)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on January 29, 2015, 03:16:53 pm
it pays to read the owners manual that comes with a new bike... lotsa good info in there about the bells and whistles... and how to set the clock... :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 29, 2015, 03:34:04 pm
I thought we had to disconnect the battery til the time caught up with the clock.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 29, 2015, 04:17:01 pm
Swoyo95, thank you very much for that link (centerstand grab handle). But now that I have the bags off (probably 95% of the time), the bag mount is the perfect handle. Whenever I have the bags, will just keep using the bottom of the passenger peg mount (with gloves), since it serves the purpose well. Don't like adding crap and weight unless absolutely necessary. But thanks a million anyway.

Rhino, Maxtog, and others, I was talking about the 'alarm' red LED blinking for 24 hours. I personally don't want or need that, so disabled it. And yes, it's in the manual ;D. But here's how to do it: After you turn your engine off, and the KIPASS activation goes away after 5 seconds (this part is NOT mentioned in the manual), press both the upper and lower dash buttons simultaneously for about 2 seconds. First, the LED light will be solid on, then go out. When it goes out, you can release the buttons, and the LED won't blink anymore. You have to do that every time you disconnect the battery. For the clock, you have to also press both buttons for the same 2 seconds BUT when the ignition is on (engine running is preferred, to avoid discharging battery). Press the lower button until 'clock' is highlighted, press upper button for a second or two, then lower button to until hours blink, then press the upper button like for a second to activate the hour changing (that's the tricky part not explained in the manual). If you don't press the button for a second or so, it'd just get you out of the clock menu. It took me a little bit to figure out how to change it. By the way, was disappointed how badly the manual is translated (and things not explained well); many times couldn't figure out what the hell it's saying. Should have paid $10 to an English-speaking employee to proof it first. Oh well. Hope this helps folks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 29, 2015, 04:29:13 pm
Right, POOR YOU.  Are they really that much faster than the C14?  What, 50 more HP, I believe.....Would love to ride one some day... tp
It's a totally different ball game with the ZX14R. Heck, it's a different ball game from the 06 through 11 ZX14.
OK, at least 50 more horses, which is huge, and 150 pounds less, which is huge.
Put the two together and you're looking to rocket into space. That bike shouldn't even be for sale to the public. It's ridiculous.
I do love it though. I really wish they would put that exact engine in the Connie. The Connie is way more comfy, even though it's way heavy. But 50 more horses would be enough to have it as my only bike.
But I guess I'll just suffer and have two. ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 29, 2015, 05:02:00 pm
But 50 more horses would be enough to have it as my only bike.
I think it's more like 25, no? The Connie should be about 175 crank HP, and the new ZX14 200, if I'm not mistaken. But have to say the litter bikes are there already, like the BMW S1000RR at 199. But the ZX has a lot more torque. At any rate, they're 2 different bikes. The ZX is more of a supersport, like the Hayabusa and old Blackbird (CBR1100XX), not an all-out sportbike, like the S1000RR or ZX-10R. I had both of them, and didn't like them, so sold them. If I lived next to a mountain, I'd buy a sportbike. But those more touring-oriented supersports were not much more confortable than a sportbike, didn't have factory bags, and were much heavier with a longer wheelbase, so more straight-line missiles. And that's probably why most are used for drag-racing. The Connie is the perfect compromise for somebody like me, who lives well over a hundred miles of the closest twisty roads. But yes, any of those are faster than the Connie, simply due to the less weight, and better aerodynamics.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 29, 2015, 05:30:20 pm
Cycle world Dyno results, C14-134/144HP,wo/w ram air induced...   ZXR-192HP, looks like around 50+ rear wheel difference to me.  Just sayin'....  My C14 is plenty fast for me, but I still would like to ride a ZXR.

 
C14 crank HP:
Max Power     114 kW / 155 hp @ 8800 rpm
Max Power Ram Air   118.4 kW /161 hp @ 8800 rpm

ZXR crank HP
Max Power   140 kW / 190 hp @ 9500 rpm
Max Power  Ram Air   147.2 kW / 200 hp @ 9500 rpm
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 29, 2015, 05:48:50 pm
Swoyo95, thank you very much for that link (centerstand grab handle). But now that I have the bags off (probably 95% of the time), the bag mount is the perfect handle. Whenever I have the bags, will just keep using the bottom of the passenger peg mount (with gloves), since it serves the purpose well. Don't like adding crap and weight unless absolutely necessary. But thanks a million anyway.



Would you like me to show you how to put this machine up on it's center stand?  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 29, 2015, 05:56:57 pm
Would you like me to show you how to put this machine up on it's center stand?  :rotflmao:

 :stirpot:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 29, 2015, 06:03:20 pm
Would you like me to show you how to put this machine up on it's center stand?  :rotflmao:
As great looking as you are, you can show this old guy anything you want.   Man, did I leave myself open to abuse with that... tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 29, 2015, 06:04:59 pm
Cycle world Dyno results, C14-134/144HP,wo/w ram air induced...   ZXR-192HP, looks like around 50+ rear wheel difference to me.  Just sayin'....  My C14 is plenty fast for me, but I still would like to ride a ZXR.

 
C14 crank HP:
Max Power     114 kW / 155 hp @ 8800 rpm
Max Power Ram Air   118.4 kW /161 hp @ 8800 rpm

ZXR crank HP
Max Power   140 kW / 190 hp @ 9500 rpm
Max Power  Ram Air   147.2 kW / 200 hp @ 9500 rpm
Did they say how they arrived at the ram air numbers?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 29, 2015, 06:19:23 pm
Something about a large volume fan forcing air into the intakes during tests.  Guess that's about as close as one could get.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 29, 2015, 06:21:43 pm
Don't kid yourself. Hate to "jack" a thread, but the new R model has 30 more HP than the previous generation, and the earlier model had 20 more horses at least over the Connie.
That's a solid 50 HP more, and a solid 150 LBS less. Game over. The ZX14R will blow your mind.
Don't mean to start a fire, But as I said before, it's a totally different game.

(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/newnail006_zpsb3e44ffc.jpg) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/newnail006_zpsb3e44ffc.jpg.html)
My Connie is no slouch, and my ZX14R is an absolute starship. Traction control kicks in through 3rd gear, shortshifting to avoid wheelspin and wheelies. If You're dumb enough to keep twisting the loud handle, it will punish you.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on January 29, 2015, 08:17:30 pm
Hate to "jack" a thread,....

Yeah me too, but it happens....

...case in point: jimmymac, why do you have an air impact wrench strapped to your garage door?...ballast?  ???
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 29, 2015, 08:23:47 pm
Yeah me too, but it happens....

...case in point: jimmymac, why do you have an air impact wrench strapped to your garage door?...ballast?  ???
Isn't that one of those new fangled anti gravity impact guns?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on January 29, 2015, 08:29:45 pm
Don't kid yourself. Hate to "jack" a thread, but the new R model has 30 more HP than the previous generation, and the earlier model had 20 more horses at least over the Connie.
That's a solid 50 HP more, and a solid 150 LBS less. Game over. The ZX14R will blow your mind.
Don't mean to start a fire, But as I said before, it's a totally different game.

([url]http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/newnail006_zpsb3e44ffc.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/newnail006_zpsb3e44ffc.jpg.html[/url])
My Connie is no slouch, and my ZX14R is an absolute starship. Traction control kicks in through 3rd gear, shortshifting to avoid wheelspin and wheelies. If You're dumb enough to keep twisting the loud handle, it will punish you.



^^^^whoa, no mention of the sweet trans am!   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on January 29, 2015, 09:06:53 pm
Tool box was full?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 29, 2015, 11:32:03 pm
Would you like me to show you how to put this machine up on it's center stand?
If you're built like Serena Williams, maybe ;D. Otherwise, I can do it just fine. Seriously, not designing a built-in handle to put a heavy bike on its center-stand was a glaring omission. But saying to use the passenger grab handle for that purpose was just lame IMO. All my previous sport-tourers had both. But again, not a big deal at all, especially without the bags. No bike is perfect, so we always have to put up with annoyances, no matter the machine. Another thing I noticed is you have to lift the rear quite a bit more on this bike than my previous ones, where the rear tire barely cleared the ground. This one clears it by more than an inch, so it requires more effort. Have a great evening.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 29, 2015, 11:42:39 pm
Don't mean to start a fire, But as I said before, it's a totally different game.
Looks like you want to start a fire. Ha ha. First of all, according to Kawasaki's site, the ZX14 is 591 lbs, vs 688 for the C14, which without bags (to compare apples to apples), would be 660 lbs, so only 69 lbs heavier, not 150. And the HP is 40 at best, and with a peakier power curve. Now, the current liter superbikes are 150 lbs lighter than yours (including the ZX10R), and with the same HP, they'd make your ZX feel like a minivan. Ha ha. Just messing with you man. Not that drastic difference, but a big difference nonetheless. Bottom line is your ZX is fast, but not the rocket you think it is. Ride a BMW S1000RR (or any other 200HP literbike), and find out for yourself. Now back to our regular subject ;D.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 30, 2015, 12:03:36 am
There is more to power and performance than just peak HP and weight, which do not describe the total power curve (although the are the two most important).  Just saying (and not directed at anyone in particular).

Now back to our regular subject ;D.

Is there one?  As far as this almost 600 post thread goes, there really is no regular subject.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on January 30, 2015, 12:54:41 am
mmmm shaft drive is a total hp whore... chain drive produces hp on a dyno.   put loaded bags on a zx, and a shaft... it'll be in the rearview mirror.
zx is no slouch. just saying.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 30, 2015, 01:00:45 am
Is there one?  As far as this almost 600 post thread goes, there really is no regular subject.
Thank you; didn't want to get in trouble ;D. I've ridden basically all sport bikes, and owned a Hayabusa (direct competitor of the ZX14), and they don't excel at anything other than straight-line performance IMO (and that's why the great majority of drag-racers use and modify those 2 bikes for that purpose). They're pigs at near 600 lbs, have much less cornering clearance than sportbikes, and are equally uncomfortable, so what's their appeal? I wanted to find out, but sold the Busa quickly after buying it. Yes, I got it up to 190 indicated a couple of times, but that was the end of its appeal to me ;). The Connie and other SPORT-tourers have pretty much the same cornering clearance, are more comfortable, have bags, more comfort features, and are plenty fast. So if I had twisties around, I'd go straight for a ZX10 (or similar), and keep the Connie. And you're absolutely right about being more to just peak HP. At the power levels of the C14, the great majority of motorcycle riders can probably launch the Connie faster than a ZX14 due to its extra weight and wheelbase, which help put power to the ground much easier. And the same is true between a ZX14 and a literbike. To launch a literbike hard you really have to know what you're doing. Even with traction and stability control (much easier with those), it's still tricky. But to each his own. At any rate, I'm done with that kind of thing, so maybe this guy is much younger than us ;D. I still ride fast and hard, but no reckless crap anymore. And can't take the punishment of those kinds of bikes anymore either. Take care.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on January 30, 2015, 03:38:49 am
Yeah me too, but it happens....

...case in point: jimmymac, why do you have an air impact wrench strapped to your garage door?...ballast?  ???
....and the rifle tied to the beam?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 30, 2015, 05:46:57 am
....and the rifle tied to the beam?

Where's Waldo?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on January 30, 2015, 06:14:16 am
Where's Waldo?



 ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on January 30, 2015, 06:34:49 am
....and the rifle tied to the beam?

Didn't notice that! This is like one of those kid books with all the stuff in busy pictures with a list of stuff to find.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 30, 2015, 03:39:55 pm
Yeah me too, but it happens....

...case in point: jimmymac, why do you have an air impact wrench strapped to your garage door?...ballast?  ???
Yeah, I bought the wrong garage door springs and needed 5 more pounds. It's been zip tied up there for 15 years now.

I'm 47 and just love the fast stuff. Always have.

Oh yeah, If anyone thinks a Connie is quicker off the line, .... Never mind.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 30, 2015, 04:45:23 pm
Yeah, I bought the wrong garage door springs and needed 5 more pounds. It's been zip tied up there for 15 years now.

LOL!!

Quote
Oh yeah, If anyone thinks a Connie is quicker off the line, .... Never mind.

The Concours 1400 is certainly not slow.  But not much out there is going to be quicker than a ZX14... off the line or in any way shape or form :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 04:55:12 pm
Yeah, I bought the wrong garage door springs and needed 5 more pounds. It's been zip tied up there for 15 years now.

You have had the same springs for 15 years? WOW!  Never had springs last even ten years.  As far as the impact tool goes, are you sure you don't have or have had a KLR650?  That is exactly the kinda thing an owner would do. I know, have had two, and that just feels like a natural solution for a KLR owner.... ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 30, 2015, 05:00:05 pm
But not much out there is going to be quicker than a ZX14... off the line or in any way shape or form :)
Forgot to add: by a better than average rider ;D. Not necessarily an expert now that traction control, anti-wheelie control, stability control, and even launch control is available, but you still need LOTS of practice to optimally launch one of those bikes hard. My Hayabusa didn't have any electronics, and it took A TON of practice to be able to launch it quick with consistency. That was my point: for the average rider rarely going over 6K rpm, they'd probably launch a Connie quicker. Later.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 05:08:29 pm
The ZZR1200 I had a while back didn't come off the line all that hard, but over 5K, it would kick my C14's butt.   Predecessor to the ZZR1400 or ZX14.  It wasn't comfortable or handle all that well under 100 MPH, but above, it came to life.  Seating was too cramped for me, or I would have never gotten rid of it.  Any other ZZR 1200 owners out there?   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 30, 2015, 05:37:55 pm
Me. Had an 03. Kick ass bike. 8)
The Rifle hanging is a Daisy BB gun. Kinda fun to plink around when I'm bored. Probably hasn't been touched in 10 years though.

I'm quite the post ho' at ZZRBIKES.com. Still love riding with those guys, even though most of them have moved on the either the ZX14, or the Connie. We're just a bunch of speed freaks that love getting together and railing some twisty roads. 8)



Sorry for the "jack." some threads were meant to be, I suppose. While I'm totally out of control, check out my bitchin' toolbox again.
(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/bikenbox_zps46b618a5.png) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/bikenbox_zps46b618a5.png.html)

Sorry guys, BTW, Smoky and the Bandit is my favorite movie.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 05:47:53 pm
Me. Had an 03. Kick ass bike. 8)
The Rifle hanging is a Daisy BB gun. Kinda fun to plink around when I'm bored. Probably hasn't been touched in 10 years though.

I'm quite the post ho' at ZZRBIKES.com. Still love riding with those guys, even though most of them have moved on the either the ZX14, or the Connie. We're just a bunch of speed freaks that love getting together and railing some twisty roads. 8)



Sorry for the "jack." some threads were meant to be, I suppose. While I'm totally out of control, check out my bitchin' toolbox again.
([url]http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/bikenbox_zps46b618a5.png[/url]) ([url]http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/bikenbox_zps46b618a5.png.html[/url])

Sorry guys, BTW, Smoky and the Bandit is my favorite movie.


I used to go on that site, too.  I checked out all your pics on photobucket.  Saw lots of ZZR1200's there.  I can understand why that is your favorite movie.   Mine is "Little Fauss and Big Halsey"  Pollard and Redford.  If you've never seen it, it's on the web.  Great racing and character studies of two completely different personalities trying to achieve racing success in the early 70's. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 30, 2015, 05:58:42 pm
I'll look into that, Tomp. 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 06:21:49 pm
I'll look into that, Tomp. 8)
  Looks like folks online are charging to view it now.  Bet it's on Netflix.  I recorded it off the TV from Retro channel to DVR.   Halsy/Redford is such an a**hole in this movie.  They picked the right  actor to play the part... 

Back to C14's.   Going riding again tomorrow, as I may actually have a new job by the middle of next week and won't be able to ride, except to work and back.  Unemployment really sucks, after 47 years of working every day.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 30, 2015, 06:24:57 pm
Best of luck, Tomp. ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 06:39:41 pm
Best of luck, Tomp. ;)
Thanks, my previous company screwed me out of a 30 year career, so now I'm semi retired with SS benefits and hopefully as long as my pee test is ok, dam well better be, will be working 20 hrs a week at Home Depot, in sales.  Figured I woild be with the other career for the next 5/6 years, but my old company saw to it that competitors wouldn't hire me, so they could keep my acct's to themselves.  Very illegal, but hard to prove in a court of law. 

As to C14's, it is the most beloved motorcycle I have ever owned, well, maybe except for the Suzuki RL250 trials bike, set up for trail riding (S/N xxx250).  Man I miss that bike...tomp  FWIW, Have owned 60, over the years, many off road and racing bikes there. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on January 30, 2015, 07:06:18 pm
... Unemployment really sucks, after 47 years of working every day.   tp

ain't that the truth... similar situation, after moving out of pocket back to Ohio, to work for a "friend" and ex co engineer, so he could move into sales and i would assume his job, he ended up dumping me after 2-1/2 years because the company refused to advance him, therefore I wasn't going to be allowed to take his position...and I made too much money to be a "co-engineer"....
friends... bahhhh, ain't no such thing as a friend who is your boss, (except when GBYII was my boss...  8) )

ran out of unemployment, and dipping into retirement funds... Nobody wants to hire 60 year old people... :( even tho the really need them, and their acquired knowledge.

best of luck,
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 30, 2015, 07:17:45 pm
ain't that the truth... similar situation, after moving out of pocket back to Ohio, to work for a "friend" and ex co engineer, so he could move into sales and i would assume his job, he ended up dumping me after 2-1/2 years because the company refused to advance him, therefore I wasn't going to be allowed to take his position...and I made too much money to be a "co-engineer"....
friends... bahhhh, ain't no such thing as a friend who is your boss, (except when GBYII was my boss...  8) )

ran out of unemployment, and dipping into retirement funds... Nobody wants to hire 60 year old people... :( even tho the really need them, and their acquired knowledge.

best of luck,
Thanks.  I'm almost 65, and at least was able to sign up for Social Security at a reduced rate.  My best friend of 34 years, guaranteed  me a good job with him, when I lost mine.  I stayed on unemployment, that runs out tomorrow, but he never found "That Job" with his company as promised.  With SS and part time work, I will earn half of what I was.  No more going out to eat or farkles for my motorcycles.  One has a dead battery, and it's gonna stay dead for the foreseeable future.  This ain't what we signed up for all those decades ago.  Never thought life would change so much in the later years..

 Hope things work out for you, MOB, sir. 

Oh, I love my C14, best motorcycle available for the money, Rider Magazine said so....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 31, 2015, 01:21:43 am
I've been screwed twice (and big time) by what thought were friends, and also screwed by Louisiana Pacific when I opened the Mexican market for them without charging them a penny... and when I had to close my doors (import duties went to the roof for my Indonesian/Malaysian plywood), they sent me to hell. I made them millions over the years, and not even a paltry commission for each railcar, just because they already sold to my customers directly (maybe I was stupid not to charge BOTH, but I've never been greedy). Live and learn.

Anyway, let's go back to the Connie. Removed the storage compartment (no need to remove anything else), removed both the solenoid and locking mechanism (put them aside for resale time) like they were never there, taped the connector and zip-tied it (green) nicely, put back the compartment, and found an aluminum torx bolt laying around for the bottom since it was missing on my new bike (manual says it has a push-pin, but mine had threads, so found an appropriate bolt and it's rock-solid now). Compartment is always open now, and operates very smoothly. Tomorrow will remove the cotter pin on the rear axle and replace it with one of the several R-clips I have laying around from my Hayabusa and CBR1100XX days. Enjoy your weekend folks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 31, 2015, 01:51:18 am
Nope, time for some change.

(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/newnail001_zps6938e991.jpg) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/newnail001_zps6938e991.jpg.html)
(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/far13060_zpsb676d80b.jpg) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/far13060_zpsb676d80b.jpg.html)
(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/far3023.jpg) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/far3023.jpg.html)
Thanks for playing though. 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on January 31, 2015, 02:01:57 am
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Sorry guys, I went out the front door and didn't even see my Connie today.
I know where it sits this morning though.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 31, 2015, 07:09:38 pm
Hey guys, lots if interesting posts on here. Very entertaining to read.

Tom, glad to hear that you're  again employed.  although its a shame as I thought that you were seeking lessons.  I was hoping to commence then on Monday. Oh, well, my loss I guess! :)

Anyways, I did air up the yiressf again and blew the weeks of dust off of my C. Went for a 2 day, 600 mile ride. The Bridgestones Are now junk after 8k miles. The PR4GT are on there way now. Hopefully getting then mounted before Thurs ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 31, 2015, 07:20:04 pm
I was hoping to commence them on Monday. Oh, well, my loss I guess! :)

 Went for a 2 day, 600 mile ride. 

Hopefully getting then mounted before Thurs ride.

Nope, my loss, for sure. 

Take any pics on this last trip you can share?

Where are you heading Thursday, and do you do Bike Week or leave it to Harley riders?  Just wondering... ;D ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on January 31, 2015, 07:29:00 pm
Bike week.... been there, done that kind of an event for me.  Unfortunately no pics from the ride today other than one from the COG RTE lunch in Dunnellon FL. The ride up yesterday was really nice. Believe it or not, we found a Florida road with curves in it! As far as the upcoming ride on Thurs, the destination and duration are still undermined. We were discussing our tentative plans during our debriefing from our ride at the local pub :) The biggest problem currently on hand is if my new tires arrive in time before its time to leave.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on January 31, 2015, 08:09:12 pm
Hope you get the tires and have a great time/ride... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on January 31, 2015, 09:26:24 pm
The Bridgestones Are now junk after 8k miles. The PR4GT are on there way now. Hopefully getting then mounted before Thurs ride.

Yay!!  Real tires!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on January 31, 2015, 10:03:30 pm
Hey guys, lots if interesting posts on here. Very entertaining to read.

Tom, glad to hear that you're  again employed.  although its a shame as I thought that you wweek seeking lessons.  I was hoping to commence then on Monday. Oh, well, my loss I guess! :)

Anyways, I did air up the yiressf again and blew the weeks of dust off of my C. Went for a 2 day, 600 mile ride. The Bridgestones Are now junk after 8k miles. The PR4GT are on there way now. Hopefully getting then mounted before Thurs ride.



The 021 Bridgestones are junk with zero miles...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on January 31, 2015, 10:29:36 pm
The 021 Bridgestones are junk with zero miles...
That comment reminds me I need to be cautious not to push the bike too hard until I replace them. All my previous Crapstones let go without any warning, which is scary. I'll never buy that brand with my own money, even though some of their sport tires are reportedly not that bad (cars and bikes). As long as I have better options, I'm spending my money elsewhere.

Oh, and to keep my post on subject, did something simple today... but it was something ;D. Next week I'll get all of the goodies except the CopperDawg sport screen due to green paint tests I need to get first. Oh well. Hope everybody is enjoying your weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on January 31, 2015, 10:41:28 pm
That comment reminds me I need to be cautious not to push the bike too hard until I replace them. All my previous Crapstones let go without any warning, which is scary. I'll never buy that brand with my own money, even though some of their sport tires are reportedly not that bad (cars and bikes). As long as I have better options, I'm spending my money elsewhere.


I've had Bridgestone tires on various cars over the years, and they seemed OK. But IMO, the 021's are spooky and dangerous once they get stressed in high speed sweepers. I speak from my tank-slapping experience, and will tell anyone who might use the bike as it was marketed to get some real tires on it before pushing your luck and health.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 01, 2015, 07:15:00 am
Yay!!  Real tires!!

Im getting excited!!

Also looking to buy another jacket, again. I recently purchased a Tourmaster Transition 3, and it has design issues. The biggie is the claim to be waterproof. With the stiff breeze that blows through the zipper, I highly doubt that it will keep water out. So now I looking at an Olympia Ranger. The price has definitely slowed the left click finger.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 01, 2015, 08:09:11 am
My Ttourmaster JETT Series 2 jacket has double velcro flaps on the front zipper, and flaps for the zippered vents. It is waterproof.  Just too hot to wear except during the coldest days of our winters .  My favorite is my MotoBoss Mesh Jacket that started it's life as black.  It is now a nice bright shade of purple, due to sun bleaching.  Maybe not a fashion statement, but it does help with visibility. 

Is the Olympic Ranger the Vent Tech model?  Nice looking jacket, not cheap, like you stated.  Will it allow enough ventilation to not be too hot for FLA weather?   My purple mesh is too hot in the summer, but we need to protect ourselves when we ride, right???   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 01, 2015, 10:38:01 pm
Went for a back roads ride this afternoon.  Just wondering, when you see a long, straight, empty road ahead, can you resist the need to roll back on the throttle, and see the speedo way above the 110+ MPH  mark?  It's only on the C14 that this happens for me.  Am I normal, or is this just me, refusing to accept getting old???  I do hope others get the same urge as I do.  Would hate to get rid of this bike, because it is taking over my free will, when riding, yet allowing me to retain just some of my youth and insane enjoyment of life................... ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: kwakrider on February 02, 2015, 03:27:12 am
Went for a back roads ride this afternoon.  Just wondering, when you see a long, straight, empty road ahead, can you resist the need to roll back on the throttle, and see the speedo way above the 110+ MPH  mark?  It's only on the C14 that this happens for me.  Am I normal, or is this just me, refusing to accept getting old???  I do hope others get the same urge as I do.  Would hate to get rid of this bike, because it is taking over my free will, when riding, yet allowing me to retain just some of my youth and insane enjoyment of life................... ;D

You're not alone tomp....I can't resist either!! The sickness runs DEEP...lol.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on February 02, 2015, 05:41:27 am
Went for a back roads ride this afternoon.  Just wondering, when you see a long, straight, empty road ahead, can you resist the need to roll back on the throttle, and see the speedo way above the 110+ MPH  mark?  It's only on the C14 that this happens for me.  Am I normal, or is this just me, refusing to accept getting old???  I do hope others get the same urge as I do.  Would hate to get rid of this bike, because it is taking over my free will, when riding, yet allowing me to retain just some of my youth and insane enjoyment of life................... ;D

It's the need for speed and it's in our blood.    ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 02, 2015, 06:13:08 am
I have to agree, the need for speed is a desire that runs deep within, and there is only one cure, TWIST!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 02, 2015, 06:38:30 am
Went for a back roads ride this afternoon.  Just wondering, when you see a long, straight, empty road ahead, can you resist the need to roll back on the throttle, and see the speedo way above the 110+ MPH  mark?  It's only on the C14 that this happens for me.  Am I normal, or is this just me, refusing to accept getting old???  I do hope others get the same urge as I do.  Would hate to get rid of this bike, because it is taking over my free will, when riding, yet allowing me to retain just some of my youth and insane enjoyment of life................... ;D

Me too. Turned out to be a nice day in Texas and did some back roads south of Austin. And yes coming out of some of those turns onto empty straights...  TWIST!!!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on February 02, 2015, 06:42:34 am
I have to agree, the need for speed is a desire that runs deep within, and there is only one cure, TWIST!

And repeat as often as necessary.   :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on February 02, 2015, 01:38:59 pm
Yep, if I couldn't ride the twisties aggressively, and ride fast (love cruising at the ton, with some WOT blasts here and there), I wouldn't own a motorcycle. I'm definitely not a cruiser guy, and don't see myself buying one ever. Had my brother's brand-new, fully-decked 2014 Harley Street Glide Special (the one with navigation, stereo, cruise control, etc) for months at my house, and just couldn't get used to that gynecological riding position. Nor the ultra limited cornering clearance, and very modest speed/acceleration. Hope to be able to keep the new Connie for a long time. If I need to raise the bars and lower the pegs later on, so be it. I'd still be able to corner, accelerate, and ride MUCH faster than on any cruiser 8). A full-on tourer could be my last bike, but don't want to think about that now ;). And VERY glad to see many folks into their 60s still riding the Connie, meaning I still have at least a decade left of sport-touring (God willing). Have a great week ahead gang.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 04, 2015, 08:57:58 pm
Rostra installed, and working! It was quite a project, but IMO, it turned out great.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 04, 2015, 09:06:07 pm
Rostra installed, and working! It was quite a project, but IMO, it turned out great.
Congrats.  Did you get the tires for this weekend's trip?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on February 04, 2015, 09:11:19 pm
Rostra installed, and working! It was quite a project, but IMO, it turned out great.

Yay!  Sounds scary enough I will probably never attempt it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 04, 2015, 09:44:52 pm
Rostra installed, and working! It was quite a project, but IMO, it turned out great.

Good job,  S_C !
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 05, 2015, 09:09:09 am
Thanks guys!

Tires arrive today, and doubtful if they will get out on today. Weekend ride is only for 300 miles tomorrow. My riding buddy cant do a multi-day trip due to other circumstances.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on February 05, 2015, 10:10:44 am
C'mon Nicole, you are holding back..... now show them the photos of the install! All you other people should be ashamed of yourselves (OK, me too.... OK, me at the head of the group  :-[  ) after you see the installation of the Rostra (and other farkles) on that bike. Especially the wiring- note how the wires are routed and the overall neatness of the job. Excellent work Nicole!

Brian

Rostra installed, and working! It was quite a project, but IMO, it turned out great.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 05, 2015, 11:03:33 am
Would love to see those pics. The wires on my Rostra look like a rats nest.  :-[
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 05, 2015, 12:13:18 pm
The wires on my Rostra look like a rats nest.  :-[


I often promise myself that the next time I have some covers off, that I'll redo the Rostra wiring and make it neater...then when the covers are off I take a look at it and say....nahhh maybe next time. That big plastic cover is hiding a rat's nest (http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/photos/i-p7snf7S/1/X3/i-p7snf7S-X3.jpg) on my bike as well, and it's much worse now than that photo shows, because I've installed additional wiring for lighting. To ease my guilt of not correcting the wiring mess I did install a lot of labels so that I at least had a chance of success should I actually go in there again and fix it nice and neat. Maybe when I do the next air cleaner change this spring?....nahhh maybe the time after that. ::)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 05, 2015, 01:09:00 pm
I often promise myself that the next time I have some covers off, that I'll redo the Rostra wiring and make it neater...then when the covers are off I take a look at it and say....nahhh maybe next time. That big plastic cover is hiding a rat's nest ([url]http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/photos/i-p7snf7S/1/X3/i-p7snf7S-X3.jpg[/url]) on my bike as well, and it's much worse now than that photo shows, because I've installed additional wiring for lighting. To ease my guilt of not correcting the wiring mess I did install a lot of labels so that I at least had a chance of success should I actually go in there again and fix it nice and neat. Maybe when I do the next air cleaner change this spring?....nahhh maybe the time after that. ::)


That describes me to a "T"!  :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 05, 2015, 04:29:17 pm
I often promise myself that the next time I have some covers off, that I'll redo the Rostra wiring and make it neater...then when the covers are off I take a look at it and say....nahhh maybe next time. That big plastic cover is hiding a rat's nest ([url]http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/photos/i-p7snf7S/1/X3/i-p7snf7S-X3.jpg[/url]) on my bike as well, and it's much worse now than that photo shows, because I've installed additional wiring for lighting. To ease my guilt of not correcting the wiring mess I did install a lot of labels so that I at least had a chance of success should I actually go in there again and fix it nice and neat. Maybe when I do the next air cleaner change this spring?....nahhh maybe the time after that. ::)

What, there's wires under the tank and tupperware.  I refuse to look, and I believe anything under there is doing fine.....tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 05, 2015, 07:20:40 pm
 
What, there's wires under the tank and tupperware.  I refuse to look, and I believe anything under there is doing fine.....tp


 :rotflmao: I like the way you think!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on February 05, 2015, 09:00:23 pm
 

 :rotflmao: I like the way you think!

Me too.... I am embarrassed by some of my wiring.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 07, 2015, 07:37:32 am
Good morning Gents, Yesterday was a 400 mile ride. Note to self.... Stay away from Florida West coast during Snowbird season. The Rostra CC worked flawlessly. Well spent time and money for this.

Well now since Brian mentioned pics, I just happen to have a couple of my install. The pic of the Rostra was before completion. The wiring is cleaned up better now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 07, 2015, 08:42:29 am
Thanks for sharing.  I like the pink hair doo daah on the left grip.   Adds a touch of personalization to the bike... ;D ;D 8) tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on February 07, 2015, 09:44:14 am
I really, really like the part where you say the wiring is cleaned up better now.  :rotflmao:  I gotta' tell you, compared to the average install, that thing is NASA grade.... before you 'cleaned it up'. You should see mine....  :-[   When I was finished, I took all the excess wire and connectors, folded them into a 'buss bar' looking thing and taped over the whole thing. Looks like a harness that would run the space shuttle.  Now in my own defense, there was a lot of tinkering / changing going on 'cause I was doing that install from the ground up, first time, and I had to determine a lot of the settings through calculation and testing so I was in an out (Easy Boys!) of the wiring for a few weeks. Of course, that is probably offset by the fact that I have now had maybe 7 years to go back and streamline things a bit....

Brian


Good morning Gents, Yesterday was a 400 mile ride. Note to self.... Stay away from Florida West coast during Snowbird season. The Rostra CC worked flawlessly. Well spent time and money for this.

Well now since Brian mentioned pics, I just happen to have a couple of my install. The pic of the Rostra was before completion. The wiring is cleaned up better now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 07, 2015, 10:24:51 am
Thanks for your kind words Gents.

Here is a pic of the remote garage door button that I made months ago. It is out of site  and readily accessible under the center plastic tank cover thingy.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 07, 2015, 10:39:24 am
Nicole, you are just too much, something I greatly appreciate. 

Getting ready to ride half way across Houston to attend a mandatory work meeting.  At least I am being paid to be there...Great weekend to all... tomp

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 07, 2015, 11:05:53 am
Enjoy your ride and be safe!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 07, 2015, 11:22:43 am
The wiring is cleaned up better now.

Yeah, mine too. (http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/smiley-pinocchio-liar.gif)


sailor_chic, it looks like you were working on an air horn too? (Stebel Nautilus?) I see the compressor and it looks like an intake hose going to somewhere (air filter?) but nothing on the air output side as I can see. A work in progress?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on February 07, 2015, 12:02:20 pm
Yeah, I noticed that too but I <think> it is the compressor of a Stebel and the tubing is the output. It should be going to the actual horn part of the device, which I assume is somewhere pointed forward on the bike. ??

Not speaking for Nicole, I just wanted to guess.... :-)

Brian

Yeah, mine too. ([url]http://i717.photobucket.com/albums/ww173/prestonjjrtr/Smileys/smiley-pinocchio-liar.gif[/url])


sailor_chic, it looks like you were working on an air horn too? (Stebel Nautilus?) I see the compressor and it looks like an intake hose going to somewhere (air filter?) but nothing on the air output side as I can see. A work in progress?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 07, 2015, 01:48:25 pm
Yeah, I noticed that too but I <think> it is the compressor of a Stebel and the tubing is the output. It should be going to the actual horn part of the device, which I assume is somewhere pointed forward on the bike. ??

Not speaking for Nicole, I just wanted to guess.... :-)

Brian

I suppose it could be possible that she found a way to make the horn work by sucking (easy boys and girl) instead of blowing (repeat last paren), but I don't think so.
I'm pretty sure the long black plastic going down the side is the air intake and the down facing gray...er... protrusion (I almost called it a tea..nevermind)  at the upper left of the compressor is the air outlet. Regardless, it looks like she ran a nice stout wire to the compressor, so it should really blow (oh I give up  ::)).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on February 07, 2015, 01:58:12 pm
I believe the silver cylinder IS the compressor, and the discharge port (Easy Marty!) is at the top / left, where the vinyl hose attaches and then leaves the area, I assume, to connect with the horn part.

Hopefully Nicole will be along shortly to tell us how her plumbing really works....

Brian

I suppose it could be possible that she found a way to make the horn work by sucking (easy boys and girl) instead of blowing (repeat last paren), but I don't think so.
I'm pretty sure the long black plastic going down the side is the air intake and the down facing gray...er... protrusion (I almost called it a tea..nevermind)  at the upper left of the compressor is the air outlet. Regardless, it looks like she ran a nice stout wire to the compressor, so it should really blow (oh I give up  ::)).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 07, 2015, 03:18:41 pm
I believe the silver cylinder IS the compressor (<--1), and the discharge port (Easy Marty!) is at the top / left (<--2), where the vinyl hose attaches (<--3) and then leaves the area, I assume, to connect with the horn part.

Hopefully Nicole will be along shortly to tell us how her plumbing really works.... (<--4)

Brian



1 & 2 (and hopefully 4 {Oh Brian, really?  ::)  :P}) are correct...but (look closer) I see 3 as connected to the bottom of the long black vertical plastic channel/tube going up the side of the compressor to the intake port and nothing attached to the outlet (2).  No?
(http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18000.0;attach=22747;image)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on February 07, 2015, 03:34:56 pm
Hey, I think you are right there Marty! And I believe the top port (Easy!) is the output of the compressor (going by memory here). Maybe that photo is not a complete installation? Perhaps she was installing both the Rostra and the Stebel and the Stebel is not finished? Perhaps she disconnected the vinyl tubing to move it out of the way?

???

OK, the top nipple (!!) is the air output, according to both memory and this photo: https://www.google.com/search?q=stebel+horn+remote+installation&biw=1920&bih=1019&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=0JLWVPH6N8qHyASNyYAI&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAw#imgdii=_&imgrc=wqOC7YzJCNjFXM%253A%3B8y67hofvinVEMM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gadgetjq.com%252Fstrebel_horn_mod.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gadgetjq.com%252Fairhorn.htm%3B500%3B272 (https://www.google.com/search?q=stebel+horn+remote+installation&biw=1920&bih=1019&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=0JLWVPH6N8qHyASNyYAI&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAw#imgdii=_&imgrc=wqOC7YzJCNjFXM%253A%3B8y67hofvinVEMM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gadgetjq.com%252Fstrebel_horn_mod.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.gadgetjq.com%252Fairhorn.htm%3B500%3B272)

Nicole.... Hey Nicole! Some of us guize need you to explain how some of your farkles work.... yet again.

Brian

1 & 2 (and hopefully 4 {Oh Brian, really?  ::)  :P}) are correct...but (look closer) I see 3 as connected to the bottom of the long black vertical plastic channel/tube going up the side of the compressor to the intake port and nothing attached to the outlet (2).  No?
([url]http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=18000.0;attach=22747;image[/url])
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 07, 2015, 03:45:30 pm
nipple

Well now you've gone and done it!  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on February 07, 2015, 04:35:46 pm
Hey, I think you are right there Marty! And I believe the top port is the output of the compressor (going by memory here).

You are all correct.  The top port is the compressed air outlet.  The bottom port near the wiring is the air inlet.  It is a Stebel type compressor.  The Nautilus is a compact horn with the horn part directly connected to the compressor, but there are threads about people disconnecting the horn part and feeding it with a tube instead.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 07, 2015, 05:10:34 pm
Hey "Guize", Im here and laughing my a** off with this convo. Sorry for my delay in getting back. I had jealousy issues with my other bike and it needed some attention. Gosh I love the Vmax power!

Yes it is a Stebel and as Max indicated and the top left "nipple" is the output. The bottom is the air intake and I simply connected a short piece of hose to it to try to all it to have clean air without any sand. Brian is correct in the fact that I was working on the horn and CC at the same time. The first install of the compressor was on the Starboard side of the bike where the Rostra now lives.  So this also added into the extensive Rostra install. The tubing for the horn was installed almost last.

Now I wish I had taken a picture of the mount for the CC cable before I re-installed the antifreeze tank.

So Here I was thinking that I was done with the mods for this bike for a while. But as it turns out, using a halogen auxiliary driving lamp on the forks was not the wisest choice. I have already gone through two bulbs, and from what I have been told, H3 bulbs are not the best to begin with. Much less subjecting them to the abuse of a front wheel. So now here I sit, researching lights. I want something that is bright enough to get the job done, but not too powerful to sear the retinas of oncoming traffic. Denali D2's are looking nice, but damn, they are expensive! Maybe MondoMotos?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on February 07, 2015, 10:17:37 pm
So Here I was thinking that I was done with the mods for this bike for a while.

    :rotflmao:   Not sure where anyone would get a crazy idea like that. Certainly not something you'd pick up around here.  ;D

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 08, 2015, 08:18:33 pm
Pulled the rear wheel and shock absorber then cleaned 40,000 miles of accumulated grime from the rear wheel, swing arm and associated links. Also changed diff fluid.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 08, 2015, 08:32:05 pm
Pulled the rear wheel and shock absorber then cleaned 40,000 miles of accumulated grime from the rear wheel, swing arm and associated links. Also changed diff fluid.
Is doing that kinda crap really necessary?  Rode mine to work and back today.  Some how, lost an ear plug in the parking lot, and rode home without them.  First time on the bike w/o them.  WOW, the bike is mechanically much more involved than I ever heard before.  Have bad hearing problems, so plugs are a necessity, but what I heard today on the ride home was really cool.  I forgot how cool sounding I4's can be....Riding to work again tomorrow, as it gets twice the mileage of my car. Great weather here all week.... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 08, 2015, 09:21:14 pm
Necessary?  Absolutely not. Since I'm held captive in my shop while I'm making parts,  I try to do something for myself during the time between machining cycles. It also gives me time and opportunity to figure out what parts I want to build for her and what modifications I'd like to make.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 08, 2015, 09:43:27 pm
Necessary?  Absolutely not. Since I'm held captive in my shop while I'm making parts,  I try to do something for myself during the time between machining cycles. It also gives me time and opportunity to figure out what parts I want to build for her and what modifications I'd like to make.
Great, thanks.  The tough part on this forum, is we don't know where anyone actually  lives.  Warm states, cold states. East, West, North, South??  Just communicated with a member on another forum who is currently under 5' of snow, and it's gonna be 78 here tomorrow.  I'm not going to have time to tear apart my bike, as I ride it to work, and have never seen winter salt or sand n grime.  I don't think it is a problem that needs addressing.  Glad you are able to maintain your Connie in a way that she needs....

Come on down to Texas and enjoy our over 80,000 miles of roads to ride. . . Many at 75 to 80 MPH speed limits, too...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on February 08, 2015, 10:12:24 pm
Great, thanks.  The tough part on this forum, is we don't know where anyone actually  lives.  Warm states, cold states. East, West, North, South??  Just communicated with a member on another forum who is currently under 5' of snow, and it's gonna be 78 here tomorrow.  I'm not going to have time to tear apart my bike, as I ride it to work, and have never seen winter salt or sand n grime.  I don't think it is a problem that needs addressing.  Glad you are able to maintain your Connie in a way that she needs....

Come on down to Texas and enjoy our over 80,000 miles of roads to ride. . . Many at 75 to 80 MPH speed limits, too...



Was in Dallas for 4 mos. in 2013 and received a $250. fine for going 90 in an 80 zone cresting a hill. The officer looked like Barney Fife holding the laser gun outside the car, and I could have easily outrun him if I had known the area better. The only good thing was the $250. fine included a no points offer from the town of Bridgeport district atty. It didn't spoil my entire time in Texas as I got to see where my favorite blues guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn gigged and hung out when he lived in Dallas and Austin, and went to see the inaugural MotoGP at COTA.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 08, 2015, 10:19:18 pm
Thanks!  I live in Phoenix so the weather here has been epic. Since my commute is about 60 seconds, by foot, I only ride for pleasure. I generally don't ride  around town, I prefer to cross a state line if I throw a leg over my bike. Countless trips to Ca, New Mexico, or Nevada.

 I know most folks don't really enjoy droning out miles on the Interstate system but I find it very relaxing and I tend to come up with some creative solutions to the challenges I have to deal at work. With any kind of good luck I plan to do several Iron Butt sort of rides this summer.  I can't wait to try it on the Concours instead of an Electra Glide!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 09, 2015, 03:36:08 am
Necessary?  Absolutely not. Since I'm held captive in my shop while I'm making parts,  I try to do something for myself during the time between machining cycles. It also gives me time and opportunity to figure out what parts I want to build for her and what modifications I'd like to make.
Might we be seeing some of these creations?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 09, 2015, 06:37:01 am
In the not too distant future. I've been sourcing the necessary whatnots to do what it is that I want to do cost effectively.  As a matterof fact, I received the first of those whatnots Saturday.

I was a mechanic for over 20 years and have seen the best and the worst of accessories/modifications over the years. When I build something, I want people to think "It should have come from the factory that way." or "Where can I get one of those?" I can tell that THIS is going to be a tough crowd to impress. I have my work cut out for me...  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 09, 2015, 06:45:32 am
 :popcorn: :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 09, 2015, 07:15:18 pm
Pulled my drive shaft out, cleaned it, lubed it, then stuck it back in.  :-[

Also pulled out the coupling damper, cleaned it, lubed it, and stuck it back in.  :o

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on February 09, 2015, 09:10:46 pm
I got caught rode mine in the warm rain today  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on February 10, 2015, 03:52:59 am
  Bought a service manual!   Can't get it out of the pole barn with all the snow and ice accumulated!!!   Don't want to try out the traction control that bad! HA

Jim
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 10, 2015, 04:08:30 am
How did the service manual get stuck in the pole barn?  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on February 10, 2015, 03:30:34 pm
How did the service manual get stuck in the pole barn?  :)

Guess it didn't mind the cold!  LOL   Can't wait to dig in a little deeper....always had one with the Vmax and it came in handy many times.  At this rate it will be many months for me to get the bike out....while not as much snow as NE it is pretty solid ice now all the way from the house to the PB......at least a foot or more solid....then when it melts it will be so freakn wet....good thing for traction control! LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 10, 2015, 03:42:28 pm
while not as much snow as NE it is pretty solid ice now all the way from the house to the PB......at least a foot or more solid....then when it melts it will be so freakn wet....good thing for traction control! LOL

And again, I thank Heaven above for allowing me to be born, and to live in Texas.  Currently 73, and not a cloud in the sky.   Good luck with the ice...  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 10, 2015, 04:01:32 pm
And again, I thank Heaven above for allowing me to be born, and to live in Texas.  Currently 73, and not a cloud in the sky.   Good luck with the ice...  tomp

While I wasn't blessed enough to be born in Texas, by the Grace of God, I was given enough sense to move out of Pennsylvania to Phoenix.  ;D       Currently 78 without a cloud in sight.....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 10, 2015, 04:16:04 pm
While I wasn't blessed enough to be born in Texas, by the Grace of God, I was given enough sense to move out of Pennsylvania to Phoenix.  ;D       Currently 78 without a cloud in sight.....
8) 8) 8)  We need sun glasses, for sure... ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: blue14 on February 10, 2015, 04:20:46 pm
8) 8) 8)  We need sun glasses, for sure... ;D

Check and see what he says this summer when its 117 and wishes there was a cloud in the sky. :thumbs:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 10, 2015, 04:29:53 pm
Check and see what he says this summer when its 117 and wishes there was a cloud in the sky. :thumbs:
Yeah, but like they say, "It's a dry heat, though.", unlike the HIGH HUMIDITY heat, here in the Texas coast area.  Can literally keep you from drawing a decent breath while riding.  Painful!  Not that much riding done here or in AZ during the summer's heat. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 10, 2015, 05:47:35 pm
Yeah, but like they say, "It's a dry heat, though.", unlike the HIGH HUMIDITY heat, here in the Texas coast area.  Can literally keep you from drawing a decent breath while riding.  Painful!  Not that much riding done here or in AZ during the summer's heat. 

I must be a freak. No, I'm SURE I'm a freak. I like it HOT. I would much rather ride in 110+ degree than freeze my butt off at 50 degrees. At night, if it's 60 degrees, I am sure to have my Gerbings electric jacket on and plugged in. I have left Phoenix dozens  of times after work at 3:00 pm when the temp was over 110 and rode to Vegas or Los Angeles. Hot is good.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 10, 2015, 05:53:30 pm
Man after my on heart. I despise the cold.

Deziner, is the Gopher Hole bar still in business?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 10, 2015, 05:57:50 pm
I couldn't tell you. My drinking got away from me a LONG time ago so I had to quit. You know the guy that turns in to a real  :censored: when he drinks? That's me. If you think I'm bad now, add alcohol and see what happens..... :hitfan:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 10, 2015, 06:03:45 pm
I couldn't tell you. My drinking got away from me a LONG time ago so I had to quit. You know the guy that turns in to a real  :censored: when he drinks? That's me. If you think I'm bad now, add alcohol and see what happens..... :hitfan:

That's tough.  I get funny, then maudlin, and the second part really brings me down, so I have really cut back, too.  Glad you got a handle on it.  Not always the easiest of things to do.   Riding is so much more enjoyable than the buzz of booze.   I would love to ride every day, more than just to work n back....tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 10, 2015, 06:11:09 pm
It's a bunch easier to afford a bike and the associated goodies that go with it now. I also get to actually leave town. I left on far too many 3 or 4 day trips back in the 80's and never made it to the city limit. Too many bars between the house and the outskirts....     ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 10, 2015, 07:51:23 pm
Hey guys, hope all is good!

I just finished putting the wheels back on my bike. I now have a brand new set of PR4-GT!!!!!!  Hopefully I can go for a ride around the lake tomorrow. Last time I did this ride, I used my chin to stop a bee. Went to the ER on Christmas day, and now the hospital bills are stopping my heart!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 10, 2015, 08:01:17 pm
I'm sure the bee got the worst end of the ordeal.  Give us a PR4 review after they are scrubbed in, OK?  tomp

FWIW, health care is very expensive, period.  (no politics here)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 10, 2015, 08:02:19 pm

I just finished putting the wheels back on my bike. I now have a brand new set of PR4-GT!!!!!!  Hopefully I can go for a ride around the lake tomorrow. Last time I did this ride, I used my chin to stop a bee.

Let us know what the score is with new tires. I'm about to pull the trigger on a new set myself.

And by the way, don't do the bee thing again!  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: pothole on February 11, 2015, 10:07:54 am
Installed APE manual cam chain tensioner. All good. Headin' out now for a thrash.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: pothole on February 11, 2015, 10:15:08 am
Let us know what the score is with new tires. I'm about to pull the trigger on a new set myself.

I will never put another brand/style set of tires on the '14 other than PR4-GT's. Recommend the
190-55 over the 190-50. Big improve in the turning and also corrects the speedo, not to mention
many more miles.
  Pot
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 11, 2015, 11:04:37 am
Installed APE manual cam chain tensioner. All good. Headin' out now for a thrash.

 :thumbs: Excellent. Sure am happy with my ape.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 12, 2015, 06:34:09 am
On my 270 mile ride yesterday, I was enjoying the new tires. Cornering is much better. Although I think I need to bring the front wheel back for another balance. I can feel it slightly at the upper speeds.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 12, 2015, 06:40:59 am
On my 270 mile ride yesterday, I was enjoying the new tires. Cornering is much better. Although I think I need to bring the front wheel back for another balance. I can feel it slightly at the upper speeds.

Thanks,  S_C
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on February 12, 2015, 04:39:08 pm
Installed Projekt Hand Guard/Deflectors, Throtlemiester, pull back handlebar adapters, R&R front brake rotors( Scuffed the surface to remove and pad build up) hope that cures the brake pulse.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 12, 2015, 04:58:43 pm
Installed Prodject Hand Guard/Deflectors, Throtlemiester, pull back handlebar adapters, R&R front brake rotors( Scuffed the surface to remove and pad build up) hope that cures the brake pulse.

Would be interesting to see a photo of the hand guards on the bike.   :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on February 12, 2015, 06:35:26 pm
I will never put another brand/style set of tires on the '14 other than PR4-GT's. Recommend the
190-55 over the 190-50. Big improve in the turning and also corrects the speedo, not to mention
many more miles.
  Pot
I hope you don't plan on riding very long, because they change up tires all the time. In two years, those tires will be yesterday's news, and very hard to find.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 12, 2015, 06:47:38 pm
I hope you don't plan on riding very long, because they change up tires all the time. In two years, those tires will be yesterday's news, and very hard to find.
  Maybe PR5 GT's?   PR2's are still available all over the web, so maybe the 4's will be made for a good while to come, too.... Have 3's on my RT and they are great and wearing better than the Z8's on the 14.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 13, 2015, 05:14:38 am
Too  :censored: cold to do anything to it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: hlh1 on February 13, 2015, 12:41:44 pm
Installed highway pegs on the Canyon Cages:

(http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u130/hlh111/99%20Concours/IMG_20150208_163316_735_zps5ece41ad.jpg) (http://s167.photobucket.com/user/hlh111/media/99%20Concours/IMG_20150208_163316_735_zps5ece41ad.jpg.html)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on February 13, 2015, 02:37:26 pm
De-badged chrome letters....amber LED city lights...put Re-grip over factory grips and rode it 175 miles
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on February 13, 2015, 02:38:19 pm
I rode mine to Tampa Powersprts and looked at the new Versys 1000.  That biash is NICE!

(http://content.kawasaki.com/Content/Uploads/Products/6056/Colors/uss0wfjx.pqs.png)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 13, 2015, 06:21:53 pm
I rode mine to Tampa Powersprts and looked at the new Versys 1000.  That biash is NICE!

([url]http://content.kawasaki.com/Content/Uploads/Products/6056/Colors/uss0wfjx.pqs.png[/url])


That it is, for sure..... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 13, 2015, 07:49:15 pm
Nothing wrong with having another bike Steve
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 13, 2015, 07:51:46 pm
De-badged chrome letters....amber LED city lights...put Re-grip over factory grips and rode it 175 miles

Welcome to the forum!!

I just looked up the Re-grip and this looks interesting. Please let us know how your heated grips work with that on there.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 13, 2015, 08:15:34 pm
Welcome to the forum!!

I just looked up the Re-grip and this looks interesting. Please let us know how your heated grips work with that on there.
Used these for years.  Used them on two RT's with heated grips, and the heat transfer was great.  Almost like the covers weren't there, but the foam really eases cramping from gripping the smaller diameterOEM grips too tightly.  Just saying.  Around $10.00 a pair.
(http://www.grabongrips.com/images/large/grab_on_grip_covers_500.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on February 13, 2015, 10:35:25 pm
Used these for years. Used them on two RT's with heated grips, and the heat transfer was great.
Yep, best $15 mod you can buy BY FAR ;). The model number with exact fit (no cutting) is Grab-on MC-401. Hope this helps somebody. Have a great weekend everybody.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on February 14, 2015, 07:16:38 pm
Welcome to the forum!!

I just looked up the Re-grip and this looks interesting. Please let us know how your heated grips work with that on there.

heat works fine...the Re-grip is more like rubber than foam. ..and leave a rubber smell on your gloves....I will probably go to th Grab-on covers
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 14, 2015, 10:13:36 pm
Been planning all week to ride to work tomorrow, now we're told it's gonna rain.  If I ride, it will rain, if I take the car, it won't.  Disappointed either way.  Hope others are able to ride tomorrow.  tomp   

FWIW, I have Grab-on covers on all my bikes and have for years.  Found I don't enjoy riding without them now.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 15, 2015, 06:18:22 am
Been planning all week to ride to work tomorrow, now we're told it's gonna rain.  If I ride, it will rain, if I take the car, it won't.  Disappointed either way.  Hope others are able to ride tomorrow.  tomp   

FWIW, I have Grab-on covers on all my bikes and have for years.  Found I don't enjoy riding without them now.  tp

Ride Tom, ride! Just bring your rain suit, and then it shouldnt rain.

I have the Grip puppies on my bike, and yes they are comfortable, but the grip heater reduction is quite noticeable.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on February 15, 2015, 07:51:35 am
Hooked mine up to the battery tender again. Made a plug in to the gerbings outlet.
Works great for both of my bikes. 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on February 15, 2015, 12:57:05 pm
Pulled the cover off then put battery on a charger. Sat on a stool a hungered for a little ride.
Probably won't take the Connie out until it rains a bit to wash the salt off the roads, have to ride the Bandit until Roads are a little  cleaner.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on February 15, 2015, 04:54:40 pm
looked at it...Sat on it... then went in the house and ordered a set of PR4 GT's. EBC front rotors and pads front and rear.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on February 15, 2015, 05:57:32 pm
looked at it...Sat on it... then went in the house and ordered a set of PR4 GT's. EBC front rotors and pads front and rear.

 8)  :chugbeer:
That's just as good as going for a ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 15, 2015, 06:18:13 pm
looked at it...Sat on it... then went in the house and ordered a set of PR4 GT's. EBC front rotors and pads front and rear.
Happy birthday or whatever to you.  Nice presents to get.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 15, 2015, 06:53:42 pm
Happy birthday,  or whatever the occasion. Your gonna love the PR4
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on February 15, 2015, 08:00:27 pm
you will LOVE the stopping pow-ah of the EBCs  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on February 15, 2015, 08:04:40 pm
swapped bulbs to two fresh sylvania ultra bright whites (one of the phillips white brights burned out) changed my oil/filter in anticipation of the blackstone oil analysis, which I'm sure will pass with flying colors because for >93,000 miles now I've used the  SHELL (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/icon_worship.gif)ROTELLA T6(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/icon_worship.gif) SYNTH

wooT  wooT  (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif)(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif)(http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/avatars/iconhammer.gif)


Then I went and rode it 30 miles tonight
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 15, 2015, 08:10:03 pm
^^^ Nice!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 15, 2015, 08:17:52 pm
you will LOVE the stopping pow-ah of the EBCs  ;D
The stock set up is amazing to me.  What improvements/difference do the EBC's make?  I have stock rotors and OEM Gen 1 pads.

Ride an RT with wizzy/servo assisted, linked brakes, too.  One finger will put you over the windshield, if not very careful.  It's nothing like that is it?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: stevewfl on February 15, 2015, 08:20:55 pm
The stock set up is amazing to me.  What improvements/difference do the EBC's make?  I have stock rotors and OEM Gen 1 pads.

Ride an RT with wizzy/servo assisted, linked brakes, too.  One finger will put you over the windshield, if not very careful.  It's nothing like that is it?

I found the EBC's mated with EBC pads even more grabbier, but when they really shine is hot braking them. they won't feel spongy near as fast in extreme conditions like riding in the mountains like you're on the race track braking hard constantly.

But I didn't replace mine till I wore my stock rotors to nothingness  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 15, 2015, 08:35:21 pm
I found the EBC's mated with EBC pads even more grabbier, but when they really shine is hot braking them. they won't feel spongy near as fast in extreme conditions like riding in the mountains like you're on the race track braking hard constantly.

But I didn't replace mine till I wore my stock rotors to nothingness  ;D
Thanks, that's what I've heard before, but under normal riding are they as progressive as OEM, since you say they are grabbier? I'm planning to keep this bike for as long as I am able to ride, so my new pads will only last so long... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on February 16, 2015, 08:35:23 am
I think it was Valentines Day, And my wife refers to the Connie as My Black Mistress...hence the presents. For what its worth I did take my wife out for a dinner and a movie. :popcorn:
Yes I am looking forward to the improved handling ( wet especially) and losing the warped front rotors. Almost filled my drawers last time I had to hit the whoa leavers to bring the Connie to a higher speed slow down.
 I have been installing my own tires for the past few years and like using balancing beads, but I have seen mention on here about the beads damaging the TPMS. is there any truth to these rumors?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 16, 2015, 08:38:48 am
Yesterday was the install of Admore lighting on my Givi V47 trunk. Today will be an oil change.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: XPLRN on February 16, 2015, 11:12:37 pm
Necessary?  Absolutely not. Since I'm held captive in my shop while I'm making parts,  I try to do something for myself during the time between machining cycles. It also gives me time and opportunity to figure out what parts I want to build for her and what modifications I'd like to make.

I've enjoyed entering this captive environment for years now and have seen some cool and amazing creations spawn from the Deziner's mind. A few years ago there was a fabrication(serious front bumper/light mounts) and electrical/high lumens project that was quite the vehicle makeover(national exposure). The following picture and video clip were from a late night thrash to prove out the bitchin' lighting installation;
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/XPLRN/Big%20Al/IMG_0013.jpg)
Here is a video clip if you want to see the lights in the above picture in action. Just click on the little thumbnail picture below and you'll see some Deziner magic!! When Deziner gives a compliment on one's electrical wiring work know that he's a perfectionist(even at 1AM in the morning soldering and heat shrinking) and that compliment is deserved ;
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/XPLRN/Big%20Al/th_MVI_0014.mp4) (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/XPLRN/Big%20Al/MVI_0014.mp4)
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/XPLRN/Big%20Al/IMG_5085.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 17, 2015, 06:03:04 am
In the not too distant future. I've been sourcing the necessary whatnots to do what it is that I want to do cost effectively.  As a matterof fact, I received the first of those whatnots Saturday.

I was a mechanic for over 20 years and have seen the best and the worst of accessories/modifications over the years. When I build something, I want people to think "It should have come from the factory that way." or "Where can I get one of those?" I can tell that THIS is going to be a tough crowd to impress. I have my work cut out for me...  :)

As we eagerly await...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 17, 2015, 07:54:57 am
Cool truck, period.  Have a day off, and it's actually cold and wet here today.  Guess it's TV time, and get ready for work tomorrow.   Great day to all. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 17, 2015, 09:55:36 am
Cool truck, period.  Have a day off, and it's actually cold and wet here today.  Guess it's TV time, and get ready for work tomorrow.   Great day to all.

Just cold here in Austin. Rode to work today it was 34 but at least it was dry.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on February 19, 2015, 02:38:27 pm
Installed the grab -on grip covers....painted the stock exhaust end caps to match the can...like much better...seems to minimize the bulk slightly
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 19, 2015, 03:14:46 pm
 :) Keep telling yourself that.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on February 19, 2015, 03:23:51 pm
I live in my own little world.....it's okay everybody here likes me ;-
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 19, 2015, 03:32:41 pm
:) Keep telling yourself that.

 :rotflmao:

"Do these pants make my a$$ look fat?"
"Nope. Your a$$ makes your a$$ look fat."

And the fight was on.....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 19, 2015, 03:42:24 pm
I live in my own little world.....it's okay everybody here likes me ;-
:chugbeer:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 22, 2015, 12:07:23 pm
Repaired and re-painted the L mirror. (PO went down and tore it up.) What a chore! Did save some $ since I had everything I needed here at my shop already.  ;D

Installed my Ronnies Highway pegs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 22, 2015, 01:04:04 pm
Went out for a ride before the cold n wet hit again.  Made it two miles and a young lady, who must have thought the entire road was hers alone, decided to make a U turn from the right hand lane at a RR crossing.  I was in the left lane trying to figure her out.   I screamed at her, but with my helmet on, the only ones who heard me were God and myself.  He must have decided I wouldn't have a wreck today, and was able to avoid her LF fender by low single digit inches.  These bikes are more nimble than I thought, especially when they HAVE to be...tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on February 22, 2015, 01:18:51 pm
Glad you made it out the other side. Always iffy especially in the wet.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 22, 2015, 01:43:30 pm
I'm glad you're safe, Tom.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 22, 2015, 04:49:24 pm
+1...that's why we need to mount M60's on the bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on February 22, 2015, 04:53:14 pm
I think M60s may be a bit much. An MP5 on each side however........ ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 22, 2015, 09:30:36 pm
Tom,  glad you avoided her.  Gotta watch out for those darn women drivers. :)

So I'm guessing that your off to Walmart now for new undies?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on February 24, 2015, 05:49:52 pm
my new PR4 and EBC brakes showed up yesterday, and I had today off..... So I spent the afternoon in my garage. Used my DIY tire mounting system and some Dynabeads to balance the new PR4s. I wish the roads  where not so wet and sloppy(salt and road grime) it would have been nice to go for a little spin.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 24, 2015, 06:05:05 pm
Come on down to Texas or Florida.  Kinda cold here the next couple of days, but Nicole is having great weather in Florida.  80's there.  Wish it was the same here, so I could ride to work n back.... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: RDS on February 24, 2015, 06:29:01 pm
Well not so much today but for the winter up here in Ma. I have: installed dp brake pads f&r used a disc grinder to clean up rotors, changed the fork oil with Honda fluid using traxxion tools, cleaned and greased the stem bearings, delkevic slip on and pulled the flies. I'm now trying to sort the use of a pc5. That's all for now
2009 abs
Richard
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on February 25, 2015, 12:16:55 pm
Come on down to Texas or Florida.  Kinda cold here the next couple of days, but Nicole is having great weather in Florida.  80's there.  Wish it was the same here, so I could ride to work n back.... tp

Tom, it pains me too look at the weather map and see how nice it is at home.  We're about 2 hrs away from the dock in Mobile AL, and it is blowing 30 out of the North and is going to be in the 30s for my cargo watch tonight. It's a miserable day to work on the water! Oh and just for the record...  I HATE WINTER!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 25, 2015, 01:03:28 pm
+1
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on February 26, 2015, 12:41:01 pm
+1, too.   Cold has no place being in the South.  Nicole, hope you get back home to great weather.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: martin_14 on February 27, 2015, 12:50:48 am
+1...that's why we need to mount M60's on the bike.

if you get that MOT'ed, then why not go the whole why and get M134s on each side? One forward, one backwards. Like those mototerminators in T4 Salvation (although those were Ducati's).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on February 27, 2015, 01:51:35 am
I put a 2 Brothers can on and got rid of that cartoonist looking contraption. Very simple to do,  even more so the second time when I mounted it straight. Next up... move the Adaptiv over to the right side and mount my antique Zumo 550 on the left. I'm embarrassed to ask but,  where is the key lock for the seat? All I have is the owners manual and the picture is less than ideal.
Thanks
Richard
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on February 27, 2015, 04:32:51 am
if you get that MOT'ed, then why not go the whole why and get M134s on each side? One forward, one backwards. Like those mototerminators in T4 Salvation (although those were Ducati's).

 :thumbs: I like the way you think!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on February 27, 2015, 04:52:05 am
I put a 2 Brothers can on and got rid of that cartoonist looking contraption. Very simple to do,  even more so the second time when I mounted it straight. Next up... move the Adaptiv over to the right side and mount my antique Zumo 550 on the left. I'm embarrassed to ask but,  where is the key lock for the seat? All I have is the owners manual and the picture is less than ideal.
Thanks
Richard


Left side of the bike. below the seat and just in front of the left bag.

You can see it in this pic, the extreme right side of the pic. Click to zoom and then scroll to the right.

(http://www.zggtr.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=359)

Damn that's a good lookin bike!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on February 27, 2015, 05:54:41 am
while I didn't do this today, it was a combination of last weekend and tomorrow. Changed out the pipe for a two brothers carbon black series, BMC air filter and just got my ecu back from Guhl yesterday so that will be going in tomorrow.

feb 2nd I ordered my seat from Corbin, still waiting on that and was told Tuesday by them that another couple weeks. I hope dealing with them wasn't a mistake as they seem to be in a now rush, when I ordered it they told me 3-4 weeks...it is starting to feel more like 2-3 months!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on February 27, 2015, 06:58:45 am
while I didn't do this today, it was a combination of last weekend and tomorrow. Changed out the pipe for a two brothers carbon black series, BMC air filter and just got my ecu back from Guhl yesterday so that will be going in tomorrow.

feb 2nd I ordered my seat from Corbin, still waiting on that and was told Tuesday by them that another couple weeks. I hope dealing with them wasn't a mistake as they seem to be in a now rush, when I ordered it they told me 3-4 weeks...it is starting to feel more like 2-3 months!

It took 3 or 4 weeks to get mine but rest assured, it will come and the quality is outstanding.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: 1jeep on February 27, 2015, 07:07:43 am
I know it will get here eventually....im like a 8 year old waiting for Christmas, Good thing I ordered it during the winter! Now im thinking I might call and have them send me the passenger backrest for it also..never know when the wife might decide to get back on a bike again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on February 27, 2015, 07:37:36 am
Thanks Conrad  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on February 27, 2015, 08:24:58 am
Quote
I couldn't tell you. My drinking got away from me a LONG time ago so I had to quit. You know the guy that turns in to a real  :censored: when he drinks? That's me. If you think I'm bad now, add alcohol and see what happens....

We run in the same crowd :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rhhall on February 27, 2015, 09:47:15 pm
Left side of the bike. below the seat and just in front of the left bag.

You can see it in this pic, the extreme right side of the pic. Click to zoom and then scroll to the right.

([url]http://www.zggtr.org/MGalleryItem.php?id=359[/url])

Damn that's a good lookin bike!

+1  Conrad
Looks like my twin used to.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 02, 2015, 06:11:15 pm
Bar risers, Grip Puppies, and a pair of Sylvania Silverstar Ultras
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 02, 2015, 07:00:28 pm
Bar risers, Grip Puppies, and a pair of Sylvania Silverstar Ultras

Nice add-ons Bill! How are those light bulbs? Can you see a difference in them?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 02, 2015, 07:20:24 pm
They seem to be better. I'm gonna withhold judgement until I get a chance to ride where there is nominal light from street lights etc.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 01:03:04 pm
Rain went away, sun dried the roads, so a ride was in order.  Visited a dealer friend and checked out the new Super Duke and Duke 690.  So sweet. Also drooled over a 2015 Montesa Cota 4RT260  trials bike. (160lbs)

 Lots of wind and traffic, but the back roads were a welcome sight.  Hope all that snow and mess so many are dealing with will go away soon.  Should have never happened in the first place, with Global Warming and all.....tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on March 03, 2015, 02:56:02 pm
What does the gas cap mod enable one to do? Remove the key with the cap open??

Ill start off with my list ...

* Wash and wax
* Gas cap mod
* Handlebar risers
* Throttlemeister
* Tankslapper paint protection
* Partial de-badging. Removed those huge Kawasaki letters.

I have new grips that I was wanting to install, but was severely depressed to find out that it is the actual grip itself that is heated and not an element inserted inside the bar end. I really hate the stock grips!! They are very uncomfortable without gloves on.

Tomorrow it will be a fender extender and Canyon cages, and Phil's rack
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 03, 2015, 02:58:57 pm
No, we can already do that.

The mod. allows the fuel cap to be closed without the key being in it, which cannot be done on a stock bike.

Brian

What does the gas cap mod enable one to do? Remove the key with the cap open??
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 03:57:19 pm
No, we can already do that.

The mod. allows the fuel cap to be closed without the key being in it, which cannot be done on a stock bike.

Brian

YA can't just answer the question without showing how to actually perform the mod, with many pics.  tp ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 03, 2015, 04:11:14 pm
I do not have any photos, and I never did the mod. Personally, opening the fuel cap, removing the key and then trying to close the fuel cap has never been all that much of an issue for me.... :-)

When I am in a hurry, I just put the fob key in the fuel cap and leave it there for the duration of the ride. That way I can fuel the bike without shutting it off and re- starting it.... it allows me to reset the trip meter and scribble a couple of notes while fueling.

Brian

YA can't just answer the question without showing how to actually perform the mod, with many pics.  tp ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 04:25:49 pm
I do not have any photos, and I never did the mod. Personally, opening the fuel cap, removing the key and then trying to close the fuel cap has never been all that much of an issue for me.... :-)

When I am in a hurry, I just put the fob key in the fuel cap and leave it there for the duration of the ride. That way I can fuel the bike without shutting it off and re- starting it.... it allows me to reset the trip meter and scribble a couple of notes while fueling.

Brian
OK, Thanks, sir.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 03, 2015, 04:54:49 pm
Tom,  here is the link for the gas cap mod.  Thanks Fred for another one of your fantastic ideas,amd sharing it with us. http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod (http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 03, 2015, 05:12:21 pm
That way I can fuel the bike without shutting it off and re- starting it....

Is that "allowed"?  I thought it was unsafe to leave an engine running while fueling (at least that is what all those stickers on the pump say).  Call me chicken...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 05:15:58 pm
Tom,  here is the link for the gas cap mod.  Thanks Fred for another one of your fantastic ideas,amd sharing it with us. [url]http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod[/url] ([url]http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod[/url])

Thank you Ms Nicole.  Harley sells a push button to replace their cap lock mechanism for a few bucks.  Two screws and maybe two minutes installation time.  You listening KHI?  ;D ;D  Maxtog, I always turn my engine off when refueling, as I am getting a little clumsy in my dottering years and fear I will spill and burn up the bike in the Shell/Exxon/Valero parking lot.  Not cool....tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on March 03, 2015, 05:19:22 pm
I turn the engine off and get off of the bike. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 05:34:02 pm
I turn the engine off and get off of the bike.
+1 with the off the bike thing.  Got a pants full of gas once, when the pump's auto cutoff didn't, when on a Harley (teardrop tank), and I learned my lesson...  You don't realize how fast it's coming out until it overflows on you.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 03, 2015, 08:18:09 pm
When I grow up, I want to be just like Fred....

:-)

Brian

Tom,  here is the link for the gas cap mod.  Thanks Fred for another one of your fantastic ideas,amd sharing it with us. [url]http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod[/url] ([url]http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/gascapmod[/url])
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 03, 2015, 08:20:46 pm
No, it is not. Like speeding, it is to be avoided at all costs and would be a life- threatening thing to do. Why that would be like smoking and fueling a car (anyone old enough to remember that?)- a horrible, horrible thing that will result in certain death.

Brian

Is that "allowed"?  I thought it was unsafe to leave an engine running while fueling (at least that is what all those stickers on the pump say).  Call me chicken...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 03, 2015, 08:32:32 pm
No, it is not. Like speeding, it is to be avoided at all costs and would be a life- threatening thing to do. Why that would be like smoking and fueling a car (anyone old enough to remember that?)- a horrible, horrible thing that will result in certain death.

Brian

Is this similar to using power tools on the deck of a crude oil tanker?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 03, 2015, 08:40:57 pm
No, it is not. Like speeding, it is to be avoided at all costs and would be a life- threatening thing to do. Why that would be like smoking and fueling a car (anyone old enough to remember that?)- a horrible, horrible thing that will result in certain death.

Brian
Man, you sound exactly like my folks, always warning me of this and that danger, never realizing that I had become a man, with my own sense of self preservation, NOT!!!  (An old skool response), as I love ringing the snot out of the C14 way more often than they would have  ever  believed.  They never wanted me to EVER be on two wheels.  What a disappointment I must have been, 60 motorcycles and a hand full of bicycles later...  Oh well, a great Wednesday to all.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 03, 2015, 08:42:18 pm
No, it is not. Like speeding, it is to be avoided at all costs and would be a life- threatening thing to do. Why that would be like smoking and fueling a car (anyone old enough to remember that?)- a horrible, horrible thing that will result in certain death.

Brian


If i had 10% of the gas I pumped with a cigarette hanging out of my mouth when I was a kid, more than a few of us would never buy fuel again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 03, 2015, 11:12:26 pm
No, it is not. Like speeding, it is to be avoided at all costs and would be a life- threatening thing to do. Why that would be like smoking and fueling a car (anyone old enough to remember that?)- a horrible, horrible thing that will result in certain death.

I need to add it to my bucket list!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 04, 2015, 04:05:22 am
I need to add it to my bucket list!
:rotflmao: The last entry?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: lather on March 04, 2015, 06:06:01 am
Is this similar to using power tools on the deck of a crude oil tanker?
Similar but on a smaller scale  ;D However, igniting a fuel tank between your legs would likely hurt in a real big way :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 04, 2015, 02:01:03 pm
And now that this thread has dipped into the vast world of things that will cause certain death, I would feel remiss if I did not mention car tires on a motorcycle (someone had to do it). Of course we all know that that cannot possibly work in spite of all the people actually doing it and all the miles they have accumulated. I predict, here and now, that every single person who rides a motorcycle with a car tire on it will die!

Brian

Is that "allowed"?  I thought it was unsafe to leave an engine running while fueling (at least that is what all those stickers on the pump say).  Call me chicken...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 04, 2015, 03:19:43 pm
And now that this thread has dipped into the vast world of things that will cause certain death, I would feel remiss if I did not mention car tires on a motorcycle (someone had to do it). Of course we all know that that cannot possibly work in spite of all the people actually doing it and all the miles they have accumulated. I predict, here and now, that every single person who rides a motorcycle with a car tire on it will die!

My favorite is: "The leading cause of death is life"
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on March 04, 2015, 03:34:47 pm
And now that this thread has dipped into the vast world of things that will cause certain death, I would feel remiss if I did not mention car tires on a motorcycle (someone had to do it). Of course we all know that that cannot possibly work in spite of all the people actually doing it and all the miles they have accumulated. I predict, here and now, that every single person who rides a motorcycle with a car tire on it will die at some point!

Brian

FIFY
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 04, 2015, 05:19:24 pm
And now that this thread has dipped into the vast world of things that will cause certain death, I would feel remiss if I did not mention car tires on a motorcycle (someone had to do it). Of course we all know that that cannot possibly work in spite of all the people actually doing it and all the miles they have accumulated. I predict, here and now, that every single person who rides a motorcycle with a car tire on it will die!

Brian

I suspect your right  ;) But are you implying that I will not die because I ride on motorcycle tires?  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 04, 2015, 07:46:00 pm
No, I implied nothing; I believe you inferred.

 :rotflmao:

Brian

I suspect your right  ;) But are you implying that I will not die because I ride on motorcycle tires?  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 04, 2015, 08:00:41 pm
No, I implied nothing; I believe you inferred.

 :rotflmao:

Brian
I love it, I do... ;D ;D ;D  Ain't life fun. . . .tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 04, 2015, 08:24:13 pm
Fun is where you find it.... and I find it everywhere. :-)

Brian

I love it, I do... ;D ;D ;D  Ain't life fun. . . .tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 04, 2015, 09:22:13 pm
Fun is where you find it.... and I find it everywhere. :-)

Brian
I understand that. Recently retired and went to work for Home Depot, 24 hrs a week, selling  appliances.  Having a ball, selling also plumbing, electrical, paint, flooring and everything else in the huge store.   Dealing with the general public after 30 years with healthcare professionals is like night and day.  Other than worn out feet, I realize my calling in life,. . . . . . .SELLING!!!!   Finally realized that I'm pretty damn good, too....Time for all you to get a new washer/dryer, fridge, range, dishwasher, ect, NOW!    Hee hee hee,... tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 05, 2015, 04:34:38 am
I understand that. Recently retired and went to work for Home Depot, 24 hrs a week, selling  appliances.  Having a ball, selling also plumbing, electrical, paint, flooring and everything else in the huge store.   Dealing with the general public after 30 years with healthcare professionals is like night and day.  Other than worn out feet, I realize my calling in life,. . . . . . .SELLING!!!!   Finally realized that I'm pretty damn good, too....Time for all you to get a new washer/dryer, fridge, range, dishwasher, ect, NOW!    Hee hee hee,... tomp

a bit of motivation....
http://youtu.be/LRiuhCsxHLs (http://youtu.be/LRiuhCsxHLs)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 05, 2015, 04:58:50 am
My favorite is: "The leading cause of death is life"

No one gets out alive!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 05, 2015, 05:59:30 am
No one gets out alive!

The New England Journal of Medicine reported the same results after conducting a long-term test. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 05, 2015, 08:51:01 am
Dihydrogen Monoxide.... the really problem facing us today.

"Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary. "

Brian

The New England Journal of Medicine reported the same results after conducting a long-term test.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 05, 2015, 09:04:59 am
That dihydrogen monoxide is some nasty stuff! Especially in sold form! It can make driving and even walking VERY hazardous.

Dihydrogen Monoxide.... the really problem facing us today.

"Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary. "

Brian
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 05, 2015, 09:31:06 am
Dihydrogen Monoxide.... the really problem facing us today.

"Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary. "

Brian

DHMO in gaseous form is a green house gas and more than 50 times more abundant in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. We need to ban it and tax it now before it's too late!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 05, 2015, 09:33:17 am
Dihydrogen Monoxide.... the really problem facing us today.

"Research conducted by award-winning U.S. scientist Nathan Zohner concluded that roughly 86 percent of the population supports a ban on dihydrogen monoxide. Although his results are preliminary, Zohner believes people need to pay closer attention to the information presented to them regarding Dihydrogen Monoxide. He adds that if more people knew the truth about DHMO then studies like the one he conducted would not be necessary. "

Brian


Those 86% would quickly change their minds if the knew that their favorite adult beverage could not be made without that nasty Dihydrogen Monoxide. I have even heard tale of fish using that stuff to facilitate reproduction.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 05, 2015, 09:43:07 pm
I like to gargle with Dihydrogen DIoxide :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 06:02:06 am
I like to gargle with Dihydrogen DIoxide :)
It will whiten your teeth too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on March 06, 2015, 07:36:51 am
It will whiten your teeth too.


I heard it makes you think you are smarter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 06, 2015, 07:39:11 am
BHO must have been using it for decades



I heard it makes you think you are smarter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 07:51:34 am
BHO must have been using it for decades
By far, the best post  in a long while.  TRUTH IS TRUTH...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 12:56:44 pm
Do you know how many children die every year by DHMO inhalation? Me neither but I'm sure it's a LOT!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 01:17:06 pm
Age is one of the major risk factors for drowning. This relationship is often associated with a lapse in supervision. Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years. In the WHO Western Pacific Region children aged 5-14 years die more frequently from drowning than any other cause.

Child drowning statistics from a number of countries are particularly revealing:
Drowning is one of the top 5 causes of death for people aged 1-14 years for 48 of 85 countries with data meeting inclusion criteria1.
Australia: drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-3 years.
Bangladesh: drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths in children aged 1-4 years.
China: drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children aged 1-14 years.
United States: drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-14 years.

73 DIED IN TEXAS IN 2014 AND TO DATE, 4 SO FAR IN 2015... TP   What did we do before we had google??? I can't remember, maybe Encyclopedia Britannica Annual Update Books?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 01:19:14 pm
Age is one of the major risk factors for drowning. This relationship is often associated with a lapse in supervision. Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years. In the WHO Western Pacific Region children aged 5-14 years die more frequently from drowning than any other cause.

Child drowning statistics from a number of countries are particularly revealing:
Drowning is one of the top 5 causes of death for people aged 1-14 years for 48 of 85 countries with data meeting inclusion criteria1.
Australia: drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-3 years.
Bangladesh: drowning accounts for 43% of all deaths in children aged 1-4 years.
China: drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children aged 1-14 years.
United States: drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children aged 1-14 years.

73 DIED IN TEXAS IN 2014 AND TO DATE, 4 SO FAR IN 2015... TP   What did we do before we had google??? I can't remember, maybe Encyclopedia Britannica?

See? That settles it, we have to ban di-hydrogen monoxide, its for the children.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 01:24:01 pm
See? That settles it, we have to ban di-hydrogen monoxide, its for the children.
Figured that would help convince you to bring on the ban.   ;D 

Good enough weather for you to ride the hills this weekend?  Gonna try and get a ride in tomorrow, a day off.  Work the next days, so will be day riding the coast, or maybe to Fayeteville for a meal.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 01:33:48 pm
Figured that would help convince you to bring on the ban.   ;D 

Good enough weather for you to ride the hills this weekend?  Gonna try and get a ride in tomorrow, a day off.  Work the next days, so will be day riding the coast, or maybe to Fayeteville for a meal.  tp

Rode to work this morning at 28 degrees. But riding home in the 50's. Absolutely great to see the sun again. I expect to ride some tomorrow but not sure about Sunday. Supposed to get wet again. Fayetteville is a long way for a weekend. Rode up to that area, Mena, Hot Springs, Danville on a 4 day weekend last April. Great roads!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 01:51:07 pm
Rode to work this morning at 28 degrees. But riding home in the 50's. Absolutely great to see the sun again. I expect to ride some tomorrow but not sure about Sunday. Supposed to get wet again. Fayetteville is a long way for a weekend. Rode up to that area, Mena, Hot Springs, Danville on a 4 day weekend last April. Great roads!
Sorry, meant Fayetteville TX, on Hiway 159, near La Grange.  Rain coming back here, Sunday-Tuesday.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 02:15:01 pm
Sorry, meant Fayetteville TX, on Hiway 159, near La Grange.  Rain coming back here, Sunday-Tuesday.  tp

I didn't know there was a Fayetteville TX. That's only 85 miles from my apartment. Good place for a meal?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 02:41:26 pm
I didn't know there was a Fayetteville TX. That's only 85 miles from my apartment. Good place for a meal?


There's two eateries on the square, and Joes's Place is where the money is well spent.  Tons of different beers on tap. My favorite meal is the Grilled Pork Chops, but everything there is delicious.  They run out of some dishes during the day. Especially the desserts go quickly.  Normally filled with locals and motorcycle riders, who know great food and atmosphere...   
tomp
(http://i.imgur.com/DLMNxMp.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 04:00:30 pm
There's two eateries on the square, and Joes's Place is where the money is well spent.  Tons of different beers on tap. My favorite meal is the Grilled Pork Chops, but everything there is delicious.  They run out of some dishes during the day. Especially the desserts go quickly.  Normally filled with locals and motorcycle riders, who know great food and atmosphere...   
tomp
([url]http://i.imgur.com/DLMNxMp.jpg[/url])


Thanks! Maybe I'll check it out tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 04:06:38 pm
Thanks! Maybe I'll check it out tomorrow.
If you do, enjoy.  I always do.  Find some back roads to get there, that's half the fun.  Eating, the other. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 06, 2015, 04:59:41 pm
If you do, enjoy.  I always do.  Find some back roads to get there, that's half the fun.  Eating, the other.

Always! Its about the journey, the destination is just an excuse to make the journey.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 06, 2015, 05:09:22 pm
I heard it makes you think you are smarter.

 ::)

Or perhaps it makes people more tolerant.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 06, 2015, 05:43:11 pm
::)

Or perhaps it makes people more tolerant.
Tolerance is overrated.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 06, 2015, 05:52:22 pm
Tolerance is overrated.
+1.  Seems it works only one way today.  Be tolerant of everyone else, because no one will be tolerant of you..... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on March 06, 2015, 07:55:35 pm
You should have seen my 6 car pass today in the Trans Am!
I was done tolerating them. 8)
(http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/pp236/Jimmymac25/newnail005_zps60df8fe3.jpg) (http://s415.photobucket.com/user/Jimmymac25/media/newnail005_zps60df8fe3.jpg.html)

Love that car. 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 06, 2015, 08:27:06 pm
Flushed the brakes and put 55 PR4GT on the rear.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 07, 2015, 06:05:37 pm
Flushed the clutch fluid. Great success!

To make a long story short, I dredged up some memories from when I was an auto mechanic. A certain type of vehicle I worked on was a p.i.t.a. to flush the clutch hydraulics on until an old dude schooled me up. He said to have someone put light pressure on the clutch pedal then slowly crack open the bleeder. Then DO NOT depress the clutch pedal more than half way, then close the bleeder. Wait about 15 seconds and do it again. Repeat as many times as necessary. I don't know if it was that process that worked for me today or if I got WAY lucky. Either way, I had no problem flushing the clutch system with just a wrench and a piece of vinyl tubing into a empty can.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 07, 2015, 06:15:55 pm
Went for a brief ride.  A nice time was had. Just city riding, but no close calls, which was good.  100% chance of rain for the next three days, so no riding to work those days.  A great week to all.   

REMEMBER TO CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS AND WATCHES...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 07, 2015, 07:16:05 pm
Road in to the local Kaw. Dealer and dropped the Connie off for the rear break recall. Since I had already called last month about it they had the parts. Did the recall while I waited. Sweet!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sf bay rider on March 07, 2015, 09:30:10 pm
I picked up my new red color 2014 ZG1400 . Had all the farkles transferred from the 2009 to the new motor.  Rode it home, the long way. About a hundred miles or so. Then proceeded to put on the new "Real Time Industries" Panier reflective stickers. The Givi top box and checked to make sure the brake lights worked. Installed the new "Grip Puppies" and "Throttle Rocker"  Re-torqued the MC Enterprises Crash guards fore and aft. Clean the new motor and put her away for the night.  Tomorrow Tech Spec "Sharkskin" tank protectors and a new front "Fenda Extenda" and that should round out the farkle installation.  Then a nice ride to recheck all the systems. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 07, 2015, 09:41:57 pm
^^^^ SWEET! !!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 07, 2015, 11:54:09 pm
Took it off the stands, installed the battery, set the clock and windshield presets, started it and listened to that sweet sound. Ahhhhhhhh missed that
Chipped and salted a length of ice in the alley to get it out to the street for tomorrow. 
 8) ;D ;D therapy session tomorrow, Couple hours on the highway should do nicely.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on March 08, 2015, 07:22:01 am
I picked up my new red color 2014 ZG1400 . Had all the farkles transferred from the 2009 to the new motor.  Rode it home, the long way. About a hundred miles or so. Then proceeded to put on the new "Real Time Industries" Panier reflective stickers. The Givi top box and checked to make sure the break lights worked. Installed the new "Grip Puppies" and "Throttle Rocker"  Re-torqued the MC Enterprises Crash guards fore and aft. Clean the new motor and put her away for the night.  Tomorrow Tech Spec "Sharkskin" tank protectors and a new front "Fenda Extenda" and that should round out the farkle installation.  Then a nice ride to recheck all the systems.
Spelling police here. It's brake lights.
Unless you have a light for when you smoke a  cigar.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sf bay rider on March 08, 2015, 11:38:02 am
Spelling police here. It's brake lights.
Unless you have a light for when you smoke a  cigar.

Noted and edited. Thank you. Now time to put on the new" Sharkskin" tank protectors and ride.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 01:55:44 pm
OMG what a pretty day- finally got in a ride (all the snow and freezing rain and such gone).  66 - 70F, sunny, roads mostly clear.  100 miles of happy-face :)  Spring fever......
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on March 08, 2015, 02:19:15 pm
OMG what a pretty day- finally got in a ride (all the snow and freezing rain and such gone).  66 - 70F, sunny, roads mostly clear.  100 miles of happy-face :)  Spring fever......
Didn't you have even an inkling of using the banana, Max?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 02:25:58 pm
Didn't you have even an inkling of using the banana, Max?

OK fine... but now I have to go wash the car!

 :banana :banana :banana
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 08, 2015, 02:34:46 pm
Didn't you have even an inkling of using the banana, Max?
OK fine... but now I have to go wash the car!

 :banana :banana :banana

Feeling dirty after using the bananas?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 03:55:36 pm
Feeling dirty after using the bananas?

No, after all this weather stuff.  I knew there was a car under there somewhere....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 08, 2015, 04:47:42 pm
2 hrs of the best therapy known to man.
Ahhhhhh  8) that felt good. Nothing like a good highway run to clear the cobwebs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 08, 2015, 04:53:23 pm
Yup. I agree, nice 200km Hwy run does a soul good. I had to see if the Dyna Beads did there job. And yea they did.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sf bay rider on March 08, 2015, 06:37:37 pm
Performed some P.M. on the new 2014 Connie's battery today. I just picked the new bike up from the dealership yesterday.  Removed the battery housing side plate. To find a finger tip loose positive terminal and the plastic terminal boot pulled away. Leaving the positive terminal exposed.  In turn I, removed the battery and checked the terminals. Applied, corrugated auto electric tubing to all the cables. Additional cable sheathing protection is a good thing. Based on a prior experience with the 09 Connie. Tightened the terminal fittings and applied white lithium grease to the terminals. Tightened up the ground wires and applied lithium grease to them as well.  Replaced the side plate and plastic fitting. Hand tightened. Started the motor and checked all instrument readouts.  A brief ride to recheck settings and systems. All systems operational.

Applied the new "Tech Spec Snakeskin"  to the gas tank and lower leg areas. Applied an additional set to the panniers.  The only thing left to add is the "Fenda Extenda"  I'm still waiting for that to arrive.  My two wheeled mistress, is road ready.

More as things develop.

Jack
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on March 08, 2015, 06:46:29 pm
Yup. I agree, nice 200km Hwy run does a soul good. I had to see if the Dyna Beads did there job. And yea they did.

I had to look twice...I thought for a second it read 200km/hr.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 08, 2015, 07:20:54 pm
I wish, the local speed tax collectors frown on that kind of behavior.  >:(
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on March 08, 2015, 07:21:53 pm
It's only a 136mph...quite doable.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 07:41:47 pm
It's only a 136mph...quite doable.
  That and much more, especially with our Gen 1's... Speed demons, right??!!  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Dan Forker on March 08, 2015, 07:46:54 pm

Installed my ECU after Guhl reflash and took the bike for a ride. Unbelievable! Wish I had done that a year ago. Best mod I have made to the bike. Now it runs like it should have all along if the EPA would have allowed it. I would recommend the Guhl reflash to any C14 owner.

Fork
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 07:51:02 pm
Installed my ECU after Guhl reflash and took the bike for a ride. Unbelievable! Wish I had done that a year ago. Best mod I have made to the bike. Now it runs like it should have all along if the EPA would have allowed it. I would recommend the Guhl reflash to any C14 owner.

Fork
Still have the flies?  Just a reflash?  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: amphibsailor on March 08, 2015, 08:08:02 pm
It's only a 136mph...quite doable.

120 mph, right? 100km = 60m
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 08:13:50 pm
120 mph, right? 100km = 60m
KPH = 0.621371192 miles per hour, or 100KPH = 621371192, or 62 MPH.  200KPH = 124 MPH.  Whatever, the C14 will probably do that in 4th.  My ZZR1200 exceeded that in 4th, I know. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 08, 2015, 08:17:47 pm
I had to look twice...I thought for a second it read 200km/hr.

Shhhhh
I think my speedo is acting up. Could have sworn my read 220(136) then it actually read 230(142)for a stretch. I might have been hallucinating.  ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Dan Forker on March 08, 2015, 08:23:51 pm

In response to Tomp, just the reflash the flies are still intact. In my opinion, no need to remove the flies with the Guhl reflash

Fork
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 08:25:21 pm
Shhhhh
I think my speedo is acting up. Could have sworn my read 220(136) then it actually read 230(142)for a stretch. I might have been hallucinating.  ::)
Nope, no sweat for the 14.  Just watch out for those Mounties.  Hear they are a tough group.  tp

Thanks Dan.  I like mine as stock, but a reflash in the future, may be in order.  Thanks.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 08:27:39 pm
Installed my ECU after Guhl reflash and took the bike for a ride. Unbelievable! Wish I had done that a year ago. Best mod I have made to the bike. Now it runs like it should have all along if the EPA would have allowed it. [

That was my reaction when I did it to mine, exactly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 08:29:33 pm
That was my reaction when I did it to mine, exactly.
Max, price and time frame?   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 08:30:04 pm
Still have the flies?  Just a reflash?  tomp

That is the whole point of the Guhl flash (well, maybe 95% of it, anyway)... to have the secondary butterflies open completely very quickly.  The remaining 5% (??) is the fuel trim and top speed limiter removal.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 08:32:53 pm
That is the whole point of the Guhl flash (well, maybe 95% of it, anyway)... to have the secondary butterflies open completely very quickly.  The remaining 5% (??) is the fuel trim and top speed limiter removal.
Gen 1's don't have a limiter, do they?  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 08:38:05 pm
Max, price and time frame?   tp

01/2014 $375 or something
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 08:39:55 pm
Gen 1's don't have a limiter, do they?  tp

No.  It was added in 2010 (not that it matters to most owners, since few care about going over 154 MPH.  I don't think mine has ever been over 115.)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 08:46:30 pm
No.  It was added in 2010 (not that it matters to most owners, since few care about going over 154 MPH.  I don't think mine has ever been over 115.)
Taken mine over 135 GPS, but only once, to nose thumb a BMW riding friend.  Is there a site for Guhl or just a secret handshake? 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 08, 2015, 08:52:15 pm
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed. That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.

:-)

The easiest, fastest and most absolute way to open the 'flies the soonest is to remove them and put them on a shelf somewhere where they cannot do any harm.

Brian

That is the whole point of the Guhl flash (well, maybe 95% of it, anyway)... to have the secondary butterflies open completely very quickly.  The remaining 5% (??) is the fuel trim and top speed limiter removal.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 08, 2015, 08:58:12 pm
Taken mine over 135 GPS, but only once, to nose thumb a BMW riding friend.  Is there a site for Guhl or just a secret handshake?


http://www.guhlmotors.com/kawasaki-reflash.html (http://www.guhlmotors.com/kawasaki-reflash.html)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 08, 2015, 09:03:31 pm
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed. That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.

:-)

The easiest, fastest and most absolute way to open the 'flies the soonest is to remove them and put them on a shelf somewhere where they cannot do any harm.

Brian
Brian, I knew I could depend on you to throw logical confusion into the deal.  Appreciate your input.  With Guhl or w/o flies, does it pull like the ZX14 (not R), or more like the carbed ZZR1200, I had?  From 4K up, it was a beast.  Leaned forward and just hanging on for the ride.  tp    Thanks Rubberdown.   WOW, all those chart numbers reminds me of what I deal with at my job.  I hate rows and rows of numbers.   Appreciate the help, though.  tom
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on March 08, 2015, 09:07:37 pm
Can somebody tell me what kind of impact the reflash has on fuel consumption?  Thanx in advance for your reply
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on March 08, 2015, 09:49:24 pm
Yup. I agree, nice 200km Hwy run does a soul good. I had to see if the Dyna Beads did there job. And yea they did.


I wonder if the Dyna Beads affect the TPMS sensors as they fling around in the tire?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 08, 2015, 09:54:21 pm
Nope- a C-14 is down by 40, 50 Hp and up 140 lbs. from a ZX.... it will not be as quick or as fast as a ZX without supercharging (mechanical or exhaust driven). Even putting a ZX engine into a Concours chassis will leave it considerably lower in performance due to the increased weight and the fact that the two sets of gears in a shaft drive bike consume a lot of power; chains consume almost none.

I do not want to get too deep into this in a general thread like this one though. There are already several, actually many, threads started about the 'pull the 'flies vs. reflash' as well as lots of threads about what both do, some in great detail. I have put quite a few details in some of those threads already and would be happy to comment in either a revived thread or a new one but I really do think the answers are already out there. As always on a public forum, there is a lot of garbage out there too but that is the reader's job, to separate the 'wheat from the chaff', use the good info and ignore the bad. And by the way, there are two companies out there at least doing re-flashes on the ECU so you can avoid that trap too.

I will say though that both methods work (re-flash and physically removing the secondary butterflies) and both have a slightly different set of both positive and negative points. My personal opinion is that a monitored (using an oxygen sensor) system that is 'self tuning' is best, and that can be done two different ways also although neither involves another company doing a re-flash.

There is a member here named Rembrant (Cory) who has gone down both paths with his C-14 and has written in great detail about both methods; I think his stuff is worth a read if you are interested in learning more about it.

Brian

Brian, I knew I could depend on you to throw logical confusion into the deal.  Appreciate your input.  With Guhl or w/o flies, does it pull like the ZX14 (not R), or more like the carbed ZZR1200, I had?  From 4K up, it was a beast.  Leaned forward and just hanging on for the ride.  tp    Thanks Rubberdown.   WOW, all those chart numbers reminds me of what I deal with at my job.  I hate rows and rows of numbers.   Appreciate the help, though.  tom
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 10:08:20 pm
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed.

I haven't read about that one.  Seems like an odd thought process.

Quote
That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.

I choose to think it is humorous :)

Quote
:-)

The easiest, fastest and most absolute way to open the 'flies the soonest is to remove them and put them on a shelf somewhere where they cannot do any harm.

I don't know about easiest.  It is a lot easier to pop out the ECU and then pop it back in.  But some of us are not as mechanically inclined as others (I being one of the former).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 10:13:26 pm
With Guhl or w/o flies, does it pull like the ZX14 (not R), or more like the carbed ZZR1200, I had?  From 4K up, it was a beast.  Leaned forward and just hanging on for the ride.  tp   

I doubt it will ever pull like a ZX14, unless you are prepared to spend a lot more money and do a lot more things than just pulling the flies (like full exhaust, new intake path, larger throttle bodies, etc, etc) and even then it is not gonna.  But removing or nullifying ("Guhling") the secondaries has an immediate and pretty drastic effect on the responsiveness.... considerably more than I expected.  I consider it a "must have" improvement.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 08, 2015, 10:14:58 pm
Can somebody tell me what kind of impact the reflash has on fuel consumption?  Thanx in advance for your reply

Plenty of threads on the board about it.  It won't affect fuel economy except for the fact that the new found power/responsiveness has you wanting to turn the throttle a lot more to put an even bigger smile on your face.... that tends to destroy economy.  But, if you are willing to flip off the EPA, you can flip off the gas pump too...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Diamondhead on March 08, 2015, 10:41:38 pm
Thanx

Plenty of threads on the board about it.  It won't affect fuel economy except for the fact that the new found power/responsiveness has you wanting to turn the throttle a lot more to put an even bigger smile on your face.... that tends to destroy economy.  But, if you are willing to flip off the EPA, you can flip off the gas pump too...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on March 08, 2015, 10:59:15 pm
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed. That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.

:-)


The easiest, fastest and most absolute way to open the 'flies the soonest is to remove them and put them on a shelf somewhere where they cannot do any harm.

Brian



I think they are mistakenly referring to the "Bernoulli Effect" of increasing the velocity of a gas or liquid by forcing it thru a smaller opening. When cruising thru mountain passes, I sometimes run into bursts of high winds that are being squeezed thru the canyons. Very surprising at times.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on March 09, 2015, 04:06:04 am
120 mph, right? 100km = 60m

I did one of those conversion thingys on the web.  Did it again and came up with 124.274238 mph.  I hate the metric system.  Can't figure anything out at all.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 09, 2015, 04:11:46 am
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed. That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.

:-)

The easiest, fastest and most absolute way to open the 'flies the soonest is to remove them and put them on a shelf somewhere where they cannot do any harm.

Brian

That's funny. I've tried to get the adherents to explain that with little success. I relate it to getting a potato chip stuck in your throat and trying to take a deep breath. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on March 09, 2015, 04:21:08 am
A big part of the gospel of Guhl is that leaving the 'flies in actually increases intake velocity compared with them removed. That is all fine and well if anyone cares what the velocity is in the intake tract but then somehow that "fact" leads the flock to believe that velocity increase also increases engine power output. So the reflash has something for everyone I guess, the above story for those who choose to believe (or blindly follow idiocy), and humor for the rest of us.


Is that different from speeding up the air into the TBs?  Isn't that why Kwackers put the intakes in the front?  What does a supercharger do?  I know.  So many questions.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 09, 2015, 05:40:37 am
Is that different from speeding up the air into the TBs?  Isn't that why Kwackers put the intakes in the front?  What does a supercharger do?  I know.  So many questions.

It is all about amount of air, not really velocity- getting in more total air.  You can funnel things and increase the speed, but at the cost of volume (it is like electricity- increasing the volts but at the expense of amps, so you end up with the same total power (watts)).

Like supercharging (but a zillion times less effective), the ram-air effect is just a way to increase pressure so more air can get in the engine. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 09, 2015, 08:57:11 am
While it can be fun to poke them in the eye with those questions, or as I used to do, ask for data (the righteous DOES own a dynamometer after all), in the end it just is not worth it. I put it under the heading of teaching a pig to sing-

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It ain't gonna' work, and it annoys the pig.  :-)

Brian

That's funny. I've tried to get the adherents to explain that with little success. I relate it to getting a potato chip stuck in your throat and trying to take a deep breath.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 09, 2015, 09:00:38 am
Actually Bernoulli's principle would work here, and they may be thinking of that (though doubtful, seems more like blind groping reasons the magic works to me). But actually applying a velocity increase and Bernoulli's principle must result in a pressure drop, which will end up with the identical volume of the working fluid. So zero gain in theory, and in actuality, losses from friction and deflection from having to go around the plates.

Brian



I think they are mistakenly referring to the "Bernoulli Effect" of increasing the velocity of a gas or liquid by forcing it thru a smaller opening. When cruising thru mountain passes, I sometimes run into bursts of high winds that are being squeezed thru the canyons. Very surprising at times.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 09, 2015, 11:38:54 pm
I did one of those conversion thingys on the web.  Did it again and came up with 124.274238 mph.  I hate the metric system.  Can't figure anything out at all.


Try this one.
http://www.unit-conversion.info/length.html (http://www.unit-conversion.info/length.html)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 10, 2015, 03:48:37 am
I did one of those conversion thingys on the web.  Did it again and came up with 124.274238 mph.  I hate the metric system.  Can't figure anything out at all.
I just penciled out the math and got...200 kph=124.27423845 mph.  :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: amphibsailor on March 10, 2015, 06:19:46 am
I just penciled out the math and got...200 kph=124.27423845 mph.  :)

Off topic...
I was 4 mph off.... I just estimated.  Too many decimal points....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 10, 2015, 09:01:56 am
Can somebody tell me what kind of impact the reflash has on fuel consumption?  Thanx in advance for your reply

What Max said. I have the reflash and no difference in fuel economy except after I first got it I was enjoying the right wrist more then usual.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Ghost Rider 2 on March 10, 2015, 05:40:41 pm
  Well I finally got to ride my new to me  Connie to work today.  Not a bike ride but 60 miles round trip. Even got to break it in, I got half way to work and it started raining. By the looks of this bike it had never seen rain.  That changed in a hurry. Most of the little changes I have made are great. Just need to get my new seat.  I never liked the stock seat on any other Concours I have had.  My new Corbin should be in within a couple of days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 10, 2015, 06:13:08 pm
Glad you got a ride in today.  Off today, and it stayed in the low 50's, cool for here.  Went for a two hour ride.  Fingers got cold, but the time out on the bike was refreshing.  Riding it to work the rest of the week, as it is just getting warmer by day, and no more rain.  Hope others get to ride soon, too.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 10, 2015, 07:54:58 pm
Yup. I agree, nice 200km Hwy run does a soul good. I had to see if the Dyna Beads did there job. And yea they did.

 200kph  I wish , the local speed tax collectors frown on that kind of behavior. And as for the Dyna Beads effecting the TPSM I don't know why they would. Beads run on the out side , the sensors are on the rim. I had a close look and even removed one of the sensors, took it a part to see if I wanted to change the batteries while I had the tires off. Changed my mind after seeing the power leads are soldered to the battery. Reinstalled and they work fine. 

As for the Dyna Beads. I have had good success with them in the past. I did have to add an extra oz of beads to the rear tire to get as smooth as I wanted. So 1oz in the front - 3oz in the rear.

Also would like to give an update on the hand delectors. they work awesome. I rode in +5C with my thin Okley gloves and didn't feel any cold or wind. There is also hardly any wind hitting my arms and shoulders.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 10, 2015, 08:28:18 pm
Cruise, I could have really used those today.  What's the source?   Thanks, tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Ghost Rider 2 on March 11, 2015, 04:32:59 am
  Murph has a cruise set up for the 1400. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 11, 2015, 05:40:49 am
  Murph has a cruise set up for the 1400.

Tomp was referring to "Cruise Missile" not cruise control :)  Question was regarding hand wind deflectors.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 11, 2015, 05:43:04 am
Tomp was referring to "Cruise Missile" not cruise control :)  Question was regarding hand wind deflectors.
Correct.  Sorry I didn't make myself more clear.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 11, 2015, 06:56:36 am
Tomp. Look on the Farkles thread. They are called."Hand Wind Deflectors'" they ship from Taiwan but don't let that scare you. Shipping was about 12 days to Canada. Quality is good. I bend the mounts in my vice to have them match the angle of the windshield in the down position. Just a little tweek and they are perfect.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 11, 2015, 07:38:26 am
There are some available on eBay. Made in the USA I think
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 11, 2015, 02:19:09 pm
Thanks guys.  Rode to work in the cool and dark this AM.  Just rode home; cloudy, damp, still cool, but good a ride and glad to be back home.  Messing with my RT now.  tp

I found ProjektD AeroWings.  They are $78.00.  Will look more later... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on March 11, 2015, 02:29:30 pm
For whatever it is worth.... I have two sets of hard guards, a set of customs made by a long- ago member of this forum named Metalbender, and a set of Baker hand wings. The Metalbenders are bigger and work slightly better in the deepest part of the winter but overall, the Bakers are outstanding because they can be turned more than 90 degrees and actually blow cool air into the cockpit (Easy Boys!). Good stuff and it will greatly increase temperature comfort on the C-14 in the summer.... and I say that being in an area that does not have a 'summer' anywhere near as bad as yours....

Brian

Cruise, I could have really used those today.  What's the source?   Thanks, tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 11, 2015, 02:40:02 pm
For whatever it is worth.... I have two sets of hard guards, a set of customs made by a long- ago member of this forum named Metalbender, and a set of Baker hand wings. The Metalbenders are bigger and work slightly better in the deepest part of the winter but overall, the Bakers are outstanding because they can be turned more than 90 degrees and actually blow cool air into the cockpit (Easy Boys!). Good stuff and it will greatly increase temperature comfort on the C-14 in the summer.... and I say that being in an area that does not have a 'summer' anywhere near as bad as yours....

Brian
Thanks Brian. Baker makes two styles for the 08-09's. Great considerations there, too.$65-80 a set. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 11, 2015, 02:56:50 pm
Here is a thread from The Pope who put together an excellent ram mount based set of deflectors...
 http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=10501.msg128285#msg128285 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=10501.msg128285#msg128285)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sf bay rider on March 11, 2015, 08:06:55 pm
I put on the "Fenda Extenda" modified the Tech Spec "Snake skin" tank protectors. The new "Miss Connie" is complete.  Who hoo hoo and few pints of Guinness to celebrate, too My new two wheeled mistress is looking, mighty fine.  IMHO
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 12, 2015, 05:47:33 am
I put on the "Fenda Extenda" modified the Tech Spec "Snake skin" tank protectors. The new "Miss Connie" is complete.  Who hoo hoo and few pints of Guinness to celebrate, too My new two wheeled mistress is looking, mighty fine.  IMHO

Complete is a seldom and misused word around here.  I believe that you meant to say that it was complete for that day.  I'm sure that you will find something to do to your bike in a few days. 
If not, here's a few thoughts to ponder...
Laam seat
Rostra cruise
GPS
Trunk
Auxiliary lighting
Stebel airhorn

By the time your done with that list, you will need new tires.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 12, 2015, 06:05:22 am
Complete is a seldom and misused word around here.  I believe that you meant to say that it was complete for that day.  I'm sure that you will find something to do to your bike in a few days. 
If not, here's a few thoughts to ponder...
Laam seat
Rostra cruise
GPS
Trunk
Auxiliary lighting
Stebel airhorn

By the time your done with that list, you will need new tires.

lol, ......and an oil change, (dino or syn?) maybe swap the wind screen, tip over protection, etc.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JoeRau on March 12, 2015, 09:19:58 am
What did I do today?  Rode to work!  Too bad I had to stop at the office.  This is the earliest in the year I have been on a bike- ever.  Usually more like early April here in SE Minnesota. 

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sf bay rider on March 12, 2015, 09:45:58 am
Point well taken on the "Completed"  In turn, a work in progress, but a momentary pause. As Connie is a demanding two wheel mistress.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 12, 2015, 09:59:45 am
Supposed to hit 70 this weekend. I'm torn between riding and maintenance. Really ought to do some maintenance but I sure want to ride. Decisions decisions....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 12, 2015, 05:01:05 pm
Supposed to hit 70 this weekend. I'm torn between riding and maintenance. Really ought to do some maintenance but I sure want to ride. Decisions decisions....
Maintenance, we don't need no stinking maintenance.  Get out and hit those Hills.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 13, 2015, 05:01:56 am
Supposed to hit 70 this weekend. I'm torn between riding and maintenance. Really ought to do some maintenance but I sure want to ride. Decisions decisions....

That's why I do all my maintenance in the fall before I put Connie to bed for her long winter's nap.    :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Ghost Rider 2 on March 13, 2015, 05:05:31 am
  My new Corbin seat showed up yesterday. Installed last night and went out for little ride.  No more sliding forward all the time. I think I am becoming a happy biker again.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Cruise Missile on March 13, 2015, 07:00:13 am
Change Oil and Filter. I had already purchased the Rotella T6 5-40 before reading about some forum members claiming they were less than happy with the shifting characteristics. So I stock for Milk run( don't laugh I you everyone has used a milk run as a ride excuse )
Shifting was crisp and smooth.

 How ever I need to update my opinion of the Dyna Beads.
Disclaimer: the speeds I am about to talk about may or may not have actually been my own :-X
Speeds below 160km the bike seems fine with only a slight hint that there could be an out of balance issue. However when you venture into the 200km there is a very disappointing vibration. I am planning on removing them and having them speed balanced at the local Kawi dealer. I will post the results.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conniesaki on March 13, 2015, 01:01:23 pm
Supposed to hit 70 this weekend.

I know the C14 is supposed to be slower than my ZX14 .... but it takes 2 days to hit 70 mph on one of these?  :o




:P
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 13, 2015, 01:08:38 pm
I know the C14 is supposed to be slower than my ZX14 .... but it takes 2 days to hit 70 mph on one of these?  :o




:P

 :rotflmao: My 1978, 48 HP diesel Rabbit would take 2 days to get to 70 mph.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JoeRau on March 13, 2015, 01:29:42 pm
:rotflmao: My 1978, 48 HP diesel Rabbit would take 2 days to get to 70 mph.

The '81 Ram Power Wagon I drove never hit 70.  Gutless 318ci and 44" tires without gearing it down...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 13, 2015, 02:41:50 pm
:rotflmao: My 1978, 48 HP diesel Rabbit would take 2 days to get to 70 mph.
My ex's '88 Hyundai Sonata, wouldn't hardly get up to 70, but was still quicker than my old '84 Chevy Chevette wagon.  Had bicycle riders pass me on the road.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 13, 2015, 02:53:50 pm
The '81 Ram Power Wagon I drove never hit 70.  Gutless 318ci and 44" tires without gearing it down...
Was that one of the 'always engaged' four wheel drives?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on March 13, 2015, 03:18:11 pm
:rotflmao: My 1978, 48 HP diesel Rabbit would take 2 days to get to 70 mph.

On my 81 Chevette, I called the air conditioning system the "emergency brake"...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on March 13, 2015, 03:57:26 pm
On my 81 Chevette, I called the air conditioning system the "emergency brake"...
Same on my Pinto. When the air kicked on you had better have your seat belt fastened.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conniesaki on March 13, 2015, 05:25:50 pm
Same on my Pinto. When the air kicked on you had better have your seat belt fastened.

My dad had a 1976 Pinto station wagon in brown, a very appropriate color.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on March 13, 2015, 05:33:38 pm
I had a Pinto while in college too, while working 3 jobs to be able to pay my tuition. That was after a not-so-much-preetier Chevy Cavalier I just bought was totalled by a hit-and-run... before insurance was mandatory. I only had liability, so a total loss. Had to get something, and a '76 smoking (burning oil) Pinto it was ;D. No power anything and no A/C in a TX summer. Later bought a '76 old Toyota Corolla, which at least had A/C. It wasn't fun back then. He he.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 13, 2015, 05:40:43 pm
Memories.  some are good, some not so much, but sure am glad I have them.  Been driving since '65, and have never owned a muscle car,  but muscle bikes, OH YEAH, I've had them.   Can't take those memories away.... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 15, 2015, 04:58:18 am
With a little luck, I should be paroled today and should be able to at least see my bike tonight and hopefully a milk run tomorrow.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 15, 2015, 05:08:03 am
With a little luck, I should be paroled today and should be able to at least see my bike tonight and hopefully a milk run tomorrow.
Hope you have some enjoyable down time.  rode a while yesterday.  Commuting to work on it today and tomorrow.  After that, depends on the rain..tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 15, 2015, 05:22:03 am
It's sure nice to be riding this early in the season. Been able to put on just over 500km this last few days. The only issue is the dry eyes from the fine dust from the road salt.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 15, 2015, 07:36:14 am
It's sure nice to be riding this early in the season. Been able to put on just over 500km this last few days. The only issue is the dry eyes from the fine dust from the road salt.

The road salt is so thick around here that I can taste it in the air.    :o
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 15, 2015, 08:00:16 am
It's sure nice to be riding this early in the season. Been able to put on just over 500km this last few days. The only issue is the dry eyes from the fine dust from the road salt.

Beautiful scenery in your pic
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 15, 2015, 04:14:35 pm
The road salt is so thick around here that I can taste it in the air.    :o

No road salt, but Spring has sprung here.  My commuter ride home from work today netted me 1-2 dozen squshed bugs on my windshield.  Soon the shield will need cleanings throughout even a day ride.  Hope all have a great week and get to ride as often as can.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 15, 2015, 07:32:59 pm
I have NEVER seen bugs the likes of which I've seen in Texas. Folks that have never ridden there laugh when I tell them you can see the bugs on the horizon and oftentimes you have time to change lanes in order to avoid them.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 15, 2015, 07:48:32 pm
I have NEVER seen bugs the likes of which I've seen in Texas. Folks that have never ridden there laugh when I tell them you can see the bugs on the horizon and oftentimes you have time to change lanes in order to avoid them.
Welcome to Texas.  When the Love Bugs propagate, your bike and your whole body gets covered in bug Goo...Used to be crickets, decades ago, now Love Bugs. tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 15, 2015, 07:54:00 pm
To make a long story short, in the late '80s I rode through Texas and nearly got knocked off my motorcycle by a massive bug. That thing would have had to request clearance to land at Love field....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 15, 2015, 08:01:40 pm
To make a long story short, in the late '80s I rode through Texas and nearly got knocked off my motorcycle by a massive bug. That thing would have had to request clearance to land at Love field....
Again, welcome to Texas.  Folks say things are always bigger in TX, and our Bugs are no different.   No Lie, been here almost 65 years, and know from which I speak...... tp  dd50
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on March 15, 2015, 08:21:19 pm
I have NEVER seen bugs the likes of which I've seen in Texas.


Welcome to Texas.  When the Love Bugs propagate, your bike and your whole body gets covered in bug Goo...Used to be crickets, decades ago, now Love Bugs. tp


Again, welcome to Texas.  Folks say things are always bigger in TX, and our Bugs are no different.   No Lie, been here almost 65 years, and know from which I speak...... tp  dd50


Now now, guys. It's not that bad here. Yeah, upon occasion we get bugs. I do believe that everybody gets them sooner or later.
Worst bugs (moths I think IIRC) I ever encountered from border to border were in Iowa (I was caged fortunately) in August, like clouds of them drifting across the road. We had to stop 5 times between gas stops just to clean the windshield and/or refill the washer reservoir.

As to what I did to my Concours today?  I went riding with friends and subjected her to sport bike springtime in Texas. There were no bugs, although at times being surrounded by all those sport bikes, it did sound like my Concours was in the middle of a hornet's nest.

Which one of these is not like the others?
(http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FWMR-3-15-15/i-mxkW37X/0/L/20150315_134718_crop-L.jpg) (http://fartymarty.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/FWMR-3-15-15/i-mxkW37X/0/X3/20150315_134718_crop-X3.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 15, 2015, 08:41:41 pm
With all those funky super sports involved , I believe that the bugs were just avoiding your group.  Been riding here 47 years, and the bug population rises and falls throughout the years.  Couple of years ago, they were a real mess.  Hope not so much this summer. Ride on my friends.    tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on March 15, 2015, 10:47:00 pm
I caught a swarm of weird bees when traveling to Kerrville; millions of the suckers in a huge cloud I couldn't avoid. Worst clean-up I've ever done. Next worse was towards Big Bend going thru the Davis mountains (Kent to Ft Davis), right off I-10, and lots of miles until the mountain started. The road was completely covered by huge grasshoppers, which of course start jumping before you hit them. Had them absolutely everywhere too. But at least those were not that sticky to remove. And third was on one of the roads in the Big Bend area; millions of butterflies everywhere. My bike and exposed gear was completely yellow before washing it. HATE bugs ;D. But they're everywhere here in TX. Every time I travel by car or bike I have to clean windscreen/windshield and helmet (if by bike) at every gas stop... and sometimes before. Comes with the territory.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 16, 2015, 08:14:50 am
I caught a swarm of weird bees when traveling to Kerrville; millions of the suckers in a huge cloud I couldn't avoid. Worst clean-up I've ever done. Next worse was towards Big Bend going thru the Davis mountains (Kent to Ft Davis), right off I-10, and lots of miles until the mountain started. The road was completely covered by huge grasshoppers, which of course start jumping before you hit them. Had them absolutely everywhere too. But at least those were not that sticky to remove. And third was on one of the roads in the Big Bend area; millions of butterflies everywhere. My bike and exposed gear was completely yellow before washing it. HATE bugs ;D. But they're everywhere here in TX. Every time I travel by car or bike I have to clean windscreen/windshield and helmet (if by bike) at every gas stop... and sometimes before. Comes with the territory.

Stayed in Kerrville Saturday night. Glad I missed the plague of insects.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on March 16, 2015, 11:12:40 am
Stayed in Kerrville Saturday night. Glad I missed the plague of insects.
It's not bad there, but I'm 500+ miles away ;D. The worst I-10 stretch for bugs is from Van Horn to Ft. Stockton.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 16, 2015, 01:21:32 pm
It's not bad there, but I'm 500+ miles away ;D. The worst I-10 stretch for bugs is from Van Horn to Ft. Stockton.

I never understood just how big Texas is until I started riding across it on a motorcycle a couple of times a year.  :rotflmao: But at least it has reasonable speed limits that I still exceed most of the time.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 17, 2015, 04:39:50 am
70 degrees and sunny yesterday.  :)

I finally got my bike out for a ride. Two glorious hours and not one bug!    ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 17, 2015, 07:06:23 am
70 degrees and sunny yesterday.  :)

I finally got my bike out for a ride. Two glorious hours and not one bug!    ;D
That's because the bugs know that more cold weather is coming again soon.  Gonna be 80 here today, and it's a day off for me.  Hope to get a ride in, too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 17, 2015, 07:25:21 am
Do you want to hear a funny joke? After 7 months of owning my C14, I think that I have finally caught up with the seemingly never ending list of farkles. But I know better! My kids are a bit concerned too, but not for me or my well being. They are assuming that I am cutting into their inheritance.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on March 17, 2015, 07:28:07 am
Tell 'em you are going to leave 'em a high mileage, well farkled motorcycle and that they can fight over it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 17, 2015, 07:33:40 am
Do you want to hear a funny joke? After 7 months of owning my C14, I think that I have finally caught up with the seemingly never ending list of farkles. But I know better!

Not even close, S_c.  :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 17, 2015, 07:52:37 am
Do you want to hear a funny joke? After 7 months of owning my C14, I think that I have finally caught up with the seemingly never ending list of farkles. But I know better! My kids are a bit concerned too, but not for me or my well being. They are assuming that I am cutting into their inheritance.

Nicole, one cannot catch up with something that is never ending.  Kinda like my cat chasing its tail, or me chasing tail.  Never gonna catch it/any.  My boys know I have nothing for them to inherit, as their mother got it all in the divorce, and they are written out of her will. 

Have a great week and tell the kids to COOL IT.....tomp. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 17, 2015, 07:53:35 am
Do you want to hear a funny joke? After 7 months of owning my C14, I think that I have finally caught up with the seemingly never ending list of farkles. But I know better! My kids are a bit concerned too, but not for me or my well being. They are assuming that I am cutting into their inheritance.

I've been spending my kids inheritance my whole life!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on March 17, 2015, 08:03:38 am
When the kids ask where the money went, show them the GoPro videos.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 17, 2015, 08:06:33 am
When the kids ask where the money went, show them the GoPro videos.  8)

My plan is that when I'm too old to take care of myself, I can live with them and they can play with my toys.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 17, 2015, 08:48:33 am
That's because the bugs know that more cold weather is coming again soon.  Gonna be 80 here today, and it's a day off for me.  Hope to get a ride in, too.

You're right, it's below freezing again today... 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on March 17, 2015, 08:51:34 am
65 here now. Supposed to get into the 70's but I think I'm going to get wet on the commute home. I think I'll leave early before the whisky and stout start flowing.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: JoeRau on March 17, 2015, 09:17:32 am
Was that one of the 'always engaged' four wheel drives?

No.  There was a transfer case.  Just full time hubs on that one. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 18, 2015, 08:21:03 pm
Rained hard  here today, so no commuting.  Raining til Sunday, will ride to work then. 

Anyone seen this article/ride blog?  Well written and interesting.  If he is a member here, I'm unaware.  tomp

https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/2014/06/24/solo-soul-searching-liebacks-cross-country-blog-updated-daily/
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on March 19, 2015, 12:39:58 pm
Anyone seen this article/ride blog?
Quit reading it after day 2. Little to no info about the Connie; just another generic ride tale, also with little to no information about the roads themselves (not my thing). Hopefully others will find it more interesting :). But thanks for posting it Tomp.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 19, 2015, 01:10:59 pm
Quit reading it after day 2. Little to no info about the Connie; just another generic ride tale, also with little to no information about the roads themselves (not my thing). Hopefully others will find it more interesting :). But thanks for posting it Tomp.

Set aside some time to read this, then.  Just read the author's posts, and be be prepared to be drawn into the emotion of this rider's trip.  You will hopefully feel like you were there too.  At least that's what an untold number of commenters state throughout the thread, me included...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=831213)

A two word spoiler from the report,  "cleavage juice".   It will  make sense, down the written road.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on March 21, 2015, 12:33:41 pm
Needed to get my new baby filled up with fuel, along with stabilizer, since I don't know how long it will take me to ride again. Shouldn't have done it in my condition, but man, felt great to ride those 10 miles ;D. Can't wait to take it on its first trip; hopefully by the fall, to Alpine, AZ. Have a great weekend folks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 21, 2015, 12:44:01 pm
Any rides a good ride. Had ingunal hernia surgery last year and was riding 4 days after. Made it about 5 clicks before turning around, paid for it for a few days, but in the end it was worth it.  ::)
Cheers elp_jc my thoughts are with you.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on March 21, 2015, 01:10:31 pm
I washed mine this morning. ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 21, 2015, 01:15:19 pm
A day off, and it's been raining since before 5AM.  At least the rain will be gone for a few days, and commuting by bike instead of car will happen.  A great week to all.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 21, 2015, 04:05:21 pm
ELP, Glad to hear that you are doing well enough to at least go for a 10 mile ride. You'll be up and going before you know it.


Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 21, 2015, 04:12:13 pm
ELP, Glad to hear that you are doing well enough to at least go for a 10 mile ride. You'll be up and going before you know it.
I was thinking the same thing.  Just wondering if his off time was due to work or treatments?  No platitudes, but elp, you will kick this chit, I do believe.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on March 21, 2015, 04:21:22 pm
The past few days have been busy. I installed some new earrings (Danali D2 lights) on my bike. I used the PCA mirror mounts also. Of course I cant just do a simple wiring project, I have to make a big deal out of it and try to be different. I also rewired my Fuzeblock so that it wont come on until the engine starts. Previously it would power up and start my GPS as soon as I turned the key on. It was really a pain in the butt!
Then today I took my wheels off the bike again and had them re-balanced. I was getting a high speed wobble that needed to go away. So while I had the wheels off, I pulled the final drive and greased the one end of the drive shaft.
Of course upon reassemby, I had to go for a test ride to see if the boys at Kawi balanced the wheels perfectly. Sure enough, no wobble at all now. So then when I came back home, I pulled into the garage, and Mr. Vmax was giving me those sad puppy eyes, with feelings of neglect. So immediately jumped onto that one and went for a nice ride in some very desolate back roads. I believe the term is to blow the carbon off the tops of the pistons? Well I really dont think that there was much build-up on them, but I can certainly tell you now, that there ain't no carbon in that bike anymore!! I wound that thing up tight MANY times, and smiling the whole time.
This gets me thinking... does a serious ride like that do the same thing to the heart as it does to the pistons?  You know, blow the cholesterol out of the veins/heart. Bottom line, fun afternoon! And I can also say that a good hard run on the Vmax is the best way to get the stainless pipes back to their original color. No yellowing on them for now.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on March 21, 2015, 04:35:12 pm
The past few days have been busy. I installed some new earrings (Danali D2 lights) on my bike. I used the PCA mirror mounts also. Of course I cant just do a simple wiring project, I have to make a big deal out of it and try to be different. I also rewired my Fuzeblock so that it wont come on until the engine starts. Previously it would power up and start my GPS as soon as I turned the key on. It was really a pain in the butt!
Then today I took my wheels off the bike again and had them re-balanced. I was getting a high speed wobble that needed to go away. So while I had the wheels off, I pulled the final drive and greased the one end of the drive shaft.
Of course upon reassemby, I had to go for a test ride to see if the boys at Kawi balanced the wheels perfectly. Sure enough, no wobble at all now. So then when I came back home, I pulled into the garage, and Mr. Vmax was giving me those sad puppy eyes, with feelings of neglect. So immediately jumped onto that one and went for a nice ride in some very desolate back roads. I believe the term is to blow the carbon off the tops of the pistons? Well I really dont think that there was much build-up on them, but I can certainly tell you now, that there ain't no carbon in that bike anymore!! I wound that thing up tight MANY times, and smiling the whole time.
This gets me thinking... does a serious ride like that do the same thing to the heart as it does to the pistons?  You know, blow the cholesterol out of the veins/heart. Bottom line, fun afternoon! And I can also say that a good hard run on the Vmax is the best way to get the stainless pipes back to their original color. No yellowing on them for now

Nicole, when are you going to marry me and make all my life and motorcycle dreams come true?  OK, I know that's never gonna happen, but could you possibly clone yourself?  This getting old without an understanding lady is getting really OLD.   Hope your time off is wonderfully enjoyable.   

FWIW, Listening to this while typing.  1972, and sooo cool.... Hope you enjoy it too.  tp 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8FpSFUsbM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8FpSFUsbM)
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Post by: jimmymac on March 21, 2015, 05:45:02 pm
Nicole, when are you going to marry me and make all my life and motorcycle dreams come true?  OK, I know that's never gonna happen, but could you possibly clone yourself?  This getting old without an understanding lady is getting really OLD.   Hope your time off is wonderfully enjoyable.   

FWIW, Listening to this while typing.  1972, and sooo cool.... Hope you enjoy it too.  tp 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8FpSFUsbM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo8FpSFUsbM)
Put me next in line.
Even though my Wife is perfect. She gave up riding a couple of years back. I really wish She would just try the Connie. I know she would love it.
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 21, 2015, 06:01:23 pm
Wow guys, I'm flattered! There must be some reason that I am still a single woman though. Let's recheck things... Gainfully employed, homeowner, cooks, cleans, rides. It must be the old age.
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Post by: tweeter55 on March 21, 2015, 06:01:56 pm
Changed the ole. Checked the air in the tars. Supposed to get 1"-2" of snow tomorrow night . Ain't riding anytime soon. :chugbeer:
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Post by: tomp on March 21, 2015, 06:18:39 pm
Wow guys, I'm flattered! There must be some reason that I am still a single woman though. Let's recheck things... Gainfully employed, homeowner, cooks, cleans, rides. It must be the old age.
You are kidding yourself.  We know how great you look.  Remember, you posted a  self portrait. Us old guys are just wishing and praying, that's all.  So few ladies like you out there any longer.  My future includes Me, and only me; well maybe my kitty, too.  My mother is recently gone.  My dad is in hospice, soon to be gone.  All but two cousins are gone.  Only one aunt left.  The fun decades of my past life have been replaced with the grim/dismal future of old age and what???  Sorry, it's been a really BAD week for me.   Nicole, don't worry.  You still have decades of fun left... tomp
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Post by: elp_jc on March 21, 2015, 06:39:14 pm
ELP, Glad to hear that you are doing well enough to at least go for a 10 mile ride.
I feel like normal, so I'd ride every day if it was up to me :). Or if it was smart, rather. My problem is I have basically zero white blood cells and platelets, so I can catch anything from the air (especially being mostly dirt here, and windy almost every day), and could bleed to death with even a minor cut. In fact, my immune system is so low I can catch any infection from my own body's bacteria, and that's exactly what happened yesterday, that I almost ended up in the ER since my temperature got extremely close to my limit of 100ºF. My immune system will get even weaker since I have 2 chemos left, and will have to deal with more infections and hospital visits in the next 2 months. After that, will be out of danger of not finishing the treatment. Therefore, will be a good (and smart) boy, not take unnecessary risks, and don't ride again to maximize chances of making it these critical next few weeks. Thank you for all the good wishes again.
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Post by: tomp on March 21, 2015, 06:52:04 pm
I feel like normal, so I'd ride every day if it was up to me :). Or if it was smart, rather. My problem is I have basically zero white blood cells and platelets, so I can catch anything from the air (especially being mostly dirt here, and windy almost every day), and could bleed to death with even a minor cut. In fact, my immune system is so low I can catch any infection from my own body's bacteria, and that's exactly what happened yesterday, that I almost ended up in the ER since my temperature got extremely close to my limit of 100ºF. My immune system will get even weaker since I have 2 chemos left, and will have to deal with more infections and hospital visits in the next 2 months. After that, will be out of danger of not finishing the treatment. Therefore, will be a good (and smart) boy, not take unnecessary risks, and don't ride again to maximize chances of making it these critical next few weeks. Thank you for all the good wishes again.

My ex wife left me after 28 years for a supposed better life, with another man (who had more money).  Shortly after, she got large B cell non Hodgkins lymphoma.  She made it through four months + of chemo, and has now now been cancer free for over 18 months.  Ex-Wife or not, I don't wish any thing like "C" on anyone.   I pray  all is healed for you and you have decades of life and joy ahead.   tomp

FWIW, lost my mother to colon  cancer a while back.  Don't wish that on anyone, period.  tp 
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Post by: sf bay rider on March 21, 2015, 08:33:21 pm
All of 440 miles on the clock. Initial crankcase oil, rear differential oil and oil filter change.
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Post by: rhhall on March 21, 2015, 11:55:57 pm
Nicole--put me down for a clone too :chugbeer:
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 22, 2015, 12:02:24 am
All of 440 miles on the clock. Initial crankcase oil, rear differential oil and oil filter change.

Good for you how'd the oil look.
Mine hard a slight silver flake in it. 1st two were Dino then full synthetic.
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Post by: Deziner on March 22, 2015, 08:58:52 am
Yesterday I got the receptical for the XM wired in. Properly. Got the exhaust mounted. Properly. Also replaced one of the coolant hoses for the oil cooler.

Started the center stand mod to clear the Muzzy exhaust system. Should get that and more done today.
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Post by: VirginiaJim on March 22, 2015, 09:19:57 am
Why did you replace the coolant hose?
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Post by: Deziner on March 22, 2015, 10:12:56 am
Why did you replace the coolant hose?

There was a spot where it had a small cut. It looked like it may have been against the fairing or something. It wasn't really bad but I spend a lot of time crossing the desert and it can be a long way to the nearest gas station.
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Post by: VirginiaJim on March 22, 2015, 01:47:47 pm
Good thing you caught it.
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 22, 2015, 01:47:57 pm
That hose looks like a problem waiting to happen any moment. Good eye on catching it early.
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 22, 2015, 02:10:51 pm
Went for a test ride today to see how well the camping gear will handle highway+ speeds.
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Post by: tomp on March 22, 2015, 03:28:13 pm
Went for a test ride today to see how well the camping gear will handle highway+ speeds.
When are you heading out?   tp
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 22, 2015, 04:19:43 pm
Leaving early Thursday morning and taking the long way to Pensacola for the SE COG Spring Rally. Am I going to meet you there?

http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,54562.0.html (http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,54562.0.html)
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Post by: tomp on March 22, 2015, 04:37:21 pm
Leaving early Thursday morning and taking the long way to Pensacola for the SE COG Spring Rally. Am I going to meet you there?

[url]http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,54562.0.html[/url] ([url]http://forum.cog-online.org/index.php/topic,54562.0.html[/url])

Not this year.  Brand new job doesn't allow for time off or vacations.  There is cog rally for owners in the Texas area too, but not able to make it either.  When do you make your trip to the Midwest?  You have a fun and safe time and post pics of row after row of 14's.  tomp
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 22, 2015, 06:00:05 pm
Now I'm sad Tom, wish you were going also. I just charged the camera and plan on taking pics throughout the weekend. My trip up North is planned for when I get home in June, approx a couple days after. Gotta get the nails and hair done first, then hit the road!


Was rather disappointed today when I installed on of my rear Canyon cages, only to find out that with them installed, that the rear pegs wont fold up anymore. Took off the cage, boxed it back up and going to return them.
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Post by: gPink on March 22, 2015, 06:07:49 pm
There are rear peg lowerers that will allow the pegs to fold with the bag protectors installed. They're on my farkelist.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: galaxieman on March 22, 2015, 08:35:57 pm
Blew a fork seal...  and I'm not going be able to get in a replacement before this weekend.  My entire family is coming to town for my daughter's 1st birthday, so no fixing it this weekend, even if I do get parts in.  Blech.
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Post by: Rhino on March 23, 2015, 09:28:03 am
Blew a fork seal...  and I'm not going be able to get in a replacement before this weekend.  My entire family is coming to town for my daughter's 1st birthday, so no fixing it this weekend, even if I do get parts in.  Blech.

Are we talking about leaking down the bottom of the tube? Have done that twice now on mine and fixed it using thin plastic like old 35mm film to clean it out. 2 minute fix. I'v sure there are several threads about that fix.
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Post by: Conniesaki on March 23, 2015, 12:12:56 pm
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGno_lYGjJU (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGno_lYGjJU#ws)
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Post by: Deziner on March 23, 2015, 02:36:15 pm
Thanks, Conniesaki.
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 25, 2015, 01:52:07 pm
I gave mine a both and wax job this morning, and then I changed out the headlight and city light bulbs. Now Im packing everything in/on and getting ready for an early morning departure to Mobile AL.
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Post by: Deziner on March 25, 2015, 01:58:06 pm
Safe travels, S_C. IS an after action report pending?
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Post by: sailor_chic on March 25, 2015, 02:15:38 pm
Thanks Bill. Absolutely I will have a full report for you when I return home.
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Post by: tomp on March 25, 2015, 05:45:41 pm
Thanks Bill. Absolutely I will have a full report for you when I return home.
  Have a great time Nicole, and post a link here, if you start a new thread.   tomp
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Post by: rhhall on March 27, 2015, 10:28:13 pm
Have fun s c  8)
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Post by: tomp on March 28, 2015, 08:24:31 pm
Lost my dad yesterday, to a brief yet fatal illness.  He was 98.  Went for a windy, solo, reflective ride,  for a few hours.  Got home and still needed the road, so I went out on the Dyna for a good while longer.  Guess I needed more reflection time than I thought.  Riding is therapeutic, for sure.  A good week to all.   tomp
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Post by: tweeter55 on March 28, 2015, 08:45:29 pm
Condolences, tomp. :grouphug: Not easy to accept and/or talk about. Lost my wife last summer and feel guilty about getting back on the bike this spring without her. Looking forward to lots of therapy this summer, I think.
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Post by: tomp on March 28, 2015, 09:04:21 pm
Condolences, tomp. :grouphug: Not easy to accept and/or talk about. Lost my wife last summer and feel guilty about getting back on the bike this spring without her. Looking forward to lots of therapy this summer, I think.
  Thanks and I understand that.  The losses we all encounter must be endured or will consume us.  My wife left me for a wealthier man who made promises, nine years ago.  The loss was overwhelming for a long time, but the past is finally behind me now.  As long as you want her to, your wife will be with you on your rides, there in your heart.

 Via con Dios, my friend, and take your own great advice,  "Ride Hard...Ride Safe".   tomp
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Post by: Deziner on March 28, 2015, 09:29:59 pm
I am truly sorry for your loss, Tom.
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Post by: rhhall on March 29, 2015, 01:37:02 am
Sorry tomp. Lost my Mom 8 months ago. Good memories though.

rick
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Post by: tomp on March 29, 2015, 03:49:47 am
Thanks, guys.  Have to be at work at 6AM.  First time riding the 14 in night time conditions.  Guess I'll see how good the lighting is.  A great day to all.  tomp
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Post by: Conrad on March 29, 2015, 06:03:33 am
Lost my dad yesterday, to a brief yet fatal illness.  He was 98.  Went for a windy, solo, reflective ride,  for a few hours.  Got home and still needed the road, so I went out on the Dyna for a good while longer.  Guess I needed more reflection time than I thought.  Riding is therapeutic, for sure.  A good week to all.   tomp

Condolences, tomp. :grouphug: Not easy to accept and/or talk about. Lost my wife last summer and feel guilty about getting back on the bike this spring without her. Looking forward to lots of therapy this summer, I think.

I'm very sorry for the loss of your loved ones you two.
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 29, 2015, 07:42:41 am
I'm very sorry for the loss of your loved ones you two.

My condolences gentalmen. I'm sure you all have fond memories of your lives with your loved ones. Riding is our best therapy for woes. Ride safe and long.
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Post by: maxtog on March 29, 2015, 07:48:01 am
My condolences gentlemen. I'm sure you all have fond memories of your lives with your loved ones. Riding is our best therapy for woes. Ride safe and long.

+1
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Post by: tweeter55 on March 30, 2015, 05:41:46 am
Thanks guys. Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
Forecast this week to warm up and rain. Wash the road grime (sand) off and let's get riding. :banana
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Post by: tomp on March 30, 2015, 06:26:49 pm
Ride to work tomorrow, then suppose to rain for the next 6-7 days.  At least I get tomorrow, even if it is to work.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on March 31, 2015, 06:02:13 am
Nice warm day here yesterday. On my way home from work seen probably 20 bikes, I was going for a ride. Then I got home to this.
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Post by: gPink on March 31, 2015, 06:10:30 am
Wow, they tore your house down while you were gone? Bummer
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Post by: Cruise Missile on March 31, 2015, 07:02:50 am
Dang it. I hate when they do that. Last year they had the street in front of my house torn up , filled in and torn up again all summer. they were nice enough to build a gravel ramp from the excavated road up to the lane way( Access to my garage, parking pad.
the worst was waking up the morning we were leaving for our family vacation to the lake Towing our Boat. they had removed the gravel ramp. After a few pleasant words with the excavator operator the ramp was put back and we were happily on our way.

The sad part is the road that they repaved is now a Put holed uneven mess. :-\

On a positive note... I'm riding my Bike to work today!!!!!!
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Post by: Deziner on March 31, 2015, 08:20:18 am
Painted my mirror housings with Rustoleum bed liner. I have to paint my lower fairings this week, I am torn between the bed liner and catalyzed matte black.   :feedback:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on March 31, 2015, 09:46:28 am
Nice warm day here yesterday. On my way home from work seen probably 20 bikes, I was going for a ride. Then I got home to this.

Wow, they tore your house down while you were gone? Bummer

Not gone, they just turned his house sideways!
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Post by: connie_rider on March 31, 2015, 10:35:53 am
Painted my mirror housings with Rustoleum bed liner. I have to paint my lower fairings this week, I am torn between the bed liner and catalyzed matte black.   :feedback:

Bedliner should look/do well!


I like the idea.

Ride safe, Ted
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Post by: tomp on March 31, 2015, 10:18:09 pm
Painted my mirror housings with Rustoleum bed liner. I have to paint my lower fairings this week, I am torn between the bed liner and catalyzed matte black.   :feedback:
Bedliner is one of KLR owners' best friend.  Lot of guys paint their tanks and fairing areas with it.  If scratched, just patch it with more.  Try it, you'll like it... tomp
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Post by: Deziner on March 31, 2015, 10:22:18 pm
Fixed the scars today, shooting it with Rustoleum tomorrow.
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Post by: sailor_chic on April 02, 2015, 09:07:05 am
Tom, my condolences on your loss.

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Post by: sailor_chic on April 02, 2015, 09:07:38 am
Here is a link to my ride ...

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=19261.new#new (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=19261.new#new)
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Post by: tomp on April 02, 2015, 09:15:26 am
Nicole, thank you for the kind words and the link. have a great weekend.  tomp
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 02, 2015, 11:47:39 am
Rode it around King George today.  Changing the oil, oil filter, rear drive oil...

God, I love this bike. ;D
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 02, 2015, 11:48:47 am
Nicole, thanks for starting this thread.   :finger_fing11: :banana   It's one of the longer running threads that we have but it's a keeper.
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Post by: tomp on April 02, 2015, 01:13:56 pm
Nicole, thanks for starting this thread.   :finger_fing11: :banana   It's one of the longer running threads that we have but it's a keeper.
Agree with that.  On KLR650.net, there is a "what did..." thread for the gen ll's that started in 09, and is now 677 pages, with 13,539 replies.  A loyal bunch of riders there. Triumphrat.net has a "What did..." thread also started in 09, and it now has 1074 pages and 10,739 replies and over 1,009,000 views.   Some threads on ADV dwarf even those two.  Yes I am a member  and contributor to those two threads since they were relatively new. 

Hope to see this thread carry on for years to come, all thanks to Nicole, and those of us that really enjoy the C14.  tomp
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Post by: sailor_chic on April 02, 2015, 03:32:04 pm
I am amazed that it is on page 67. I would not have imagined that it would last so long. I do enjoy reading the posts that occur on here.
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Post by: maxtog on April 02, 2015, 03:54:53 pm
Nicole, thanks for starting this thread.   :finger_fing11: :banana   It's one of the longer running threads that we have but it's a keeper.

I think of it as the "almost anything goes" thread :)  Certainly does hold a record.  Fun thread, although I can't imagine any new member ever getting through it all!
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Post by: tomp on April 02, 2015, 05:37:03 pm
I think of it as the "almost anything goes" thread :)  Certainly does hold a record.  Fun thread, although I can't imagine any new member ever getting through it all!
With the right and interested person, it is not hard to do. Being mostly retired and single, if I find  threads, especially on ADV, that interests me, I will spend as many hours of spare time possible, reading it/them.  Never stop learning, I've been told. 

For example, on ADV, here's the C14 thread.  159 pages, 2378 replies.  Some of the same are here, but many there who are not.  I started on page 1, and since subscribed to updates. 

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=411903 (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=411903)   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AZ-ZG on April 02, 2015, 06:28:02 pm
Got all of Dirty Grrrl's juices changed in preparation for the run to TX for MotoGP and http://tourofhonor.com/ (http://tourofhonor.com/) site hunting!   :)    :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 02, 2015, 06:57:24 pm
Got all of Dirty Grrrl's juices changed in preparation for the run to TX for MotoGP and [url]http://tourofhonor.com/[/url] ([url]http://tourofhonor.com/[/url]) site hunting!   :)    :D
Would love to go to the GP weekend, but scheduled to work.  Please post some pics.  I hope Rossi wins, I really do.   tp
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Post by: Rhino on April 03, 2015, 06:59:08 am
I'll take some phone pics and vids. Would also love to see Rossi win but 93 sooooo dominated this track last year, I'm not holding my breath.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: mikeeitup on April 03, 2015, 06:41:49 pm
Oil change and a quick spin before the rain hit. I can't begin to say how much happier she rides right after an oil change. It's awesome.
Mike
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Post by: sailor_chic on April 04, 2015, 06:43:42 am
Oil change and a quick spin before the rain hit. I can't begin to say how much happier she rides right after an oil change. It's awesome.
Mike

I think a wash and wax also enhances the ride
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Post by: gPink on April 04, 2015, 06:50:00 am
I think a wash and wax also enhances the ride
:)
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 04, 2015, 06:57:09 am
I think a wash and wax also enhances the ride
:yikes:
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Post by: tomp on April 04, 2015, 07:06:28 am
Around here, cleaning the bug guts off the windshield makes the difference. 
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 04, 2015, 07:22:01 am
Cleaned and lubed the windscreen sliders and the levers.  Getting ready to ride it to Southside VA this morning.
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Post by: tomp on April 04, 2015, 07:27:43 am
Cleaned and lubed the windscreen sliders and the levers.  Getting ready to ride it to Southside VA this morning.
Have fun, Jim.  I'm getting ready to ride to work.  tp
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 04, 2015, 08:01:19 am
 :finger_fing11:
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Post by: maxtog on April 04, 2015, 09:09:44 am
Cleaned and lubed the windscreen sliders and the levers.  Getting ready to ride it to Southside VA this morning.

Ha- I will be riding up that way tomorrow to visit Mom.  Bike isn't very clean, and I don't have time to clean it today.

Around here, cleaning the bug guts off the windshield makes the difference.

Yeah, well, last night I got the first bug splats on my shield and windscreen this year :(   Let the bugs begin... (Oh, it was over 83F here.... freaky)
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Post by: tomp on April 04, 2015, 03:45:48 pm
Well, was going to ride it to work.  It was on empty, and no gas station time.  Took the RT instead.  A really nice bike, but it's NO C14, for sure.   Happy Easter to all who celebrate it.  tomp
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Post by: jimmymac on April 04, 2015, 04:41:39 pm
A clean bike is an unriden bike. ;D
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Post by: sailor_chic on April 05, 2015, 06:34:38 am
A clean bike is an unriden bike. ;D

I prefer to think of it as, A dirty bike is a sure sign of a lazy owner.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on April 05, 2015, 06:39:53 am
Short 60 mile therapy jaunt yesterday. This afternoon looking forward to more.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 05, 2015, 12:56:30 pm
I prefer to think of it as, A dirty bike is a sure sign of a lazy owner.

 :battle:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 05, 2015, 01:23:18 pm
I prefer to think of it as, A dirty bike is a sure sign of a lazy owner.
Possibly the sign of a very busy owner.  But in my case, it would probably be the lazy one.  Mine are all looking good and clean, mainly because I don't ride when it's wet.  That's why I have a car. 
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Post by: rwnielsen on April 05, 2015, 05:09:50 pm
Went for a 150 mile ride, got it up on the centerstand and am currently draining the oil. Very simple to do. My suzuki 1100e  is a project to change the oil. Off to Wally World... :-)
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Post by: tweeter55 on April 05, 2015, 06:44:27 pm
Changed the headlamp. High beam not working.
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Post by: gPink on April 05, 2015, 06:47:03 pm
Changed the headlamp. High beam not working.
Was it working before you changed it?
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Post by: harry76 on April 05, 2015, 06:48:11 pm
Rode the crap out of it today, it was a wonderful day in southern Indiana and the roads seem to be clear of most of the winter sand.
Saw another C14 on state Road 3 near Westport.
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Post by: tweeter55 on April 05, 2015, 07:31:47 pm
Was it working before you changed it?
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: uuuhhh...no.
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Post by: tomp on April 05, 2015, 07:46:23 pm
:rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao: uuuhhh...no.
Gotta love to love the confusing aspects of the English language.  tp
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Post by: gPink on April 05, 2015, 07:49:52 pm
More like the confusing aspects of tweeterese.
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Post by: tweeter55 on April 05, 2015, 07:52:38 pm
I'm not confused. I know exactly what I mean. Just the small fact nobody else does that gets in the way.
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Post by: B.D.F. on April 05, 2015, 08:12:26 pm
I finally got out to mine Friday and found it with a dead battery (no surprised really). So threw it on the charger Sat. and brought it up to 10 volts. A few more hours charging today and it hit 12 volts but while the dash and LCD did light up (and of course KiPass worked), the readings was kinda' funny and the bike showed me every single error it knows I think- I saw errors that I did not even know were coded into the bike. This was as the system voltage was passing below 8.0 volts of course and the ECU and dash display were getting pretty lightheaded. Methinks me needs a new battery so I ordered one and it is on the way.

Brian
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 05, 2015, 08:16:40 pm
I'll have 5 years on mine soon but it still starts fine even after letting it sit a month or so at a time.
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Post by: tomp on April 05, 2015, 08:38:50 pm
Since the 14 came into my garage  the RT and the Dyna have seen little use time.  Had to replace the Dyna battery, and a day charge fixed the RT's.  So far, the 14 has started every time, and hope it will continue, as it is still my favorite scoot.  tp
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Post by: maxtog on April 05, 2015, 08:41:49 pm
200 mile trip today to RIC and then later back... working fine, but a little chilly.  Amazing- not a single accident, lane closure, slowdown, incident, ANYTHING the whole way there and back.  I can't even remember the last time THAT happened (and I make that trip at least 8 times a year).  Disclaimer:  My memory isn't all that great, though.
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Post by: 1jeep on April 06, 2015, 11:48:31 am
Since the 14 came into my garage  the RT and the Dyna have seen little use time.  Had to replace the Dyna battery, and a day charge fixed the RT's.  So far, the 14 has started every time, and hope it will continue, as it is still my favorite scoot.  tp

this was one of my reasons for selling my HD ultra last year, I felt bad for her just sitting...now someone else is enjoying her.  I am fan of battery tenders, my HD was a 09 original battery always on a tender and never had a battery issue, I have all my machines on tenders.
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Post by: fartymarty on April 07, 2015, 12:14:33 am
V'Jim cover your ears eyes.....

I washed mine today.  :o :P :nuts: :censored:

OK V'Jim, it's safe.

I always thought that bikini bike washes were about dirty ol' men lookin' at the girls. Now I'm wiser. Bikini bike washes are about letting the girls think it's about them, when in reality it's about passing off a crappy job to someone else for a few bucks. What a royal pain, more nooks an crannies for dirt to hide, and then it starts to all look clean so you rinse it off and in a few minutes all the dirt starts showing up like you've done nothing but get you shoes and pants wet. Start scrubbing some more and you find new places that you know you missed the previous time. I think I now know why I always liked the looks of Honda's Pacific Coast bike, it looks easy to wash. Then you've got to roll the bike forward so you can get at other parts of the wheels to get them clean......from now on I'm gonna hunt down those bikini bike washes like I'm a pimply faced seventeen year old.

http://tinyurl.com/nh76zsb (http://tinyurl.com/nh76zsb)

Hmmmm....on second thought, maybe I'll just wash it once a year and come here to vent about it. ::)

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Post by: sailor_chic on April 07, 2015, 04:19:40 am
Getting your shoes and pants wet is the reason  why we wear a bikini to clean,less to get wet, and quick dry. Sadly I don't have that 17 year old body that you referred to.
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Post by: 1jeep on April 07, 2015, 05:55:49 am
I actually find this bike very easy to clean, my previous bike was a real pain with all that chrome and real paint.

Sailor chic..not all of us want a 17 year old....I prefer my woman with a little patina.
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Post by: Deziner on April 07, 2015, 06:41:03 am
I actually find this bike very easy to clean, my previous bike was a real pain with all that chrome and real paint.

Sailor chic..not all of us want a 17 year old....I prefer my woman with a little patina.

+1. On both counts.  8)

I enjoy cleaning by bikes, there's something about a really clean vehicle. You have NO idea what condition a vehicle is in till you properly wash and wax it.
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Post by: gPink on April 07, 2015, 07:03:11 am
A garden hose and duct tape.  :)
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Post by: rwnielsen on April 07, 2015, 10:32:38 am
(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p7/rwnielsen/BMWwash.jpg)

I go for the free hot dogs  8)
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Post by: elp_jc on April 07, 2015, 12:08:03 pm
Sadly I don't have that 17 year old body that you referred to.
Hey, don't feel bad. I'm sure you have a better body than most 17-yr olds I see around where I live ;). The obesity rate is ridiculous, even among young people.
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Post by: tomp on April 07, 2015, 06:14:37 pm
Nicole, you posted a pic a while back for me, remember?  17 year old girls's are simply jealous of you, and hope the grow up to look like you, and not their mama's.  17 year old boys know that the girls they know won't end up looking like you, but the girl's mamas.  Such is their disappointment in life. 

Maturity is something, that if we live long enough, we hopefully will possess.  I believe I have gotten half way there, by 80, maybe all the way.   
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Post by: Charlie747 on April 07, 2015, 06:21:35 pm
Rode 300+miles for a Banger & Mash lunch sat in the sun by the river seven
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Post by: tradrockrat on April 07, 2015, 06:50:47 pm
Inspection, 30 day tags, and a ran a few errands.  Then rode to the range because  a. I need to practice, and b. there's a two mile stretch of open road where I could open her up a little bit for the first time. whoowee...!
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Post by: tomp on April 07, 2015, 07:49:53 pm
Rode 300+miles for a Banger & Mash lunch sat in the sun by the river seven
I saw you posted that on the GTR site, too.  Must have been good eats.  I love good sausages and Mashed potatoes.  Some German Brats are really good sausages, too; especially with Dijon mustard and sauerkraut.     

Commuted to work and back today.  More evening traffic, but that just makes the trip edgier.  Same trip tomorrow.  tp
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Post by: Charlie747 on April 08, 2015, 12:20:55 am
I saw you posted that on the GTR site, too.  Must have been good eats.  I love good sausages and Mashed potatoes.  Some German Brats are really good sausages, too; especially with Dijon mustard and sauerkraut.     

Commuted to work and back today.  More evening traffic, but that just makes the trip edgier.  Same trip tomorrow.  tp

Yummy eats...............
3 x local sausage nice firm meaty + Mash that you could taste the butter and white pepper, served in a giant Yorkshire pudding and covered in onion gravy

Alas as riding back we could not sample the fine draft ales and larger..............despite the warmth of the sun demanding such pleasures.

Ride back was not bad as we missed the traffic round our second city Birmingham then the A14 and A43 dual carriageway was empty in places allowing up changes between 7-9k rpm and super cruise.

Just a bit concerned now as to what the post may  :hitfan: bring in the next few weeks  :rotflmao:
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Post by: Rhino on April 08, 2015, 07:09:37 am
I saw you posted that on the GTR site, too.  Must have been good eats.  I love good sausages and Mashed potatoes.  Some German Brats are really good sausages, too; especially with Dijon mustard and sauerkraut.     

Commuted to work and back today.  More evening traffic, but that just makes the trip edgier.  Same trip tomorrow.  tp


 :P I love the german food to be found in the hill country such as in Fredericksburg or New Braunfels.

From Altdorf biergarten in Fredericksburg:

(http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac177/sreinschmidt/IMG_20140228_133114_655_zps87f1401b.jpg)
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Post by: Charlie747 on April 08, 2015, 07:14:34 am
Man we need scratch and sniff technology for pub grub pictures like that Rhino  :chugbeer:

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Post by: Rhino on April 08, 2015, 07:23:01 am
Man we need scratch and sniff technology for pub grub pictures like that Rhino  :chugbeer:

Agreed Charlie!  :chugbeer: One of these days I'm going to cross the pond and take you up on a sausage tour!
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Post by: connie14boy on April 08, 2015, 08:08:27 am
Agreed Charlie!  :chugbeer: One of these days I'm going to cross the pond and take you up on a sausage tour!

Is that like a sausage fest?
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Post by: Deziner on April 08, 2015, 02:19:55 pm
Painted the mirror trim and the Givi topcase Neutron Silver
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Post by: maxtog on April 08, 2015, 05:19:14 pm
Painted the mirror trim and the Givi topcase Neutron Silver

Before and after photos? :)
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Post by: Deziner on April 09, 2015, 07:00:25 pm
Rode her to Vegas. Only about 300 miles but glorious despite the low miles.
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Post by: gPink on April 09, 2015, 07:16:28 pm
Rode her to Vegas. Only about 300 miles but glorious despite the low miles.
...but still 300 miles more than I rode today.
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Post by: sailor_chic on April 09, 2015, 07:46:13 pm
Glad you had a nice ride.  As mentioned, it's also 300 miles more than me as well.
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Post by: Deziner on April 09, 2015, 08:03:43 pm
World of difference between the C14 and my old Electra Glide
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Post by: XPLRN on April 09, 2015, 10:29:10 pm
World of difference between the C14 and my old Electra Glide

300 miles=plenty of 'Expedient Travel Tariff' potential as you were exploring those differences!! Especially on those nice long sweeping curves on the way up there.
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Post by: Deziner on April 12, 2015, 04:44:17 pm
Went for a ride this weekend and put on a little over 800 miles. I love the performance of this bike but I definitely have some comfort issues to deal with.

Gotta get higher handlebar.  Trying to decide which route to go. Might make my own...

Larger windshield on the short list. I hit a swarm of bees about 175 miles out of Vegas. I had guts and bee parts covering the outside of the windshield,  the inside of the windshield, all over the outside face shield of the helmet, the built in sun shade of the helmet, my gloves, jacket, everywhere. It was a real mess.

I think canyon cages would be good, additional peg locations may be nice.

And a throttle lock.
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Post by: gPink on April 12, 2015, 04:57:43 pm
Biggest complaint I had with the oem bars was the way they turned my wrist.
Still running the oem windscreen?
I understand the cages for tipover protection but are Ronnies pegs not enough to stretch out a bit?
I've got both a Throttlemeister and an OmniCruise. I use the Omni more.
When are you going to move the topcase over the passenger seat so we can get full use out of that 'big rack'?  :)
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Post by: maxtog on April 12, 2015, 05:13:38 pm
Went for a ride this weekend and put on a little over 800 miles.

Wow- that is a long ride!  Makes my little 60 mile ride yesterday and 50 mile ride today seem like nothing.

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Larger windshield on the short list. I hit a swarm of bees about 175 miles out of Vegas. I had guts and bee parts covering the outside of the windshield,  the inside of the windshield, all over the outside face shield of the helmet, the built in sun shade of the helmet, my gloves, jacket, everywhere. It was a real mess.

Yeah, I was hit with some insects this weekend for the first time this year... I dread what is coming.  What sucks is when it is hot and you need MORE airflow, but then hit a bunch of insects.

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I think canyon cages would be good, additional peg locations may be nice.

Go for it!  Canyons are a good investment.
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Post by: VirginiaJim on April 12, 2015, 05:27:31 pm
Did 250 miles in western VA..
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Post by: gPink on April 12, 2015, 05:52:33 pm
I rode 375 round trip for a Subway Club yesterday.  :doh:
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Post by: tomp on April 12, 2015, 06:03:13 pm
It rained, I worked, no riding.  Ditto for the rest of the work week.   Hope all have a great week.   tomp
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Post by: Deziner on April 12, 2015, 06:25:27 pm
I want to ride to Key West for a piece of Key lime pie.
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Post by: gPink on April 12, 2015, 06:31:40 pm
Better be a damn good piece of pie. The Club wasn't that good.
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 12, 2015, 08:31:17 pm
Went for a ride this weekend and put on a little over 800 miles. I love the performance of this bike but I definitely have some comfort issues to deal with.

Gotta get higher handlebar.  Trying to decide which route to go. Might make my own...

Larger windshield on the short list. I hit a swarm of bees about 175 miles out of Vegas. I had guts and bee parts covering the outside of the windshield,  the inside of the windshield, all over the outside face shield of the helmet, the built in sun shade of the helmet, my gloves, jacket, everywhere. It was a real mess.

I think canyon cages would be good, additional peg locations may be nice.

And a throttle lock.

Nice little ride!
I'm with ya on the bigger windshield.
I bought my risers from AST(took way to long to get here and they were not painted and only received half of what I ordered ) they work well with the stock bars.
Canyon cages allowed me to put some highway pegs that allow for a good stretch on those long rides.
Sheep skin helps with the oem seat
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Post by: Rhino on April 13, 2015, 07:04:56 am
Rode to COTA Saturday and Sunday for MotoGP!
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Post by: Deziner on April 13, 2015, 07:20:15 am
Sweet!  Good race?
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Post by: Rhino on April 13, 2015, 07:23:38 am
Sweet!  Good race?

Once Marquez got in the lead he ran away with it again this year. But Rossi and Lorenzo battles it out with Ducati for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Excellent race.
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 13, 2015, 07:11:08 pm
Installed canyon cages on the 2012! I'm finally on the cage bandwagon haha. Hoping they'll only be used for a foot rest and not for the intended purpose...

Sadly while tightening the last inside brace I remembered I need to do my 15k maintenance this summer... crap  :-[
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Post by: Cruise Missile on April 13, 2015, 08:21:18 pm
Installed my Phil's Rack that arrived this afternoon. Thanks Phil, That is a fine piece of Farkle!!!!! really makes the Kawi top case behave.
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Post by: AZ-ZG on April 14, 2015, 08:35:58 pm
Spent about 3 hours in the rain on I-10.   :)
Left Hammond, LA and the rain did not stop until FL.   :o

This was day 2 of my return from Austin for MotoGP and spent 2 hours in the rain the day before. 

Camping was finished. I got a hotel in Hammond.   ;)
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 14, 2015, 08:42:49 pm
Spent about 3 hours in the rain on I-10.   :)
Left Hammond, LA and the rain did not stop until FL.   :o

This was day 2 of my return from Austin for MotoGP and spent 2 hours in the rain the day before. 

Camping was finished. I got a hotel in Hammond.   ;)

Haha I know that feeling, caught a bad storm on my first trip on the Concours last year. Did the same thing, hotel instead of camping that night  ;D
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Post by: tomp on April 14, 2015, 09:07:01 pm
Rained like crazy here until shortly AFTER I got to work, so took the car.  Ride to work tomorrow, and then off for the next three days.  90-100% chance of rain on those days.  Wish nature would check out my work schedule occasionally. Or maybe it did...Cruel for sure.

AZ-ZG, you did make it home OK, right?   Did you watch  the Superbike aces, too?  I do like to watch Cameron and Josh compete.  Lots of fun there.  No one runs away with it, like Marquez in GP.   tp
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Post by: Classvino on April 15, 2015, 08:34:52 am
Planned on riding to work today (like the past couple days) but found that I'd left the key turned on last night - DUH! - battery totally dead again...

I'm starting to think I've got some kind of mental block going on here - this is the first time this season, but did it a couple times last year...

If I don't kill my battery doing this, it's going to start hating me just on general principles...

Put it on the charger and drove the van to work.

Jamie
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 15, 2015, 08:55:48 am
Oh that's rough, had to drive the van instead? Check out the beeper modules you can install that make it beep like a car will when you leave it turned to on and the engine off. I've heard a few people talking about them on here before.
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Post by: tomp on April 15, 2015, 09:06:28 am
Planned on riding to work today (like the past couple days) but found that I'd left the key turned on last night - DUH! - battery totally dead again...

Put it on the charger and drove the van to work.

Jamie
That's why I always lock my forks and check them before getting off the bike. Insures I turned the KIPASS OFF.   

And however we get to work, let's just be glad we have work to go to, in today's crazy world, whether in USA or Canada. 
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 15, 2015, 02:54:58 pm
That's a good idea locking the forks so you make sure you have it turned off. And yep, even if you have to ride a bicycle or run, a job to go to is always good!
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Post by: Conrad on April 16, 2015, 05:06:39 am
That's why I always lock my forks and check them before getting off the bike. Insures I turned the KIPASS OFF.   

And however we get to work, let's just be glad we have work to go to, in today's crazy world, whether in USA or Canada.

What is this 'work' you speak of and why should I be going there?    ;)
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Post by: Deziner on April 16, 2015, 06:21:11 am
What is this 'work' you speak of and why should I be going there?    ;)

 :battle:
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Post by: tomp on April 16, 2015, 08:25:25 am
What is this 'work' you speak of and why should I be going there?    ;)
Those of us, not independently wealthy, go there to keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.  No one has to work, it seems, as almost half of our nation is on some form of government welfare.  I'm going to work to feed and house them too, as some one's gotta do it. 

Beautiful outside right now,but Severe thunder storms heading this way, so no real riding will be done today or tomorrow.  My tires do need a couple of pounds of air, and I'll do that before riding again.   
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Post by: Classvino on April 16, 2015, 02:14:13 pm
Oh that's rough, had to drive the van instead? Check out the beeper modules you can install that make it beep like a car will when you leave it turned to on and the engine off. I've heard a few people talking about them on here before.

Yup. A minivan. With baby-seats and all.  Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds - It's got A/C, a decent stereo, and I can drink coffee on the way...  But no fun factor, and it costs 3 times as much in fuel...

Work?  Got to.  Well, like tomp says, I guess there are many that prove it's not absolutely necessary, but I guess I'm too proud not to. Never had to resort to govt. assistance.  So far, anyways.

Anyways, back to the topic :  (I wish I could say I had something really important on my mind when I left the bike ignition on, but, just between us, that would be untrue...)

I was thinking on this last night, and since experience has proved that I'm too dense to remember to turn the darn thing off...

I wondered if someone experienced in designing/making electronic type farkles would have any ideas whether it would be possible to make an inline circuit that would kick in if the ignition key was 'on' but the engine was not running for a specified amount of time (say 5 or 10 minutes) and cut the power to the ignition - to be reset by turning the key to either 'Off' or 'Lock'...?  I think I could make a circuit to run a relay on a timer  (using a programmable ATTiny chip...) that could cut power, but how to make it so it'd need to be turned off to re-enable it is beyond me...

What'd'ya think?

Jamie
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 16, 2015, 02:30:12 pm
I saw a while back a module that would turn off when the voltage dropped below a certain point to leave you enough power to be able to turn back on. I'm trying to find it...

https://dashcamtalk.com/battery-discharge-prevention/

This is along the same lines and could probably be adapted, still looking for the original thing I had seen before.
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Post by: Classvino on April 16, 2015, 03:10:28 pm
https://dashcamtalk.com/battery-discharge-prevention/

Hmmmm...

Not sure you'd want to let the battery drain enough to have it cut off power, and if you set the voltage cutoff high enough that the drain was minimal, I can see there being starting issues - imagine the power kicking out whenever you pressed the starter button...  And I don't want to cut all the power - just the circuits that'd be cut by turning the key off anyway... 

Maybe possible, but certainly beyond my meager skills to adapt it... 

I think a timed solution is the way to go...

Jamie
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Post by: tomp on April 16, 2015, 03:38:05 pm
Sounds interesting, but for me just something else to fail.  I'll stick with locking the forks. When the proposed system is completed, post up, as I would like to see it.  My Dyna doesn't need a key, but the power switch on the tank needs to be turned off after riding.  I forgot to do that only once.  Door nail dead battery discovered at an inopportune time. 

Heavy thunderstorms here today, I could only think about riding on my day off.  Same tomorrow.  Looks like I may be able to commute to work by C14 next week.  Hope all have a wonderful weekend. 
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Post by: jimmymac on April 16, 2015, 04:01:55 pm
I really enjoyed the ride to work today. Low 40s when I left. Had the heated liner, seat and grips going. Very comfy, and the bike was a jet. 75 on the way home with my heated liner and heavier gloves in the bags. That bike can really do it all. 8)
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Post by: Deziner on April 16, 2015, 04:17:37 pm
If there was only a way to know if I turned off my ignition switch.....
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Post by: tomp on April 16, 2015, 04:21:25 pm
If there was only a way to know if I turned off my ignition switch.....
LOCK YOUR FORKS!!!   :) ;) :D ;D

 I guess you were referring to Master Kipass, right..... tp

Went out with fob and turned Master Kipass to on position, took fob out of range to see if the system would shut off automatically.  It didn't, but when I turned it off,  the "no transponder" warning blinked at me a while until the screen went blank. 
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Post by: Deziner on April 16, 2015, 04:26:35 pm
I can't honestly tell you the last time I DIDN'T use the ignition switch to turn off a motorcycle. Why would a person use the kill switch? None of my street cars or trucks have a kill switch.  :nuts:
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Post by: tomp on April 16, 2015, 04:36:58 pm
I can't honestly tell you the last time I DIDN'T use the ignition switch to turn off a motorcycle. Why would a person use the kill switch? None of my street cars or trucks have a kill switch.  :nuts:
Normally because the kill/emergency/engine off switch is conveniently thumb operated, and a hand doesn't need to be removed from front brake actuation to turn off the ignition.  At least that's what I have read in countless forum posts from many different model owners.  Kill switch usage, yay or nay, seems to be a hot topic on most all motorcycle forums, for some reason. 

I use the Kill switch, then turn off the ignition, by locking the forks, then place the kill switch back to the 'on' position, so I won't wonder why the damn thing won't start with the next use. 

Personally, I liked the way my old dirt bikes worked.  Give it a kick,  it started.  To kill the engine press the button on the handle bars with left thumb.  Rinnnnnggg ding ding ding, da dinnnnnnnngggg...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on April 17, 2015, 12:23:27 am
Check out the beeper modules you can install that make it beep like a car will when you leave it turned to on and the engine off. I've heard a few people talking about them on here before.
Words of wisdom wasted on deaf ears?..or so it would seem.

 warning buzzer  (http://www.cog-online.org/clubportal/clubstatic.cfm?clubID=1328&pubmenuoptID=29563) I installed this (no not today) and also installed a flashing LED in parallel with the buzzer. Helps me respond a little faster when I'm slow in removing the ear plugs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 17, 2015, 04:20:35 am
I turn the key to on, start the bike, ride the bike, stop the bike, turn the key to off.  Never had an issue.  Don't use the kill switch at all.  It has cobwebs on it.  Don't lock the forks either.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 17, 2015, 05:15:06 am
Those of us, not independently wealthy, go there to keep a roof over our heads and food in our bellies.  No one has to work, it seems, as almost half of our nation is on some form of government welfare.  I'm going to work to feed and house them too, as some one's gotta do it. 

Beautiful outside right now,but Severe thunder storms heading this way, so no real riding will be done today or tomorrow.  My tires do need a couple of pounds of air, and I'll do that before riding again.

Independently wealthy? If only...

I'm just a poor ex working stiff who put in his 30 years working for the state as a civil service worker who is now enjoying NOT working immensely! 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on April 17, 2015, 07:34:53 am
I turn the key to on, start the bike, ride the bike, stop the bike, turn the key to off.  Never had an issue.  Don't use the kill switch at all.  It has cobwebs on it.  Don't lock the forks either.

That's how I do it
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 17, 2015, 09:03:59 am
I turn the key to on, start the bike, ride the bike, stop the bike, turn the key to off.  Never had an issue.  Don't use the kill switch at all.  It has cobwebs on it.  Don't lock the forks either.
Yeah, but you are the admin, and as such, you have, unknown to mere mortals, super memory powers, that allow you to see random negative possibilities, and steer clear of them.  At least that's what I've heard... tp ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Classvino on April 17, 2015, 09:53:20 am
That's how I do it

Me too.  When I remember.

Jamie
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 17, 2015, 10:40:39 am
Yeah, but you are the admin, and as such, you have, unknown to mere mortals, super memory powers, that allow you to see random negative possibilities, and steer clear of them.  At least that's what I've heard... tp ;D

Believe me, I've seen quite a few random negative possibilities here in my time..  The entertainment never ends.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 17, 2015, 10:56:08 am
Believe me, I've seen quite a few random negative possibilities here in my time..  The entertainment never ends.
TOLD YA. . .tp  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 17, 2015, 11:50:12 am
See, FartMarty knew what I was talking about! I knew I saw the install on one of these forums lol... Personally I use the kill switch because I just hit the button with my thumb and leave the bike in gear, then open the glovebox up, then turn off the ignition switch... and leave the key of course, I do love that about the system.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on April 17, 2015, 01:21:46 pm
Nothing goes together like warning lights and warning buzzers.

If only someone would come out with a Plug 'n Play version of that thing..... if only....

Brian

Words of wisdom wasted on deaf ears?..or so it would seem.

 warning buzzer  ([url]http://www.cog-online.org/clubportal/clubstatic.cfm?clubID=1328&pubmenuoptID=29563[/url]) I installed this (no not today) and also installed a flashing LED in parallel with the buzzer. Helps me respond a little faster when I'm slow in removing the ear plugs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 17, 2015, 01:23:44 pm
Quit dreaming.  It ain't gonna happen.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on April 17, 2015, 01:32:48 pm
Of course you are correct.

But still, if it did happen, in some hypothetical universe, I wonder what it would look like?

(http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f82/BDF08012008/P1010143.jpg) (http://s45.photobucket.com/user/BDF08012008/media/P1010143.jpg.html)

Brian

Quit dreaming.  It ain't gonna happen.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 17, 2015, 01:42:49 pm
Probably like that picture...I would imagine.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on April 17, 2015, 03:00:25 pm
To kill the engine press the button on the handle bars with left thumb.  Rinnnnnggg ding ding ding, da dinnnnnnnngggg...
We used to mount those on our street bikes,  left side...for shifting. BMW went a step further and calls it Shift Assist.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 17, 2015, 03:19:56 pm
We used to mount those on our street bikes,  left side...for shifting. BMW went a step further and calls it Shift Assist.
Makes sense.  Shift  Assist or quick shifters are cool, but I don't normally feel the need to get into the next gear that fast.  Learned the feathered clutch technique decades ago, and it suffices when needed.  I do love slipper clutches for down shifting, that's for sure.  tp   
Put on my boots for a ride, and checked the weather radar, and damned if there isn't a huge thunderstorm system quickly heading my way.  Guess the boots are coming off, now...tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 17, 2015, 06:05:15 pm
Friday night humor.  Raining now, and all weekend.   Hope many (all?) on here get to ride and enjoy the weeknd.  tp

If stuck indoors too, take a listen to this.  Almost as cool as riding, and sometimes even more so. The actual innovator of so much that came later. His left hand was severely burned in a fire, so he performs with only three fingers of his left hand.  Makes what he did even more impressive.  OK, it's not directly tied to the C14, but anyone who has the sophistication to ride one, has the same to appreciate Django (and Stephane on the violin).  tomp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq0tPjdfHME (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq0tPjdfHME)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 18, 2015, 02:04:28 pm
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What did you do to your Concours today?

I washed it!  But during that, VirginiaJim stopped by for a visit on his way back home.  Pretty day.  He left, I finished washing then drying bike.  Then quickly treated my CycleShell cover with UV protectant (10 min?) .  Went to start the bike to move it back and it was yellow again  >:(   At least it has no insect guts all over it.  Time for a nap!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 18, 2015, 03:58:04 pm
I certainly encouraged Max to keep washing.  The best exercise I ever had.  It really was pointless, though.  He would wash one side and go the other and the side he washed first was full of pollen again.  That's what happens when you wash a bike, it gets dirty again and you have to do it all over again.  Hold on, I have to get a beer.  Be right back.  You know, I really need a steak as well.

Ok, I'm back.  Rode down to Norfolk to do a job this morning and then rode back (after seeing Max, of course)...couple of hundred miles or so.  Traffic was backed up 6 miles to HRBT so I turned around went the long way to the other tunnel (MM).  Traffic was a bi*** so I got off on 17 and went north from there.

Had a city light go out.  Saw what Max had and I think I'm going to do the same once he tells me what he got for his bike.  The cushy drive came in today so I'll probably be putting that in next weekend along with RandRing the rear of the bike.  It will be interesting to see if there is any wear on it.  I'll keep you posted.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 18, 2015, 04:50:54 pm
I certainly encouraged Max to keep washing.  The best exercise I ever had.  It really was pointless, though.  He would wash one side and go the other and the side he washed first was full of pollen again.  That's what happens when you wash a bike, it gets dirty again and you have to do it all over again.  Hold on, I have to get a beer.  Be right back.  You know, I really need a steak as well.

Ok, I'm back.  Rode down to Norfolk to do a job this morning and then rode back (after seeing Max, of course)...couple of hundred miles or so.  Traffic was backed up 6 miles to HRBT so I turned around went the long way to the other tunnel (MM).  Traffic was a bi*** so I got off on 17 and went north from there.

Had a city light go out.  Saw what Max had and I think I'm going to do the same once he tells me what he got for his bike.  The cushy drive came in today so I'll probably be putting that in next weekend along with RandRing the rear of the bike.  It will be interesting to see if there is any wear on it.  I'll keep you posted.

? ? ?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 18, 2015, 05:03:43 pm
? ? ?
+1.  Even google didn't have any idea what Jim meant.  I'm sure he will enlighten us soon...  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 18, 2015, 05:14:29 pm
+1.  Even google didn't have any idea what Jim meant.  I'm sure he will enlighten us soon...  tp
The best I got from google was a German butterfly.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 18, 2015, 05:29:46 pm
Sounds good to me.  I like butterflies.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 18, 2015, 05:32:27 pm
Sounds good to me.  I like butterflies.
What, gonna leave us in suspense?  Google did mention something in Hindi, but didn't think Jim spoke Hindi.  Could be wrong....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 18, 2015, 05:55:07 pm
What did I do today? Went on a ride with my dad, got rained on about 30 minutes on the way back, but that's eastern NC for you. But then I got to test out my Canyon Cages!  ::) Haha, left the bike in my driveway which is packed gravel, normally good to go. Apparently it rained a lot more than I thought and when I went outside I found a Concours on it's side! Cages worked great, nothing else touched the ground, and I was easily able to raise it back up grabbing the cage and the handlebars.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 18, 2015, 05:57:01 pm
Where's the pics?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 18, 2015, 06:01:43 pm
What, gonna leave us in suspense?  Google did mention something in Hindi, but didn't think Jim spoke Hindi.  Could be wrong....
Might be something he picked up on the Silk Road on the way to Outremer.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 18, 2015, 06:15:58 pm
I do have a pic but first more beer and a steak...trying Blue Moon.   Tastes pretty good with the orange slice in it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 18, 2015, 06:31:27 pm
I do have a pic but first more beer and a steak...trying Blue Moon.   Tastes pretty good with the orange slice in it.
Not that there's anything wrong with that....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 18, 2015, 07:11:50 pm
Not that there's anything wrong with that....
Titos my friend, Titos.  Goes with anything or nothing at all.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AZ-ZG on April 18, 2015, 07:28:50 pm
Actually on 4-8-15 at Bastrop state park, TX, camping for MotoGP.   :)

Noticed the night before in LA a headlight was out.
Had an aftermarket HID kit.
No names because it was an ok kit with great customer service!
Get used to two headlights and having only one sucks! 
Especially if the light ain't going where it should.

Anywho, in about 45 minutes, tore the bike down and pulled the HID system and plugged the sockets with Sylvania H4 Ultra Super-Duper-Blah-Blah-Blah    ;)

Love it!
Sorry, the dumpster containg the HID got cleared the next morning.  :D

No pictures, it didn't happen?   :P
It did.
Too irritated, and darkness coming, to horse around!   8)



Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 18, 2015, 07:44:56 pm
Actually on 4-8-15 at Bastrop state park, TX, camping for MotoGP.   :)

Noticed the night before in LA a headlight was out.
Had an aftermarket HID kit.
No names because it was an ok kit with great customer service!
Get used to two headlights and having only one sucks! 
Especially if the light ain't going where it should.

Anywho, in about 45 minutes, tore the bike down and pulled the HID system and plugged the sockets with Sylvania H4 Ultra Super-Duper-Blah-Blah-Blah    ;)

Love it!
Sorry, the dumpster containg the HID got cleared the next morning.  :D

No pictures, it didn't happen?   :P
It did.
Too irritated, and darkness coming, to horse around!   8)
No sweat.  You got to watch MotoGP, and that's what really counts.  I remember going to TransAm and Inter Am MX races in the early 70s.  Nothing else mattered, than watching and shooting pictures of the world's best, DeCoster, Gabores, Ake, Hikki, etc, and Americans Tripes, Hannah, etc.  Had to be there to understand the thrill.  Burned out lights was just a side note, right..... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 18, 2015, 08:23:41 pm
Rode down to Norfolk to do a job this morning and then rode back (after seeing Max, of course)...couple of hundred miles or so.  Traffic was backed up 6 miles to HRBT so I turned around went the long way to the other tunnel (MM).  Traffic was a bi*** so I got off on 17 and went north from there.


The HRBT is almost always a nightmare :(  I hate it, it makes traveling such a PITA.

Quote
Had a city light go out.  Saw what Max had and I think I'm going to do the same once he tells me what he got for his bike. 


Do not get these:  http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=810.msg22916#msg22916 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=810.msg22916#msg22916)
Do look at these: http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18301.msg225379#msg225379 (http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=18301.msg225379#msg225379)

Looks like they have a newer version now too:  http://www.vleds.com/shop-bulb-numbers/194-168-158-led/6-hv.html (http://www.vleds.com/shop-bulb-numbers/194-168-158-led/6-hv.html)  which are $5 more and they claim are even brighter than the ones I used.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 18, 2015, 11:18:31 pm
$30 a piece?  :yikes:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 19, 2015, 06:07:21 am
$30 a piece?  :yikes:

No, that is a pair.  $25 for the ones I have, $30 for the newer model.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 19, 2015, 07:23:13 am
I see now..

$15 for one?  :yikes:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 19, 2015, 09:17:37 am
I see now..

$15 for one?  :yikes:

There is no pleasing you, is there?  :)  If you get the others, it is $12.50 for one.  Considering you will [theoretically] never have to replace them again, that isn't too bad (although it isn't great either).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 19, 2015, 09:42:55 am
No, there isn't.  Ask my wife.  I think I'm going to try long life 194 amber bulbs and see what they look like first.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rwnielsen on April 19, 2015, 10:45:23 am
I wiped my bike down with Quick Detailer, buffed most of the boot marks off  the side cases and am currently about 75 miles from home with no specific destination. Life is good  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 19, 2015, 11:26:03 am
No, there isn't.  Ask my wife.  I think I'm going to try long life [incandescent] 194 amber bulbs and see what they look like first.

I could have given you my old ones while you were here!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 19, 2015, 11:47:10 am
 :doh:   However, the traditional bulbs look good and only cost me $6..long life 194NA from Sylvania.  Bear in mind that this is the first time I've had to replace a city light since I bought the bike in Aug of 07, so if it goes another 8 years between changes, I'll just have to deal with it.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 19, 2015, 12:08:12 pm
 8) 1st ride into the Rockies today.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 19, 2015, 01:34:09 pm
I bet that's an awesome area to ride in. Digging the white sheepskin cover too!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 19, 2015, 02:32:19 pm
 ;D yeah it is nice get back to those roads, get to wear out the sides of the tires again. The sheepskin helps keep me warm in those 46* temps up there, and a good supplement to the stock seat.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 19, 2015, 02:38:52 pm
Yep! I know when I've spent too much time on the interstate and need to cut down the side a little in the mountains haha
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on April 19, 2015, 02:52:10 pm
Successfully test fit a newly acquired OEM 2015 vented windshield to my 2010 C14, so YES it does fit! Final answer. :thumbs: :banana  :D

Even if it turns out not to help with the back pressure I experience when the windshield is raised, it'll hopefully be the last one I buy. I'm just tired of messing with it and I'm going to just accept it and live with it. After trying several modified OEMs, a Cal-Sci, MRA, and the "try a windshield for free" large group, I'm done with it. It is what it is. I'll probably replace my helmet in a couple of years and find out that it was the back pressure culprit all along.  ::)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 19, 2015, 02:58:08 pm
Let us know how it works out.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 19, 2015, 03:01:33 pm
What does it weigh compared to oem or aftermarket? My understanding is that the mechanism was beefed up to accommodate the extra.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on April 19, 2015, 05:08:16 pm
What does it weigh compared to oem or aftermarket? My understanding is that the mechanism was beefed up to accommodate the extra.

I didn't weight it but it didn't seem significantly heavier. The plastic is thicker in the mounting screw area so that's good. I'll weight it later (in the week, not today) and report back here. My initial impression was that the scoop or vent is going to be a little difficult to operate while moving but maybe mine just needs a little grease in the detent area. As to whether they actually beefed up the mechanism because of the new windshield or perhaps just because the original wasn't as robust as it should have been, well I guess that's open for debate. Like I said, I'll get around to weighing them but for now my initial impression is that it doesn't weigh more than the next size larger aftermarket screen. The aerodynamic load of the scoop open at speed will most likely have more effect on the mechanism than any extra weight would IMO, but then "I ain't no meckineck, I'm jus' a parts replacer." (a quote from I guy I worked with in my youth too many years ago at a gas station).
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 19, 2015, 09:52:33 pm
Is the overall size the same as the prior years, just has the vents built in? I'm looking forward to your review, hope it works out for you!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on April 20, 2015, 06:50:50 am
I just ordered some new Tankslapper protection for my saddlebags and gas tank.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on April 21, 2015, 11:43:25 am
Is the overall size the same as the prior years, just has the vents built in?

Yes same height and width, different in the middle near the vent. Thicker plex in that area and a front protruding lip, more than just a hole cut for the vent, pictures later. (I'm lazy right now. Well, more often than now, let's just leave it at currently.)

Of course you are correct.

But still, if it did happen, in some hypothetical universe, I wonder what it would look like?

([url]http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f82/BDF08012008/P1010143.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s45.photobucket.com/user/BDF08012008/media/P1010143.jpg.html[/url])


I've heard promises of that showing up on some web site (http://www.incontrolne.com/incontrol_9_mar_2014_006.htm) for over a year it seems. I wonder why that guy doesn't get it up there already. I think it would be his biggest seller!....hmmm..OH..OK, now I get it..That is what he's worried about..as he's lazy (currently) too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on April 21, 2015, 12:31:10 pm
I am with you Marty- that guy is unreliable..... if only he would put Kirby in charge, things might progress a little bit.

To be honest, the web site software is spanking me, I do not want to spend the money for 'real' software such as Dreamweaver, and Expression Web is a little bit.... 'Microsofty' (read: odd and somewhat difficult to get repeatability).

Brian


I've heard promises of that showing up on some web site ([url]http://www.incontrolne.com/incontrol_9_mar_2014_006.htm[/url]) for over a year it seems. I wonder why that guy doesn't get it up there already. I think it would be his biggest seller!....hmmm..OH..OK, now I get it..That is what he's worried about..as he's lazy (currently) too.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 21, 2015, 06:52:04 pm
Rode to Surry, VA and back home.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 21, 2015, 07:00:35 pm
Rode the 14 around a while, and then the RT needed some love too.  Rode it a while.  A very different, more sedate ride on the RT, but exceeding posted limits comes just as easily on it, simply no sensation of speed, even well over 100MPH. 

Suppose to rain the next seven days.  Oh well, gotta work most of those days anyway.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 22, 2015, 04:36:26 am
After discovering that my left low beam headlight was burned out, I ordered a new pair from Amazon.

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJWUPC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJWUPC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jrodizzle07 on April 23, 2015, 10:46:24 pm
Installed highway pegs on the canyon cages and installed the rear crash bars. Only had time for about 30 miles tonight, but really liking the pegs! It'll take a few shots to get them adjusted to where I want them, but it's great being able to stretch the legs a bit. Rivco 1" clamps and Rivco anti-vibration highway pegs.

I think I'll move the clamps to the front vertical bar right above the bar they're currently on. I also liked laying my legs on the pegs instead of putting my feet on them it seemed.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 24, 2015, 04:56:28 am
Washed and waxed her and then went for a nice long ride.   :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 24, 2015, 05:30:35 am
Helped a friend ( new street rider) pick up his 2015 KTM 1190R. Man is that thing tall.  Nice looking bike with all those colours together.
Gave him a quick lesson in street riding. The three most important things about street bike riding.
1- no one sees you.
2- no one sees you.
3- they're all blind and can't see you.
He's been riding dirt bikes for a number of years, so it was just the street transition for his assimilation.
Motorcycle Learners requires a listened rider to follow up here.
We then rode to some of the smaller towns south west of Calgary on some of the secondary highways.  Watched a BMW rider get pulled over for speeding past us. Anyways it was a pleasure to watch him on his new ride, brought back some memories of picking up my new bikes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tweeter55 on April 24, 2015, 05:32:22 am
Washed and waxed her
:yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on April 24, 2015, 05:37:03 am
Washed and waxed her and then went for a nice long ride.   :)

All before 7am?  Yuck!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on April 24, 2015, 05:57:53 am
Helped a friend ( new street rider) pick up his 2015 KTM 1190R. Man is that thing tall.  Nice looking bike with all those colours together.
Gave him a quick lesson in street riding. The three most important things about street bike riding.
1- no one sees you.
2- no one sees you.
3- they're all blind and can't see you.
He's been riding dirt bikes for a number of years, so it was just the street transition for his assimilation.
Motorcycle Learners requires a listened rider to follow up here.
We then rode to some of the smaller towns south west of Calgary on some of the secondary highways.  Watched a BMW rider get pulled over for speeding past us. Anyways it was a pleasure to watch him on his new ride, brought back some memories of picking up my new bikes.
Interesting choice of bike for a street noob...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on April 24, 2015, 06:12:45 am
:yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes: :yikes:

+1!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 24, 2015, 06:13:53 am
All before 7am?  Yuck!!

Want What can I say, I'm a morning person.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: fartymarty on April 24, 2015, 09:48:37 am
Want can I say, I'm a morning person.

Maybe better get another cup o' jo.  ;)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 25, 2015, 03:11:09 am
Interesting choice of bike for a street noob...

Raised in the dirt and doesn't want to let it go! He owns two MX bikes.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Ghost Rider 2 on April 25, 2015, 04:39:10 am
Installed highway pegs on the canyon cages and installed the rear crash bars. Only had time for about 30 miles tonight, but really liking the pegs! It'll take a few shots to get them adjusted to where I want them, but it's great being able to stretch the legs a bit. Rivco 1" clamps and Rivco anti-vibration highway pegs.

I think I'll move the clamps to the front vertical bar right above the bar they're currently on. I also liked laying my legs on the pegs instead of putting my feet on them it seemed.
  That is the same set up I installed on my 09 about a month ago. My bike is black and just did not want any chrome on it. I do like the rivco pegs.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 25, 2015, 07:26:04 am
Maybe better get another cup o' jo.  ;)

I guess no one told my fingers about me being a morning person?   :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 25, 2015, 10:19:47 am
Nothing today, yet. Rode out to Pasadena yesterday. Gale force headwind,  dust storm, temps in the 40's w/rain. Good ride!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Jim H on April 25, 2015, 02:49:42 pm
Put the front PR3 on earlier this week and today was 1st chance to ride! Only got 50 miles on them but went up over Blue Mountain ski resort (still had snow) and a lot of twisties.  didn't ride real hard but managed to get most of the tire scubbed in.  Only 50* out....where is spring?  LOL
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: texrider on April 25, 2015, 05:58:26 pm
Finally got out to ride this morning, even if it was to work.
Passed through a shaded area in a curve and side slipped both tires in a thin patch of dirt. :o
The bike grabbed a new line and took it all in stride, before I could even pucker. ;D
She's a keeper! 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on April 25, 2015, 07:55:03 pm
Put some green oil in her today.
Dif oil doesn't pour well at 4* C (39f)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 26, 2015, 07:21:23 pm
Rode back to Phoenix. One leg of the trip was 210 miles, nonstop, 2 hours 40 minutes. A little over 700 miles this weekend.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 26, 2015, 08:12:47 pm
One leg of the trip was 210 miles, nonstop, 2 hours 40 minutes.

That's an average of 78.75 MPH.  Out there, was that within legal posted limits?  So much in Texas is posted at 75 MPH now, we can stay under around 83 and be left alone.   Man, I hope 55 never returns, that was misery.....tp

Rode to work, cloudy.  Stormed like crazy while I was working.  Bike got a washing.  Wiped it off and rode home in the cool of the post rain night. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 26, 2015, 08:40:00 pm
The posted limit was 65 for about half of that and 70 for the other half. All but 17 miles was in California. Big trucks are limited to 55 and there is a 26 mile stretch that is virtually all up hill between Indio and Chirriaco Summit. That can really mess with average speed.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 26, 2015, 08:46:19 pm
The posted limit was 65 for about half of that and 70 for the other half. All but 17 miles was in California. Big trucks are limited to 55 and there is a 26 mile stretch that is virtually all up hill between Indio and Chirriaco Summit. That can really mess with average speed.
Knowing that, YOU DONE GOOD, SIR...  Radar detector, or just careful in certain areas?  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 26, 2015, 08:57:27 pm
I just ride.  The part that I was pleased with is going 210 miles without stopping. I've never had a bike with that kind of range before. At least not at those speeds. Maybe my K12 LT but I was riding with guys with shorter range. If I get the ergonomics sorted out, I'll be able to cover some serious ground.  ;D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 26, 2015, 09:40:44 pm
I get that.  At my age, I can do the 200 mile jaunts, but prefer to stop around every hundred just to top off and clear the bladder.  To me, the stock seat is the most limiting factor to longer jaunts, but the cost of replacement is currently out of my budget.  VStream shield and 2" risers made a big ergo difference for me.  If the pegs were down an inch, that would make things better too.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 26, 2015, 09:56:01 pm
Vstream is next. The screen I have now is smaller than stock.  Helibars as soon as I can afford them. Mercifully, the bike came with a Sargent seat.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on April 27, 2015, 10:05:10 am
Amazon contacted me today and stated that there bottom line numbers weren't as positive as usual, and they said it was due to my lack of purchases there within the past 4 weeks.
So being a good citizen,  and concerned for the well being of a behemoth Corp., I decided that I did need a new tank bag and hydration bladder. Out came the worn out debit card, and transaction was complete. So I have performed my duties as an addicted Amazon customer to keep them afloat. Plus I got a cool new tankbag.  Now I just need to get home before the UPS delivers. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 27, 2015, 10:18:26 am
Nice! I have a Nelson Rigg tank bag with a 64 oz hydration bag. I hated the small deal you have to bite to get the water out of. I ended up taking that nozzle off and putting a pinch clamp on the tube. I like it much better that way.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 27, 2015, 10:27:49 am
Amazon contacted me today and stated that there bottom line numbers weren't as positive as usual, and they said is was due to my lack of purchases there within the past 4 weeks.
So being a good citizen,  and concerned for the well being of a behemoth Corp., I decided that I did need a new tank bag and hydration bladder. Out came the worn out debit card, and transaction was complete. So I have performed my duties as an addicted Amazon customer to keep them afloat. Plus I got a cool new tankbag.  Now I just need to get home before the UPS delivers. [url]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag[/url])


Glad to see you here, Nicole.  Been a while, and I thought you were possibly off shore again.  Enjoy the tank bag.  I have three different brands and sizes, and hardly ever use any of them.  Have a great week. Only 40% chance of rain today, so I guess I will still use the bike to commute.   tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Frank ZZR on April 28, 2015, 06:03:09 am
Yesterday at 25,000km I changed the air filter and brake fluids for the first time. Neither was as dirty as I thought they would be. The air filter could certainly have gone longer. All was pretty straight forward, only broke one plastic clip. I have not attempted the clutch fluid yet because of some of the difficulties that have been posted. For this year that makes it new tires, oil (Rotella T6),  air filter and brake fluids. All ready to go for another season  :)   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on April 28, 2015, 04:20:57 pm
Pulled the forks. I know an AMA SuperBike racer that has a shop across town and he said he'd hook me up with going through the forks and setting things up for me. I'll drop them tomorrow and pick them up Friday.They were decidedly easier to pull than the ones on my previous bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on April 30, 2015, 04:55:11 am
After discovering that my left low beam headlight was burned out, I ordered a new pair from Amazon.

[url]http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJWUPC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/url] ([url]http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QJWUPC6/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1[/url])


I installed the new headlamps above yesterday. These are the 'latest greatest' improvement from Philips. They claim to be 130% brighter than a standard H4 bulb. I don't know about that but they are VERY bright and VERY white. Now I'm really going to have to do something about my city lights since they look very yellow in comparison. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rhhall on April 30, 2015, 09:51:47 pm
Amazon contacted me today and stated that there bottom line numbers weren't as positive as usual, and they said it was due to my lack of purchases there within the past 4 weeks.
So being a good citizen,  and concerned for the well being of a behemoth Corp., I decided that I did need a new tank bag and hydration bladder. Out came the worn out debit card, and transaction was complete. So I have performed my duties as an addicted Amazon customer to keep them afloat. Plus I got a cool new tankbag.  Now I just need to get home before the UPS delivers. [url]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag[/url] ([url]http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003JLCK50/ref=sr_ph?ie=UTF8&qid=1430150574&sr=1&keywords=motocentric+tank+bag[/url])


SC
I have the same bag and love it. Good choice. :finger_fing11:
rick
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on April 30, 2015, 09:57:58 pm
Riding every day this weekend, To and from work Friday and Sunday, and a longer ride on Saturday.  Been into this album tonight, and hope others will appreciate the musicianship offered.  A great traveling album, for sure.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnRMpIRVTUc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnRMpIRVTUc)  Get into your go-kart and go.....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: elp_jc on May 01, 2015, 01:36:07 pm
Finished the last chemo of the first round, and feeling much better now. But still anemic and with very weak immune system. Should be able to ride on a trip in about 3 weeks, so looking forward to that 8). Therefore, getting the bike ready. Finally worked on both the grille and fender extender projects, and below are the results. Both products are from ProjektD, by the way. Had the grille especially made without the mesh insert and without the laser holes (same price) to install my own fiberglass screening, but took months to get. The fender extender was the longest with OEM look (Pyramid 'fenda extenda' is a bit shorter, and the forum one has a rough finish I don't like :P), so bought that one. Sanded both surfaces with 220-grit sand paper; the fender until paint was removed, for a better bond plastic against plastic. Seems rock-solid. Finally, didn't install the foam strips grille came with, in order to leave a gap between radiator and grille, and help with the cooling. Didn't like the entire frame blocks the radiator all around (about 50 sq. in. in my estimation), but that was the only way to fit a grille. The way I'm installing it, shouldn't be a factor. It's going to look great. Can attach pics after installation if wanted. Have a great afternoon and weekend ahead folks.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 01, 2015, 02:35:25 pm
Glad you are feeling better. Sounds like you intend those items to stay in place for a LONG time.

 FWIW, great looking granite counter top.  Yeah, I sell them, too, all things kitchen and bath. tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on May 02, 2015, 04:57:44 pm
Rode to South Hill, VA and back.  Did some work at my mother-in-law's house and visited my brother.  I picked up an old family album and am going to scan everything in.

I forgot to add...  I love this bike.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 02, 2015, 06:00:51 pm
Sounds like a worth while ride, Jim.   Photo memories are so special. 

Rode my Dyna at lunchtime without the windshield.  It seems like a new bike to me, as I have always ridden with the windshield installed, but the bugs were everywhere, especially all over my jacket and helmet.  Worked in the yard, cleaned up, and took the Connie out for an early evening ride.  Such a different experience on it than the Dyna. 

Here's a perfect example of that.  Please watch, with headphones preferably, for a wonderful riding experience (all the way to 60MPH).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ewPZIlsug8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ewPZIlsug8)

Motorcycles  are fun to ride and enjoy, regardless of the brand or model.  Get to ride to work tomorrow.  Hope others get to ride a little bit more than just to work and home.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: martin_14 on May 03, 2015, 02:16:01 am
Here's a perfect example of that.  Please watch, with headphones preferably, for a wonderful riding experience (all the way to 60MPH).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ewPZIlsug8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ewPZIlsug8)

Motorcycles  are fun to ride and enjoy, regardless of the brand or model.  Get to ride to work tomorrow.  Hope others get to ride a little bit more than just to work and home.  tomp

wow, just wow to that video. On a fun note, that bike's development occurred only 35 years before. Nowadays HD have been developed 110 years ago.
But I'm with you: all bikes are enjoyable. My 1987 Supermagna is seeing some miles lately and I'm smiling too. Not more, just different smiles. Less performance (it moves at a tectonic pace compared to the C14), but more landscape.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AZ-ZG on May 03, 2015, 09:18:12 pm
700 miles noodling around FL for http://tourofhonor.com/ (http://tourofhonor.com/) sites.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 03, 2015, 10:29:44 pm
700 miles noodling around FL for [url]http://tourofhonor.com/[/url] ([url]http://tourofhonor.com/[/url]) sites.  8)
700 MILES IN A DAY ISN'T EXACTLY NOODLING AROUND.   That's some serious riding, and for a worthy cause it appears, too. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: BruceR on May 04, 2015, 06:51:59 pm
Rode to Lynchburg, TN on Sunday.  Loads  of cruisers on the town square, good for people watching.  Tried mama's new SEna SPH10 for 1/2 helmets.  Thumbs down, only good to about 30mph then wind noise made it impossible to hear each other.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 04, 2015, 07:43:18 pm
Day off today.  Cat to the vet, and flea/bug man in the house.  What happens when the area never freezes.  Early bugs, especially fleas, like crazy.  Since I had to leave the house for at least four hours, may as well ride.  Easy 55-65MPH back roads, and got 45.6 MPG.  Not bad for an 08, w/o an ECO mode..  Had lunch in a small town's main restaurant, and pushed the bike 10+ MPH harder home, into a southerly wind, and still got 43.6 MPG.  It was a great day's ride for me.  Not 700 miles, like some, but fun, none the less.  Off tomorrow, and 90% chance of thunderstorms all day.  Guess I'll watch Law and Order reruns.

Hope others have a great day and a safe time riding, where ever you are... tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 04, 2015, 08:00:58 pm
Got to ride mine to see a customer and verify fitment of a part for him. 120 miles round trip. Got back to my shop before the rain hit.  :) Later I ordered an Amplirider. Hope it gets here before I head to the San Diego area next week.   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 04, 2015, 08:11:08 pm
Got to ride mine to see a customer and verify fitment of a part for him. 120 miles round trip. Got back to my shop before the rain hit.  :) Later I ordered an Amplirider. Hope it gets here before I head to the San Diego area next week.
Dez, the Amplirider, after checking out google listings, is for headphone use, right?  Used CD's, MP3's, and Pandora with phones for years when riding.  Now ride with no tunes.  Miss them sometimes, as I've been a musician for 58 years now, but sometimes, listening to the engine and watching the scenery fulfills me.  Hope yours arrives in time.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 04, 2015, 08:45:03 pm
I have a Sena SMH10 unit that I want to use to listen to XM. The XM unit doesn't have enough output to hear when plugged in to the Sena unit. The Amplirider should cure that. I have grown accustomed to XM and enjoy the variety available. I also really enjoy some of the "DJs" on XM. They are reminiscent of the old time FM jocks, all laid back and mellow. Few sounds more relaxing than a DJ that sounds stoned and plays some Pink Floyd.  8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 04, 2015, 09:38:55 pm
They are reminiscent of the old time FM jocks, all laid back and mellow. Few sounds more relaxing than a DJ that sounds stoned and plays some Pink Floyd.  8)
I remember KLOL, Houston radio, after midnight, playing Pink Floyd, and the DJ was stoned, but so were we.  Listening on double stacked Altec A7's  to this, my favorite from them in 1969.  For those who don't get this one, well, you're just too young to understand the times.   ;D ;D 8)  I've searched, but can't find the fly portion that came next...tp
Seems the full Ummagumma album has been pulled from youtube.  A shame, that so many will never have the opportunity to enjoy it. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nF1eX2TmjY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nF1eX2TmjY)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 04, 2015, 09:44:48 pm
Nicely done, Sir.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 04, 2015, 09:57:21 pm
Nicely done, Sir.
Thanks, been into all styles of music since the 50's.  Damn, that's a long time ago.  Sorry but hate what's on the radio today, pop, rap and country.   Stopped listening in the 80's.  Maybe my bad, but a music degree and a lifetime playing says differently... Down load this one and listen to it when riding.  I was riding back then, but had no way to listen to tunes then. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8) great movie, too...

Reality kicks in here. . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y)   more towards reality back then....No different today, I believe.

Not to turn this into a music thread, but one can ride a long time to this one.  Never again, never again.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld_-7gzJ-o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld_-7gzJ-o)   
Beaumont, Texas' most ignored daughter, until after she died.... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 04, 2015, 10:38:08 pm
Dez, a few more traveling songs for you.  I was riding a custom 1970 Montgomery Wards/Benelli 125 back then and a DT1 250, too.  2 Stroke oil?  What's that, any 30 wt would do fine....20 to 1, right???....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml1696pN-yE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml1696pN-yE)  She was so cute, too.
Just a  little more Melanie describing the music scene 45 years ago
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqg3kcwAgso (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqg3kcwAgso)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on May 05, 2015, 04:59:09 am
Day off today.  Cat to the vet, and flea/bug man in the house.  What happens when the area never freezes.  Early bugs, especially fleas, like crazy.  Since I had to leave the house for at least four hours, may as well ride.  Easy 55-65MPH back roads, and got 45.6 MPG.  Not bad for an 08, w/o an ECO mode..  Had lunch in a small town's main restaurant, and pushed the bike 10+ MPH harder home, into a southerly wind, and still got 43.6 MPG.  It was a great day's ride for me.  Not 700 miles, like some, but fun, none the less.  Off tomorrow, and 90% chance of thunderstorms all day.  Guess I'll watch Law and Order reruns.

Hope others have a great day and a safe time riding, where ever you are... tomp


An ounce of protection...    ;)

http://www.vectrapet.com/cat (http://www.vectrapet.com/cat)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 05, 2015, 08:45:56 am
An ounce of protection...    ;)

[url]http://www.vectrapet.com/cat[/url] ([url]http://www.vectrapet.com/cat[/url])


Thanks, just bought an 8 month supply of this item.  Was using something else, Frontline I think, and it no longer worked. tomp

http://www.revolution4cats.com/ (http://www.revolution4cats.com/)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Classvino on May 05, 2015, 09:52:02 am
...Cat to the vet...

...Since I had to leave the house for at least four hours, may as well ride...

tomp

How'd the cat like riding in a pannier ?

 ;D

Jamie
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 05, 2015, 10:56:27 am
How'd the cat like riding in a pannier ?

 ;D

Jamie
In the car, in her carrier box.  She's not a real fan of my riding.  Takes me away from her.  She is a jealous, fickled (NOT FARKLED) cat, yet she simply tolerates my presence most of the time...  If she doesn't shape up soon, her next vet ride will be in a pannier.  tp 8)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gildaguz on May 09, 2015, 11:58:15 am
Have to do some paint job after dropping her days ago  and some rust around tank filler neck, also some scratches on mirrors covers, I am not a painter, I been working as auto mechanic for the last 26 years but did have some experience on paint years ago because mi father has a body and paint shop
I am very happy with how this job come out, here  I post some pictures
(http://i19.servimg.com/u/f19/12/22/83/92/20150510.jpg)
(http://i19.servimg.com/u/f19/12/22/83/92/20150511.jpg)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 09, 2015, 12:39:05 pm
Swee! 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: connie14boy on May 10, 2015, 06:50:47 am
Thanks, been into all styles of music since the 50's.  Damn, that's a long time ago.  Sorry but hate what's on the radio today, pop, rap and country.   Stopped listening in the 80's.  Maybe my bad, but a music degree and a lifetime playing says differently... Down load this one and listen to it when riding.  I was riding back then, but had no way to listen to tunes then. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMbATaj7Il8) great movie, too...

Reality kicks in here. . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XqyGoE2Q4Y)   more towards reality back then....No different today, I believe.

Not to turn this into a music thread, but one can ride a long time to this one.  Never again, never again.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld_-7gzJ-o (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bld_-7gzJ-o)   
Beaumont, Texas' most ignored daughter, until after she died.... tp


Now the "Royal Society of Open Sciences" says that after studying the popular music trends of the last 60 years, hip/hop and rap is the most influential music genre in history, surpassing Rock and Roll, R and B, and the British Invasion of 1964 with the Beatles, Stones, Who and Kinks. Pretty sad if true..
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on May 10, 2015, 07:07:17 am
Gentle reminder on this thread...it's about what you did on your Concours.  A little thread creep is ok but lets try to keep this going down the path it was intended to take.

Took apart the rear of the bike.  Removed/Replaced the rubber damper in the rear wheel.  I'm going to start a new thread on that once I get the pics uploaded.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 10, 2015, 07:27:24 am
Had a 4-10 PM shift yesterday.  Easy commute there, and all the lights were green.  Ride home was in the wet, and the traffic was congested, like a work day rush hour.   The 14 handled the wet and traffic with ease.  Easy to forget it is a 700lb motorcycle.  Covered in bug guts and road muck, so a cleaning is needed today.

Jim, please post a link to the new thread here,  would enjoy seeing it.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on May 10, 2015, 08:04:30 am
Will do...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on May 10, 2015, 08:09:44 am
Have to do some paint job after dropping her days ago  and some rust around tank filler neck, also some scratches on mirrors covers, I am not a painter, I been working as auto mechanic for the last 26 years but did have some experience on paint years ago because mi father has a body and paint shop
I am very happy with how this job come out, here  I post some pictures
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([url]http://i19.servimg.com/u/f19/12/22/83/92/20150511.jpg[/url])


Looks good from here  8)
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Post by: rwnielsen on May 10, 2015, 08:25:59 am
I bought a K&N air filter and I'm psyching myself up for its installation. Also.... I'm going to try and find the aux power wiring on the left side, front.
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Post by: B.D.F. on May 10, 2015, 08:43:21 am
The acc. leads will be easy to find once you are all the way to the air filter. Best of luck with both projects.

Brian

I bought a K&N air filter and I'm psyching myself up for its installation. Also.... I'm going to try and find the aux power wiring on the left side, front.
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Post by: rwnielsen on May 10, 2015, 09:56:52 am
The acc. leads will be easy to find once you are all the way to the air filter. Best of luck with both projects.

Brian

Thanks for the vote of confidence. I've been putting it off for a while but curiosity is getting the best of me.  ;D
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Post by: Deziner on May 10, 2015, 10:17:15 am
Got my Amplirider yesterday, trying to decide where to install it. Torn between inside the tank bag or maybe where the evap canister was. (Cal model)  Other suggestions?  Be nice... ::)
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 10, 2015, 03:10:48 pm
I made my C-14 jealous today and took the little bike out for a nice ride.
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Post by: tomp on May 10, 2015, 03:20:59 pm
I made my C-14 jealous today and took the little bike out for a nice ride.
Same here.  A few hours on the RT and another on my son's Ninja.  Thought they needed riding, as the next ten days are suppose to give us rain. No Concours commuting for a while, I guess.   Glad you enjoyed the day, Nicole.  tomp   
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Post by: rwnielsen on May 11, 2015, 10:52:35 pm
Took apart the left side and swapped out the air filter, found the accessory wires and gained a much better appreciation of the challenges involved with the cruise control installation.
Got one of these blue tooth speakers at Best buy for some background sound. Happy camper
(http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p7/rwnielsen/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-05/20150511_204821_zpsybjgnoq4.jpg) (http://s124.photobucket.com/user/rwnielsen/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-05/20150511_204821_zpsybjgnoq4.jpg.html)
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Post by: tomp on May 11, 2015, 11:11:17 pm
Sadly, took the car to work, due to rain.  Raining like crazy now, and suppose to again tomorrow.  No riding for a while.  Hope others have better days ahead.  tomp
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Post by: maxtog on May 12, 2015, 03:39:45 pm
This weekend I ran some Techron fuel injector cleaner through my C14 for the first time ever.   Used most of the tank up on the visit to/from Mom.  They certainly don't make it easy for motorcyclists to figure out how much liquid to pour out of black bottle with no window, designed for 15 to 18 gal tanks, into a 6 gal tank, while wearing full gear at a windy gas station...   Maybe I got it right (was trying to guess by approx weight, 1/3rd of a bottle), maybe I didn't.  Maybe it doesn't matter, anyway.
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Post by: jimmymac on May 12, 2015, 03:49:45 pm
Just destroyed everything in my path on the way home today. If you want to bury your head and stare at your phone, I'm going to punish you if I can. Once I get on a roll, I won't stop until I get home.
You pick your rules to follow, I can pick mine.
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Post by: Pilgrim on May 12, 2015, 04:07:37 pm
Just destroyed everything in my path on the way home today. If you want to bury your head and stare at your phone, I'm going to punish you if I can. Once I get on a roll, I won't stop until I get home.
You pick your rules to follow, I can pick mine.

Nice!
 :cannon: :1DeadBanana
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Post by: Deziner on May 12, 2015, 04:08:20 pm
Just destroyed everything in my path on the way home today. If you want to bury your head and stare at your phone, I'm going to punish you if I can. Once I get on a roll, I won't stop until I get home.
You pick your rules to follow, I can pick mine.

Wouldn't that fall under the heading "Things that make me crazy or annoyed"  ?
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Post by: jimmymac on May 12, 2015, 05:01:51 pm
Wouldn't that fall under the heading "Things that make me crazy or annoyed"  ?
Never read that thread. My list is too long anyway.

Man, I had that Connie sliding around like a dirtbike. It just friggin' goes.

Using the M3s in a 55 profile right now. Feels awesome, but moves around some. Even though it has a slipper clutch, you can skid the rear and enter the turn sideways. If you're doing it right. 8)
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 12, 2015, 05:16:16 pm
Removed and lubed drive shaft splines.  Check drive shaft for loose joints...none found...darn it!  Rear wheel bearings tomorrow morning.
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Post by: Deziner on May 12, 2015, 06:08:37 pm
Decided to put my electronics in the tank bag. Wired the XM unit, the GPS, Amplirider, and USB charging station insid the bag to keep them out of the elements and make all of it easily removable. 
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Post by: Deziner on May 12, 2015, 07:21:29 pm
BTW, the Amplirider ROCKS!
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Post by: Rhino on May 13, 2015, 08:28:09 am
So where did you wind up installing the speakers?
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Post by: Deziner on May 13, 2015, 09:02:43 am
I have an SMH-10
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 13, 2015, 09:42:00 am
Balanced rear wheel.  Putting it back together.
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Post by: Rhino on May 13, 2015, 12:54:46 pm
I have an SMH-10

Oops, sorry. I saw the JBL speaker pic on the previous page and confused it with your post.
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Post by: Jrodizzle07 on May 13, 2015, 02:09:23 pm
Hate to get this thread sidetracked, but Deziner, do you put a bluetooth transmitter on the output of the amplirider or do you run a cord to your helmet?
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 13, 2015, 04:54:10 pm
Had my rear TPMS replaced today under warranty.
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Post by: tomp on May 13, 2015, 05:48:51 pm
I worked all day; it rained all day.  Said Hi to it when I came in through the garage a bit ago.  Raining the next two days.  Not just rain, storms.  Definitely no riding in it.  Nicole, glad KHI took care of the sensor/s.  tomp
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Post by: Deziner on May 13, 2015, 05:52:55 pm
For now, it's cord to the helmet
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 13, 2015, 05:58:31 pm
Sorry to hear about the bad weather Tom. I'm glad that I am not in Corpus for work. Instead, I put my butt on the beach, next to a cooler and swam in this beautiful water. Now I am as red as a tomato now!

(http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah209/Sailor_chic/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg) (http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/Sailor_chic/media/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg.html)
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Post by: gPink on May 13, 2015, 06:23:16 pm
Sorry to hear about the bad weather Tom. I'm glad that I am not in Corpus for work. Instead, I put my butt on the beach, next to a cooler and swam in this beautiful water. Now I am as red as a tomato now!

([url]http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah209/Sailor_chic/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/Sailor_chic/media/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg.html[/url])


To a flatlander like me that picture looks like a desert. That you can't ride on.  Coffee, tea, whiskey, beer and the occasional shower are the only proper uses for water.  :)
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Post by: tomp on May 13, 2015, 06:29:00 pm
Nicole, take and post a picture of the perfect white sand beaches there.  He won't know what to do with it either.  Grew up visiting family in Bradenton.   Great memories, except when I once got severe 2nd degree sun burns from those white sand beaches.  PAINFUL, FOR SURE!!! tomp
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Post by: jimmymac on May 13, 2015, 06:44:04 pm
Used my electric windshield every trip today. With my Laminar lip that was made for a FJR but was free, I can block wind quite well. It's really fun cheating the wind yet moving so fast. Most bikes would beat a person up, or be to slow. The Connie really rocks.
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Post by: tomp on May 13, 2015, 06:54:19 pm
Used my electric windshield every trip today. With my Laminar lip that was made for a FJR but was free, I can block wind quite well. It's really fun cheating the wind yet moving so fast. Most bikes would beat a person up, or be to slow. The Connie really rocks.
Have a Laminar on my V-Stream shield, and it works great.  Have no Idea what bike the Lip was designed for, as I have had  several that I have bought the Lips for, and removed when the bikes were sold.  They do make a difference in a positive way, for sure.  tmp
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Post by: Conrad on May 14, 2015, 04:50:11 am
Sorry to hear about the bad weather Tom. I'm glad that I am not in Corpus for work. Instead, I put my butt on the beach, next to a cooler and swam in this beautiful water. Now I am as red as a tomato now!

([url]http://i1381.photobucket.com/albums/ah209/Sailor_chic/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg[/url]) ([url]http://s1381.photobucket.com/user/Sailor_chic/media/20150513_130310_zpsxq2lgqxg.jpg.html[/url])


To a flatlander like me that picture looks like a desert. That you can't ride on.  Coffee, tea, whiskey, beer and the occasional shower are the only proper uses for water.  :)


 :cool:

The ocean is a desert with it's life underground. And a perfect disguise above. Under the cities lies a heart made of ground. But the humans will give no love...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on May 14, 2015, 05:04:23 am
Still don't know the name of that damn horse.
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Post by: Deziner on May 14, 2015, 06:48:31 am
Since I'm heading to 46° and rain today, I installed the plugs for my heated gear. While doing so, I dropped my phone into a bucket of industrial fluid. Killed it dead. (The phone, not the fluid)  Getting to the phone store before they closed and getting a new phone sure caused a late completion time...
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Post by: gPink on May 14, 2015, 06:56:15 am
With what type of fluid did you baptize your phone?
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Post by: Rhino on May 14, 2015, 07:44:44 am
My poor connie has been sitting this whole week. I'm just too lazy to haul out my rain gear to commute in.
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Post by: Deziner on May 14, 2015, 09:09:41 am
With what type of fluid did you baptize your phone?

Coolant for my VMC. Took me an hour to realize it was gone. Not good..
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Post by: Conrad on May 14, 2015, 10:12:28 am
Still don't know the name of that damn horse.

Only the horse knew the horse's name...
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Post by: Rhino on May 14, 2015, 10:51:36 am
Only the horse knew the horse's name...

Nope, the horse didn't have a name. That's the one thing America made perfectly clear in the song.
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Post by: Conrad on May 14, 2015, 11:17:07 am
Nope, the horse didn't have a name. That's the one thing America made perfectly clear in the song.

The horse actually had a name but only he knew it, it's not like he could tell anyone ya know?    ;)
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Post by: gPink on May 14, 2015, 01:27:16 pm
The horse actually had a name but only he knew it, it's not like he could tell anyone ya know?    ;)
If he couldn't tell then we know it wasn't Mr. Ed.
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Post by: Deziner on May 14, 2015, 06:39:07 pm
It was Hannah's horse
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Post by: gPink on May 14, 2015, 07:00:33 pm
It was Hannah's horse
Imagination is a wonderful thing.
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 14, 2015, 07:05:32 pm
Just got done loading and a short test ride. Heading to S. Carolina in the AM. Gonna ride my bike long and hard tomorrow. Is this where Brian say's "easy boys"? lmao!
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Post by: gPink on May 14, 2015, 07:16:03 pm
See above post.  ;)
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Post by: Deziner on May 14, 2015, 07:16:37 pm
I did something I've never done before. I rode 40+ miles in excess of 100 mph. On a 2 lane road, middle of the day. She will roll up the miles quickly but go through fuel at a prodigious rate. Especially with a brisk headwind. Surprisingly comfortable in the attack position at those speeds.
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Post by: rwnielsen on May 14, 2015, 07:31:19 pm
I like how "tucking in" on a connie means just lowering you head a smidge.  :chugbeer:
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 14, 2015, 08:05:10 pm
It's a beautiful thing..
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Post by: Conrad on May 15, 2015, 04:42:26 am
It's a beautiful thing..

 :thumbs:
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Post by: jimmymac on May 15, 2015, 03:48:29 pm
I did something I've never done before. I rode 40+ miles in excess of 100 mph. On a 2 lane road, middle of the day. She will roll up the miles quickly but go through fuel at a prodigious rate. Especially with a brisk headwind. Surprisingly comfortable in the attack position at those speeds.
A few years back I burned through a tank of fuel in about half an hour, on some Texas sweepers. Funny how thirsty the bike gets when you twist the grip to the stop.
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Post by: gildaguz on May 16, 2015, 03:33:19 pm
After having her apart for  1 and 1/2months for output shaft bearings replacement  finally receive parts last Monday and start putting it back together, with the oil pan off and a motorcycle jack is very easy to mount the engine back on the frame
(http://i19.servimg.com/u/f19/12/22/83/92/engine12.jpg)
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 19, 2015, 05:59:11 am
I spent three last 4 days on the road with the reason excuse to attending the CONclave SECOG event in SC. My four day total was 1700 miles with 3 nights of camping. I met a bunch of nice people at the short lunch and had a great time camping with Faisal. I gotta say, this is the farthest that I have gone for a good BBQ sandwich.
The first day I rode up on the big roads and this was about a 620 mile day. Day two and three were some much easier, flower sniffing paced rides. Included was stopping at a BMW dealer in Charlotte where lunch was also served. Very nice dealership! Day four was another 600+ mile day, but was all back roads home. I had the big boy wound up many times and for long duration's. Thank goodness for keen vision, or weak rear facing police radar, since I almost ran up on the bumper of a GA state trooper at 100 mph while heading South on Hwy 441 by the Okefenokee Swamp. Ah heck, who am I kidding. It was God's grace that kept me safe!
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Post by: stevewfl on May 19, 2015, 08:24:54 am
^^^^great seeing you again, and wow @ the way you have your bike set up now!!! (http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j180/stevewfl/bigthumb.gif)
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 19, 2015, 10:26:29 am
Great seeing you again and meeting Teresa. Hopefully many more times to come. Thanks for your kind words Steve. As ironic as it is, I had a guy walk up to me on Saturday and tell me that he didnt like black bikes. I kept my thoughts to myself, but also wondered if this guy had a filter between the thoughts and mouth.
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Post by: Throttle 8 on May 19, 2015, 10:33:59 am
Great seeing you again and meeting Teresa. Hopefully many more times to come. Thanks for your kind words Steve. As ironic as it is, I had a guy walk up to me on Saturday and tell me that he didnt like black bikes. I kept my thoughts to myself, but also wondered if this guy had a filter between the thoughts and mouth.


Everyone knows that black bikes are the fastest!
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on May 19, 2015, 12:22:05 pm
Great seeing you again and meeting Teresa. Hopefully many more times to come. Thanks for your kind words Steve. As ironic as it is, I had a guy walk up to me on Saturday and tell me that he didn't like black bikes. I kept my thoughts to myself, but also wondered if this guy had a filter between the thoughts and mouth.

Haven't seen any other colors worth getting on a bike   8)
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 19, 2015, 08:32:37 pm
Got the back wheel back on...
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Post by: Deziner on May 19, 2015, 08:47:32 pm
Got the back wheel back on...

Wheel bearings?
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Post by: rwnielsen on May 19, 2015, 11:32:19 pm
I had to work all last weekend so I'm on an evening ride right now. I just finished mounting my old Zumo 550 on a Tech mount and rewired the Adaptiv detector to the acc. leads. So far.... all is well. Cool evening, about 50f down by the coast.
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Post by: udoggie on May 20, 2015, 12:38:04 am
What did I do to my C14 today?  Quite a bit of "pruning".  Removed almost all of the farkles that I've added over the years, as tomorrow I say goodbye to it.

Kinda sad, it took weeks to install this stuff, but only about 2 hours to take everything off...

I'll be posting stuff for sale soon :-)

 -UD
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 20, 2015, 04:23:57 am
Wheel bearings?

Yep, did those as well..
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Post by: texrider on May 20, 2015, 04:35:05 am
What did I do to my C14 today?  Quite a bit of "pruning".  Removed almost all of the farkles that I've added over the years, as tomorrow I say goodbye to it.

Kinda sad, it took weeks to install this stuff, but only about 2 hours to take everything off...

I'll be posting stuff for sale soon :-)

 -UD

Making a move into different bike?
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Post by: Deziner on May 22, 2015, 01:14:31 pm
I scored a V-Stream windshield for $151 delivered. With any luck, I should get it before my next trip.
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 22, 2015, 02:54:30 pm
I scored a V-Stream windshield for $151 delivered. With any luck, I should get it before my next trip.

And next trip is to where?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 22, 2015, 03:56:14 pm
Not exactly sure.  Leaving next Friday morning, gonna slide out to Pasadena, hook up with the boys and head out somewhere. Any day on the road is better than working....
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 22, 2015, 04:37:14 pm
 :thumbs:
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on May 22, 2015, 08:33:01 pm
What did I do to my C14 today?  Quite a bit of "pruning".  Removed almost all of the farkles that I've added over the years, as tomorrow I say goodbye to it.

Kinda sad, it took weeks to install this stuff, but only about 2 hours to take everything off...

I'll be posting stuff for sale soon :-)

 -UD

  :-\  well sry to hear that. What are you replacing it with, cruiser, dual purpose, crouch rocket, scooter( ;D ), corvette, viper??
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Post by: sailor_chic on May 23, 2015, 06:00:54 am
Mine got a bath,  and polishing. Plugged into a battery tender while parked next to its Lil brother, Mr. Vmax. All tucked away for 3 weeks while I go back to work and fill the bank back up.
On the horizon is a trip around Lake Superior.
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Post by: tweeter55 on May 23, 2015, 06:03:38 pm
Went north a little from here and through the Mindoro Cut. Great weather today. :banana :banana :banana
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Post by: AZ-ZG on May 23, 2015, 06:33:18 pm
Gave a female co-worker a ride home.  ;)

Have a closet full of swag I bought for my ex, so I was able to outfit her properly. ATGATT!   :P

Got a hug and "That was Fun!"   8)


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Post by: JerBear on May 24, 2015, 04:59:50 pm
Replaced the fuel filter. My hat goes off  :salute: to the people that had the courage to tear theirs apart and post it online for schmucks like me.  With their help it was a very easy job and I now know just about to the vapors what my tank holds after the low fuel light comes on!  :banana  At 27K the screen was really black and had pieces of debris everywhere.
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Post by: Gigantor on May 26, 2015, 06:08:58 am
We rode out to Renovo PA to see Mt Hyner. Roads 144, 196,120, and 44 are to die for.

I changed the oil when I got back home with 1400 miles on the clock. I am
still using dino oil, and will change to synthetic at 2500 miles.
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Post by: AlbertaDoug on May 26, 2015, 07:16:22 am
Dropped it off to get my second set of PR4GT's installed.  Just shy of 12 000km on them. Probably could of rode for another 4 or 5 hundred km but kept checking the back tire at ever stop for cords.
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Post by: VirginiaJim on May 26, 2015, 07:21:19 am
Got the rear part of the bike back together.  Bled the rear brakes.
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Post by: Deziner on May 26, 2015, 11:48:57 am
Scored a virtually new fuel tank on eBay for $85 delivered! Woo hoo!
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Post by: gPink on May 26, 2015, 12:52:05 pm
spare or problem with yours?
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Post by: Deziner on May 26, 2015, 01:12:17 pm
Sort of a spare. I've been contemplating paint and I think I'll start amassing parts and pieces.

I also scored a top tripple clamp. The handlebar project will begin in ernest when that is on my bench. I have lots of ideas, one or two may even be good ones.  8)
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Post by: gPink on May 26, 2015, 01:44:37 pm
Sort of a spare. I've been contemplating paint and I think I'll start amassing parts and pieces.

I also scored a top tripple clamp. The handlebar project will begin in ernest when that is on my bench. I have lots of ideas, one or two may even be good ones.  8)
:popcorn:
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Post by: tomp on May 26, 2015, 02:38:55 pm
Rode yesterday, before the rain.  So much flooding here this AM, that the bike remained in the garage.  Need to get the dead bugs off the windshield....tp
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Post by: gggGary on May 26, 2015, 03:28:15 pm
Not a dang blamed thing.  It's kinda deep in the shed even.
This week the XS's got the lions share.  Returned a long ignored garage queen to the road, about filled a 8.5 x 11 detailing the wake up drill.  But she runs great.  The shakedown cruise was 40 miles, and it purred. 

(http://www.xs650.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=54456&d=1432523867)

Then the nephew's ninja 500 got tires chain and sprockets. It got a carb go through 2 weeks ago.  The Roadstar got it's badly needed rear tire.  Next up a fresh final drive into the K1200LT.  Then it's into the K bike brakes to find the source of the fluid pouring out of the tupperware. I did ride the C14 one time last week!



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Post by: maxtog on May 26, 2015, 03:51:24 pm
Washed the Concours on Sunday!  Then went out for a ride with a friend and a friend of a friend (foaf).  The foaf was riding some dual-sport thing (Honda) with a seat height a few inches ABOVE  my belly button and knobby tires.  He claims he lowered the bike!  I think it was a thumper (inline 2 cyl).  He was pulling wheelies half the time- I think it must be easy on a very tall, light, narrow wheelbase bike like that.

Anyway, it was a nice ride.  Tried out my new tinted face shield, too. 

Oh, and I flipped 15K miles on the trip.
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Post by: tomp on May 26, 2015, 04:11:06 pm
Maxtog, sounds like an XR650.  It's a single cylinder 650, but with dual exhaust header pipes.  Seat height is like 37".  I looked at one, but couldn't touch the ground w both feet.  More "off roadable"  than a KLR650...  See if you can shag a ride on it sometime. They are a blast on dirt/gravel roads.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on May 26, 2015, 05:38:51 pm
Maxtog, sounds like an XR650.  It's a single cylinder 650, but with dual exhaust header pipes.

I just looked at a picture of the XR650, yes, it did look very similar to that.  I can't be sure, though.

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Seat height is like 37".  I looked at one, but couldn't touch the ground w both feet.  More "off roadable"  than a KLR650...  See if you can shag a ride on it sometime. They are a blast on dirt/gravel roads

You are kidding right?  Remember the part about the "lowered" seat being inches ABOVE my belly button?  And that was when I was wearing the raised boots.....  no way I could ride that thing!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on May 26, 2015, 06:26:44 pm
I just looked at a picture of the XR650, yes, it did look very similar to that.  I can't be sure, though.

You are kidding right?  Remember the part about the "lowered" seat being inches ABOVE my belly button?  And that was when I was wearing the raised boots.....  no way I could ride that thing!

Here Ya go.  This may help.  http://www.hayneedle.com/product/horsemenspridethreestepmountingstep.cfm?redirect=false&source=pla&kwid=LargeAnimals_HORS002&tid=HORS002-6&adtype=pla&kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=HORS002-6&gclid=CJ-zjb_U4MUCFcOJaQod_WsAyw (http://www.hayneedle.com/product/horsemenspridethreestepmountingstep.cfm?redirect=false&source=pla&kwid=LargeAnimals_HORS002&tid=HORS002-6&adtype=pla&kw=&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=HORS002-6&gclid=CJ-zjb_U4MUCFcOJaQod_WsAyw)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 27, 2015, 08:14:10 pm
Made a dash visor ala Sgt Mac (great idea Sarge!) and installed my V-Stream  :banana
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on May 29, 2015, 08:51:05 pm
Washed all the bugs off the screen, checked it for loose bits, in preparations for a 2 day mountain ride.
Have to break in those new PR4GT'S, heavy rain for tomorrow, I really enjoy riding in the rain through the Rockies  8)  ;D   


Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on May 30, 2015, 12:39:34 pm
Rode it up to Bradford, PA yesterday and rode back home today.  Clutch felt a bit funny first thing this morning but felt better as the day went on.  I think I'll give it a bleed and see what's up with it.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on May 30, 2015, 07:30:32 pm
Bradford, Pa. The home of the world's finest lighters!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on May 31, 2015, 05:49:27 am
Yeah, we stayed at a place pretty close to the factory.  I kept on asking if they were going to see it and no one was interested.  I even got a 'What's a Zippo?'.  I've been through it before and even bought a lighter from them...   Oh well.  It was a three day ride event but I could only really be there for the ride to the hotel.  I've rode with them since '95 and I learned my riding style from them.  Great bunch of people.  I haven't ridden with them in probably 5 years since I moved back into VA.  I nearly cried I was so happy.  Found a great place to eat in walking distance of the hotel.. 

Kabob's at the Option House - although I didn't eat anything Mediterranean.  The inside is beautiful as is the outside.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on June 03, 2015, 02:22:04 pm
I have a Zippo that I carried so long that every bit of chrome is worn off. Love that lighter.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on June 03, 2015, 02:23:56 pm
My "spare" tank arrived today. Very minor rust inside. The paint itself is showroom perfect! Score!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 03, 2015, 03:27:18 pm
It's my commuter, and makes the way home, and even my way to work enjoyable.  The toughest part is the armored mesh jacket and FF, in 90 degree weather.  Won't ride without them, though, hot or not.  Rust in the tank; is that from ethanol in the gas holding moisture, or what do you think caused it.  I looked into mine, and didn't see any rust.  E10 used with every fill up.  tp   
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AlbertaDoug on June 03, 2015, 03:31:28 pm
It's my commuter, and makes the way home, and even my way to work enjoyable.  The toughest part is the armored mesh jacket and FF, in 90 degree weather.  Won't ride without them, though, hot or not.  Rust in the tank; is that from ethanol in the gas holding moisture, or what do you think caused it.  I looked into mine, and didn't see any rust.  E10 used with every fill up.  tp   


http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/unleaded-e10 (http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/unleaded-e10)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on June 03, 2015, 04:09:37 pm
The tank I got was from a dealer in Wisconsin, I think. It appears to be new, it may have just been sitting around for the last 6 years. I mean the outside is PRISTINE.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 03, 2015, 04:13:59 pm
[url]http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/unleaded-e10[/url] ([url]http://www.unitedpetroleum.com.au/united/fuel/unleaded-e10[/url])
I read it, but it reads like typical BS marketing, not facts.  Read plenty of articles that run counter to what was stated there.  I know that the AMA here in the US, is lobbying heavily against the probability of E15 being mandated for use, as it will have a detriment effect on every Motorcycle, scooter and ATV currently owned, or now available. 

Good luck with it Deziner.   Perhaps some Sea Foam and gas swirled around in the tank would help remove any light oxidation.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: dolomoto on June 03, 2015, 05:30:39 pm
I did my annual 5 hour bottom to top cleaning. Found out that I had lost a bolt that holds the shifter onto the the tranny output shaft. Still shifted but with no bolt, it could have slipped off. Dug around in the spare bolt tray and found one that fit. Never throw away a good bolt, nut or washer!

Used a blue scotchbrite and some comet on the the rims which cleaned them up nicely. Did the same on the brake discs.

Dug out the Cee Baileys windscreen cleaner and polished the CB screen...it's got nearly 90k miles on it and looks great!

After, it wouldn't start...nearly dead battery which is weird since it was new before last years trip to Newfoundland. ( http://dolomoto.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=41437323&AlbumKey=CgQ4v6 (http://dolomoto.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=41437323&AlbumKey=CgQ4v6) )

So, yanked the battery and put it on the battery tender. I have had a recurring problem with the (-) terminal bolt backing off enough to cause intermittent connection...I reckon I need a lock washer but those bolts are just barely long enough as is. It is tough to get the (+) bolt on with the accessory ring connector in addition to the OEM battery cable.

Finished with Lucas spray cleaner/wax on the painted surfaces.

Last weeks trip up to Michigan got it quite dirty but it cleaned up nice.

http://dolomoto.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=49621287&AlbumKey=Jpd2bt (http://dolomoto.smugmug.com/photos/swfpopup.mg?AlbumID=49621287&AlbumKey=Jpd2bt)

With about 87,000 miles on it, it has been trouble-free thus far.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 03, 2015, 05:44:14 pm
Very nice photo tour Dolomoto, thanks for sharing.  you like the c baily then?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: dolomoto on June 03, 2015, 05:50:36 pm
Very nice photo tour Dolomoto, thanks for sharing.  you like the c baily then?

Yes, I am as happy as is possible. IIRC, it is the Euro Sport. Is still in great shape with just one tiny nick.

They are worth the wait.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Charlie747 on June 09, 2015, 03:16:27 pm
Friday headed up to the lakes for 2015 meet

http://www.gtr1400.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=4538.60 (http://www.gtr1400.co.uk/forums/index.php?topic=4538.60)

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on June 10, 2015, 07:05:23 am
I finally bought a house in TX and my C14 will soon have a garage again. And I will be reunited with my other bike, a Suzuki DR650. A year and a half of delayed maintenance and TLC will begin.

List of items to be done:

Valve check (only been done once at 27,000)
Install new cam position sensor O-ring (thank you MOB)
Check/tighten exhaust header nuts
Replace coolant (never been done on this bike)
Replace brake fluid (been done once)
Molly paste on drive shaft spline (never been done on this bike)
Fix Rostra CC
Clean K&N air filter
Check/clean fuel filter (never been done on this bike)
check/adjust APE CCT

Its a 2010 with 58,000 miles on it. Obvious stuff like oil, final drive and brakes have not been delayed and have been replaced/checked regularly. Am I missing anything? Do I need to replace fluid in the forks yet? It's running great, I don't think I need to sync throttle bodies.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 10, 2015, 08:43:31 am
You should change your fork fluid as well with that mileage on it.  I had my TBs synced but I couldn't tell the difference.  If it's running fine I wouldn't mess with that but you might want to do spark plugs simply because you'll have it apart.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Deziner on June 10, 2015, 09:36:28 am
Plus 1 on plugs and fork oil. Maybe clean and inspect the drive damper?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: jimmymac on June 10, 2015, 10:08:52 am
Loaded my Connie and ZX14R onto my trailer. Headed down to the twisty stuff in Arkansas.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 10, 2015, 04:43:48 pm
I finally bought a house in TX and my C14 will soon have a garage again.
Congrats on the new home.  Are you making the state your permanent place of residence now?

Jimmymac, enjoy your time in Arkansas.  Hear the roads and scenery are great.  Be safe.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on June 10, 2015, 05:20:58 pm
Congrats on the new home.  Are you making the state your permanent place of residence now?

Yup, just took a year to sell my house in Colorado.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 10, 2015, 05:30:58 pm
Yup, just took a year to sell my house in Colorado.
Cool, bet you will miss the mountain roads, but the hill country roads are lots of spirited fun, too.  tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 10, 2015, 05:35:11 pm
Going out of town for next  several days.  Have to take the car.  No riding until going to work Sunday evening.  Gonna miss it, for sure.   A great and safe weekend to all.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 10, 2015, 05:45:10 pm
ordered it a new rear Shinko Verge X2 Bud and I put 60 miles on the back roads yesterday.  We weren't fighting for the roadstar at swaps.  We've been riding together for a while.

Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 10, 2015, 05:47:32 pm
And same guy 40 years later.  My bike both times.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 10, 2015, 06:48:52 pm
ordered it a new rear Shinko Verge X2 Bud and I put 60 miles on the back roads yesterday.  We weren't fighting for the roadstar at swaps.  We've been riding together for a while.
You sure you weren't Mungo Jerry in an earlier time?  Man I loved 1970, what a crazy year...U Texas, parties, drugs, rock n roll, and motorcycle riding and MX racing.  I used to have too much fun, how about you????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: AZ-ZG on June 10, 2015, 08:35:09 pm
Cool pics gggGary!! :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Bobcat on June 15, 2015, 06:43:33 am
I did one of those conversion thingys on the web.  Did it again and came up with 124.274238 mph.  I hate the metric system.  Can't figure anything out at all.


200 kph is equal to 124.27 mph :)
I used this one http://convertercentral.com/length-conversion (http://convertercentral.com/length-conversion)

I think you can just divide your speed in kph with 1.61 to get your speed in mph (since 1 mile is equal to about 1.61 km)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on June 15, 2015, 03:21:21 pm
I think you can just divide your speed in kph with 1.61 to get your speed in mph (since 1 mile is equal to about 1.61 km)

Long division requires more than just fingers :)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 15, 2015, 05:44:16 pm
OK, head math   Let's say you are going 80 kph Take the  first digit or 8   X 6 = 48 MPH   
  5 kph = 3 mph   .5 x 6 = 3
So If you're doing 75 kph 7x6=42 MPH  +3 = 45 MPH. easy enough? 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: B.D.F. on June 15, 2015, 06:14:31 pm
Hey, not bad but did you ever think of using Roman numerals? No remainder or fractions.... evah!

So for your example, that would be LXXX kph, divided by I (actual is 0.621371 but it rounds to 1- remember, no fractions or decimals) equals.... LXXX MPH! Slick, huh? So if you are doing 80 kph, you can directly and easily convert that to 80 MPH.

:-)

Brian

OK, head math   Let's say you are going 80 kph Take the  first digit or 8   X 6 = 48 MPH      5 kph = 3 mph   .5 x 6 = 3  If you're doing 75 kph 7x6=42 MPH  +3 = 45 MPH. easy enough?
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 15, 2015, 06:20:41 pm
You sure you weren't Mungo Jerry in an earlier time?  Man I loved 1970, what a crazy year...U Texas, parties, drugs, rock n roll, and motorcycle riding and MX racing.  I used to have too much fun, how about you????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvUQcnfwUUM)

I like to say that if you can remember the 70's you weren't there!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 15, 2015, 07:26:12 pm
I like to say that if you can remember the 70's you weren't there!
I agree there.  By early 70's was married and in retail mgt, so had to pay attention.  All things within limits by then.   Half way into my 7th decade (65) now, and to me, the 70's decade was the best for me. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 15, 2015, 07:35:21 pm
Sounds like you missed your free all expenses paid official government party and tour of southeast Asia. I drew a #10 draft member but they canceled the draft before my birthday  Whew.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 15, 2015, 07:38:03 pm
Wife and I took the Connie out for 80 miles in the rain today, her first Connie ride. My second ride since it's revival.   She said rain what rain? I don't feel no rain.  She's quite impressed by accommodations in the rear suite.   Oops wrong forum  LOL  The K1200LT has her vote. Don't let your wife near one!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 15, 2015, 07:59:47 pm
Sounds like you missed your free all expenses paid official government party and tour of southeast Asia. I drew a #10 draft member but they canceled the draft before my birthday  Whew.
Yep, I was #254, living in a town of 100K.  I was 1H from 1970 to the end of the draft.  K1200LT is a cool ride, but a bit heavy to push around the garage/parking lot, for male or female riders.  Connies are much easier to handle.... tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: rhhall on June 16, 2015, 01:51:16 am
I like to say that if you can remember the 70's you weren't there!
I think 714 was an interesting number to explore :cool:
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 16, 2015, 03:56:11 am
I agree there.  By early 70's was married and in retail mgt, so had to pay attention.  All things within limits by then.   Half way into my 7th decade (65) now, and to me, the 70's decade was the best for me.

I enjoyed the 70's as well.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on June 16, 2015, 05:22:00 am
I enjoyed the 70's as well.

Yep- elementary school was fun...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 16, 2015, 07:18:41 am
No riding for a while.  Tropical storm hitting, and 100% chance of storms.  Will be driving to work n back... A great day to all.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Rhino on June 17, 2015, 07:16:47 am
No riding for a while.  Tropical storm hitting, and 100% chance of storms.  Will be driving to work n back... A great day to all.

Looks like you got slammed yesterday. Had some rain but mostly missed Austin.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 17, 2015, 09:52:04 am
Looks like you got slammed yesterday. Had some rain but mostly missed Austin.
The continual rain is upon us today.  What a waste of a day off.  NCIS reruns on USA, all day. 

Looks like the rain is well east of you, enjoy the dry day. 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on June 17, 2015, 05:22:33 pm
The continual rain is upon us today.  What a waste of a day off.  NCIS reruns on USA, all day. 

Looks like the rain is well east of you, enjoy the dry day.

Last night I was nailed by a freak storm that was not predicted and came suddenly.  It was 9pm and I was headed back home, dressed for the 94F weather at the earlier 7pm (T-shirt, mesh jacket, light gloves).  Hit freaking unexpected construction on 64 (although I suppose I should ALWAYS expect that) and was stopped, then crawling for miles.  Then the lightening started.  Then a downpour like no other.  Temp plummeted to 72F and I was soaked and shivering.  Look down at my right foot on the pavement and there is almost 2" of standing water that has nowhere to go.  Visibility is a joke.  Traffic still stop and go, crawl and stop, then starts moving.  I put up with this for almost 30 minutes.  Of course, my offramp exit was also closed, so I had to take a multi-mile detour.

I can say the PR4-GT's handle the rain very well.  I have ridden many a time in rain, but nothing like that.  Almost 24 hours later and my boots are still completely water-logged, even with a fan blowing into them the entire time.  I am afraid they will turn into a biology experiment.

Yeesh.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 17, 2015, 07:03:59 pm
Just one more of the many joys of motorcycle riding... Throw them in the dryer, and turn up the rock n roll really loud.... tp :D
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gggGary on June 17, 2015, 07:15:42 pm
That didn't sound the least bit enjoyable! 
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on June 18, 2015, 06:54:15 pm
I put a 1000 miles on mine today.  That storm slowed me down, so I'm in a hotel 100 South of indy. Like Max said, the PR4GT are really great in the rain.  Come to think of it, they compliment an awesome bike!!
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 18, 2015, 07:13:16 pm
I put a 1000 miles on mine today.  That storm slowed me down, so I'm in a hotel 100 South of indy. Like Max said, the PR4GT are really great in the rain.  Come to think of it, they compliment an awesome bike!!
Good to hear from you.   Have a safe time getting home.   How about a rider report.  If so, post the link here.  tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on June 18, 2015, 08:16:47 pm
I put a 1000 miles on mine today.  That storm slowed me down, so I'm in a hotel 100 South of indy. Like Max said, the PR4GT are really great in the rain.  Come to think of it, they compliment an awesome bike!!

Agreed!

My boots have finally dried out.  I then put them in a container with a powerful ozone generator for an hour to zap anything and then Lexol'ed them to death.  If I was doing any REAL riding like you are doing, I would have to get something more water friendly than traditional, heavy leather boots.  I would not want to be caught with this situation far from home.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on June 21, 2015, 07:28:58 am
Three days in the road now, and have 1700 more miles on the clock.
I stopped in Chicago (NW burbs)  to see my dad.  Much to my surprise, 7 others showed up that evening at my hotel. We enjoyed some fine stories and few cocktails.
Stayed in Cecil WI last night. I stopped by the cottage that my grandparents built on Legend Lake. The new owners let me in and we're gracious hosts. Controlling my emotions was not so easy.
Sun is out and time to ride....
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: VirginiaJim on June 21, 2015, 07:43:42 am
The emotions get more intense as time progresses, at least that is what I have found.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: Conrad on June 21, 2015, 08:33:53 am
Three days in the road now, and have 1700 more miles on the clock.
I stopped in Chicago (NW burbs)  to see my dad.  Much to my surprise, 7 others showed up that evening at my hotel. We enjoyed some fine stories and few cocktails.
Stayed in Cecil WI last night. I stopped by the cottage that my grandparents built on Legend Lake. The new owners let me in and we're gracious hosts. Controlling my emotions was not so easy.
Sun is out and time to ride....

You didn't het rained on yesterday (Saturday)? It rained buckets here! (~60 miles west of Chicago)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: gPink on June 21, 2015, 10:08:04 am
I've had to pump five inches of water out of the pool over the past five days.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: sailor_chic on June 21, 2015, 12:53:56 pm
You didn't het rained on yesterday (Saturday)? It rained buckets here! (~60 miles west of Chicago)

Nope, great riding yesterday. Light rain once I reached Shawano WI, but nothing worth talking about.
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: MAN OF BLUES on June 21, 2015, 02:24:15 pm
I think 714 was an interesting number to explore :cool:


we always laughed out loud as that was Joe Friday's badge number on Dragnet.....
coincidence?
(http://images3a.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp734%3A5>nu%3D9375>289>257>WSNRCG%3D36435%3B344%3B348nu0mrj)
(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/93/b5/c3/93b5c3b9192f7f86523a2452ab924ee5.jpg)
(https://36.media.tumblr.com/8fc982c9578fa31958f59472d4f9053b/tumblr_mz7sqqkQ6a1r7065no1_500.png)

http://youtu.be/cqsPNVFKVK0 (http://youtu.be/cqsPNVFKVK0)
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 21, 2015, 03:34:28 pm
Nope, great riding yesterday. Light rain once I reached Shawano WI, but nothing worth talking about.
Hope the rest of the ride is safe and fun.  Looking forward to seeing the new states colored in on your map, soon.   tomp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 21, 2015, 04:25:47 pm
Spent the day riding around Galveston and surrounding areas.  Dropped the bike for the first time.  Had my friend's 16 yoa son on the back.  Pulling out of a slanted parking lot, the engine died and when I put my foot down, there was no pavement there.  With the additional weight, no way I could keep it up.  I was able to right it by myself, which I couldn't believe, and there wasn't a scratch on it, which I couldn't believe, either.  After that, was more conscious of where I stopped, making sure that the road was flat, at least flatter than where it went down. 

Other than that one embarrassing event, it was a great ride, hot and humid, but a great ride, none the less. The C14 is a terrific motorcycle. . . tp
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: maxtog on June 21, 2015, 05:14:43 pm
Spent the day riding around Galveston and surrounding areas.  Dropped the bike for the first time.

:(  Sorry to hear that, but it has to happen eventually.  Welcome to the club.

Quote
and there wasn't a scratch on it, which I couldn't believe, either.

You are lucky!  Just don't look TOO closely, 'cause I bet you can find SOMETHING!  The one and only time I dropped the C14, I was stopped.  Even then, and with the canyons/cages,  there was still a little touch damage on one point of the very bottom of the matte black fairing (probably because my bike is lowered).  Not counting the two touch points on the cages, of course...
Title: Re: What did you do to your Concours today?
Post by: tomp on June 21, 2015, 08:12:02 pm
Went and checked again. Just found a tiny scrape, probably 1/4" long, on the bottom of the left side case.  Never noticed it before, so it may be new, or not.  It's not visible unless I'm on my back, on the ground.   Safe week to all, and keep the rubber side down.   ;D
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