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Offline hulkette

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New Connie owner from arkansas
« on: November 13, 2015, 09:06:53 pm »
Just bought a brand new 2015 Connie (Kawi green) on the 30th october. already put 1400 miles on her and she is a great bike. Those battle axe tires really are crap though. What do you guys suggest? anyway I named the bike "HULKETTE". The 1000 mile ride I took on her taught me that I need 3 major upgrades. 1.Those tires are crap! 2.After 100 miles that seat is like riding on a piece of lumber. 3. Cruise control (or throttlemeister).

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2015, 06:25:54 am »
Welcome to the forum.
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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2015, 06:52:37 am »
Welcome!
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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2015, 09:05:46 am »
Welcome to the forum, hulkette! :chugbeer:
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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2015, 05:20:20 pm »
Welcome Hulkette.
Your gonna like it here!

Lots of opinions on tires out there.
 Mine,,, buy some Michelin Pilot Road 4's, or Pilot Road 4 GT's...

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2015, 08:05:04 pm »
Welcome.

Tires - PR4
Seat - try an AirHawk R  Cheaper than a new seat. 
Cruise - a McCruise is the best and a throttle lock can't compare.

Just my opinion.

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2015, 12:35:16 pm »
Thanks for your opinions I'm making a 2k run in december and want some cruise

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2015, 07:39:44 pm »
Ok as far as tires go, I occasionally ride agressively on highway 5 and state 300. I unfortunately spend more time on the intersate. I want tires that are suited for the interstate, but don't make the hulkette feel like a mac truck around the twistys.

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2015, 07:48:46 pm »
PR3 or PR4..  Good tires all around as far as I've found.
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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2015, 02:04:44 am »
PR3 or PR4..  Good tires all around as far as I've found.

+1...and welcome. I love the green colour, pity I can't get that this side! Enjoy mate!!

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2015, 09:31:46 am »
Ok as far as tires go, I occasionally ride agressively on highway 5 and state 300. I unfortunately spend more time on the intersate. I want tires that are suited for the interstate, but don't make the hulkette feel like a mac truck around the twistys.

Welcome to the forum! Can't go wrong on PR4's. I've done highway 5 on PR4's and took some interstates to get there.

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2015, 10:48:57 pm »
Thank you rhino we will have to do the fun highway 5 route together one day. I may be a bit slower than you because I'm almost always two up. My wife loves to ride (found a good one I did).

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2015, 11:48:00 pm »
Just bought a brand new 2015 Connie (Kawi green) on the 30th october. already put 1400 miles on her and she is a great bike. Those battle axe tires really are crap though. What do you guys suggest? anyway I named the bike "HULKETTE". The 1000 mile ride I took on her taught me that I need 3 major upgrades. 1.Those tires are crap! 2.After 100 miles that seat is like riding on a piece of lumber. 3. Cruise control (or throttlemeister).

I tell my ridin' buds and anyone else buying a C-14, to get the dealer to swap the 021 Crapstones before taking delivery. That way your first impressions of the bike will be all good, and not ????WTF?????WTF?? when you hit the twisties. PR4's rule, especially 55 series rear.

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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2015, 08:10:25 am »
I ride my C14 all over the Arkansas twisties a lot, many times per year.
I totally agree with everyone else's advice about PR4 GT's. They rock!
I had been a PR2 user for a long time before they discontinued the 190-55ZR17 rear.
That's another thing you should consider doing- go 55 rear. Read up. Lot's of opinions. For me, it's the only way to go.

I tried 4 different seats before I got my Kawasaki Gel seat. Love it. Bought it used from a member for $275. Now, no problems riding 10 hr. days.

Another cruise option... Rostra. Much cheaper than the McCruise.
The McCruise is pretty much plug and play. Rostra is a universal system.
I've got a Rostra, and mine's worked perfect for 3 1/2 years now. I put it on myself in about 10 hours.
Average time is a weekend.
Read up! Lots of info, and these bikes have a huge aftermarket. Lots of changes available to make it fit YOU.

Congrats on the new bike! You chose a real winner when you chose a C14. I love my 2011. I bought mine new in April 2012. It now has 34,000 miles, and I've had -0- problems. It's never been back to a dealer for any warranty repair or problem.

Whatever tires you choose, living in Arkansas... You better go with the best you can get. Those chip and seal twisties will totally destroy cheap tires in a weekend of hard riding!
And that gets expensive... Quick!

Again... congrats on the new bike. Above all... ride safe!
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Re: New Connie owner from arkansas
« Reply #14 on: November 17, 2015, 04:02:35 pm »
Lol!
As pricey as they are now, we sure don't want that to happen!

Their price was why I held out for so long to buy them...

Worth it, though.
2011 C14 ABS black w/red/yellow, B.D.F lofuel W.E.,SSD h/g's,
2" setback risers, Phil's wedges/rear rack,K Gel-seat, Rostra CC, AST tourpegs, techspec, 2"droppegs, 4"droppass pegs, Fuzeblock,  7"Garmin, fenda ext, LED tag plate, Ip5S Ram mt, TMeister, Mirror LED t/s, Bestem TBox, CB HDUT w/s, TRex front/CC bag, Wolo Badboy, Tailbrights, Scala G9X, Scorpion EXO1200 Jag, PR4GT's55's, 55W Qz Dr