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Offline MMMOTORCYCLE

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New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« on: May 08, 2016, 08:09:00 am »
So I found a deal on a left over 2014 C14, cut the check and took her home. Went on a 100 mile ride and thought I made a HUGE mistake (not one Im willing to admit to my wife!).

I could barely move after. The stock seat, in my opinion, is the worst Ive ever sat on (soft foam bottoming out on the pan and forward cant) The noise/buffeting from the stock windshield is horrible. Amazingly, if I crouched down about 1.5"....silence, like I have never experienced on a motorcycle. You could have a conversation wearing full face helmets in that zone?!?

Seat was sent out the next day to Spencers. V stream windshield and HeliBar risers installed. I wont have the seat back for another week to see if it all makes a difference.

I really want a his bike to fit, has always been on my radar and have heard great things.

If anyone in the Chicagoland area has a seat sitting on a shelf I could borrow for a week, I would greatly  appreciate it :-)

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 08:22:51 am »
Your height/weight/sleeve length/inseam?

Aftermarket windshield is almost considered a given.

Risers do make a difference too. 

Trust me, the bike can be fit to most riders,  after the flash it's even better.   

I have "flat ass " disorder,  can't fill out the back of spandex ( there's an image  :-[ ). Most bikes kill me after 200 miles.   I use a laam seat and 500+ mile days are comfy now .

As a short term solution an air hawk can make a big difference ( and can be used on the passenger section when the lady rides with you.

I went the other way, removed risers and wedges too off tall stream and installed cee Bailey short windscreen in prep for a 4000+ mile loop this summer.   6'3" 190lbs 33 inseam 36 sleeve. 

With the short screen up its quiet , with it down I get air to my chest ( something I want in summer).

Don't give up yet..... Oh btw most farkles can be passed through the misses by explaining how it will make her riding experience better, and if she is long legged, passenger peg drop/offsets are recommended

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 08:59:42 am »
Welcome to the forum. Seat, windscreen, and handle bar position are basic ergonomic modifications. Everything else are just farkles.
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 09:07:33 am »
I'm not sure what you are used to riding, I had an Electra Glide before I got my C14. I have 2 inch risers, a V-Stream windshield, and a Sergeant seat. 1000 mile days on either bike is a non issue. I'm 5-10, 175, in reasonably good shape, with a 33 inch inseam, 34 sleeve. I too suffer from noassatall.

Ergonomics are a very personal thing. Once you get dialed in, I believe you will find the C14 to be an amazing machine.
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 09:52:16 am »
If you felt like meeting in Indianapolis you could try my bike, V Stream windshield, Saddleman seat, two inch risers and wedges.
It is very comfortable for me at 6'1".

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2016, 03:15:56 pm »
Harry76,
I might, just to check out your Saddlemen. Which model is it?

And what are "wedges"?

Gonna have to wait til end of this week or next for my seat to come back from Spencers...

I will have a better feel how my V-Stream, Helibar risers and seat work together then.

Thanks for all the info.

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2016, 07:27:07 pm »
My seat is the Explorer RS, the wedges go under the handle bars tilting them to a more comfortable angle and brings them closer together.

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2016, 09:31:50 pm »
mmm, you might want to check this out, also:http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=914.0
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016, 08:26:11 am »
Welcome to the forum MMM! I had a similar experience 6 years and 65,000 miles ago. Handle bars was the most major thing to fix it. I eventually got to Horizon ST totally adjustable bars from HeliBars. Second, CB ultra tour domed wind shield. Went through 4 seats, Spencers, Russel, Lamm now Corbin. Also installed canyon cages with highway pegs. Obviously I spent a bit (but got most of my money back on the Russel and Lamm seats) but now the most comfortable bike I have ever ridden and have done 900+ mile days on this bike.

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2016, 01:33:11 am »
Welcome to the forum, and enjoy the access to all the info you'll ever need.
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2016, 04:51:59 am »
So I found a deal on a left over 2014 C14, cut the check and took her home. Went on a 100 mile ride and thought I made a HUGE mistake (not one Im willing to admit to my wife!).

I could barely move after. The stock seat, in my opinion, is the worst Ive ever sat on (soft foam bottoming out on the pan and forward cant) The noise/buffeting from the stock windshield is horrible. Amazingly, if I crouched down about 1.5"....silence, like I have never experienced on a motorcycle. You could have a conversation wearing full face helmets in that zone?!?

Seat was sent out the next day to Spencers. V stream windshield and HeliBar risers installed. I wont have the seat back for another week to see if it all makes a difference.

I really want a his bike to fit, has always been on my radar and have heard great things.

If anyone in the Chicagoland area has a seat sitting on a shelf I could borrow for a week, I would greatly  appreciate it :-)

MichaelMichaelMotorcycle

Welcome MMM!

As for your windshield needing to be raised 1.5" to get into the quite zone. You did use the button to raise the shield right?    ;)
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2016, 06:27:25 am »
You did use the button to raise the shield right?    ;)

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2016, 03:58:43 pm »
when I purchased my C14, having 2 C10's in my garage, both with Corbin seats on them, and having never ridden or sat on a C14 (7-7-07)
I talked briefly with the sales guy, and explained I wanted to sit on it for a half hour... come back and tell me when a half hour elapses... I handed him my cell phone, which I set to alarm in a half hour,  he smiled at me and said, no problem....

its interesting to think about, but man, when you are spending $14k, you better be aware.
during the 30 minutes, I busied myself with reaching controls, studying the feel, ergo, and operational do dads, and tried different seating and reaching functions.. I admit, sitting still on that bike, for a half hour.... without placing my feet on the floor or changing from "operator position" was a challenge, and did produce a sense of "this isn't perfectly comfortable... (I'll return to this in a moment)... but when he walked back and said, "sorry, I ran over on the time because I was on a call", and asked if it was all cool... I said let's write this up, gimme a card I can write "sold... do not touch" on, and a piece of tape...

he did, and I signed and said I'll see ya on Monday...
I did a 1100  mile round trip in 24 hours to my credit union to pick up a check for this bike, on my C10, and picked it up, and never changed a thing ergo wise to the C14...to this day.

I admit, the seat kinda sucks, my azz gets sore, but I have logged many 500-700 milendays on it, many with my wife asleep behind me..

yeah, I may make a change to my seat, but I can't pay someone else to make a seat for my butt, its gotta be a trial and ride thing, and I ain't gonna do $2k in various trials, to find one that I like. ( some folks here have easily spent that much searching to find one acceptable...)
my C10's I got lucky on, I found the C10 configuration from Corbin, perfect for me, and if it had not been for those, I never would have logged the miles I have. saying this, I don't see the Corbin C14 seat being idealnyet, as it is not in anyway similar to the C10 seats fitment and pressure points... time will tell, I wouldn't buy a seat I didn't try... and being a COG owner, and member, I can always pry a seat from someone for a "day test" at a rally...

best of luck on getting the bike to fit you, a lot has to do with you learning to fit yourself to the bike also...and 100 miles on a new bike is like wearing a pair of shoes in the store for 4 minutes. Trying a pair of pants on, and finding them tight, but thinking I'll buy em, is about the same.

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2016, 06:55:22 am »
when I purchased my C14, having 2 C10's in my garage, both with Corbin seats on them, and having never ridden or sat on a C14 (7-7-07)
I talked briefly with the sales guy, and explained I wanted to sit on it for a half hour... come back and tell me when a half hour elapses... I handed him my cell phone, which I set to alarm in a half hour,  he smiled at me and said, no problem....

its interesting to think about, but man, when you are spending $14k, you better be aware.
during the 30 minutes, I busied myself with reaching controls, studying the feel, ergo, and operational do dads, and tried different seating and reaching functions.. I admit, sitting still on that bike, for a half hour.... without placing my feet on the floor or changing from "operator position" was a challenge, and did produce a sense of "this isn't perfectly comfortable... (I'll return to this in a moment)... but when he walked back and said, "sorry, I ran over on the time because I was on a call", and asked if it was all cool... I said let's write this up, gimme a card I can write "sold... do not touch" on, and a piece of tape...

he did, and I signed and said I'll see ya on Monday...
I did a 1100  mile round trip in 24 hours to my credit union to pick up a check for this bike, on my C10, and picked it up, and never changed a thing ergo wise to the C14...to this day.

I admit, the seat kinda sucks, my azz gets sore, but I have logged many 500-700 milendays on it, many with my wife asleep behind me..

yeah, I may make a change to my seat, but I can't pay someone else to make a seat for my butt, its gotta be a trial and ride thing, and I ain't gonna do $2k in various trials, to find one that I like. ( some folks here have easily spent that much searching to find one acceptable...)
my C10's I got lucky on, I found the C10 configuration from Corbin, perfect for me, and if it had not been for those, I never would have logged the miles I have. saying this, I don't see the Corbin C14 seat being idealnyet, as it is not in anyway similar to the C10 seats fitment and pressure points... time will tell, I wouldn't buy a seat I didn't try... and being a COG owner, and member, I can always pry a seat from someone for a "day test" at a rally...

best of luck on getting the bike to fit you, a lot has to do with you learning to fit yourself to the bike also...and 100 miles on a new bike is like wearing a pair of shoes in the store for 4 minutes. Trying a pair of pants on, and finding them tight, but thinking I'll buy em, is about the same.

ridensafe,

All great advice right there. I'm one of the folks that spent a bundle finding the right seat, not 2k, but too much. I now have 2 bikes with Corbin seats and if I ever get another bike I will probably go directly to Corbin. But I think this is key: "a lot has to do with you learning to fit yourself to the bike".

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2016, 09:36:11 pm »
Conrad...yes it was all the way up  :o

I got my Spencer seat back. It is definetely firmer, but will take some breaking in before I know how well it fits my rear.

The Helibars and V stream were good investments to meet my needs.

Ordered highway pegs yesterday.


That should give me a good starting point  ;)