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Offline SofaKingFast

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #15 on: May 18, 2016, 01:11:20 pm »
For me, the highway pegs make a huge difference in comfort when riding long distances.  I have always stayed with the stock seat, and it works fine for me.  Ability to raise your legs, sit back a bit farther in the seat, and get some airflow under your butt add significantly to the riding comfort. 
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2016, 12:56:37 pm »
I rode mine home from the dealer (over 100 miles) and I was thinking the same thing. every bike takes some getting used to and now that I have put over 1000 miles on it I am comfortable with the minor parts I have swapped (still want a nice aftermarket seat)

The first things were the murphs lowering pegs, ram mount on the clutch m/c, fender extender and grip puppies (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) and I purchased a short oem windscreen from a forum member that has made a big difference.
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #17 on: July 01, 2016, 02:31:09 pm »
6-3 240 here. Bought a 2011 holdover this past fall... 5years old-new! I don't mind the stock seat or the peg locations. I am using an Airhawk R to log 500-600 mile days, but now I'm trying to ride without the pad. I agree there is a bit of slope, but I haven't had an issue with the foam density yet. If I make it long enough with this bike to warrant a seat change, I will go with Loren Mock over at Baldwin Saddles. He made a great seat to my exact specs for my ZR7, so I know what to expect. I put on 2-inch risers, but they only make a small difference.

The stock screen isn't terrible; hot weather is pretty good. It did way better than I expected through 300 miles of rain at 37 degrees F. I got a Puig screen and it takes care of the noise and buffeting, but it does wiggle because it is thin. I just picked up a CB UTD 17-inch and it is a high quality piece of plastic. Will probably be my winter shield, but I'm testing it now in Arkansas 90-100F heat. For all but the worst weather don't overlook a short screen with a good helmet, although neck strain and forehead pressure becomes an issue.

The Connie is definitely a compromise bike as it sits on the floor. You have to fit it to yourself, which is part of the fun. Good luck!!
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2016, 01:47:24 pm »
So Im still not in love with my bikes ergos. Today I installed "Phil's now Murph's wedges" and went for a ride to test them out. About a minute into the ride I notice a red light and NO TRANSPONDER on the screen......Crap, where is my FOB???

This KIPASS system sucks! Long story short, I found it on the road only to see it being run over by multiple vehicles as they passed...its toast.

Any leads on the best price for a replacement? ThumperTalk is the lowest Ive found at $268.63!

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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2016, 03:31:36 pm »
Sounds like kipass operated as advertised. It's your fob retention that sucks. Did you recover parts from the fob to see if the passive chip was salvageable?
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2016, 06:47:23 am »
So Im still not in love with my bikes ergos. Today I installed "Phil's now Murph's wedges" and went for a ride to test them out. About a minute into the ride I notice a red light and NO TRANSPONDER on the screen......Crap, where is my FOB???

This KIPASS system sucks! Long story short, I found it on the road only to see it being run over by multiple vehicles as they passed...its toast.

Any leads on the best price for a replacement? ThumperTalk is the lowest Ive found at $268.63!

That sucks! I had my own kipass mishap the other day, left the key in the on position and killed my battery! Never would happen on my 1982 bike where key on = headlight on, I would have noticed that.

soooo did the wedges make a difference? Or are you stuck with no key now
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #21 on: July 25, 2016, 07:11:49 am »
It's all in the way you choose to view the situation. As long as you think that the bike sucks, it will suck. Remember, the only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your attitude.

There are some on this forum that love their bikes in stock trim, others have spent over $1000 to get their bike the way they wanted it. Motorcycles are an amazingly personal thing, what works well for one may be like a medieval torture machine to others.

The C14 is a WONDERFUL machine. It's fast, smooth, dependable, can handle like it's on rails, and it will take all you can give it then ask for more. With attributes like that, spending the time and $ to get it to "fit" is a worth while investment. But that's just MY attitude about it....
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2016, 07:29:29 am »
It's all in the way you choose to view the situation. As long as you think that the bike sucks, it will suck. Remember, the only difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your attitude.

There are some on this forum that love their bikes in stock trim, others have spent over $1000 to get their bike the way they wanted it. Motorcycles are an amazingly personal thing, what works well for one may be like a medieval torture machine to others.

The C14 is a WONDERFUL machine. It's fast, smooth, dependable, can handle like it's on rails, and it will take all you can give it then ask for more. With attributes like that, spending the time and $ to get it to "fit" is a worth while investment. But that's just MY attitude about it....

+1!! Totally have to agree
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2016, 08:14:20 am »
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2016, 06:36:43 am »
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #25 on: July 29, 2016, 07:12:45 am »
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Why don't FOB haters leave it in the glove box and take the stove knob key with them?
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2016, 09:08:38 am »
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Why don't FOB haters leave it in the glove box and take the stove knob key with them?

There's something inherently wrong with these FOB haters so there's no making sense in the things that they do or don't do...    ;)
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2016, 09:29:16 am »
I dont think the op is saying his bike sucks, and he is already invested in aftermarket parts and has had the bike around 3 months.

I find it difficult (presumptive maybe) to judge poster's attitudes but can completely understand frustration at losing riding time and having to pay out for a simple mistake, others apparently see it as a blessing.  :stirpot:

KIPASS is one unique feature of this bike and, like the bike itself, takes time to become familiar.   
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Re: New C14 Owner...did I make a mistake?
« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2016, 12:05:39 pm »
Leave the fob in the glove box, then use the stove knob key as you would any other bike. Problem solved & fob haters quit crying !
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