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Offline lather

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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #45 on: March 09, 2020, 10:48:31 am »
He is a good guy but has some problems. When I crashed my 08 I needed some replacenment hardware for my AST highway bars. I contacted him and asked to purchase the hardware. He replied and said he would send for free and asked for my mail address. I sent him my address and waited. After 3 week nothing so I bought the stuff from MCMaster Carr online for about 20 bucks and installed. A week later the hardware arrives from AST!
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Offline charles r

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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #46 on: March 12, 2020, 07:36:22 pm »
I cleared 100k back in 2011. Since then, I've only put on another 20k miles. Other than normal maintenance, the only other part I've replaced was the clutch slave cylinder. It got a bit spongy, and I couldn't bleed it out. Has worked perfectly since.

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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #47 on: March 12, 2020, 09:18:14 pm »
He is a good guy but has some problems. When I crashed my 08 I needed some replacenment hardware for my AST highway bars. I contacted him and asked to purchase the hardware. He replied and said he would send for free and asked for my mail address. I sent him my address and waited. After 3 week nothing so I bought the stuff from MCMaster Carr online for about 20 bucks and installed. A week later the hardware arrives from AST!

it's 2020.. problems should be rectified by now....
I considered being an industry member of COG, and selling products.. thought a bit, and said "naaah", even then, I still sent out cam sensor o-rings, daily, where I had to go to a post office and mail them, for $1 a pop, for 2 rings... then gave that to Murph to do, as I didn't make squat doing it..  (by the way, the rings he sends for the price he asks, are still half the price Kaw demands for a single ring.. and, the MOB rings actually seal, unlike the OEM ring..so buy Murph rings.. please  best value product by far...)
so, share the experience of getting a refund, and sending it back..(oh wait, sorry.. misread... he sent it for free a month later) or did you just say "f'it" and toss that money in the hardware bin?

my point was, it's all groovy when you get what ya wanted, but when ya don't, and expect the same service as when your charge card is on the line.. well ,,,, what ever. There are still folks, (quite a few) that got stiffed, and never got reconciliation, or product from a decade ago. easy to search for them in the search mode.

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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #48 on: March 13, 2020, 03:45:25 am »
I ordered my peg lowering brackets late last year and they were delivered to the UK in under 2 weeks.
I paid by Paypal so if there were any issues I could file a claim for a refund. The same goes for a credit card.
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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #49 on: July 04, 2020, 11:46:20 pm »
If it is OK to go back to the original topic,

160,000 miles on my 2008 C14 about three years ago.  Cam chain rattles some since maybe 145,000.  I was (infamously) unable to extend the extended warranty coverage right about this time 7/4/2017.  More or less retired the beast and got a fresh (er) 2010 with very low miles.  Up to 85,000 now.  Two good years, but pretty light so far this year.  I also have a third C14, another 2008 with 55,000 miles and a fried ECU.  That kinda SUX.  See "lack of warranty availability" for the reason that has become a parts bike. 

ZERO major trouble, excepting the spontaneous ECU meltdown.  I do my own work, and have half a dozen valve adjustments under the belt.  Not a terrible task by any means, but there are a bunch of things that have to be removed to get access.  And there are always things that have to be repaired or rebuilt or replaced or rethought during the process.  I like me some crash bars, too.  Retrofitting the 2008s for the 2010 took a little doing!


Anyway, ... The C14 has been very reliable.  Ridiculous for a motorcycle.  I would buy another.



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Re: 100,000 Mile C-14's
« Reply #50 on: July 14, 2020, 08:41:49 pm »
Since 'close to 100k' people have piped up, I'll add mine. I'm at 94k. The bike was down this past year due to fried computers, and sat for two years while I was overseas. I also don't ride hardly at all anymore since I have a take-home car at work and kids.

Major issues: as mentioned, last year, one or more of the bike's computers quit working. The KIPASS has been replaced twice. Cam chain tensioner. rear end leak. Clutch slave cylinder issues that still aren't resolved. Melted dash cluster. Cooling fan seized. Fuel tank replaced due to external rust. I'm sure there's some stuff I have forgotten. Much of the above was covered under warranty.

Overall, I love the bike and have had many great trips with her. If I could go back in time, I don't know that I would have taken the C14 path...
'08 C14 Steve's Flash Rocks!!!

The 'other' forum evicted me!