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Offline Cheesecake

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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2011, 08:58:12 pm »
Are you sure the problems are not statistically relevant. I would think to determine that you would need to view the stats. The only people who know how many warranty issues the c-14 has work for Kawasaki and they are not publishing them, or at least not the real ones. I had two different Kawasaki Customer service people tell me on the phone thay they know their is a problem with Kawasaki final drives leaking. The first one was talking to me about the dealer in Las Vegas who did not have the correct tool to change out the bearing he stated, The tool is a required tool for Kawasaki dealers. You would think with all the problems with this issue the dealer would have one even if it was not required. The second was was a supervisor who I spoke to after I got home his statment was, "Kawasaki knows there is an issue with them (final drives) leaking and they are looking at it."
I have experienced the leaking and the trouble with Kawasaki customer service taking care of it. I posted the whole story here shortly before the whole damm forum was deleted! Is that what you want to happen again? So then shut up and enjoy all the positive comments! Just kidding. About shutting up. The rest is true.
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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #31 on: September 29, 2011, 08:22:37 pm »
I could swear mine was off-kilter as well.  Then I rode to Floriduh where some blue-hair wanted to occupy a lane at the same time I was in it.  Down she went and it is perfectly aligned now......Not really, but sounds good huh? (although the crash part was true)
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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2019, 07:00:35 pm »
I have a new 2017 Concours that is a little crooked with the handlebars as well . It’s funny because the instrument cluster looks a little off as well. Were you able to sort out your issue by chance?

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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2019, 07:01:47 pm »
My new 2017 also has the instruments slanted to the left. After looking at the bike it is obvious the fairings are not installed correctly. I mean either the way it was assembled, shipped or prepped by the dealer has the front fairing tilted to the left. Also looking at the gaps between the body panels, on the left side as compared to the right side, I see that the gaps between panels on the left are much wider than the right. Maybe removing the body panels and tweaking the mounting points will
correct this condition. 

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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2019, 09:50:43 pm »
Resolved the issue with my 2017 Concours. The instruments looked to be tilted to the left and seemed to be worse when riding. Put the bike on the center stand on a level floor. Then placed a torpedo level on top of the speedo and tach, sure enough the gauges were tilted left. I removed the windscreen and the access panel under it. Next I removed the two side trim panels, the one housing the little glovebox, and it’s mate on the other side of the cockpit. This exposed the mounting hardware for the instrument cluster. I loosened these two nuts and found enough play that I could tilt the whole assembly to the right so it was level. I reassembled it, instruments level, and went for a ride. Things still looked biased to the left on the highway so I returned to the garage and put it back on the center stand. This is when I noticed the fork heights were different. The left one was protruding through the upper clamp more than the right one. I loosened everything on the front end including the wheel. I pushed the right fork up to match the left, adjusted both per the manual, and re- torqued everything and went for another ride. Things were better but at highway speeds things still looked a bit off. The final thing I did was increase the preload on the fork springs and bingo, operational check was good. Took my level along on the ride and everything looks and is level both on the highway and on the center stand. In the end it was assembly tolerances and suspension set up from the factory. In closing I will add that the curved instrument cluster bezel and the round instruments are a bit disorientating and present a slight illusion when trying to decide if things are level or not, kinda weird. Things were obviously leaning left but are level now. 
 

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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #35 on: October 07, 2019, 04:50:28 am »
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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #36 on: October 07, 2019, 04:20:33 pm »
Always good to move things to the right.  8)
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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #37 on: October 08, 2019, 06:41:16 am »
Always good to move things to the right.  8)

Leave it to you to somehow politicize this...

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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #38 on: October 08, 2019, 03:56:16 pm »
What ? ? ?     Your mind is in the gutter. He said things were better when he tilted them to the right. It's right there in his post.
I think you're watching too much TV Marty.
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Re: Symmetrical, forks and fairings?
« Reply #39 on: October 09, 2019, 07:41:45 am »
What ? ? ?     Your mind is in the gutter. He said things were better when he tilted them to the right. It's right there in his post.
I think you're watching too much TV Marty.

Hey, all I did was to quote my betters, and post a smily face. From that you get that my mind is in the gutter?
I may watch too much TV, always have and always will.  8)