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  • New Ride... It's Green!!

    Hey folks, we'll ownership of my ZZR1200 which I purchased back in the spring has come to an end. I picked up a brand new leftover 2017 ZX14R Special Edition last Friday with 1km on the odometer. Kawasaki Canada was offering 2 extra years of warranty, multiple stacked incentives so it was a very good deal and was the color I was looking for. However, up here in Canada, we tend to get royally screwed on insurance but with my age and good driving history... my insurance company gave me a good price for full coverage.

    There are dealers over in Quebec with a few brand new 2016, 2017 and 2018's leftovers still on the showroom floor. I was looking at an 18 model (green, grey, black) but I really didn't care for that color combo.

    ​​​​​​The 14R is the same green as my old 2001 ZX12R...so it was meant to be. Already racked up 1000kms.. took it in for the first service, but will be doing all future oil changes and general maintenance myself.

    ​​​​​​​Sold the big ZZR in less than a day of posting it up on kijiji... new owner emailed me after driving it home... he's very happy with it.

  • #2
    Win-win for you and the buyer of your 1200!

    Congrats on your 14R! Nice color scheme
    My ol' ZZR1200 pics:
    http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=156883

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    • #3
      Outstanding!
      Congrats on your replacement ZX 14

      Major difference from your ZZR huh?

      I'm on the fence about the '18 color combo you spoke of.

      Sometimes I like it then sometimes it seems a bit flashy.

      Unfortunately, I have no local dealer with one in stock to look at in person.

      I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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      • #4
        Sweet - I’m sure you will miss the ZZR but that 14r will steal your heart.


        "I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it!"

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        • #5
          Very nice! Congratulations ????
          KN, this ride's for You.

          http://i415.photobucket.com/albums/p...ps2ecwj35m.jpg

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          • #6
            Looking good, Gforce


            While I am master of my sword, I shall never think any man greater than myself.
            ~Eumenes of Cardia

            I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. ~Steve McQueen

            I work over by worlds of fun. ~JimmyMac

            My photo album - http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=146333

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            • #7
              Love that color! Congrats.
              “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”...Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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              • #8
                Wicked bike! Congratulations!

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                  • #10
                    Been almost a year since I bought the 14, figured I'd check in with the ZZR brethren. Did a few small upgrades over the winter... installed an Akrapovic exhaust, kawasaki center stand and zero gravity double bubble.

                    Love the 14 but starting to look at adding another bike to the garage. Something more comfy for long range touring.. either a Honda ST1300 or possibly an FJR. Haven't ridden either so if anyone has any experience on either, would appreciate any feedback.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gforce99 View Post
                      Been almost a year since I bought the 14, figured I'd check in with the ZZR brethren. Did a few small upgrades over the winter... installed an Akrapovic exhaust, kawasaki center stand and zero gravity double bubble.

                      Love the 14 but starting to look at adding another bike to the garage. Something more comfy for long range touring.. either a Honda ST1300 or possibly an FJR. Haven't ridden either so if anyone has any experience on either, would appreciate any feedback.
                      Bike is still looking good.

                      How "long range" are you talking?

                      It's fairly easy to do 500 mile days on the ZX 14 if you have it set up correctly.

                      Of the two "long range" bikes you mentioned, I have heard good things about the FJR.

                      I have no experience with either however.

                      Good to hear from you and keep us posted.
                      I have neither the time,or the inclination, to explain myself to a man, who rises and sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner, in which I provide it. I'd rather you just say 'thank you' and go on your way.

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                      • #12
                        I love that you added a centerstand


                        While I am master of my sword, I shall never think any man greater than myself.
                        ~Eumenes of Cardia

                        I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth. ~Steve McQueen

                        I work over by worlds of fun. ~JimmyMac

                        My photo album - http://zzrbikes.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=146333

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                        • #13
                          while I've owned neither bike you mentioned, I have ridden both the Honda ST and FJR quite a bit. The Honda ST1300 is an easy high mileage bike, and tough as cockroaches. However, it dates into the nineties and rides like it. It's a very bland capable typical Honda, but surprisingly unhappy at high speeds due to weird aero effects with bags on.

                          The FJR is utterly brilliant...in its ability to mimic a Toyota Camry. it's sneaky quick and fast, handles great, loads of nice features in later models, and yet is somehow as dull as the Honda. one thing catches some riders by surprise is high pegs and limited leg room if you're over 6" and leggy. however, it blows the st1300 out of the water and would be the better choice

                          a ZX14R set up for SPORT touring is surprisingly comfortable, and much more rewarding than the bigger sport TOURING bikes. but lots of folks here have done 1k miles in a day on a stock zzr1200 so maybe we're a bit more hardcore about touring

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                          • #14
                            How about the Concours14? It has been a great tourer for me. All day long comfortable. Bags are standard equipment. And when you get to a nice road the big girl is plenty capable.

                            I have 55K on my 2011 and it has been solid as a rock.

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                            • #15
                              If you get the chance, check out a ZX14R with lower pegs, raised bars and a good seat. I swear mine is just as comfy as my 2008 Connie was. Cost:
                              - Buell pegs (drop 3/4 inch): $50?
                              - 1 " Heli Bar risers: <$100
                              - Sargent Seat: $500
                              - Double Bubble (taller) screen: $125

                              Compare to new FJR at $15,000....

                              Use left over money to buy cool dirt bike or track day toy!

                              G

                              G
                              "The Price of Speed is Eternal Vigilance" 2015 ZX14R 30th, Four Kids

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