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Old 10-13-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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So I moved from a 2007 GSX-R 600 to a 2007 Kawasaki ZX-14, and I must say the transition has been a lot of fun.

Aside from the EXTREMELY massive amount of torque and power at nearly every single RPM the bike is amazingly stable and far smoother than my twitchy little gixxer. The bike delivers the power at a very smooth and very smoothly in every gear, if feels as if the bikes moves the road beneath it instead of the gixxer which felt like it was bounding down the road like a pebble.

The riding position is also far improved, and was one of my main reasons for seeking the switch. My wrists, arms and back have been praising the change. And my girlfriend is absolutely in love with her riding position. The leg position, however, feels relatively unchanged. Which I actually like, very aggressive and lets me use my legs to control the bike very well.

One of the things I was afraid of on such a large bike was maneuvering in relatively small places. It is much wider than the gixxer so I'd be hesitant to split lanes with it, especially since I cant split my driveway anymore to pull it into the garage (gotta go around both cars now ). The front end will take a little while to get used to as well, just because it feels so big, not for anything negative. In fact, once she's moving the bike is very flickable. I haven't had any problems steering in parking lots, whipping around a corner or making tight u-turns.

So the TLDR version of this is amazing bike, exceedingly happy, now lets hope she doesn't leak oil all over the place. ( notorious kawi's)


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Old 10-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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What are you talking about? My 636 hasn't leaked a drop of oil in 31,000 miles. Also have several close friends with Kawi's that have never had a problem.

The 2007 6R doesn't count, it's a crapbox.
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welcome to the big boy bike , yeah big diff from sporty little 600 and even the 1000cc bikes

first take your time with it or it will bite you in the

now that you have it take it Motorcycles Unlimited and get the suspention set up for you , that will help with how it rides and handles the twistys ,, other than that congrats

only step up for you know is to the BUSA !

but hey baby steps right ?
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Very nice bro I love my ZX14 too (dont know Im trying to sell it) I havent heard of any issues with oil leaks but the CCT does tend to cause some issues when its cold. You might start hearing the cam chain rattle on cold start ups then go away after a few seconds..If it bothers you like it does me I went with a Manual CCT by APE. Also remove to secondary butterflies it does wonders for the bottom end torque and to me made it a more rideable bike

Oh and that bike loves to eat back tires for lunch...just ask any ZX14 owner
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welcome to the big boy bike , yeah big diff from sporty little 600 and even the 1000cc bikes

first take your time with it or it will bite you in the

now that you have it take it Motorcycles Unlimited and get the suspention set up for you , that will help with how it rides and handles the twistys ,, other than that congrats

only step up for you know is to the BUSA !

but hey baby steps right ?
Ahead of schedule!

Motorcycles Unlimited did my suspension and put a new front tire on there 3 hours after I bought it. And yeah it was definitely worth it best 30$ I've ever spent.

As for the Busa, I mean eventually my Kawi is going to need someone to snuggle up to in the garage, eh? Maybe next year my girl won't mind if I pick one up
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Never had a Kaw leak a drop anywhere, anytime. My blood is Kaw green. I have owned plenty over the years. ZERO problems with Kaws. I have owned 2 Suzukis, and they have given me problems.
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Thats good to hear. I'm really loving this bike
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very nice, love the blue! congrats
THANKS!

Honestly, the blue is what sold it more than anything.

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hey congratulations !
I know I loved mine, its greaat for two up too.
perfect wind protection and very solid up to ....waaaay up to....... ;]
awesome bike, wheelies great too!

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it was a good "trainer" for the bike I have now.
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Very nice bro I love my ZX14 too (dont know Im trying to sell it) I havent heard of any issues with oil leaks but the CCT does tend to cause some issues when its cold. You might start hearing the cam chain rattle on cold start ups then go away after a few seconds..If it bothers you like it does me I went with a Manual CCT by APE. Also remove to secondary butterflies it does wonders for the bottom end torque and to me made it a more rideable bike

Oh and that bike loves to eat back tires for lunch...just ask any ZX14 owner
^^^^^^^^ Everything Byrdman said is true, CCT, butterflies and definatly the back tires! Looks like you already have an exhaust added . Have fun now!
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hey congratulations !
I know I loved mine, its greaat for two up too.
perfect wind protection and very solid up to ....waaaay up to....... ;]
awesome bike, wheelies great too!

wolfe20and20the20z

it was a good "trainer" for the bike I have now.
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I sat on one at a dealership and wow...it felt like a goldwing coming from a 650r. The whole front ergos - cluster, fairings, etc - made the bike feel larger than it really is! That must have been quite a transition for you coming from a gsxr600
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i have had and heard of issues with the 14s and the valve cover gasket leaking oil. mine does actually to a small fraction. Just havent gotten around to fixing it. just smells a little funny when hot sometimes..............

otherwise youre never gonna look back man. I love my 14. Fast, comfortable, and stable as . Invest in a nice touring tire unless you really plan on letting loose on this bad boy. As mentioned it will eat through a back tire in nothing flat.

Have to disagree with the wheelie machine comment though. Dont get me wrong it will pull a wheelie and easily. But for me only weighing in at 175lbs rear traction if often a problem when trying to wheelie. I have tried popping the clutch in several gear and that back wheel just spins out. But lets face it you dont buy a 14 to wheelie with...........

Get these pipes on that scooter and lets go for a ride bro.
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^^^^^^^^ Everything Byrdman said is true, CCT, butterflies and definatly the back tires! Looks like you already have an exhaust added . Have fun now!
Actually no, the previous owner .... deleted the exhaust and opted for some chrome turn downs :(

Thankfully ForgottnSoul is hooking me up with some stock pipes for dirt cheap. And I'll get a performance set when my spending increases again after christmas.
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i have had and heard of issues with the 14s and the valve cover gasket leaking oil. mine does actually to a small fraction. Just havent gotten around to fixing it. just smells a little funny when hot sometimes..............

otherwise youre never gonna look back man. I love my 14. Fast, comfortable, and stable as . Invest in a nice touring tire unless you really plan on letting loose on this bad boy. As mentioned it will eat through a back tire in nothing flat.

Have to disagree with the wheelie machine comment though. Dont get me wrong it will pull a wheelie and easily. But for me only weighing in at 175lbs rear traction if often a problem when trying to wheelie. I have tried popping the clutch in several gear and that back wheel just spins out. But lets face it you dont buy a 14 to wheelie with...........

Get these pipes on that scooter and lets go for a ride bro.
Would love too!

Speaking of which, you got everything to hook it up? or should I swing by a Kawi dealer and pick that up. And probably some new gaskets.

EDIT: Oh also just discovered it has a PC3 installed already, though I am almost positive the mapping is horrible. I'm sure I can pick up a stock ZX14 mapping off the website though.
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That's such a good looking bike man, glad your happy with it, had a lot of fun at SWC too, good meeting you.
No doubt was great meeting you, I actually loved your triple! That thing could turn into a sick street fighter! Hadn't seen one up close before.
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