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Created on: 01/12/20 08:44 PM

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BIGO70



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Site Newbie!
01/12/20 8:44 PM

Hello everybody!

New to the site but not ZX 14's.

Previously owned a 2008 ZX 14 that I sold back in 2014. Went through several different bikes until I ended up back on one with a mint 2013 ZX 14 R that I purchased from a friend.

Been riding street bikes for 35+ years. Live in Southern Illinois.

Been a big bore Kawasaki guy for most of my adult riding career. Started with a 1999 REX 1100 that I had from 2001-2005. I then got a 2002 ZED 1200 in 2005 that I rode until 2008 when I got my first ZX 14.

I'm a member on another Kawasaki site and see a few of those same members here.

Enjoy motorcycles and everything that goes along with them.

Ridden all over the United States and usually make a run a couple of times a year to the Smoky Mountains in Georgia/Tennessee/N. Carolina as well as the Ozark Mountain Region in Arkansas.

Look forward to chatting on the site and possibly linking up somewhere for a ride.

Thanks!

Mike

My current 2013:

Previous 2008:


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Maddevill


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Location: Hayward, CA

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RE: Site Newbie!
01/13/20 11:23 AM

Nice bike. Welcome to the forum.

Mad



Owner of KNGKAW.

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Grn14


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Location: Montana

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RE: Site Newbie!
01/13/20 1:47 PM

Love that white.

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Rook


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/13/20 4:33 PM

Nice 14s Mike.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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BIGO70



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RE: Site Newbie!
01/13/20 11:13 PM

Thanks for the welcome guys.

I initially wasn't too keen on the white but I have added a few more black and carbon fiber parts to set it off.

I have an extra set of side gills that I ordered prepainted white and black. However, the white isn't even close to matching the pearl stardust white. So, when it warms up I'm going to order some paint from Color Rite and paint them again.

I had never seen the panels done this way on a white 14. I think it will look pretty good.

Here is a pic where I just taped them up against the bike to show the difference in the OEM white and the white the panels came painted with.

Whatcha think?

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BIGO70



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RE: Site Newbie!
01/13/20 11:31 PM

BTW Grn 14.

Awesome felines!

Possibly Bengal or Serengeti?

Can't tell just by the face and front leg markings.

Thanks.

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Rook


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/14/20 6:32 AM

So, when it warms up I'm going to order some paint from Color Rite and paint them again.

The white of your grill does look lighter than the OEM color. I hope the color Right paint works for you but that looks good as is.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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BIGO70



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RE: Site Newbie!
01/14/20 10:28 AM

The white of your grill does look lighter than the OEM color. I hope the color Right paint works for you but that looks good as is.

Yeah, it's close but I'm a perfectionist. LOL

Thanks.

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Grn14


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/14/20 12:50 PM

Yeah,the white grills IMO should be the same as the rest.With the black accents I think.Glad they don't have the red stickers on there.A mismatch IMO.I don't think you're gonna get a matching color with an aftermarket paint.I'd just buy the factory grills...they do come in that white,yes?
My kittys are American Shorthair tabbys.The brown BeBe probably has some mixing of Maine coon. I think the Grey one Babesy has some Eastern mix in her.Siamese or Abbysinian?IDK.

I was looking at some pictures of Owls in the forest sitting in trees.In the bark.Matching perfectly.My BeBe reminds me of those.Big eyes,camouflage colors.Sweet cat.


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BIGO70



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RE: Site Newbie!
01/14/20 10:53 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Unfortunately, the factory doesn't make the grills in white. Only in the black that comes on that model year and color scheme. I had hoped the manufacturer that I purchased these from would be able to match them.

Typically, Color Rite make s a good product that matches well. Guess I'll see.

In regard to your cats, Google a couple of Images of Bengal or Serengeti cats and have a look. They look very similar to yours in the face and legs. Regardless, good looking cats.

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Rook


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/15/20 6:30 AM

Yeah, it's close but I'm a perfectionist.

Me too!

I've heard the candy colors that Color Right makes can be difficult to match to OEM paint. I've heard my color, Midnight Saphire Blue, does not have enough metal flake in it to match OEM paint. It's also important to apply the paint properly to get the exact color with candy colors. I have purchased Color Rights frame color in a touchup bottle and it seemed to lack metal flake but it works fine for covering a small knick.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, Super Sprox 17t output sprocket, AFM 45t rear sprocket, EK zzz 530 chain, Gilles Tooling axle adjusters, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Ignition Module, LCD-200, Speedohealer V4, Glow-Shift gauges, Illumiglow 210 mph clock faces, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Moto-D magnetic oil drain plug, MIT billet oil filler cap, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, LighTech fuel tank cap, Vortex rearsets, lightweight mudflap bracket, FP Racing preload adjusters, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Bridgeport 90° valve stems, CZ 320mm front rotors, Galfer rear wave rotor, Pazzo levers, ProBots Dzus fasteners and many other bolts replaced with aluminum or Ti, Vortex mirror blocks, CRG bar end mirrors, LSL frame sliders, axle sliders, billet bar ends, 2WheelWorkz muffler

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chrly


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/15/20 3:46 PM

I have 2013 Golden Blaze green and painted my entire front fairing with a Colorite setup of spray cans.. I messed up one spot on the air intake about the size of a third of a dime biut other than that no one has been able to guess it was not stock after putting it back on the bike .. Very happy with results.. I would not hesitate to paint the entire bike .. follow directions especially warmth of the area ...

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BIGO70



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RE: Site Newbie!
01/15/20 11:38 PM

That's encouraging info.

Fingers crossed.

Thanks.

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ahhlou


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RE: Site Newbie!
01/23/20 8:57 AM

White look good. Welcome, nice bike.



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