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Thread: Still Love This Bike.

Created on: 10/24/20 03:52 AM

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yannih


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Still Love This Bike...
10/24/20 3:52 AM

Last week I had new Metzeler Z8's fitted.

So yesterday I decided to do some much needed maintenance on the 14R.
Usual requirements such as 300v oil change, clean, adjust and lube chain, check all fluids, etc.

But Ive been promising myself to give the bike a full detail as it was looking a little tatty due to stone chips on the front facing fairings, road tar and grime / dust and dirt all over internal and externals so I though there's no time like the present.

After a thorough wash, every painted fairing panel received a wet sand with 3000 grit with paint touch up's, then a cut, polish and wax.
All other internal and external surfaces were either cleaned, polished, or protection added.

And 7 hours later!!!

The result is a 2012 14R with 60,000kms that looks almost new.
The bike is also now screaming at me to be taken out and ridden!

If after years of ownership I'm still willing to spend that amount of time working on the bike I must still really love this motorcycle.

P.S.
This might sound loopy but after all these years, every now and then I'll still go down to the garage and just stare at the bike...



* Last updated by: yannih on 10/30/2020 @ 7:19 AM *



2012 Metalic Spark Black Kawasaki ZX-14R.
Yoshimura carbon R-77 slip ons,Custom dyno ECU flash,Striker rearsets,Hyperpro RSC steering damper,HM Plus quickshifter,ASV C5 levers,Hel SS transparent red front/rear brake and clutch lines,Kawasaki/MRA vented spoiler screen,Carbon heel guards,R&G radiator guard,Powerbronze carbon rear hugger,ZX-10 front fender with fender extender,Yoshimura frame sliders,M-Factory rear stand stoppers,Escort Redline radar detector,Techspec tank grips and tank protector,Versys 1000 fender eliminator,Kaoko cruise control,Moto red oil cap,Oxford heated grips,Red magnetic oil drain plug,Red and black Bagster Spider rear seat bag (for touring only).

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Rook


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RE: Still Love This Bike.
10/24/20 4:55 AM

I know what you mean, yannih. I still stand back and look at the bike for a long time. The ZX-10 fender looks great on your 14 BTW.

Some work on the paint to keep it in like new condition is necessary after a few years. I've never gone as far as a sanding but I have done a thorough polishing once a year until recently. Even polishing compound can eventually wear through the paint. I'm planning to do a complete sanding and clear coat application before too long. Then I suppose I will ride the bike with it looking rattlecanned for a year to let the clear coat cure long enough to polish it back to a mirror finish. I had good results gently polishing fresh rattlecan paint using only my fingers and polishing compound. I don't know if I would take that approach with the entire bike, especially with the sharp edges the 14 has.



'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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Maddevill


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RE: Still Love This Bike.
10/24/20 9:09 AM

I don't give my baby nearly enough tender loving care. I now live on a dirt road so,
by the time I get to my driveway, the wheels and belly are coated with dust. But
I still polish her off with some Lemon Pledge and wipe the wheels down. And, unlike when I lived in an apartment, she now stays in a cozy garage with a nice cover. I've been around bikes for over 40 years and can truthfully say this has been the best bike I've ever owned.

Mad



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yannih


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RE: Still Love This Bike.
10/30/20 7:25 AM

Mad, look after her (which I'm sure you do) and she'll look after you.

And couldn't agree more.
This is by far the best bike I have ever owned by far, though I don't think I have owned anywhere near as many as some of you.

When I grow up I want to be just like Green and buy which ever bike I like when I like.



2012 Metalic Spark Black Kawasaki ZX-14R.
Yoshimura carbon R-77 slip ons,Custom dyno ECU flash,Striker rearsets,Hyperpro RSC steering damper,HM Plus quickshifter,ASV C5 levers,Hel SS transparent red front/rear brake and clutch lines,Kawasaki/MRA vented spoiler screen,Carbon heel guards,R&G radiator guard,Powerbronze carbon rear hugger,ZX-10 front fender with fender extender,Yoshimura frame sliders,M-Factory rear stand stoppers,Escort Redline radar detector,Techspec tank grips and tank protector,Versys 1000 fender eliminator,Kaoko cruise control,Moto red oil cap,Oxford heated grips,Red magnetic oil drain plug,Red and black Bagster Spider rear seat bag (for touring only).

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Grn14


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RE: Still Love This Bike.
10/30/20 3:04 PM

When mine get too dirty,I just trade in for a new one;)

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Rook


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RE: Still Love This Bike.
10/30/20 5:47 PM

I think Kruz has you beat. I think he's got 6 now. Crashed at least two and got rid of them. That's in ten years. He says he's done buying bikes now. I would say so, he doesn't really need to ever do any major maintenance items because all the bikes are too low in miles. I think he's got about 20k on the 006 ZX-14. He claims the sprockets and chain are still good.



'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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