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Old 11-21-2007, 04:55 PM   #11
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More power to ya. My license barely survives owning Bandits and Zrexs. I know I'd be spendin' a vacation at public expense if I bought one of those ZX14 gems. Awesome ride. I haven't the self-discipline to own one.
There is a really sweet Bandit on Ebay I was thinking of picking up. It would probably be the safe choice, but that 14 is eating my brain away!
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:02 PM   #12
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There is a really sweet Bandit on Ebay I was thinking of picking up. It would probably be the safe choice, but that 14 is eating my brain away!


Well, my totally biased advice would be to buy the Bandit, I'll even sell you mine! The ZX definately looks like fun. Me and a few buds will be riding out to the IMS in Seattle next weekend and the Connie 14 is one of the bikes I'll be drooling over. Reading the latest MCN though it did pretty poorly against the FJR and ST1300 of all things...

Not that I GAF what they think.....
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:53 PM   #13
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Nice write up Kevin!! What an exciting time to be in the market for a new scoot. I am in the market for a big comfy/sporty ride and really like this thing. This bike called me down to the local Kawi Dealer and I was really impressed with the Midnight Blue version...Its awesome in person...Now if only I can get wifey to understand why my 600 should be relegated to track day sorties....
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Old 11-21-2007, 06:48 PM   #14
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It's weird because the Connie won the Motorcyclist test and didn't do so well in other shootouts. It all depends on what criteria you use to judge em I guess. I think that new Connie would be a sweet ride, and I am seriously considering the 14. I'm going to make a go for the Bandit, because it's the smart move. If that falls through, I'm getting a black 14. It's in the cards.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:34 PM   #15
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It's weird because the Connie won the Motorcyclist test and didn't do so well in other shootouts. It all depends on what criteria you use to judge em I guess. I think that new Connie would be a sweet ride, and I am seriously considering the 14. I'm going to make a go for the Bandit, because it's the smart move. If that falls through, I'm getting a black 14. It's in the cards.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:37 PM   #16
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Old 11-22-2007, 04:56 AM   #17
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I'll leave you the ZX-14, if I get it. I have a feeling if you collect it, you will have to take it home in boxes, cause that's how I'll be riding it.
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Old 11-22-2007, 05:46 AM   #18
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Good writeup. I've had an 06 ZX14 for a year now and 12.6k miles. I love that bike. It's a lot of fun in the twisties in the mountains and you never need to be bored. I know it's a drag racer and I don't care about that. It's great as a sportbike and can be used for touring if you don't mind the slightly agressive ergos.

I've also had a C14 for a couple of months now and love it as well (6.5k miles). It's a great and comfortable tourer and also fun in the twisties.

I'm hoping for a comparison by MO soon on the C14 vs. FJR, ST, and a comparo of ZX14 and Busa.

I've bought several bikes based on reviews and comparisons by MO in the past. MO has always been objective (as can be reasonably expected) and accurate.
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Old 11-22-2007, 06:13 AM   #19
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>I'm hoping for a comparison by MO soon on the C14 vs. FJR, ST,
>and a comparo of ZX14 and Busa.

I second that. FJR has had a big impact in Europe. In Finland it was best selling bike for two years running, of all models and sizes. Group of people from my club ride to across the continent to Estoril Portugal every year, two thirds of them ride FJRs and pretty much the rest are planning to buy it.

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Old 11-22-2007, 08:31 AM   #20
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The older I get the more Luddite my outlook becomes. god knows what I'll be like when I get as old as Dr. Seruzwa....

I look at bikes like the Connie, ZX14 and FJR, then I look at the average bike mechanic in Japanese dealerships and I just cringe. If I can't work on it, and I have a hard time trusting them to work on it, I guess we just better hope they're reliable.

At least most BMW mechanics are extensivly trained and you can usually find at least one good indy Harley shop in town for anything I can't handle. A blind man with a rock and a cresent wrench can work on 1 st. and 2nd gen. Bandits so I'm good there.....

At least the new ones are cool to look at...
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