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Looks good man Congrats and be safe on that beast lol
:lick: I'm seeing too many awesome 14Rs these days...I seriously want to buy another one for some sick reason!
 

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Sure thing, well here are some quick ones :) removed the more obvious gull crap and flies, but still alot to do.



That was my first choice in colors and actually the one i test rode for kawi demo days. It was a big difference in handling and power vs my 2007.
But when i saw the green and black 14 on the showroom floor:D, I was sold.
Congrats on the new ride.
 

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Grats!

Beutiful bike, that's my favorite color combo...although I am a little biased since I did the red fins and calipers on my 2012 - Kawi just copied me :p.

Ride safe.
 

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Thanks :). I'll make sure to post again next season if we live to tell the tale of it (we = bike and rider).

That being said, i wonder if you guys have tricks of the trade to maintain the matte black finish. I figured no wax should be put there, nor any "rough" compound. By now i only used water and some smooth clothes.

Lastly, what kind of front/rear stand do you use for winter storage and maintenance? I am leaning toward the pitbull rear stand made for the zx-14r (revzilla)...but not sure about the front stand.
 

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What is "winter storage"? :)
t-rex racing. Half the price of pitbulls and just as good. Plus you get free spools.
They also have the dual wheels for more stability.
Front & Rear
 

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I am leaning toward the pitbull rear stand made for the zx-14r (revzilla)...but not sure about the front stand.
ABBA superbike stand. Can do so much more than Pit bulls, and only cost a bit more.
 

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The stand is as easy to use as they show in their videos, really.

Here's my review

In total, for ABBA Superbike Stand (lfts rear), Front Lift Arm kit (lifts front & rear), swingarm removal kit, and swingarm bobbin kit I have $360 wrapped up in it including s&h. I think a set of Pitbull front/rear wheel stands are aroud $300 + s&h

The best thing about the ABBA is the modularity. For $250 they also even have a wheeled base the bike can be lifted on so it can be rolled around on. Then another benefit is it can be used for any sportbike (or bike with a similar swingarm style) with addtional pins if needed (kind of like spools for different brands for Pitbulls).

Keep in mind in no way do I benefit from anyone buying these things, just think it's a really cool product that's engineered for a purpose. Is it perfect? No. but as far as easy to use, versatility (with what I listed, the bike can be torn down to the last bolt), safe, storage, it's definitely one of the best stands for the price on the market.
 

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Thanks alot for the ideas guys. After searching around I'll look into that abba stand (if i can find it), seems safer to use than the rear/front stand for some reason, and i don't have a large garage so storage is important for me (which may be an issue with skylift/bursig stands).

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Thanks alot for the ideas guys. After searching around I'll look into that abba stand (if i can find it), seems safer to use than the rear/front stand for some reason, and i don't have a large garage so storage is important for me (which may be an issue with skylift/bursig stands).

Cheers
I have a 2 car garage, storage was definitely something I had to consider too. Wheel stands are pretty large and take up quite a bit of space, and as your saying the Skylift (which would be freaking awesome) or similar stands don't easily breakdown. The way the ABBA Superbike stand is built, storing it doesn't take much space at all. I store it on my peg board in fact.
 

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Here's my ABBA stand stored, this includes the 2 bars for the front lift arm kit (they are stacked front to back).

 

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I'd probably have gone for T-rexes too, but i don't have enough clearance in front of the bike for safe passage (kid, wife and all other people who are not bike-aware :p). So i ordered the Abba stand front/rear from the canadian retailer...will see if it works out good.
 

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Sorry I'm late to the party! Congrats on upgrading to the ZX-14R Oakwolf. She is a great ride as long as you treat her right ;).

I upgraded from my modded 2011 Ninja 650R to my 2011 ZX-14 (It was a very well priced leftover model that needed a new home besides the dealership). The difference was more than night and day. I'm sure you now know that as long as you have trained your right hand correctly this beast is as docile or as nasty as you want it to be.

Welcome to the club! :D
 

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I'd probably have gone for T-rexes too, but i don't have enough clearance in front of the bike for safe passage (kid, wife and all other people who are not bike-aware :p). So i ordered the Abba stand front/rear from the canadian retailer...will see if it works out good.
Just an FYI, you will receive "fitting pins" to use with the stand. Do not use the stand until you have the pins, they may ship separately from the stand itself. Someone else ordered the stand too, for some reason they shipped the pins separately from the UK. Mine all came in one package.

The fitting pins are what adapt the stand to every type of bike. One set of pins might work for more than one bike. The pins go on each side of the stand, in the tubular cups and fit into the swingarm bolt or nut (depending on which side).

 

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@psychoninja: yeah it's quite a change, i wouldn't go back for sure though. I am very cool headed with the throttle, that's not a problem from what i can see (yet)...my real challenge will be the to master the additional mass/weight; I'll need to beef up this winter :rolleyes:

- as for the stand, i got a pack of pins (and the bobbin pin as well) in the package, once i'll get it ready for winterage i'll make sure they fit tight in the frame bolts. The stand looks really solid, i am confident about the thing.

Question for you guys...the bike now has 300km, and the season is pretty much ended for all we know. What should i do with the "break-in" oil? Should i drain it or should i leave it for next year? Iirc the manual says to drain it.
 

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Question for you guys...the bike now has 300km, and the season is pretty much ended for all we know. What should i do with the "break-in" oil? Should i drain it or should i leave it for next year? Iirc the manual says to drain it.
That's a good question. That's only 180 miles. I can tell you this, the engine is far from being broke in at this point. Contact your dealer and ask them for advice is one thing I'd recommend.

I'd try to get it as close to the 1000km service as possible. I don't know your weather situation, but if it's dry and just cold I'd probably tough it out. If it's worse conditions or freezing that are dangerous. I rode in 30F temps (probably 1-3C) a couple times this year, it really wasn't bad as I put my winter coat on under my riding jacket instead of the liner. My mesh gloves left my hands cold, but nothing dangerous. I'm going to ride to work tomorrow morning and it'll be in the 40s, but then 70s during the day so I'll ride at lunch and then the evening.

I'd either hurry up and get at least 700km on it (over 400 miles) then do the change or leave it in at this point. The break in oil has a purpose, and I'd hate to see your motor not broke in properly because the break in lube was changed out too early. My only concern is what might happen to loose particles if the all settle into one area of the engine then get sucked in when you start it next year.

The other thing to think about is if you get it to 1000km you can do the full break-in service over the off season, definitely do all the bolt tightening stuff and other things in the service, I can pretty much guarantee you will find loose bolts, I found around 8, including the rear caliper mounting bolt and RH clip on mount bolts.
 

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Thanks for the heads up. After talking with them, they said to leave the oil in due to low mileage. As you said it's not an easy question....sort of a catch 22. Will definitely check the bolts at 1000km o_O , i don't want loose parts.

Wish i could tough it out but some regions already got the october "surprise snow" around here, didn't stay on the ground of course but still makes conditions crappy for bikes.
 
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