Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA, USA
Re: test riding the C-14 tomorrow
My two cents from past experience.
Bikes I have owned
2004 RT1150 -best boxer I have ever owned.
2006 RT1200 -rear drive failed I dumped it. $20K should NOT buy you being stranded in the middle of nowhere.
2005 K1200S -same time as RT 1200, 3 transmissions later GONE....... Forever.
2002 LT-BEST OF THE BEST nothing compares to my 2002
2006 LT- rear drive failed I dumped it $24K should NOT buy you being stranded in the middle of nowhere.
2003 ST1300 as well for two weeks, I sold it because I was tired of looking like I pissed on myself everytime I rode it, HEAT HEAT HEAT. I cannot beleive a company like Honda STILL releasing that product to the public.
I test rode a C-14 and in July in GA and the heat pouring from it was TWO TIMES worse than the Honda. Repeat TWO TIMES.
I now am the proud owner of an 2007 FJR1300, which is to say the least an awsome machine, I bought it the same July day I roder the C-14, heat? yes while not moving, around your ankles, and THAT IS IT. Once you get moving over 10MPH whatever Yamaha did to move air just plain WORKS!!!!.
Now does my FJR replaces my 2002 LT in confort for me, the SO, luggage room, gadgets, NEVER. But if you want to go from an LT to a smaller Sport Touring bike you cannot go wrong with the FJR. The 2008's are even better as they have a lighter ABS unit, they have helical cut gears in the tranny so its quieter, and the throttle springs are not as hard. The ONLY mod I made to my FJR was a taller shield (V-Stream) it looks good and does the job.
Again my two cents.
2007 Ducati GT1000 Sport Classic