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Created on: 11/22/17 11:57 PM

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Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/22/17 11:57 PM

Growing up my uncle had a ZX9R and ever since then I loved Kawasaki. Fast forwards years later when I had the money for a motorcycle I started to look into Kawasaki. I wanted the ZX14 from the start but was talked into starting small. So I bought a 2014 Ninja 300 on October 31, 2015. Its ok to laugh go ahead. I still laugh at myself for buying it now that I look back. I was happy I finally got a motorcycle and I fell in love with it, but eventually she was to slow. I topped her out at around 113mph. Finally I said screw it I'm getting my dream motorcycle.....the ZX14. I started to look around, and checking insurance quotes. We all know how expensive it can be especially being in your early 20's. I couldn't afford the Gen 2 ZX14's so I had my eyes set on a Gen 1. I will eventually get the Gen 2, because I want those extra CC's. I found a dealer online that had a 07 with around 7400 miles on her. Went to the dealer to check it out, and went home. I went to the bank for a loan and got approved. On July 21, 2016 I headed out on my Ninja 300 for the last time. I was finally getting my ZX14!!!!! I can't tell you how excited I was to finally get one. I get there and go through all the boring paperwork. Once I was all done I walked out side and took a good look at my new motorcycle with a huge smile on my face. I had to jump on the beast and hurry to work! On the way to work I dropped a gear and let her rocket me to 120mph. Which at the time was fast for me on a motorcycle. I couldn't believe how fast that thing was. I finally got to work and got threw that torture of not being on my ZX14. That night when I got home my dad was outside and I thought crap he's going to see my new motorcycle and be mad. But I thought oh well its better to ask for forgiveness then ask for permission. A nice little quote my uncle told me before. My father actually though I got a new exhaust for the 300. I thought wait till you see it in the morning. Sure enough he seen it and one thing about my father is he is more of a car guy. Not really into motorcycles but when he seen it he recognized it which mad me happy and proud. His words were "Thats a ZX14?" I will never forget that. I just smiled and said heck ya. Later that day we were leaving for my uncles place in Michigan, and again I was sad cause I had to leave my ZX14. All i wanted to do was ride. For dinner that night my dad wanted some food from some place by my house. So I threw a leg over the beast and headed out to get his food. I order it and when I leave the place a car was driving by and honked the horn at me as they drove by. I look up and wave at the person, but for that split second I was distracted and didn't see a car coming. Once I did realize it I grab the front brakes hard as I was turning to the right. On the 2nd day of owning my dream motorcycle I dropped her going maybe 3mph in a parking lot. I was so mad and upset that I scratched up the right side. I couldn't believe that it happened. Oh and the person that honked at me in the car was my father of all people. I always mess with him and tell him its his fault I dropped my motorcycle. Thanks to all of you that read this and sorry that its long.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/22/17 11:58 PM

Thanks again!!! And please all of you ride safe!

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/23/17 12:59 AM

I know the pain. I had mine ---I think it was less than a couple weeks and I dropped it in the driveway. Forgot to put the stand down. Thats the only time she's been down. The busa has been dropped twice by me and once by the dealership before I bought it. They're big bikes and they can be handful and then some at low speed.

It's expensive but fix her up when you can. MI insurance sucks. Does your no-fault cover the damage?

I hate to say it but chances are you'll drop her again someday. All a part of owning a bike. They have just two wheels.


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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/23/17 11:34 AM

Going slow you dont have much momentum/dynamic stability to help so that's when I try and be very aware of the mass this beast carries around. One small mistake and the 580 lbs is going down and it's almost impossible to stop. I always try and be very careful in parking lots and backing out of my garage.



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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/23/17 11:43 AM

Sorry to hear that.Yup...it happens.One thing...NEVER lock the front brake moving slow like that with the bars turned!


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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/23/17 9:32 PM

Oh I learned quick that its hard to handle this fat beast at slower speeds, and to not grab the front brakes with the handle bars turned. I did drop her again because of the same thing. It will never happen again though

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
11/24/17 1:27 AM

Keep the damaged plastics on a while just incase.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, 17/45 gearing, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Bonneville PRO, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, Vortex rearsets, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Pazzo levers.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/19/17 11:58 PM

When riding slow using just the back brake can be very helpful ... more controlled ... like somebody's holding the bike from the rear instead of pushing on the bike from the front. I dunno, hard to explain. Try it, though. I can balance at a standstill much longer by holding the back brake and slipping the clutch while giving it a little gas.

Anyway, haven't dropped my big ZX yet in ~8,000 miles ... but of course I will now that I stated it out loud.

Only time I remember coming close so far, I was pulled over against a curb in town talking to my bud, and when we were done talking we went to merge back into traffic but there was a tall layer of pavement I hadn't realized we had dropped down off of beside the curb. Well, when I went to merge left back up onto it, slowly cuz in town, it kinda trapped my left foot between the taller pavement and my footrest ... and damn near toppled me and the bike over to the right. I was just barely strong enough to save it. WOE.



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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/20/17 12:02 AM

Oh and by the way, I had a brand new Honda CBR900RR in 96 I think it was, 11 miles on the ODO, parked it at work, co-worker wanted to come out and see it, so we went. Then he wanted to sit on it. I said OK, and made sure to stand right there. Well, he started with his hands on the bars, then leaned the bike upright (HMMM) ... all good so far though ... then he took his hands off the bars and sat straight up, resting his hands on the tank ... and then . just . . starting . . . falling over to the right, away from me! I grabbed everywhere I could and tried to position myself best for leverage within the given 1-2 second window, but all we could do together was slowly let it down to the pavement. Minor, minor scratches ... really nothing, but still sucked! 11 damn miles on it!! FACEPALM!


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'13 ZX14R; Puig hugger & windscreen; OEM center stand; Helibars risers; Givi V47 Tech top case mounted using an SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack; and Muzzy dual black stainless slip ons

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/20/17 1:11 AM

Turned my back on my running ‘11 in front of my garage on a slight incline...vibration got it rolling forward on the kickstand and by the time I saw it and tried to catch it...too late and it threw me down with it! Pulled my groin but I coulda cared less...I was sick about my baby!!


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Mark D.
'15 ZX-14R....here we go again!....center stand; M4 slip-ons; helibars; PCS1 racing filter; MRA touring screen; ZG double bubble screen; Sargent low profile seat; Throttlemeister cc; ProjektD rad guard; Puig hugger; ZG Marc1 ws; fender eliminator, Knight Design 1 3/8 lowered pegs...
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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/20/17 8:58 PM

same thing with my busa except I didn't even touch it. I just heard a crash through my helmet. dam ugly site. second time, I telepathically felt it falling. Turned to see it before it hit the ground. worse than #1, it was still chugging away. damn. New fairings are a shitty way to spend money on a bike.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, 17/45 gearing, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Bonneville PRO, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, Vortex rearsets, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Pazzo levers.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 12:59 PM

How are you guys putting your bikes in the garage?Backing them in?If you're on a decline going out,you deserve what you get;)
To quote a phrase from one of our most beloved members here..."Not MY Bike".That's like parking on a R/R crossing waiting for the traffic signal just ahead to change.


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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 5:40 PM

One of my drops happened with the bike facing a low uphill incline. I still can't quite understand how that happened but it did.



'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, 17/45 gearing, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Bonneville PRO, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, Vortex rearsets, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Pazzo levers.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 5:56 PM

My garage is level, just not the covered entrance. So yeah, I back my bikes in. I never leave the Ninja running on ANY incline after that, unless I’m sitting on it. Once is too much!



Mark D.
'15 ZX-14R....here we go again!....center stand; M4 slip-ons; helibars; PCS1 racing filter; MRA touring screen; ZG double bubble screen; Sargent low profile seat; Throttlemeister cc; ProjektD rad guard; Puig hugger; ZG Marc1 ws; fender eliminator, Knight Design 1 3/8 lowered pegs...
'08 1600 Vulcan

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 6:22 PM

One of my drops happened with the bike facing a low uphill incline. I still can't quite understand how that happened but it did.

Hoe-ley Sheeeeeeit!!! I believe you may have solved all of our energy problems!!

Stuff, falling UP hill!!

You're about to be a wealthy man! Please don't forget about your online friends.



'13 ZX14R; Puig hugger & windscreen; OEM center stand; Helibars risers; Givi V47 Tech top case mounted using an SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack; and Muzzy dual black stainless slip ons

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 7:02 PM

"I still can't quite understand how that happened but it did".Sounds like something that happened to me.What I thought was a flat surface rolling off an incline was actually STILL at a decline.The upper part optically appeared sloped.But the whole road was at a decline.It looked flat where I stopped.Lucky thing I caught her before she went completely off the stand.I always leave my bikes in 1st if there's ANY doubt now.And I roll it till the trans stops it.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 7:46 PM

Exactly what I do grn. Shut it off in 1st and roll forward to a stop. Handle bar full left to the stop. I never assume level is level anymore. Plus, be glad you didn’t get ‘what you deserved’.


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Mark D.
'15 ZX-14R....here we go again!....center stand; M4 slip-ons; helibars; PCS1 racing filter; MRA touring screen; ZG double bubble screen; Sargent low profile seat; Throttlemeister cc; ProjektD rad guard; Puig hugger; ZG Marc1 ws; fender eliminator, Knight Design 1 3/8 lowered pegs...
'08 1600 Vulcan

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 9:09 PM

Just think, one day there'll be electronics to help avoid this. Maybe a warning tone and/or light when you've stopped and put the kick stand down to tell you your bike is facing downhill, no matter how slight. Maybe another one to tell you your kickstand is not fully extended. Maybe one that knows you're stopped an uphill slope, kickstand is fully engaged, motor is off, but you're not in gear.



'13 ZX14R; Puig hugger & windscreen; OEM center stand; Helibars risers; Givi V47 Tech top case mounted using an SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack; and Muzzy dual black stainless slip ons

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 9:42 PM

'Plus, be glad you didn’t get ‘what you deserved’ '.I know,right?I shouldn't even be alive actually.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/21/17 10:04 PM

I’ll wager 99.9% of us ‘Speed Junkies’ can make that statement ;)



Mark D.
'15 ZX-14R....here we go again!....center stand; M4 slip-ons; helibars; PCS1 racing filter; MRA touring screen; ZG double bubble screen; Sargent low profile seat; Throttlemeister cc; ProjektD rad guard; Puig hugger; ZG Marc1 ws; fender eliminator, Knight Design 1 3/8 lowered pegs...
'08 1600 Vulcan

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/22/17 9:17 AM

You're about to be a wealthy man! Please don't forget about your online friends.

I always leave my bikes in 1st if there's ANY doubt now.And I roll it till the trans stops it.

Same here. Also triple check the side stand is all the way forward by tapping it with your foot. After the first drop, I was double checking but apparently double is not enough. I did double check and parked uphill before the second drop. I won't let the bike run if it is parked anymore either. Not even if I'm sure the stand is locked forward. I can't see why a running motor would matter (other than being in neutral) but I'm not taking the chance.


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'08 MIDNIGHT SAPPHIRE BLUE flies out, full Tsukigi Cannon exhaust, BMC race filter, Muzzy's block off plates, 17/45 gearing, PC5, Romans map, AT-200, Bonneville PRO, HM PLUS quickshifter, Factory Pro EVO Shift Star, RC's oil pump cover, Shorai 14A2 Lithium battery, Spiegler SS clutch and brake lines, HyperPro RSC steering damper, Vortex rearsets, Ohlins FGRT807 forks and KA544 shock, Carrazzeria Tri-R wheels, Pazzo levers.

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RE: Getting/Dropping my ZX14
12/25/17 8:08 AM

I feel for ya. Dropped mine in the garage. Put the kickstand on a piece of wood to make it easier to put her up on a rear stand. Dumb newb idea! Had her propped up a hair too high, turned my back for a sec and over she went. Fortunately it only cracked the lower fairing and scratched the bar end. I had been thinking about going with a shorter bar end. I'm glad I didn't. That longer stock bar end was just enough to keep the rest of the plastic off the ground long enough for me to get the bike up. I still think I got very lucky that it landed just right on the that bar end. Saved me a lot of money and grief. $250 later, she was as good as new. I still can't believe how dumb I was. To this day I'm not sure how the foot peg didn't get damaged.

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