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  1. #1
    I'm a turbo-diesel driving, cigar smoking, Bambi killing, mean MOFO
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Sunfield, MI

    Wink Putting the finishing touches on my 14r

    Added a few finishes touches on my 14r over the last couple of weeks. Longest story is the undertail. I bought a painted undertail from Hot Bodies Racing back the beginning of June and when it came in it was the wrong green (the lime racing green). Contacted them and they had me send it back to them - took until this week to get it back. Turns out this paint is nearly impossible to match. They tried several times and got it as close as they could. If you look at where the panels meet closely you'll see it's not quite the same but being under the tail in shadow it's not really noticeable most of the time. I'd added a carbon fiber hugger (that also took about 4 months but that was expected) about a month ago which was to help protect the undertail (my theory anyway). I've always liked the finished look on the underside.

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    Here's the nice clean tail section from the side

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    Also installed Tech Spec Snake Skin tank grip to make it easier to hold on to this thing!! I love it - nice and grippy but you don't really notice it. Good stuff.

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    Recently drove to Florida and back and discovered Waze. Experimented around with it and what a great tool for highway travel!! I didn't see a single cop on the way to or back from Florida that I didn't get alerted to in time by Waze. Decided I wanted to be able to see that on the bike too. I bought a quad lock cell mount along with a couple extensions and a knuckle so I could get it where I wanted. I know this looks pretty busy but everything comes into my helmet via sound and just a quick glance down tells me what I need. The phone will literally just sit on Waze all the time - not for Navigation, just for alerts.

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    Last was I've always preferred shorty levers. It took me a while to find a set that would work with the Brembo radial master cylinder on my '17 ABS SE - had to enlist the help of Motosport. They sent what Vortex told them it should be - and it was wrong. Vortex contacted me and they shipped me another one that they were pretty sure was the right one and it was. They'll be changing their charts.

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    I'm going to be riding her down to Texas again for the MotoGP and the International Rally - I'll be sleeping with her.
    Last edited by Steve St.Laurent; 09-14-2019 at 01:46 AM.
    -Steve St.Laurent
    ZRXOA #4699, IBA #38229

    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming "WOW, WHAT A RIDE!"

  2. #2
    BadAss Hooligan
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    New Braunfels Texas

    Re: Putting the finishing touches on my 14r

    looks great Steve
    2000 ZRX 1100
    2005 FJR 1300
    2014 KTM 250XC
    2008 KTM 250XC-F
    2010 Dodge RT Challenger
    2005 Ram Quad Cab
    1996 Chevy Pickup

  3. #3
    Born In The USA
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Redding, CA.

    Re: Putting the finishing touches on my 14r

    You kids have all the toys!
    You'll never know how fast you can go, until you go too fast.

    I have discovered that half of being a good rebel is knowing what to rebel against.

    2014 Ninja 1000

    2005 ZX10

    1981 GPz550

  4. #4
    2009 Hooligan of the year
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    Austin, TX

    Re: Putting the finishing touches on my 14r

    That is a sharp looking bike! Good job, Steve!

  5. #5
    Calamity Gil
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Niagara Falls, USA

    Re: Putting the finishing touches on my 14r

    Looks fantastic and I like the double bubble windscreen. Always good to hear when a manufacturer responds with a plan to correct an error found by a customer. Must be an absolute hoot to ride.
    ZRXOA membr #8704
    "It is not the strong but the responsive that survive."

    BOTM Feb '13


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