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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-29-2017, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Wtb but a little worried

Hey folks. Experienced rider here looking to come over to the zx14r. Last bike was a r1100rt but I did have an r1 when I was younger. Bought the beemer for comfort but it lacked fun, so back to sport bikes, just something not as aggressive as the liter bikes. That said...

I have scanned the forum here back a long way to educate myself and noticed a few disturbing threads where the valves had issues, or there was a knock, and finally at least a few threads where a motor was blown and no one knew why. I understand this can happen. I also noticed threads where people were asking about where to buy a new motor.

Scares me. Are these machines as reliable as I have heard owners say? In the beemer forums a TON of people have 100k miles or more. Here I see a lot of folks talking about, "10k and no problem!" How can anyone comment on reliability at that milage?! I mean the valve clearance service hasn't even come yet.

Can any of you guys pat my hand and tell me it's all going to be ok and that I am just spoiled by my bmw that I sold at 98k miles? I really want a 14r but the Internet is scary.

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These are great bikes. I have owned a 2008 that I put over 22,000 miles on and only issue was valve cover gasket. I like it so well I traded it for a 2014 zx14r which I love and so far I put over 8,500 miles on it. I can't imagine life without a zx14r.
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Welcome aboard the forum Tate. You might have run into some of the threads discussing issues re: earlier model 14s'. Own a 2012 14R and can't say enough positive things about this machine. I have approximately 7k miles and still rides like new. I too have owned and ridden several other sport bikes but decided enough of the 1000s' because I wanted something that had torque, excellent HP and superb comfort for a hypersportbike. What I can say is that I've impressed ever since I sat and rode the 14R so highly recommend it.

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Yes you'll read about the problems.
Not many people go on any forum and say they have xxx miles and zero problems.
I also read about the #3 rod going through a cranckcase on an 07.
Nobody knew why and sometimes these problems are associated with someone laying a bike down but the owner neglected to inform anyone that it may have run dry.
Or the guy who does long wheel stands and the oil pick up is in the front of the motor and may have starved the motor for oil.
Nobody knows for sure and those issues are long gone and nobody has posted about anything new
I had a 2007 and now a 2014. Only problem I have is always replacing the rear tire.
There are plenty of long term milers here.
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the '12 and up 14R dont seem to have the rod knock issue and are so far bullett proof

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All bikes have 'problems/issues' from time to time.

But I can certainly say that I am a proud owner of my '14 14r. Only other bike I would purchased instead of the 14r would have been the Concours.

No need to be worried IMO. You will be amazed how easy this bike is to ride. But most importanty, you must respect the 14r for all its power because it will toss you like a bucking bronco if you're squidding around. :-)

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66,000+ miles on mine with no issues. Headed for Austin and the MotoGP followed by a Hill Country ride. Just racked another 2500 going to Florida and back. For every tale of horror, there are dozens like mine. Two sets of tires per season, Oil changes every 5K with Mobil 1 4T. Valve clearance check/adjust along with throttle body synch and clean every other winter. I'm rather anal with maintenance, I pick the seals out of the wheel bearings and repack them with grease every tire change. Added a manual camchain tensioner even though the stock item was giving no problems. Oh, yeah, remove, clean and re-oil the air filter EVERY winter. I skipped a winter and my BMC filter was nearly clogged with bugs and dirt. I also clean and grease the inside of the airbox cavity (frame) each time the throttle bodies come off.

If you are buying used, check the chain and sprockets for wear and the clutch for operation. Listen to the engine idle and if it makes no disconcerting noises, it should be good to go. Chains and sprockets last 20-30K miles with regular cleaning and lubrication. I'm still running the original clutch.

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66,000+ miles on mine with no issues. Headed for Austin and the MotoGP followed by a Hill Country ride. Just racked another 2500 going to Florida and back. For every tale of horror, there are dozens like mine. Two sets of tires per season, Oil changes every 5K with Mobil 1 4T. Valve clearance check/adjust along with throttle body synch and clean every other winter. I'm rather anal with maintenance, I pick the seals out of the wheel bearings and repack them with grease every tire change. Added a manual camchain tensioner even though the stock item was giving no problems. Oh, yeah, remove, clean and re-oil the air filter EVERY winter. I skipped a winter and my BMC filter was nearly clogged with bugs and dirt. I also clean and grease the inside of the airbox cavity (frame) each time the throttle bodies come off.

If you are buying used, check the chain and sprockets for wear and the clutch for operation. Listen to the engine idle and if it makes no disconcerting noises, it should be good to go. Chains and sprockets last 20-30K miles with regular cleaning and lubrication. I'm still running the original clutch.
Cool, this is the type of report I like to hear.

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Thanks guys. Sounds like I should go for a 2012 or up.

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Thanks guys. Sounds like I should go for a 2012 or up.

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Man, digging around some more, there are gen2 bikes out there also having knock problems and blowing up. Oil starvation issues and the like. It seems like the only way I can consider one is new from a dealer with a warranty and even then, you get no real guarantee since they have lawyers and I don't. I am going to have to think long and hard on how much I want this machine.

Something like a FJR might not be as fun but at least no one is reporting blow ups!

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As the old saying goes, don't believe everything you read. 'Take it with a grain of salt' I'd say go for whatever you think works best for you. The FJR is also a beautiful bike but I'm sure once you get a FJR forum, you also hear negatives about that machine. It's funny you should mentioned the FJR because I'd been thinking about getting one before a bought my 14R a few years back and decided against it and went for the 14R. It was between the FJR and Concours but settled for the 'Beauty and Beast' all wrapped into one.



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I hear that. I am still torn.

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good thing he had a steering damper

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185ez, give me the short and sweet. I am in the 3rd world right now on a shakey Internet that cannot handle videos. San Blas islands aren't the best for connectivity.

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My 06 is kick azz, done the valve adjustment and all other maint myself.. No interest in getting a newer 14; 30,000 miles odom

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