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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-08-2006, 05:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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14 at the drags

we sold a blue 14 a couple weeks ago, I went to the drag strip last night and it was there. with a number on it. he was taking it easy. he said still learning what rpm to launch. I'm sorry, I don't remember what his times or speed was.
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I thought you didnt need to learn when to launch the 14, because doesnt it have a launch light for the perfect time to let the clutch out??

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I thought you didnt need to learn when to launch the 14, because doesnt it have a launch light for the perfect time to let the clutch out??
realy that is fucking nuts
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I thought you didnt need to learn when to launch the 14, because doesnt it have a launch light for the perfect time to let the clutch out??
the tree tells you when to go, don't know what you are talking about.

the SM said that it has a programable clutch but he couldn't give me any more information on it. I looked in the service manual and couldn't find anything about it. guess I'll have to read the owners manual when we get another one in.
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uhhh

uhhh... the launch light is programable. You can set it to the RPM that you feel most comfortable to launch at. I have mine set at 4K RPM, it blinks, I twist the throttle and slip the clutch for a 1.68 60ft and a 9.78 in 1320ft.
To answer your "programmable cluch" thing... If you think that the 14 has a programmable clutch... you don't need to be riding one!!!
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the tree tells you when to go, don't know what you are talking about.

the SM said that it has a programable clutch but he couldn't give me any more information on it. I looked in the service manual and couldn't find anything about it. guess I'll have to read the owners manual when we get another one in.

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-07-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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launch lights

just found out the 14 has a shift and launch light, just bought a 06 14 and did not have a owners manual and never heard the 14 had either , i just programmed the shift light but the launch light is inactive am i setting this up wrong what can i be missing, have a owners manual and still cant set this light
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The programable shift light should be set to somewhere around 7800 rpm that is the max torque level at least for a stock 14 that is the area your bike is making the most torque and where you want to keep shifting to stay in that range. To high or low and you are not getting the most power to the ground.
I'm not sure about the launch light thing I must not be understanding the logic behind the statements? You can't launch till the lights drop but I do understand being ready for that to happen by of course being at the right rpm to launch as you start to feather the clutch in.
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yes that is exactly all it does i know guys that use aftermarket ones and they say all it does is prepare them it takes away from staring at the tach and they can simply look at the lights to find there is one from the factory is a big thing just wish i could program it as easily the shift light
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The programable shift light should be set to somewhere around 7800 rpm that is the max torque level at least for a stock 14 that is the area your bike is making the most torque and where you want to keep shifting to stay in that range. To high or low and you are not getting the most power to the ground.
I'm not sure about the launch light thing I must not be understanding the logic behind the statements? You can't launch till the lights drop but I do understand being ready for that to happen by of course being at the right rpm to launch as you start to feather the clutch in.
I think you are pretty wrong here. The ZX14 is making much more HP closer to its redline than at 7800. If you go to the dragstrip and are shifting at 7800 then I'm sure your not getting the quickest times out of the machine.
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I think you are pretty wrong here. The ZX14 is making much more HP closer to its redline than at 7800. If you go to the dragstrip and are shifting at 7800 then I'm sure your not getting the quickest times out of the machine.
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HP and Torque aren't the same thing. He was just talking about torque.

I personally have my shift light set to 10.5, just to keep me from red-lining.

"Launch Light" is referring to a light on the bike's dash that will light up when the preferred rpm is reached for letting out the clutch for max accelleration, usually between 4k and 5k or so. Ricky Gadson had a segment on "Superbikers" on TV where he talked about and showed how to drag a ZX-14.

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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-08-2007, 02:27 PM
 
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thanks i understand it's purpose i just cant seem to activate that light . i've been to the menu i outlined the engagement light ,set it for 4000 rpm and i still have no launch light must be missing something hoping i can get some help
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I think you are pretty wrong here. The ZX14 is making much more HP closer to its redline than at 7800. If you go to the dragstrip and are shifting at 7800 then I'm sure your not getting the quickest times out of the machine.
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Set mine to the results of my dyno runs. I have the print out and the numbers to set it by. The torque and hp #'s don't usually corespond to each other in most cases but are fairly close. The max torque of most engines isn't always the highest rpm level. Get a good dyno run and it will tell you where your bike is makin the most torque and HP and you can set your shift light where ever it needs to go. Mine makes it highest torque at about 7800-8000 rpm. It doesn't fall off much after that though so its not that critical to me.

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uhhh... the launch light is programable. You can set it to the RPM that you feel most comfortable to launch at. I have mine set at 4K RPM, it blinks, I twist the throttle and slip the clutch for a 1.68 60ft and a 9.78 in 1320ft.
To answer your "programmable cluch" thing... If you think that the 14 has a programmable clutch... you don't need to be riding one!!!
Man Vulture12..... you sound like a dick!

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be a car or a bike, if u launch too high or close to redline u won't be doing the fastest u could do in a quarter. High rpm launches on the 14 will bring the front up, losing time in the process.
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the clutch engagement lite is not active on the 06 and 07 from what ive read.
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the clutch engagement lite is not active on the 06 and 07 from what ive read.
Actually, the light works on all model years. Your owners manual will tell you how to adjust it if that's what you want to do.

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