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She goes in for the 600 mile service tomorrow morning. So far I love it. Rock solid stable bike. Comfortable on long distances. Zero vibration, handles crappy paved surfaces without any issue. I expect it to be great on the drag strip as well as touring once I get some luggage on it. It looks like the passenger rear sets have hard points for luggage. I was thinking of losing the stock mufflers so I can fit larger luggage.

The adjustable power should be called 'fuel-drinker' mode or something. When you put it into low power mode it gets horrible fuel economy. In high power mode I get about 40 mpg while driving 70-85 mph, for a total range of over 200 miles per tank! The second setting for traction control is more than adequate enough for most street riding. The fact that it tries not to lift the front end in that mode is simply awesome. If you are in heavy rain, I think 3 would be useful.

It came with Metzeler tires from the factory, any idea how many miles I will get out of them?
 

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Fricken sweet. It's tighter then my 08 14. I could feel it just from sitting on one. CofG felt lower and just feels like more quality/refined throughout. Would love to mile one up.
 

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It appears I'm not in on the joke.
sorry. sort of a forum thing. 14s are known for eating tires, especially the rear. So it was kinda funny you would ask that.
I would bet the 2012 is even worse.
I'm on my 3rd set of tires in 10,000 miles.
At least they quit putting the crap Bridgestones on the new bikes. Once you find a brand you like, watch for sales and stock up.:lol
Curious what you rode previous to the 14 and why you selected it.
 

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I rode a SV650S. I found out I liked the sport bike aspect of it: high power to weight ratio and aggressive gearing. I also like touring, mostly on the interstate. The extra weight and aerodynamics of the ZX 14 make it a pretty damn good touring bike. As a sport bike, I think it is fine unless you want to do track days or something like that. Also, keep in mind it appears the bike has more range than other competitors like the VFR. For touring, this is absolutely awesome! The only disadvantage is has over other sport tourers is the lack of a shaft drive, but that is a cost I'm willing to pay.
 

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Nice bike!

You head up my way, give a shout in advance........maybe we can meet up. Likewise I head your way, I'll give you a shout!!
 

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It came with Metzeler tires from the factory, any idea how many miles I will get out of them?[/QUOTE]

My second rear tire was a Continental Road Attack...I got 10,300 miles out of it before the steel braids started to show. I recently put on a Pilot Road 3...waiting to see how it compares. My bike is a 2008 model, I bought it brand new in 2010...I put almost 17K miles on it so far. The original Bridgestone tire only lasted 5K miles.
 

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I have an '09 that came with Bridgestone 014 tires, they lasted 3k miles. My second set were Dunlops Q2 and they lasted 3k. My third set were Dunlop Roadsmart and they lasted 6k.

The 014 and the Q2's are sport tires, like the Metzelers on your ZXR. They are a one-compound tire. The Roadsmart are a sport/touring tire with two compounds, soft on the shoulders and harder in the middle so they last longer but still have good grip on the curves. All major manufactures make both of these type tires. In the Metzeler brand, their sport touring tire is the old Z6 and the new Z8.

I love your bike. The blue is my favorite color in the 2012's
 

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My second rear tire was a Continental Road Attack...I got 10,300 miles out of it before the steel braids started to show. I recently put on a Pilot Road 3...waiting to see how it compares. My bike is a 2008 model, I bought it brand new in 2010...I put almost 17K miles on it so far. The original Bridgestone tire only lasted 5K miles.
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Not sure if that would be a fair mileage comparison to any tire. Mine get down to the wear bars and I get a new set. For $200, it's not worth taking a chance with a worn set of tires.
 

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Welcome to the club! And I freakin' hate you.
 
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