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Today is day 3 with the 1400GTR and I love it. It was worth the 6 month wait, I placed the order back an a cold and damp February morning having received an email from Kawasaki. Move forward to July, not quite so cold, but exceptionally damp here in Oxfordshire!

As I 've read elsewhere on the forum, the bike handles with ease, even in heavy traffic moving at a snails pace, out on these Cotswold roads it's fantastic. Can't wait for the running in period to be completed. Fuel consumption, according to the onboard system is around 42-44 mpg, giving around a 170 to 200 mile tank range, depending how heavy handed you are! The best position for the screen is about mid-way. At full height, there is alot of turbulance around the helmet. KIPASS for me is a great plus, I had a dreadful habit of leaving the keys in the old Yamaha XJR1300, though I thought I had a fault with the system until I realised that the spare fob was still in the pannier! Has anyone found a good place for the Tax Disc? The dealer has put it on the bottom of the screen, I know it has to be conspicuous, but not that conspicuous! I'm not sure what the whirring noise is from the engine compartment when the ignition is first turned on but before the starter is pressed? I was pleased to see that BT021s were fitted as standard as I had the 020s previously and found them an excellent all round tyre. The only niggle I have and that is the view in the mirrors is partially blocked by the tops of the panniers. A couple of times, I have 'lost' sports cars in that area. I have tried adjusting them, even tried sitting more upright to overcome this. I'm 5'11", so I'd be interested to hear other peoples comments on this, not my height! the mirrors!!!!

I've enjoyed reading all the many entries on this forum, long may it continue to grow. Lets hope for some sunshine here in the UK.....
 

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Congrats on your long awaited delivery....Everyone's reporting of how great this bike is keeps me in a perpetual state of Viagra-Bliss. LOL
 

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@ AndyT,

I always reckon that the best place for the tax disc is in your wallet, no chance of it being pinched from there. The only time I have been asked where it was the Traffic Officer was quite happy that I had it on me rather than on the bike.

The whirring noise before you fire her up is the FI system pressuring up the injector rails with fuel

The FJR does it as well..
 

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The whirring is probably the fuel pump.

I expect some clever accessory maker will make a suitable bracket to raise the standard mirrors up a bit.

There is a distinct lack of summer sun in MK as well
 

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Whirring mystery solved, thank you. I will drop an email to a serving motorbike policeman regarding the tax disc, who happens to be an IAM examiner as well, for his views. The dealers view was that it wont be too long before we won't need them at all as everything is all on the police national computer. Even an insurance cover note must be put on that system immediately. I'd better head to St Ives for the sun, that'l help the running in.....
 

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Picked my black GTR up this arvo and I have to say its great, the mirrors I have no problem with yes I can see the bags but can aslo see plenty of road as well, try a GSXR1000 you only see your elbows, I guess it comes down to what your used to riding. Handling is great as is the cornering clearance ,nearly on the edges. Anyway need to un it in quick so can go on trip in 10 days time.
 

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I guess it is down to what you are used to. The XJR1300 had the mirrors on 6" stalks off the handle bars so no interrupted visability. I will get used to this 'blind' spot and deal with it accordingly. But still it's a great bike, great fun.
 

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Picked my black GTR up this arvo and I have to say its great, the mirrors I have no problem with yes I can see the bags but can aslo see plenty of road as well, try a GSXR1000 you only see your elbows, I guess it comes down to what your used to riding. Handling is great as is the cornering clearance ,nearly on the edges. Anyway need to un it in quick so can go on trip in 10 days time.
I come from a GSXR1000K2 as well as totally agree re the mirrors. To me they're great. How are getting on with the screen. I find it noisy. Much noiser than the sports bike. I'm think of getting a SMALLER screen which goes against the typical view of bigger is best. I find the best position for me, re noise levels, is if I sit very up-right . Accordingly for normal riding having the screen a couple of inches lower would be better (quieter). Any thoughts.

I've found someone in the states who will trim their replacement screen to any size.
 

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That is a BIG feck'in bike...............
 

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Hi Thanks for your comments . Like you I have been glued to this forum soaking up peoples enthusiasm. I would have like to say I will se you around in Oxfordshire and Cotswolds but i will have to wait a little longer. I was supposed to be picking it up today bur the paperwork held it up. Anyone reading this know where to put the intercom? I hear there is no room under the seat
 

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Hi Thanks for your comments . Like you I have been glued to this forum soaking up peoples enthusiasm. I would have like to say I will se you around in Oxfordshire and Cotswolds but i will have to wait a little longer. I was supposed to be picking it up today bur the paperwork held it up. Anyone reading this know where to put the intercom? I hear there is no room under the seat
The seat is pretty tight underneath. There is a bunch of open space below the handlebars under the black panels though.
 

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Great thread so far! As for the screen, it is just a luxury to me! I've come from a naked bike where turbulance starts at 50! Today making my way down the A40 in OD, the RPM's were a little over 4,000. For those who have the bike will know what that speed is and it was very comfortable! I will experiment further with height and position.

As for the intercom, I've got a Starcom 1 unit that is quite compact and I will try to fit it next weekend after a trip to the mid Wales mountains of course! (Family commitments this weekend :angry ) When I succeed, I will post some pics. At least Kawasaki provide power pick up points under the seat. (so the owners manual says)

Paul, it was the insurance that nearly held me up. Everyone was saying it is a 2008 model, we don't have it, then I was told it was group 20!! A ZZR1400 is 17. My bike came from that well know west Bucks dealer. Get that paperwork sorted and get out there, it's fantastic. My jouney home from work was 80 miles! I only live 10 miles away!!!!
 

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Andy, Have a look at this link.It is from the concours forum.Shows ACC terminals under the seat/battery.Apparently it is swiched 3.5v so will require a relay.
Looks like bike will be ready for Tuesday. We were going to go to Normandy this weekend to run it in,I guess it will have to be Wales now as only have Tue and Wed off.I am currently running a Busa which I have had for 7 years (nothing else took my interest until the GTR came along) so will be posting my thoughts on the differences, understanding of course that I will not be comparing apples with apples!
http://www.pbase.com/fredharmon/accleads

Ride safe everyone.
 

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Great thread so far! under the seat. (so the owners manual says)

Paul, it was the insurance that nearly held me up. Everyone was saying it is a 2008 model, we don't have it, then I was told it was group 20!! A ZZR1400 is 17. My bike came from that well know west Bucks dealer. Get that paperwork sorted and get out there, it's fantastic. My jouney home from work was 80 miles! I only live 10 miles away!!!!
Hi Andy
I had the same problem with insurance with them all saying it's a 2008 model and not on their records. Some did not count the KIPPAS system as well. Eventually got sorted with Carole Nash but they classed it in the same catergory as an R1!! I did an 80 mile trip round part of North Wales yesterday with an average MPG of 47.1 according to the readout. Bike is just getting better and better as the miles go on.
Safe riding
John
 

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