Before buying my RC51 I considered the ZX14R and the Concours aka C14.
I ended up deciding against both Kawi's for several reasons, including mainly new-bike prices (I didn't want used, but was OK with a used RC51 because HEY they don't make 'em anymore, and ... HEY it's a Honda) and, with the C14 it just seemed too, I dunno, mature
... and insuring the ZX14R is a fortune ... and do I really need the ability to do 186? No I do not. Or do I? No I do not. Well, maybe.
After owning the RC for a year or so, I now know it can be pretty uncomfortable, even painful. Yesterday was a bad neck day for me ... I have no back / neck problems, but riding the RC really made my neck hurt, which is the 2nd time that's happened, and it didn't matter what riding position changes I tried, still hurt. My neck wanted me to look down at my tank. Which seems like a questionable riding method. So, today I'm shopping again ... at least looking around.
Also pushing me toward shopping is the fact that I got the chance to ride my friend's '12 C14 yesterday. It was not at all what I expected. Kinda like a sloppy handling couch
Handling - felt like I was swerving all over my lane. I felt like I better not get too close to the edge of the pavement or I might just drift right off into the grass!
Now, his OEM front tire has 5500 miles on it, and it's not looking too good, definitely cupping on the left side, so we can prob chalk up the swerniness to that. But I can tell you ... on the RC I could ride right down the roadside's white line if I want to. Going in some undesired or unexpected direction just doesn't happen on the RC.
And, as opposed to the forward
lean of sportbikes that I much prefer, on the C14 I felt like I was actually leaning back
like a cruiser
... and I probably was: He has risers and setbacks (or whatever they call them) to raise the bars and bring the grips back toward the rider. He's shorter than me, so that's why he did that. I probably need to ride an OEM setup ... with newer tires.
But, also ... that thing, even with an aftermarket can on it ... it's so quiet
and so couch-like smooth, I couldn't tell when to shift!
Couldn't hear it, couldn't feel it. Maybe I just needed some more miles on it, but it didn't impress me like I thought a 1441 cc Kawi would.
I've never ridden a ZX14R. Anybody know how a ZX's handling might compare to the RC? Night and day?? How bout the riding position? Less painful? Anything else of note? I really just need to ride one, but don't personally know anybody with either a new one or old one.
I like the idea of storage space on the C14, but it's also quite a bit more money than the ZX14R ... and I'd have to have a much
better ride experience on one before I bought a C14. BTW I'm not dead-set on selling the RC ... for a while it might be a 2-bike garage. Here are two ZX14R's I like: