Just picked up my second C 14 about a week ago. My original 08, was the first one delivered to Manhattan. It was so new that neither I, the service manager, nor the shop's best mechanic could figure out how to set the clock. Still need to spend time with the worlds most opaque owner's manual to reset it every spring and fall. LOL.
Well, I put 72,000 miles on that amazing bike, travelling all over our great land. It comfortably devoured endless miles of great plains, deserts, and mountain passes, even to the 14,200 foot summit of Mount Evans in Colorado. It handled almost like a sport bike, accellerated like a Ferarri, and never had a mechanical failure, beyond the licence plate bulb that burned out at only 60,000 miles.
Need I say, that when I felt it was time to retire the the old friend, I started pricing new C 14's.
The new one is black vs the original silver. I transferred the Corbin seat from the old one. (for those who haven't used Corbin seats. Diamond hard until you break them in at about 25,000 miles, then only granite hard. Perfectly contoured for long rides though. The only way I think I could have endured some of those 700 mile days across the Plaines)
Planning to upgrade the so-so, OEM Bridgestones for Michelin Pilot Road 3 rubber which was a dramatic improvement on the old bike. The difference in handling on dry pavement is immediately obvious, but the difference in the rain is dramatic. The PR
3 is a terrific rain tire.
Can't wait for the weather here to string together a couple of spring like days in a row for a long ride.