Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Eastern Ontario
If you are talking new(er) bikes, here’s my take for what it’s worth. (I am 5’8 and 180 for reference)
When I replaced my C10 Concours , my intent was to do that with a C14. In 2014 I did a Kawasaki ride day and came away disappointed with the C14.
I did not like the very snatchy throttle and just found the fit wrong. Didn’t like seeing mostly saddle bags in rear view.
Handling was okay and plenty of power. I wanted to like it...
Fast forward from then till now...The snatchy throttle and fueling can be corrected by a shoodaben engineering flash. (Truly a night and day improvement)
My riding buddy has had 3 C14,s. 09,12,18.
I have ridden a 12 a fair bit before during and after flash RandD.
The C14 is slightly cooler in the heat, than Gen 3 FJR. In stock form they are very close in performance. With C14 flash it will really out power the FJR.
If you are a taller heavier guy you may like the C14. I much prefer the fit of FJR.
IMO the C14 requires more lean angle than the same corner on FJR.
I have ridden many thousands of KM with ahead, and behind C14.
I can get very close to double the tire life on same brands of tires as my bud on same roads and same conditions.
Unless you run 80+mph and are into triple digits often, the C14 power advantage is a moot point.
Fairing wind and weather protection is slightly better on C14 but definitely not a deal breaker to FJR.
If you do your own valve adj or infact pay for them, the FJR although no cakewalk is MUCH less PITA than FJR.
FJR has cruise ( priceless)
C14 has slightly bigger bags for storage.
C14 asks for premium fuel. FJR Reg.
FJR has a wider frame at seat which after 120Kkm is starting to present an issue for this grey haired guy.
C14 is narrower which helps with reach to ground (and is reason for bastage of a valve adj. ) To remove cams and change shims is a 10hr+ job on C14. About 5 or so on FJR.
The C14 is about 75lbs heavier and you can feel it.
Fuel mileage is better on FJR unless 14 is flashed. Then they are pretty much dead even, until 80+ cruising where C14 is a bit better.
Headlights better on FJR.
IF I had known how much flash improved 14, I may very well have bought one and never ridden FJR.
Before I had ridden 10 min on FJR test ride(after first riding C14), I knew that , for me, the FJR was the one.
Hope this rambling gives you somethings to think about, and of course is IMHO opinion.
In the end, both bikes are rock solid at any speed, and both mechanically Bullitt proof in general. It comes down to which one fits you best.
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2014 FJR1300 B(AEO) #290 "Rootbeer metalic"
1999 C10 ( Sold May/16....Goodbye old friend)
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lessons afterwards"