High-G FJR Junkie!
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Rolling Prairie, Ind
Well, I guess I’ll chime in a bit here. Coming from the linked brakes of an 86 gl1200 Sei that quite frankly worked very well to the point that I primarily used only the brake pedal but on the gl1200 you could actually make the nose dive with just the brake pedal, a much better balanced system imho.
The FJR linked system is really lame in comparison, at least on my 14a if you only use the rear pedal you get almost no brake action but if you add-in a bit of front then the rear works very well, has to be a proportioning valve thing. In my opinion.
And being that I routinely ride 2 other old bikes that are not linked or have ABS so I have to practice use of both front & rear for the best results from my bikes and me. And I’ll add that the fjr brakes are pretty spectacular and having dipped into the abs a number of times when I was still working due to idiots on cell phones I have become an abs believer which was kinda odd being that I worked in brake engineering for nearly 30 yrs, I was not an abs proponent for a long time but today’s abs is much better.
Rerose, my buddie rides a zx14 that could be a twin to yours right down to the handlebars and tail pack except his is flat black, has a lot going for it ! He had it dyno’d and reflashed to where the thing makes a silly 205 rwhp but he just puts along on it and whenever he and I go for a lunch ride he insists that I lead and I generally have to run really slow so as not to lose him, I think he’s afraid of it although he used to race regularly in the AHRMA seniors division which I believe should put him at a higher skill level than me. Anyway does your ZX14 have linked brakes ? I don’t remember if my buddies does or not, it seems the ConCours 14 had issues with quirky operation of their linked brakes but not sure I’m remembering correctly or not.
On another note I’ll just say that the Concours 14 is such a missed opportunity by Kawasaki imho.
Red 2014A, the fastest color !
Ride more,, worry less !
Last edited by passx; 07-19-2020 at 08:58 AM.