WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
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I’m tearing my remaining hair out. I have a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R with issues that don’t make sense. It all starts when I hit the starter. Sometimes it turns over for a lifetime, eventually firing, other times it does nothing. No flickering lights. No funny noises. Nothing. Nothing that is, until I tap the rear of the seat. Then it fires straight up and off we go.
Maybe it’s a clever security measure. The trouble is, that isn’t the only problem. After going through the start-up procedure/ faff, and riding for 10-20 minutes, I lose all power and a strange noise develops. It sounds like there’s a hole in something. The bike quickly dies and then won’t start. Tap or no tap. It needs to cool down before even considering a start again.
I’ve changed the battery, all relays in or around the seat area, played with wires, looked for corrosion on wiring, changed the spark plugs and used my multimeter on everything to the point where it’s given up too.
I’m convinced there are two issues, or my bike has multiple personalities. Grant Sadd, Lincs
Gary Hurd says: Faced with a schizophrenic machine such as this, my usual approach is to attack one problem at a time. It’s surprising how often this leads to the resolution of all the problems.
First thing to sort is your electrical issue. Get to grips properly with the back-end electrics, checking and cleaning earths and CDI plugs and connections. The electrical junction box and fuse holder on these is known to cause issues so get stuck into these too. Also, check for fuses that look good or test okay but are in fact cracked. Once the bike is back to starting first time, we’ll see what happens after that.