zx9: 1-3th gear rocket, 4-6th sloth
EDIT: 1st off sorry for the long post
I'm new here (as well as my 1st kawasaki) and Thanks for any help in advance! I do appreciate.
I have a Kawasaki ZX900ce 2000 model, with 42000km on the clocks which i acquired very cheaply. The reason for the cheap price is that it requires alot of TLC, and i mean ALOT (but i dont mind, as its my hobby).
I took ownership, and on the maiden voyage I already discovered why it was so cheap. I started it very easily without choke and let it warm up for a good bit before I took off gently in 1st. I took it gently up to 8k+ rpm before shifting to 2nd and gave it a good knackering up to 3rd at 160km/h (mind blowing) EDIT: "at about 11k rpm". Alas, the split second I hit 4th, it lost all power, and i mean everything. I dropped to like 80km EDIT:"and roughly 4k rpm" before the engine responded, but even still, any slightest movement in the throttle and it would still (what i could only assume) flood/starve fuel EDIT: "and stagger back to 80km/h".
I downshifted back to 3rd, it splurted for a bit, and then it would take off again to 160km/h easy before dying again in 4th and same goes for 5th and 6th. I tried fiddling with the choke, as well as opening the fuel cap to check for any vacuums but proved useless either way.
SO i cruised home in 3rd reasonably comfortably, except for it seemed to miss a few fires as the rpm needle couldnt stay level and i could feel it as well.
What i have done so far.
1. Full service - new plugs, new oil and oil filter.
2. Used carb cleaner on the carburetors as they were a bit dusty from standing a while.
3. Cleared a blockage (cleared it with a gentle blow - nothing major it seems) which seemed to have prevented carburetor #2's vacuum plate from opening.
4. I checked the fuel tank after running the bike on the road to see if it created any vacuum, and it did a tiny bit on a few runs.
5. Double checked fuses - all 100%
Things yet to do:
1. Check all fuel lines for blockages
2. Redo timings on the "cams"
3. Check if all 4 sparkplugs fire.
4. Replace any gaskets.
5. Take it to a repair shop (to fix whatever, and for them to check ECU)
Please help, i know this bike can still be restored to life. I'll answer any questions as needed.
Last edited by Rudolf Jacobs; 07-11-2016 at 07:01 AM.