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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have a 2003 Ninja. It only had 756 miles on it when I bought it in February. I've had the carbs cleans, jets replaced, new air filter, etc. Did all that because it had set so much and just had gotten dirty.

So anyways, I'm riding today and make a newbie mistake. I didn't downshift at a stop sign and when I'm trying to pull out into traffic. I must have been in 3rd or 4th or something (I just had a total brain fart for some reason). Anyways, I'm hick uping out into traffic and have to get going. I didn't kill it but I pushed the gas instead of downshifting and sorta forced it to go in that gear. I freaked out cause I had cars coming.

Now I have an idle issue. If the bike is just sitting there idling, the idle will drop down and just die. I've raised the idle speed. I don't know if I fouled out the plug(s) or what. I took it out for like a 10 mile trip to see if it would help it out. Still does it!

Any suggestions? The fuel system is clean and clear, valves are adjusted, and new gas in the tank. Ran perfect until I had my brain fart today.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 10:30 PM
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I was just about to say adjust valves. Did you adjust the valves even after your little hiccup?

I don't think what you did does a ton of damage to the bike. Obviously, you shouldn't do that, but only doing it once shouldn't have made that big of a mess with the bike.

when you say you have an idling issue, you mean when you've been riding for about 20 minutes and you're sitting at a light, it will drop in rpm's until it dies?



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What did you raise the idle speed to? And do you blip the throttle to keep the engine from dying?
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Thank you both for replying.

Tadster: No I didn't, valves were adjusted before when I had everything else.
DaBlue: I had the idle speed all over the place after the hiccup. And yes I could blip the throttle to keep it going, but it was rough.

For you both: The issue seems to have corrected itself. I ran it last night pretty good. Let it set all night until about noon today. And no issue at all. Ran like a dream again. My theory: I think when I pushed the gas yesterday I "may" have flooded it "to a point" and/or got the plugs wet with too much gass, fouled them out some. Not sure which of that terminology is right. So I think when it was idleing the plugs were soaked and trying to fire at the low rpm it just couldn't muster enough fire for the low idle. So anyways, i don't know what happened but it's going again.

Thank you both.
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cool. I was hoping it would correct itself. And your hypothesis may very well be correct. Btw: that's a sweet deal you got for the mileage of the bike. How much did you pay for it? You should upload some pics under the "where's all the classic 250 riders" thread



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I got it for $1250 so hopefully I didn't do to bad. It blue books for $1600.
The kawasaki dealer that did the cleaning for me said the bike is in great shape with all the other mechanical stuff. He gave me a small tour of the bike when he had the Cow and fairings off. It had been garage kept, the guy just never rode it.
I'll upload some pics when I get some of it taking. Hopefully it will be soon.
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I think that's a great deal then for price and quality combined. Sounds almost brand new. I bought an '07 that the guy kept outside, had 10,000 miles, and had been dropped on it's ride side (no mechanical damage, just some scuffs on the fairings) and I paid $1500. People tell me that was a good deal.. it was, and I've fixed most of the stuff. Anyway, there's pics of my bike on that thread. Glad the problem fixed itself



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