Bike won't start or shift - Kawasaki Ninja 250R Forum
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-04-2014, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Bike won't start or shift

I have a Ninja 250R. Today, I rode my bike for about 20 miles and it was completely fine. I then washed the bike and drove for three miles. I turned the bike off and left it alone for 15 minutes. When I turned the key it would not start. The battery had power, yet it would not turn over, only makes a single click. I then pushed started the bike in second gear. I could then only go in first or second gear, and the throttle had little effect on my speed. Additionally the tachometer needle was spinning erratically, not responding to the throttle, but instead acting independently. After letting the bike run for a for a couple of minutes, in neutral, I attempted to drive home. However, after 50 yards, the bike back-fired twice, then turned off. I was unable to push start or turn on with ignition switch. Brought it home in truck, charged battery, still wonít start, and wonít shift above first and neutral. Additionally, the front headlight is not on when key is in on position, but the tail light, all warning lights and the neutral light are at full brightness. The blinkers will not blink, but they will turn on. The bike only has 700 miles on it. I have recently had my carbs cleaned less than a month ago. Any clues?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-04-2014, 06:44 PM
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Sounds like some electrical etc got a little too wet? Firstly, it is normal for the headlight to be off until the bike starts running. Tail light does come on when ignition is in on position engine not running. Turn signals should blink when key on and engine not running. First few things I would do are make sure everything is as dry as possible. Let it sit in the sun or get a fan going. Take off the seats and dry it out in there. Check and clean the battery connections. Then I would drain the fuel tank , open the drain screws on the carb float bowls and drain them too. Then get fresh fuel. That would be a good start.
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